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Best of Turkey with Anzac Day

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This trip reveals all that's special about Turkey, as you explore Istanbul, Gallipoli, Ephesus, Cappadocia and more.

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      About this trip

      Take a leisurely jaunt through Turkey to visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and Istanbul's bustling city markets.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: GTBOT

      13 Nights

      accommodation

      24 Meals
      • 13 buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 10 dinners

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Istanbul

        • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the ruins of the ancient city at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravanseray on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara

        • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

        • SEE Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 13 buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 10 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 1

      Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 2

      Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

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      Day 3

      Istanbul Sightseeing – Çanakkale (2 nights)

      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 4

      Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

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      Day 5

      Çanakkale – Pergamon – Izmir

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      Izmir – Pamukkale Free Time

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      Day 7

      Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

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      Day 8

      Perge Excursion

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      Day 9

      Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

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      Day 10

      Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

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      Day 11

      Göreme Excursion

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      Day 12

      Cappadocia – Ankara

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      Day 13

      Ankara – Istanbul Free Time

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      Depart Istanbul

      Day 1

      Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

      Stand at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia, embarking on a journey of discovery through ancient lands and the marauding empires who fought to rule it. Arriving in vibrant Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

      Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Gain insights into the Ottoman Empire's power during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and see the 4th-century Egyptian obelisk. Visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Istanbul Nightlife Experience

      You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Sultana's Night Club. You’ll taste Turkish specialties while being entertained by musicians, belly and folk dancers, performing dances from different regions of Turkey. You’ll also get the chance to join in.

      Adult Price: US$75.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Istanbul Sightseeing – Çanakkale (2 nights) Day 3 - Istanbul Sightseeing – Çanakkale (2 nights)

      Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire this morning. Stroll through Topkapi Palace and see the 4th-century Egyptian obelisk before journeying south to Çanakkale, crossing the Dardanelles, immortalised in the legend of the Golden Fleece.

      Hotel

      Iris

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Iris

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Çanakkale Day 4 - Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

      Your morning begins with a poignant reminder of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We witness a stirring dawn tribute at Anzac Cove, then continue to an ancient city immortalised by Homer. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy and the replica Trojan horse, commemorating the war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Çanakkale – Pergamon – Izmir Day 5 - Çanakkale – Pergamon – Izmir

      We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair. Then, continue to Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This evening, we arrive in the coastal city of Izmir.

      Hotel

      Mövenpick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Mövenpick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Izmir – Pamukkale Free Time Day 6 - Izmir – Pamukkale Free Time

      Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as you journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.

      Hotel

      Richmond Thermal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Richmond Thermal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights) Day 7 - Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

      Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hieropolis, then admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale's Cotton Castle Springs. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains, where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and gain insights into their traditions at our Be My Guest lunch. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya. Enjoy some time on your own ambling through the winding lanes of its old city and admiring beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Rixos Downtown

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Rixos Downtown

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Antalya Old Town And Waterfall Yacht Cruise

      Antalya Old Town, 'Kaleici', is the picturesque old quarter in the centre of present day Antalya. Your Local Specialist will show you the imposing Hadrian's Gate, dating from 130 AD when the Roman Emperor visited the city. Then you'll enjoy a yacht cruise to the stunning Düden waterfall.

      Adult Price: US$35.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Perge Excursion Day 8 - Perge Excursion

      Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the enchanting seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to the Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and see treasures spanning the centuries. Your evening is free to find an inviting meyhane for some local chit chat and delicious flavours of kebab and baklava.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Optional Experiences

      Antalya Old Town And Waterfall Yacht Cruise

      Antalya Old Town, 'Kaleici', is the picturesque old quarter in the centre of present day Antalya. Your Local Specialist will show you the imposing Hadrian's Gate, dating from 130 AD when the Roman Emperor visited the city. Then you'll enjoy a yacht cruise to the stunning Düden waterfall.

      Adult Price: US$35.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Antalya – Aspendos – Konya Day 9 - Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

      Witness the world's best-preserved theatre of antiquity during your first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain insights into the mystical Whirling Dervish sect whose remains lie in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum. We continue to the Karatay Tile Museum, spellbound by its exquisitely Seljuk-tiled dome, before returning to our hotel where we'll dine tonight.

      Hotel

      Dedeman

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Dedeman

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Whirling Dervishes Show

      The 'dance' of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema. It is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture and represents a man's spiritual journey, and will be a highlight of your trip to Turkey.

      Adult Price: US$30.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights) Day 10 - Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

      See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanseray, at which weary travellers used to rest. We journey to Cappadocia with its honey-coloured rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, before retiring to your hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding fairy chimneys.  Tonight we stay in one of 'Trafalgar's Stays With Stories', located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle.

      Hotel

      Dilek Kaya

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Dilek Kaya

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      Whirling Dervishes Show

      The 'dance' of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema. It is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture and represents a man's spiritual journey, and will be a highlight of your trip to Turkey.

      Adult Price: US$30.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Göreme Excursion Day 11 - Göreme Excursion

      The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as we explore its volcanic landscape dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. We visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to admire the extraordinary rock-hewn churches and learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening. 

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Cappadocia – Ankara Day 12 - Cappadocia – Ankara

      Arriving in the youthful capital of Turkey today, we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the final resting place of the country's beloved Atatürk, the first president of the modern Turkish nation. This evening we dine at our hotel in Ankara.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Traditional Bosphorus Cruise

      No stay would be complete without this unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Along the shores you’ll see a beautiful mixture of modern hotels, ancient wooden villas, marble palaces, fortresses and small fishing villages, as you relax on board.

      Adult Price: US$40.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Ankara – Istanbul Free Time Day 13 - Ankara – Istanbul Free Time

      Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day on our own. Delve into the depths of the Basilica Cistern, savour the intoxicating smells of the Spice Market or ascend Galata Tower for exquisite views of east and west. Consider an optional cruise navigating the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Traditional Bosphorus Cruise

      No stay would be complete without this unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Along the shores you’ll see a beautiful mixture of modern hotels, ancient wooden villas, marble palaces, fortresses and small fishing villages, as you relax on board.

      Adult Price: US$40.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Depart Istanbul Day 14 - Depart Istanbul

      Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. 

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 14

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Connect with Locals
        Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya. (Day 7)

      • Dive into Culture
        Haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. (Day 2)

      • Stays with Stories
        Located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle, the rooms at Dilek Kaya Hotel are hewn out of the surrounding rock. (Day 10)

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      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Istanbul

        • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the ruins of the ancient city at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravanseray on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara

        • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

        • SEE Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli


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      Dining

        • 13 buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 10 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Trip Highlights

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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