Highlights of Turkey - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

8 days

from €1050 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Oct 2015.
"Fascinating destination"
Hilary , Jul 2014

Trojan horse, ancient cities and bustling bazaars are some of the highlights on this exploration of Turkey's coast, which starts and ends in vibrant Istanbul.

It's Insider moments like… smelling the homely aroma of flour, which dusts the rustic table and clings to your fingers as you learn how to make traditional bread with locals in the little village of Demircidere.

Trip type:
Country Explorer
Trip code:
THOTA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)

    Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu Sisli

  • 2.

    ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING

    Visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent Hagia Sophia Basilica. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE

    In Gallipoli, see the Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Kolin

  • 4.

    CANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMON – IZMIR

    Explore the legendary city of Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Admire the archaeological excavations revealing nine separate periods of settlement, plus the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed in the 13th century BC. Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon. This afternoon, enjoy a unique Be My Guest Luncheon. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner

    Hotel

    Mövenpick

  • 5.

    IZMIR – EPHESUS – VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE – PAMUKKALE

    Your fascinating walking tour of the ancient city of Ephesus includes the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still in use today. Later, relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale! Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Colossae Thermal

  • 6.

    PAMUKKALE – HIERAPOLIS – BURSA

    Visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis at Pamukkale, which is also famous for white ‘Cotton Castles' formed by limestone-laden thermal springs. Finish your day in the city of Bursa. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Thermal Kervansary

  • 7.

    BURSA – ISTANBUL

    Wander through the old silk market and visit the Grand Mosque. Continue to Istanbul and spend time haggling for souvenirs in the vast, bustling Grand Bazaar! Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of your holiday.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu Sisli

  • 8.

    DEPART ISTANBUL

    Say goodbye to your companions and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not continue your splendid adventure on one of our superb cruises, such as the 'Aegean Cruise' on the page opposite?

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    lunch experience with the villagers of Demircidere.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Istanbul
  • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli and the ruins of the ancient city and Wooden Horse at Troy
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Grand Mosque in Bursa

Dining

  • 7 buffet breakfasts.
    6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
    1 lunch (Be My Guest).

Travel Highlights

  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.
  • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul.
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate 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

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Istanbul

  • Traditional Bosphorus Cruise

    Adult Price: US$42.00 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.
  • Istanbul Nightlife Experience

    Adult Price: US$85.00 You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Kervansaray 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.

Pamukkale

  • Dance Of The Whirling Dervishes

    Adult Price: US$40.00 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.
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