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Best of Turkey

14 Days 1 Country 14 Cities

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

The calm of Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery introduces this exploration into Turkey, where ancient ruins and Whirling Dervishes map your path through this open air museum.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… meeting the nomads of Yazir Village and discovering their family traditions over homemade Tarhana soup and tasty stuffed vegetables.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: TBOTA

13 Nights

accommodation

24 Meals
  • 13 buffet breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

  • 10 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Istanbul, Turkey

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

Day 2

Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

Day 4

Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)

Day 5

Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

Day 6

Izmir – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Day 7

Pamukkale – Antalya (2 Nights)

Day 8

Perge Excursion

Day 9

Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

Day 10

Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

Day 11

Göreme Excursion

Day 12

Cappadocia – Ankara

Day 13

Ankara – Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Day 14

Depart Istanbul

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey and in the evening attend a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.

Hotel

Wyndham Old City Istanbul / Marriott Sisli

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire's power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and see the Egyptian obelisk. Later enjoy free time to explore the famous Grand Bazaar markets and this evening consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk dances and belly dancing entertainment. Please note: Certain departures will visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul before the trip departs to Gallipoli and Canakkale.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

Explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and see Anzac Cove, the site of a bitter battle in WWI. Visit Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Cemeteries, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. See the Dardanelles and stay overnight in Çanakkale. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Kolin

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)

Visit the ruins of Troy, and see the famous Wooden Horse. Explore the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient city of Pergamon. Dine at your hotel in Izmir this evening.

Hotel

Mövenpick

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

Day 5

Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus and see the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Consider an optional dinner tonight at a local restaurant in Izmir.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Izmir Seafood Dinner

Head to the Kordon where we take you to one of Izmir's favourite seafood restaurants. Known for stunning views and for serving the best fish dishes in coastal Turkey, dine on a variety of seafood and meze delights with drinks. Don't worry there's great options for those who don't like seafood too!.

Adult Price: US$55.00

Day 5

Day 6

Izmir – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale before arriving at your hotel. This afternoon relax in the hot springs at your hotel before dinner.

Hotel

Richmond Thermal

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

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$30.00

Day 6

Day 7

Pamukkale – Antalya (2 Nights)

After breakfast travel through scenic countryside and stop in a small local village where you will be guests of some of the locals. Enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch with local food prepared by your hosts. Later travel to the city of Antalya and relax on the beach or at the hotel swimming pool. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Crowne Plaza Antalya

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining
  • Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Perge Excursion

Visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and the Roman city of Perge. This afternoon you can either embark on an optional yacht cruise or enjoy free time in Antalya. Dine tonight at a local restaurant of your choice.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

This morning visit Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world. Continue on to Konya where you will visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum, the final resting place for members of the Whirling Dervish mystic sect. Then continue on to the Karatay Tile Museum. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Hotel

Anemon

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

Visit a well preserved 13th century caravansary. Journey on to biblical Cappadocia. Here you visit the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and see the cone of Uchisar. Dine tonight at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Dilek Kaya Cave Authentic Accommodation

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

Day 10

Day 11

Göreme Excursion

Spend the day exploring the volcanic landscape in and around Cappadocia, dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum and learn about pottery making in Avanos. Dine tonight at your hotel.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 11

Day 12

Cappadocia – Ankara

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and Ataturk's Mausoleum. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Hotel

Swissôtel

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Dinner

Optional Experiences

Istanbul Nightlife Experience

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.

Adult Price: US$80.00

Day 12

Day 13

Ankara – Istanbul

Travel back to Istanbul and cross the Bosphorus into Europe. Enjoy some last minute souvenir shopping or perhaps take an optional cruise on the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Hotel

Wyndham Old City Istanbul / Marriott 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

Day 13

Day 14

Depart Istanbul

This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 14

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Stay in this unique hotel built in the architectural style of the area. This Authentic Accommodation has been beautifully crafted out of rock formations.

  • Be My Guest
    Lunch in a traditional agricultural village where you will be hosted by the locals.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Istanbul

    • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, 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 spring in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravansary on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Sarhatli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara

    • View the Wooden Horse at Troy


What's Included

Dining

    • 13 buffet breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest).

    • 10 dinners.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale

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


    Airport Transfers

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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 34 Reviews

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    First class with attention to needs of the tour group.

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    The guide was very professional & really took care of us (9 pac). He was pleasant & very knowledgeable in his topics about the places we visited. The driver was just as pleasant. Hotel rooms are good too.

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    The most knowledgeable tour guide I have ever had on my 20 plus escorted tours around the world.

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    Service rating : Great service, accommodation and the best tour director. The sites and cities were interesting and educational. People we helpful and friendly.Product : There was a little bit of everything from modern to historical a little country and also a little bit of the city. So much

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    Service rating : Absolutely first rate. The tour was my best ever in spite of the attempted army coup.Product : Tour guide was amazing.. A great learning experience for me. The people were warm and gracius. The cities visited were wonderful. The food was good and the hotels with two exceptions

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    • New Year's Eve Highlights: Christmas Day is not celebrated in Turkey. The 23 December 2016 departure will celebrate New Year's Eve in Konya. The 30 December 2016 will celebrate New Year's Eve in Istanbul.
    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: 21 October, 04 November 2016, 10 February and 17 March 2017 departures include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
    • Transport: Smaller coaches without toilet facilities may be used on this trip.
    • Itinerary: Some departures may operate in reverse. Included sightseeing will not be affected. If Sarhatli is unavailable, an alternative underground city may be visited instead.
    • Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.
  • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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  • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
  • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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