Best of Turkey - 2014

5 out of 5 stars

14 days

from US$2175 pp

Trip available from Mar 2015 to Mar 2015.
"Trafalgar continues to be the best"
Susan , Jul 2014

The calm of Anzac cove and the Lone Pine cemetery introduces this exploration into Turkey, where ancient ruins and Whirling Dervishes map your path towards Istanbul's Blue Mosque.

It's Insider moments like… meeting Omer's family at Duruk House, their 200 year old home in Akseki, Turkey. Listening to their stories you'll hear why the people of Akseki have such a strong trading history, and find out about the Duruk business. As you explore your hands graze the timber and stone of the one metre-thick walls. And, over rich beef stew and homemade soup, you learn about the traditional building techniques that enable this family house, built without mortar, to be earthquake resistant.

Trip type:
Regional
Trip code:
TBOT

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ISTANBUL

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu Sisli

  • 2.

    ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – ÇANAKKALE

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Kolin

  • 3.

    ÇANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMON – IZMIR (SMYRNA)

    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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir

  • 4.

    IZMIR – EPHESUS – ST. MARY'S HOUSE – PAMUKKALE

    Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus. See the House of the Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Pam Thermal

  • 5.

    PAMUKKALE – HIERAPOLIS – ANTALYA (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale and the ruins of Roman health spa at Heirapolis. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow streets of Antalya. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Rixos Downtown Antalya/Crowne Plaza

  • 6.

    ANTALYA – PERGE AND ASPENDOS EXCURSION

    Visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and the Roman cities of Perge and Aspendos. Here see one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 7.

    ANTALYA – KONYA

    This morning travel inland and enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch in a century-old traditional Ottoman-style house hosted by a local family. 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner

    Hotel

    Anemon Konya

  • 8.

    KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the well preserved Sultanhan Caravansary. Journey on to biblical Cappadocia. Here you visit the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road just outside Konya and see the cone of Uchisar.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Dilek Kaya Cave Hotel

  • 9.

    CAPPADOCIA – ÜRGÜP AND GOREME EXCURSION

    Spend the day exploring the volcanic landscape in and around Urgup, dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the Goreme Open-air Museum and learn about pottery making in Avanos.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

  • 10.

    CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA

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

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Mövenpick

  • 11.

    ANKARA – GORDION – BURSA

    Hear the fascinating legend of King Midas at Gordion, and see the Great Tumulus, the city's largest burial mound. Explore the Green Ottoman Complex and Grand Mosque at Bursa. Spend the afternoon seeing the sights of your choice. Finish the day with dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Thermal Kervansaray

  • 12.

    BURSA – ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul by ferry. Plan your day as you wish. Enjoy the exotic atmosphere and shop for souvenirs at the bustling Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest markets.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Radisson Blu Sisli

  • 13.

    ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING

    Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire's power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Explore the Hagia Sophia and the wonderful Blue Mosque. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner‚ with your Travel Director and travelling companions.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 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.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation

    Dilek Kaya Hotel - 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 Ottoman-style house with a local family.
  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour in Istanbul.
  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy.
  • Visit Anzac Cove and the poingnant War Cemetries 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, the underground city of Sarhatli, Urgup Open Air Musem at Goreme, the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara, the Earth Tumulus at Gordion, the Green Ottoman Complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa and the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Dining

  • 13 buffet breakfasts.

  • 12 dinners

    (including Welcome Reception, 10 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.
  • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

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

  • Istanbul By Night

    Adult Price: $80.00 Take part in the entertainment and night life at one of the finest nightclubs of the city. Depart by motor coach and take a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before you arrive at the Kervansaray Night Club, a well-known Istanbul establishment. Enjoy a variety of Turkish specialties while you are entertained by Turkish musicians, belly dancers and folk dancers, performing dances from different regions of Turkey. At the end of the show, join in, as familiar and favourite songs are sung.
  • HALF DAY BOSPHORUS CRUISE

    Adult Price: $42.00 No stay should be completed without this traditional and unforgettable cruise by boat along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Along the shores is a delightful mixture of the modern hotels, ancient wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortress and small fishing villages.

Antalya

  • Antalya Old Town And Waterfall Yacht Cruise

    Adult Price: $40.00 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 Duden waterfall.
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