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Best of Turkey

14 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

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

"Trafalgar continues to be the best"

Susan

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. All transfers shown.

Best of Turkey

Your Itinerary

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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Wyndham Old City Istanbul / Marriott Sisli

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Kolin

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Mövenpick

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Richmond Thermal

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Dinner
Hotel
Crowne Plaza Antalya

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Anemon

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Dilek Kaya Cave Authentic Accommodation

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

12. Cappadocia – Ankara

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Swissôtel

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Wyndham Old City Istanbul / Marriott Sisli

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
    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

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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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Love... Travel

"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 46 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    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

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Best of Turkey. Absolutely brilliant tour. Ahmed was a truly great guide and just had so much knowledge to share with us. Unfortunately I became unwell in Konya where Ahmed took charge and arranged a visit to the local hospital, without him to translate I would have been in real

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Bacin and Kayhan were both excellent. We have done several tours now and they were among the best. Bacin was probably the best TD we have had. He was extremely knowledgeable about every site that we visited, Turkey in general (including history, politics and modern life). He was

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Considering the circumstances the service was exceptional. I would definatly recommend Trafalgar to my fiends and family. The hotels we stayed in were of a very high standard, the sight seeing was simply fantastic and our tour director Barcin is an absolute credit to your

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Some of the hotels had poor air conditioning and the hotel in Istanbul had a blocked toilet and was not finished being readied before we were given the key. The person at the front desk was quite rude about it.Product : Disappointed in Pummakele - only a few of the pools actually

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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.
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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).  
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