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Highlights of Turkey

8 Days 2 Countries 12 Cities

Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world's treasures.

About this trip

Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world's treasures. Explore a 'mezze' of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its capital, Istanbul, to the legendary city of Troy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: THOT

7 Nights


14 Meals
  • 7 buffet breakfasts

  • 6 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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Highlights of Turkey

Your 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.

Welcome Reception
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. Tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held. Finally you may consider the option to cruise along the spectacular Bosphorus and view both the European and Asian side of Istanbul.

Buffet Breakfast

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

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

3. Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

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.

Buffet Breakfast

4. Çanakkale – 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.

Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Wyndham Grand Ozdilek/ 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. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Dine tonight at your hotel, and later an Optional Experience is available to observe the mystical Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi sect.

Buffet Breakfast
Colossae Thermal

Optional Experiences

Dance Of The Whirling Dervishes

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$25.00

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.

Buffet Breakfast
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.

Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Radisson Blu Sisli

8. Depart Istanbul

Say goodbye to your companions and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Buffet Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Meet the most liberated women in Turkey in the village of Demircidere, where you'll learn how to bake traditional bread and taste the local wine

  • Cultural Insights
    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

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Istanbul

    • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli

    • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Basilica, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Wooden Horse at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the old silk market and the Grand Mosque in Bursa

What's Included


    • 7 buffet breakfasts

    • 6 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)

What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • 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

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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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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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.


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.


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 5 Reviews

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    Service rating : Great tour because it was a small group.Tour director Al fantastic as he had a degree in Archealogy and was able to give more insight into sites visited like Ephesus.Product : What we saw was great but i think a little too much of Mosques and excavations.There must be other

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    Service rating : Tour was excellent- Al was great guideProduct : Itinerary was good- visit a lot of interesting places though there were other places along the way I wish we could've stopped. Also, I'm not sure you need to devote a whole day to Galipoli.

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    Service rating : The Service was very good however it was too rushed. We enjoyed the history of the different areas but it would have been better if we had a chance to walk around the different townsProduct : Yes it was memorable but it would have been more so had we walked around the present

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    Service rating : service was ok but don't tell me to write things that should be up to me!!!!!!!Product : Tour leader Al was very good with excellent knowledge & a good personality.

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    Service rating : Travel director was excellent plus++++Nothing was too much troubleCredit to Trafalgar and neonProduct : Very very fast pacedsome accommodation needs evaluating, even replacingsad that a bottle of water could not be supplied by some 5 star hotels or tea/coffee making facilities

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8 Days, 2 Countries, 12 Cities

Highlights of Turkey

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    • See our website for an incredible small group itinerary tracing Turkey's Turquoise Coast. Relax on the deck of your traditional Turkish Gulet (yacht), swim in crystal-clear waters and explore the archaeological treasures that highlight your sea-route, from Bodrum's Underwater Archaeological Museum to the ancient city of Kaunos. You'll also explore the ruins of Ephesus, and visit Istanbul and Antalya.
    • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
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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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