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Best of Turkey with Anzac Day

14 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

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

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          • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
          • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
          • 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. 

          About this trip

          A fabled land of fairy chimneys, Whirling Dervishes and cotton castles is yours to explore on this leisurely journey through Turkey. Visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world, and the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. Marvel at volcanic landscapes, the ruins of ancient civilisations and Istanbul's bustling city markets.


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          13 Nights

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          14 Meals
          • 13 buffet breakfasts

          • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

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          Highlights

          What's Included

          Sightseeing Highlights

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            • City tour in Istanbul

            • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar 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 Springs 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 Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara


          What's Included

          Dining

            • 13 buffet breakfasts

            • 1 lunch
              (Be My Guest)


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          Travel Highlights

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            • 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.

            • 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


           

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          Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 1

          Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

          Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 2

          Istanbul Sightseeing

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          Day 3

          Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

          Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 4

          Çanakkale – Troy – Çanakkale

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          Day 5

          Çanakkale – Pergamon – Izmir

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          Izmir – Pamukkale

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          Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

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          Perge Excursion

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          Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

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          Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

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          Göreme Excursion

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          Cappadocia – Ankara

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          Ankara – Istanbul

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          Depart Istanbul

          Day 1

          Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

          Stand at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia, embarking on a journey of discovery through ancient lands and the marauding empires who fought to rule it. Arriving in vibrant Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu Sisli

          Meals

          • Welcome Reception

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu Sisli

          Meals

          • Welcome Reception

          Day 1

          Day 2

          Istanbul Sightseeing Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing

          Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Gain insights into the Ottoman Empire's power during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and see the 4th century Egyptian obelisk. Visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. Spend your afternoon at your leisure haggling with passionate market vendors lining the labyrinthine lanes of the Grand Bazaar to ply their wares to the highest bidder. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          Optional Experiences

          Istanbul Nightlife Experience

          You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Sultana's 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$75.00

          Day 2

          Day 3

          Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale Day 3 - Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

          Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives at Gallipoli - the national pride of two nations, the Turkish and Australians, were awakened at the site of the bloody WWI battlefields and are commemorated to this day. See Anzac Cove and Dardanelles, and visit the cemeteries of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. We continue to Canakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.

          Hotel

          Kolin

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Kolin

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 3

          Day 4

          Çanakkale – Troy – Çanakkale Day 4 - Çanakkale – Troy – Çanakkale

          We encounter the legends of Troy and see the symbolic reconstruction of the famous Wooden Horse that ended the 10-year siege of the city. This evening we dine at our hotel before joining a rousing Dawn Service at Gallipoli. Pay tribute to the brave lives lost during WWI to the mournful tune of the Last Post as the sun sets over Anzac Cove.

          Hotel

          Iris

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Iris

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 4

          Day 5

          Çanakkale – Pergamon – Izmir Day 5 - Çanakkale – Pergamon – Izmir

          A leisurely start to your day could see you exploring Çanakkale and indulging in the delicious flavours of a bomba before we journey to the ancient city of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre. Our last stop today is the seaside city of Izmir where tonight we will dine at our hotel.

          Hotel

          Mövenpick

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Mövenpick

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 5

          Day 6

          Izmir – Pamukkale Day 6 - Izmir – Pamukkale

          Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as we journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.

          Hotel

          Richmond Thermal

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Richmond Thermal

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 6

          Day 7

          Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights) Day 7 - Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

          Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hieropolis, and admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale's Cotton Castle Springs. whose ruins we will have an opportunity to explore this morning along with the enchanting Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains for an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch and insights into their traditions. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya where we have some time at leisure to able through the winding lanes of its old city and admire beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

          Hotel

          Crowne Plaza/Rixos Downtown

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Be My Guest Dining
          • Regional Meal

          Hotel

          Crowne Plaza/Rixos Downtown

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Be My Guest Dining
          • Regional Meal

          Day 7

          Day 8

          Perge Excursion Day 8 - Perge Excursion

          Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the beguiling seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum to see treasures spanning the centuries. Your evening is free to find an inviting meyhane for some local chit chat and delicious flavours of kebab and baklava.

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          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$35.00

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          Day 9

          Antalya – Aspendos – Konya Day 9 - Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

          Witness the world's best-preserved theatre of antiquity during our first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain unique insights into the mystical Whirling Dervish sect whose remains lie in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum. We continue to the Karatay Tile Museum, spellbound by its exquisitely Seljuk-tiled dome before returning to our hotel where we'll dine tonight.

          Hotel

          Novotel

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

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          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 9

          Day 10

          Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights) Day 10 - Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

          See where weary travellers once rested at a well-preserved 13th century caravansary. We then journey to the fairy-tale land of Cappadocia with its honey-coloured rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and sights of the cone of Uchisar. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant before retiring to your hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding fairy chimneys.

          Hotel

          Dilek Kaya Authentic Accommodation

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Regional Meal

          Hotel

          Dilek Kaya Authentic Accommodation

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Regional Meal

          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 Day 11 - Göreme Excursion

          The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as we explore its volcanic landscape dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. We visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to admire the extraordinary rock-hewn churches and learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening.

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 11

          Day 12

          Cappadocia – Ankara Day 12 - Cappadocia – Ankara

          Arriving in the youthful capital of Turkey today, we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the final resting place of the country's beloved Atatürk, the first president of the modern Turkish nation. This evening we dine at our hotel in Ankara.

          Hotel

          Crowne Plaza

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Crowne Plaza

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 12

          Day 13

          Ankara – Istanbul Day 13 - Ankara – Istanbul

          Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Delve into the depths of the Basilica Cistern, savour the intoxicating smells of the Spice Market or ascend Galata Tower for exquisite views of east and west. Consider an optional cruise meandering along the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu Sisli

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Farewell Dinner

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu 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

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          Depart Istanbul Day 14 - Depart Istanbul

          Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

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            Located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle, the rooms at Dilek Kaya Hotel are hewn out of the surrounding rock

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            Enjoy lunch with and gain insight into the traditions of the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya

          • 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

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          What's Included

          Sightseeing Highlights

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            • City tour in Istanbul

            • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar 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 Springs 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 Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara


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          Dining

            • 13 buffet breakfasts

            • 1 lunch
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          Travel Highlights

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            • 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.

            • 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


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