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Highlights of Turkey with Anzac Day

8 Days 1 Country 5 Cities

Discover trojan horses and ancient cities on this Turkish delight of a Country Explorer trip.

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      15 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

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      Istanbul, Turkey

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      Istanbul, Turkey

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          • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
          • 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

          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: GTHOTA

          7 Nights

          accommodation

          14 Meals
          • 7 buffet breakfasts

          • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

          • 6 dinners

          On-trip Transport

          All transport shown.

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          Highlights

          What's Included

          Sightseeing Highlights

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            • City tour in Istanbul

            • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli

            • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Grand Mosque in Bursa


          What's Included

          Dining

            • 7 buffet breakfasts

            • 1 lunch
              (Be My Guest)

            • 6 dinners


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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

            • 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


           

          Highlights of Turkey with Anzac Day

          Your Itinerary

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          Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 1

          Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

          Hippodrome, Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 2

          Istanbul Sightseeing

          Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 3

          Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale

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          Day 4

          Çanakkale – Troy – Izmir

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          Day 5

          Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

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          Day 6

          Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Bursa

          Grand Bazar, Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 7

          Bursa – Istanbul

          Istanbul, Turkey

          Day 8

          Depart Istanbul

          Day 1

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

          Meet at the crossroads of East and West - the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu Sisli

          Meals

          • Welcome Reception

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu Sisli

          Meals

          • Welcome Reception

          Day 1

          Day 2

          Istanbul Sightseeing Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing

          Delve into treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque - its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Consider an optional cruise along the Bosphorus to see how its meandering waters separate the European and Asian sides of the city.

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          Meals

          • 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 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 – Canakkale Day 3 - Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale

          Today we spend a quiet moment commemorating the brave lives lost at Gallipoli and see the Lone Pine Cemetery and battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. We dine at our hotel in Çanakkale before participating in the poignant Dawn Service to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their life at Gallipoli as the Last Post is played.

          Hotel

          Iris

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Iris

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 3

          Day 4

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

          Visit the ancient city of Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen, where we'll admire its symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse built by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre, whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. Our last stop before travelling to Izmir in the village of Demircidere where we'll enjoy a memorable Be My Guest luncheon with Turkey's most liberated women.

          Hotel

          Mövenpick

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Be My Guest Dining
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Mövenpick

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Be My Guest Dining
          • Dinner

          Day 4

          Day 5

          Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale Day 5 - Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

          Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the dizzying twirling of the mystical Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi sect.

          Hotel

          Colossae Thermal

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Colossae Thermal

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          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

          Day 5

          Day 6

          Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Bursa Day 6 - Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Bursa

          This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is in the lush silk centre of Bursa where tonight we dine in our hotel.

          Hotel

          Sheraton

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Hotel

          Sheraton

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Dinner

          Day 6

          Day 7

          Bursa – Istanbul Day 7 - Bursa – Istanbul

          Caress soft silky textures and admire the riot of colours as you amble through the old silk market of Bursa. We visit its exquisite Grand Mosque before returning to Istanbul for an afternoon spent haggling for the best deals at the extraordinary Grand Bazaar - a veritable sprawl of enchanting shops and bold merchants plying pottery, leather, lamps and spice. Our final evening together sees us enjoy a Farewell dinner with our fellow travellers to reminisce over shared memories.

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu Sisli

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Farewell Dinner

          Hotel

          Radisson Blu Sisli

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast
          • Farewell Dinner

          Day 7

          Day 8

          Depart Istanbul Day 8 - Depart Istanbul

          We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          Meals

          • Buffet Breakfast

          Day 8

          Available Departures

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          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

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          Highlights

          What's Included

          Sightseeing Highlights

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            • City tour in Istanbul

            • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli

            • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Grand Mosque in Bursa


          What's Included

          Dining

            • 7 buffet breakfasts

            • 1 lunch
              (Be My Guest)

            • 6 dinners


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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

            • 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


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