Turkey

Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans.

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Tour TypeTrip NameNo. DaysBookingsPrices per person
Escorted TourHighlights of Turkey8From $ 1,775.00
Escorted TourBest of Turkey14From $ 2,325.00


Highlights of Turkey

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 Triy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.

Itinerary   
Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli, 2 nights

Day 2: Istanbul

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.

Day 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.
Hotel: Kolin

Day 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.
Hotel: Wyndham Grand Ozdilek/ Mövenpick

Day 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.
Hotel: Colossae Thermal

Day 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.
Hotel: Thermal Kervansary

Day 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.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 8: Depart Istanbul

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

Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary


Best of Turkey

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.

Itinerary   
Day 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.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli/Wyndham Old City, 2 nights

Day 2: Istanbul

Gain 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 market and this evening consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk dances and belly dancing entertainment.

Day 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.
Hotel: Kolin

Day 4: Çanakkale - Troy - Pergamon - Izmir

Visit the ruins of Troy, and see the famous Wooden Horse. Explore the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre in the city of Pergamon. Dine at your hotel in Izmir this evening.
Hotel: Mövenpick, 2 nights

Day 5: Izmir

Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Consider an optional dinner tonight at a local restaurant in Izmir.

Day 6: Izmir - Pamukkale

This morning leave the coastal city of Izmir and travel inland towards Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. Arrive in Pamukkale and relax in the hot springs at your hotel before dinner.
Hotel: Richmond Thermal

Day 7: Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya

After breakfast visit the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale. Later 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. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, 2 nights

Day 8: Antalya

This morning you can either embark on an optional yacht cruise or enjoy free time in Antalya. Later, visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and the Roman city of Perge. Dine tonight at a local restaurant of your choice.

Day 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.
Hotel: Ramada Plaza

Day 10: Konya – Cappadocia

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. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Dilek Kaya Authentic Accommodation, 2 nights

Day 11: Cappadocia

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.

Day 12: Cappadocia – Ankara

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and Ataturk's Mausoleum. Dine tonight at your hotel.
Hotel: Swiss/Crowne Plaza

Day 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.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli/Wyndham Old City

Day 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.

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary