Highlights of Turkey Luxury Tour

Highlights of Turkey Luxury Tour

12 Days



Highlights of Turkey Luxury Tour

12 Days Starting and ending in Istanbul

Visiting: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Izmir, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Goreme, Ankara, Los Angeles

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2 - 20

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes and historical wonders of Turkey with the "Highlights of Turkey Luxury Tour." This meticulously crafted tour invites you to explore the magical city of Istanbul, where the rich tapestry of history and vibrant culture unfolds at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Marvel at ancient wonders such as the Hippodrome, the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque, and the mysterious Cistern Basilica. Cruise the Bosphorus for a unique perspective of Istanbul, and pay homage to the heroes at the Gallipoli battlefields. Discover the ancient ruins of Troy, Ephesus, and the UNESCO-listed city of Hierapolis, nestled in the breathtaking natural beauty of Pamukkale's thermal waters. The adventure continues in Cappadocia, where fairy chimneys and underground cities await exploration, possibly from the basket of a hot-air balloon. With luxurious accommodations, including nights in 4 & 5-star hotels and a traditional Turkish Gulet, and modern air-conditioned coaches equipped with Wi-Fi, this tour promises comfort, adventure, and a deep dive into Turkey's rich heritage.


  • Explore the magical city of Istanbul, where Europe meets Asia, and discover its rich history and vibrant culture.

  • Witness the ancient wonders of the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the mysterious Cistern Basilica in Istanbul.

  • Cruise between Europe and Asia on the breathtaking Bosphorus, experiencing the unique charm of Istanbul from the water.

  • Pay respects at the historical battlefields of Gallipoli, visiting significant sites like Anzac Cove and Lone Pine.

  • Explore the ancient city of Troy and marvel at the legendary Trojan Horse.

  • Discover the ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the house of Virgin Mary.

  • Relax in the thermal waters of Pamukkale, also known as the Cotton Castle, and explore the ancient city of Hierapolis.

  • Experience the unique landscape of Cappadocia with its fairy chimneys and underground cities, and possibly take a hot-air balloon ride over this otherworldly terrain.

  • Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara and learn about the ancient civilizations that have shaped this region.

Places You'll See

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Day 1: Los Angeles - Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Overnight Flight

Depart for Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Meet the marvellous merge of Europe and Asia at the magical Istanbul to embark on a cultural discovery through ancient lands. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the diverse and incredibly tasteful Turkish cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for delicious desserts.

Day 3: Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to the heart of Istanbul old town and witness the perfect blend of ancient and modern unfold before you. Stroll with your expert local guide through the Hippodrome, visit the charming Blue Mosque and the mysterious Cistern Basilica. Enjoy an exquisite meal worthy of Sultans next to the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Enjoy some personal leisure time in the old town, discover hidden gems and embrace the local culture. In the afternoon meet the breath-taking Bosphorus in all its charm as you cruise in-between Europe and Asia.

Day 4: Istanbul – Gallipoli

Location: Gallipoli

Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Çanakkale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After a delicious breakfast, we leave for the famous shores of Gallipoli. As you drive through the scenic countryside, we recharge at the lovely village of Kesan over a delicious meal. Arriving in Gallipoli in the afternoon, we pay our respects to the fallen Turkish and Australian soldiers who bravely fought here during World War 1, still commemorated every year in April. Witness the now-green battlefields, visit the Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and other important historical sites. We continue towards Canakkale with a picturesque ferry ride just in time for dinner and a recharging stay at our hotel.

Day 5: Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

Location: Izmir

Accommodation Name: Izmir Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

A day filled with epic adventure awaits. In the morning, we visit the ancient city or Troy and witness the ruins of the once glorious city with a special place in mythology and history. Pose with the famous Trojan Horse before departing for Pergamon. Home to healing waters and ruins of the Asklepion medical centre, it is one of the most important centres of healing of the Roman world. Following the cultural overload, we rest at the seaside metropolitan Izmir - the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Turkish seafood culture and raki.

Day 6: Ephesus – Pamukkale

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation Name: Doga Thermal Health & Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive along the coast to the amazing ruins of ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage. Stroll the incredibly well-preserved ancient city and the impressive library. With a short ride away from the marvellous wonders, you will visit Virgin Mary’s house in the mountains – where she is believed to have lived her final days. Our next stop will be of culinary discovery at a lovely restaurant in the countryside famously known for delicious gozleme. Heading further inland, we arrive in our hotel at the Cotton Castle of Turkey, Pamukkale. Rest up, relax or even savour the spa or massage services of your hotel. Your seat for dinner is already reserved at the hotel restaurant.

Day 7: Pamukkale, Konya

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation Name: Dedeman Konya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Walk in the shallow pools of calcar with breath-taking scenery unfolding before you in terraces of snow-white travertines. Famously known for its mineral-rich waters and healing properties, Pamukkale region has welcomed endless visitors over millennia. Delve into history at the ancient city Hierapolis and its majestic amphitheatre of 15,000 seats and ever-impressive acoustics. The journey continues towards Konya, home of the famous whirling dervishes - members of the Sufism order. You can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of discovery.

Day 8: Konya - Cappadocia

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation Name: Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Meet the diverse Turkish culture and its various facades today. Starting with an 8-century-old center of education and architectural beauty, Karatay Madrasa, continue to the Museum and Mausoleum of Mevlana, also globally known as Rumi. Explore the ideas and works of the famous scholar, poet and theologist of the 13th century, whose teachings of understanding and acceptance have lived on to this day. From cultural to natural wonders, we travel inland towards the other-worldly Cappadocia. One of the most popular sites in Turkey, the famous region is decorated with stunning caves and fairy-chimneys: unique formations of eroded volcanic rocks and tuff. Starting the adventure at Avanos - famous for its top-quality clay, learn all about pottery-making at an interactive workshop. After a long day of cultural discovery, relax at your hotel and join your group over dinner at the hotel.

Day 9: Goreme Open-Air Museum

Location: Goreme

Accommodation Name: Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rise early to join the hot-air balloon experience, flying over the magical fairy-chimneys. A bucket-list item for all keen travellers, it is an experience not to be missed (please bear in mind that this optional experience is dependent on weather conditions). As you disembark your balloon, you will get the chance to explore the wondrous formations up close at Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The soft rock has allowed for both nature and people to carve incredible underground cities, chapels, cave houses and much more. These impressive millennia-old underground structures have sheltered countless Christians escaping the Roman Empire in the 4th century and housed Orthodox monks in the 12th century. Here you’ll witness the wonders of nature as well as each culture engraved in the fabric of this marvellous geography. Later on, delve into one of the finest and oldest crafts of Turkey at its home as we visit a carpet-weaving workshop. In the evening, you can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of cultural discovery. Alternatively, you may join a live show of whirling dervishes to witness the unique divine ritual, an unforgettable experience. You can also join an optional wine tasting session or Turkish Night show.

Day 10: Cappadocia - Ankara

Location: Ankara

Accommodation Name: Ankara HiltonSA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Start an unforgettable day by exploring the famous underground city of Kaymakli where ancient Christians took refuge to escape raids and wars for centuries. Here you will discover the complex network of underground tunnels, storerooms, burial chambers and chapels dating back to various eras. Together with the unique geology, each civilization and culture have shaped this marvellous heritage over thousands of years into a one-of-a-kind experience for all travellers. Taking a scenic ride to Ankara, the Turkish capital, our first stop is the impressive Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Here you’ll discover countless ancient civilizations that has dominated Asia Minor throughout history. After our dinner at the hotel, personal leisure time to spend the evening exploring the capital as you please.

Day 11: Ankara - Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Start the morning with a visit to Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk – the final resting place of the founding father of Republic of Turkey. It is a location sacred to Turkish people, a glorious yet calming place of great importance. With a scenic drive through the Anatolian countryside, we make our way to Istanbul on a comfortable ride. Stop along the way for a lunch break at the gorgeous mountains surrounded by sublime nature of Bolu. Arriving at your Istanbul hotel in the afternoon, haggle your way through the famous Grand Bazaar to find the perfect souvenir for your loved ones and yourself!

Day 12: Istanbul - Los Angeles

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Location: Los Angeles

Meals Included: Breakfast

Depart for Los Angeles

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    8 Nights in 4 & 5 Star Hotels. See hotels 3 Nights in Traditional Turkish Gulet

  • Meals

    10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transportation

    Modern Air-conditioned Coaches with Wi-Fi, Traditional Turkish Gulet

  • Airport Transfer(s)

    Arrival Airport transfer on the first day of the tour.

  • Tour Guiding

    Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

  • Free Wi-Fi

    Complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi (where available)

What's Not Included


Add Ons

Local Payment: £0

Mode of Transport

Travel in style with modern air-conditioned coaches equipped with Wi-Fi, ensuring a comfortable journey. Embrace the charm of the sea with a traditional Turkish Gulet cruise, adding a touch of adventure.


Experience 8 nights in luxurious 4 & 5-star hotels, offering the perfect blend of comfort and elegance, and 3 nights aboard a traditional Turkish Gulet, providing a unique and memorable stay.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, the tour includes 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.

  • Is airport transfer included?

    Yes, arrival airport transfer on the first day of the tour is included.

  • What are the main highlights of the tour?

    The tour highlights are not specifically listed in the provided information.

  • What type of accommodation is included?

    The tour includes 8 nights in luxurious 4 & 5-star hotels and 3 nights aboard a traditional Turkish Gulet.

  • What is the name of the tour?

    Highlights of Turkey Luxury Tour

  • Is Wi-Fi available during the tour?

    Yes, complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi is available where possible.

  • What type of transportation is used during the tour?

    The tour uses modern air-conditioned coaches equipped with Wi-Fi and a traditional Turkish Gulet for transportation.

  • Are there any guided tours included?

    Yes, the tour includes services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licensed by the Ministry of Tourism.

  • What is the primary theme of the tour?

    The primary theme of the tour is Cultural.

  • Can I arrange accommodation before or after my tour?

    Pre and post-tour accommodation is available on most of our tours with our improved rates, depending on the availability. You can add pre or post accommodation during the booking process online

  • Do I need to get a visa in advance or can I get it on arrival at the destination?

    You are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Please consult your travel agent or the relevant consulate in advance to determine if or which visas are required and how to obtain them. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could result in your rejection to enter the destination, and could result in considerable expenses and inconvenience. More information about visas is also available on the pre-departure files of each tour.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Most of our guests are seasoned travellers with years of experience, looking to discover a culture in exquisite style. They are passionate to explore new things, connect with the local fabric and spend quality time on a comfortable adventure. The majority of our guests are from the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.

  • What are the optional experiences?

    Optional experiences are activities that you can do on your own or are provided by third parties. These activities are not part of the itinerary or tour price, but suggested to you as popular attractions at your destination.

  • How am I protected when booking a tour with Ciconia?

    We are a member of ABTA, Association of British Travel Agents, Travel Talk Adventures Membership number Y600X. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. ABTA also offers you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of this contract. The scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently. It is a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you for cost. We also reflect our customer-oriented values to our policies, assisting all our guests to our utmost ability in case of changes. Our website is secured via 128-bit encryption, safeguarding your holiday is important to us.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    There are always solo travellers on our tours. If you don’t mind staying with another single traveller of the same gender, then you do not need to pay the single supplement. The single supplement is for guests who would like to stay in a private room for the duration of their tour. You can arrange a single room when booking online or by contacting us. Please note this option is not always available for certain tours.

  • What does the tour price include?

    Ciconia tours generally cover top quality accommodation and premium transportation, all breakfasts and most dinners, services of expert Travel Director and local guides at some sites, all entrance fees to all sites on tour, airport transfers, and all taxes, tips and porterage fees.

Reviews of this operator

Dexter Dunworth  

The tour was exceptional!


The tour was exceptional! And the guide exceed expectations with his vast and in depth knowledge of local culture and Anatolia history . Coupled with his exceptional good looks and personality. With the driver we felt safe and the coach was comfortable.

Linda T.  

The tour of Turkey was amazing


The tour of Turkey was amazing. The itinerary was well thought out with lots of great sites visited and very comfortable accommodation at the end of the day. We always felt very comfortable with our bus driver Oral and were able to spread out on the bus with our small tour. Very important for busy days. Our tour guide Aykut was brilliant. He has great information to share about the sites and Turkey in general, was always cheerful and worked hard to ensure everyone’s needs were met. 5 star :))

Adam Hannant  

Our tour guide was outstanding


Our tour guide, Mohammad Shaarawy, was outstanding. He made us feel safe and kept us informed throughout our trip to Egypt. He taught us so much about Egypt and its history. We feel blessed to have met him and for having him as our guide. Thank you Mohammed. We hope to see you again.🙏🏻🇪🇬 Adam & Laura

Linda Hockton  

What a wonderful experience


What a wonderful experience we have had with Ciconia. Such amazing sights and Turkish experiences - truly unforgettable. And thank goodness for Aykut. Best guide EVER!!! So knowledgeable, patient, thoughtful and absolutely hilarious. We loved every minute with Aykut and the long bus rides would have been very difficult without him on board. BRAVO Aykut

Elaine Chan  

The 11 day Turkey tour is amazing


The 11 day Turkey tour is amazing. Our tour guide looked after us so well, the stories he told of the history and places we visited were the highlights of the tour. The next time I return to Turkey I want him to be the tour guide!!!

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