Classical Turkey

Classical Turkey

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Classical Turkey

9 Days Starting in Istanbul, Türkiye and ending in Acarlar, 35920 Selçuk/Izmir, Türkiye

Visiting: İstanbul, Çanakkale, Izmir, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus Ancient City, London

Tour operator:

Cox & Kings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

14-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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From: $2271 $1954 including Flights from the UK Operator discount: -$253 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$64 -14%

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jun-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Turkey has played a major role in the history of the Mediterranean world. Due to its strategic location straddling two continents, it has been a crucial crossroads and staging post on the trade routes between east and west. This tour combines the country's many natural wonders and man-made marvels, including the striking architecture of Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the remarkable classical sites of Troy, Aphrodisias and Ephesus, and the ancient hot springs of Pamukkale.

Highlights

  • Visit the shop where Turkish delight was invented

  • Turkish coffee tasting experience

  • Visit to the village of Sirince with local wine tasting

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Fly To Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Levni Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Levni Hotel for 3 nights. Meeting and welcome drink.

Day 2 : Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Levni Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning tour of Istanbul including the remains of the Hippodrome, which at its height could accommodate 100,000 spectators, the Blue Mosque, with its exquisite blue tiles and Hagia Sofia, built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. Afternoon visit to the Basilica Cistern, a marvel of Byzantine engineering located underneath the city, and finish at the Egyptian Bazaar.

Day 3 : Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Levni Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning tour of Topkapi Palace, formerly the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans. Tour the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s legendary covered market, and enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 4 : Canakkale

Location: Çanakkale

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Kolin Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning drive to Canakkale. Tour of the Gallipoli battlefield, scene of the aborted Allied invasion of 1915. Visit Cape Helles, Suvla Bay and Anzac Cove. Stay at the Kolin Hotel for 1 night.

Day 5 : Troy - Pergamon - Izmir

Location: Izmir

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Key Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive from Canakkale to Izmir, stopping en route to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Troy. Continue to Pergamon for a tour of the historic town, including visits to the Acropolis, the Asclepion and Temple of Athena while in Troy. Transfer to the Key Hotel for 1 night.

Day 6 : Hierapolis - Pamukkale - Laodicea

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning drive to the ruins of Hierapolis and the travertine terraces, and the hot springs at Pamukkale. Continue to Laodicea, where the ruins of one of the seven biblical churches of Asia remain. Stay overnight at the Adempira Hotel in Pamukkale.

Day 7 : Aphrodisias - Kusadasi

Location: Kusadasi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ilayda Avantgarde

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive to Aphrodisias. Visit the Temple of Aphrodite and the most complete amphitheatre to have survived from the ancient world. Drive on to the village of Sirince, with its authentic Greco-Mediterranean architecture of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. Enjoy wine tasting at a nearby vineyard. Continue to Kusadasi and stay 2 nights at Ilayda Avantgarde Kusadasi.

Day 8 : Ephesus

Location: Ephesus Ancient City

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ilayda Avantgarde

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning tour of Ephesus, once the capital of Roman Asia Minor. See the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World, as well as the main site with its fabled Library of Celsus. Continue to the house of the Virgin Mary. Afternoon at leisure or optional visit to the hillside town of Priene and the ancient Ionian ports of the Menderes Valley.

Day 9 : Fly To London

Location: London

Accommodation: n/a

Meals Included: Breakfast

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Istanbul.

What's Included

  • No single supplement on selected departure dates (limited availability)

  • 4- & 5-star accommodation

  • Flexible - extension, room & flight upgrades available

  • Flights with Turkish Airlines

  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles

  • Experienced local tour manager

  • 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners

  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • Country Entry Visas

Check out our Q&As

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do so, the cost will be deducted from the tour price.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes. Quoted prices include all entrance fees.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    No but there will be the support of an English speaking local representative if required.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes. We only work with passionate local guides who have a firm grasp of English – so they can answer all your questions and offer invaluable insight into your destination.

  • Why do I have to pay more for my holiday if I am a single traveller?

    Most hotels around the world charge more per person for a single occupancy room than for a shared twin room, because the cost of maintaining a room for one person can be almost as high as it is for two. In addition, many single occupancy rooms are the same as twin / double rooms.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    No, Our tailor-made tours are private, They are for those who prefer to travel solo, in a couple or maybe with a group of family or friends.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    Standard: Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere.

  • Can Cox & Kings arrange my visa?

    We cannot arrange your visa but we can recommend a reputable visa assistance company who can help with your application. Please contact your tour consultant for details.

  • What is the difference between a 'single' supplement and 'sole' supplement?

    A 'single' traveller is someone occupying a single room while travelling with one or more other people, for example a single person travelling on a group tour. A 'sole' traveller is someone travelling on their own. As a single traveller on a group tour (except those in the SoloTravellers collection), please check the single supplement price. If you wish to add an extension to that tour, please th

  • When will I get my tickets?

    Travel documents will be sent approximately two weeks prior to departure (third party suppliers' policies may vary), unless your booking is made within six weeks of departure, in which case final documents will be sent as soon as possible.

  • When do I need to pay my final balance?

    Final payment must be made no less than 75 days before departure.

  • What are the four tour categories?

    ***LUXURY These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout*** ***SUPERIOR Most Cox & Kings tours fall under this category and are based in 4- or 5-star accommodation where available, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***STANDARD Simpler in emphasis, these itineraries typically feature 4-star or good 3-star accommodation throughout, or the best alternative elsewhere*** ***DISCOVERY Best suited to the hardier traveller, these tours typically include some quite basic accommodation, possibly longer and rougher road journeys and, in some cases, more strenuous activities, such as trekking***

  • Do your prices include flights?

    All prices for Cox & Kings holidays include international flights, except where indicated. Australasia and Canada holidays do not include international flights so that you may benefit from the best prices at the time you choose to book, taking advantage of major seasonal variations and short term special offers. For all destinations, you may be able to arrange your own flights. If you wish to do

  • What is a non-exclusive escorted group tour?

    The vast majority of our group tours are exclusive to Cox & Kings clients. However, there are a few exceptions where holidaymakers who booked their tour with another travel company travel in the group.

  • When will I get a detailed itinerary?

    If you are travelling on a group tour, you will receive a detailed itinerary with your travel pack. If travelling on a private basis, you will receive your detailed itinerary with your confirmation invoice.

  • Do I need inoculations?

    Many of our destinations have recommended health precautions, which you can read about in our regional documents and health pages. However, we recommend that you contact your doctor who will be able to give you professional advice, arrange any vaccinations and give advice on malaria protection. Alternatively, visit the NHS website for more information.

  • What happens if a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers? Will it be cancelled?

    If a group tour does not reach its minimum numbers, we will either offer for you to take your holiday on a private basis (which may involve a supplement), or you will be fully refunded.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Peter  

A wonderful trip

The Cox & Kings “meet and greet” system seems infa

The Cox & Kings “meet and greet” system seems infallible, and makes all the difference to the quality of the trip. Our guides could not have been more welcoming, or more informative. They clearly love their country and were proud to show us as much as possible in the time allowed, with both guides going a little beyond the time limit without the slightest protest. In short, a wonderful trip!

Paul  

A Relaxed Way to Book a Holiday

Sue and I have travelled with Cox & Kings a number

Sue and I have travelled with Cox & Kings a number of times and have always booked direct with them. For this latest trip, I again contacted them direct and spoke to their travel advisor for the chosen area for a tailor-made holiday. I found him empathetic, knowledgeable and understanding of my requirements. An initial itinerary was prepared which after due consideration and discussion was cheerfully amended and agreed on. There was no pressure put on me and I found it, as usual, a good experience. Holiday now booked and I am looking forward to the trip.

Jessica  

Knowledgeable Staff and Excellent Service

Knowledgeable staff and excellent service that 'go

Knowledgeable staff and excellent service that 'goes the extra mile'. I have been on several holidays through Cox and Kings over the last 20 years and have always been more than satisfied.

Yvonne  

Great itinerary and great service

Great itinerary and great service from Cox & Kings

Great itinerary and great service from Cox & Kings. I will definitely use them in the future.

Suzie  

Delighted Customers!

My partner and myself have been regular travellers

My partner and myself have been regular travellers for over 20 years and up to now been loyal to a rival company. After an incident with them, we decided to change loyalty and try C&K. Was absolutely a good move. For the past couple years I have spoken to Sabastian Gittany, what a delight to be able to speak to the same consultant! I was immediately impressed with the service, he was extremely helpful, polite and nothing is too much trouble. Sabastian has an immense knowledge through his own travel experiences, which in turn helped us to ensure we booked the right holiday for us. As a result of the excellent service we received from Sabastian we have booked 4 holidays for 2022, the first being Egypt Nile Cruise, which he tailored and with lots discussions finally created an itinerary for us, so we are delighted.

Steven  

Well looked after before and during

We were well looked after before and during our va

We were well looked after before and during our vacation. Top class accommodation and guides.

Haig  

Exceptional Service

I have frequently used Cox and Kings and they neve

I have frequently used Cox and Kings and they never disappoint. They organise whatever I want and the great thing about their group tours is that they always include some free time. Other companies tend to pack far too much in to their schedules. I have found everyone I have ever dealt with keen to provide the best possible service.

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    Cox & Kings requires a minimum deposit of 15% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 75 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of cox & kings charges.

    Up to 75 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 74 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 90% of booking price.

    At 14 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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