Best of Turkey with Anzac Day

Best of Turkey with Anzac Day

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Best of Turkey with Anzac Day

14 Days Starting and ending in Istanbul

Visiting: İstanbul, Eceabat, Troy, Çanakkale, Gelibolu, Gallipoli, Pergamon Ancient City, İzmir, Selçuk, Pamukkale, Antalya, Perge Ancient City, Aspendos Theater, Konya, Cappadocia, Göreme, Ankara

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

GTBOTZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

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$3010 (USD) Operator discount: $40 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: $85
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Tour Overview

From the legends of Troy to ancient Greek cities, your travels will reveal the places where history happened. On this in-depth Best of Turkey voyage, you’ll also venture into the Taurus Mountains for lunch with the Yazir community and relax on the shores of the Turkish Riviera.

Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 13 Breakfast (B)

  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)

  • 2 Regional Dinner (RD)

  • 7 Dinner (D)

  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

  • Antalya: Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya.

  • Istanbul: 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.

  • : Learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos.

  • : Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the ancient ruins of Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, the underground city of Saratli, Goreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Istanbul
Location: İstanbul
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

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.

Day 2: Discover Colourful Istanbul Dive Into Culture
Location: İstanbul
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 and the Hippodrome. See the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. Dive Into Culture this afternoon, with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Spend your afternoon haggling with passionate market vendors lining its labyrinthine lanes. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

Day 3: Journey To Troy And Çanakkale
Location: İstanbul, Eceabat, Troy, Çanakkale
Accommodation: Iris
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving Istanbul behind, you'll cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry to Çanakkale. Visit the Archaeological Site of Troy and the replica wooden horse which famously ended a 10-year siege. Then, return to Çanakkale and check in to your hotel, leaving later this evening to attend the Dawn Service.

Day 4: Experience The Poignant Anzac Cove Dawn Service
Location: Çanakkale, Eceabat, Gelibolu, Eceabat, Çanakkale
Accommodation: Iris
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Witness the stirring dawn tribute at Anzac Cove and pay your respects to the brave soldiers who lost their lives during poignant ceremonies held at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Return to your hotel in Çanakkale later this afternoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5: Onwards To Gallipoli And Izmir
Location: Çanakkale, Eceabat, Gallipoli, Eceabat, Çanakkale, Troy, Pergamon Ancient City, İzmir, Selçuk
Accommodation: Mövenpick
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross the Dardanelle Strait again and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. You'll be reminded of the sacrifices made by both sides during World War I before returning to Çanakkale and then on to Izmir where you'll spend the night.

Day 6: Explore The Ruins Of Ephesus And On To Pamukkale
Location: İzmir, Pamukkale
Accommodation: Colossae Thermal
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Stroll through the ruins of Ephesus and see the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos before continuing to Pamukkale.

Day 7: Venture To Hierapolis And Antalya Connect With Locals
Location: Pamukkale, Antalya
Accommodation: Marmara Antalya
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, then admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale's Cotton Castle Springs. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains, where we’ll Connect With Locals and gain insights into their traditions at our Be My Guest lunch. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya. Enjoy some time on your own ambling through the winding lanes of its old city and admiring beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Enjoy Ancient Perge
Location: Antalya, Perge Ancient City, Antalya
Accommodation: Marmara Antalya
Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the enchanting seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to the Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and see treasures spanning the centuries.

Day 9: On The Road To Aspendos And Konya
Location: Antalya, Aspendos Theater, Konya
Accommodation: Dedeman
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Witness the world's best-preserved theatre of antiquity during your first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain 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.

Day 10: Continue To Cappadocia Stays With Stories
Location: Konya, Cappadocia
Accommodation: Dilek Kaya
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanserai, at which weary travellers used to rest. We journey to Cappadocia with its honey-coloured rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at King’s Valley eco farm. Local host Ali shares how he created an eco farm on the very spot where his grandfather’s garden once stood, in an affort to preserve traditional farming and revive the local economy. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant, before retiring to your hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding fairy chimneys.  Tonight we stay in one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle.

Day 11: A Day To Explore Spectacular Göreme Dive Into Culture
Location: Cappadocia, Göreme, Cappadocia
Accommodation: Dilek Kaya
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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 Dive Into Culture to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening.

Day 12: Onwards To Ankara
Location: Cappadocia, Ankara
Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 13: Return To Istanbul
Location: Ankara, İstanbul
Accommodation: Grand Hyatt
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day on our own. 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 navigating the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Day 14: Farewell Istanbul
Location: İstanbul
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale

  • Optional Experiences and free time

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews of this Operator

Renato Arrieta  

Best tour I joined so far

14-Jan-2023

My first time with Trafalgar and I see no reason why I should not join them again.

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King Ng, Lafayette, California  

Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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Trusted Customer  

Best of Egypt

14-Jan-2023

We really did see the best of Egypt and beyond. Our tour guide, Mohammad, guided us through the rich history and the urban and rural life of such a unique and delightful country. We felt very safe and pampered.

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Marshal Daguio  

Wonderful Best Of Turkey

06-Nov-2021

It was my first time with Trafalgar Tour and I had a wonderful trip from day 1 till the last day. The Tour Director, Yocel Atik is very knowledgeable and Excellent. The health director and coach driver are helpful and supportive as well. The hotels selected were comfortable especially Rixos Hotel and Movenpick Hotel. The Best of Turkey is better than I expected.

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Barbara, Canada  

Irish Experience

09-Nov-2021

I am single and travel alone. I always feel secure and well-looked after when I travel with Trafalgar

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    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

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