Best of Turkey

Best of Turkey

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Best of Turkey

14 Days Starting and ending in Istanbul

Visiting: Istanbul, Çanakkale, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Göreme, Ankara, İstanbul

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

TBOTZM19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

From: $3150 $2746 Operator discount: -$315 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$89 -13%

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Turkey on the "Best of Turkey" tour, where ancient history and modern culture blend seamlessly. This meticulously crafted tour invites you to explore Istanbul's rich heritage with a local specialist, including visits to the iconic Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the bustling Grand Bazaar. Journey through time at the ancient ruins of Troy, the medical centre of Asclepion in Pergamon, and the archaeological wonders of Ephesus. Experience the natural beauty of Pamukkale's Cotton Castle Springs and delve into the spiritual home of the Whirling Dervishes in Konya. From the underground city of Saratli to the open-air museum in Goreme, each day unfolds new mysteries of this enchanting land. Enjoy luxury coach travel, cherry-picked hotels, and a host of meals included, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience. This tour is not just a holiday; it's an immersion into the soul of Turkey, promising memories that will last a lifetime.

Highlights

  • Explore Istanbul with a Local Specialist

  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome 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

  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Arts Hotel Taksim

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 Light Meal to kick off your epic adventure.

Day 2 : Discover Colourful Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Arts Hotel Taksim

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.

Day 3: Journey To Gallipoli And Çanakkale

Location: Çanakkale

Accommodation: Iris

Accommodation Name: Iris Hotel & Spa Çanakkale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives at Gallipoli – the national pride of two nations, the Turkish and Australians, were awakened at the site of the bloody WWI battlefields and are commemorated to this day. See Anzac Cove and the Dardanelles, and visit the cemeteries of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. We continue to Çanakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.

Day 4: Off To Troy, Pergamon And Izmir

Location: Izmir

Accommodation: Mövenpick

Accommodation Name: Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore the legends of Troy and see the symbolic replica of the famous Wooden Horse the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. Visit the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre in the city of Pergamon before retiring in seaside Izmir this evening where we'll dine at our hotel.

Day 5: Explore The Ruins Of Ephesus

Location: Ephesus

Accommodation: Mövenpick

Accommodation Name: Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention

Meals Included: Breakfast

Stroll through the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, past the amazingly intact façade of the Library of Celcus and down to what was once its thriving port. See the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos then spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening you may consider joining an optional dinner at a local restaurant in Izmir and indulge in some of the local raki.

Day 6: Onwards To Pamukkale

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation: Colossae Thermal

Accommodation Name: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal Pamukkale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as you journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.

Day 7 : Venture To Hierapolis And Antalya

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation: Marmara Antalya

Accommodation Name: Oz Hotels

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

Accommodation: Marmara Antalya

Accommodation Name: Oz Hotels

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: Konya

Accommodation: Dedeman

Accommodation Name: Dedeman Konya Hotel

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

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation: Dilek Kaya

Accommodation Name: Exedra Hotel Cappadocia

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

Location: Göreme

Accommodation: Dilek Kaya

Accommodation Name: Exedra Hotel Cappadocia

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. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 12: Onwards To Ankara

Location: Ankara

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton

Accommodation Name: Grand Mercure Ankara

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: İstanbul

Accommodation: Grand Hyatt

Accommodation Name: Arts Hotel Taksim

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.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

What's Not Included

  • International flights

    Flights to and from the tour start and end points are not included.

  • Travel insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Some meals

    Not all meals are covered by the tour package.

    Please refer to the itinerary for details.

  • Personal expenses

    Expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, and additional activities are not included.

  • Optional experiences

    Costs for optional experiences not included in the tour itinerary are not covered.

Mode of Transport

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.

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Stays With Stories: During construction a chapel was discovered which inspired the name; In ancient Rome, it was called 'Exedra', which means the meeting and discussion place of philosophers. The rooms are individual in design at Exedra Hotel hewn out of the surrounding rock and houses. Many handcrafted and antique pieces are on display throughout the hotel adding to the unique architecture that connects the buildings.

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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