Highlights of Turkey

Highlights of Turkey

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Highlights of Turkey

10 Days Starting and ending in Istanbul, Türkiye

Visiting: Istanbul, Çanakkale, Izmir, Pamukkale, Hierapolis and Konya, Cappadocia, Göreme, İstanbul

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

THOTZN19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 54

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Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through the heart of Turkey on the "Highlights of Turkey" tour, where history and culture intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Explore Istanbul's rich heritage with a local specialist, from the grandeur of the Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia to the bustling Grand Bazaar. Pay your respects at the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, marvel at the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and soak in the thermal pools of Pamukkale. View the legendary Wooden Horse at Troy and be mesmerized by the exquisite Blue Mosque. Travel in comfort aboard a luxury air-conditioned coach, complete with Wi-Fi, and stay in cherry-picked hotels, ensuring a journey as relaxing as it is enlightening. With expert guidance, all porterage and restaurant gratuities included, and a selection of meals provided, this tour promises a seamless adventure through Turkey's most iconic sights and hidden gems.

Highlights

  • Explore Istanbul with a Local Specialist

  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Center at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Goreme Open-Air Museum.

  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy

  • See the exquisite Blue Mosque

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Renaissance Polat Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Meet at the crossroads of East and West – the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you’ll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Light Meal.

Day 2 : Discover Colorful Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Renaissance Polat Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. Visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory before following in the footsteps of the faithful to see the Blue Mosque – its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Dive Into Culture as you 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. Later, we e explore Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the museum of Classical Turkish Music, preserving this traditional art. Come across the genius of Turkey’s greatest composer, Dede Efendi, during a private concert by students of the Music Conservancy. The evening is yours to further explore the city.


Day 3: Journey To Gallipoli And Çanakkale

Location: Çanakkale

Accommodation Name: Kolin Hotel Çanakkale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we’ll dine in our hotel.

Day 4 : Off To Troy, Pergamon And Izmir

Location: Izmir

Accommodation Name: Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalized by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asklepion Medical Center whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we Connect With Locals over lunch in the village of Demircidere at a Be My Guest experience. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later and dine in our hotel this evening.

Day 5: Admire The Ruins Of Ephesus And On To Pamukkale

Location: Pamukkale

Accommodation Name: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal Pamukkale

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theater, built by the Romans in the 2nd-century and still in use today. You’ll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.

Day 6: Onwards To Hierapolis And Konya

Location: Hierapolis and Konya

Accommodation Name: Dedeman Konya Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.

Day 7 : Continue To Cappadocia

Location: Cappadocia

Accommodation Name: Exedra Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Continue your journey to Cappadocia, you'll see a 13th-century caravanserai and underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. Then Dive Into Culture to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the Whirling Dervishes then enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Tonight we stay in one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories hewn out of the surrounding rock and houses.


Day 8: A Day To Explore Spectacular Göreme

Location: Göreme

Accommodation Name: Exedra Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take center stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Paşabağı and Kizil Vadi valleys. Join your fellow travelers for an included dinner this evening.


Day 9: Return To Istanbul

Location: Istanbul

Accommodation Name: Renaissance Polat Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop café and admire Istanbul’s iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: Farewell Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Meals Included: Breakfast

We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.

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

What's Not Included

  • Optional Experiences

    Additional cost applies

  • Insurance

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, Flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul.

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Specific transfer information can be found here: Airport Transfers. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Check out our Q&As

  • What type of transportation is included in the Highlights of Turkey tour?

    The transportation included in the Highlights of Turkey tour consists of a luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys), a ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale, and a flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul.

  • What are the highlights of the Highlights of Turkey tour?

    The Highlights of Turkey tour includes exploring Istanbul with a Local Specialist, visiting the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Center at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, and the Göreme Open-Air Museum. Additionally, you will view the Wooden Horse at Troy and see the exquisite Blue Mosque.

  • Are there any exclusions I should be aware of for the Highlights of Turkey tour?

    Yes, the optional experiences are an exclusion and come at an additional cost.

  • What are the inclusions of the Highlights of Turkey tour?

    The inclusions of the Highlights of Turkey tour are an expert Travel Director and professional Driver, cherry-picked hotels, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, all hotel tips, charges and local taxes, must-see sightseeing and surprise extras, audio headsets for flexible sightseeing, and optional experiences and free time.

  • What type of accommodation is provided on the Highlights of Turkey tour?

    The Highlights of Turkey tour provides cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Specific transfer information can be found regarding airport transfers. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

  • What meals are included in the Highlights of Turkey tour?

    The Highlights of Turkey tour includes breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals.

  • 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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