Wonders of Turkey

11 days

from €95 pppd

Trip available from Dec 2016 to Mar 2017.
"Another great vacation with Trafalgar"
Carol , Jun 2014

From icons like Istanbul's Blue Mosque to the intriguing underground city of Sarhatli, this great-value journey covers Turkey's essential wonders with a few surprises along the way. As you traverse diverse lands and cultures, you'll meet local craftspeople like the rug-makers of Cappadocia, who carry on the ancient methods of their trade.

Trip type:
CostSaver
Trip code:
TTUR

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey. In the evening attend a trip briefing with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.

    Hotel

    Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Centre

  • 2.

    ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING

    Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour including a visit to see parts of the Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852. Visit the Hippodrome, once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Visit the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, so-called for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Consider joining a delicious Turkish optional dinner where local cuisine is served along with traditional belly dancing entertainment.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

  • 3.

    ISTANBUL – ANKARA

    This morning enjoy free time in the city or take an Optional Experience of Hagia Sophia. This church was built in the Byzantine capital during the 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it houses a museum and is known as one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Afterwards consider taking a cruise along the Bosphorus enjoying views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Holiday Inn Kavaklidere

  • 4.

    ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA (2 NIGHTS)

    Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from as far back as 7,500 years including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia where you will visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Perhaps take an Optional Experience this evening to see a mesmerising Whirling Dervish performance with dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Avrasya

  • 5.

    CAPPADOCIA SIGHTSEEING

    This morning visit Pasabagi and the red valley and later stop at a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art. This afternoon you may wish to take an Optional Experience to Göreme and Avanos. Göreme, a historical region of Turkey located among unique rock formations, was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Afterwards continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. This evening dinner will be served at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

  • 6.

    CAPPADOCIA – KONYA

    Today drive to Konya and visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Later check into your hotel in Konya and enjoy dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Hilton Garden Inn

  • 7.

    KONYA – PAMUKKALE

    After breakfast leave Konya and travel to see the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. You will also get to see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Richmond Thermal

  • 8.

    PAMUKKALE – EPHESUS AND ST. MARY'S HOUSE – IZMIR

    Today travel to Selcuk and tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, view a magnificent theatre, see the Library of Celsus, a gymnasium and finally Hadrian's Temple. Then take a short drive from Ephesus to see St. Mary's stone cottage, where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to Izmir.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Doubletree by Hilton Alsansak

  • 9.

    IZMIR – PERGAMON – TROY – ÇANAKKALE

    Visit the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre in Pergamon and continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse. This town is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War as well as a place where many cities are built on top of each other. Continue to Çanakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast
    Dinner

    Hotel

    Buyuk Truva

  • 10.

    ÇANAKKALE – DARDANELLES – GALLIPOLI – ISTANBUL

    In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit poignant Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul. Enjoy a last night in Istanbul with your travel companions after this comprehensive trip through Turkey.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

    Hotel

    Ramada Plaza Istanbul City Centre

  • 11.

    DEPART ISTANBUL

    This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to the airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s)

    Buffet Breakfast

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Istanbul

    Sightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar
  • Ankara

    Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk's Mausoleum
  • Cappadocia

    Marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli
  • Konya

    Visit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes
  • Pamukkale

    See the Cotton Castle springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis
  • Ephesus

    Visit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsus, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary
  • Pergamon

    Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre
  • Troy

    Visit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse
  • Gallipoli

    See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Cemeteries

Dining

  • 10 buffet breakfasts.

  • 5 three course dinners.

Travel Highlights

  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply. Please refer to the airport transfers page link below
  • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Istanbul

  • Istanbul Nightlife Experience

    Adult Price: US$80.00 You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Kervansaray Night Club. You’ll taste Turkish specialties while being entertained by musicians, belly and folk dancers, performing dances from different regions of Turkey. You’ll also get the chance to join in.
  • Hagia Sophia and Bosphorus Cruise

    Adult Price: US$55.00 This morning you'll visit Hagia Sophia, the 6th-century marvel that was formerly a basilica, then a mosque, and now a museum. Then, you'll continue with a cruise along the Bosphorus, the river that divides Istanbul and the continents of Asia and Europe. The 90-minute cruise will introduce you to the strategic importance of the river, the beauty of old Istanbul and the most picturesque parts of the present day city.
  • Istanbul Dinner in Old City

    Adult Price: US$60.00 The warm atmosphere of our local restaurant, serving tasty Turkish specialities, is sure to delight. Tonight, toast your new friendships over drinks, and dine on a selection of dishes reflecting excellent examples of Turkish cuisine.

Cappadocia

  • Goreme and Avanos Sightseeing

    Adult Price: US$30.00 First settled in the Roman period, Goreme is located among Cappadocia's famous rock formations.Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in this region. Then, you'll continue to the town of Avanos, renowned for its high-quality earthenware.

Izmir

  • Izmir Seafood Dinner

    Adult Price: US$55.00 Head to the Kordon where we take you to one of Izmir's favourite seafood restaurants. Known for stunning views and for serving the best fish dishes in coastal Turkey, dine on a variety of seafood and meze delights with drinks. Don't worry there's great options for those who don't like seafood too!.
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