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Wonders of Turkey

11 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

This great-value CostSaver trip covers Turkey's essential wonders with a few surprises along the way.

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11 Days 1 Country 6 Cities

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    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
    • Greek Island Add-On: Combine your Turkey trip with the 'Greek Island Explorer', available on selected departures 3 May, 14 June, 26 July and 06 September 2017. See 'Wonders of Turkey with Greek Island Explorer' (trip code: TUGI) for full itinerary details and pricing.
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    • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
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    Istanbul, Turkey

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    Early payment discount

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    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Easy Quote View Trip Book Now Please call 866 530 6085

      Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
      • Greek Island Add-On: Combine your Turkey trip with the 'Greek Island Explorer', available on selected departures 3 May, 14 June, 26 July and 06 September 2017. See 'Wonders of Turkey with Greek Island Explorer' (trip code: TUGI) for full itinerary details and pricing.
      • Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      East meets West in this Turkish extravaganza exploring the Byzantine and Ottoman past of Istanbul with its colourful street markets and beautiful Blue Mosque. You'll also visit the underground city of Sarhatli, Pamukkale's cotton fortresses and the ruins of Ephesus.


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      Trip code: TTUR

      10 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 10 buffet breakfasts

      • 5 three course dinners

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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

        • Cappadocia
          Visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley and marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli

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

        • Gallipoli
          See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries

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

        • 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

        • Pergamon
          Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 buffet breakfasts

        • 5 three course dinners


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      Unbeatable Features

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        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Wonders of Turkey

      Your 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 City Center

      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

      Optional Experiences

      Istanbul Nightlife Experience

      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.

      Adult Price: US$80.00

      3. Istanbul – Ankara

      This morning enjoy free time in the city or take an Optional Experience Bosphorus cruise to enjoy views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe, and visit 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. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Holiday Inn Kavaklidere

      Optional Experiences

      Hagia Sophia and Bosphorus Cruise

      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.

      Adult Price: US$55.00

      4. Ankara – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

      Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts dating back 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. 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

      Optional Experiences

      Goreme and Avanos Sightseeing

      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.

      Adult Price: US$30.00

      6. Cappadocia – Konya

      This morning visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. 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

      Optional Experiences

      Whirling Dervishes Show

      The 'dance' of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema. It is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture and represents a man's spiritual journey, and will be a highlight of your trip to Turkey.

      Adult Price: US$30.00

      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 Selçuk 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 visit 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

      Optional Experiences

      Izmir Seafood Dinner

      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!.

      Adult Price: US$55.00

      9. Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale

      Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion 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 – Gallipoli – Istanbul

      In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many WWI battles. 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 City Center

      Optional Experiences

      Istanbul Dinner

      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.

      Adult Price: US$60.00

      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

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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

        • Cappadocia
          Visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley and marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli

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

        • Gallipoli
          See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries

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

        • 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

        • Pergamon
          Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre

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


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 buffet breakfasts

        • 5 three course dinners


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      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

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        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 41 Reviews

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : it was absolutely great, only issue I had was the age gap of the other people in the group. there was a 7 year old and a 72 year old - this limits the rest of the group to certain activitiesProduct : felt like we spent too much time in museums, would rather be out walking the

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : The tour director and the bus driver were incredible. Outstanding service from both of them. The hotels that we stayed at were top class. The entire trip from the first day to the last was incredibleProduct : I would of loved to stay an extra day in Izmir

      • Trip:

        Service:

        i found the service provided by the travel director & driver we excellent. I felt well looked after by them. Not a fan of all the hotels we were booked into.

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : The care and attention to all details on the trip by the tour director ensured an awesome smooth trip. Ahmet was a very knowledgeable guide who added more than the usual background to the tour.The hotels were excellent and is close proximity to the sights.Product : Superb mix of

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Enjoyed the small group (15!). Very nolegeable and informative guide. Love the luxurous clean bus. Very good hotels. Amazing holiday!

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