Turkey

Trafalgar Tours-Best of Turkey

From R48,900

Per person sharing

Valid

10 March 2024 - 28 April 2024

Travel outside of these dates may be subject to supplements and increases

13 Nights Breakfast Daily Guided Tour

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14 DAY TURKEY TOUR OF ISTANBUL, GALLIPOLI, PAMUKKALE AND CAPPADOCIA

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.

Includes

  • This Trafalgar Tour includes 13 nights accommodation

  • 13 breakfasts

  • 10 dinners

  • 1 Lunch

  • City Orientation Tours

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

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom

  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities

  • Variety of Optional Experiences

  • The services of a an expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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

  • Airport Transfers

Excludes

  • Single Supplements apply

  • Blackout dates apply

  • Flights and Airport taxes (Ask us - we can arrange this)

  • Visa(s)

  • Travel insurance (Highly recommended)

  • Anything not mentioned

  • Items of a personal nature

  • Gratuities

  • Day 1

    WELCOME TO ISTANBUL

    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.


    AccommodationArts Hotel Taksim
    Included Meals

    Dinner

    Day 2

    Day 2

    DISCOVER COLOURFUL ISTANBUL

    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.


    AccommodationArts Hotel Taksim
    Included Meals

    Breakfast

    Day 3

    JOURNEY TO GALLIPOLI AND ÇANAKKALE

    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.


    AccommodationKolin Hotel Çanakkale
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 4

    OFF TO TROY, PERGAMON AND IZMIR

    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.


    AccommodationKaya Izmir Thermal & Convention
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 5

    EXPLORE THE RUINS OF EPHESUS

    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. During your visit to a Turkish carpet emporium, learn about the rich heritage and intricate artistry of carpet weaving. 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.


    AccommodationKaya Izmir Thermal & Convention
    Included Meals

    Breakfast

    Day 6

    ONWARDS TO PAMUKKALE

    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.


    AccommodationSpa Hotel Colossae Thermal Pamukkale
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 7

    VENTURE TO HIERAPOLIS AND ANTALYA

    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.


    AccommodationOz Hotels
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 8

    ENJOY ANCIENT PERGE

    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.


    AccommodationOz Hotels
    Included Meals

    Breakfast

    Day 9

    ON THE ROAD TO ASPENDOS AND KONYA

    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.


    AccommodationDedeman Konya Hotel
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 10

    CONTINUE TO CAPPADOCIA

    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 effort 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.


    AccommodationExedra Hotel Cappadocia
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 11

    A DAY TO EXPLORE SPECTACULAR GÖREME

    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.


    AccommodationExedra Hotel Cappadocia
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 12

    ONWARDS TO ANKARA

    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.


    AccommodationGrand Mercure Ankara
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 13

    RETURN TO ISTANBUL

    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.


    AccommodationArts Hotel Taksim
    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 14

    FAREWELL ISTANBUL

    Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell.


    Included Meals

    Breakfast

    Terms and Conditions

  • Conditions and validities apply.

  • This offer is subject to availability

  • Prices may change due to seasonal and exchange rate fluctuations

  • Visas may be necessary and Insurance is essential

  • Accommodation is per person sharing, unless otherwise specified

  • Errors and omissions in this offer are excepted

  • Subject to IGO Travel's general Conditions of Business

  • Excludes high season/school holidays, block out dates may apply

  • Why we like it

    Turkey just may be the ultimate holiday destination, in one thrilling, sun-kissed package.  Tourists discover perfect beaches, ancient ruins, epic religious sites, wonderful food, glorious scenery, as well as a resoundingly warm welcome from the famously friendly local people.