Highlights of Turkey Summer 2019

Highlights of Turkey Summer 2019


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Turkey

Tour Itinerary

Explore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its former capital, Istanbul, to Troy, Ephesus, and the limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.

Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)
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 Welcome Reception. Welcome Reception
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli
Meals: 1 Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time
Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque - its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Consider an optional cruise along the Bosphorus, whose waters separate the European and Asian sides of the city. Buffet Breakfast
Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 - --anakkale - Troy
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. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Kolin
Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Day 4 - --anakkale --- Troy --- Pergamon --- Izmir
Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised 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 Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we 'Connect With Locals' in the village of Demircidere over a Be My Guest lunch. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later, and dine in our hotel this evening.Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: M''venpick
Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 - Izmir --- Ephesus --- Virgin Mary---s House --- Pamukkale
Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved fa''ade 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 Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the dizzying twirling of the mystical Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi sect. Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Colossae Thermal
Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Day 6 - Pamukkale --- Hierapolis --- Bursa
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. Our last stop today is in the lush silk centre of Bursa where tonight we dine in our hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Day 7 - Bursa --- Istanbul
Caress soft silky textures and admire the riot of colours as you amble through the old silk market of Bursa. We visit its exquisite Grand Mosque before returning to Istanbul for an afternoon spent haggling for the best deals at the Grand Bazaar. We'll 'Dive Into Culture' and navigate the veritable sprawl of enchanting shops and bold merchants plying pottery, leather, lamps and spice. Our final evening together sees us enjoy a Farewell dinner with our fellow travellers to reminisce over shared memories. Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli
Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast, 1 Farewell Dinner

Day 8 - Depart Istanbul
We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home. Buffet Breakfast
Meals: 1 Buffet Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Istanbul
  • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Basilica, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the old silk market and the Grand Mosque in Bursa
  • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

Dining Highlights

  • 7 buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 7 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to ''anakkale
  • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Notes

International Air: Trafalgar guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Please note that airfares are not included.Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 06 July, 17 August and 19 October 2019 include 20-100% discount on our standard single supplement.Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange flights to arrive on or before Day 1.Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.

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