Best of Turkey Summer 2019

Best of Turkey Summer 2019


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Take a leisurely jaunt through Turkey to visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and Istanbul's bustling city markets.

Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)
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 Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli
Meals: Welcome Reception

Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time
Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 - Istanbul – Gallipoli – 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 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.
Accommodation: Kolin
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 4 - Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)
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.
Accommodation: Mövenpick
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 5 - Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary
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. 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.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 6 - Izmir – Pamukkale Free Time
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.
Accommodation: Richmond Thermal
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 7 - Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)
Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hieropolis, 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 rousing Regional Meal at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Rixos Downtown
Meals: Buffet Breakfast, ,

Day 8 - Perge Excursion
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. Your evening is free to find an inviting meyhane for some local chit chat and delicious flavours of kebab and baklava.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

Day 9 - Antalya – Aspendos – 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.
Accommodation: Dedeman
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 10 - Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)
See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanseray, 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 Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Meal 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.
Accommodation: Dilek Kaya
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 11 - Göreme Excursion
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 learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 12 - Cappadocia – 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.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 13 - Ankara – Istanbul Free Time
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.
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli
Meals: Buffet Breakfast,

Day 14 - Depart Istanbul
Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Buffet Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Istanbul
  • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the ruins of the ancient city at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravanseray on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara
  • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

Dining Highlights

  • 13 buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 10 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 Çanakkale.
  • 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 professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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Ratings based off 40 reviews . Currently showing 8 reviews with comments only.
By Magdalena K on Jun 16, 2019

This tour was more then I had hoped for. After visiting 38 countries, this tour, the tour director and the driver were the BEST.

By Naomi V on Jun 02, 2019

Turkey is THE PLACE TO VISIT! It greatly surpassed my expectations with beauty, history and an incredible tour guide. I would highly recommend it!

By Carl V on May 19, 2019

With the exception of one, all the hotels were top notch. The service and wifi were were flawless.

By Zuchi M on Dec 23, 2018

The "Best of Turkey" is one amazing trip. The itinerary was well thought of. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends.

By Darryl T on Dec 09, 2018

a great value for the amount paid....everything was A-!

By Alvaro P on Dec 28, 2012

The Hotel accommodations at Antalya was below average. The beds were narrow, hard and short in length-my feet were hanging out. I was not impressed with the food or accommodation in Pamukkale. This was New Years Eve, I don\'t know if it was because of the New Years celebrations or what. 

By Maria Cristina L on Oct 07, 2012

Regarding Trafalgar hotel accomodations : Some of the hotels we stayed in are very dirty, does not attain an acceptable standard..and to think that they are supposedly a 5 star hotel. Ie Dedeman Capadoccia and Rixos in Konya.

By Janet R on Sep 09, 2012

We had a medical emergeny our last night in Istanbul and were extremely impressed how the employees of Trafalgar took care of everyone. Particularly our guide and another guide, who I'm sorry to say that I did not get her name. She had another group and they were at the same restaurant for our farewell dinners. The two of them worked seamlessly. We will take another trip based on that experience alone.


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