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Best of Turkey 2021

Best of Turkey 2021


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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. 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, the Hippodrome and 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. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.
Meals: 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 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.
Accommodation: Kolin
Meals: 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: 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: 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: Colossae Thermal
Meals: Breakfast,

Day 7 - Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Antalya (2 Nights)
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 rousing Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Rixos Downtown
Meals: 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: 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: Breakfast,

Day 10 - Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)
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. 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.
Accommodation: Dilek Kaya
Meals: 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: 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: Mövenpick
Meals: 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: 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: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the ancient ruins of Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, 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 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 10 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi 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
  • 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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

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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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.2
Accommodations
4
Itinerary
4.2
Professional Staff
4.4
Repeat with Operator
4.2
Value for Money
4.2

Ratings based off 42 reviews - currently showing 10 reviews with comments only

This trip to Turkey was amazing from beginning to end! I felt well-taken care of by Trafalgar! Our tour director, Yucel, was a walking encyclopedia about every site! And he was always on hand to help with translations or to answer any questions or concerns. The rooms were amazing with fantastic views! The food was delicious (I certainly didn't lose any weight with all this good food)! I am already planning to go back to Istanbul within the next few years! I can't recommend this tour enough (and I wouldn't mind taking this tour again)! Turkey is a wonderful country that everyone should visit!

I love this trip .There was a lot of thing I never see before, and I want to see more and more and more on future .the tour guide is full of knowledge and helpful. the driver is so skillful .only thing I did not like is too many people on this travel group that is 50 people . I wish Trafagar will think about that . that make me feel tired on that crown

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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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