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Tour Itinerary

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.

  1. 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 travelers for a memorable Light Meal to kick off your epic adventure.Accommodation: Crowne Plaza - Old City
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Discover Colorful Istanbul Dive Into Culture
    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. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the museum of Classical Turkish Music, preserving this traditional art. Come across the genius of Turkey’s greatest composer, Dede Efendi, during a private concert by students of the Music Conservancy. Spend your afternoon haggling with passionate market vendors lining its labyrinthine lanes.Accommodation: Crowne Plaza - Old City
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. 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.Accommodation: Kolin
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. 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 Center in the city of Pergamon before retiring in seaside Izmir this evening where we'll dine at our hotel.Accommodation: Mövenpick
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. 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.Accommodation: Mövenpick
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. 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.Accommodation: Colossae Thermal
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Venture to Hierapolis and Antalya Connect with Locals
    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.Accommodation: Marmara Antalya
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. 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.Accommodation: Marmara Antalya
    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    On the Road to Aspendos and Konya
    Witness the world's best-preserved theater 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   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Continue to Cappadocia Stays With Stories
    See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanserai, at which weary travelers used to rest. Journey to Cappadocia with its honey-colored rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. Tonight's stay is in one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories hewn out the surrounding rock and houses.Accommodation: Exedra Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    A Day to Explore Spectacular Göreme Dive Into Culture
    The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take center 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 flavors of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.Accommodation: Exedra Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. 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.Accommodation: Grand Mercure Ankara
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. 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, savor 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: Crowne Plaza - Old City
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  14. Day 14
    Farewell Istanbul
    Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 10 Dinner (D)
  • 13 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Antalya: Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya.

Dive Into Culture

  • Istanbul: Haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops.
  • : Learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos.


  • Istanbul: Visit the house of Turkey’s greatest classical composer, Dede Efendi. Recently brought back to its former architectural glory, this unique museum holds a rare collection of traditional instruments, which we experience first hand during a private concert by Music Conservancy students.   This experience advances United Nations’ Global Sustainable Goal 4: Quality Education. Our visits provide opportunities for the students to perform.   This experience also advances United Nations’ Global Sustainable Goal 11: Resilient Cities and Communities. Our visits contribute to Turkey’s cultural vibrancy in safeguarding traditional forms of music which was fast disappearing. Our visits also support the important work of TURKEV association, who researches and safeguards Turkish traditional architectures and houses.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Istanbul with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the ancient ruins of Troy, the Asclepion Medical Center 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 Civilization at Ankara
  • : View the Wooden Horse at Troy

Trafalgar Difference

  • Cappadocia: During construction a chapel was discovered which inspired the name; In ancient Rome, it was called 'Exedra', which means the meeting and discussion place of philosophers. The rooms are individual in design at Exedra Hotel hewn out of the surrounding rock and houses. Many handcrafted and antique pieces are on display throughout the hotel adding to the unique architecture that connects the buildings.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How long is the bus ride back to Istanbul from the last city seen?

You are looking at roughly 5 to 7 hours, however there will be frequent rest stops and sights to see on the way back.

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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Job well done. Tour director is very knowledgeable and helpful. Took care of all touring team.

Tour Director was the absolute best, worked tirelessly to assure the best possible experience for each guest!

Our Best of Turkey tour was wonderful. Cem was the best Tour Director we have ever had!!!! We have traveled to 40 countries over 23 years so that is really saying something.

Best of Turkey by Trafalgar was one of the best trips I have taken. Highly recommend!

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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