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Itinerary

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 dinner to kick off your epic adventure.Accommodation: Arts Hotel Taksim
    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. View the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. Consider an optional cruise navigating the waters of the Bosphorus.Accommodation: Arts Hotel Taksim
    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 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 Izmir this evening where we'll dine at our hotel.Accommodation: Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   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: Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention
    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   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Antalya Free Time
    Enjoy a day on your terms to soak up the enchanting seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, enjoy some time on your own ambling through the winding lanes of its old city and admiring beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. You may choose to embark on an optional yacht cruise and tour of Antalya's old Town as an optional experience.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. We 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. 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. Tonight we stay in one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories located with views of the valley and ancient Ortahisar rock castle.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 the fairy chimneys of Pa?aba?. 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, Dive Into Culture with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Discover the hidden lanes and watch artisans at work while you wander the main thoroughfares. Spend some time haggling with passionate market vendors lining its labyrinthine lanes. Enjoy the rest of the day on your 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. Finish the day with your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.Accommodation: Arts Hotel Taksim
    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

  • Izmir: Meet the most liberated women in Turkey in the village of Demircidere, where you’ll learn how to bake traditional bread and taste the local wine at our Be My Guest lunch.

Dive Into Culture

  • : Learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos.
  • 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.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Nevsehir: Meet Ali, our local host and Cappadocian local, for a tour of his family-run farm. See the sport where his grandfather’s garden once stood, taste freshly baked bread and fresh and dried fruits grown on pigeon natural fertilizer, the traditional farming method for producing a rich and nutritious harvest. This experience advances United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 11: Resilient Cities and Communities. Thanks to Ali’s work to revive the traditional farming practices unique to this region of Cappadocia, the region has regained pride in their local traditions. It also advances United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal SDG 12: Sustainable Production and Consumption. Using exclusively traditional farming practices, the farm is one of the few to be producing traditional and rare fruits, herbs and old grains, typical of the region.

Must-see Highlights

  • Explore Istanbul
  • Visit Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, ancient ruins of Troy, ancient city at Ephesus, Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, Archaeological Museum in Antalya, home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, underground city of Saratli and Göreme Open-Air Museum

Trafalgar Difference

  • Cappadocia: Exedra Hotel's rooms, carved from rock, feature unique designs and display handcrafted antiques. During construction of the hotel, a chapel was discovered, inspiring the name 'Exedra' -- a meeting place in ancient Rome.

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.

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Questions & Answers

Question: What time is the welcome dinner

Most Welcome Dinner's begin around 6:00pm, however, exact information will be listed with your travel documents. Please contact your agent for further information if you are already booked.

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.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
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Professional Staff
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Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.3

Ratings based off 60 reviews - currently showing 18 reviews with comments only

The vegetarian meals provided were not as special as others. Some time just the vegetables and not a complete balanced meals.

It was a one in a lifetime experience, great.

We had a memorable enjoyable experience in turkey our travel director was so excellent providing us a good travel experience , thoughtful, attentive to our needs and hospitable , the driver was good and keeping the coach clean and was a comfortable ride every destination we travelled. I highly recommend Trafalgar for our family and friends.

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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