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Best Of Turkey

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From R 26 600 per person
Turkey

A fabled land of fairy chimneys, Whirling Dervishes and cotton castles is yours to explore on this leisurely journey through Turkey. Visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world, and the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. Marvel at volcanic landscapes, the ruins of ancient civilisations and Istanbul’s bustling city markets.

 

DINING

  • 13 BUFFET BREAKFASTS
  • 1 LUNCH
  • 10 DINNERS

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS

  • City tour in Istanbul
  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, 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 caravansary on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara
  • 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 Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION
Located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle, the rooms at Dilek Kaya Hotel are hewn out of the surrounding rock

BE MY GUEST
Enjoy lunch with and gain insight into the traditions of the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya

CULTURAL INSIGHTS
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

HIDDEN TREASURES
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Day 1
Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)
Istanbul, Turkey

Day 2
Istanbul Sightseeing

Day 3
Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

Day 4
Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)

Day 5
Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

Day 6
Izmir – Pamukkale

Day 7
Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

Day 8
Perge Excursion

Day 9
Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

Day 10
Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

Day 11
Göreme Excursion

Day 12
Cappadocia – Ankara
Istanbul, Turkey

Day 13
Ankara – Istanbul
Istanbul, Turkey

Day 14
Depart Istanbul

Day 1
Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights) 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.

Hotel
Radisson Blu Sisli

Meals
Welcome Reception

 

Day 2
Istanbul Sightseeing Day 2 – Istanbul Sightseeing
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. Spend your afternoon at your leisure haggling with passionate market vendors lining the labyrinthine lanes of the Grand Bazaar to ply their wares to the highest bidder. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

 

Optional Experiences

Istanbul Nightlife Experience
You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Sultana’s Night Club. You’ll taste Turkish specialties while being entertained by musicians, belly and folk dancers, performing dances from different regions of Turkey. You’ll also get the chance to join in.
Adult Price: US$75.00

 

Day 3
Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale 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 Canakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.

Hotel
Kolin

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 4
Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights) Day 4 – Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)
Explore the legends of Troy and see the symbolic replica of the famous Wooden Horse that 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.

Hotel
Mövenpick

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 5
Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary Day 5 – Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary
Meander 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 perhaps a spot of raki to wash down delicious seafood flavours.

Meals
Buffet Breakfast

 

Optional Experiences

Izmir Seafood Dinner
Head to the Kordon where we take you to one of Izmir’s favourite seafood restaurants. Known for stunning views and for serving the best fish dishes in coastal Turkey, dine on a variety of seafood and meze delights with drinks. Don’t worry there’s great options for those who don’t like seafood too!.
Adult Price: US$55.00

 

Day 6
Izmir – Pamukkale Day 6 – Izmir – Pamukkale
Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as we journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.

Hotel
Richmond Thermal

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 7
Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights) 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, and admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale’s Cotton Castle Springs. whose ruins we will have an opportunity to explore this morning along with the enchanting Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains for an unforgettable Be My Guest lunch and insights into their traditions. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya where we have some time at leisure to able through the winding lanes of its old city and admire beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

Hotel
Crowne Plaza/Rixos Downtown

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Regional Meal

 

 

Day 8
Perge Excursion Day 8 – Perge Excursion
Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the beguiling seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum to 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

Optional Experiences

Antalya Old Town And Waterfall Yacht Cruise
Antalya Old Town, ‘Kaleici’, is the picturesque old quarter in the centre of present day Antalya. Your Local Specialist will show you the imposing Hadrian’s Gate, dating from 130 AD when the Roman Emperor visited the city. Then you’ll enjoy a yacht cruise to the stunning Düden waterfall.
Adult Price: US$35.00

 

Day 9
Antalya – Aspendos – Konya Day 9 – Antalya – Aspendos – Konya
Witness the world’s best-preserved theatre of antiquity during our first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain unique 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.

Hotel
Novotel

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 10
Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights) Day 10 – Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)
See where weary travellers once rested at a well-preserved 13th century caravansary. We then journey to the fairy-tale land of 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 and sights of the cone of Uchisar. 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.

Hotel
Dilek Kaya Authentic Accommodation

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal

 

Optional Experiences

Whirling Dervishes Show
The ‘dance’ of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema. It is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture and represents a man’s spiritual journey, and will be a highlight of your trip to Turkey.
Adult Price: US$30.00

 

Day 11
Göreme Excursion 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
Dinner

 

Day 12
Cappadocia – Ankara 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.

Hotel
Crowne Plaza

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

 

Day 13
Ankara – Istanbul Day 13 – Ankara – Istanbul
Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 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 meandering along the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Hotel
Radisson Blu Sisli

Meals
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner

 

Optional Experiences

Traditional Bosphorus Cruise
No stay would be complete without this unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Along the shores you’ll see a beautiful mixture of modern hotels, ancient wooden villas, marble palaces, fortresses and small fishing villages, as you relax on board.
Adult Price: US$40.00

 

Day 14
Depart Istanbul 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
Meals

Additional Info

  • Duration :
    14 Days
  • Countries :
    1 Country
  • Cities :
    10 Cities
  • Price From :
    R26 600 per person
  • Location :
    Turkey
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