Best of Turkey

March 14 - 27, 2021


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A fabled land of fairy chimneys, Whirling Dervishes and cotton castles is yours to explore on this leisurely journey through Turkey.

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.



March 14: 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 travelers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.

Hotel - Radisson Blu Sisli   Included Meals - Welcome Reception

March 15: 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.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experience

Istanbul Nightlife Experience

You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Kervansaray 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: $75.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

March 16: 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.

Hotel - Kolin   Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

March 17: 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.

Hotel - Mövenpick   Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

March 18: 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.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experience

Izmir Seafood Dinner

Head to the Kordon where we take you to one of Izmir's favorite 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 are great options for those who don't like seafood too!.

Adult Price: $50.00*

* The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

March 19: 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.

Hotel - Colossae Thermal   Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

March 20: 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.

Hotel - Rixos Downtown   Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner

March 21: 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 flavors of kebab and baklava.

Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experience

Antalya Old Town And Waterfall Yacht Cruise

Antalya Old Town, 'Kaleici', is the picturesque old quarter in the center 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: $35.00

March 22: 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.

Hotel - Dedeman   Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

March 23: Konya - Cappadocia (2 Nights)

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. This evening, indulge in the flavors 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.

Hotel - Dilek Kaya   Included Meals - Breakfast, Regional Dinner

March 24: Göreme Excursion

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 learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening. 

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experience

Performance of Whirling Dervishes

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: $31.00

March 25: 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 - Mövenpick   Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

March 26: 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.

Hotel - Radisson Blu Sisli   Included Meals - Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Optional Experience

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: $40.00

March 27: 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. 

Included Meals - Breakfast



What's Included:

• 13 breakfasts
• 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
• 10 dinners
• 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
• All porterage and restaurant gratuities
• Must-see sightseeing and surprise
• An expert Travel Director and
professional Driver
• All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
• Handcrafted Highlights
• VIP entry to many sights



Tour Activity Level:

Easy 1 2 3 4 Active


Tour Rates

$2356 twin share
$670 single supplement



*All pricing subject to change and based on availability. 

**On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

***Tour rates are subject to increase until you are paid in full.

****Itinerary and hotels are subject to change.

Group Leader:

Amanda Vallone







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