Best of Turkey Summer 2019 - Leisure Holidays

Best of Turkey Summer 2019Turkey

From RM7,994 / per person for 13 nights
This trip reveals all that's special about Turkey, as you explore Istanbul, Gallipoli, Ephesus, Cappadocia and more.

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Summary

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.

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Itinerary

Transfer

Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests who have provided Trafalgar with their flight details and are staying in an Istanbul hotel booked by Trafalgar.

Accommodation

Day 1 & 2: Hotel Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 3: Hotel Kolin

Day 4 & 5: Hotel Movenpick

Day 6: Hotel Richmond Thermal

Day 7 & 8: Hotel Rixos Downtown

Day 9: Hotel Dedeman

Day 10 & 11: Hotel Dilek Kaya

Day 12: Hotel Crowne Plaza

Day 13: Hotel Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 14: Depart Istanbul

Sightseeing

Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)
Stand at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia. 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. 


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. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.


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 Çanakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.


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.


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.


Day 6 - Izmir ▶ Pamukkale  Free Time
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.


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. 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. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Meal at a local restaurant. 


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.


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.


Day 10 - Konya ▶ Cappadocia (2 Nights) 
See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanseray, 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 Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. 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.  Tonight we stay in one of 'Trafalgar's Stays With Stories', located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle.


Day 11 - Goreme 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 rock-hewn churches and learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening.


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.


Day 13 - Ankara ▶ Istanbul 
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.


Day 14 - Depart Istanbul
Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply. 

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Meals

24 meals as per itinerary - 13 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 10 dinners

Ferry

Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.

Hotel Charges & Local Taxes

All hotel tips, charges and local taxes; all porterage and restaurant gratuities

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation

Connect with Locals

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

Dive Into Culture

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.

Stays with Stories

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

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

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