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Tour Savings: Explore all Turkey has to offer

Save up to $288 per person*

Travel along the age-old trading routes that linked East and West revealing all the Highlights of Turkey. Do some haggling of your own in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, fall asleep amidst the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia, and walk in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks in Ephesus. Book by 30 November 2021 and save up to $288 per person on select departures. Call 1300 414 198 now for a quote, or learn more below...

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9 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
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About this holiday

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Tour Highlights:

  • 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.
  • LEARN about the art of pottery making in Avanos.
  • STAYS WITH STORIES - Located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle, many of the rooms at Dilek Kaya Hotel are hewn out of the surrounding rock.
  • 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.

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • Explore Istanbul with a Local Specialist
  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Göreme Open-Air Museum and the underground city of Saratli

Inclusions

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Your tour includes:

  • 9 Nights accommodation
  • 17 Meals - 1 Welcome Reception, 9 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale
  • Flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul

Accommodation

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Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • Radisson Blu Sisli (2 nights)
  • Kolin
  • Mövenpick
  • Colossae Thermal
  • Dedeman
  • Dilek Kaya (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Sisli (1 nights)

Travel dates

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Please note that prices are subject to availability at time of booking and may change without notice.

Book by 30 November 2021 and Pay by 17 February 2022 to save on select departures in 2022.

Travel 23 Sep - 2 Oct 2022 and PAY $2,237 per person - SAVING $288 per person Twin Share.

Our experienced travel advisors can assist you with all of our travel needs call us on 1300 414 198

Itinerary

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Day 1 Welcome to Istanbul

Meet at the crossroads of East and West – the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you’ll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.

  • Hotel - Radisson Blu Sisli (2 nights)
  • Included Meals - Welcome Reception

Day 2 Discover Colourful Istanbul

Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque – its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Dive Into Culture as you 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. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.

  • Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3 Journey to Gallipoli and Çanakkale

We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we’ll dine in our hotel.

  • Hotel - Kolin
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Off to Troy, Pergamon and Izmir

Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we Connect With Locals over lunch in the village of Demircidere at a Be My Guest experience. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later, and dine in our hotel this evening.

  • Hotel - Mövenpick
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner

Day 5 Admire the Ruins of Ephesus and on to Pamukkale

Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd-century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.

  • Hotel - Colossae Thermal
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 Onwards to Hierapolis and Konya

This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.

  • Hotel - Dedeman
  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 Continue to Cappadocia

Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Continuing your journey to Cappadocia, you'll see a 13th-century caravanserai then Dive Into Culture to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the Whirling Dervishes then enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Tonight, you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories set alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle. Many of the rooms are hewn from the surrounding rock and boast views of Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscapes.

  • Hotel - Dilek Kaya (2 nights)
  • Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experience

  • Performance of Whirling Dervishes followed by dinner at a local restaurant

Day 8 A Day to Explore Spectacular Göreme

The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Paşabağı and Kizil Vadi valleys and underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. You’ll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner this evening.

  • Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 Return to Istanbul

Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop café and admire Istanbul’s iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

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

Optional Experience

  • Traditional Bosphorus Cruise

Day 10 Farewell Istanbul

We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.

  • Included Meals - Breakfast
All optional experiences for this trip
  • Are to be used as a guideline only and are subject to change.
  • Book with your travel director when you travel

Questions

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Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s)) with final or booster dose given at least 15 days before departing is required for this trip.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.

Properties used in the tour is subject to change without notice.

  • Save up to 20% off sale - Book by 30 November 2021 and Pay in Full by 17 February 2022.
  • Discounts apply to a range of tours and select departures only.