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14 Days
Availability : Multiple 2023 Departures
Istanbul
Istanbul
Tour Details
Best of Turkey 14-Day Tour

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.

Land prices starting from $2850 CAD per person based on double occupancy

International airfare additional

Departure Location

Istanbul

End Location

Istanbul

Price Includes

  • 24 Meals: 1 Be My Guest, 1 Farewell Dinner, 1 Welcome Reception, 13 Breakfasts, 2 Regional Dinners, 6 Dinners
  • Accommodation for 13 nights
  • On-trip transport
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's & vaccinations, if required
  • International flights

Tour Specialist

  • Deborah Charles
Highlights
  • Enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya.
  • 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.
  • Learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos.
  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the ancient ruins of Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara
For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome 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 travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.

Hotel – Radisson Blu Sisli

Included Meals – Welcome Reception

Day 2Discover Colourful Istanbul

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

Day 3Journey 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.

Hotel – Kolin

Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4Off to Troy, Pergamon 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 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

Day 5Explore 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. 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 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: $50.00*

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

Day 6Onwards 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.

Hotel – Colossae Thermal

Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7Venture to Hierapolis and Antalya

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.

Hotel – Crowne Plaza

Included Meals – Breakfast, Be My Guest, Regional Dinner

Day 8Enjoy Ancient Perge

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.

Included Meals – Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCE
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: $40.00*

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

Day 9On the Road to Aspendos and 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

Day 10Continue to Cappadocia

See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanserai, 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 Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. This evening, indulge in the flavours 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

Day 11A Day to Explore Spectacular Göreme

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 Dive Into Culture to 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. (*) Performance of Whirling Dervishes is NOT a show but instead it is a mystic ceremony.

Adult Price: $32.00*

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

Day 12Onwards 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.

Hotel – Mövenpick

Included Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13Return to 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.

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: $45.00*

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

Day 14Farewell Istanbul

Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

Included Meals – Breakfast

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com