Wonders of Turkey

Trafalgar Coach Tour

Wonders of Turkey

Trafalgar Coach Tour

Destination:

Turkey

Validity:

01 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018

Ref no:

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A fascinating country that spans two continents, Turkey is a unique destination that celebrates its roots in Asia and Europe, offering the ultimate in natural, historical and cultural sight-seeing, complemented by the heavenly beauty of the Aegean coast with its brilliant blue waters and spectacular beaches.

The Turkish people have an unrivalled reputation for hospitality, the cuisine is to die for, the coastline a dream, and many Turkish cities are dotted with spectacular mosques and castles…making this a deeply satisfying corner of the world in which to travel!

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Return airport / hotel transfers in Istanbul
  • Touring in a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • 10 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels throughout
  • 10 buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Variety of included sightseeing experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Canakkale to Eceabat

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

  • International airfare- please ask us for a quote
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specified

CONDITIONS

  • Valid for set departures (prices may vary for certain departures)
  • Subject to availability at the time of booking
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
  • All bookings are subject to Travesphere standard terms and conditions E&OE
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ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)

Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey. In the evening attend a trip briefing with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.

DAY 2 - ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour including a visit to see parts of the Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852. Visit the Hippodrome, once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Visit the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, so-called for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Consider joining a delicious Turkish optional dinner where local cuisine is served along with traditional belly dancing entertainment.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3 - ISTANBUL - ANKARA

This morning enjoy free time in the city or take an Optional Experience of Hagia Sophia. This church was built in the Byzantine capital during the 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it houses a museum and is known as one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Afterwards consider taking a cruise along the Bosphorus enjoying views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA (2 NIGHTS)

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from as far back as 7500 years including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia where you will visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Perhaps take an Optional Experience this evening to see a mesmerising Whirling Dervish performance with dinner at a local restaurant.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

DAY 5 - CAPPADOCIA SIGHTSEEING

This morning visit Pasabagi and the red valley and later stop at a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art. This afternoon you may wish to take an Optional Experience to Göreme and Avanos. Göreme, a historical region of Turkey located among unique rock formations, was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Afterwards continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. This evening dinner will be served at your hotel.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - CAPPADOCIA - KONYA

Today drive to Konya and visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Later check into your hotel in Konya and enjoy dinner.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - KONYA - PAMUKKALE

After breakfast leave Konya and travel to see the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. You will also get to see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - PAMUKKALE - EPHESUS & ST MARY'S HOUSE - IZMIR

Today travel to Selcuk and tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, view a magnificent theatre, see the Library of Celsus, a gymnasium and finally Hadrian’s Temple. Then take a short drive from Ephesus to see St. Mary’s stone cottage, where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to Izmir.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9 - IZMIR - PERGAMON - TROY - CANAKKALE

Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamon and continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse. This town is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War as well as a place where many cities are built on top of each other. Continue to Canakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - CANAKKALE - GALLIPOLI - ISTANBUL

In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit poignant Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul. Enjoy a last night in Istanbul with your travel companions after this comprehensive trip through Turkey.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11 - DEPART ISTANBUL

This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to the airport. Conditions apply.

Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast

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