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Wonders of Turkey

11 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

This great-value CostSaver trip covers Turkey's essential wonders with a few surprises along the way.

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    Istanbul, Turkey

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    Early payment discount

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      iNotes
      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
      • Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

      About this trip

      East meets West in this Turkish extravaganza exploring the Byzantine and Ottoman past of Istanbul with its colourful street markets and beautiful Blue Mosque. You'll also visit the underground city of Sarhatli, Pamukkale's cotton fortresses and the ruins of Ephesus.


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      Trip code: TTUR

      10 Nights

      accommodation

      15 Meals
      • 10 Buffet breakfasts

      • 5 Three course dinners

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • Ankara
          Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk's Mausoleum

        • Cappadocia
          Visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley and marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli

        • Ephesus
          Visit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsus, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary

        • Gallipoli
          See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries

        • Istanbul
          Sightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar

        • Konya
          Visit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes

        • Pamukkale
          See the Cotton Castle springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis

        • Pergamon
          Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre

        • Troy
          Visit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 Buffet breakfasts

        • 5 Three course dinners


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

      Wonders of Turkey

      Your Itinerary

      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.

      Hotel
      Ramada Plaza City Center

      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

      3. Istanbul – Ankara

      This morning enjoy free time in the city or take an Optional Experience Bosphorus cruise to enjoy views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe, and visit 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. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Holiday Inn Kavaklidere

      4. Ankara – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

      Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts dating back 7,500 years including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Perhaps take an Optional Experience this evening to see a mesmerising Whirling Dervish performance with dinner at a local restaurant.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Hotel
      Avrasya

      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

      6. Cappadocia – Konya

      This morning visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. 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-in to your hotel in Konya and enjoy dinner.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Hilton Garden Inn

      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
      Hotel
      Richmond Thermal

      8. Pamukkale – Ephesus and St. Mary's House – Izmir

      Today travel to Selçuk 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 visit 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
      Hotel
      Doubletree by Hilton Alsansak

      9. Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale

      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 Çanakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel.

      Meal(s)
      Buffet Breakfast
      Dinner
      Hotel
      Buyuk Truva

      10. Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Istanbul

      In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many WWI battles. 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
      Hotel
      Ramada Plaza City Center

      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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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

      $name
        • Ankara
          Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk's Mausoleum

        • Cappadocia
          Visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley and marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli

        • Ephesus
          Visit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsus, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary

        • Gallipoli
          See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries

        • Istanbul
          Sightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar

        • Konya
          Visit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes

        • Pamukkale
          See the Cotton Castle springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis

        • Pergamon
          Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre

        • Troy
          Visit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 10 Buffet breakfasts

        • 5 Three course dinners


      What's Included

      Unbeatable Features

        • Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

        • Daily breakfast

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Variety of Optional Experiences

        • An expert Travel Director and separate driver

        • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes

        • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 44 Reviews

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : Tolga was good. Driver Errol was good.Product : Avrasya hotel was horrific.

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : I have traveled on several CostSaver tours and have always found them excellent. I like them because the pace is good and the program covers all the important highlights of the country I am visiting. I have always been impressed with the local knowledge and the historical

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : Interesting itinerary, excellent guide, clean and good quality hotels, excellent bus driver.Product : For Australians the highlight would have to be Gallipoli - perhaps a little more time there (1 hour extra?)? Would have liked an extra day in Izmir - it looked like a very

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : it was absolutely great, only issue I had was the age gap of the other people in the group. there was a 7 year old and a 72 year old - this limits the rest of the group to certain activitiesProduct : felt like we spent too much time in museums, would rather be out walking the

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : The tour director and the bus driver were incredible. Outstanding service from both of them. The hotels that we stayed at were top class. The entire trip from the first day to the last was incredibleProduct : I would of loved to stay an extra day in Izmir

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