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Wonders of Turkey Winter

11 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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. (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 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. (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 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. (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. (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 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. (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. (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 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. (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 Çanakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel. (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Canakkale – 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. (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. (Buffet Breakfast)

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All This Included
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.

Dining
  • 10 Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Three course dinners
Travel Highlights
  • 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
Highlights
Sightseeing Highlights
  • 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
Accommodations
Istanbul: Ramada Plaza City Center
Ankara: Holiday Inn Kavaklidere
Cappadocia: Avrasya
Konya: Hilton Garden Inn
Pamukkale: Richmond Thermal
Izmir: Doubletree by Hilton Alsansak
Canakkale: Buyuk Truva
Istanbul: Ramada Plaza City Center
Notes
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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