Duration: 10 DaysExplore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its former capital, Istanbul, to Troy, Ephesus, and the limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.
Highlights of Turkey with Anzac Day
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.
Istanbul Sightseeing – Çanakkale (2 Nights)
Delve into treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom and then we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome. This afternoon we travel to the city of Çanakkale.
Çanakkale and Troy
We participate in the poignant Dawn Service at ANZAC Cove. Visit the ancient city of Troy where we'll admire its symbolic replica of the wooden Trojan horse built by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege before returning to Çanakkale.
Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Izmir
Today we spend a quiet moment commemorating the brave lives lost at Gallipoli and see the Lone Pine Cemetery and battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair. We stop in the village of Demircidere where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and enjoy a memorable 'Be My Guest' luncheon with Turkey's most liberated women.
Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – 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.
Pamukkale – Hierapolis – 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.
Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)
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.
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 Sarhatli 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.
Cappadocıa – Istanbul
After a short flight to Istanbul, you'll spend some time exploring the Old City. Visit the 17th-century Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.
We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
- VISIT the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis
- SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Istanbul
- VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy
Start Date: 2020-04-23
End Date: 2020-05-02
Adult Price: $2797
Child Price: $2537
Adult Price: $2797
Adult Price: $2767
Child Price: $2507
Adult Price: $3627