Tour Type: Country Explorer
Brochure Type Eastern Mediterranean 2024 v1

Travel along the age-old trading routes that linked East and West, where the Highlights of Turkey are revealed. Haggle in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, daydream through the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia and walk in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks in Ephesus.

Be My Guest
  • Izmir Meet the most liberated women in Turkey in the village of Demircidere, where you'll learn how to bake traditional bread and taste the local wine at our Be My Guest lunch.
Dining Summary
  • 9 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 7 Dinner (D)
Dive Into Culture
  • Learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos.
  • Istanbul 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.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Istanbul Visit the house of Turkey's greatest classical composer, Dede Efendi. Recently brought back to its former architectural glory, this unique museum holds a rare collection of traditional instruments, which we experience first hand during a private
Must-see Highlights
  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Center at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus
  • Explore Istanbul with a Local Specialist
  • See the exquisite Blue Mosque
Trafalgar Difference
  • Cappadocia During construction a chapel was discovered which inspired the name; In ancient Rome, it was called 'Exedra', which means the meeting and discussion place of philosophers. The rooms are individual in design at Exedra Hotel hewn out of the surr
Whats Included
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Canakkale
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

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Tour Operator
Trafalgar Tours
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2024
Duration
10 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1IstanbulWelcome to Istanbul: 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 Light Meal.

Accommodations: Renaissance Polat Hotel
Day 2IstanbulDiscover Colorful Istanbul Dive Into Culture: Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. Visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory before following in the footsteps of the faithful to see the Blue Mosque - its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Dive Into Culture as you 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. Later, we e explore Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience at the museum of Classical Turkish Music, preserving this traditional art. Come across the genius of Turkey's greatest composer, Dede Efendi, during a private concert by students of the Music Conservancy. The evening is yours to further explore the city.

Accommodations: Renaissance Polat Hotel
Day 3CanakkaleJourney to Gallipoli and Canakkale: We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Canakkale where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.

Accommodations: Kolin
Day 4IzmirOff to Troy, Pergamon and Izmir Connect with Locals: Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalized by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asklepion Medical Center whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we Connect With Locals over lunch in the village of Demircidere at a Be My Guest experience. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later and dine in our hotel this evening.

Accommodations: Kaya Izmir Thermal & Convention
Day 5PamukkaleAdmire the Ruins of Ephesus and on to 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 Theater, built by the Romans in the 2nd-century and still in use today. You'll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.

Accommodations: Colossae Thermal
Day 6KonyaOnwards to Hierapolis and 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. Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.

Accommodations: Dedeman
Day 7CappadociaContinue to Cappadocia Dive Into Culture Stays With Stories: Continue your journey to Cappadocia, you'll see a 13th-century caravanserai and underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. 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 we stay in one of Trafalgar's Stays With Stories hewn out of the surrounding rock and houses.

Accommodations: Exedra Hotel
Day 8CappadociaA Day to Explore Spectacular Göreme: The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take center stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Pasabagi and Kizil Vadi valleys. Join your fellow travelers for an included dinner this evening.

Accommodations: Exedra Hotel
Day 9IstanbulReturn to Istanbul: Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop cafe and admire Istanbul's iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodations: Renaissance Polat Hotel
Day 10IstanbulFarewell Istanbul: We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.

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