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Grand Tour of Turkey

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OFFER ENDS 31 JULY
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A journey through the cities and the centuries, via coasts, peaks and plateaus, enjoy a comprehensive circling of significant sights, from Istanbul, at ‘the bridge of continents’, to ancient sites, intriguing culture and ethereal landscapes

Time-travelling across more than two millennia, this tour visits every era of Turkey’s cultural heritage, from Trojan and Hittite to Greek and Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. It circles from Istanbul’s mosques and palaces, along the Sea of Marmara’s shore to Gallipoli, and crosses the Dardanelles (Hellespont) to the Aegean coast at Çanakkale, the launch pad for visiting ancient Troy. From Izmir’s stylish seafront, the tempo alters for the atmospheric ancient ruins of Ephesus, reconstructed just enough for visitors to ‘join the dots’ and imagine the city in its heyday. We leave the coast at Kusadasi and turn east to the Temple of Aphrodisias and to Pamukkale (‘cotton castle’), where hot springs feed pale blue pools and limestone cliffs appear as frozen waterfalls. Konya’s 12th century Persian culture is seen in ceremonies of the Whirling Dervishes; while Cappadocia’s Göreme Valley is a fairytale scene of eroded rock spires, carved into castles and cave-houses. Hattusha is an intriguing glimpse of the ‘disappeared’ Hittite Empire. Ankara’s Attatürk mausoleum oversees the modern capital from a high hill; and in Bursa, the first Ottoman capital, beautiful buildings inspired its early epithet of Hudavendigar (God’s gift).

Overview

  • Istanbul  - 2 nights
  • Canakkale  - 1 night
  • Izmir  - 1 night
  • Kusadasi  - 2 nights
  • Pamukkale  - 1 night
  • Konya  - 1 night
  • Cappadocia  - 2 nights
  • Ankara  - 1 night
  • Bursa  - 1 night
  • Istanbul  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • UNESCO Site: Pamukkale
  • UNESCO Site: Cappadocia
  • Enjoy amazing ancient Ephesus
  • Explore ancient Aphrodisias city
  • UNESCO Site: Gordion
  •  UNESCO Site: Hattusha

A journey through the cities and the centuries, via coasts, peaks and plateaus, enjoy a comprehensive circling of significant sights, from Istanbul, at ‘the bridge of continents’, to ancient sites, intriguing culture and ethereal landscapes

Notes:

This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot, with some uneven surfaces and inclines and not suitable for those with walking difficulties. Given the fast pace of the tour, it may be worth considering extra nights in Istanbul at the end of your tour (please see the Extra Nights tab for more information). 

The St Sophia Mosque (Hagia Sophia) will be undergoing a long period of renovation and there will be some parts closed to visitors in 2024

Accommodation

Nippon Hotel - Istanbul

A 4-star hotel a short walk from Taxim Square and Istiklal Avenue. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 165 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Kolin Hotel - Canakkale

A 4-star hotel located opposite the Dardanelles Strait. Restaurants, bar, pools, Turkish bath, sauna and WiFi (free). 274 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Mövenpick Hotel - Izmir

A 5-star hotel in the centre of Izmir city, within walking distance of Bet Israel Synagogue. Restaurant, bar, spa, pool, gym and WiFi (free). 185 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Korumar Hotel De Luxe - Kusadasi

A 5-star hotel located by the Aegean Sea with two private beaches. Restaurants, bars, pools, sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, spa and WiFi (free). 272 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Colossae Thermal - Pamukkale

This 4-star hotel is located near to Pamukkale and heritages of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Restaurants, bars, thermal and outdoor pool, hot spring, spa, fitness centre, Turkish bath and WiFi (chargeable). 327 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

Hotel Bera - Konya

The 4-star Bera Hotel offers a restaurant, bar, gym, sauna, Turkish hammam and WiFi (free). 137 rooms with safe, mini-bar and TV.

Hotel Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi - Cappadocia

A special category hotel, built into the rock in Cappadocia. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free/limited) and 25 rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.

Radisson Blu Hotel - Ankara

This 4-star hotel is located on the Old City's main throughfare. Restaurants, bar, gym, sauna and WiFi (free). 202 air-conditioned rooms with safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Gonluferah City Hotel - Bursa

A 4-star hotel overlooking the city of Bursa. Restaurant, bar, access to the thermal baths at the sister hotel adjacent and WiFi (free). 92 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Eresin Hotels Topkapi – Istanbul

A 5-star hotel close to Topkapi Park. Restaurant, bar, café, spa, garden, indoor pool and WiFi (free). 251 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Extra Nights

Stay in Istanbul before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Nippon Hotel
(per night) £72
Single supplement £70

Eresin Topkapi
(per night) £78
Single supplement £76

Nippon Hotel - Istanbul

A 4-star hotel a short walk from Taxim Square and Istiklal Avenue. Restaurant, bar, WiFi (free) and 165 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Eresin Hotels Topkapi – Istanbul

A 5-star hotel close to Topkapi Park. Restaurant, bar, café, spa, garden, indoor pool and WiFi (free). 251 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Optional Excursions

Whirling Dervish Ceremony

Learn about the ‘Mevlana Rumi’ and enjoy a Whirling Dervish dance at the ancient Saruhan Caravanserai in Cappadocia built in 1249 and a fine example of Seljuk architecture. Enjoy the most traditional form of this very mediative and spiritual practice that involves spinning around in circles while chanting and praying. The goal of the ritual is to achieve a state of religious ecstasy and oneness with God.

Dates & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Turkish Airlines from Heathrow

September
September 7 (Saturday)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2595

£ 2495

September 14 (Saturday)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2545

£ 2395

September 21 (Saturday)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2545

£ 2445

September 28 (Saturday)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2595

£ 2495

October
October 5 (Saturday)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2545

£ 2445

October 19 (Saturday)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2695

£ 2595

November
November 2 (Saturday)
  • No Single Supplement (2 Rooms Remaining)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2495

£ 2345

November 9 (Saturday)
  • Offer Ends 31 July

Was £2445

£ 2295

Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 14 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 12 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • No Single Supplement (limited availability)
  • 2024: Nov 02

  • 2024: Sep, Oct, Nov
  • £455
  • 2025: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov
  • £495
Upgrades
  • Movenpick Izmir - Standard Single (On Request: Please Call)
  • Colossae Thermal Hotel - Standard Single (On Request: Please Call)
  • Movenpick Izmir - Standard Single (No Single Supplement) (On Request: Please Call)
  • Nippon Hotel - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Kolin Hotel - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Korumar Hotel De Luxe - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Colossae Thermal Hotel - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Hotel Bera - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Hotel Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Gonluferah City Hotel - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
  • Eresin Topkapi - Standard Single (No Single Supplement)
Flight Options
  • Turkish Airlines from Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh
  • On request, please call
  • Turkish Airlines Business Class
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided tour available
  • £1795 per person
Optional Excursions
  • Whirling Dervish Ceremony (2024, 2025)
  • £45
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £300
  • Arrival or departure transfer
  • £35

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