Overview

Istanbul - 2 nights
Canakkale - 1 night
Kusadasi - 2 nights
Pamukkale - 2 nights
Konya - 1 night
Cappadocia - 2 nights
Ankara - 1 night
Bursa - 1 night
Istanbul - 2 nights

Spendology - Widgets

Grand Tour of Turkey

Explore Turkey’s Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Hittite, Trojan and Seljuk heritage from Ottoman capitals to the natural wonders of Pamukkale and Cappadocia

The land that bridges Europe and Asia has seen travellers in many forms over the millennia. From early prehistoric cultures in Anatolia, it has absorbed the imprint of many (often in search of conquest and plunder) including the Trojans, Hittites, Greeks and Persians - later followed by Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans and more recently French and British. Anatolia reveals the capital of the Hittites who famously clashed with Ramses II of Egypt at Kadesh.

The nomadic origins of the Turkic peoples lie in Central Asia, from where the Seljuk tribe moved westward, establishing capitals at Iznik (Nicaea) and Konya until disturbed by Crusader and Mongol invasions. Osman established the Ottoman dynasty whose territories reached at its zenith from Egypt and Persia to the Balkans and the gates of Vienna. At Bursa, the first capital of empire (1326) its great architectural style developed under Suleyman. Mehmet II swept away the Byzantine Empire in 1453, capturing Constantinople, renamed as Istanbul where surviving Byzantine monuments include St. Sophia, founded by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, the city walls and Basilica Cistern. Foreign ambassadors were accredited to the ‘Sublime Porte’, a gateway of the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Sultans and harem. The years of Mehmet II, Selim I and Suleyman the Magnificent were a period of grandeur with exceptional art and architecture reflecting the traditions of the countries they ruled.

This comprehensive arrangement travels from the Black, Aegean and Mediterranean seas through pine-forested mountains to the Anatolian plateau. It encompasses the ruins of Troy, classical cities of Ephesus, Pergamon and Aphrodisias, the travertine terraces of Pamukkale and the chimneys of Cappadocia.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
9 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Solo Group Departures
Group Size: 6 – 25

 

Special Events

Rooftop Dinner & Pera Palas

A drink at the famous ‘Orient-Express’ bar of the historic Pera Palas Hotel and a rooftop dinner with panoramic views.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Istanbul for two nights at The Peak Hotel in the Pera district. (D)

Day 2 Visit St. Saviour in Chora and the Dolmabahçe Palace. Cruise along the Bosphorus, passing palaces, mosques and waterside villas. Drink at the Pera Palas. (B)

Day 3 Travel to Gallipoli (4 hrs) and sites of the ANZAC landings. By boat across the Dardanelles. Overnight at the Kolin Hotel, Canakkale. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit the ruins of legendary Troy and the Pergamon acropolis. Two nights at the Hotel Charisma in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit Ephesus, its ‘Terrace Houses’ and museum and Basilica of St. John. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit the temple of Aphrodisias. Continue to Pamukkale for two nights at the Colossae Thermal Hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit the calcified waterfalls, Roman Hierapolis and Laodicea. (B, D)

Day 8 Travel to the Seljuk capital of Konya (6 hrs). Visit the museums of Mevlana, (‘Whirling Dervish’ sect) and Karatay. Overnight at Hotel Bera. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Visit Alâeddin Mosque in Konya, then travel to Cappadocia (3 hrs), visiting the Seljuk Caravanserai in Sultan Han. Stay two nights at the ‘special-category’ Hotel Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi, built into the rock. (B, D)

Day 10 Visit the Valley of Göreme with its early Christian church paintings, underground city of Kaymakh and castle of Uçhisar. Optional Whirling Dervish ceremony at an ancient caravanserai (£27). (B, D)

Day 11 Travel to the Hittite capital Hattusha to view the rock temple, citadel and city walls. Continue to Ankara for overnight at the Radisson Blu Hotel. (B, D)

Day 12 Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and Mausoleum and Museum of Atatürk. Continue to Gordion to view the tomb of King Midas. Overnight in Bursa at the Hotel Kervansaray-Termal. (B, D)

Day 13 At Bursa visit the Green Mosque, Tomb of Sultan Murat II, the Great Mosque, Muradiye Mosque, Ottoman tombs and silk bazaar. By road and ferry across the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul for two nights at the 5-star Hotel Crowne Plaza Old City (formerly Wyndham). (B)

Day 14 Visit the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, the Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace including the Harem and the Grand Bazaar. Rooftop dinner. (B, D)

Day 15 Return flight. (B)

 

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Some visits are on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2020

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Heathrow
(Turkish Airlines for Mar 21)

Date Price
April 25 £1895
May 9 £1945
May 23 £1995
June 6 £1995
September 5 £1995
September 19 £1995
October 3 £1945
October 17 £1945
Early Booking Offer

For all 2020 bookings made by 27th February 2020, deduct £100 per person

Solo Group Departure

17 October 2020

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Solo Group Departure
Oct 17
(No single supplement)

Single supplement £395

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe
from £395
Turkish Airlines from Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh £75

Extension Options

Extra nights – Istanbul
The Peak Hotel (per night) £50
Single supplement £42
Hotel Crowne Plaza Old City (per night) £65
Single supplement £50
Arrival or departure transfer £25

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £25
Departure transfer add £25

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.

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