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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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, the 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
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departures

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 4-star Eresin Hotels Taxim & Premier. (D)

Day 2 Visit the Dolmabahçe Palace and Yedikule, the castle of 7-towers. 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 4-star Kolin Hotel, Ḉanakkale. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit the ruins of legendary Troy and the Pergamon acropolis. Continue to Izmir for overnight stay at the 5-star Mövenpick Izmir. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit Ephesus, its ‘Terrace Houses’ and museum and Basilica of St. John. Two nights at the 5-star Korumar Hotel De Luxe, Kusadasi. (B, D)

Day 6  Visit Degirmen Organic Farm and Olive Oil Museum. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit the temple of Aphrodisias and continue to Pamukkale to visit the ancient Roman city, Roman Hierapolis and calcified waterfalls. Overnight at the 4-star Colossae Thermal Hotel. (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 4-star 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 Kaymakli and castle of Uçhisar. Optional Whirling Dervish ceremony at an ancient caravanserai (£40). (B, D)

Day 11 Travel to the Hittite capital Hattusha to view the rock temple, citadel and city walls. Continue to Ankara for overnight stay at the 4-star 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 4-star Gonluferah City Hotel. (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. (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


Some visits are on foot with some uneven surfaces and inclines.
2022 departures - The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovation works, some areas of the Mosque will be unavailable to visit.


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

Date Price
March 18 £2395
April 1 £2545
April 29 £2395
May 13 £2145
June 3 £2495
September 9 £2545
September 16 £2395
September 23 £2495
September 30 £2395
October 7 £2395
October 14 £2325
October 21 £2345
October 28 £2295
November 4 £2295
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Early Booking Offer

For all 2023 bookings made by 31 December 2022, deduct £100 per person

Solo Group Departure

18 March & 4 November 2023

Regional Flight Options

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

(limited availability)
2023: Apr 1, Oct 21 & 28

Solo Group Departure
(No Single Supplement)
2023: Mar 18 & Nov 4

Single supplement £475

Flight Options

Turkish Airlines from Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh £75
Turkish Airlines Business Class - On request

Optional Excursions

Whirling Dervish ceremony £40

Extension Options

Extra nights – Istanbul
Eresin Hotels Taxim & Premier
(per night) £65
Single supplement £52

Hotel Crowne Plaza Old City
(per night) £65
Single supplement £50
Arrival or departure transfer £35

Privately Guided

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Tour Only

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer add £35

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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