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

Spendology - Widgets

Grand Tour of Turkey

Journey through cities and centuries, via coasts, peaks and plateaus, a comprehensive tour 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. At Kusadasi we 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 fairy-tale scene of eroded rock spires, carved into castles and cave-houses.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
9 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departures

Special Events

Rooftop Dinner & Pera Palas

On Day 2 in Istanbul enjoy a welcome drink at the famous ‘Orient-Express’ bar of the historic Pera Palas Hotel built in 1892. To round off the tour, enjoy a farewell rooftop dinner in the popular Sultanahmet area of Istanbul, with spectacular panoramic views.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Istanbul. Two nights at the 4-star Nippon Hotel Istanbul. (D)

Day 2 Visit Dolmabahçe Palace, and Yedicule Fortress, ‘The Castle of Seven Towers’, Later, cruise along the Bosphorus, passing palaces, mosques and villas. Drink at the Pera Palas. (B)

Day 3 Travel (4 hrs) to Gallipoli and the sites of the ANZAC landings, and sail across the Dardanelles to Çanakkale’s cobbled lanes and clocktower. Overnight at the 4-star Kolin Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 Visit the ruins of ancient Troy and travel to modern Bergama to view the acropolis of Pergamon. Continue to Izmir for an overnight stay at the 5-star hotel Mövenpick Izmir. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Visit Ephesus, the Roman Terrace houses, museum and 6th-century Basilica of St. John, built over his burial site. Two nights at the 5-star Korumar Hotel De Luxe, Kusadasi. (B, D)

Day 6 Morning visit to Degirmen Organic Farm and Olive Oil Museum. Enjoy a free afternoon in Kusadasi. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit Aphrodisias temple. Continue to the Roman ruins and calcified waterfalls of Pamukkale. Overnight at the 4-star Colossae Thermal Hotel. (B, D)

Day 8 Continue eastward (6 hrs) to Konya, the Seljuk capital, to visit the Mevlana (Whirling Dervishes) Museum and to see the mosques and madrasah of Karatay. Overnight at the 4-star Hotel Bera. (B, L, D)

Day 9 Visit Konya’s Alâeddin Mosque. Travel (3 hrs) to Cappadocia, stopping at the Seljuk Caravanserai in Sultan Han. Two nights at the ‘special category’ Hotel Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi. (B, D)

Day 10 Visit Göreme Valley, with unique chimneys, rock-hewn churches, Uçhisar castle and subterranean city of Kaymakli. Optional Whirling Dervish ceremony at an ancient caravanserai (£40). (B, D)

Day 11 Visit Hattusha, capital of the Hittite empire, with its city walls, King’s, Sphinx and Lion Gates, and rock temple. Continue to Ankara for overnight at the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel. (B, D)

Day 12 Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and Atatürk’s Mausoleum. Continue to visit the tomb of King Midas at Gordion. Overnight in Bursa at the 4-star Gonluferah City Hotel. (B, D)

Day 13 Enjoy three mosques – the Great, the Green and the Muradiye, continue to Bursa’s Ottoman tombs and the silk bazaar. Leave Bursa, cross the Sea of Marmara by ferry, returning to Istanbul. Two nights at the 5-star Eresin Topkapi. (B)

Day 14 Istanbul tour of the St. Sophia church/mosque, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Sultanahmet Square and Topkapi Palace. Rooftop dinner. (B, D)

Day 15 Return flight from Istanbul. (B)

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

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.
The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovation works, some areas of the Mosque will be unavailable to visit.

2023

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

Date Price
April 1 £2545
June 3 £2495
September 16 £2395
September 23 £2495
September 30 £2395
October 7 £2395
October 14 £2325
October 21 £2345
October 28 £2295
November 4 £2295

2024

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Solo Group Departure

4 November 2023

Regional Flight Options

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Solo Group Departure
(No Single Supplement)
Nov 4

Single supplement £475

Flight Options

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

Optional Excursions

Whirling Dervish ceremony £40

Extension Options

Extra nights – Istanbul
Nippon Hotel
(per night) £65
Single supplement £52

Eresin Topkapi
(per night) £62
Single supplement £40

Privately Guided

Add £1795 per person

Tour Only

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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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