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Delight in the fascinating sights of Turkey, from the bazaars of Istanbul to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Cruise on the Bosphorus, discover the caves of the Goreme Valley and visit the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale. Discover the ancient ruins of Ephesus before discovering the heritage of Izmir and Canakkale at the archaeological sites of Pergamon and Troy!

Inclusions
  • Roundtrip airfare to Istanbul
  • 10 night guided vacation
  • 10 night hotels in 3 or 4 star hotels
  • 16 meals: 10 breakfast & 6 dinners
  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees with an English-speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary
  • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip
  • Book by Jun 29: Reduced rates, plus receive up to $4500* travel credits per booking for your next adventures! (price reflects discount)
Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto
Aug 25, 30, 2024 from $3929
Sep 30, 2024 from $3429
Oct 28, Nov 28, Dec 29, 2024 from $3029
Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 6, 2025 from $2929
Single occupancy add from $520 per person
Upgrade to luxury hotel in Istanbul**: add from $300 per person
Winnipeg: add from $100 more
Calgary, Edmonton: add from $200 more
Victoria: add from $400 more

*terms and conditions apply – contact us for more details!

Dates, prices and promotion are subject to change without notice.
Other departure cities are available – please call for more details!

Not Included: Drinks, lunch, tourist tax (USD10 per person), mandatory guide tips (USD40 per person), other tips, luggage fee, entrance fees and any other services not mentioned in the inclusions

**If you choose the Sup. Istanbul Center or Luxury Istanbul category, only the location and category of the hotel in Istanbul will change. The rest of the hotels in your itinerary will be the same in each category. In the event of any changes, the hotels you stay at will always be in the same category as you selected, or a superior one.

Day 1: Canada – Night on board
Ready to discover the cultural treasures and incredible landscapes of Turkey? Arrive at your US departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul*. Night on board.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Day 2: Istanbul
Arrive in bustling Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey, a city brimming with history, culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled, and if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, head to the grandiose Suleymaniye Mosque. Located on the third hill of Istanbul, it boasts one of the most incredible panoramic views of the city.

After the visit, choose to take the transfer back to your hotel, or, spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring Istanbul at your own pace (no included transfer back to the hotel). Discover its labyrinthine bazaars, vibrant city life and eclectic architecture.

To fully immerse yourself in the local culture, we recommend an optional full-day city tour of Istanbul* and/or an optional dinner show on the Bosphorus**! Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional full-day Istanbul city tour: see Istanbul’s most emblematic sights, from the incredible Topkapi Palace to Hagia Sophia. Enjoy included lunch, see the exterior of the iconic Blue Mosque and historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops.

**Optional dinner show on the Bosphorus: the best way to enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner on an evening cruise down the Bosphorus! See the suspension bridges of Istanbul as they twinkle in the evening light. Enjoy exciting dance shows (belly dance and dervish), Turkish music, a delicious dinner and two drinks per person.

Day 4: Istanbul (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day at the aromatic Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans. Next, take a boat ride along the Bosphorus, enjoy views of old palaces and traditional houses as you sail through the heart of the city; the border between Europe and Asia.

After disembarking, enjoy time exploring the city at your own pace (no included transfer back to the hotel). We recommend an optional excursion to the key attractions of the Anatolian side of the city to discover more of Istanbul*. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional half-day Anatolian Istanbul excursion with lunch: explore the Anatolian side, home to some of the country’s most beautiful architecture, from the iconic Beylerbeyi Palace to the murals adorning the winding streets. Drive to Camlica Hill, in the underrated Üsküdar district. Take in the panoramic views from the highest point and soak up the bustling atmosphere from the city below. Enjoy lunch included.

Day 5: Istanbul – Ankara (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the way. Arrive and enjoy a panoramic tour of Ankara, the Turkish capital and a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in history and ancient culture.

Later, pay a visit to Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Inaugurated in 1953, it’s dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.

Day 6: Ankara – Cappadocia (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, begin your journey to incredible Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations. Pass by the spectacular Salt Lake along the way.

Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to the hotel. Head to a wonderful ceramic workshop where you’ll witness the traditional way of creating ceramic objects, from everyday artifacts to true works of art. Enjoy a visit to a precious stone shop and gain insight into the process of turning the raw material into stunning jewelry. Based on operative reasons this activities might be done the next day.

The remainder of the day is yours to begin discovering the landscapes of this magical region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To contemplate an unforgettable scene, we recommend our optional safari and sunset tour* for an adrenaline rush through the valleys of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

*Optional Jeep safari and sunset in Cappadocia: Immerse yourself in the magical Cappadocia valley landscape, enjoying the sunset as you do impressive, adrenaline-pumping dips, donuts, and tricks, in a 4X4 jeep.

Day 7: Cappadocia (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Why not start the day with an optional hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia*, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next, you have the chance to enjoy an optional visit to Kaimakli**, the incredible underground city*.

Mid-morning, discover the fascinating landscapes of Cappadocia, formed by the erosion of layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, a Byzantine monastic complex with beautiful frescoes.

Explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the captivating “Fairy Chimneys” are located, followed by a visit to a local carpet workshop. Afterwards you can enjoy an optional Turkish night in Cappadocia***. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

*Optional Hot Air Balloon flight: float over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique viewpoint on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Enjoy panoramic sunrise views, celebrate with a non-alcoholic beverage and a personalized flight certificate. Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old.

Please note: The hot air balloon flight depends on weather conditions at the destination and will be confirmed the day before. If the activity cannot take place, it will be refunded upon return.

**Optional visit to Kaimakli, the underground city: discover the maze of tunnels and rooms carved eight levels deep into the earth 12 miles from the city of Nevsehir. Believed to have been built in the Hittite period, it’s the widest of the underground cities in the region.

***Optional Turkish night in Cappadocia: A fun evening filled with typical dances from the different regions in Turkey, including the famous belly dance. Enjoy this colorful event and the party atmosphere as you take in the traditions of the area! Unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) during the show.

Day 8: Cappadocia – Pamukkale (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart early this morning to Pamukkale. Take a tour through the ancient Hellenistic city of Hierapolis, famed for its unique geological features. Next, explore the Cotton Castle, a natural wonder of white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools.

Explore the otherworldly landscapes formed over the centuries by the passing of mineral-rich water from nearby hot springs, the perfect spot to practice your photography skills! As the day draws to a close, stop by a textile shop before you transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Day 9: Pamukkale – Ephesus – Kusadasi – Izmir (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Delve deeper into the history of this land today. Pay a visit to an important pilgrimage site, the House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be the place where she spent the final years of her life.

Head to the Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, once the capital of Asia Minor and one of the best-preserved cities from this period. Discover the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Trajan, the Theatre and the Library of Celsus. Finally, check out an artisan leather shop to see how the local craftsmen work with this material.

Afterwards, head north to the city of Izmir or Kusadasi, depending on the confirmed hotel. Izmir is known for its expansive archaeological sites and is situated on the beautiful Aegean coast. Dinner and transfer to your hotel.

Please note: During the summer months (May to November) accommodation may be in the city of Kusadasi instead of Izmir, but the order of the itinerary will remain the same.

Day 10: Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel. The first stop of the day is the ancient city of Pergamon, one of the most important cultural, commercial and medical centers of antiquity. Visit the Asclepion, the ancient world’s most prestigious hospital, once home to Galen, the famous Greek physician and philosopher.

Another exciting highlight awaits as you continue to the archaeological site of Troy, one of history’s most legendary cities! Discover incredible ruins and relive the famous saga of the siege of Troy, immortalized in Homer’s Iliad.

Afterwards, continue to Canakkale. Spread across both sides of the Dardanelles Strait, this historic city is home to fascinating museums and sights related to its strategic location on the Dardanelles Strait. Transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay in Canakkale.

Day 11: Canakkale – Bursa – Istanbul (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Bursa this morning, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. The city is also known as ‘Green Bursa’ as it’s surrounded by lush forests and mountains.

Pay a visit to the spectacular Ulu Camii Mosque, Koza Han Silk Bazaar and the Green Tomb. After exploring Bursa, continue north to Topçular to cross the Gulf of Izmit either by ferry or by crossing the Osmangazi Bridge (decision based on operational reasons).

After crossing the Gulf, continue by road to Istanbul. Arrive, get settled at the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 12: Istanbul – Canada (B)
Breakfast* at the hotel. It’s time to bring your adventure through Turkey to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to Canada. Arrive in Canada and end your trip**.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in Canada the following day.

Note:

  • The order of the itinerary changes according to the departure date:
    Monday and Friday arrivals: 3 nights in Istanbul at the beginning, 1N Ankara, 2N Cappadocia, 1N Pamukkale, 1N Izmir, 1N Canakkale, 1N at the end in Istanbul.
    Tuesday and Saturday arrivals: 2 nights in Istanbul at the beginning, 1N Ankara, 2N Cappadocia, 1N Pamukkale, 1N Izmir, 1N Canakkale, 2N at the end in Istanbul.
  • This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Turkey! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities.

Optional tours

(Price is per person based on double occupancy – additional cost will apply to solo travelers or group with odd numbers)

Day 3: Full-Day Istanbul City Tour
Price from $182
Begin by visiting Topkapi Palace, once residence to the Ottoman Sultans. Make a photo-stop at the Hagia Sophia, which you can enter on your own later. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of the outside of the iconic Blue Mosque.
What’s included: Guide, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers, lunch.
Not included: Interior tour of the Hagia Sophia not included. You will have time to enter and tour on your own if desired.

Day 3: Dinner Show on the Bosphorus
Price from $106
Boat trip on the Bosphorus (1.5 h approx.), with dinner on board. See the illuminated suspension bridges of Istanbul at night. Includes dance shows (belly dance and dervish), Turkish music show and two drinks per person.
What’s included: Dinner on board, dance performances, Turkish music show and two drinks per person.

Day 4: Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch
Price from $114
Explore the Anatolian side of Istanbul including its Beylerbeyi Palace overlooking the Bosphorus Bridge, Camlica Hill and the district of Üsküdar. Lunch included.
What’s included: Guide, lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers

Day 6: Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia
Price from $99
Tour through the deep valleys of Cappadocia in a 4X4 jeep, taking an exciting off-road ride that will get your blood pumping.
What’s included: Transfers.
Not included: Guide.

Day 7: Ballooning in Cappadocia
Price from $499
Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old.
Enjoy an exciting 40-minute hot air balloon flight and float over the Cappadocia ‘Fairy Chimneys’, including a toast and flight certificate after landing.
What’s included: Transfer to take the hot-air balloon included, 40 minutes hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia.

Day 7: Turkish Night in Cappadocia
Price from $106
A fun event filled with typical dances from the different regions in Turkey, including the famous belly dance.
What’s included: Transfer, Show and Unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Not included: Meals.

Day 7: Visit to Kaymakli, the Underground City
Price from $46
This activity is not suitable for people with reduced mobility, pregnant women or claustrophobic people due to the nature of the activity and narrow spaces during the underground visit.
Visit the underground city of Kaymakli, 20 km from the city of Nevsehir. Believed to have been built in the Hittite period. Widest of the underground cities in the region of Nevsehir.Duration: between 40min and 1 hour.
What’s included: Transfers, guide and entrance tickets.

 

Entry requirements
  • Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date you enter Morocco
    Visa is not required for Canadian citizens for up to 90 days stay
  • Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $10 per person. This payment is imposed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and is mandatory for all passengers entering their country. This tourist tax is not included in the total booking amount and it will be collected by the tour guide in order to be paid to the authorities.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287