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Explore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its former capital, Istanbul, to Troy, Ephesus, and the limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.

Package Includes
  • Round trip international airfare to Istanbul
  • 9 night guided vacation First Class coach tour
  • 9 nights hand picked hotel accommodation
  • Dining: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
  • Local air flight as per itinerary
  • Hand-picked insider experiences
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Istanbul
  • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Basilica, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary’s House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Göreme Open-Air Museum
  • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

Travel Highlights

  • Connect with Locals  – Meet the most liberated women in Turkey in the village of Demircidere, where you’ll learn how to bake traditional bread and taste the local wine at our ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. (Day 4)
  • Dive into Culture  – Haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. (Day 2)
    Learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. (Day 7)

 

Based on Double
or Single Share
June 18, 2020
Vancouver $3649 + $740 tax
Victoria, Kelowna $3949 + $740 tax
Calgary, Edmonton $3849 + $740 tax
Single Room Supplement add $750

Single Share Program: When travelling alone, we understand that some clients do not want to incur the expense of an additional single room supplement. That’s why we give you the opportunity to purchase selected vacations on a room sharing basis on the majority of our itineraries. We will accommodate you with a fellow guest of the same gender on a ‘two-bedded’ basis (non-smoking rooms only). Please note that we cannot guarantee roommates will be of a similar age group. If we fail to match you, we will provide a single room at no extra cost.

Itinerary
Day 1
– Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

Meet at the crossroads of East and West – the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you’ll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.
Meals: Welcome reception
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli (or similar)

Day 2 – Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque – its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. ‘Dive Into Culture’ as you haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 – Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We’ll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we’ll dine in our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Kolin (or similar)

Day 4 – Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we ‘Connect With Locals’ in the village of Demircidere over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later, and dine in our hotel this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner
Accommodation: Mövenpick (or similar)

Day 5 – Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Colossae Thermal (or similar)

Day 6 – Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Konya

This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Dedeman (or similar)

Day 7 – Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Continuing your journey to Cappadocia, you’ll see a 13th-century caravanserai then ‘Dive Into Culture’ to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the Whirling Dervishes then enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Tonight you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ set alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle. Many of the rooms are hewn from the surrounding rock and boast views of Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscapes.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Dilek Kaya (or similar)

Day 8 – Göreme Excursion

The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Paşabağı and Kizil Vadi valleys and underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. You’ll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 – Cappadocia – Istanbul

Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop café and admire Istanbul’s iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Sisli (or similar)

Day 10 – Depart Istanbul

We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
Meals: Breakfast

SAFETY

Guests must make their own enquiries regarding safety and government warnings in relation to the destinations they are travelling to. Official warnings change quite regularly and can be found from the Government of Canada’s official source: Travel Advice and Advisories – https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories. (NOTE:  insurance restrictions apply due to government warning)

Canadians travelling to Turkey for tourism or trade should purchase an e-visa prior to entering the country. Canadians can also obtain a visa on arrival, however, an e-Visa saves time that you would otherwise spend on visa applications at Turkish missions or at the ports of entry into Turkey (if you are eligible). If you are planning on studying or working in Turkey, you must obtain a visa at a Turkish embassy or consulate before arriving in Turkey.

More information on the e-visa application system – Republic of Turkey

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 $30 per adult Booking Management 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 note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287