Grand Tour of Turkey – Tour TR707

The Grand Tour of Turkey is a circle tour of all the key Sites to Visit in Turkey. In Istanbul you will see Grand Tour of Turkeythe Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia Basilica and Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market. Then visit the WWII site of Anzac Cove at Gallipoli and the ancient city of Troy. In Ephesus you can see the house of the Virgin Mary.  See the Cotton Castle in Pamukkale and the 1800 year-old theater Mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Mevlana in Aspendos.  The Open Air Museum of Goreme, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Saratli, is a secret underground city. Hike through the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara.

Thursday Departures (Mar-Oct) Maximum Group Size 32 People

Visit: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Kos, Antalya, Perge, Aspendos, Konya, Cappadocia and Ankara.

Day 1 Thu: Istanbul.
Greeting at arrival and transfer to the hotel for a welcome briefing. Rest of the day is free.

Day 2 Fri : Istanbul
A full day tour including some of the most famous sites: the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the majestic St. Sophia (symbol of the Byzantine era), and the colorful Grand Bazaar. Optional  Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day 3 Sat : Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
Drive to Gallipoli, through the European lands of Turkey. Visit Anzac Cove and Lone pine cemetery, Chunuk Bair all famed WWI sites, then across the Dardanelles Strait to the Asian side of Turkey by ferry boat to Canakkale to stay overnight. (B,D)

Day 4 Sun : Troy – Pergamum – Izmir
Visit the ancient Troy of Homer, see its legendary walls and the replica of the wooden horse. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village.  Continue to Pergamum where we will visit the remains of the ancient Medical Center, the earliest known hospital in the world. Continue on to Izmir for overnight.(B, L)

Day 5 Mon : Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir
Leave for Ephesus, the cradle of early Christianity considered one of the best preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world. We will see the streets made of marble, the famous library of Celsius, remains of temples, the Odeon and other public buildings. Continue on to the top of the nearby hill to visit the house where the Virgin Mary spent the last years of her life. Visit a rug factory to view a demonstration of this typically Turkish art and craft.  Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Day 6 Tue : Izmir – Bodrum
After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner & Overnight in Bodrum (B,D)

Day 7 Wed : Bodrum – Kos 
Today is a free day for leisure or optional excursion to the nearby Greek island of Kos. Dinner and overnight in Bodrum (B,D

Day 8 Thui : Bodrum – Pamukkale 
Today we drive through the lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit the ruins of the Roman
health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool. (B.D)

Day 9 Fri: Pamukkale – Antalya
Depart for Antalya, dinner and overnight. (B D)

Day 10 Sat: Perge – Aspendos – Antalya
According to the geographer Strabo, Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Departure for Aspendos and visit the famous theatre in Aspendos considered the best preserved theatre of antiquity in the world. Return to Antalya, afternoon free for own activities. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

Day 11 Sun: Antalya – Cappadocia
Early departure after breakfast for Cappadocia with a stop en route at the 13th century Agzikarahan caravansary. We also pay a visit to one of the famous underground cities of  Sarhali built for protection from intruders with its several stories deep tunnels, corridors, halls, kitchens, stables and wine making rooms. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Day 12 Mon : Cappadocia 
Early Morning Optional: Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit Goreme with its small hidden Byzantine chapels, Avanos pottery village, Pasabag, Red Valley, with its beehive dwellings, monasteries carved in tufa and mushroom-like rock formations. We will have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Local dinner in a restaurant and overnight in Cappadocia. Tonight optional: Whirling Dervishes performance.(B,D)

Day 13 Tue : Cappadocia – Ankara
Morning departure for Ankara and drive through the Salt Lake area. Afternoon tour of the Anatolian Civilizations Museum with its world famous Hittite exhibition and other remains of varied Anatolian cultures dating back to prehistoric settlements to 8000 B.C. Dinner at a special local restaurant in Ankara, then accommodation. (B,D)

14 Wed : Ankara – Istanbul 
After breakfast drive to Istanbul, Afternoon Optional: half day Bosphorus Cruise on the strait that separates Europe from Asia with many wooden villas, Ottoman palaces, gardens and cafes decorating both shores. We will also include a visit to the Spice Market for some last minute shopping. Tonight, enjoy a  farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 15 Thu : Istanbul 
Transfer to the airport (B)

The Grand Tour of Turkey Includes:

  • First class hotels (see below table for hotel names)
  • Meals as indicated on itineraries (B,L,D)
  • Tours as per itinerary if not marked as optional
  • English speaking guides throughout the land tours
  • Private air-conditioned transportation, luggage handling
  • Arrival and departure transfers on the first and last day of the tour
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Included Highlights
  • Lunch with locals
  • Special dinners at restaurants

The Grand Tour of Turkey Excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers

Hotels (or similar):

  • Istanbul – Conrad İstanbul
  • Çanakkale – Kolin Hotel 
  • Izmir – Swissotel Grand Efes 
  • Bodrum – Doria Hotel
  • Pamukkale – Doga Thermal Health and Spa
  • Antalya – The Marmara 
  • Cappadocia – Gamirasu Hotel 
  • Ankara – Hilton Hotel 

Price Per Person in US$