Grand Tour of Turkey

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Grand Tour of Turkey

Distinctive, welcoming, fascinating - Turkey is a country that for centuries has been a crossroads between the exotic East and ancient Europe.

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13 days from

£1,073

per person*

(based on 18/10/2015 departure date from London Heathrow Apt)

* Price is based on 2 people travelling.

  • The Blue Mosque, Istanbul
  • Cappadocia, Nevsehir Province
  • Ortahisar, Cappadocia
  • Tuffrocks, Cappadocia
  • Travertine terraces of Pamukkale
  • Ephesus, Izmir Province
  • Troy
  • Istanbul
  • Istanbul
  • Kusadasi
  • Agzikarahan entrance
  • Anzac Cemetery, Gallipoli

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Istanbul.

Fly to Istanbul where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. Late arrivals may have the welcome briefing the following morning.

DAY 2 : Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale.

Skirting the Sea of Marmara, head for Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles, for a visit to the Anzac Cemetery and the sites of the famous World War I battlefields. Later, a short ferry journey takes you to the charming city of Canakkale, at the mouth of the Koca River, for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Canakkale - Troy - Izmir - Kusadasi.

Your first stop today is the ancient Homerian city of Troy, famous for being attacked in ancient times by Greek rivals hiding inside the giant wooden 'Trojan Horse'. The site, excavated in 1871, actually displays nine ancient metropolises, dating back to 3000BC. Later, head to the lovely Bay of Edremit, and admire the distant views of blue mountains on the Greek island Lesbos, before travelling through forests of pine and Valonia oak to the bustling Aegean port of Izmir for an orientation drive which will include the Karsiyaka district. Then it's on to the popular seaside resort of Kusadasi for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 : Kusadasi.

Situated between ancient Ephesus and Priene, Kusadasi is a charming, cosmopolitan resort with a delightful climate and white sandy beaches. The day is yours to relax or explore. Alternatively, why not take one of the great-value optional excursions to Ephesus and the Virgin Mary house? Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Denizli area.

Travel past Aydin and enter the area known as the 'Greek Meander', the most fertile region in Turkey. Your first stop is for optional sightseeing at the ancient site of Aphrodisias. Later, drive past Denizli, at the foot of Mount Gokbel, to Pamukkale, the amazing 'Cotton Castle'. Marvel at the extraordinary white terraces, formed over the centuries by water cascading down the hillside and visit the ancient archaeological site of Hierapolis. Continue to your hotel in the Denizli area for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Denizli area - Konya.

Today, drive to Dinar and then past the lovely Lake Acigol, with its shores of cherry gardens and opium fields. Enjoy splendid mountain scenery on the way to Konya, one of the oldest urban centres in the world, for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : Konya - Agzikarahan - Cappadocia.

Today, travel into the great central plateau area, which separates Konya from Aksaray, and stop to admire the great Agzikarahan 'Caravanserai'. In the afternoon, enjoy an included visit to Goreme to see the amazing churches and chapels carved into the rock; the whole area is outstandingly impressive. Later, head for Avanos in Cappadocia for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 : Cappadocia.

The first records of Cappadocia date from the 6th century BC, and over the centuries it has been a strategically important town for several civilisations, including the Persians, Romans and Byzantines. The day is yours to explore at leisure or perhaps join the optional sightseeing tour to the amazing natural amphitheatre, bounded by almost vertical cliffs, in which countless chambers, porticos and arcades have been carved, as well as underground cities where early Christians sheltered from Roman persecution. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 : Cappadocia - Ankara.

Journey via Aksaray to Ankara, the Turkish capital, for one night. On arrival, enjoy an orientation drive before spending the afternoon relaxing, exploring at leisure, or taking the optional half day city tour including visits to the museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Ankara Mausoleum of Ataturk. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Ankara - Gordion - Bursa.

Travel into the ancient kingdom of Phryge to Gordion, one of Turkey's most important archaeological sites, where legends has it Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot. Enjoy an included visit to the fascinating Tomb of King Midas before continuing to ancient Bursa, which stands in the shadow of Ulu Dag mountain - the ancient Mysian Olympus, and is famous for its Great Mosque, covered bazaar and silk market. Overnight in Bursa. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 : Bursa - Istanbul.

Drive to the shores of the Sea of Marmara for a short ferry crossing on the Izmit Bay to the exotic city of Istanbul, straddling both Europe and Asia. The included sightseeing tour with a local guide includes visits to the Roman Hippodrome and the stunning Blue Mosque. This evening, why not join the optional dinner and traditional Turkish entertainment? Includes Breakfast

DAY 12 : Istanbul.

Istanbul was founded in 600BC and is a mesmerising city with intricate architecture, ancient mosques and colourful bazaars brimming with pedlars and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks and black coffee. The day is yours to explore the city at leisure or perhaps join the optional excursions to sail in a private boat on the Bosphorus or enjoy an afternoon's historical tour. Includes Breakfast

DAY 13 : Istanbul - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Hotels on Tour

  • Konya:Hotel Pasa Park (4*)
  • Cappadocia:Altinyazi (4*)
  • Ankara:Radisson Blu(4*)
  • Bursa:Almira (5*)
  • Istanbul:Grand Halic Hotel (4*)
  • Canakkale:Iris Hotel (4*)
  • Kusadasi:Grand Onder (4*)
  • Denizli area:Herakles Hotel (3*)

Visa Requirements

A visa is required for entry into Turkey. This can be purchased on arrival by UK passport holders.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 12 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option - see page 13

Holiday Highlights

  • Istanbul City sightseeing
  • Gallipoli Anzac Cemetery & The Lone Pine Memorial
  • Troy Site visit
  • Izmir Orientation drive
  • Pamukkale Cotton Castle & ancient site of Hierapolis
  • Agzikarahan 'Caravanserai'
  • Cappadocia Goreme open-air museum
  • Gordion King Midas tomb
  • Bursa Great Mosque, covered Bazaar & Silk market

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • Greater flexibility, with tailor made options
  • Expert staff both at home and overseas
  • UK Call Centre

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (21 reviews)

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26-Nov-2014

Excellent tour guide and interesting holiday.

22-Nov-2014

Excellent tour guide. Tour to underground city not good value for the cost. We spent a lot of time looking at view points, shopping areas and a visit to a jewelry shop which was not on the itinerary. 30 mins only spent at the underground city. Option...

30-Oct-2014

lots of interesting things to see. very enjoyable time , but needed a good rest after the holiday.

22-Oct-2014

The tour was excellent and our guide Aycut was very knowledgable and had an amazing sense of humour, however the quality of the accommodation was very varied and ranged from very poor to excellent.There was no consistency.

15-Oct-2014

The Tour Guide and the bus driver were superb. The itinerary was well thought out. A lot of travelling but we saw so many wonderful things.

09-Oct-2014

Holiday enjoyed by us both,food in some hotels should have been served hot but was cold,Think prepared too early and left.

08-Oct-2014

Fantastic holiday. Excellent guide who was informative and fun. The holiday was extremely informative and I was taken to places where I would never discovered if going on a solo holiday.

07-Oct-2014

Tour was very well organised and the excellent tour director really contributed towards making this an exceptionally enjoyable trip. I would be recomending it to my friends for sure!

07-Oct-2014

Very good country to visit. Everything went perfectly. Hotel were good with included meals. The guide Aykut Gun was exceptional and really went the extra mile to make the holiday a huge success. Berol, the driver of the coach was also exceptional, ve...

07-Oct-2014

beyond our expectations especially the fairy chimneys!

07-Oct-2014

The tour was very good and the guide, Aykut Gun was the best we have ever had and we have been on a number of tours before. He was an excellent director with so much interesting knowledge, he really showed a passion for his country. On many days th...

30-Sep-2014

The itinerary was very good & the hotels & food were also good. The tour guide was well informed. The only negative to say is the last 2 nights at the hotel in Istanbul were a let-down. The first night at the beginning of the tour at the same...

30-Sep-2014

Excellent young very knowledgable young guide with good command of English also with a sense of humour - giving us so much information on all aspect of what Turkey has to offer - would love to have a tour possibly to the East of Turkey less frequente...

30-Sep-2014

The tour was very good, learnt such a lot from the tour guide who was excellent and also we lots of fun.. Thought though there were lots of optional tours which I thought should have been included.

24-Sep-2014

We will certainly recomend this tour to our friends.

03-Sep-2014

Excellent,and ayykut is a brilliant guide he went above and beyond for the group,he was so intertaining, knowledgeable,helpful, he even got up at 4 in the morning to see that we got of in time that was so nice of him to be so caring,for all the male ...

03-Sep-2014

Excellent tour,thanks to the exemplary and knowledgeable tour director Aykut Gun.
Even with the disruptive influence of passenger m/s Lyda Fauz.

02-Sep-2014

NICE HOLIDAY, VERY EARLY STARTS,

28-Aug-2014

Good value for money.

26-Aug-2014

The tour was good, driver excellent
Sites interesting

06-Aug-2014

Very good

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Mrs A Sutton 06/05/2013

I intended to put pen to paper immediately on our return from our tour of Turkey and I’m a week late!

I simply wanted to tell you that we had a wonderful guide in Burcu Gunden, she spoke perfect English and her knowledge was unbelievable. We never saw her refer to notes in any area we visited. I must also mention our driver Bilgi Turkoglu, a very considerate gentleman. They were both ambassadors for their country.

Grand Tour of Turkey

Yvonne Bragg 12/04/2012

We returned from the above tour a few days ago and I can honestly say it was the best tour I have ever been on. Partly because of the fantastic Tour Director (Izat Conk) who was so knowledgeable and fun, he even made getting up early and spending time on the bus travelling a good and happy experience.  The sites we visited were so numerous and wonderful,  I cannot say which one I enjoyed the most.  We saw all the expected sites such as Troy but also visited lesser known ones which were just as enchanting.  Some of the towns and villages were 'off the beaten track' so we had a glimpse of the real Turkey.  It was very good to see local people welcoming visitors with smiles and "welcome to Turkey" messages.  Local children in particular found us interesting.
 
So thank you for producing a wonderful tour at a very reasonable price, and we are looking forward to our next one already.

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Frank and Betty Le Quesne 18/11/2011

I would just like to place on record my thanks to your Company for the excellent holiday that you provided for my wife and myself . It was an experience that will be remembered for all the right reasons. We were guided throughout by a superb courier, Aran, and the whole holiday went like clockwork. It was a fairly tiring trip but the coverage was fantastic, the coach driver was first class, and the accommodation very satisfactory. We have not previously travelled with your Company  but would not hesitate to recommend it in future and we look forward to using your services again.

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