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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per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 19/11/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

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

  • Cappadocia:Altinyazi (4*)
  • Ankara:Radisson Blu(4*)
  • Bursa:Almira (5*). <note>
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.</note>
  • Istanbul:Grand Halic Hotel (4*)
  • Canakkale:Iris Hotel (4*)
  • Kusadasi:Grand Onder (4*)
  • Denizli area:Herakles Hotel (3*)
  • Konya:Hotel Pasa Park (4*)

Visa Information

A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.

New Year in Istanbul

Depart on 21 December for New Year's Reveillion in Istanbul.

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

  • 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
  • Istanbul City sightseeing

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

We love to hear from you and all your experiences whilst you’ve been travelling with us and to be able to share your experiences with other travellers. Below we’ve published the letters and emails we’ve received, if you’d like to add your own experience please email us at

Grand Tour of Turkey

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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