Classic Tours

Treasures of Turkey

Tour Overview

15-Day Fully Escorted Tour from £1,975

This huge country has long been the gateway between Europe and Asia and is brimming with archaeological and historical sites, scenic coastline, an exciting culture and some of the world’s most exotic cities.

At a Glance

  • 1 night in Istanbul
  • 1 night in Bursa
  • 1 night in Ankara
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia
  • 1 night in Konya
  • 2 nights in Antalya
  • 1 night in Pamukkale
  • 1 night in Kusadasi
  • 1 night in Izmir
  • 1 night in Çanakkale
  • 2 nights in Istanbul

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing in Bursa, Cappadocia, Aspendos, Perge, Ephesus, Troy, Pergamon, Gallipoli and Istanbul
  • Orientation tours in Iznik, Bursa, Ankara, Konya, Antalya
  • Tour of Kaymakli’s underground city
  • Visiting the ruins of Hierapolis and Pamukkale’s white terraces
  • Visit to the Temple of Aphrodite at Aphrodisias
  • Viewing the Trojan Horse in Troy

Tour Itinerary

  1. UK to IstanbulYour door-to-door driver takes you to your choice of airport for your flight to Istanbul, where the centrally located 4* Hilton hotel or similar welcomes you for one night. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome drink. D
  2. Istanbul to BursaCruise along the Bosphorus past the Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses before leaving for Iznik by ferry. After visiting the ruins of St Sophia, continue on to Bursa and the 4* Thermal Kervansaray . There will be free time this afternoon to explore. B D
  3. Bursa to AnkaraVisit the Green Mosque and the Grand Mosque in Bursa, driving on to charming Cumalikizik Village and then Gordion en route to Ankara and the 4* Hilton Hotel. B D
  4. Ankara to CappadociaSightseeing this morning includes the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the mausoleum of Ataturk. Later visit the mausoleum of Haci Bektas then head to the historical Cappadocia region and your hotel for two nights, the 4* Dedeman. B D
  5. Cappadocia and GöremeExplore the unique region of Göreme and visit the rock-carved churches and open-air museum. Also see the cone of Uchisar in the underground city of Kaymakli. Round off the day with an evening folklore show, in an underground cave. B D
  6. Cappadocia to KonyaVisit the Caravanserai of Sultanhani before driving to the religious city of Konya; see the Mevlana Museum, the Karatay Medrese and the Ince Minaret. This evening, get comfortable at the 4* Dedeman. B D
  7. Konya to AntalyaDrive to Aspendos and the Roman Theatre, then on to Perge to visit the extensive ruins including the great Theatre, the stadium and the gate-towers. As night falls, enjoy a walking tour of Antalya’s Old Town. Your home for the next two nights is the 4* Crowne Plaza and Harrington Park Resort. B D
  8. AntalyaA day to enjoy Antalya at your own pace. B D
  9. Antalya to PamukkaleCross the Taurus mountains to Pamukkale. Take in the ruins of Hierapolis and the aptly named Cotton Castle with its white limestone terraces. Tonight’s hotel is the 4* Thermal Colossae. B D
  10. Pamukkale to KusadasiThe Temple of Aphrodite in Aphrodisias is your first stop this morning before heading towards your beachfront hotel, the 
4* Korumar or similar, in the lively coastal town of Kusadasi. B D
  11. Kusadasi to IzmirTour one of the world’s greatest archaeological sites, Ephesus including the amphitheatre, the House of the Virgin Mary and the Selçuk archaeological museum. Then settle in at the 4* Swissôtel Grand Efes or similar in Izmir. B D
  12. Izmir to ÇanakkaleVisit the Asklepion in Pergamon, the impressive site of an ancient world. Continuing to Homer’s Troy, see the ruins of nine cities built on top of each other and the Trojan Horse. The 4* Hotel Kolin is home tonight. B D
  13. Çanakkale to IstanbulTake a ferry to the Gallipoli Peninsula, site of Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery, before returning to Istanbul and the 4* Hilton hotel or similar. B
  14. IstanbulTour the Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were once held, the museum of St Sophia and this afternoon is dedicated to the Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Head off to the Grand Bazaar later, to practise those bargaining skills. B D
  15. Istanbul to UKFly back to the UK; your door-to-door driver will meet you and take you home. B

Tour Extras

Travel Notes

This tour is operated by our travel partner, Insight Vacations, a specialist escorted tour operator in Europe.

A nicely balanced tour, our travels around Turkey include a combination of one and two- night stays. Day 8 has been left completely at leisure for you to relax in Antalya, perhaps on the beach or exploring the shops.

In those places where we spend just one night, the driving days are not too long with frequent stops for sightseeing.

Hotels are centrally located in every major city and feature well-known names you can trust such as Hilton. You will also be treated to some of the best scenic locations in Çanakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya and Cappadocia.

Tailor Your Tour

Optional excursions
See more with the optional excursions available through your Tour Director.

Unescorted extensions
You may like to stay longer in Istanbul. Extra nights cost from £168 per person, based on two people sharing (single supplement from £144).

There is a supplement of £25 per person for all extensions, and transfers are not included in the price.

Tour Price

Departure dates and prices:

Month Departure Date Price
April 2013 Tuesday 2nd £1,975
April 2013 Sunday 7th £1,975
April 2013 Tuesday 9th £1,975
April 2013 Wednesday 10th £1,975
April 2013 Saturday 13th £2,035
April 2013 Tuesday 16th £1,975
April 2013 Sunday 21st £1,975
April 2013 Tuesday 23rd £1,975
April 2013 Sunday 28th £1,975
April 2013 Tuesday 30th £1,975
May 2013 Friday 3rd £1,975
May 2013 Sunday 5th £1,975
May 2013 Tuesday 7th £1,975
May 2013 Friday 10th £1,975
May 2013 Sunday 12th £1,975
May 2013 Tuesday 14th £1,975
May 2013 Friday 17th £1,975
May 2013 Sunday 19th £1,975
May 2013 Tuesday 21st £1,975
May 2013 Friday 24th £1,975
May 2013 Sunday 26th £1,995
May 2013 Tuesday 28th £1,995
May 2013 Friday 31st £1,995
June 2013 Sunday 2nd £1,995
June 2013 Tuesday 4th £1,995
June 2013 Friday 7th £1,995
June 2013 Sunday 9th £1,995
June 2013 Tuesday 11th £1,995
June 2013 Thursday 14th £1,995
June 2013 Saturday 16th £1,995
June 2013 Monday 18th £1,995
June 2013 Thursday 21st £1,995
June 2013 Saturday 23rd £1,995
June 2013 Monday 25th £1,995
June 2013 Thursday 28th £1,995
June 2013 Saturday 30th £1,995
July 2013 Tuesday 2nd £1,995
 July 2013 Friday 5th £1,995
 July 2013 Sunday 7th £1,995
 July 2013 Tuesday 9th £1,995
 July 2013 Friday 12th £1,995
 July 2013 Sunday 14th £1,995
 July 2013 Tuesday 16th £1,995
 July 2013 Friday 19th £1,995
 July 2013 Sunday 21st £1,995
 July 2013 Tuesday 23rd £1,995
 July 2013 Friday 26th £1,995
 July 2013 Sunday 28th £1,995
 July 2013 Tuesday 30th £1,995
August 2013 Friday 2nd £1,995
August 2013 Sunday 4th £1,995
August 2013 Tuesday 6th £1,995
August 2013 Friday 9th £1,995
August 2013 Sunday 11th £1,995
August 2013 Tuesday 13th £1,995
August 2013 Friday 16th £1,995
August 2013 Sunday 18th £1,995
August 2013 Tuesday 20th £1,995
August 2013 Friday 23rd £1,995
August 2013 Sunday 25th £1,995
August 2013 Tuesday 27th £1,995
August 2013 Friday 30th £1,995
September 2013 Sunday 1st £2,015
September 2013 Tuesday 3rd £2,015
September 2013 Friday 6th £2,015
September 2013 Sunday 8th £2,015
September 2013 Tuesday 10th £2,015
September 2013 Friday 13th £1,995
September 2013 Sunday 15th £1,995
September 2013 Tuesday 17th £1,995
September 2013 Friday 20th £1,995
September 2013 Sunday 22nd £1,995
September 2013 Tuesday 24th £1,995
September 2013 Friday 27th £1,995
September 2013 Sunday 29th £1,995
October 2013 Tuesday 1st £1,995
October 2013 Friday 4th £1,995
 October 2013 Sunday 6th £1,995
 October 2013 Tuesday 8th £1,995
 October 2013 Friday 11th £1,995
 October 2013 Sunday 13th £1,995
 October 2013 Tuesday 15th £1,995
 October 2013 Friday 18th £1,995
 October 2013 Sunday 20th £1,995
 October 2013 Tuesday 22nd £1,995
 October 2013 Friday 25th £1,995
October 2013 Sunday 27th £1,995
November 2013 Sunday 3rd £1,995
November 2013 Sunday 10th £1,995
November 2013 Sunday 17th £1,995
November 2013 Sunday 24th £1,995
December 2013 Sunday 1st £1,995
December 2013 Friday 20th £2,045
December 2013 Friday 27th £2,095
April 2014 Wednesday 9th £2,025
April 2014 Tuesday 22nd £2,025
May 2014 Tuesday 6th £2,025
May 2014 Friday 16th £2,025
June 2014 Tuesday 3rd £2,045
June 2014 Tuesday 17th £2,045
July 2014 Sunday 6th £2,045
July 2014 Friday 18th £2,045
August 2014 Tuesday 5th £2,045
August 2014 Sunday 17th £2,045
September 2014 Friday 12th £2,045
September 2014 Friday 26th £2,045
October 2014 Sunday 5th £2,025
October 2014 Friday 17th £2,025
November 2014 Sunday 2nd £2,025
Novemeber 2014 Sunday 23rd £2,025
December 2014 Friday 19th £2,095
December 2014 Friday 26th £2,145

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