The Best of Turkey (QR) - 2016

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8 Day Tour from Istanbul to Istanbul

The Best of Turkey
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople
The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey
Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul
The natural site of Pamukkale was formed from large amounts of calcium in the water
The ancient site of Ephesus

Vacation Overview

With its long and fascinating history, Turkey connects Europe and Asia, and serves as a gateway between the Islamic and the Christian worlds. Your Turkey tour starts and ends in Istanbul with overnights also in the Troy area, Izmir, Pamukkale, and Bursa. Along the way, you'll explore many of its ancient monuments, visit some of its famous mosques, and browse some of its wonderful bazaars. You’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of its history, culture, and secrets.

Guided sightseeing includes many of Turkey's must-see attractions, such as Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans, and the Underground Cistern, brought to life in Dan Brown’s bestseller Inferno, in Istanbul. Step back in time as you visit the archaeological site in Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded 5,000 years ago; the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 190 BC; and Ephesus, founded in 6,000 BC and with some of the world's greatest ancient sights. The first settlements in Pergamum date back to as early as 3,000 BC. Here, visit its museum and shrine to the Greek god of medicine.

On this Turkey tour, you’ll also visit some of its most famous mosques and churches, including Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and its Blue Mosque, the 17th-century mosque with beautiful blue tiles in its interior; Bursa’s Great Mosque, with construction completed in 1400; and Iznik’s St. Sophia Church, initially built as a basilica in the Byzantine period. But that's not all…Globus has also included special experiences to make your vacation unique, such as a private cruise on the Bosporus River while having tea and traditional Turkish Delight candy.

All of this and much more await you on this grand Turkey vacation.

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Welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, including visits to Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, visit the Underground Cistern, and Grand Bazaar, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private cruise on the Bosporus with tea and Turkish Delight candy

Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemetery

Ferry crossing of the Straits

Guided visit of the archaeological site

Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and Asclepion

Guided visit of the archaeological site and museum; group picture

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Headsets throughout the tour


  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

DAY 1Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey

After arrival at Atatürk Airport, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start soaking up the unique atmosphere of this city built on two continents. At 6:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner)


DAY 2Istanbul

Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330 AD when Constantine the Great elected it the capital of the Roman Empire, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus remains one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent history. Guided sightseeing starts at TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire the rich and spectacular kaftans of the sultans that were worn during the Ottoman period. Then, tour the HAGIA SOPHIA, followed by the ROMAN HIPPODROME, and visit Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE. A special visit has been included to the UNDERGROUND CISTERN, brought to life in Dan Brown’s best seller Inferno. For a taste of Turkish nightlife, join our optional dinner outing and discover the fascination of belly dancing. (Breakfast)

Blue Mosque Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul 

DAY 3Istanbul–Gallipoli–Troy Area

Visit the colorful GRAND BAZAAR before setting out on your discovery tour of a country with the population of Britain and more than three times its size. Drive along the European shore of the Sea of Marmara and head westward through sunflower and olive groves to the Dardanelles. Visit the WWI battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those tragic months of 1915 at the ANZAC CEMETERY and the LONE PINE MEMORIAL. Travel by ferry across the Dardanelles to the Troy area for your first overnight in Asia on the Aegean coast. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Dardanelles, a long narrow strait along the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 

DAY 4Troy Area–Pergamum–Izmir

Enjoy a guided visit of TROY, the perfect place to brush up on Homer’s Trojan War—hollow wooden horse and all! Vistas of the Greek isle of Lesbos greet you as you follow the shores of the Bay of Edremit. Continue south to Pergamum, an ancient center of learning and the arts, and visit its MUSEUM. After lunch, visit the ASCLEPION, a shrine to the Greek god of medicine. Drive to Izmir for your overnight stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 5Izmir–Ephesus–Pamukkale

Today, visit Ephesus, home of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and later, the capital of Roman Asia Minor. Visit the SITE OF ANCIENT RUINS and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM with its famous statue of Artemis, goddess of fertility and destiny. At this beautiful location, a souvenir GROUP PICTURE will be taken. A highlight is a stop at the SULTAN’S VILLAGE. Here, you will Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite learn all about the traditional Turkish weaving art and taste local specialties. Then, travel along the Silk Road, and through the lush valley of the meandering Menderes River. Next, Pamukkale. The name means “Cotton Castle” and refers to the spectacular white lime cascades formed by its hot springs. At your hotel tonight, maybe a leisurely bath in a pool of hot thermal water might be just the way to relax after a busy touring day. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The natural site of Pamukkale was formed from large amounts of calcium in the water The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus The ancient site of Ephesus 

DAY 6Pamukkale–Hierapolis–Bursa

This morning, visit the fascinating archaeological site of HIERAPOLIS, the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BC and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. Then, enjoy the ever-changing cultivated landscapes and timeless scenes of rural life on your way to Bursa. Spot farmers working their fields or transporting produce in traditional horse-drawn carts. Bursa lies in the shade of the Uludag–also called Mount Olympus of Mysia—a 7,700-foot-high ski mountain surrounded by lovely orchards. Founded by the Greeks, like most ancient cities in this part of the world, and hotly contested during the Crusades, Bursa had its heyday as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon, visit the GREAT MOSQUE (Ulu Camii). Also on the agenda, of course, are the ancient Covered Bazaar and the Silk Market. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 7Bursa–Iznik–Istanbul

Visit Iznik, site of the first Ecumenical Council. See its ancient city walls before visiting ST. SOPHIA CHURCH and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Later, return to Istanbul. Tonight, enjoy Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a PRIVATE CRUISE on the Bosporus River, while having tea and traditional Turkish Delight candy. A farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant is the proper way to celebrate the success of your Turkish adventure. (Breakfast, Dinner)


DAY 8Istanbul

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)



Motorcoach or minibus; ferry; boat cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch at the Sultan’s Village; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine in Istanbu

Four Ways Globus Eliminates the Hassles

VIP Access
Skip the lines and get special treatment at the must-see attractions.

Perfect Hotels
We’ve done the work to find just the right hotels in just the right locations.

Tour Directors
Take your heads out of the guidebook and let expert guides make every destination fascinating.

Leave the navigating to us – and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Learn how Globus is reducing transportation-related energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the The Best of Turkey:

  • Bursa: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire
  • Archaeological Site of Troy
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  • Historic areas of Istanbul
  • Ephesus