The Best of Turkey (QR)

8 Day Tour from Istanbul to Istanbul

2016 Tour Details

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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 Destinations & Sightseeing

ISTANBUL
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
ANZAC
Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemetery
DARDANELLES
Ferry crossing of the Straits
TROY
Guided visit of the archaeological site
PERGAMUM
Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and Asclepion
EPHESUS
Guided visit of the archaeological site and museum; group picture
SULTAN’S VILLAGE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Learn about the traditional Turkish weaving art and taste local specialties during lunch
PAMUKKALE
Guided visit of the Hierapolis
BURSA
Guided sightseeing including a visit to the Great Mosque
IZNIK
Visit St. Sophia Church and the archaeological museum
Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

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

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

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

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive 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.

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Day 2 Istanbul

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.

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Day 3 Istanbul–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.

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Day 4 Troy 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.

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Day 5 Izmir–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.

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Day 6 Pamukkale–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.

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Day 7 Bursa–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.

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Day 8 Istanbul

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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 Accommodations

Istanbul
Canakkale
Izmir
Pamukkale
Bursa

Istanbul

The Marmara Pera

Superior First-Class

Mesrutiyet Caddesi Tepebasi
Istanbul, Turkey

Free Wifi

Located in old Pera, the unique architecture and hip décor of this 202 room property offers a welcome retreat from Istanbul¿s high tempo city life. Facilities include an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, heated rooftop swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. A mix of International, Turkish and Scandinavian cuisine, snacks and drinks can be enjoyed in the hotel's café and restaurant.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dry Cleaning

Room Amenities

  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk

Canakkale

Kolin

First-Class

Kepez
Canakkale, Turkey

The Kolin hotel offers gardens overlooking the Strait, bicycle and trekking courses, outdoor and indoor (heated pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, Jacuzzi, fitness center, spa, and live music at the bars and night club over the weekend.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Spa Services
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Gift Shop
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Cable/Satellite
  • Desk
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Mini-bar
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Phone

Izmir

Swissotel

Deluxe

Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari 1
Izmir - Alsancak, Turkey

Free Wifi

Set in beautiful landscaped gardens in the center of Izmir's commercial district, this 402 room property is steps away from the heart of the city. Facilities include a Spa & Wellness center with both indoor & outdoor swimming pools, gym, steam baths, Turkish baths, Jacuzzi and tennis courts. A comprehensive range of dining options are available including Turkish, Swiss & Greek cuisine and the stylish Sky Bar offers colorful cocktails with spectacular panaromic views of Izmir Bay.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Ice Machine
  • Spa Services
  • Beauty Salon
  • Dry Cleaning
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Voicemail
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access

Pamukkale

Lycus River Thermal

First-Class

Karahayit
Pamukkale, Turkey

A hotel where you can find hot springs with the thousands years of history along with historical structure and perfectly organized service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Fitness Room
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • Beauty Salon
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk

Bursa

Kervansaray Termal

First-Class

Cekirge Meydani
Bursa, Turkey

Pleasant 3-story Hotel situated in the hills, 3 km from center.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Istanbul

Istanbul

TurkishDinnerandFolkloreShow

Turkish Dinner and Folklore Show

An evening at one of Istanbul's favorite night clubs. Enjoy a succulent dinner, half a bottle of wine per person included, while Turkish folklore groups, singers, and belly dancers put on a dazzling show.

Approximate value: €66 EUR per person

 Know Before You Go

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