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Turkish Delight

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The one that lets you dip into ancient history, vibrant bazaars & coastal coves in one week

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  • Duration

    7 days

  • Places

    10 places

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 42 people

  • Team

    Experienced Trip Manager & Driver Team and Local Guides

Istanbul, Canakkale, Izmir, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus

Turkish Delight

9 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Visit the city of Istanbul - Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque
  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
  • See the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery & ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli and pay your respects
  • See Izmir, the birthplace of Homer
  • Visit ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classical city on the Mediterranean
  • Visit a Turkish carpet store
  • See Kusadasi's shopping Bazaar & promenade

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Turkish Hammam
  • Turkish evening dinner and show EUR 35.00
  • Ancient Ruins of Troy TRY 35.00
  • Asclepion Tour TRY 30.00
  • Pergamum Hillside Ruins tour TRY 70.00
  • Thermal Pools TRY 50.00
  • Visit Hierapolis TRY 50.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 6 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    6 nights in Hotel

    You'll spend all 6 nights in cosy, conveniently located hotels. Stay twin share, save some cash by sharing triple, or splash out and snooze alone.

About this trip

Welcome to Turkey, a diverse cultural mecca where relics of the ancient world blend seamlessly with buzzing exotic markets, luxury bathhouses and palm-fringed promenades. You can expect to get a selfie at one of the Seven Wonders of the World, brush up on your ancient history, and bring back a suitcase full of Turkish treasures.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 2 2 nights

    Istanbul

  2. via via

    Gallipoli

  3. 1 1 night

    Canakkale

  4. via via

    Troy

  5. via via

    Pergamum

  6. 1 1 night

    Izmir

  7. 1 1 night

    Pamukkale

  8. via via

    Ephesus

  9. 1 1 night

    Kusadasi

  10. Bodrum

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DAY 1 - Arrive Istanbul

Istanbul

The countdown is finally over, global roamers! We're here in Istanbul and all geared up to uncover fabulous Turkey. Get comfortable in our central hotel before we meet up for our first group dinner.

Stay

Hotel Kafkas (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the city of Istanbul - Grand Bazaar and Blue Mosque

DAY 2 - Istanbul

Istanbul

20,000 hand painted tiles fill the stunning Blue Mosque; millions of trinkets line the kilometres of the Grand Bazaar; and over 1,500 years of history sit within the walls of the Hagia Sophia. This is just some of the exotic magnificence that will keep us glued to Istanbul today. Seal the day of sightseeing with an optional Turkish bath and a belly dancing Turkish evening. Day two and we're already up to our eyeballs in experiences.

Stay

Hotel Kafkas (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide

  • See the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Turkish Hammam

  • Turkish Evening Dinner & Show

    EUR 35.00

DAY 3 - Istanbul to Canakkale via Gallipoli

Istanbul

Out of exotic Istanbul we make our way to Canakkale, taking a sobering stop at the World War I site of Gallipoli.

Gallipoli

Visiting ANZAC Cove, Chunuk Bair & Lone Pine Cemetery today we are gifted with a special opportunity to pay tribute to the heroes of World War I right here where part of the battle took place. Afterwards, we'll brighten the mood with a drive along the Sea of Marmara en route to Canakkale.

Canakkale

Shortly after ferrying across the Dardanelles (casually crossing continents) we'll arrive in the sparkling town of Canakkale. Tonight is yours to unwind and relax with your squad.

Stay

Hotel Tusan (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara

  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery and ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli and pay your respects

DAY 4 - Canakkale to Izmir via Troy and Pergamum

Canakkale

A big day sits ahead of us. Down as much breakfast as you can before we jump on the road in search of adventure.

Troy

Today we discover that "Troy" means more than just a Hollywood blockbuster; so much more. Unravel the historical layers of a ten year war & what is now a mythical excavation site, and sign up for an in-depth look at the ancient ruins of the region, including a replica of the famous wooden Horse of Troy, where climbing in for a pic is essential.

Pergamum

Further along the Turkish coastline we arrive at Pergamum. Once a political hotspot, this town is now brimming with history. We'll take a scenic mountain drive and give you the chance to get acquainted with Pergamum's hillside ruins, tapping into the archaeologist that you surely are.

Izmir

After our day's adventures are done, we arrive in Izmir, the birthplace of Homer (no kids, that isn't Homer from Springfield). After we tuck into some Turkish dinner, head out and explore the palm-lined promenades of this, the town known as the 'Pearl of the Aegean’.

Stay

Hotel Anemon (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Izmir, the birthplace of Homer

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Spark your imagination as you visit the mythological Horse of Troy with a local guide

    TRY 35.00

  • Tour the Asclepion, the world's most famous ancient medical centre

    TRY 30.00

  • Pergamum Hillside Ruins

    TRY 70.00

DAY 5 - Izmire to Pamukkale

Izmir

Buckle up & brace yourself. We are leaving Izmir and heading out to marvel at what will probably be one of the most breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes you have ever seen, but not before a trip to see the impressive Hierapolis amphitheatre.

Pamukkale

Ah yes, there she is. Even more spectacular than Instagram & Pinterest had ever suggested. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Pamukkale's flowing waters of arid ridges and white calcium terraces formed by mineral waters are almost too much to fathom. Treating yourself to the optional thermal pool experience with all its healing properties is not an opportunity you're going to want to miss.

Stay

Hotel Lycus River (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Kick back in Pamukkale’s famously healing thermal pools and relax in these beautiful surroundings

    TRY 50.00

  • Tour the sacred Hierapolis, one of the antique cities of the Aegean

    TRY 50.00

DAY 6 - Pamukkale to Kusadasi via Ephesus

Pamukkale

Don't despair sweet travellers! We may be leaving Pamukkale, but we're finding one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Get your bucket list ready for another whopping tick!

Ephesus

Mark Antony and Cleopatra used to kick it in Ephesus waaaay back in the day. Now you're here just traipsing in their footsteps some 2,000 years later. Has your mind blown yet?

Kusadasi

As soon as you cast your treasure-hungry eyes on the shopping bazaar of Kusadasi, you'll be very pleased indeed that this an overnight stop. Carpets, silver, local antiques, this place is a haven for those keen to pick up some treasures to take back home.

Stay

Hotel Marina (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit ancient Ephesus, the best preserved classical city on the Mediterranean

  • Visit a Turkish carpet store

  • See Kusadasi's shopping Bazaar & promenade

DAY 7 - Kusadasi to Bodrum

Kusadasi

This morning we'll share a last group breakfast before travelling to Bodrum.

Bodrum

This is where our Turkish Delight ends. Some will jump on a boat to kick off their Turkish Sail adventures, others will be headed homeward. Either way it's time to say fond farewells, but we'll always have our photos and memories of this incredible week.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What documents do I need to travel?

Dependent on where you’re travelling and your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter into certain countries - please check this well in advance of your trip departure date. The majority of our Europe trips travel in countries that are covered by the Schengen Agreement which relates to visas. Citizens of many countries - e.g. Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada - can travel in the Schengen area without a visa. If you require a visa to enter the Schengen area you only need to obtain one visa which will allow you to travel in all Schengen countries. For non-Schengen countries, you may be able to obtain a visa upon arrival, depending on your nationality. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part or all of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent or local consular services before you leave home.
4. Contiki will provide you with visa contacts from our London base at the Royal National Hotel, if necessary.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our European trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) to be stored in the hold & one small day bag to take on board. Your day bag should be a backpack, duffel bag or satchel only (no small luggage cases or suitcases with wheels on board the coach).

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Europe. They know their way around better than google maps & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen European destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot


In all areas of the service industry in Europe, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around 2 Euros per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is completely up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Yes! Our fleet of modern, sleek coaches are kitted out with WiFi in all places except Greece, as are most hotels & hostels across the continent, so you’ll always be able to effortlessly get online and update everyone back home about your incredible adventure.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From street tours that support local residents, refugees and the vulnerably housed, to dining experiences that support local farmers, our consciouc travel experiences let you see things from a different perspective. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

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