TURKEY AT ITS BEST
Cultural tour of Turkey

Join us on an exciting fully escorted and guided journey through the delights of Turkey with Bestway Tours & Safaris. Explore Istanbul - rated as the world’s most beautiful city. Explore the St. Sophia Church, the Blue Mosque, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Goreme’s Open Air Museum in Cappadocia, Mevlana Rumi’s mausoleum, Hierapolis, Ephesus, Pergamon and Troy.

We visit 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see and experience Turkey!

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 11 days
Min. Tour Size : 12 persons
Max. Tour Size : 20 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01 Oct 11, 2015: Depart Vancouver for Istanbul
 
Day 02 Oct 12, 2015: Arrive Istanbul
 
Day 03 Oct 13, 2015: Istanbul Full Day
(B)
Day 04 Oct 14, 2015: Istanbul/Ankara/Cappadocia
(B, D)
Day 05 Oct 15, 2015: Cappadocia  Full day
(B, L)
Day 06 Oct 16, 2015: Cappadocia/Konya/Pamukkale
(B, D)
Day 07 Oct 17, 2015: Pamukkale/Izmir
(B, D)
Day 08 Oct 18, 2015: Izmir/Ephesus/Sirince/Izmir
(B, L, D)
Day 09 Oct 19, 2015: Izmir/Pergamum/Canakkale
(B, D)
Day 10 Oct 20, 2015: Canakkale/Gallipoli/Istanbul
(B)
Day 11 Oct 21, 2015: Istanbul/Depart for home city
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01 Oct 11, 2015: Depart Vancouver for Istanbul

Our exciting Travel Turkey journey starts as we board our morning Air Canada flight to Istanbul. Flight departs YVR at 0800hrs.

Day 02 Oct 12, 2015: Arrive Istanbul

Arrival at Istanbul – rightfully rated as one of the most beautfiful cities in the world. Scheduled arrival is at 0925AM. We are warlmy received and we are transferred to our hotel. Balance of the day is free for us to recoup from the flight and be ready for our Turkish Delights.
Overnight: Ramada Old City/Kent Hotel, Istanbul (2 nights)

Day 03 Oct 13, 2015: Istanbul Full Day

After breakfast we start with an exciting day tour of Istanbul. We  start with the ancient Roman Hippodrome; the former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. Then we see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Wilhelm II. Next is the incredible St Hagia Sophia; the magnificent Byzantine Church of all times and one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. We continue our Sultanahmet tour to yet another highlight - the Blue Mosque; famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and unique with its 6 minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmed. We end the day at the Grand Covered Bazaar - the most world’s largest traditional souq (bazaar) housing some 4000 shops of antiques, jewelers, gold, carpets and leatherwear. (B)

Day 04 Oct 14, 2015: Istanbul/Ankara/Cappadocia

A comfortable drive to the cpital city of Ankara where we see the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum which is also the burial place of the national hero who founded modern day Turkey. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, we arrive at Cappadocia – rightly termed as an open air museum.
Overnight: Peri Tower/Dinler Hotel (2 nights), Cappadocia (B, D)

Day 05 Oct 15, 2015: Cappadocia  Full day

An optional early morning Balloon safari. Then, it is a full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Open Air Museum in Goreme and natural fortress in Uchisar. An unusual expereince of having lunch in a cave restaurant serving the famous pottery kebabs. Here, we will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx and potteries. We will also visit the Uchisar Castle. Evening you are free to enjoy an optional Turkish musical show combined with dinner. (B, L)

Day 06 Oct 16, 2015: Cappadocia/Konya/Pamukkale

We start with a visit of the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai before arriving at Konya – the centre of Mevlana Rumi and his whilring dervishes. We visit Mevlana’s Mausoleum and get to know of his life, philosphy and his role in starting the Suffi order. This will be a unique opportunity to learn abot the great master. From here we continue for Pamukkale.
Overnight: Tripolis Hotel/Lycus Hotel, Pamukkale (1 night) (B, D)

Day 07 Oct 17, 2015: Pamukkale/Izmir

We start with a visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis housing a 1200 gravestone necropolis. We visit the sacred pool – a highlight of this site where shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman rumins that lie beneath. We continue our drive to Selcuk to visit the Temple of Artemis ‘‘one of the seven wonders of the  ancient  world” and then continue to the enchanting city of Izmir.
Overnight: Kaya Hotel/BW Kan, Izmir (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 08 Oct 18, 2015: Izmir/Ephesus/Sirince/Izmir

An incrdeible and historical expereince as we visit the ancient city of  Ephesus. Here we visit the magnificent library theater and temples followed by yet another highlight – lunch in a nomadic tent enjoying the delicious Turkish Gozleme. A different scene as we enjoy experiencing life in the traditional and beautiful village of Sirince. Time for shopping and wine tasting before returning to our hotel in Izmir.(B, L, D)

Day 09 Oct 19, 2015: Izmir/Pergamum/Canakkale

Early morning we depart for Bergama and visit the Asklepion with its well preserved remains before continuing to the historical city of Troy - the site where the legendary Trojan War took place.  Drive to Canakkale for an overnight stay.
Overnight: Akol (1 night) (B, D)

Day 10 Oct 20, 2015: Canakkale/Gallipoli/Istanbul

After breakfast, we visit the ancient city of Troy - a 5000 years old archaeological site.Then you will see a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, which was used in the Trojan War. From here we continue for Istanbul. Evening is free.
Overnight: Ramada Old City/Kent, Istanbul (1 night) (B)

Day 11 Oct 21, 2015: Istanbul/Depart for home city

After a wonderful tour of the Turkish Delights we are transferred to the airport for our flight back home. Flight departs at 1055AM and arrival same day at Vancouver at 8PM. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

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Tour Price

We accept payment in US $ (US Dollars), CA $ (Canadian Dollars) or equivalent EURO (for clients outside North America). Bestway Tours & Safaris offers conversion rate protection. Once full payment has been received, and no modification has been made to the tour itinerary, we will honour that rate. For complete payment procedures, please click here

Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • International Airfare from Vancouver on specially negotiated group airfares
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 16 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides/drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Airport airlines and surcharged (approx. $515)
  • Turkish visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is included in this tour)

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Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 20 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.