Classics of Turkey

Explore the highlights of Turkey, from the dynamic energy of Istanbul to the captivating landscapes of Cappadocia

Embark on a journey through Istanbul’s Ottoman and Byzantine sites, immersing yourself in the city’s rich historical tapestry. Then, venture into the enchanting landscapes of Cappadocia, where a hot air balloon ride offers breathtaking views of the valleys. Explore Turkey’s picturesque coastline, encounter iconic landmarks, and bask in the legendary Turkish hospitality. Visit the ancient city of Ephesus to witness some of Turkey’s finest ancient ruins and marvel at the renowned white travertine terraces of Pamukkale

11 Days from $2399/person CAD
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Primary Location

Turkey, Europe


Selected Sunday departures until December 2024


  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers from and to Istanbul Airport (only on arrival and departure days)
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Grand Bazaar, world’s largest and oldest covered market
  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara
  • Saratli, a secret underground city
  • Open Air Museum of Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hiking through the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
  • Pamukkale the Cotton Castle
  • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
  • Ancient city of Troy
  • Anzac Cove at Gallipoli
  • Special dinners at restaurants

Not Included:

  • Pre or post stay transfers are not included
  • International or domestic airfare
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary
  • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy, and for travel in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change
  • Fully-Escorted Tour with a maximum of 34 passengers and an average of 25 to 30 passengers
  • Children less than five years of age and unaccompanied minors under the age of 18 cannot be accepted on these tours

Optional Extras:

  • Option for moderate-class hotels is also available upon request
  • Single occupancy rate is available upon request
  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Dinner with Belly Dancing Entertainment on Day 2
  • Whirling Dervishes Performance on Day 4
  • Early Morning Hot Air-Balloon Ride on Day 5
  • Afternoon tour of Sirince on Day 8
  • All optional excursions are subject to change and are based on availability. Optional excursions can be booked with the Tour Escort

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Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. A welcome briefing will be held.

Accommodation at the Wyndham Grand Levent, Istanbul, or similar


Enjoy a full-day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 and 1852 (Excluding Harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop is St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th-century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. Meals: B

Accommodation at the Wyndham Grand Levent, Istanbul, or similar


This morning depart on an optional tour of a cruise along the Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants, and cafés. The tour will end in Asia side and drive to the capital city of Ankara overnight. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Divan Ankara, Ankara, or similar


Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th-century caravanserai en route. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Mustafa Hotel, Cappadocia, or similar


Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys, and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high-quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley, and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Mustafa Hotel, Cappadocia, or similar


Drive to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Adempira Hotel, Pamukkale, or similar


Visit the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale, with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs, and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Proceed to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Kaya Thermal, Izmir, or similar


Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000-year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium, and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed the Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Join an optional afternoon tour of Sirince. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Kaya Thermal, Izmir, or similar


Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum and then continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Continue to Canakkale overnight. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Kolin Hotel, Canakkale, or similar


In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles WW1. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, and Chunuk Bar, and then drive to Istanbul Visit to the Grand Bazaar. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul. Meals: B, D

Accommodation at the Wyndham Grand Levent, Istanbul, or similar


Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Meals: B

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