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The grand tour

Turkey’s cultural, historic and natural wonders  |  13 days

Istanbul, Pamukkale and Cappadocia and the monuments of Troy and Ephesus are just the beginning of this in-depth journey which takes you from the Byzantine highlights of former Constantinople to central Anatolia and back.  Gallipoli, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia and the Goreme National Park, Ankara and Bursa will all stir and inspire.


Day 1: Fly London to Istanbul                                    

Day 2:Istanbul – drive to Gallipoli  and cross by ferry to Canakkale

Day 3:Visit Troy  and the stunning Pergamon, drive to Kusadasi

Day 4:Kusadasi – spend the day at the ancient city of Ephesus. 

Day 5:Drive to Aphrodisias, then see the white terraces at Pamukkale

Day 6:Visit the Mevlana Museum in Konya

Day 7:Drive to Cappadocia and explore the extraordinary caves here

Day 8:Visit Uchisar Castle, the Valley of Fairy Chimneys and hike in Soganli Valley

Day 9: Drive to Ankara

Day 10:Visit ancient kingdom of Phryge and Tomb of King Midas, overnight Bursa 

Day 11:Cross the Sea of Marmara  by ferry crossing to the exotic city of Istanbul

Day 12:Istanbul – full day tour of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace

Day 13:Fly back from Istanbul to London  



guide price £3,110 per person



Trip report for Turkey


Fiona’s travel tips

TOP TIP: The dark and extraordinary Basilica Cistern is a marvellously cooling and calming experience, particularly at the hottest time of the day.  Beware the slippery floor and steps – I suggest sensible footwear!

Begun in 532 AD, it took 10,000 people nearly six years to build Hagia Sophia cathedral. It has also been a mosque and is now a museum.

BEST TIME TO GO: Mid March to mid November.

Clients’ comments 

“Our guide demonstrated a fund of knowledge about the history and customs of the areas we visited. One member of our party remarked that he thought him the best guide he had ever come across, I would not disagree.”

Sir Harold and Lady Walker, Eastern Turkey