The Ancient Wonders of Turkey – TR702

6 day guided vacation to Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Ismir, Ephesus, Izmir, Kusadasi

Thursday Departures: Mar 26, Apr 02, 09, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, Jun 4, 11, 25, Jul 09, 23, Aug 06, 20, Sep 03, 10, 17, 24, Oct 01, 08, 15, 22, 29

Day 1 Thu: Arrive as Kusadasi
Welcome and transfer to your hotel. Meet your guide and fellow travel companions in the hotel this evening for a welcome briefing.

Day 2 Fri: Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (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. Next see 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. Your last stop will be the famous
Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D

Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Izmir
Visit 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. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village . Then continue
to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to İzmir for overnight. Optional : Dinner at local restaurant B L

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir
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 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. B D

Day 6 Tue: Izmir – Port
Morning transfer to Kusadasi pier to take ferry or cruise. B

Includes:

  • 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/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days (arrivals to Istanbul Airport). 

Excludes:

  • Pre or post stay transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers

Price Per Person in USD: