A guided tour through the historic sites of Istanbul, battlefields of Gallipoli, the Trojan Horse of Troy, Pergamon offers one of the Seven Churches of St John from the Bible before reaching the ancient city of Ephesus, the white calcium hot pools of Pamukkale, beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya and back to Istanbul by domestic flight.
9 Day Guided Tour with departures every Friday (Feb – Dec)
Visit: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Istanbul
Day 1, Fri: Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel for check in and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2, Sat: Istanbul City Tour (B,L)
An 8.30am start to see the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. Then the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, built in the 16th century it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. After this we visit the ancient Hippodrome, scene of chariot races and outdoor entertainment. The Hippodrome has three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After a short lunch break we head to the Grand Spice Bazaar for shopping and then come back to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3, Sun: Gallipoli Tour (B,L,D)
At 06:30 am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battlefields. Two hours later we will give you 20 minutes for relax in a restaurant area. We arrive Gallipoli around 12:00 am and we have lunch break, relax a little bit and then depart for the battle fields. Visit Kabatepe Museum. Start visiting the fields with Ariburnu Cemetery and Anzac Cove because these are the places where the war had started. Then Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau. After the tour drive to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4, Mon: Troy Tour – Pergamon – Kusadasi (B,L,D)
We depart at 8.30 am and drive 30 minutes to Troy. Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. After Troy tour, 3 hour drive to Pergamon. Lunch break around 1 pm and after the lunch depart for tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre at that times. Bergamon is a famous city for its jewellery, stones and silver. So on the way, we will visit a jewellery center for 30 minutes. We arrive at Kusadasi at around 6 pm for our overnight stay.
Day 5, Tue: Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Turkish Village Sirince (B,L,D)
We depart at 8.30 am for a guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en – route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library and Grand theatre. Lunch break around 1 pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6, Wednesday: Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D)
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 7, Thursday: Pamukkale to Antalya (B,L,D)
After breakfast, at 10:00am we depart for Antalya. After 2 hours we will take a coffee break, and then continue to Antalya to have lunch at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight in Antalya
Day 8, Friday: Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls
After breakfast at 08:30 am drive to Antalya old City ( Kaleiçi ) Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate, Broken Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalyas modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then the Byzantine Empire, then Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town. The Hadrian’s Gate (or Hadrianus Gate or The Three Gates is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya’s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, Turkey, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed to be built in Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past. we have lunch than depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination, result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty. After tour come back to hotel for lunch and rest of day is yours. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9, Saturday: Antalya to Istanbul
Today we depart for Antalya airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul.
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul airport
- Domestic flight ticket from Denizli to Istanbul
- 2 nights in Istanbul
- 1 night in Canakkale
- 2 night in Kusadasi
- 1 night in Pamukkale
- 2 nights hotel in Antalya
- 8 open buffet breakfasts
- 6 local dinners at hotels
- 7 local lunches during to tours
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Gallipoli tour
- Guided Troy tour
- Guided Acropolis of Pergamon tour
- Guided Ephesus tour
- Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
- Guided Pamukkale tour
- Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
- Professional English – speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
Hotels (or Similar):
- Istanbul – Ramada Hotel & Suite Golden Horn
- Canakkale – 4 Star Troia Tusan Hotel
- Kusadasi – 5 Star 360 Hotel
- Pamukkale – 5 Star Colossae Hotel
- Antalya – 4 Club Falcon Hotel
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