Turkey has been home to a rich variety of tribes and nations of people each holding an important place in its history. Ancient sites and ruins throughout the country attest to each civilization's unique character. Your tour starts and ends in Istanbul.
You will move on to Canakkale, the crossing point over the Dardanelles from Asia to Europe, from where you will visit the battlefields of Gallipoli and finally to Kusadasi. It is your base for visiting the main sights at Troy, Ephesus, Pergamum, Pamukkale and Aphrodisias.
Day 1 - Depart on a morning flight to Istanbul. On arrival, transfer by private coach to your hotel, with free time prior to dinner. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2 - Visit to Gallipoli to see where the Allied assault of 1915 took place. Continue south to take the ferry across the Dardanelles to Canakkale. Free time prior to dinner in the hotel. Overnight Canakkale.
Day 3 - Depart for Kusadasi, with en route visits firstly to Troy, where a rebuilt Wooden Horse recalls the best known event of the Trojan war and then to Pergamum, one of Turkey’s finest archaeological sites. Arrival in Kusadasi is in time for dinner in the hotel. Overnight Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Full day excursion to one of the greatest ancient cities, Ephesus, with visits to the main sites of the Great Theatre, the Arcadian Way and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world. Return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Full day excursion to Pamukkale, making a stop en route to visit the city ruins of Aphrodisias. Continue to Pamukkale, one of the most renowned visits in Turkey, with its terraced pools, high in the hills. Close by are the remains of Hieropolis which will also be seen. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Free morning prior to the one hour internal flight from Izmir to Istanbul. On arrival you will be transferred by private coach to your hotel, where dinner is arranged. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 7 - Full day of visits in Istanbul to include the Byzantine Church of St Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the colourful bazaar. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 8 - Morning boat cruise along the Bosphorus Sea prior to the return flight to the UK. Overnight Istanbul.
Note: The order of the itinerary may be altered to fit in with varying flight times and local conditions.
The above itinerary is flexible and can be changed to include any visits of particular interest to your group. Additional days can be added at your request.
This tour is based on 4 star hotels in a central location. If you wish to include either a higher or lower standard of accommodation within your itinerary than those shown on this page, we will be happy to provide you with a tailor-made tour quotation based on your request.
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Flights are available daily from London Heathrow to Istanbul with British Airways or Turkish Airlines. The flight time is approximately 3hrs 45mins. Some indirect regional departures are also available. All flights and accommodation are subject to availability. For peak season dates we strongly recommend that you book early.