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8 day Taste of Turkey

This 8 day tour is the perfect introduction to Turkey. We begin in cosmopolitan Istanbul before setting out to visit the cemeteries and memorials at Gallipoli and the ancient sites of Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus.

8 day Taste of Turkey

DAY 1 Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul for the start of your trip. 

OVERNIGHT Istanbul - 4 star hotel

DAY 2 Istanbul. Old city tour

Our trip begins this morning with a full day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.   


OVERNIGHT Istanbul - 4 star hotel MEALS Breakfast

DAY 3 Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour

We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallopoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale.  

OVERNIGHT Canakkale - 4 star hotel MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Tour of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscoverd until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivalled the library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre.  


OVERNIGHT Kusadasi - 4 star hotel MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 Kusadasi. Ephesus Roman ruins tour

After breakfast this morning we travel to the ancient Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved classical cities in the Mediterranean. As well as visiting the Temple of Artemis and the house of the Virgin Mary there is plenty of time to explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we have the opportunity to learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey as we visit one of the local villages where the art is practiced.  


OVERNIGHT Kusadasi - 4 star hotel MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 Drive to Pamukkale and Hieropolis

We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, site of the well known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as ‘cotton castles’ and the naturally occuring geology here has created cloud like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers.

OVERNIGHT Pamukkale - 5 star hotel MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 Pamukkale. Drive to Istanbul via Bursa

Heading off in the direction of Istanbul we drive through the rural Turkish countryside this morning on the way to the ancient city of Bursa. The former capital of the Ottoman Turks, we will visit the ornately decorated Green Mosque and explore the bustling streets of the Silk Bazaar before returning to Istanbul this afternoon. 

OVERNIGHT Istanbul - 4 star hotel MEALS Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 Istanbul. Free time. Transfer to airport

Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing and shopping in Istanbul before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. 

OVERNIGHT N/A MEALS Breakfast

Included:

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Entrance fees to various sites
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty


Excluded:

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (eg. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above