ISTANBUL GALLIPOLI AND TROY TOUR

ITINERARY

2017

  • ISTANBUL
  • GALLIPOLI
  • CANAKKALE
  • TROY
  • ISTANBUL

5 DAYS/ 4 NIGHTS | DAILY DEPARTURE - YEAR ROUND

GROUP ISTANBUL GALLIPOLI AND TROY TOUR (CODE: CA05) | GROUP SIZE VARIES

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer (optional) to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL OLD CITY CLASSICS AND HIGHLIGHTS 
8:00 – 8:45 Departure from your hotel. We will first visit the Hippodrome, a stadium for chariot races and other events in Byzantine times and also see the Serpent Pillar from Delphi and the Egyptian Obelisk. We continue to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 17th century and is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets. We also see the ornate German fountain which was a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Finally we see the magnificent Saint Sophia (Haghia Sofia) which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century A.D and stands over much older remains of a church, which can still be seen. We will see both levels of the former church with intricate mosaics of biblical scenes and the Byzantine emperors and empresses, then on to the Grand Bazaar, which has over 4000 shops full of treasures where you will see a demonstration of Turkish handicrafts. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and then explore the Topkapi Palace including four courtyards. It was the home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th centuries A.D. We see the Imperial Treasury with the famous Spoonmaker Diamond. Also the Baghdad Kiosk, Audience Hall and Divan. We will also have a view of the Haghia Irene Church from outside. (Harem section is optional and due an extra entry fee). We continue to the Caferaga Medrese which was designed by the architect Sinan and built in the 16th century, now used as a learning center for traditional Turkish arts. We will also take a stroll down Sogukcesme Street with its cobblestones and charming Ottoman Houses. *Note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday and on Fridays the Caferaga Medrese is visited in the morning and Blue Mosque in the afternoon. This tour is a combination of two half-day tours and is done all or partially as a walking tour. *Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and is replaced by the Chora Museum. Overnight in Istanbul. B. L. 
DAY 3 ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE
Pick up at 6:00 from Taksim area hotels or 6:30 - 7:00 from Sultanahmet area hotels. Departure for Gallipoli. The journey takes approximately 5.5 hours but we will stop at around 9:00 for breakfast in a local restaurant. Continue to Eceabat and lunch by the Dardanelles Straight. 13:00 we drive to Gallipoli and visit: Brighton Beach, the intended landing place, Beach Cemetery on the southern tip of Anzac Cove, the landing place of the first wave of Australian and New Zealand troops and home to up to 30,000 troops during the campaign, Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzac Commemoration Site, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, site of the successful attack and capture of Turkish trenches by the Australians during the August offensive, Johnston’s Jolly where you will visit the originalAllied and Turkish trenches and tunnels, 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, The Nek and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. The tour ends around 18:00 and cross the Dardanelles by ferry. Overnight in Canakkale. B. L. (D) *Tour is done with an English speaking travel officer on transfers from Istanbul and a local guide in Gallipoli.
DAY 4 CANAKKALE – TROY – ISTANBUL 
You are free to discover Canakkale on your own (Suggested to visit the Archaeological and Naval Museums – entry fee not included) until pickup at 12:00. You will have lunch and then depart at 12:45 for Troy to visit the legendary site with its nine levels of civilization. Troy is the city of Helen and was famous in Homer’s Iliad. You will see the reproduction of the Trojan Horse and learn about the Trojan Wars as well as seeing the Sacrificial Altars, ancient city walls and houses of Troy which are thousands of years old, the Bouleterium, Odeon and current excavations. 18.00 transfer to Istanbul. Arrival around 23:00 and drop off at hotels. B.*Tour is done with a local guide in Troy and an English speaking travel officer on transfer to Istanbul.
DAY 5 DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport (optional) for departure. B.


INCLUDED:
Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Main museum entry fees
Transport in non-smoking vehicles with prof. English speaking guides on tours (Sultanahmet is a walking tour)

Order of tour itinerary may vary and other options may be available, extensions available for any point of the tour or shorter version of tour is also available (this tour is a tailored tour comprised of daily group tours)


NOT INCLUDED: International flights, Istanbul airport transfers, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.  


OPTIONAL: 2 x Istanbul airport transfers 90 EUROS total - up to 3 passengers (valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only), additional nights in Istanbul and Turkish Night.

A FLEXIBLE TOUR OF TURKEY THAT FOCUSES ON THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTANBUL WITH TROY AND GALLIPOLI.

WE CAN CRAFT YOUR TOUR TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS WITH HOTELS OF YOUR CHOICE – UPGRADES TO PRIVATE TOURS, EXTRA ACTIVITIES AND MORE! 

GET OUR BEST QUOTE SPECIFIC TO YOUR DATES, BUDGET AND TASTES!
 
TOUR PRICES ACCORDING TO HOTEL CATEGORY (IN EUROS)

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE ROOM  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
 MODERATE   395 EUROS 140 EUROS
 FIRST CLASS 440 EUROS 160 EUROS
 SUPERIOR 520 EUROS 215 EUROS

- Prices of tours vary and may not be valid during high season, holiday or special events periods.
 Discounts may also be available depending upon hotel choices, date of travel and payment method.

FEATURED HOTELS BELOW: M=MODERATE/F=FIRSTCLASS/ S=SUPERIOR

   ISTANBUL  CANAKKALE
 M  Erboy Hotel
 Historia Hotel
 Megara Palace
 Nowy Efendi Hotel
 Olimpiyat Hotel
 Selenay Hotel 
 (BB)
 Anzac Hotel
 Comfort Anzac Hotel
 Grand Anzac Hotel
 Helen Hotel
 Helen Park Hotel
 Kervansaray Hotel
 (BB)
 F  Acra Hotel
 Ada Karakoy Hotel 
 Aprilis Hotel
 Basileus Hotel
 Darussaade Hotel
 Emine Sultan Hotel
 Golden Horn Sirkeci
 Katelya Hotel
 Orient Express
 Taksim Premier
 (BB)
 Akol Hotel 
 Artur Hotel 
 Limani Hotel
 (BB)
 
 S  Ada Hotel
 Ada Karakoy (D)
 Arden City Hotel
 Biz Cevahir
 Ferman Hotel
Golden Horn Sultanahmet
 Innova Hotel
 Nena Hotel
 Ottoman Imperial 
 Recital Hotel
 Sultans Royal 
 Yasmak Sultan
 (BB)
 Kolin Hotel
 Parion Hotel
 (HB)
 

 

NOTES ON HOTELS: BB = breakfast included/HB = breakfast and dinner included/ Hotels usually offer coffee and tea at breakfast but drinks are extra at dinner as is use of hotel mini-bar/Hotels have been grouped together according to price category and are a mixture of 3 star/4 star/5 star and boutique hotels. All hotel prices are for standard rooms unless otherwise mentioned.
D = deluxe room. Upgrades are available for most hotels at extra cost.