9 DAY TURKEY TOUR – ISTANBUL AND THE AEGEAN

ITINERARY

2017
ISTANBUL – KUSADASI/SELCUK
EPHESUS
PAMUKKALE
PERGAMON – CANAKKALE
TROY – GALLIPOLI – ISTANBUL

9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS – DAILY DEPARTURE - YEAR ROUND

ISTANBUL AND AEGEAN TOUR W/ GALLIPOLI AND TROY (CODE: CA09) | 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 GOLDEN HORN AND BOSPHORUS CRUISE BY PRIVATE BOAT* WITH DOLMABAHCE (OR CHORA) 
8:00 – 08:45 Departure from your hotel. We will first see the “Egyptian” Spice Market, which stands near the mouth of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. The market was built in the 17th century A.D. and is still a thriving place with spices and souvenirs of all types. We will also visit the beautiful Iznik tile-covered Rustempasa Mosque, which was built by the architect Sinan in 1560 for the grand vizier of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. We embark on our Bosphorus and Golden Horn Cruise into the inlet and up the strait that divides Europe from Asia and leads to the Black Sea. Cruise duration is approximately 150 minutes). From the ship you will view the ancient city walls, Topkapi Palace and other beautiful summer palaces, impressive mosques, very old Ottoman houses as well as new luxury villas and the Rumeli Fortress. The boat will make a stop at Eminonu where half-day passengers disembark but you will continue to Uskudar for lunch.
We then head for the Camlica Hill viewpoint over Istanbul where you can also see the Princes’ Islands and the Marmara Sea after this we will cross the Bosphorus Bridge which connects Europe and Asia and. Then we continue to the “Selamlik” chambers of the incredible 19th c. Dolmabahce Palace (The Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday and is replaced by the Chora Museum on those days) Return to your hotel around 17:00. This tour is a combination of two half-day tours. *From 1 November thru 1 April this tour may be done by public ferry for Bosphorus and vehicle for the Golden Horn area. Overnight in Istanbul. B. L.
DAY 4 ISTANBUL – KUSADASI/SELCUK
Today is at leisure until the time of your choice and transfer (optional) to airport for flight to Izmir and transfer (included) to Kusadasi or Selcuk and overnight. B. (D)
*For budget option you will make your own way to the bus station and overnight bus at 22:00 to Selcuk  – upon arrival around 8:00 you will be met and picked up for the tour of Ephesus (no breakfast or accommodation included with overnight bus).
DAY 5 EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY
8:30 - 9.00 Departure. We start our tour with a visit to the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her last days, which is a pilgrimage site. We continue to Ephesus, which was one of the largest and most interesting ancient cities of Asia Minor. The tour of Ephesus includes the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater. After lunch in a local restaurant a visit is made to a cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. We will also see the Isabey Mosque which is a beautiful example of Selcuk architecture and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. (B) L. (D)
DAY 6 PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS
8.00 – 8.30 Departure. We will drive through the Meander Valley. On the way your guide will give information about the towns we pass through such as Aydin, Nazili and Sultanhisar. Arrival in Pamukkale, which has been a thermal spa center since before the Roman era. After lunch we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is said to have been founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. We visit the great Roman baths, the Temple of Apollo and the well-preserved theater. You will see the tomb of St. Phillip from a distance. It is possible to bathe in the Cleopatra antique thermal pool with ancient columns (an extra fee is due) or you will have some free time at the terraces or to explore more on your own. We will also visit the calcium terraces and pools for which Pamukkale is named “Cotton Castle”.  *Note: The total round trip driving time for this tour is over 6 hrs and if you are doing a group tour there may be pick-ups from Pamukkale and Karahayit on the return for guests who have taken the tour the previous day and stayed overnight. Departure at 16:30 for Kusadasi and Selcuk. Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk.  B. L. (D)
DAY 7 KUSADASI/SELCUK – PERGAMON – CANAKKALE
Pick up at 10.00 - 10.30 from Kusadasi or 11.00 from Selcuk.  We continue to Pergamon. After lunch we will visit the Pergamon Acropolis, where the ruins of Zeus Altar "Throne of Satan" can still be seen today. Pergamon was a center of Roman authority and a place of persecution for Christians who denied imperial worship. The acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view. The very narrow and steep theater on the hillside could seat up to 10,000 people. Parchment paper was first produced in Pergamon. We will visit the remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, the palaces of the kings, and Temple of Trajan. Overnight in Canakkale. B. L. (D) *Tour is done with English speaking travel officer on transfer from Kusadasi or Selcuk to Canakkale and local guide in Pergamon.
DAY 8 CANAKKALE – TROY – GALLIPOLI – ISTANBUL
8.30 Depart from Canakkale to visit the legendary site of Troy 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.. We will proceed by ferry across the part of the Dardanelles known as “the Narrows”; the ferry pulls in at the small fishing village of Kilitbahir, which is known for its fort built by Mehmet the Conqueror. After lunch in Eceabat head to Gallipoli. You will be given a full explanation of the famous WWI battle. We will 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 original Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels, 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, The Nek and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Continue to Istanbul at 18:30. Arrival around 23.45. B. L *Tour is done with local guides in Troy and Gallipoli and English speaking travel officer on transfer to Istanbul.
DAY 9 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 (Istanbul Old City is a walking tour)
  • Izmir Airport transfer (Except for Budget program)
  • Bus tickets Istanbul –Selcuk and bus station transfers as mentioned only if taking budget option


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


OPTIONAL: Domestic flights, 3 x Istanbul airport transfers 140 EUROS total - up to 3 passengers (valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only), domestic flights, additional nights in Istanbul, Turkish Night.

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

ENJOY A COMBINATION OF DAILY GROUP TOURS INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL GUIDES AND MAIN ENTRY FEES CONNECTED SMOOTHLY BY FLIGHT AND/OR OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION. WE CAN CRAFT YOUR TOUR TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS WITH HOTELS OF YOUR CHOICE – UPGRADES TO PRIVATE TOURS, EXTRA ACTIVITIES AND MORE! 

IN THE SUMMER ADD A BEACH HOLIDAY OR A BOAT TOUR – IN THE SPRING OR FALL ADD A TRIP TO THE MEDITERRANEAN TURQUOISE COAST - OR TAKE A FERRY TO GREECE… TOUR AND HOTEL PACKAGES CAN START FROM, OR OUTSIDE OF ISTANBUL SUCH AS THE GREEK ISLANDS OR ANOTHER AREA OF TURKEY

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 TRANSPORTATION
 BUDGET 845 EUROS 250 EUROS  WITH OVERNIGHT BUS
 MODERATE   870 EUROS 320 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT
 FIRST CLASS 985 EUROS 360 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT
 SUPERIOR 1190 EUROS 490 EUROS  + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT

- Domestic Flight is not included and price depends upon options and class available. We are not responsible for increases in flight prices between the time of quotation and tour confirmation.
- 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  KUSADASI/SELCUK  CANAKKALE
 M  Erboy Hotel
 Historia Hotel
 Megara Palace
 Nowy Efendi Hotel
 Olimpiyat Hotel
 Selenay Hotel 
 (BB)
 Derici Hotel
 Ephesus Suites
 Urkmez Hotel
 Villa Konak
 (BB)
 Coastlight Hotel
 Kalehan Hotel
 (HB)
 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)
 Carina Hotel
 Cella Hotel
 Efe Boutique
 Ilayda Avantgarde
 Saint John Hotel
 (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)
 

 Batihan Beach
 (AI) 
 Charisma Hotel
 Fantasia Hotel*
 Korumar Hotel*
 La Vista Hotel 
 Surmeli Hotel
 (HB)
 Doubletree by Hilton
 (BB)
 
 *Supplement may be required

 Kolin Hotel
 Parion Hotel
 (HB)


NOTES ON HOTELS: BB = breakfast included/HB = breakfast and dinner included/AI = all-inclusive/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/SV = sea view/ST = suite. Upgrades are available for most hotels at extra cost.