6 DAY TURKEY TOUR – ISTANBUL EPHESUS TROY GALLIPOLI

ITINERARY

2018

  • ISTANBUL
  • KUSADASI
  • EPHESUS
  • CANAKKALE
  • TROY
  • GALLIPOLI
  • ISTANBUL

6 DAYS/5 NIGHTS | DAILY DEPARTURE - YEAR ROUND

GROUP ISTANBUL AND AEGEAN TOUR W/ GALLIPOLI AND TROY (CODE: CA06) | 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 TOUR (FULL DAY WALKING TOUR – EXCEPT ON TUESDAY)
8:10 – 8:45 Departure from your hotel. Today we will visit the Saint Sophia (Hagia Sofia) which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century A.D and stands over much older remains of a church. See beautiful mosaics of biblical scenes and the Byzantine emperors and empresses. We continue to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 17th century and is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets, then the Hippodrome, a stadium and meeting place in Byzantine times, the Serpent Pillar from Delphi and the Egyptian Obelisk, with the Fountain of Wilhelm. Visit the Caferaga Medresesi 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 then explore the Topkapi Palace. It was the home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th century A.D. We see the Imperial Treasury with the famous Spoonmaker Diamond. (Harem section is optional and due an extra entry fee). The tour ends in the Grand Bazaar, which has over 4000 shops full of treasures Return to your hotel around 17:30. This tour may be done completely as a walking tour. **Note that on Sunday the Grand Bazaar is closed and on Tuesday the Topkapi Palace is closed. (In winter St Sophia is closed on Monday and is replaced by the Yerebatan Saray Underground Cistern) Overnight in Istanbul. B. L.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL – IZMIR – KUSADASI/SELCUK
Today is at leisure until the time of your choice and transfer (optional) to the airport for flight to Izmir and transfer (included) to Kusadasi or Selcuk and overnight. B. (D) 
*It is possible to take an optional half or full-day tour today.
DAY 4 EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY – CANAKKALE
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. Return around 16:30. Transfer to the bus station and regular long distance coach bus to Canakkale (approximately 7 hrs) and upon arrival in Canakkale transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale. B. L.
DAY 5 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. You will be given a full explanation of the famous WWI battle in Gallipoli. 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 6 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 A/C car, mini, midi or coach buses with professional English speaking guides on tours (Istanbul Old City is a walking tour)
Izmir Airport transfer 
Bus tickets Selcuk - Canakkale and bus station transfers as mentioned


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 135 EUROS total - up to 3 passengers (valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only), domestic flight, additional nights in Istanbul, Turkish Night.

A FLEXIBLE TOUR OF TURKEY THAT FOCUSES ON THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTANBUL AND AEGEAN TURKEY.

ENJOY A COMBINATION OF DAILY GROUP TOURS INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL GUIDES AND MAIN ENTRY FEES CONNECTED BY FLIGHT. 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 (IN EUROS) BY HOTEL CATEGORY
 

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE ROOM  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
 MODERATE   425 EUROS 155 EUROS
 FIRST CLASS 505 EUROS 205 EUROS
 SUPERIOR 600 EUROS  295 EUROS

- 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: M=MODERATE/F=FIRSTCLASS/ S=SUPERIOR

   ISTANBUL  KUSADASI/SELCUK  CANAKKALE
 M  GRAND NAKI HOTEL
 ILKAY HOTEL
 NILES HOTEL 
 NOWY EFENDI HOTEL
 ORIENT EXPRESS
 DERICI HOTEL 
 MARY'S HOUSE HOTEL
 LIMAN HOTEL
 
NICEA HOTEL
 SAINT JOHN HOTEL

 ANZAC HOTEL
 CROWDED HOUSE HOTEL
 CURA HOTEL
 GRAND ANZAC HOTEL
 HELEN HOTEL
 KERVANSARAY HOTEL
 LIMANI HOTEL

 F  ALMINA HOTEL
 AMBER HOTEL 
 DERSAADET HOTEL
 HOTELLINO ISTANBUL
 RECITAL HOTEL
 SABA SULTAN HOTEL
 ZEYNEP SULTAN
CARINA HOTEL
ILAYDA AVANTGARDE
LAVISTA HOTEL 
NEA EFESSOS HOTEL
 AKOL HOTEL (HB)
 S  AMIRA HOTEL
 ANTUSA PALACE HOTEL
 DOSSO DOSSI OLD CITY
 HILTON HOTEL SIRKECI
 FER HOTEL ISTANBUL
 PREMIER ACROPOL
 IBRAHIM PASA HOTEL
 KYBELE HOTEL
 LEVNI
HOTEL AND SPA
 NEORION HOTEL
 PIERRE LOTI HOTEL
 SIRKECI MANSION
 YASMAK SULTAN

 CHARISMA HOTEL (HB)
 KORUMAR HOTEL (HB)

 

DES ETRANGERS HOTEL
KOLIN HOTEL (HB)


NOTES ON HOTELS: Breakfast included in all hotels. 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. Upgrades are available for most hotels at extra cost.