Mar. to Dec. : Istanbul & Gallipoli & Troy & Pergamum & Ephesus & Pamukkale / Hierapolis & Istanbul
Tour Itinerary (8 days & 7 nights )
DAY 1 ARRIVAL DAY: WELCOME TO ISTANBUL
Today is the arrival day. A private transfer awaits at the Ataturk International Airport. Today we will meet our guide and perhaps go out for a meal and a few drinks.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL CITY TOUR (B. D.)
This morning after breakfast, we partake in a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, Europe and Asia. We will visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia Museum and Hippodrome.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL TO GALLIPOLI (B + LB. D.)
Today we depart Istanbul and drive to the World War I Battlefields of Gallipoli. We stop for lunch in a nearby town and this afternoon we are guided round this now serene site. We will commemorate the fallen in an emotional day as we visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, Johnston's Jolly, The Nek and the Anzac Museum.
DAY 4 GALLIPOLI TO KUSADASI VIA TROY & PERGAMUM (B. D.)
After breakfast, we drive for the famed ruins of Troy and the Trojan Horse for a fully guided tour. We continue South along the Aegean Coast for lunch in the small village of Bergama. This afternoon sees us exploring the ruins of Pergamum, Tonight we rest in Kusadasi.
DAY 5 EPHESUS TOUR - PAMUKKALE (B. D.)
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the city and stadium where chariot and horse races were once held. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey. At the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 6 PAMUKKALE to ISTANBUL (PLUS OVERNIGHT TRAIN) (B)
We visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the Roman Hierapolis. Tonight you board an overnight sleeper train for Istanbul.
DAY 7 ISTANBUL
Transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day yours free to explore!
DAY 8 TOUR FINISHES (B)
We bid farewell to our traveling companions and guide this morning as our tour concludes.
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, LB = Lunch Box, D = Dinner
4 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and 2 nights in 4 star hotel, plus one overnight sleeper train
All transportation by private a/c tour coach,
All meals as stated in itinerary, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, 6 breakfasts
Professional English speaking guide and guided tours of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and Pamukkale,
Entrance fees to the various sites