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Tour Highlights: Istanbul - Sultanahmet/old city, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market Troy - Trojan horse and ruins Kusadasi - Aegean coastal town Option to visit: Adaland Aquapark - one of Europe’s biggest water parks, Turkuazoo Aquarium - the largest aquarium in Europe & to have a Turkish Bath in Bursa Gallipoli - WW1 battlefields - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, trenches & battlefields Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum Bursa - famous for its thermal spas. Ottoman complex, The Grand Mosque and the Green Mausoleum
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Departure Dates: 25 MAY - 01 JUN 08 JUN - 15 JUN 27 JUL - 03 AUG 10 AUG - 17 AUG 24 AUG - 31 AUG 19 OCT - 26 OCT 26 OCT - 02 NOV 21 DEC - 28 DEC
Day 1: Istanbul Saturday. Welcome to Turkey!
Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring this great Ottoman city on foot or simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight - Istanbul (D)
Day 2: The Old City Istanbul.
Touring the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled, we’ll view some amazing sights. See the Blue Mosque (opening subject to prayer times) which faces the Hagia Sofia and is famed for its blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets and the ruinous Hippodrome – now a small park of sorts and once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times. Also enjoy a visit to Topkapi Palace - residence of the sultans and Hagia Sofia Museum - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Later we take a scenic ferry ride on the Bosphorous, the stretch of water that divides Europe from Asia. Overnight - Istanbul (B, L)
Day 3: Gallipoli Istanbul - Gallipoli.
Early this morning, we travel to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli on the Gallipoli Peninsular. Where we walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with visits to the battlefields and trenches, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and various other sites. Overnight - Canakkale (B, L, D)
Day 4: Troy and Kusadasi Gallipoli - Kusadasi.
Travelling south today our first stop is legendary Troy, for a guided tour. If you’ve seen the movie – ‘Troy’ or read the poet Homer’s – ‘The Iliad’ you’ll be familiar with Paris – Prince of Troy, his prized Helen and Hector – Prince of Troy on the Trojan side and Agamemnon and Achilles (he of the heel) on the Aechaean (Greek) side. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by its rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! We travel on to the ancient ruins of Pergamum and enjoy a guided tour of the site. Home to one of the steepest, vertigo-inducing amphitheatres in the classical world. We then continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 5: Ancient Ephesus and Aquapark! Ephesus.
Today, we tour the incredible Roman ruins of Ephesus. Undoubtedly the most well preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what Roman life must have been like. In the 1st century BC, Ephesus was the second largest city in the world! It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims, who came to see its great Temple of Artemis (completed in 550 BC) - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the afternoon there is an option to visit Adaland Aquapark, offering 20 rides and water slides and rivalling many of the water parks of Europe, it’s guaranteed good fun! Overnight - Kusadasi (B, L, D)
Day 6: Bursa Kusadasi - Bursa.
Departing Kusadasi we drive to Bursa, the original capital of the Ottoman Empire located on the north western slopes of Mount Uludag. The area is dotted with hot springs and during Roman times spas were built for the publics’ use, over the centuries Bursa became renowned as one of the most important spas of the Byzantine period. We visit the Ottoman complex and see the Grand Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the tomb of Sultan Mehmet I. This evening relax and be pampered with an optional Turkish Bath. Overnight - Bursa (B, D)
Day 7: Back to Istanbul Bursa - Istanbul.
This morning we travel back to Istanbul. Upon arrival visit the vast and bustling Grand Bazaar with its maze of alleys and markets, and the exotic Spice Market with its colourful spice stalls quantities of delicious Turkish Delight. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 8: Istanbul Saturday. Istanbul.
We say goodbye to our new friends, our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport. Or choose to extend your stay in Istanbul and join an optional excursion to Turkuazoo Aquarium, considered to be Europe’s largest aquarium. (B)
7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 8 from Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airports
Ferry crossing the Dardenelles
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
7 nights 4 star and special class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ruins of Ephesus and Bursa Escorted by an English speaking, tour guide
Museum Fees as mentioned programme
International flights and visa
Personal Expenses Tips