Day 1: Istanbul.
Welcome to Turkey! Today is your arrival day. Airport transfers are available from Ataturk International Airport during the hours of 8:00 am till 11:00 pm. Transfers will be made to your hotel where you will be met by your tour guide and checked into your room.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour.
We depart from the hotel at 8:30 for the Istanbul city tour. Topkapi Palace - the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
The ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break and then we head to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the tour you have the option to experience the Bosphorus Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. For those in a party mood we have an Anzac Party scheduled for tonight. This is an optional activity.
Day 3: Gallipoli - Dawn Service.
We depart for Gallipoli at 7:00 (4.5 hour drive). A stop will be provided on the way down for supplies. We start our tour of the Gallipoli Peninsula a little after midday. The tour includes the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine (Australia’s Memorial and Cemetery), Quinns Post, Turkish 57th Regiment Cemetery, The Nek and Chunuk-Bair (New Zealand's Memorial and Cemetery). After the tour we drive to the coast of Gabatepe for our big Anzac BBQ and buffet dinner (optional). At approximately 21:30 pm we will depart to take our seats for the Dawn Service. Overnight Anzac Cove.
Day 4: Dawn Service – Troy (time permitting).
Don't forget your sleeping bags, warm clothes, wet weather gear and torches because Gallipoli is still as dark and cold today as it was years ago when your ancestors landed. After the services with time permitting we will depart for the ancient city of Troy. (about an hours drive) Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.
After Troy, we drive to our hotel (3 hours drive) in Ayvalik where we will have dinner at the fantastic beach front Hotel and a comfy bed to rest your weary bodies. Remember it has been a long weekend and getting out of Gallipoli after the services can be very frustrating there is still a long drive to your accommodation in Ayvalik but it is well worth the wait! Includes: (D).
Day 5: Bergama Tour/Kusadasi.
Drive to Pergamum (45 minute drive)where you can see Asklepion, Zues's altar, the Red Bassilcia etc. Bergama is the site of the Hellenistic and later Roman city of Pergamon, ruled for several centuries by a powerful local dynasty. Its foremost attraction is the Kizil Avlu or "Red Basilica", a huge edifice on the river not far from the acropolis, originally built as a temple to the Egyptian god Osiris and converted to a basilica by the early Christians, when it was one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor addressed by St. John in the book of Revelation, though sadly it's now a crumbling ruin with a mosque in one of its towers.
After Pergamum we continue towards the city of Kusadasi. On the way, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre, followed by an optional Turkish Bath. After a good scrub down we will check into our hotel in Kusadasi in time for dinner the Kayhan Bey Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Ephesus and Kusadasi.
At 8:30 we depart for Ephesus (20 min drive) - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The tour of the ruins also includes a theater, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus.
After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like leather manufacturing and jewelery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Overnight in Kusadasi at the Kayhan Bey Hotel. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Pamukkale Tour.
At 8:30 we leave Kusadasi for Pamukkale (2.5 hour drive). In Pamukkale we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, walking around this natural phenomenon gives you the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs that flow down the calcium terraces. After our days activities we will check into our hotel intimate for dinner and the rest of the evening is yours to explore the small village or relax around the pool bar. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 8: Pamukkale and Istanbul.
After breakfast, you can enjoy the thermal pool and sun till 10.00am.at which time we departure for our long return drive to Istanbul(8.5 hour drive). Once checked into your hotel you final evening is yours to enjoy. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Istanbul - End of the Tour.
Today your tour is over. Please make your own arrangements for departure remembering that your hotel will need you to check out before midday. We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future. Includes: (B).
- Optional tour "1001 Turkish Nights" departs from hotel lobby at 20:00 to the event. Includes Turkish dinner, drinks and entertainment.
- Transfers from Sabiha Gokcen Airport can be arranged at extra cost.
- Breakfast and dinner are optional.
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