Day 1, Saturday: Istanbul.
Welcome to Istanbul, a city steeped in history, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder day is yours, free to relax or explore this amazing city. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2, Sunday: Istanbul old city.
After breakfast, enjoy a fully guided tour of Istanbul. Once known as the former imperial capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. We visit the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia museum, soak in the Sultan's opulence at Topkapi Palace and explore the hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul (B,D).
Day 3, Monday: Gallipoli Battlefields.
Early morning departure head towards the WW1 Battlefields of Gallipoli. Our guided tour of the area will cover Anzac Cove. Dinner and overnight Canakkale (B,D ).
Day 4, Tuesday: Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum.
This morning step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan horse. Traveling along the coastline, we continue to the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum, Asia minor's former political powerhouse, although now a laid-back market town packed with ancient sites. Visit the impressive temples and library and interesting remains. Overnight Kusadasi (B,D).
Day 5, Wednesday: Ephesus Kusadasi.
Today feel the ancient times with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the temple of Artemis. Explore this stunningly preserved city and learn about the past as a major trading center. Discover the place where Virgin Mary spent her last days. Overnight Kusadasi (B.D).
Day 6, Thursday: Pamukkale, Hierapolis.
This morning enjoy a wonderful display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the fascinating chalky terraces of Pamukkale. Take the opportunity to bathe in the healing thermal waters of the nearby hotsprings of Hierapolis, known for their therapeutic powers. Overnight Pamukkale (B,D).
Day 7, Friday: Bursa, Istanbul.
Today we return Istanbul, passing through rural Turkey and ancient Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and an important trading and cultural centre. We visit the famous green mosque and explore the silk bazaar. Overnight (B).
Day 8, Saturday: Istanbul.
After breakfast, we conclude our tour, say goodbye to our new friends and transfer you to the airport for your onward flight (B).
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