SOLO TRAVEL - Istanbul, Troy & Ephesus

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Turkey - Istanbul, Troy & Ephesus

Turkey is a fascinating amalgam of ancient and modern, east and west. Half in Asia, half in Europe, the capital Istanbul is a magical blend. From the astonishing Blue Mosque and the imposing Hagia Sophia to the exciting Grand Bazaar, which is the city’s lifeblood, Istanbul is thrilling. Turkey’s enviable climate and tempting coastline along with historic Troy, intriguing Cappadocia and the wonderful Gallipoli Peninsula make it an exceptional travel destination.

World-famous monuments, delicious cuisine and intriguing history combine to make Turkey a traveller’s dream come true. We’ll discover the top highlights and immerse in culture on this fascinating tour.

Overview:

The Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are just the beginning when it comes to exploring Turkey. This tour offers an assault on the senses in the best possible way, where history, culture and memorable moments are shared with like-minded travellers. From the ancient city of Ephesus to belly-dancing shows and Gözleme pastries, we'll explore Turkey's culture on a backdrop of famous landmarks and natural wonders. Whether you want to learn about ancient sites, see Gallipoli or have free time to shop, this tour combines an incredible array of highlights.

  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 14 Included meals : 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch , 6 dinners including a welcome drink & farewell dinner
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure, plus other transportation & porterage
  • Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide

Included:

  • Tour of Istanbul including The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and Grand Bazaar
  • Turkish coffee demonstration & tasting with Baklava
  • Visit the Gallipoli War Memorial
  • Visit Yesilyurt, a traditional Turkish village and sample freshly made Gozleme pastries
  • Tour of Troy & visit to the ancient city of Pergamon
  • Tour of one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis, in Ephesus
  • Discover Turkish fruit and wine production in Sirince village
  • Tour of the former Ottoman Capital city of Bursa

Itinerary

DAY 1 - ISTANBUL

Make your own way to Istanbul , where we'll meet you at the airport for your free scheduled group transfer. Alternatively, we can book you a private transfer or you can make your own arrangements. Your Tour Manager will meet you at your hotel for your welcome meeting that evening.

DAY 2 - ISTANBUL

Get set for a full-day tour of Byzantine and Ottoman relics on your tour of Istanbul. Sultanahmet Square rests at the heart of the Old City and we start here with a visit to historic chariot racing arena, the Hippodrome. You'll also get to tick off your landmark bucket list when we visit the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque with its many domes and hand-painted blue tiles. Then we'll discover the iconic Hagia Sophia, once the largest Christian church in the world, it is now considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture.
A scrumptious lunch awaits at a Turkish restaurant, before free time for shopping at the Egyptian and Grand Bazaars. The Grand Bazaar is a heady mix of spices and is alive with the hustle and bustle of people bartering over everything from war medals and pots to carpets and clothing, as well as fruit and leather goods. We'll also stop for coffee at an authentic shop to learn about the process of making Turkish coffee and taste the sweet treat, Baklava, made with filo pastry, nuts and honey. Explore as you wish by night, or join us on an excursion to a Turkish night club for a belly-dancing show.

DAY 3 - ISTANBUL - CANAKKALE

This morning you will have some free time to explore at your leisure or choose an optional half-day cruise of the Bosporus. With over an hour on board, we'll cross from Europe to Asia amid spectacular city views. Once there, hop off the boat for a glimpse of local life on the Asian side. Our leisurely drive to Canakkale takes us via the lovely Marmara Sea for sweeping coastal views. On the way, we'll stop at the famous World War I battlefields of Gallipoli, the large and poignant resting site of Australian, New Zealand, British and Turkish soldiers killed in the war. A ferry trip across the Dardanelles channel brings us to Canakkale for dinner at the hotel.

DAY 4 - CANAKKALE - IZMIR

Our first stop today is the city of Troy, bathed in the legends of Homer's the Iliad, an epic poem about the Trojan War. In real life, it's a fascinating archaeological site showcasing more than 3,000 years of history. A treat awaits as we continue to the traditional village of Yesilyurt to see how Gözleme pastries are made and enjoy a tasting served with apple tea. To top the day off, we'll discover the magnificent Acropolis and Asclepion of the ancient city of Pergamon, before swapping stories over dinner at the hotel.

DAY 5 - IZMIR

The UNESCO-listed ancient city of Ephesus is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. This morning we'll tour the massive excavation site that St Paul once visited on his way back to Antioch, as well as stopping to admire the bathhouses and the majestic Library of Celsus.
While in Selcuk, we'll also visit the Basilica of St Jean before an afternoon journey into nature at the picturesque Greek village of Sirince. The region is a wine-lover's paradise and is known for producing some of Turkey's best olives and exquisite handmade olive oil products.

DAY 6 - IZMIR - BURSA

Today we'll enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel before driving through Manisa and Balikesir to our next destination of Bursa. The former capital of the Ottoman Empire brims with historic gems, such as the Grand Mosque and the Tombs of Osman and Orhan, the first Ottoman Sultans.
We'll then take a tour to discover the delights of the Silk Market. The quaint and charming stores here offer scarves, fabrics, silver and artistic crafts, all with a stunning backdrop of decorative Ottoman architecture.

DAY 7 - BURSA - ISTANBUL

Our departure for Istanbul after breakfast sees us arrive in the city by around midday. Spend the afternoon at your leisure or join us for an optional excursion, starting with lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. After lunch, we'll visit the Topkapi Palace Museum to see priceless collections including Chinese porcelain and the Imperial Treasury. Recount your travel memories over a farewell dinner in the fisherman's village area of Kumkapi with a local drink, before enjoying free time in the bright lights of the city.

DAY 8 - ISTANBUL - DEPARTURE

Your tour comes to an end today.

Tour Start DateTour Ending DateNumber of Days

Price
May 5, 2020May 12, 202081649
June 2, 2020June 9, 202081699
September 1, 2020September 8, 202081749
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