Turkey Explorer Tour 8 Days / 7 Nights
Departure : Everyday
Highlights : Istanbul - Gallipoli - Pergamon - Troy - Pamukkale - Ephesus - Istanbul
Turkey's Aegean coast is beautiful and historical housing some of the most important cultural heritages and most splendid sceneries in the world. You will visit Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Pamukkale and Ephesus.
Arrive in Istanbul and you will have an English-speaking driver waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it.
You will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time for the rest of the day in Istanbul.
Meal Plan: No meals
Breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day Istanbul tour.
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, The Hippodrome and The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
After the lunch we begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world.We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563.. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction.
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 06:30 am, then drive to Eceabat which takes around 5 hours for full day Gallipoli Tour. You will visit: Kabatepe War Museum, Beach Cemetery (John Simpson´s Grave), ANZAC Cove, Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place), Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial), Johnston´s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches), View Shrapnel Valley, Turkish Memorial, The Nek and Walker´s Ridge, Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial). After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Canakkale. Stay overnight in Canakkale.
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:30 for the tour of Ancient Troy. It is one of the most important ancient cities in the world and very popular by the book of Homer´s Iliad. A great mythological and historical background attracted many scientist, archeologists, adventurers and treasure hunters. You will be served a lunch pack and then drive to Pergamum, once the ancient world´s major power and center of learning and the arts. Visit the ancient Library, once held 200.000 books, Temple of Athena, Temple of Trojan, Altar of Zeus and the Gymnasium situated on terraces and the lower Agora. After the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Kusadasi. Stay overnight in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel and lunch on the tour).
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch
You will be picked up from your hotel for the tour of Ephesus, the world-famous ancient City of the Romans. See remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then explore the world-famous ancient City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, Roman Baths, Temple of Hadrian, the Celsius Library, and the Antique Theatre.
In the afternoon, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she lived her last years. Drive back to Kusadasi, for the end of the tour. Alternatively, we recommend a visit the following day to the natural and beautiful landscape of Pamukkale, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After the tour, you will be transfered to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kusadasi.
Meal Plan: Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Pamukkale. Visit Hierapolis Antique City, where you will see Temple of Apollo, Martyrium and some other ruins. Then see Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), which is made of sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. You have the chance to walk on the terraces. After the tour return to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kusadasi.
Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for a direct flight from Izmir to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour. Arrive at Istanbul airport. Upon arrival you will meet your driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. Stay overnight in Istanbul.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your international flight. End of services.
Meal Plan: Breakfast
• 7 nights accommodation in 3 Star or 4 Star hotels.
• Airport transfers with air-conditioned vehicles.
• Domestic flight tickets Istanbul-Kayseri & Izmir-Istanbul on economy class.
• Services of a professional tour guide on sightseeing tours.
• Entrance fees for the sites and museums.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
• Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
• International arrival & departure flight tickets.
• Entry visa.