Route: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Selcuk, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Tour Type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 10 Days – 9 Nights
- Inbound and outbound airport transfers from/to your hotel
- Professionally licensed English speaking tour guide on local tours
- 9 Nights Hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees
- Transportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches
- International and domestic flights
- Personal expenses
- Optional programs
- Tips to driver, guide, hotel staff etc.
- Any other meals or services not specified in “Prices Included”
- Travel Insurance
This tour combines two days in Istanbul with seven days visiting the highlights of Western Turkey: Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Pamukkale, Ephesus, and Cappadocia. It runs the gamut from Roman, Greek and the Byzantine ruins (Istanbul, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus) to modern history (Gallipoli) and unique geographical landscapes (Pamukkale and Canakkale).
Day 1 : Istanbul
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up for a day of discovering a few of the many wonders of Istanbul: the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. After lunch, we will explore Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 : Istanbul – Two Continents Bosphorus Cruise
After breakfast at your hotel, we will start the day with a visit to the Spice Bazaar and the Rustem Pasha Mosque before embarking on a Bosphorus cruise. After the cruise, we will drive along the Asian shore of the Bosphorus to Camlica Hill with its panoramic view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus where we will have lunch. After lunch, we will drive across the Bosphorus Bridge back to the European side, giving you the opportunity to step on the European and Asian continents within two minutes of each other! Our last stop will be a tour of Dolmabahce Palace. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 : Gallipoli
You will depart from your hotel around 06:30am for Gallipoli. We will have breakfast en route and lunch at Eceabat. After lunch, we will head to the Gallipoli battlefield (Gelibolu National Park) to visit the Kabatepe war museum, Brighton beach, the Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s grave), Ari Burnu (the planned ANZAK landing place), ANZAK Cove (actual landing place), Lone Pine Australian Memorial and cemetery, Shrapnel Valley, the Turkish Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (walk in the original ANZAK tunnels and trenches), the Nek cemetery and Walker’s Ridge, Chunuk-Bair New Zealander Memorial and cemetery. Overnight in Eceabat or Canakkale.
Day 4 : Troy and Pergamon to Selcuk
After breakfast at your hotel, we will take a ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, a much excavated site which has yielded pieces of history from 4,000BC to about 300AD. We will see the 3700- year-old city walls, the houses from Troy I (3000 BC-2500BC), the Bouleuterium (the Senate Building), the Odeon (Concert Hall), sacrificial altars, the remains of cities from Troy I through Troy IX, current excavation sites, and, of course, the replica of the Trojan Horse. Following our tour of Troy, we will head to Pergamon where we will visit its Acropolis and the Asclepieum. After the tour of Pergamon, we will head to Selcuk where we will spend the night. Overnight in Selcuk.
Day 5 : Pamukkale
After breakfast at your hotel, we will spend the day in Pamukkale and Hieropolis. Pamukkale, also known as the Cotton Castle, is famous for its healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful snow-white petrified waterfalls. After lunch, we will visit Hierapolis, an ancient city which includes a magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil’s Hole, and the Theatre. After the tour, we will take you back to your hotel in Selcuk where you will spend the night. Overnight in Selcuk.
Day 6 : Ephesus
After breakfast at your hotel, we will spend the day at Ephesus, one of the world’s finest examples of an ancient classical city. You will see the Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Celsus Library, the House of the Virgin Mary where many speculate she spent the final years of her life at. At the end of the day we will take you back to your hotel in Selcuk. Overnight in Selcuk.
Day 7 : Izmir to Cappadocia
After breakfast at your hotel, we will transfer you to Izmir airport for your flight to Kayseri. After arrival to Kayseri, we will transfer you to your hotel in Cappadocia. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free for you to relax or explore. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8 : Cappadocia
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit Dervent Valley with its unique fairy-chimneys; Paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) with its mushroom-shaped pinnacles; Avanos, a center of terra-cotta art, for a pottery demonstration and lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, the largest concentration of rock-cut churches and monasteries in Cappadocia, many with excellent Byzantine frescoes of old and new testament scenes. Our last stop, before returning to the hotel, is the Uchisar rock castle for a panoramic view of of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 9 : Cappadocia
After breakfast at your hotel, we will go to the Red Valley to explore its famous rock – cut churches and go for a 5km hike through the Gulludere Valley. We will visit the village of Cavusin, famous for its houses and churches of Christian clergymen. We will have lunch in Pigeon Valley. After lunch, we will visit Kaymakli, an underground city that goes 8 floors below ground. We will also visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. After the tour, we will transfer you to Kayseri airport for your evening flight for Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, we will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 10 : Istanbul
Your tour ends after breakfast at your hotel.