10-Day Turkey Classics Tour from Istanbul: Istanbul-Gallipoli-Canakkale-Troy-Kusadasi-Pamukkale-Konya-Cappadocia. Explore the historical attractions in Turkey during this 10-day tour of Turkey’s classic sights from Istanbul with an expert guide, visit the WWI sites of the Gallipoli Peninsula, including Anzac Cove, explore spectacular Ephesus, perhaps Europe’s best-preserved Greco-Roman city, marvel at the fairy chimneys, cave churches and underground labyrinths of Cappadocia, admire the snow-white, calcified rock terraces of Pamukkale and more. Enjoy nine nights of 4 star accommodation, with included breakfast and dinner.
Arrive in Istanbul, meet and greet at the airport by our reps. Transfer to the hotel on the vehicle. Arrival at hotel and check in. Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul
After breakfast at your hotel , enjoy a full-day guided tour of Istanbul by comfortable mini or midi bus, taking in the highlights of the old Sultanahmet district.
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.
Explore the labyrinth of streets at the Grand Bazaar. One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, you will discover more then 4,000 shops, with a dedicated area for each trade. Walk along alleys full of goldsmiths, carpet sellers, and arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.
After lunch break we begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Early morning departure from Istanbul for the Gallipoli. Gallipoli Peninsula, one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey. Here we will visit the WW1 Battlefields of Gallipoli including the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek and original trenches and tunnels. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Canakkale.
This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pamukkale.
Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. It’s 530 km (330 miles) between Pamukkale and Cappadocia, a drive of approx. 10 hours. There are no direct flights. Tonight, don’t miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy chimneys and explore the many levels of an underground city. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Early morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. Our tour concludes with the arrival to Istanbul at approximately 7pm.
Breakfast at hotel . You may have relax at your hotel or discover the city by yourself until your departure time. According to your flight schedule you will departure from your hotel and transfer to Istanbul or Sabiha Gokcen Airport for your home bound flight or continue your journey to your next destination.
Istanbul Grand Halic Hotel or similar
Canakkale MD Barbaros Hotel or similar
Kusadasi Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel or similar
Pamukkale Adem Pira Hotel or similar
Cappadocia Alp Hotel or similar
Istanbul Grand Halic Hotel or similar
This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.
01 Jan 2019 – 31 Dec 2019
€ 1,115.- Per Person in a double/twin room
01 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020
€ 1,160.- Per Person in a double/twin room
2019 June 22,29 / Jul 06,13,20,27 / Aug 03,10,17,24,31 / Sep 07,14,21,28 / Oct 05,12,19,26 / Nov 02,09,16,23,30 / Dec 07,14,21,28
2020 Jan 04,11,18,25 / Feb 01,08,15,22,29 / Mar 07,14,21,28 / Apr 04,11,18,25 / May 02,09,16,23,30 / Jun 06,13,20,27 / Jul 04,11,18,25 / Aug 01,08,15,22,29 / Sep 05,12,19,26 / Oct 03,10,17,24,31 / Nov 07,14,21,28 / Dec 05,12,19,26
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