Turkey has played a major role in the
history of the Mediterranean world.
Due to its strategic location straddling
two continents, it has been a crucial
crossroads and staging post on the
trade routes between east and west.
This tour combines the country’s many
natural wonders and man-made marvels,
including the striking architecture of
Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque in
Istanbul, the remarkable classical sites of
Troy, Aphrodisias and Ephesus, and the
ancient hot springs of Pamukkale.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
Transfer to the Wyndham Istanbul Old City
Hotel for 2 nights. (N)
Morning tour of Istanbul including Hagia Sofia,
built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the
sixth century; the Blue Mosque, with its exquisite
blue tiles; and the remains of the Hippodrome,
which at its height could accommodate
100,000 spectators. Afternoon tour of Topkapi
Palace, formerly the imperial residence of the
Ottoman sultans. Continue to the Basilica
Cistern, a marvel of Byzantine engineering
located underneath the city. (B)
Morning drive to Canakkale. Tour of the Gallipoli
battlefield, scene of the aborted Allied invasion
of 1915. Visit Cape Helles, Suvla Bay and Anzac
Cove. Stay at the Kolin Hotel for 1 night. (B, D)
Drive from Canakkale to Izmir, stopping en
route to visit the Unesco world heritage site of
Troy. Continue to Pergamon for a tour of the
historic town, including visits to the Acropolis, the
Asclepion and the Red Basilica. Transfer to the
Hilton Izmir Hotel (sea-view room) for 1 night. (B)
Morning drive to the ruins of Hierapolis and
the travertine terraces and hot springs at
Pamukkale. Continue to Laodicea, where the
ruins of one of the seven biblical churches of
Asia remain. Stay overnight
at the Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal in
Pamukkale. (B, D)
Drive to Aphrodisias, one of the most beautiful
classical sites in Turkey. Visit the Temple of
Aphrodite and the most complete amphitheatre
to have survived from the ancient world.
Continue to Kusadasi and stay 2 nights at the
DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi. (B)
Morning tour of Ephesus, once the capital of
Roman Asia Minor. See the remains of the
Temple of Artemis, one of the original Seven
Wonders of the World, as well as the main site
with its fabled Library of Celsus. Continue to the
house of the Virgin Mary. Afternoon at leisure
or optional visit to the hillside town of Priene
and the ancient Ionian ports of the Menderes
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the
airport and fly to London, via Istanbul. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by a local tour manager from arrival
Based in 4- and 5-star
can be taken privately on a date that suits
you, for which guideline prices are shown.
Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact
requirements. Please call 020 7808 6785 or
Ideally located in the centre of Kusadasi, the DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi has 88 modern guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen television with satellite channels and balcony. The hotel's restaurant offers a selection of international and national cuisine with the emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Health and wellbeing amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, a spa with separate treatment rooms and fitness...
Close to the old town of Izmir, overlooking the magnificent bay, the Hilton Izmir hotel offers well appointed guestrooms and impeccable service. Surrounded by lush plants and with a view to the sky above through the skylight, the heated indoor pool and sauna is a great place to relax. Other facilities include two restaurants, a bar with views across the bay and a health...
Located 3km from the main area of Canakkale, the 11-storey, resort style Kolin Hotel is renowned for having the highest star rating of the hotels in the area, and is set amongst extensive grounds.
Facilities: 374 rooms, iIndoor & outdoor swimming pools, cycle path, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, jacuzzi, fitness centre, spa, billiard, dart, table tennis, table soccer, live music in the bars, weekend night club and a restaurant.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, safe, minibar, bathtub, hair dryer, internet connection, and direct phone...
Situated 3km from the city of Pamukkale, the Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal is a large, resort-style property and provides one of the best options for accommodation in this area. Rooms are simply decorated in a contemporary style. A variety of sports facilities is available and there is space to relax in the grounds or by the pool.
Facilities: 327 rooms & suites, choice of bars and restaurants, 2 swimming pools, jacuzzi, sauna, spa, gym, jogging track, children's play area.
Room amenities: Satellite television, air conditioning, safe, hair dryer, mini bar,...
The elegant Wyndham Istanbul Old City hotel is located in a restored historical building in the heart of Istanbul's Sultanhamet district and within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace museum. The hotel has a wide range of facilities and amenities including an a la carte restaurant and a cafe designed like a street cafe in the hotel lobby.
Facilities: 265 rooms & suites, 2 restaurants, bar, fitness centre, spa and wellness centre, hammam, sauna, indoor swimming pool.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, minibar, tea & coffee facilities,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
Located on the wooded northern slopes of Mount Uludag, Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman empire. It is now known for its mosques and bathhouses as well automobile and textile industries.
Fly from London Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to Bursa for 2 nights and stay at the Hotel Almira Bursa (or similar). (N)
Full day at leisure to explore Bursa. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Istanbul and stay at the Wyndham Istanbul Old City Hotel Istanbul for 2 nights. In the evening, the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
The spectacular volcanic landscape of the Cappadocia region, with its fabled fairy chimneys and rock formations, is renowned for its dramatic beauty.
Afternoon flight from Izmir to Kayseri, via Istanbul. Transfer to the Yunak Houses for 3 nights. (B)
Days at leisure. Alternatively, take optional excursions to the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Kaymakli, or the frescoes and rock-hewn churches at Goreme open-air musuem. (B)
Morning transfer to the airport and fly to London Heathrow with Turkish Airlines, via Istanbul. (B)
Located close to the borders of Bulgaria and Greece in the eastern Thrace region of Turkey, Edirne was previously one of the three capitals of the Ottoman empire, along with the cities of Bursa and Istanbul. Due to its location, the city and the area surrounding it has been fought over for centuries by the Greeks and Romans, and in the Turkish war of independence. Modern-day visitors to the city are attracted to the Selimiye Mosque complex, which is a Unesco world heritage site and one of the largest mosques in Turkey.
Fly from London Heathrow, Birmingham or Manchester to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to Edirne for 2 nights and stay at the RYS Hotel (or similar). (N)
Full day at leisure to explore Edirne. (B)
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Istanbul and stay at the Wyndham Istanbul Old City Hotel, Istanbul for 2 nights. In the evening, the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
This pre-tour extension provides the opportunity to explore Istanbul in more depth. Optional excursions include visits to the Dolmabahce Palace and a cruise on the Bosphorus.
Fly from London, Birmingham or Manchester to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Wyndham Istanbul Old City Hotel for 4 nights. (N)
Day at leisure or optional cruise on the Bosphorus to visit the Asian side of the city. (B)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon the remainder of the group will arrive. (B)
The extension provides an opportunity to take more time in Kusadasi and explore the beautiful coastal resort at a leisurely pace.
Stay an extra 2 nights at the DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
Late morning transfer to Izmir for a flight to London Heathrow, via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. (B)
Located on the top of a mountain, this village is a perfect synthesis of Greek and Ottoman architecture and offers a peaceful and picturesque haven.
Morning at leisure. Afternoon drive to Sirince and stay 2 nights at the Efes Konaklari (or similar). (B)
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CLT2017: 7 Nights
I have nothing but praise for this tour. I was travelling with my elderly mother and we both had the most fantastic time. The group gelled very well and we all had similar interests. Our guide (Sami) was superb. His knowledge of the subject was boundless. The coach drivers were both superb especially Hassan who managed to negotiate the roads in an exemplary manner.Ms. Christie
The actual sites that we set out to see &nadash; Aphrodisias was a great surprise and Ehpusus was quite wonderful.Mrs Siggers
The visit to Gallipolli was very moving and thought provoking. The cemetery at Anzac cove and the inscription of Ataturk's words will live in our memories for a long time. Mr Gordon Warwick
Canakkale has historically had an important strategic role. Pilgrims, conquering armies...
Formerly called Smyrna, Izmir was once an important trading city largely populated with...
Home to a remarkable natural wonder, Pamukkale is a highlight of south western Turkey....
Located on the coast of the Aegean Sea, Kusadasi is an ideal base for exploring the many...
Istanbul, capital of the great Ottoman Empire, enjoyed more than four centuries of...