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 / DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Old Town 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 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.
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CIT2018: 7 Nights
Canakkale has historically had an important strategic role. Pilgrims, conquering armies...
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