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Lead Price
From £1695pp
Duration
9 days & 8 nights
Itinerary Type
Group Tour
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Classical Turkey

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.
Dates and prices

Itinerary

YEAR:
DAY 1: Fly to Istanbul
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Fly to Istanbul

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Levni Hotel for three nights. Meeting and welcome dinner. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Accommodation: Levni Hotel
DAY 2: Istanbul
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Istanbul

Morning tour of Istanbul including the remains of the Hippodrome, which at its height could accommodate 100,000 spectators, the Blue Mosque, with its exquisite blue tiles and Hagia Sofia, built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. Afternoon visit to the Basilica Cistern, a marvel of Byzantine engineering located underneath the city, and finish at the Egyptian Bazaar. (B)

Accommodation: Levni Hotel
DAY 3: Istanbul
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Istanbul

Morning tour of Topkapi Palace, formerly the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans. Tour the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s legendary covered market, and enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Levni Hotel
DAY 4: Canakkale
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Canakkale

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)

Accommodation: Kolin Hotel
DAY 5: Troy - Pergamon - Izmir
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Troy - Pergamon - Izmir

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 Temple of Athena while in Troy. Transfer to the Key Hotel for 1 night. (B)

Accommodation: Key Hotel
DAY 6: Hierapolis - Pamukkale - Laodicea
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Hierapolis - Pamukkale - Laodicea

Morning drive to the ruins of Hierapolis and the travertine terraces, and the hot springs at Pamukkale. Continue to Laodicea, where the ruins of one of the seven biblical churches of Asia remain. Stay overnight at the Adempira Hotel in Pamukkale. (B, D)

Accommodation: Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel
DAY 7: Aphrodisias - Kusadasi
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Aphrodisias - Kusadasi

Drive to Aphrodisias. Visit the Temple of Aphrodite and the most complete amphitheatre to have survived from the ancient world. Drive on to the village of Sirince, with its authentic Greco-Mediterranean architecture of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. Enjoy wine tasting at a nearby vineyard. Continue to Kusadasi and stay 2 nights at Ilayda Avantgarde Kusadasi. (B)

Accommodation: Ilayda Avantgarde
DAY 8: Ephesus
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Ephesus

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 Valley. (B)

Accommodation: Ilayda Avantgarde
DAY 9: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Istanbul. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

DAY 1: Fly to Istanbul
- +

Fly to Istanbul

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Levni Hotel for three nights. Meeting and welcome drink. (N)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Accommodation: Levni Hotel
DAY 2: Istanbul
- +

Istanbul

Morning tour of Istanbul including the remains of the Hippodrome, which at its height could accommodate 100,000 spectators, the Blue Mosque, with its exquisite blue tiles and Hagia Sofia, built as a church by Emperor Justinian in the sixth century. Afternoon visit to the Basilica Cistern, a marvel of Byzantine engineering located underneath the city, and finish at the Egyptian Bazaar. (B)

Accommodation: Levni Hotel
DAY 3: Istanbul
- +

Istanbul

Morning tour of Topkapi Palace, formerly the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans. Tour the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s legendary covered market, and enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Accommodation: Levni Hotel
DAY 4: Canakkale
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Canakkale

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)

Accommodation: Kolin Hotel
DAY 5: Troy - Pergamon - Izmir
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Troy - Pergamon - Izmir

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 Temple of Athena while in Troy. Transfer to the Key Hotel for 1 night. (B)

Accommodation: Key Hotel
DAY 6: Hierapolis - Pamukkale - Laodicea
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Hierapolis - Pamukkale - Laodicea

Morning drive to the ruins of Hierapolis and the travertine terraces, and the hot springs at Pamukkale. Continue to Laodicea, where the ruins of one of the seven biblical churches of Asia remain. Stay overnight at the Adempira Hotel in Pamukkale. (B, D)

Accommodation: Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel
DAY 7: Aphrodisias - Kusadasi
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Aphrodisias - Kusadasi

Drive to Aphrodisias. Visit the Temple of Aphrodite and the most complete amphitheatre to have survived from the ancient world. Drive on to the village of Sirince, with its authentic Greco-Mediterranean architecture of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses. Enjoy wine tasting at a nearby vineyard. Continue to Kusadasi and stay 2 nights at Ilayda Avantgarde Kusadasi. (B)

Accommodation: Ilayda Avantgarde
DAY 8: Ephesus
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Ephesus

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 Valley. (B)

Accommodation: Ilayda Avantgarde
DAY 9: Fly to London
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Fly to London

Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to the airport and fly to London, via Istanbul. (B)

Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

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The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the shop where Turkish delight was invented
  • Turkish coffee tasting experience
  • Visit to the village of Sirince with local wine tasting

Important information

Private & tailor-made travel
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. So, should you want to spend longer in a particular location, or add another experience or destination, we can make all the arrangements for you. Please contact our travel specialists for guideline prices.
Guaranteed departures
Where a tour date shows ‘Guaranteed departure’, this tour is guaranteed to run. For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.
Dates and prices
Unless otherwise stated, the tour prices and upgrade supplements are all per person in pound sterling, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. The online price is a guideline price; your final quote may differ due to flight availability, and you may be asked to pay a flight supplement.

What's included

  • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18)
  • 4- & 5-star accommodation
  • Flexible - extension, room & flight upgrades available
  • Flights with Turkish Airlines
  • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Experienced local tour manager
  • 8 breakfasts & 3 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Welcome dinner and farewell drink with your group & tour manager
  • Hotel porterage

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Private journey option: guideline prices

Low season from £3,295 | Guide price month: April

High season from £3,395 | Guide price month: June

Single supplement from £525

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