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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.
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines. Transfer to the Levni Hotel for 3 nights. (N)Day 2: Istanbul
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 visit to the Basilica Cistern, a marvel of Byzantine engineering located underneath the city, and finish at the Egyptian Bazaar. (B)Day 3: 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)Day 4: 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)Day 5: 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 the Red Basilica. Transfer to the Key Hotel for 1 night. (B)Day 6: 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 Doga Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale. (B, D)Day 7: Aphrodisias • Kusadasi
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. Drive on to Sirince, a Greek village until the official exchange of citizens between Greece and Turkey in 1924. The village boasts its authentic Greco-Mediterranean architecture of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, enjoy wine tasting at a local vineyard nearby. Continue to Kusadasi and stay 2 nights at La Vista Boutique Hotel Kusadasi. (B)Day 8: 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)Day 9: 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.Important information Extensions
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Istanbul and Kusadasi, and include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or departure transfers. Alternative pre- and post-tour extensions are also available for Cappadocia, Edirne, Bursa and Ankara. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for further details.Important information Superior tour
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.Tailor-made travel:
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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 lines.
The Key Hotel is a historic boutique hotel set in the heart of Izmir, one of Turkey's leading resorts. Guestrooms are modern with en suite bathrooms and large windows. The sea-front restaurant offers international cuisine with an Aegean flair, while the lobby bar and lounge is the perfect place to relax with a traditional Turkish coffee. Features: 34 rooms & suites, restaurant, bar, gym and sauna. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi, room service.
The Hotel Levni is a boutique hotel located in the Sirkeci area of Istanbul's Sultanahmet district. It is within easy walking distance of all the main historical sites, including Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. All rooms feature modern facilities with contemporary design and open bathrooms; some have views out across the Golden Horn. Features: 75 rooms and suites, spa, indoor swimming pool, Wi-Fi, rooftop bar, fitness centre, bar, cafe Room amenities: air conditioning, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, robes, slippers, luxury toiletries
The Doga Thermal Hotel & Spa is located in the Karahayit area of Pamukkale, making it the perfect property for those wanting to explore the region. Guestrooms are generous in size with traditional Turkish touches. The restaurant serves Turkish and international cuisine, and the spa offers a range of treatments and facilities.
Low season from £2450 per person
High season from £2450 per person
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*Itinerary: Note that for the 06 Feb 2014* departure date only the itinerary is different to the regular 2014 tour, with a visit to the countryside in Mai Chai and an extra night in Hanoi, and one less night in Hoi An.
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