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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.
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Fly from London (regional connections
available) to Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
Transfer to the Levni Hotel for 3 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
visit to the Basilica Cistern, a marvel of
Byzantine engineering located underneath the
city, and finish at the Egyptian Bazaar. (B)
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)
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 Key Hotel for 1 night. (B)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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
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CIT2020: 8 Nights
Canakkale has historically had an important strategic role. Pilgrims, conquering armies...
Istanbul, capital of the great Ottoman Empire, enjoyed more than four centuries of...
Formerly called Smyrna, Izmir was once an important trading city largely populated with...
Located on the coast of the Aegean Sea, Kusadasi is an ideal base for exploring the many...
Home to a remarkable natural wonder, Pamukkale is a highlight of south western Turkey....