Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Departure: Everyday from June to October.
Day 1 : Arrive Istanbul (no meal)
Arrival into Istanbul Ataturk airport and where there will be a provided transfer service waiting for you to drive you over to your hotel in Istanbul where you will have an overnight stay.
Day 2 : Full Day Istanbul Classic City Tour (breakfast-lunch)
Today is your first day of exploring into the history that Istanbul has hiding away, and shall come to a start by you been picked up from your hotel at 08:30am where we will go on to visit St. Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and is of great artistic value with its decorated interior been made up with mosaics and marble pillars. The actual temple itself was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed “Solomon, I have outdone thee “ Justinian himself had overseen the completion of the greatest cathedral ever built up to that time, and it was to remain the largest cathedral for 1,000 years more up until the completion of the cathedral in Seville in Spain. Just across from St. Sophia is the Blue Mosque, which is most recognizable from its six minarets, the mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmet I had decorated the inside with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue colour and because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles is how the mosque came to be called ‘ Blue Mosque’. After we will head on to see the Ancient Hippodrome, here was scene of the all chariot races that took place, and also houses the three famously known monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Our journey will continue on to Topkapi Palace, this great palace was home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th – 19th centuries and is host to an exquisite collection of cyrstal,silver, and Chinese porcelain, also the robes to which were worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, and the Holy Mantle; with enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. To conclude your first day of touring we will take a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar, it is one of oldest/largest covered markets in the world with having upto 61 covered streets and more than 3,000 shops for you to delve into. That concludes our tour for today so you will then be transferred back to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. (breakfast and Lunch Included).
Day 3 : Half Day Bosphorus Cruise (breakfast)
Even if you are a short term or long term visitor to Istanbul, a bosphorus cruise is really a good way to experience what Istanbul really looks like and its diversity. You will firstly visit Rustem Pasa Mosque and then take a walk through the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) and as you take a wander around you will notice that the air in here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other concievable herb and spice that you can name, once we are at the Spice Market you will be given free time so you can tak yourself around and explore, and of course you will be able to buy yourself some of the fresh herbs and spices that you can strongly smell for take back home The Bosphorus cruise will take about 1.5 hour, the Bosphorus strait connects the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia. During this excursion you will see the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maidens Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses and Ottoman Residences. As the day comes to an end it also means its the end to our exploration of Istanbul, we will then drive you back to your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 4 : Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale (breakfast-lunch)
Today will start with you been picked up from your hotel and we will make our departure from there to head onto your guided Gallipoli tour. With our first stop been to Eceabate where we will stop for some lunch, and afterwards we will continue on a adventure to go and visit many amazing places such as – Kabatepe museum, Brington beach, beach cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu cemetery, ANZAC Commemoration Site, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston Jolly (Turkish- Allied trenches and tunnels), The Nek and finally Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Once you have soaked up all the history that lies within Gallipoli we will then make our way to Canakkale where we will take you to your arranged hotel for check-in so you can have that well earned rest from such a busy day. (Overnight in Canakkale).
Day 5 : Troy/Pergamum Acropolis /Selcuk-Kusadasi (breakfast-lunch)
As the sunrises its a start to a whole new day of exploring, but first you will have timefor a traditional turkish styled breakfast and then after we will depart for Troy where we will get to visit the famous and mythological site of Troy up close and personal. Troy was the home of the famously known wooden Trojan Horse that was built by the Greeks as a tactical way for sneak into the city walls of Troy during the Trojan War, and of course Helen of Troy. We will then return to Canakkale at around 11:45 am where you will have lunch in a local authentic restaurant. After lunch we will then depart for our tour around Pergamum. Pergamum was an important kingdom during the second century BC, having grown from a city-state captured by Alexander The Great. You will take a visit to the Acropolis – Its best to get in a cable car that runs over the area to get a real perfect view of the area and then to take a walk down the ancient pathways to reach many of the constructions hidden within the site. After spending the day discovering over the main historical sites of Canakkale we will then make our departure and and head on our way to Kusadasi / Selcuk. (Overnight in Kusadasi).
Day 6 : Full Day Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour (breakfast-lunch)
Today you will do full day Ephesus sightseeing which will begin in the morning at 09:00 am. We will come to pick you up from your hotel in Kusadasi and hit the road for a short drive to Ephesus (You have the choice to do this tour by group or as your own private tour). Firstly we will take you to see the The House of Virgin Mary which is situated on the top of Bulbul Mountain, the house was discovered back in the 19 th century. Catherina Emmerich (1775-1824), an invalid German nun who had never visited Ephesus went on to describe in great detail the house and its location which she had been known to have seen in a vision. It is also believed that St.John brought Mary (the mother of Jesus) to Ephesus sometime between AD 37-48 and its the place she spent her last years of her life. After seeing The House Of Virgin Mary we will continue on tour to the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will see one of the most spectacular excavations to ever exist in the world, you will have the chance see also the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the stream baths of Scholastika, the Temple of Hadrian, the Grand Theater and last but no means the least the very impressive library of Ephesus. The Ephesus library is adorned with columns and statues and is still in relatively excellent condition, by standing in the middle of the Library or taking a walk down the main street in Ephesus you will feel like you have stepped back in time amongst the romans and the visuals here are fantastic to see. Also within Ephesus is The Grand Theater where Saint Paul preached its believed to be the largest outdoor theater in the ancient world with a capacity of 25,000 seats. The last and perhaps the most important, site in Selcuk is the great Temple of Artemis (Diana) , which is one of the Seventh Wonders of the Ancient World. The Ephesus Artemis was a goddess of fertility and was often pictured draped with eggs or multiple breasts as symbols of fertility. Our tour today will come to an end after visiting the Mosque of Isa Bey, which was built in the 19th century, it was also used as a caravanserai, it definately is a perfect architectural building that you must-see. During todays tour you will have one hour free break time to rest, and of course if you like you can take some refreshments the cafeteria on site. ( your breakfast & lunch will be included). At the end of the tour we will then return you to your hotel for the evening and an overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Day 7 : Izmir / Istanbul (breakfast)
After you have had breakfast its time to check out from your hotel room before 12:00, You will then be transferred to Izmir Airport for catch your flight back to Istanbul (your transfer to the airport will be scheduled with regard to your flight details). So now your time with us has now come to an end and we trust that your time with us discovering and exploring some of Turkeys hidden treasures has been everything that you wanted and more, we would also like to wish you a pleasant journey home and shall look forward to seeing you again on one of our many other time travelling packages. (Breakfast shall be included)
PS: Normally check in time of the hotels at 12:00 pm, if your room is not ready (incase of an early check-in) please leave your suitcases at the hotels luggage room.
- All mentioned transfers in the program.
- Flight tickets from Izmir to Istanbul.
- All mentioned tours in the program including transportation with air-conditioned buses, guidance and entrance fees.
- All meals as described in the itinerary.
- Video shows at Anzac House.
- All local taxes.
- 6 nights accommodation in 2 or 3 star hotels.
What’s Not Included
- Tips (optional).
- International flight tickets.
- Drinks with meals (except the drinks served in breakfast)
- Visa (if needed).