Discover the ancient sites and local delicacies of Western Turkey with this six day itinerary. Experience the confluence of East and West in Istanbul before following in the footsteps of heroes in Troy and Gallipoli. This tour is the perfect Small Group Tour for those wanting to combine the cultural and historical attractions of Turkey in a relatively limited timeframe.
Highlights of your tour
· Reflect on those who have gone before with a visit to Gallipoli and ANZAC Cove.
· Explore the ruins of Ephesus, the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
· Discover your favourite wine from the locally produced varieties in the beautiful village of Sirince.
Meals and Sightseeing as per itinerary
Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) Small Group tour
Day 1: Istanbul
Upon arrival please clear customs and immigration. In arrivals area you will be met by a representative of our local operator and then transferred to your tour hotel where accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Tonight meet your tour companions at a welcome briefing hosted by your tour director.
Day 2: Istanbul (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a guided tour of some of the best sites of Istanbul- the city where east meets west. Originally founded as Byzantium, then known as Constantinople after Constantine the Great, Istanbul is home to many fascinating sites. The first stop on your tour is Topkapi Palace, once the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans and now a fascinating museum. Next a visit to the incredible St. Sophia. Originally built in 537ad, this marvel of engineering is famed for the giant dome – an incredible feat for the time period. Later visit Blue Mosque, and finally have a visit to the Spice Bazaar.
Day 3: Istanbul - Canakkale (B D)
Today is a special day for New Zealand and Australian travellers as you have a morning departure for Gallipoli. On arrival visit Anzac Cove Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair. The doomed assault on Gallipoli by New Zealand and Australian forces - operating in their own contingents for the first time in foreign service - is considered by many to have been the birth of national consciousness for these two countries. For the Turks, then part of the Ottoman Empire, the victory is regarded as the defining moment in the birth of the Turkish nation with independence following just 8 years after.
Later head across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for your overnight accommodation at your hotel.
Day 4: Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi (B D)
Today you will step into mythology with a visit to Troy, the scene of heroic deeds from such legends as Achilles, Paris, Ulysses, Priam, and the incomparably beautiful Helen – “the face that launched a thousand ships.” Immortalised by Homer in his epic The Iliad, Troy was thought to be entirely fictitious until it was discovered by pioneering archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870’s. The replica wooden horse adds further depth to the experience.
Later cross the mountain Ida to arrive in Pergamum to visit the Acropolis before continuing to Kusadasi for your two night stay.
Day 5: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Sirince – Kusadasi (B D)
After breakfast there is a short drive to Ephesus, the famous ruins of what was once an important cultural centre of the ancient world. Explore the 2000 year-old marble streets, the theatre, the library of Celsius, and Hadrian’s Temple. Home to the now ruined Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Ephesus is where some believe the Gospel of John was written. Continue to the village of Sirince, one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey which ironically was originally named Cirkence - “Ugly” - to keep outsiders away. Free time for shopping or to taste the local wines. Return to Kusadasi for your overnight stay.
Day 6: Kusadasi (B)
Morning transfer to Kusadasi port or Izmir airport for your onward journey.
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.
· First Class and Moderate First Class hotels with private facilities
· Arrival and departure transfers
· Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
· Meals and sightseeing as indicated on the itinerary
· Professional English speaking guides
· Entrance fees
· Porterage at hotels
· Turkey Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
· International airfares
· Optional tours and excursions
· Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
· Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
· Personal Expenses
· Departure taxes
· Local Tourism Dirham tax (for Dubai only)
· Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
· Visas (unless specified)
· Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
If you are arriving into Istanbul on any days other than the arrival days of the tour the transfer is free of charge as long as accommodation is booked.
Please note we have requested a double bedded room but cannot guarantee one will be available. In Turkey double rooms are very limited. Please ask on check-in with the hotel to see what is available.
The hotels listed are subject to confirmation – alternative properties may be used
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