7 Days ex Istanbul
Departs on selected Thursdays.
Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) coach tour (Max 25)
2020 Departure Dates:
Jan 4; Feb 8; Mar 21; Apr 4, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; Jul 4, 11, 18, 25; Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17, 24; Nov 7; Dec 19;
2021 Departure Dates (more to come)
Jan 2; Feb 6; Mar 20
This is a good itinerary for connecting to the Greek islands via Rhodes/Kos or for joining a Turkish coastal cruise.
Tour ends in Marmaris with a transfer to the pier from which you may catch a ferry to Rhodes.
Day 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. On arrival, please clear customs and immigration. In arrivals area, you will be met by a representative of our local agent (Look for your a sign with your name on) 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, enjoy a full day guided tour to Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Spice Bazaar.
Optional dinner with a Turkish Show is available tonight.
Day 3: Istanbul - Canakkale (BD)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, the Nek, Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine and 57th regiment memorial before crossing the Dardanelles. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4: Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi (BD)
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the legendary Troy – site of the Trojan War and its famous wooden horse. Crossing the Ida Mountains to arrive in Pergamum to visit the Acropolis before continuing to Kusadasi for your two night stay.
Day 5: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Sirince – Kusadasi (BD)
After breakfast there is a short drive to Ephesus where you will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like handmade carpets and tiles. Continue to the village of Sirince, one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. Free time for shopping or to taste the local wines. Return to Kusadasi for your overnight stay.
Day 6: Kusadasi - Hierapolis - Pamukkale – Marmaris (BD)
After breakfast, drive through meandering plains and cotton farms to arrive in Pamukkale in time to enjoy the beauty of the lime cascade and visit ancient Hierapolis before continuing on to Marmaris for overnight.
Day 7: Marmaris (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the port.
- Hotels with private facilities as per itinerary or similar
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
- Meals as per itinerary
- Sightseeing as per 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
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Airport transfers are included on days of the tour ex Istanbul Ataturk (IST) Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken (SAW) Airport or Dalaman Airport.
If you are arriving or departing Istanbul on any days other than the arrival and departure days of the tour transfers will not be included in the price of the Coach Tour.
However, if pre or post tour accommodation is booked, transfers to Ataturk airport are included.
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.
Porterage for one suitcase is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity, the single bag should not exceed the dimensions of 30”x18”x10” and not weigh more than 50lbs (23kg). A charge of US $4 per travelling day is collected by the tour director for each additional piece of baggage, or if the suitcase exceeds established weight and/or dimension limitations. Alternatively you might leave your luggage at your Istanbul Hotel storage.
Accommodation based on the below or similar
Point Hotel Taksim
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
On coach tours, hotels in regional areas (i.e Pamukkale) can be of a slightly lower standard than the other hotels on the tour.
All sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. This is particularly true in Cappadocia where walks can be up to 1 or 2 km long and where a good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit. On some tours you may visit a carpet or handicraft shop where the locals will show how their crafts are made. There is no obligation to buy any products at any of these places.
Transfers are operated by drivers and are not guided. Some drivers may only have a basic command of English.
Optional tours offered during coach tours may not be guaranteed (even if pre-booked ex New Zealand) as they are subject to a minimum number of participants.
Private Sightseeing tours (if booked)
If a private sightseeing tour is booked it is important that you discuss the days arrangements with the guide as the touring programmes have a degree of flexibility. It is important to discuss with the guide so that any specific requirements can be met or addressed at the time.
Istanbul airport transfers:
For coach tours: airport transfers are included on days of the tour ex Istanbul Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport. Transfers from the hotel to the Airport may be on scheduled shuttles. Late Evning or early morning flights may require private transfers at a supplement.
For independent / private tours: if included, airport transfers are applied ex Ataturk Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.