Departs on selected Thursdays.
2018 Departure Dates:
Aug 02 23 30; Sep 06 13 20 27; Oct 04 11 18 25
2019 Departure Dates:
Apr 11 18 25; May 02 09 16 23 30; Jun 06 13 27; Jul 04 18; Aug 01 15 29; Sep 05 12 19 26; Oct 03 10 17 24
This is a good itinerary for connecting to the Greek islands via Rhodes/Kos or for joining a Turkish coastal cruise.
Tour ends in Bodrum.
Option to add an overland transfer to Marmaris pier to catch a ferry to Rhodes.
Alternatively there is a ferry Bodrum-Kos. Schedule TBA.
Meals and Sightseeing as per itinerary
Guaranteed departure (min 2 pax) coach tour ( Max 32)
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. Remainder of day at leisure to unwind. Tonight meet your tour companions on your Western Turkey coach tour at a welcome briefing. Your accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Istanbul (B)
Start you discovery of Istanbul with a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum (excluding harem) residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1453 to 1852. Visit the Hippodrome, once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Continue to the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see the incomparable St. Sophia a church converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets.
Tonight optional dinner with belly dancing. Supplement applies.
Note: Sunday departure tours in May Sep and Oct will visit St Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul not during the full day tour of Istanbul which is Monday as it is closed but on Tuesday before departing for Canakkale Gallipoli area.
Day 3: Gallipoli - Dardanelles – 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 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 later.
Later head across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for your overnight accommodation at your hotel.
Day 4: Troy - Pergamum – Izmir (B L 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 depart for Asclepion stopping to have lunch with locals in a traditional village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Centre in Asclepion and continue on to Izmir for two nights.
Day 5: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir (B)
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus an important cultural centre of the ancient world and 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 St Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St John.
Optional: Dinner at a local restaurant. Supplement applies.
Day 6: Izmir - Pamukkale (B D)
Meander through the plains and cotton farms to Pamukkale. Explore the stunning Pamukkale limestone cascades a similar site to New Zealand’s lost Pink and White Terraces – albeit formed in a slightly different way. Later visit the ancient Roman spa of Hierapolis and relax at the thermal pools at the hotel.
Day 7: Pamukkale - Bodrum (B)
Visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum in Bodrum which was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 8: Bodrum (B)
Today your tour of Turkey comes to an end after breakfast.
Optional overland transfer to Marmaris pier to catch a ferry to Rhodes or ferry Bodrum to Kos.
Innovative Travel can organise ferries and island hopping packages for your onward journey.
- 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
NOTE: If you are arriving or departing Istanbul on any days other than the arrival and departure days of the tour the transfers will not be included in the price of the Coach Tour.
Airport transfers are only included on days of the tour ex Istanbul Ataturk Airport - a surcharge will apply for transfers to/from Sabiha Gocken 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.
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.
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.
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