7 Days Western Turkey Tour. Spend 7 glorious days in Turkey seeing all the must see sights. Soak up the culture and history of Istanbul. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient…
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7 Days Western Turkey Tour. Spend 7 glorious days in Turkey seeing all the must see sights. Soak up the culture and history of Istanbul. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Luxuriate in the thermal hot springs of Pamukkale and retain your youth in Cleopatra's Pool. Pay your respects to the soldiers who laid down their lives at Gallipoli. Climb inside a replica of the Trojan horse. Explore the ancient ruins of Pergamon. Don't miss this trip, which is jam packed with adventure and beautiful places waiting to be seen!
Arrival to Istanbul and transfer to the hotelOnce you arrive in Istanbul, our driver will be waiting to pick you up and escort you to your boutique hotel in the heart of the Old City, also known as Sultanahmet. After checking in the Byzantium Hotel, or similar, you'll have the rest of the day to get acclimated and explore the city on your own.
Istanbul Old City Walking Tour (B,L)Following breakfast at your hotel, you'll be picked up at 8:30 by our experienced guide to begin a full day walking tour of the Old City. You'll start by seeing the Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest buildings in the city. From there, you'll continue on the Blue Mosque where you can admire the beautiful interior. The Blue Mosque lets out on to the Hippodrome where your guide will tell you of the significance of each item. Lunch is provided at a traditional Turkish restaurant. After lunch, you'll walk through the historic neighborhoods of Fener and Balat before coming to Topkapi Palace. Admire the longtime palace of the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire as you learn how they spent their days. You'll finish your tour in the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered bazaars in the world. At the end of the tour, our guide will take you back to your hotel. You will have the rest of the evening to rest or explore.
Istanbul to Gallipoli – Gallipoli day tour (B, L)Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul at 6:30 AM for the 3-hour drive down to Gallipoli. You'll arrive in the seaside town of Eceabat around 12:00 PM where you will have lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. After lunch, our guide will show you the many battlefields, graveyards and memorials of Gallipoli, while expertly explaining the strategies and events of the grueling eight-month long battle. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you to Kolin Hotel, or similar, in the nearby town of Canakkale. You'll have the rest of the evening to relax and explore.
Day tour of Troy and Pergamon/ Transfer to Izmir Kusadasi ( B, L)After breakfast at your hotel, our guide will pick you up at 8:30 AM for your day tour of Troy and Pergamon. Your first stop of the day will be the ruins of ancient Troy. Your guide will take you around the site and speak about the many cities of Troy and of Homer's legendary battle between the Trojans and the Greeks. You'll also have time to explore the replica of the Trojan horse. From there, you will travel to the ancient ruins of Pergamon. Before your second tour begins, you'll stop for lunch. After lunch, your guide will take you through the site, explaining the Greek and Roman structures and the history of the city that was once the cultural capital of the Roman Empire. When the tour is finished, our driver will take you to your hotel in Kusadasi. You will be staying in Efe Boutique or similar.
Day Tour of Ephesus (B,L)Following breakfast at your hotel, our guide will pick you up at 9:00 AM for a full day tour of Ephesus. The tour begins at the site of the last dwelling place of the Virgin Mary. You can tour her modest home and leave her a message before departing for the main event. Next, your guide will take you through the ancient city of Ephesus explaining the history and stopping for pictures through the site. Following the tour, you will have lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant before continuing on the view what remains of the Temple of Artemis. Once one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, only one pillar remains. You'll make a quick stop to learn about the history and take some photos. At the end of the tour, you'll be taken back to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free.
Day Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis and flight back to Istanbul (B,L)After a quick breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up at 7:30 for the 3-hour bus ride to Pamukkale. When you arrive around 11:00 AM, you'll begin the tour with lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. Following lunch, your guide will gibe you a tour of the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. After, you'll have two hours of free time. You'll be free the explore the onsite archeological museum, swim in Cleopatra's Pool or head to the main attraction, the white travertines where you can wade through the thermal waters. At the end of the tour, you'll make one final stop at the base of Pamukkale for a great photo op. From there, our driver will take you to the airport for a one-hour flight back to Istanbul. Once you arrive, our driver will pick you up and take you back to your hotel.
Istanbul (B)According to your flight time, our driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport.
All Airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary
Fight tickets with taxes
5-day tour mentioned by the itinerary (Guide, Lunch, Transportation and all entrance fees )
3-Night Hotel in Istanbul (Boutique Hotel) with breakfast
1 night hotel in Canakkale
2- Night Hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk with breakfast
All meals mentioned by the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
Vegetarian meals available
Full travel insurance
Tips and international flight tickets
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