Western Turkey

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
8 Days
Price from
$1,339
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale
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ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour with max. 34 participants. Scheduled departures - 8-day/7-night tour visiting visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Ephesus & Bodrum. Includes accommodation at superior first class & deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, 3 dinners, 1 lunch, arrival & departure transfers, touring by modern air-conditioned, business class seated motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Flights

Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul – Arrival

Deluxe & Superior: HOTEL W ISTANBUL or similar hotels

You will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul upon arrival. (Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.) The rest of the day is at leisure until you meet your tour director for a welcome briefing.

Day

2

Explore Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior: HOTEL W ISTANBUL or similar hotels

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including a visit to Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 and 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next, see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century and converted to a mosque by the Ottomans. It is 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. In the evening, consider joining an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

3

Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale

Deluxe & Superior: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWII. Visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery, and Chunuk Bair. Then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale. (B,D)

Day

4

Troy – Pergamum – Izmir

Deluxe & Superior: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War. Enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional village.  Then continue to Pergamum and visit the ancient medical center Asklepion. Arrive in Izmir in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day

5

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House – Izmir

Deluxe & Superior: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Today, tour the ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore the 2,000-year old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium, and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see the Virgin Mary's stone cottage. Continue to a regional rug production center to have firsthand experience of this unique art form. In the evening consider having an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

Day

6

Izmir – Bodrum

Deluxe & Superior: Doria Hotel or similar hotels

After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner & Overnight in Bodrum. (B,D)

Day

7

Bodrum

Deluxe & Superior: Doria Hotel or similar hotels

Enjoy a day at leisure, and consider visiting the Greek island of Kos for the day, just a short ferry ride from Bodrum. Return to Bodrum in the evening. (B)

Day

8

Bodrum – Return

After breakfast, make your own way to the Bodrum airport or pier. We suggest taking a ferry to Kos and continue your vacation in the Greek Islands. (B)

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