Flying Carpet Crystal Coast - 9 days

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Take the family on a holiday to the Orient. Marvel at the many minarets of Istanbul and get swept up in the city’s colourful bazaars, discover the Roman ruins at Ephesus and the ancient city of Troy, walk the battlefields of Gallipoli and spend the final days of your holiday, beachside – enjoying sunshine and a turquoise blue sea

Day 1: Istanbul
Saturday. Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring this great Ottoman city on foot or simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight - Istanbul (D)
Day 2: The Old City
Istanbul. Touring the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled, we’ll view some amazing sights. See the Blue Mosque (opening subject to prayer times) which faces the Hagia Sofia and is famed for its blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets and the ruinous Hippodrome – now a small park of sorts and once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times. Also enjoy a visit to Topkapi Palace - residence of the sultans and Hagia Sofia Museum - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Later we take a scenic ferry ride on the Bosphorous, the stretch of water that divides Europe from Asia. Overnight - Istanbul (B, L)
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Day 3: Gallipoli
Istanbul - Gallipoli. Early this morning, we travel to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli on the Gallipoli Peninsular. Where we walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with visits to the battlefields and trenches, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and various other sites. Overnight - Canakkale (B, L, D)
Day 4: Troy and Kusadasi
Gallipoli - Kusadasi. Travelling south today our first stop is legendary Troy, for a guided tour. If you’ve seen the movie – ‘Troy’ or read the poet Homer’s – ‘The Iliad’ you’ll be familiar with Paris – Prince of Troy, his prized Helen and Hector – Prince of Troy on the Trojan side and Agamemnon and Achilles (he of the heel) on the Aechaean (Greek) side. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by its rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC!

We travel on to the ancient ruins of Pergamum and enjoy a guided tour of the site. Home to one of the steepest, vertigo-inducing amphitheatres in the classical world. We then continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast. Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Day 5: Ancient Ephesus and Aquapark!
Kusadasi - Ephesus - Kusadasi. Today, we tour the incredible Roman ruins of Ephesus. Undoubtedly the most well preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what Roman life must have been like. In the 1st century BC, Ephesus was the second largest city in the world! It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims, who came to see its great Temple of Artemis (completed in 550 BC) - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the afternoon there is an option to visit Adaland Aquapark, offering 20 rides and water slides and rivalling many of the water parks of Europe, it’s guaranteed good fun! Overnight - Kusadasi (B, L, D)
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Days 6 - 8: Kusadasi - beach stay
For the next 3 days you will have lots of free time to relax by the pool or further explore the area. Kusadasi, with its pretty marina and harbour foreshore make for pleasant afternoon walks. There is also market shopping, laid back al fresco restaurants and cafes, nearby beaches, National Parks, castles, caravansarei and an aqua park all nearby. Overnight - Kusadasi (B:3, D:1)
After breakfast your tour draws to a close. Included departure transfer to Izmir Airport. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Kusadasi
  • Departs: Saturdays
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 5
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star and special class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
Special Offers
The On The Go Theatre
Highlights of Turkey and the evocative ANZAC day dawn service

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