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Flying Carpet Crystal Coast

9 days  |  Istanbul to Kusadasi  |  from USD $2,699  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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

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Day 1

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

Day 2

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 6-8

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  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 9

After breakfast your tour draws to a close. Included departure transfer to Izmir Airport.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Orka Royal Hotel, Istanbul
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Opened in 2005, the Orka Royal is a modern and elegant hotel offering guests a traditional Turkish welcome. The contemporary guest rooms are comfortable and well equipped. The hotel also boasts an Al Fresco Restaurant and Bar - why not try some classic Turkish dishes washed down with a few glasses of wine? The perfect way to end an enjoyable day sightseeing. Perfectly located within walking distance of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, a few streets away from the mighty Bosphorus.

Tusan Hotel, Canakkale
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The family run Tusan Hotel offers modern facilities in a tranquil setting. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped and offer guests beautiful forest or sea views. The hotel benefits from a private beach and an indoor and outdoor restaurant. A refreshing pint of beer in the English Pub whilst challenging the bar staff to a game of pool is a great way to spend the evening. Set within a beautiful pine forest looking across the Dardanelles with a private beach exclusively for guests.

Marina Hotel, Kusadasi
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Marina hotel is a modern hotel with a sea view and balcony from nearly every spacious room. It has recently been renovated and features an indoor and outdoor pool and you may also use the facilities and beach of 5-Star Pine Bay.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - Sultanahmet/old city, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Market
Troy - Trojan horse and ruins
Kusadasi - Aegean coastal town
Free time in Kusadasi - relax by the pool, further explore Kusadasi, do some market shopping, enjoy laid back al fresco restaurants and cafes, nearby beaches, National Parks, castles, caravansarei or an aqua park all nearby.
Gallipoli - WW1 battlefields - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, trenches & battlefields
Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum
Option to visit: Adaland Aquapark - one of Europe’s biggest water parks, Turkuazoo Aquarium - the largest aquarium in Europe


8 breakfasts and 3 lunches
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 9 to Izmir airport
Ferry crossing the Dardenelles
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
8 nights 4 star and special class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ruins of Ephesus
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
Maximum group size: 25

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $90-100
Tip for your guide and driver. We suggest $50-$80 USD per family (3 or 4 members) for your guide and $10 for your driver. Tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
Tipping Kitty: Adult - $30 Child - $23

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers. On all our family tours we guarantee parents and kids rooms will be side by side.

Single Supp.
USD $2949
USD $599
USD $2949
USD $599
USD $2699
USD $599

Supplementary Prices

Single Supp.
Family - Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $99
USD $80
Flying Carpet Crystal Coast - Child discount
USD $-250
Flying Carpet Crystal Coast - High Season child discount
USD $-260

ROOMING ARRANGEMENTS: We are also happy to offer triple rooms or more often than not in Turkey, extra beds in double rooms, should your family require it. Be sure to let us know about your room requirements at time of booking and anything else we can do to make your family holiday better than ever.

Child Prices are based on the child being under 12 years of age at the date of arrival into Turkey. The low season child price is listed below, for high child prices please contact us.

Tour Details
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 3
Tour Bolt-ons
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Princes Islands
USD $179 / 1 day
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.