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Turkish Delight

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8 days  |  Starts/Ends: Istanbul  |  from USD $2,499  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Trojan treasures, Roman ruins, Sultan’s palaces, exotic spice markets and grand bazaars. Captivating travellers young and old, our family holiday packs in fun and culture, with plenty of time to wander off and discover your own hidden gems or simply relax by the pool.

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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  |  Dinner

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
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  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Dinner

Day 5
Ancient Ephesus and Aquapark!

Ephesus. 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, Dinner

Day 6

Kusadasi - Bursa. Departing Kusadasi we drive to Bursa, the original capital of the Ottoman Empire located on the north western slopes of Mount Uludag. The area is dotted with hot springs and during Roman times spas were built for the publics’ use, over the centuries Bursa became renowned as one of the most important spas of the Byzantine period. We visit the Ottoman complex and see the Grand Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the tomb of Sultan Mehmet I. This evening relax and be pampered with an optional Turkish Bath.
Overnight: Bursa  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Bursa - Istanbul. This morning we travel back to Istanbul. Upon arrival visit the vast and bustling Grand Bazaar with its maze of alleys and markets, and the exotic Spice Market with its colourful spice stalls quantities of delicious Turkish Delight.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Saturday. Istanbul. We say goodbye to our new friends, our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport. Or choose to extend your stay in Istanbul and join an optional excursion to Turkuazoo Aquarium, considered to be Europe’s largest aquarium.
Breakfast

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.

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

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

Superior
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
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
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.

Kervansaray Thermal Hotel, Bursa
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The recently renovated Kervansaray Thermal Hotel is located in one of Bursa's most historical buildings. Guest rooms are decorated with a post modern and minimalist design and are well equipped. The hotel benefits from a number of indoor and outdoor pools including a children's pool and the signature thermal hot pools! Well located close to the city centre

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
Option to visit: Adaland Aquapark - one of Europe’s biggest water parks, Turkuazoo Aquarium - the largest aquarium in Europe & to have a Turkish Bath in Bursa
Gallipoli - WW1 battlefields - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, trenches & battlefields
Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum
Bursa - famous for its thermal spas. Ottoman complex, The Grand Mosque and the Green Mausoleum

Included

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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $85-95 USD
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 - $35 Child - $23

We had fantastic trip with on the go . Our guide was excellent. The organisation was very good.

Fatih was amazing, clever, proud, patient, knowledgeable, efficient, timely and funny. My family felt comfortable and safe in his hands. We were very thankful to have had such a special person take care of us.

I had such a great holiday. Great group and tour guide and driver made it vey special. Would really like to visit again.

All staff especially the driver and tour guide were extremely friendly and helpful.

This was by far the best tour i have been on. Faruk our guide was beyond brilliant and i throughly enjoyed myself. Turkey

is definately the place i would visit again.

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.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
15% off
USD $2699
USD $529
10% off
USD $2699
USD $529
 
USD $2499
USD $529

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Family - Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $99
USD $80
Family - Post-Tour Accommodation
USD $99
USD $80
Turkish Delight - Child discount
USD $-250
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Turkish Delight - High Season Child Discount
USD $0
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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
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 5
Tour Bolt-ons
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Princes Islands
USD $179 / 1 day

We had fantastic trip with on the go . Our guide was excellent. The organisation was very good.

Ross Cheshire
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.