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Crystal Coast

7 days  |  Istanbul to Pamukkale  |  from USD $3,779

See all that is iconic to Turkey, magnificent Istanbul, extraordinary Ephesus, moving Gallipoli and dream like Pamukkale. Short, sharp and sweet, truly a Turkish Delight.

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Day 1

Welcome to the magnificent city of Istanbul. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend as you choose.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul. Today you will be taken on a full day tour of Istanbul. Istanbul has a rich history encompassing Ottoman, Christian and Muslim rulers, due to this it has an eclectic feel that no other city can match with its Middle East meets Europe atmosphere. Today you will see Topkapi Palace, once the seat of parliament for the Ottoman Empire and built in the 15th Century. Nearby is Aya Sofya, the great cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537 which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years. Then visit the roman Hippodrome with its various monuments including a 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk erected where it still stands today in 390 AD and the world famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and over 20 000 blue Iznik tiles adorning the interior for which it derives its name. Tonight you have the option to enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner with Turkish entertainment, not to be missed.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli – Canakkale. After breakfast you will drive to Gallipoli. The infamous site of the Gallipoli campaign of WWI where over 11 000 Anzacs lost their lives in the ill fated campaign to take the Dardanelles and open supply routes to Europe and Russia. You will have the opportunity to see Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair, The Nek, Lone Pine, the 57th Regiment memorial and the war museum. Later you will cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Troy – Pergamon – Kusadasi. Today you will journey to legendary Troy, made famous by the poet Homer. There is a reconstruction of the famous wooden horse used to smuggle troops into the city of Troy during the Trojan War. Later you will cross the mountain of Ida to arrive in Pergamon, one of Turkey’s oldest settlements having been inhabited since pre-historic times and through the Ionic, Roman and Byzantine periods. You can visit the ancient Acropolis and the Altar of Zeus, both incredible displays of ancient architecture, here also lie the remains of the ancient library, famed for being the birthplace of the modern book. Later you continue on to Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5
Ephesus

Kusadasi – Ephesus - Kusadasi. Today you will get the chance to explore the extraordinary Ancient city of Ephesus, after Pompeii it is considered the largest and most well preserved ancient Roman city on the Mediterranean. After Sultanhamet in Istanbul the theatres, gymnasiums, fountains, buildings and temples of Ephesus are the most visited area in Turkey and upon seeing them with your own eyes you will be able to cast your mind back to the time of the Romans and Byzantines when this city flourished before finally falling into decline due to the abandonment of Artemis worship, Arab raiders and finally the silting up of the harbour. A highlight of the site is the House of Mother Mary where it is supposed she spent her last years living with St John. The area is also rich with local handicrafts and you will have the opportunity to see how they are made. After a good day of sightseeing you will return to Kusadasi for the night.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Kusadasi – Pamukkale. After breakfast you will set out for the UNESCO world heritage listed Pamukkale and the magnificent Hierapolis. Situated near the travertine terraces, a hot spring rises from the earth, as it runs down the terraces and cools it forms a hard chalk, lime like substance that forms a solid waterfall. Seen at different times of the day startling colours can be seen as the sun travels its daily course. It is possible to take a therapeutic dip in the baths although this is now heavily restricted to a few baths due to hotels in the past siphoning off great amounts of the water for their own use resulting in necessary preservation of the area. The spring emerges from what was once the centre of the impressive ancient city of Hieropolis with its Roman theatre still used today during the International Pamukkale Song Festival and seating up to 7000, a little more comfortable than the ancients had it with a capacity of 10 000. After a full day of touring return to your hotel with its own thermal hot spring pool you can happily wile away the evening in.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Marmaris/Dalaman. You will be transferred to Marmaris/Fethiye for your onward ferry or to Dalaman airport for your onward flight. Today your tour arrangements draw to a close.
Breakfast

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Istanbul, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
Troy - Trojan horse and ancient ruins
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Turkish carpet weaving and leather manufacturing houses.
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, trenches and battlefields
Aegean Coast
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis

Included

6 breakfasts and 4 dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer to Marmaris/Fethiye for your onward ferry or to Dalaman airport for your forward flight
Tour guide for included sight seeing
6 nights 4 star hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Pamukkale terraces and Hierapolis
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide and $2 USD per day for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture.
International flights and visa

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

 
Price/Person
Single Supp.
Crystal Coast - 7 days
USD $3779
USD $279

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on your chosen hotels, room availability as well as time of travel. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

Please note that discounts will apply if there are more 4 our more people in your travelling party, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Pamukkale
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Dinner: 4
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