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Istanbul to the Med

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7 days  |  Istanbul to Marmaris  |  from USD $1,499  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Following the famed Aegean coastline, we discover Ottoman Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, ancient Ephesus and Pamukkale, finishing in coastal Marmaris - gateway to Greece and the stunning Mediterranean Sea!

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Day 1

Saturday. Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city. Afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Istanbul. Enjoy a tour of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. We’ll visit the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and Topkapi Palace.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Gallipoli - Kusadasi. Step back in time as we visit the legendary Roman ruins of Troy and Pergamum. We enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Troy dating back to 3000BC! En route to Kusadasi, we explore the ruins of Pergamum with it’s impressive temples,library and medical facilities, before visiting a local carpet emporium - Turkey produces some of the finest carpets in the world!
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Today we explore ancient Ephesus. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts incredible excavated ruins including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel!
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Kusadasi – Pammukale - Marmaris. Meandering through the sweeping plains and cotton farms we arrive at the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and the hot springs of Pamakkule. Admire this surreal landscape created by frequent earthquakes. Marvel at the crystalline marble, quartzites and stalagtites, which shimmer in the sunlight. There will be time to paddle our feet as we walk the terraces or opt for a dip in the Thermal Bath House before visiting a leather fashion house.
Overnight: Marmaris  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Friday. Marmaris. Our tour concludes after breakfast. Extend your holiday with our 3 night beach stay. Relax by the pool or beach or opt for a day trip to the Greek Island of Rhodes - only an hour catamaran ride away!
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Extend with a 3 night beach stay

Extend your holiday with our 3 night beach stay in postcard perfect Marmaris. Relax by the pool or beach or opt for a day trip to the Greek Island of Rhodes - only an hour catamaran ride away!

Our 4 day/ 3 night Marmaris beach stay includes 3 nights 4 star hotel with breakfast, transfer and flight from Marmaris/ Dalaman to Istanbul.

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!

Crowne Plaza Harbiye, Istanbul
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Opened in 2011, Crowne Plaza Harbiye is housed in a brand new building close to downtown. Guest rooms are well equipped with state of the art design including a rain shower and high speed internet. The hotel includes 2 restaurants including the Palm Court Restaurant that serves delicious Mediterranean dishes. Facilities at the hotel include a fully equipped Spa and a Turkish Hamman for the ultimate Turkish experience! Well located in Taksim, close to the Military Museum.

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Looking out across the Dardanelles the modern and bright Kolin Hotel offers well appointed rooms with hard wood flooring and tasteful decor. The hotel also boasts a luxury spa, wellness centre and a number of mouth watering restaurants all set within perfectly manicured lawns. Sipping a sundowner on the Roof Bar overlooking the beautiful strait is the perfect way to end the day. The hotel is located on the water’s edge a short drive from the town centre with beautiful views out to sea.

Grand Belish, Kusadasi
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Sitting along the magnificent Aegean Coast, the Grand Belish is impressively designed hotel. Offering guests a fantastic service and rooms with quality amenities and a private balcony overlooking the grounds. The delightful outdoor pool is great for lazing by during the day and at night a trip to the Terrace Bistro Bar for a delicious cocktail whilst looking out across the magnificent sea views is a must. Located just outside Kusadasi on a gorgeous stretch of beach along the Aegean Coast.

Anemon Hotel, Marmaris
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone’s throw from the beach, the Anemon Hotel welcomes guests in its grand marble lobby. Rooms are comfortable with modern amenities and excellent en suite facilities. The buffet breakfast is plentiful and the Sensus Wine and Cheese Boutique is well worth a visit. Starting the day with a traditional Turkish Bath is our top tip! Well located just two blocks from the beach on the main boulevard.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
Troy - Trojan horse, ancient ruins and Aegean coast
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Marmaris - on the Aegean Coast. Opt to extned with a beach stay or travel over to Greece!
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, trenches and battlefields
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Carpet weaving demonstration and leather manufacturer

Included

6 breakfasts and 4 hotel dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
6 nights 4 star & special class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus, Pergamum, Pamukkale and Roman Hierapolis
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $75-85 USD
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.
Tipping Kitty: $40 USD

The tour was excellent and we enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and imparted interesting information and managed the group, tour timings and logistics very well. The hotels were very good, have nothing negative to comment on. All good.

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Morning Cherylyn

I have just returned from holidays overseas I would like to thank you for all that you did to make this a memorable experience.

The On The Go tour was beyond my imagination The guide was a wealth of knowledge (Fayhid) was a true supporter and true believer in his country Each day group (which was only 12 of us) kept thinking could the accommodation get any better, it was 5 star and above all expectations Marmaras was a great place to end the tour, the days were full of sunshine and water (cold as anything) Sunshine every day and 25 - 26 degrease Was a good time to travel as the tourist season had only just started so numbers were down as were the prices The whole atmosphere of the holiday was something that will never be forgotten We went from 2000 BC to modern day in a week long history lesson.

Once again I thank you and would recommend this tour to anybody.

Burhan is a wonderful person & guide. His knowledge of the sites we visited & explanations were great. I really enjoyed my tour around Turkey. Thank you.

Our guide & driver were excellent.

Erkan is the best guide I have ever had on a tour, so informative + knowledgeable, passionate, so nice and caring. I couldn't fault him at all. Wish i could take him home with me!

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. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Marmaris
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Dinner: 4
Tour Bolt-ons
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Princes Islands
USD $179 / 1 day
Marmaris Beach Stay
USD $899 / 4 days

The tour was excellent and we enjoyed it very much. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and imparted interesting information and managed the group, tour timings and logistics very well. The hotels were very good, have nothing negative to comment on. All good.

Tamara Dawood
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.