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Welcome to Turkey and the start of your exploration through the 'Land of the Sultans' Arriving at the airport our local team await to transfer you to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or head out to explore the city. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city.
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. We conclude the day with a visit to the world famous Grand Bazaar.
After breakfast you will visit Spice Bazaar and then go on a relaxing bosphorus cruise. In the afternoon visit Dolmabahce Palace and travel by the bosphorus to see the Rumeli fortress then return to your hotel.
Today we drive you to Canakkale our base to explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Arrival and relax at your hotel, no exploration done on this day.
Our full day guided journey this morning 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.
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Troy! The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by it’s rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! We enjoy a tour of the ruins and bear witness to a replica of the stoic Trojan wooden horse that, as the story goes, was filled to the gunnels with Aechaean soldiers who helped sack Troy. We return to your hotel in later afterrnoon.
This morning we drive to Bergama, the site of the ancient city of Pergamum which remained hidden from the modern world until 1871 when the German engineer Carl Humann rediscovered it when some locals showed him an interesting and strange mosaic that turned out to be the Altar of Zeus. Enjoy time to explore on your own today.
Enjoy a full day exploring the ancient ruins of Pergamum and also includes the Virgin Marys House. Pergamum is home to one of the steepest, vertigo - inducing amphitheatres in the classical world. Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion (medical centre). After the tour we return to your hotel.
Today is a simple matter of driving to Kusadasi. Arriving here, enjoy some down time to relax on the beach.
Today, we explore legendary Ephesus - positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000, revelling in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. We have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celsus, the gymnasium of Vedius, Stadium, and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples.
This morning we drive to Bodrum. Arriving here, enjoy time with your guide exploring the Castle of St. Peter, Underwater Archeological Museum, The Mausoleum (King Mausolus tomb) Last stop, The ancient Amphitheatre located on the hillside overlooking Bodrum.
Today say farewell to the glistening Mediterranean coast with a transfer then flight to Istanbul. Arriving here, again our team will transfer you to your hotel.
Farewell to the 'Land of the Sultans' We will be sure to transfer you back to Istanbul airport in time for your flight home.
The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was ...