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Welcome to Turkey! a land rich in archeological sites, historic monuments, warm-hearted people and an enormous variety of spectacular scenery. On arrival at Istanbul Airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel, remainder of today at leisure.
This morning we take a short ferry trip and drive to the charming Cumalikizik Village with its traditional wooden houses, and narrow cobblestone streets. Continue onto Bursa, hotel check in on arrival. This afternoon we visit the glorious Green Mosque and Mausoleum complex, the Grand Mosque, the Bazaar and colourful Silk Market. Tonight you might like to experience a Turkish bath at your hotel (paid locally).
Today we drive to Sardis, where we visit the Synagogue, Roman Gymnasium and the Temple of Artemis. We then continue onto Pamukkale, famous for its 'Cotton Castle', a dazzling chalk-white array of fantastically shaped limestone terraces. We explore the ruins of ancient Hierapolis and the fairyland terraces and see the glistening pools and cascades in scallop-shell basins.
Today we journey to the ruined city of Ephesus - View the marvellous facade of the Library of Celsus, walk the Arcadian Way and see the amazing Amphitheatre. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary. At the Archeological Museum in nearby Selçuk you can marvel at many of the artefacts excavated from Ephesus. After visiting a Turkish carpet centre it's onto the pretty port city of Izmir.
This morning we explore Pergamon - the impressive site of an ancient kingdom. We visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres in the ancient world. We then drive to Homer's legendary city of Troy - visit the ruins and see the enormous reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse. Tonight we stay in the seaport of Çanakkale, on the southern side of the Dardanelles at their narrowest point.
This morning we cross the Dardanelles Straits and drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula to visit Anzac Cove and the emotive Lone Pine Cemetery. We then return to Istanbul.
Today we enjoy a city tour. We admire the Blue Mosque with its beautiful tiles and the Hippodrome where Roman chariot races were held. We visit St Sophia - at one time a cathedral and a mosque, and now a magnificent museum. Then Topkapi Palace, where some of the world's biggest emeralds and diamonds are on display. We finish our tour among the 4,000 shops, cafes and tea houses of the Grand Bazaar. Your guide will give you a full explanation of the time-honoured ritual of bargaining! Tonight why not consider an optional farewell dinner and show (paid locally).
Today we bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time to meet your onward flight.
Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...