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Welcome to Istanbul. You will be met upon arrival at the airport by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Today you will enjoy a full day guided tour of Istanbul. You will visit the Blue Mosque, The Topkapı Palace, Aya Sophia, Roman Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar which includes over 4000 shops! The Blue Mosque is so named due to the blue tiles that line the walls.
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.
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.
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. We then drive to Pamukkale
Morning explore 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. 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 you will drive to Marmaris.
Check is at 12 noon end of our arrangements.
Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...