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Istanbul & Aegean Highlights - 9 days map

Embark on a captivating 9-day journey through the heart of Turkey and the enchanting Greek islands. Your adventure begins in Istanbul and takes you to iconic landmarks such as the Topkapi Palace and the Spice Market. The historical battlegrounds of Gallipoli and the legendary city of Troy are next. The adventure continues with the exploration of the ancient treasures of Pergamum, the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, and the charming village of Sirince. An Aegean twist awaits as you ferry to the Greek islands of Samos and Kos for leisurely day trips. Your journey concludes in Bodrum, a coastal gem offering relaxation and vibrant nightlife.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Istanbul – Visit highlights of the Old City including the beautiful Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and imposing Topkapi Palace
Troy - See the replica Trojan Horse in the ancient city, the setting of one of Ancient Greece's most famous tales
Pergamum – Marvel at the Roman amphitheater which is one of the steepest in the classical world
Bodrum Harbour - Explore the highlights of this lively port in your own time
Gallipoli – Pay your respects at the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials and visit ANZAC Cove, a famous WW1 landing site
Ephesus - Explore the classic Roman city, one of the best-preserved examples in the whole of Europe
Greek Islands - Explore the authentic charm of the Greek islands of Kos and Samos during leisurely day trips

Included

Daily breakfasts & 4 dinners
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer on day 9
English-speaking, qualified tour guide for all included sightseeing
Entrance fees for all included sightseeing
8 nights 4-5 star hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus & Sirince
Transportation for sightseeing in a modern air-conditioned touring vehicle/coach
Return ferry transfers to Kos and Samos

Not Included

International flights and visas
Tipping Kitty: EUR€50-60pp, paid in EUR
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul

Saturday. Welcome to the vibrant city of Istanbul, the beginning of your exciting adventure. Upon your arrival, our friendly representative will be there to greet you and accompany you to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

Tour of Istanbul

Following breakfast at the hotel, your day in Istanbul begins with a guided tour that will take you to some of the city's most iconic landmarks. Explore the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the exterior of St. Sophia, the enchanting Blue Mosque, and the bustling Grand Bazaar.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove

Istanbul - Canakkale. Today, you'll embark on a journey to Gallipoli, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the legendary landmarks of ANZAC Cove, Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine, and the 57th Regiment Memorial.

Afterwards, you'll proceed to cross the Dardanelles, where Asia and Europe meet. Your day concludes with an overnight stay in Canakkale, where you can enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Legendary Troy

Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Kusadasi/Izmir. Following breakfast, we'll head for the legendary city of Troy, where the renowned Trojan War unfolded. You'll have the opportunity to explore the fascinating archaeological site, delving into its rich history.

Continuing on, we'll cross the picturesque Ida mountain range and arrive in Pergamum. Here, you'll visit the ancient Acropolis. Your day concludes with an overnight stay in the charming town of Kusadasi, where you can relax and prepare for tomorrow's adventures.
Overnight: Kusadasi or Izmir  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

Ancient Ephesus & Sirince

Kusadasi/Izmir - Ephesus - Sirince - Kusadasi/Izmir. Today, a brief drive will take you to the ancient city of Ephesus. Here, you'll have the opportunity to explore the magnificent library, theater, and temples. The day's journey also includes a chance to discover the local craftsmanship of hand-made carpets and leather products.

Continuing on, you'll reach the charming village of Sirince, celebrated as one of Turkey's most beautiful villages. While in Sirince, you can shop unique local crafts and taste the delightful wines produced in the village. We'll end the night in Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi or Izmir  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Day Trip to Samos

Kusadasi/Izmir - Samos (Greece) - Kusadasi/Izmir (Turkey). Today, you'll be transferred to the port for a ferry ride to Samos, a charming Greek Island. Here, you'll have the opportunity for self-guided exploration, to explore how you wish.

Make sure to wander through the picturesque streets of Samos, visit historical sites, enjoy the stunning coastal views, and savour the island's delicious cuisine at local tavernas. Late in the afternoon, you'll board the return ferry to Kusadasi.
Overnight: Kusadasi or Izmir  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Beautiful Bodrum

Kusadasi/Izmir - Bodrum. After breakfast, you'll head to Bodrum. On arrival, the remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy at your own pace.

There's much to do in this coastal town - opt to relax on the beautiful beaches, explore the charming town, or experience the vibrant nightlife.
Overnight: Bodrum  |  Breakfast

Day 8

The Island of Kos

Bodrum - Kos (Greece) - Bodrum (Turkey). This morning, you'll be transferred to the port for a ferry ride to Kos, a captivating Greek Island. This day is dedicated to self-guided exploration, allowing you to discover the island's unique beauty and culture at your own pace.

Kos has much to offer - consider visiting historical sites, enjoying the idyllic beaches, and make sure to immerse yourself in the Greek island lifestyle. In the late afternoon, you'll board the return ferry to Bodrum.
Overnight: Bodrum  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Goodbye

Sunday. Today marks the end of your adventure. Departure transfer is included to Bodrum Port or Bodrum Airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All departure dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Jul - 14 Jul 19% off
NZD $6,425
NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
13 Jul - 21 Jul 19% off
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28 Sep - 06 Oct 19% off
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2025
Twin Share
Single Room
03 May - 11 May 19% off
NZD $6,425
NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
10 May - 18 May 19% off
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NZD $6,630
07 Jun - 15 Jun 19% off
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14 Jun - 22 Jun 19% off
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21 Jun - 29 Jun 19% off
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05 Jul - 13 Jul 19% off
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19 Jul - 27 Jul 19% off
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NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
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NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
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NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
30 Aug - 07 Sep 19% off
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NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
06 Sep - 14 Sep 19% off
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NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
13 Sep - 21 Sep 19% off
NZD $6,425
NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
20 Sep - 28 Sep 19% off
NZD $6,425
NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
27 Sep - 05 Oct 19% off
NZD $6,425
NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
04 Oct - 12 Oct 19% off
NZD $6,425
NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630
11 Oct - 19 Oct 19% off
NZD $6,425
NZD $5,204
NZD $8,185
NZD $6,630

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Istanbul
NZD $285
NZD $515

Hotels

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.

DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Piyalepasa, Istanbul

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

This impressive 5-star hotel is located in the upmarket Beyoglu district of Istanbul and a free shuttle is provided to the city centre, home to the Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sofia, amongst other attractions. Rooms at the DoubleTree by Hilton are elegant and modern, with floor-to-ceiling windows, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning and a flatscreen TV. Some rooms feature a balcony. There is free Wi-Fi at the property and amenities include an indoor pool with whirlpool, fitness centre and sun terrace. There are two onsite restaurants and a daily breakfast buffet.

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.

Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Charisma is a modern and elegant hotel with spacious rooms. The rooms are equipped with jacuzzi, LCD screen television, split air conditioning, mini-bar, electronic safe box, hairdryer and free internet connection. Towering over the Aegean Sea's outstanding view, the Hotel is just 15 minutes by walk from Kuşadası's shopping and entertainment area.

El Vino, Bodrum

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel

El Vino offers a prime location for entertainment and spectacular sunsets over Bodrum. Each of the hotel's spacious, comfortable guest rooms is tastefully decorated with pretty, modern furniture and all of the rooms are fully equipped with modern amenities such as air conditioning. The accommodation also features a kitchenette, which allows guests to enjoy light snacks at their convenience. The hotel is in the town centre of Bodrum and 35 km from Bodrum Airport.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Bodrum
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 28
Hotel Rating
4-5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, for all included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Dinner: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes - from IST or Sabiha
Dep. Transfer
Yes - to Bodrum Airport or Port
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Sunset painting the sky orange in Istanbul
Pillars on a cliff in Canakkale
View of Kusadasi from across the water
View of Kusadasi from across the water
View of Kusadasi from across the water
Boats in the harbour in Bodrum
Boats in the harbour in Bodrum
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