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Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy with beach extension

11 days from £999*
Departing: March - October 2019
* Price shown: 16 October 2019 from LGW - TK1982
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Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy

Soak up the colour and excitement of one of the world’s most exciting, – the former Imperial capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empire – and step back in time as you wander through some of its finest classical sites. Take the chance to visit one of the Mediterranean’s most remarkable natural phenomena, and enjoy the sun-kissed warmth and welcome of Aegean shores.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover colourful Istanbul, straddling two continents
  • See the Blue Mosque and the famed Topkapi Palace
  • Journey south via poignant ANZAC Cove
  • Step back in time in ancient Troy and Pergamon
  • Enjoy three nights in shore-side Kusadasi
  • Be amazed by the ruins of Ephesus
  • Discover wonderful Pamukkale on an optional excursion

What does the price include?

  • 10 nights’ carefully chosen four-star accommodation at the Hotel Yigitalp, Istanbul on a bed and breakfast basis, and at the Akol Hotel, Çanakkale and the Sentido Marina Suites, Kusadasi on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Flights to Istanbul, returning from Izmir (via Istanbul)
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Your Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Istanbul, meet your tour manager and transfer to the hotel for a three-night stay. Dependent upon your time of arrival, acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Enjoy your first evening in an extraordinary city that bridges the divide between Europe and Asia, marked by the narrow strait of the Bosphorus, which brims with reminders of its illustrious past.

Day Two

Enjoy today’s first fascinating included tour, introducing the city that was once Byzantium, then Constantinople. Explore the Historic Peninsula, including the extraordinary Topkapi Palace, with its priceless treasures, the Blue Mosque with its minarets and cobalt tiles, and the great Byzantine church of Aya Sofya, once the world’s largest enclosed space. Your tour includes entrance to the Topkapi, with its outer courtyard and gateways into its labyrinthine inner quarters. You’ll also take in the colourful spice market, with its trays of Turkish delight.

Later, perhaps cross the Golden Horn for a glimpse of modern Istanbul and, time permitting, to enjoy the sweeping views of the Bosphorus Strait. This evening, there’s the chance to enjoy a traditional fish dinner in the popular Kumkapi district, with its colourful restaurants teeming with visitors and locals alike.

Day Three

Another unforgettable day sees you return to the Historic Peninsula to explore the contrasting wonders of the remarkable Blue Mosque and the monumental Aya Sofya church. Your day will include a guided stroll through the ancient Roman Hippodrome and a visit to the world’s largest covered bazaar, the vast Kapali Carsi. The rest of the afternoon is free. Why not take an optional cruise along the Bosphorus River? Spend your last evening in this fascinating, glorious city, perhaps dining al fresco.

Day Four

Leaving Istanbul this morning, you’ll travel by coach around the Sea of Marmara, then inland and south onto the stunningly beautiful, Gallipoli Peninsula. Known for its darkest hour in 1915, this is where the Allied forces suffered catastrophic losses, including some 10,000 members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps - the famous ANZACs - at the hands of the defenders of the Ottoman Empire. The beauty of ANZAC Cove and its surroundings is in marked contrast to the sobering memorials and cemeteries. Later this afternoon, you’ll cross the narrow strait of the Dardanelles to sea-front Canakkale.

Day Five

Enjoy a first day amongst the wonders of classical Greece, as you explore the nearby ruins of Troy, guarded by a replica giant wooden horse recalling the tale of the first Trojan War. You’ll also visit the ruins of Pergamon, including an acropolis, temples, two-storey Library, Altar of Zeus and a spectacular, 10,000-seater theatre.

After a truly fascinating day, you’ll arrive this evening in Kusadasi, for a three-night stay. Begin your stay with dinner on the shores of the Aegean Sea.

Day Six

Spend today at leisure, enjoying the many facilities of the resort, strolling along the harbour promenade, discovering the medieval Kale district, or visiting tiny Pigeon Island. Alternatively, join the optional excursion to the geological wonder of Pamukkale, where white calcium deposits, some 100 metres high, shape a slow moving, ever-changing cascade, with hundreds of terraces and pools filled by an ancient mineral-laden spring. Ruins of a once great city surround the thermal baths, including a Temple of Apollo and restored Roman theatre. En route to Pammukale, you’ll stop at the ‘red water’ springs of Karahayit, famed for their curative powers.

Afterwards, there’s a chance to enjoy the pleasures of a spa with an included lunch and afternoon visit to the luxurious Pam Thermal Hotel, a five-star establishment that takes its 35°C waters from the spring below.

Days 8 - 10

Enjoy a three-night stay in lively Kusadasi, at the four-star Sentido Marina Suites, to really get to know this beautiful part of the world. This coastal gem, set close to ancient Ephesus, is a popular stopover for cruise ships; stroll along the seafront promenade, visit the harbour, which is lined with some great fish restaurants and explore a number of small scale historic sites. Or simply relax on the nearby beach, explore the local area and relax after your unforgettable tour of this colourful corner of the world.

Day 11

Today you’ll journey to the airport for your return journey home.

Departure Airport Date Price From
BHX
BHX 27 March 2019 £1099
BHX
BHX 03 April 2019 £1119
BHX
BHX 10 April 2019 £1159
BHX
BHX 01 May 2019 £1189
BHX
BHX 08 May 2019 £1209
BHX
BHX 15 May 2019 £1209
BHX
BHX 05 June 2019 £1319
BHX
BHX 12 June 2019 £1319
BHX
BHX 19 June 2019 £1339
BHX
BHX 26 June 2019 £1339
BHX
BHX 03 July 2019 £1339
BHX
BHX 04 September 2019 £1319
BHX
BHX 11 September 2019 £1319
BHX
BHX 18 September 2019 £1319
BHX
BHX 25 September 2019 £1199
BHX
BHX 02 October 2019 £1189
BHX
BHX 09 October 2019 £1159
BHX
BHX 16 October 2019 £1089
EDI
EDI 27 March 2019 £1159
EDI
EDI 03 April 2019 £1149
EDI
EDI 10 April 2019 £1189
EDI
EDI 01 May 2019 £1219
EDI
EDI 08 May 2019 £1239
EDI
EDI 15 May 2019 £1239
EDI
EDI 05 June 2019 £1349
EDI
EDI 12 June 2019 £1349
EDI
EDI 19 June 2019 £1369
EDI
EDI 26 June 2019 £1369
EDI
EDI 03 July 2019 £1379
EDI
EDI 04 September 2019 £1359
EDI
EDI 11 September 2019 £1359
EDI
EDI 18 September 2019 £1359
EDI
EDI 25 September 2019 £1229
EDI
EDI 02 October 2019 £1219
EDI
EDI 09 October 2019 £1189
EDI
EDI 16 October 2019 £1149
LGW
LGW 27 March 2019 £1009
LGW
LGW 03 April 2019 £1089
LGW
LGW 10 April 2019 £1129
LGW
LGW 01 May 2019 £1159
LGW
LGW 08 May 2019 £1179
LGW
LGW 15 May 2019 £1179
LGW
LGW 05 June 2019 £1289
LGW
LGW 12 June 2019 £1289
LGW
LGW 19 June 2019 £1309
LGW
LGW 26 June 2019 £1309
LGW
LGW 03 July 2019 £1309
LGW
LGW 04 September 2019 £1289
LGW
LGW 11 September 2019 £1289
LGW
LGW 18 September 2019 £1289
LGW
LGW 25 September 2019 £1169
LGW
LGW 02 October 2019 £1159
LGW
LGW 09 October 2019 £1129
LGW
LGW 16 October 2019 £999
LHR
LHR 27 March 2019 £1089
LHR
LHR 03 April 2019 £1099
LHR
LHR 10 April 2019 £1139
LHR
LHR 01 May 2019 £1179
LHR
LHR 08 May 2019 £1199
LHR
LHR 15 May 2019 £1189
LHR
LHR 05 June 2019 £1299
LHR
LHR 12 June 2019 £1299
LHR
LHR 19 June 2019 £1319
LHR
LHR 26 June 2019 £1319
LHR
LHR 03 July 2019 £1329
LHR
LHR 04 September 2019 £1309
LHR
LHR 11 September 2019 £1309
LHR
LHR 18 September 2019 £1309
LHR
LHR 25 September 2019 £1189
LHR
LHR 02 October 2019 £1179
LHR
LHR 09 October 2019 £1139
LHR
LHR 16 October 2019 £1079
MAN
MAN 27 March 2019 £1129
MAN
MAN 03 April 2019 £1129
MAN
MAN 10 April 2019 £1169
MAN
MAN 01 May 2019 £1199
MAN
MAN 08 May 2019 £1219
MAN
MAN 15 May 2019 £1219
MAN
MAN 05 June 2019 £1329
MAN
MAN 12 June 2019 £1329
MAN
MAN 19 June 2019 £1349
MAN
MAN 26 June 2019 £1349
MAN
MAN 03 July 2019 £1349
MAN
MAN 04 September 2019 £1329
MAN
MAN 11 September 2019 £1329
MAN
MAN 18 September 2019 £1329
MAN
MAN 25 September 2019 £1209
MAN
MAN 02 October 2019 £1199
MAN
MAN 09 October 2019 £1169
MAN
MAN 16 October 2019 £1119

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes upon arrival, and one hour on the return.

Combining hotel transfers

We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Foreign Office Travel Advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Flight details

The return flights are indirect. You will be required to change aircraft en-route, where there will be a short wait for your next flight. Your luggage will be thru-checked to your final destination.

Visas

Visas are required for British Citizens travelling to Turkey.

*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.