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Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy

8 days from £889*
Departing: March - October 2019
* Price shown: 16 October 2019 from LGW - TK1982
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON*

Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy

Soak up the colour and excitement of one of the world’s most exciting cities – the former Imperial capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires – and step back in time as you wander through some of its finest classical sites. Make the most of an opportunity to visit the remarkable natural phenomenon of Pamukkale on an optional tour, and enjoy the sun-kissed warmth and welcome of Aegean shores as you spend three nights in Kusadasi.

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?

  • Seven 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

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: Included tour of Istanbul

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: Included tour of Istanbul

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: Travel to Canakkale

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: Included tour of Troy

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: Optional tour of Pamukkale

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.

Day Seven: Included tour of Ephesus

The final included excursion takes in ruined Ephesus, one of the most important Roman, then Byzantine, cities, and of course witness, in the 1st Century AD, to the preaching of the Apostle Paul. The ruins - which include churches, bath-houses, fountains and temples, gymnasia, the great Roman Amphitheatre, the facade of the fabled Library of Celsus and the colonnade of the Arcadian Way - serve to reflect this greatness in breath-taking fashion. You’ll return to Kusadasi this evening to enjoy a last dinner at the hotel.

Day Eight: Fly back to the UK

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

 

Tour Extensions for Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy

Don't want your holiday to end there? Lengthen your visit with one of these unforgettable tour extensions.

Please note: the price shown below is inclusive of both the tour and the chosen extension.

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BHX 27 March 2019 £999
BHX
BHX 03 April 2019 £1009
BHX
BHX 01 May 2019 £1079
BHX
BHX 08 May 2019 £1099
BHX
BHX 05 June 2019 £1169
BHX
BHX 12 June 2019 £1169
BHX
BHX 19 June 2019 £1179
BHX
BHX 11 September 2019 £1169
BHX
BHX 18 September 2019 £1169
BHX
BHX 25 September 2019 £1099
BHX
BHX 09 October 2019 £1049
BHX
BHX 16 October 2019 £989
EDI
EDI 27 March 2019 £1049
EDI
EDI 03 April 2019 £1039
EDI
EDI 01 May 2019 £1109
EDI
EDI 08 May 2019 £1129
EDI
EDI 05 June 2019 £1199
EDI
EDI 12 June 2019 £1199
EDI
EDI 19 June 2019 £1209
EDI
EDI 11 September 2019 £1199
EDI
EDI 18 September 2019 £1199
EDI
EDI 25 September 2019 £1129
EDI
EDI 09 October 2019 £1079
EDI
EDI 16 October 2019 £1039
LGW
LGW 27 March 2019 £899
LGW
LGW 03 April 2019 £979
LGW
LGW 01 May 2019 £1049
LGW
LGW 08 May 2019 £1069
LGW
LGW 05 June 2019 £1139
LGW
LGW 12 June 2019 £1139
LGW
LGW 19 June 2019 £1149
LGW
LGW 11 September 2019 £1139
LGW
LGW 18 September 2019 £1139
LGW
LGW 25 September 2019 £1059
LGW
LGW 09 October 2019 £1019
LGW
LGW 16 October 2019 £889
LHR
LHR 27 March 2019 £979
LHR
LHR 03 April 2019 £999
LHR
LHR 01 May 2019 £1069
LHR
LHR 08 May 2019 £1089
LHR
LHR 05 June 2019 £1159
LHR
LHR 12 June 2019 £1159
LHR
LHR 19 June 2019 £1169
LHR
LHR 11 September 2019 £1149
LHR
LHR 18 September 2019 £1149
LHR
LHR 25 September 2019 £1079
LHR
LHR 09 October 2019 £1029
LHR
LHR 16 October 2019 £969
MAN
MAN 27 March 2019 £1019
MAN
MAN 03 April 2019 £1019
MAN
MAN 01 May 2019 £1089
MAN
MAN 08 May 2019 £1109
MAN
MAN 05 June 2019 £1179
MAN
MAN 12 June 2019 £1179
MAN
MAN 19 June 2019 £1189
MAN
MAN 11 September 2019 £1179
MAN
MAN 18 September 2019 £1179
MAN
MAN 25 September 2019 £1099
MAN
MAN 09 October 2019 £1059
MAN
MAN 16 October 2019 £1009

Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy Touring Hotels

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.

Passports and visas

British Citizens require a visa for entry into Turkey. We recommend obtaining an e-Visa online prior to travel to avoid ques upon arrival in Turkey. The cost is 20 US Dollars – please visit www.evisa.gov.tr for more details. Alternatively a visa can currently be obtained upon arrival for a fee of £20 (please check if this facility is still available before you travel as it may be withdrawn). For full details please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements.

*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 3rd October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.