-Domestic Fligh and bus tickets
-5 nights accomodation at 3-4 star hotels or same quality boutique hotels
-Meals mentioned in your itinerary
-Professional English-speaking guides
-Entrance fees for museums and historical sites
6 Days Tour - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy & Ephesus
Day 1 - Istanbul
Whether you arrive in Istanbul at Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen, you will be met by a member of our staff holding up your name card, and taken to your hotel. You have the rest of the day free to relax or explore the city.
Day 2 - Istanbul - Walking City Tour ( B / L )
We start our tour in Sultanahmet, the heart of old Istanbul.
Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) is one the greatest masterpieces of Byzantine architecture, built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. Converted into a mosque in 1453 by Conqueror Mehmet, it is now one of the world's greatest museums. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul .
Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. It takes its name from the exquisite Iznik tiles that decorate the interior, and it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Designed by a pupil of the famous architect Sinan in the 17th century, it was originally called Sultanahmet, from which the area takes its name.
Hippodrome was the centre of sporting and social events during the Byzantine Empire. The Serpentine Column, The Obelisk of Theodosius and The German Fountain are notable monuments decorating the arena.
Grand Bazaar is the oldest and largest shopping centre in Turkey, situated in the centre of the old city. It has 4,000 shops full of treasures, including carpets, leather, icons, ceramics and jewellery .
Topkapı Palace was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years. It is now a museum and houses a fabulous collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, jewels and costumes. The armoury and royal Harem are particularly worth seeing.
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque was formerly the Church of Sergius and Baccus. You may see fine examples of early Byzantine art.
At the end of the tour we will transfer you to your hotel.
Ayasofya closed Mondays / replaced with Underground Cistern.
Topkapı Palace closed Tuesdays / replaced with Islamic Art museum
Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.
Day 3 - Gallipoli ( L )
Early morning we pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul we set out for an afternoon tour of the Dardanelles. The terrible battlefields of World War I are now a serene place of rememberance. We visit the Kabatepe War Museum, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Anzac Cove, Brighton Beach and Lone Pine.
Lunch at a local restaurant serving delicious Anatolian dishes. Overnight in Canakkale .
Day - 4 Troy ( B / L )
After breakfast at your hotel we set off for the ancient city of Troy, famous for the legendary Trojan horse and Helen, the beautiful Queen whose abduction by Parıs started the Trojan War sometime back in the 13th or 14th century BC. Archaeologists have found evidence of nine cities built one on top of the other, dating from about 3,000 BC to 100 AD. In 1998 Troy became a UNESCO World Heritage site.
At the end of the tour we drive to Ephesus where we check into a hotel for the night. Overnight in Kusadası.
Day 5 - Ephesus ( B / L )
The ruins of Ephesus are foremost among the world's great tourist attractions. Founded in the 10th century BC, Ephesus became a member of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. The Temple of Artemis, built in about 550 BC, was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Thanks to the cult of Artemis, the city became famous for its promotion of women's rights. Perhaps because of this, the temple was destroyed in 401 AD. Today all that remains is one simple column but you can feel the magic of the place as you wander through this ancient city.
The Library of Celsus, built in 124 AD in memory of a Roman governor of Asia Minor, who was buried in a sarcphagus beneath it, once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. It faced east so that the morning light could penetrate the reading rooms. The marvellous architectural perspective of the facade has been painstakingly reconstructed from all the orignial pieces. Built in 150 AD, the Odeon was a small roofed theatre seating 1,500 people. The Temple of Hadrian was built about the same time but was substantially repaired in the 4th century AD. The Temple of Domitian was one of the largest places of worship in the city. The Basilica of St John was built in the 6th century AD over what was assumed to be the saint's tomb. On your guided tour you will also see the Baths of Varius, the Prytaneion, the Fountain of Pollio, the Gate of Augustus, the State Agora, and Harbour Street with the Necropolis.
The House of the Virgin Mary was discovered in a vision by a bedridden German nun in 1812. This stone building is believed by Muslims and Christians to be where the Virgin Mary lived her last years.
At the end of the tour we take you to Izmir Airport for an evening flight back to Istanbul, where we take you to your hotel for the night.
Day 6 - Istanbul ( B )
After breakfast, it is your free day until it's time for us to take you to the airport for your international flight home. You could go shopping in the Grand Bazaar or Spice Market, visit the Museum of Modern Art or have a Turkish bath in one of Istanbul's ancient hamams.
Then we take you to the airport and say good-bye. But don't forget, we have many more happy tours for you to enjoy and we would love to welcome you back again.
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3 star or same quality boutique hotels
525 Euro per person in double room
4 star or same quality boutique hotels
575 Euro per person in double room
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