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Highlights Of Turkey Tour

Package Duration
15 Days / 14 Nights
Destination Covered
Istanbul - Canakkale - Fethiye - Antalya - Konya - Ankara

  • Day 1 : Arrival

    Description :

    Start Istanbul. There is no formal sightseeing planned. Istanbul is one of the great cities of the world, with a history spanning thousands of years. It has been through several incarnations, firstly as Byzantium, then Constantinople and finally Istanbul. The city today is bustling and its streets are crowded with locals busily going about their daily lives. If you arrive early enough, you can wander and absorb the vibrancy of this exciting city that links Europe and Asia. This evening there will be a Welcome Meeting (please check noticeboard for exact time) held in the hotel, where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions. Tonight after our group meeting we may take a short walk to admire the old city. The Hagia Sofia, first a church, then a mosque and now a museum, and the Iconic Blue Mosque, both have long been symbols of the City and stand proudly side by side. We take a seat in the park and watch the light of the day fade over these two masterpieces. We may also enjoy our first dinner together in one of the lively cobblestone streets of the Sultanahmet area.

    Day 2 : Eminonu

    Description :

    This morning we will take a short orientation walk through Istanbul, perhaps discovering the lively port district of Eminonu, the Spice Market and back streets full of local merchants selling their wares and the Hidden Rustem Pasha Mosque with some of the best examples of the famous iznik tiles adorning the walls. We then return to the hotel and depart for Canakkale mid-morning. After a short stop in Gallipoli, we arrive on the Gallipoli Peninsula in the early evening. Approx driving times Istanbul to Canakkale 5.5 hours.

    Day 3 : City Tour

    Description :

    This morning after breakfast we visit the City of Troy immortalised in Homer’s Iliad. Troy (Truva) was a city that existed over 4.000 years ago and was known as a major ancient civilization. For many years people believed that it was the city mentioned only in the tales and never truly existed, as the area had become known as Ilium, or New Ilium. Archaeological digs subsequently proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement. We continue this afternoon to the seaside town of Ayvalik; the town centre is surrounded by the archipelago of Ayvalik Islands, which face the nearby Greek island of Lesbos. It was alternatively called Kydonies by the town's former Greek population. Today a haven for holiday makers and the olive oil capital of Turkey, Ayvalik and nearby Cunda Island are fine representations of the Greek/Turkish heritage of the Aegean coast. Renowned local produce includes: olive, oil, seafood and Ayvalik Tost; like a club sandwich but better! Approx driving time Canakkale to Ayvalik 3.5 hours.

    Day 4 : Pergamum

    Description :

    This morning we depart to Bergama, where will discover the ruins of the ancient Hellenistic city of Pergamon. Pergamum was an ancient Greek city that became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic period, under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. It was cited in the book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia. This afternoon our journey continues to the town of Selçuk; a sprawling farming town at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill. Our early evening orientation walk will take in such sites at the Basilica of St John, (entry not included) Isa Bey Mosque which is a fine example of early Seljuk Turk architecture, and the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis. This evening we may have the opportunity to enjoy local meze in the town square and meet the locals. Approx driving time Ayvalik to Selcuk 3 hours.

    Day 5 : Pergamum

    Description :

    This morning after breakfast we head out to the ancient site of Ephesus; one of the best preserved classical cities in the eastern Mediterranean and a great example of Roman architecture. Always an important religious centre, Ephesus was founded by Ionian Greeks in the 11th Century BC and flourished under Roman rule. The Greeks replaced the cult of the Anatolian fertility goddess Cybele with Artemis and built a fabulous temple in her honour. With the arrival of the Romans, it became the Temple of Diana and was one of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. We visit the vast amphitheatre, walk the marble street once trodden by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and wonderfully restored Library of Celsus. This afternoon our journey continues to our overnight base in Pamukkale. Approx driving times Selcuk to Pamukkale 3 hours.

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