Explore Turkey STARTING FROM £1,889
Istanbul (3nts) & Canakkale (1nt) & Izmir (3nts)
A popular tour that explores the sites of Istanbul’s old City and the Aegean Coast of Turkey, including the mythical city of Troy, the battlefields of Gallipoli and antiquity of the ancient Roman capital of Ephesus.
Day 1 : UK / Istanbul
After landing in Istanbul we make our way to the arrivals hall where our guide is waiting to meet us. We head straight to our hotel, where we spend the afternoon at a rooftop bar enjoying a drink and the scenery of this beautiful city.
Day 2 : Istanbul
Feeling rested from our relaxing evening, we explore the Old City on foot starting with the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays) and Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays). It is hard to imagine that the Hagia Sophia held the title of the largest cathedral in the world for 1,000 years until 1520. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 3 : Istanbul
Our guide has given us a day at leisure toda, so after a well-earned sleep in we discuss our options for the day ahead. (Breakfast)
Day 4 : Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale
We depart Istanbul and drive to Gallipoli and then onto Canakkale. It was an eerie visit to Gallipoli where we saw the battlefields and trenches where hundreds of thousands of Allied and Turkish soldiers perished. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 5 : Canakkale / Troy / Pergamum / Izmir
Our day starts with a visit to the ancient site of Troy, before continuing onto Pergamum and finally Izmir. The ancient site of Troy and its replica Trojan wooden horse really brought to life Homer’s Iliad and the story of Helen and Achilles. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 6 : Izmir / Ephesus / Izmir
We have a full day today to explore the ancient Roman city of Ephesus before returning to our hotel in Izmir. The history of this amazing place is awe-inspiring with great marble monuments that have survived since early AD. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Day 7 : Izmir
We have a day at leisure today so spend the day by the pool enjoying the Mediterranean sun. (Breakfast)
Day 8 : Izmir / UK
It’s time to say goodbye to our guide and goodbye to Turkey as we head to the airport for our return flight home. (Breakfast)
- Prices are per person and based on Heathrow flights with Turkish Airlines including 7nights Accommodation (Standard Room) 2 Adults sharing.
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinners are included according to the itinerary.
- All entrance fees for all visits as per itinerary with English Speaking Driver/Guide.
- All transfers and excursions in Gallipoli, Troy and Pergamum are Private excursions.
- Excursions in Istanbul and Ephesus are standard, shared excursions.
- Airport transfers are based on Ataturk Airport, arrival/departure from Sahiba Gokcen; supplements may apply.
- Visa entry
- Expenses of a personal nature and tips
- Optional excursions and entrances fees
- Compulsory Gala Dinners
Swissotel Grand Efes (Izmir)
A fashionable modern & comfortable hotel set in large gardens. Urban chic and stylish with a wonderful choice of dining.
Flights are based on economy class seats with Turkish Airlines, operating daily from London Heathrow to Istanbul (Ataturk airport) with good onward connections. There are pre-departure facilities such as online check-in or print your boarding card.
Flight Upgrades & Supplements:
Business class – luggage allowance 30 kgs; separate check-in counters, priority on seat selection, business class lounge.
Alternative Airports & Airlines:
Regional Departures (to Istanbul) – daily flights from Manchester, 3 or 4 times a week from London Stansted (to Istanbul - Sabiha Gokcen airport) and 5 times a week from Birmingham.
Alternative Airlines - British Airways (a daily service from London Heathrow to Istanbul). Pegasus Airlines (a daily service from London Stansted to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen) with a frequent onward service to Izmir, Kayseri, Bodrum, Antalya and Dalaman for those clients wishing to book two centre holidays.