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The Best of Turkey
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This trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience as much of Turkeys stunning scenery and fascinating history as possible. Begin the journey at the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, then leap into Greek myths and explore the remains of the legendary city of Troy before strolling along the streets of Ephesus. Don't miss the remarkable white cliff pools of Pamukkale before boarding a comfortable and convenient flight back to Istanbul. Return refreshed and ready to explore the citys bazaars, mosques, and tea houses.


Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History Physical rating: 2 - Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126523
Starts: Istanbul, Turkey Finishes: Istanbul, Turkey
You will visit
  • Istanbul
  • Istanbul

Itinerary

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Day 1: Istanbul

There are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. After, opt to head out to dinner in a local restaurant with the group.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Istanbul/Çanakkale (1B)

Make an early morning visit to Gallipoli, where thousands gave their lives during WWI in the battle of the same name. Take in the sights and learn the sombre story.

It is only a little further to Çanakkale, a busy harbour town with a thriving student population. Join the crowds as they stroll the waterfront nightly.

Included Activities:
Gallipoli Battlefields Guided Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s))
From Gallipoli take a ferry 20 mins before a 20 mins drive.
Ferry (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 3: Çanakkale/Ayvalık (1B)

Enjoy a visit to the world-famous city of Troy. Continue to Ayvalik. Be charmed by the blend of old Ottoman architecture, cobblestoned streets, and an attractive harbour.

In the afternoon, charter a small boat from the harbour to cruise this beautiful area. After, head to waterside restaurants for a sunset drink.

Enjoy the hospitality and beautiful views from the family-run pension in a restored Ottoman mansion.

Included Activities:
Troy Guided Visit
Ayvalik Boat Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.50 hour(s))

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Day 4: Ayvalık/Selçuk (1B)

Enjoy a free morning in Ayvalik before travelling to Selçuk, the base for exploring the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus.

Head to town and enjoy some free time to explore.

Included Activities:
Ephesus Visit

Transport:
Local bus (2.50 hour(s))

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Day 5: Selçuk (1B)

With free time, choose to walk to the remains of St John's Basilica, visit the Mosque of Isa Bey or wander the streets of this vibrant Turkish town. Another option is to catch a local “dolmus” bus to the picturesque village of Şirince (8km/5 mi) to sample some local wine or shop for crafts. For dedicated sunseekers, the beach at Pamucaki is also within reach.

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Day 6: Selçuk/Pamukkale (1B)

Visit the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale and the ancient site of Hierapolis.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hierapolis is evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since the second century BC.

Included Activities:
Hierapolis and Pamukkale Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Pamukkale/Istanbul (1B)

Take a short flight to İstanbul. After settling in, depart for a walking tour of the city.

Each tour will be a bit different, allowing your CEO to point out their favourite spots. See highlights that may include Aya Sofya and the Topkapi Palace. With a little extra time, return to explore these sights in depth.

Included Activities:
Istanbul Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

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Day 8: Istanbul (1B)

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this exotic city.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit
    • Troy entrance and guided visit
    • Ayvalik boat trip (half-day)
    • Ottoman mansion stay
    • Ephesus entrance and visit
    • Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk
    • Istanbul city walking tour
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 7 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ancient historic cities
  • Overnight in a converted Ottoman mansion
  • Discover ancient Roman ruins and amazing natural scenery
  • Taste delicious local cuisine
  • Walk through the astonishing white pools of Pamukkale


Reviews (5)
Eric W. Posted on: 

I really enjoyed exploring the small section of Turkey that we were able to see in just a week. I would definitely go back. We saw a lot in a short amount of time.

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Elzbieta T. Posted on: 

My first trip with them, and I think it was brilliant. I've seen and learned loads in just a few days. Can't wait for my next trip!

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Cusinello C. Posted on: 

Beautiful country and very nice groups of fellow travelers. Highly recommended!

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Ingrida P . Posted on: 

This was our first trip. The tour was very well laid out and we felt we had something to look forward to everyday. Turkey is so much more beautiful than we imagined and this trip definitely helped us realize that. We have tons of fantastic pictures to remind us of this trip forever!

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Anit K. Posted on: 

From end to end, I really enjoyed the entire trip. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and was considerate to all tour members. The accommodations and transpiration was also good.

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