Turkey’s Aegean shores are among the loveliest landscapes in the country. The magnificent coastline, lapped by the clear water of the Aegean Sea, abounds in vast and pristine beaches surrounded by olive groves, rocky crags and pine woods. Dotted with idyllic fishing harbors, popular holiday villages and the remains of ancient civilizations attesting to the inheritance of more than 5,000 years of history, culture and mythology, this region offers a holiday with something for everyone – nature lovers, sun worshippers, photographers, sports enthusiasts, sailors and archaeologists.
Arrive in İstanbul, only city on the world that is founded on two continents. Meet with your guide and transfer to the hotel. This evening welcome dinner will be served at hotel.
After breakfast, visit Hagia Sophia, which was built in AD 537 by Emperor Justinian. It remains one of the greatest architectural marvels of the world. Explore the Hippodrome, which was once the scene of horse and chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civic life, and which contains the famous Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and unique blue Iznik tiles. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, and the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. See the priceless jewellery collection in the imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, palace kitchens, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy and more. Finish up at the Grand Bazaar, and explore the largest covered market in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, leatherwear, souvenirs and almost anything else.
ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI (B)
We depart early and travel to the Gallipoli Battlefields in a luxury vehicle, and tour the key sites including Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, original tunnels and trenches at Johnston Jolly, the Nek Cemetery, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Brighton Beach. We cross the strategic waterway Dardenelle by ferry and land in Asia continent. Check-in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
TROY – PERGAMON – KUSADASI (B)
After breakfast, we will visit Troy which dates to 3000 BC, with nine successive civilisations building and rebuilding until the first century BC. All these layers are revealed as we tour the ruins around the extensive site. Depart for Kusadasi. On our route, we have lunch in Bergama and visit Pergamon, where we will explore the famous Acropolis with all its monuments – the site of the Altar of Zeus and the birthplace of books. Overnight in our Kusadasi hotel.
After breakfast, our first visit will be Isa Bey Mosque from 14th century. Then, we drive to Selcuk to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, widely accepted as where the mother of Christ spent her final years. Travel to the fabled city of Ephesus. We will visit the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which dates from the third century BC.,the Theatre, Roman Latrines and Baths as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in our Kusadasi hotel.
HIERAPOLIS – ISTANBUL (B)
Today, we explore Hierapolis, famous spa center of the ancient world. Our tour will include the Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs, Gates, Thermal Baths, Devil’s Hole and the Masterpiece Theater. After the tour, transfer to Denizli airport for our flight to Istanbul. Pick up from the airport and transfer to our hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Istanbul until our transfer to Ataturk airport for your flight home.
This sleek contemporary hotel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, 10 minutes on foot from the Grand Bazaar and 1.8 km from Hagia Sophia, a renowned museum in a former mosque.
Featuring a historical stone building with a unique architecture combining Ottoman and Greek styles, Hotel Des Etrangers is set at the promenades of Canakkale. This special class hotel is eco-friendly, and it offers modern accommodations with private balconies which offer panoramic views of the Dardanelles.
Providing stunning views of Pigeon Island, Korumar is a 5-star hotel on a cliff protruding the Aegean Sea. It features 2 private beaches, 2 pools and extensive spa facilities.
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