Exceptional value for a journey of discovery from Istanbul to Ephesus via Troy, Pergamon and Bursa through ancient, Ottoman and Byzantine Turkey
Save up to £180
(May - October 2021)
Istanbul - 3 nights
Canakkale - 1 night
Kusadasi - 2 nights
Bursa - 1 night
As the meeting point of Europe and Asia, Turkey was invaded from the east by the Hittites, Mongols and Seljuks. Western influence came from the Greeks who destroyed Troy, Alexander the Great’s Macedonians who stayed to rule and the Romans who moved their capital to Constantinople.
The Seljuks and Ottomans who overtook the Byzantine Empire made Constantinople their capital of Istanbul. Today it evokes Byzantine intrigues, the treasures of Topkapi and ‘Turkish delights’.
The previous capital, Bursa further reveals Ottoman architecture and culture.
Ephesus displays well-preserved remains including the Roman Theatre, Baths of Constantine, Arcadian Way where Cleopatra entered in triumph, Marble Way, Library of Celsus and the ‘terrace houses’. Ancient Pergamon, part of which is in Berlin’s Pergamon museum is impressively sited. Troy is an evocative visit, a step even further back into ancient time.
Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 30
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Istanbul for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Yigitalp, a modern hotel in the old city.
Day 2 Visit the imposing St. Sophia and it’s spectacular mosaics, originally a Byzantine church from the 6th century and now a mosque. Visit the Roman Hippodrome and the Ottoman era Blue Mosque, magnificently decorated with Iznik tiles. Explore the iconic Topkapi Palace including the gardens, imperial Harem and famed Treasury including the Topkapi dagger and Spoonmaker diamond. (B)
Day 3 Optional full-day tour to Suleyman Mosque, the 19th century imperial Dolmabahçe Palace and the Egyptian Bazaar. Enjoy a classic Bosphorus cruise, including lunch (£59 in 2020/£65 in 2021, pre-bookable). (B)
Day 4 Travel to Gallipoli (4 hrs) site of the ANZAC and British landings in the First World War. Cross the Dardanelles by boat to visit the remains of Troy, subject of a current British Museum exhibition. Overnight at 4-star coastal Akol Hotel in Canakkale. (B, D)
Day 5 Travel to Pergamon (3 hrs) to visit the spectacularly sited Acropolis and ancient healing complex of the Asklepion. Continue to Kusadasi for two nights at the 4-star Hotel Charisma on the coast in central Kusadasi. (B, D)
Day 6 Morning tour to ancient Ephesus, one of the great classical sites and the Basilica of St. John. (B, D)
Day 7 Travel to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital whilst Istanbul was still Byzantine Constantinople (5 hrs). Visit the sultan’s tombs, Great Mosque and silk bazaar. Overnight at the Gonluferah City Hotel. (B, D)
Day 8 Travel from Bursa to Istanbul airport for the return flight to London Heathrow. (B)
On occasion alternative hotels may be used.
Some visits are on foot with some uneven surface and inclines.
A modern 4-star central hotel in the old city. Restaurant, bar, spa, Turkish Bath, sauna and WiFi (free). 83 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
This 4-star hotel overlooks the Dardanelles Straight, in the heart of Canakkale and a few minutes’ walk from the seaside. Panoramic restaurant, rooftop bar and WiFi (free). Air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, satellite TV and balcony.
A 4-star hotel located by the Aegean Sea with its own private beach. Restaurants, bars, infinity pool, Turkish bath, sauna and WiFi (free). 133 air-conditioned sea view rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel overlooking the city of Bursa. Restaurant, bar, access to the thermal baths at the sister hotel adjacent and WiFi (free). 92 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
Turkish Airlines from Heathrow
Save up to £180
(May - October 2021)
Supplements per person
Single supplement £245
Turkish Airlines from Manchester £100
British Airways from London Heathrow £125
Extra nights – Istanbul
Hotel Yigitalp (per night) £39 (2021 £45)
Single supplement £29
Bosphorus cruise including lunch £59 (2021 £65)
Add £995 per person
Arrival transfer add £30 (2021 £35)
Departure transfer add £99 (2021 £110)
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 4 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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