Overview

Istanbul - 3 nights
Canakkale - 1 night
Kusadasi - 2 nights
Bursa - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

Highlights of Turkey

Exceptional value for a journey of discovery from Istanbul to Ephesus via Troy, Pergamon and Bursa through ancient, Ottoman and Byzantine Turkey

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.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 28

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 (£65, 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)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

On occasion alternative hotels may be used.
Some visits are on foot with some uneven surface and inclines.

2021

Saturdays
per person in a twin/double room
Turkish Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
May 15 £995
June 12 £995
September 11 £995
September 25 £995
October 9 £995
Prices Reduced

Save up to £180
(May - October 2021)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £245

Flight Options

Turkish Airlines from Manchester £100
British Airways from London Heathrow £125

Extension Options

Extra nights – Istanbul
Hotel Yigitalp (per night) £45
Single supplement £29

Optional Excursions

Bosphorus cruise including lunch £65

Privately Guided

Add £995 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £250
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £110

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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