Overview

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

Spendology - Widgets

Highlights of Turkey

Exceptional value on a journey through ancient, Ottoman and Byzantine Turkey

This highlights tour has been carefully designed to distil the authentic Jules Verne experience into a concise arrangement, shorter and more affordable.

As the meeting point of Europe and Asia, Turkey was invaded from the east by the Hittites, Mongols and Seljuks, with the latter’s Chinese name of T’un-Kin developing into the name Turk. 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 from Rome to Constantinople. Asia had the last word as the Seljuks and Ottomans, who overtook the Byzantine Empire and made European Constantinople their capital of Istanbul. Today it evokes Byzantine intrigues, the treasures of Topkapi and the ‘Orient-Express’. Their previous capitals of Nicaea, Edirne and Bursa further reveal the development of their architecture and culture. Ephesus has extensive and well-preserved remains including the Roman Theatre and Baths of the Emperor Constantine, the Arcadian Way where Cleopatra entered in triumph, the Marble Way, famed Library of Celsus and the recently excavated ‘terrace houses’.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
5 UNESCO Heritage Sites
No Single Supplement
Local Expert Guides
Group Size: 6 – 30

Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Istanbul. Transfer to the 4-star Hotel Yigitalp for three nights.

Day 2 Visit St. Sophia, Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace including the Harem and Treasury. (B)

Day 3 Optional full-day tour including lunch to Suleyman Mosque, Dolmabahçe Palace, the Egyptian Bazaar and a Bosphorus cruise, including lunch (£59, pre-bookable). (B)

Day 4 Travel to Gallipoli (4 hrs) site of the ANZAC landings. Cross the Dardanelles by boat to visit the ruins of Troy. Overnight at 4-star Akol Hotel in Canakkale. (B, D)

Day 5 Travel to Pergamon (3 hrs) to visit the Acropolis and Asklepion. Two nights at 4-star Hotel Charisma. (B, D)

Day 6 Morning excursion to Ephesus, its ‘Terrace Houses’ and museum and Basilica of St. John. (B, D)

Day 7 Travel to Bursa, the former Ottoman capital (5 hrs). City tour includes the sultan’s tombs, Great Mosque and silk bazaar. Overnight at 4-star Kervansaray Bursa City Hotel (Kervansaray Thermal for 2019). (B, D).

Day 8 Return flight from Istanbul. (B)

 

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

2019

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

Date Price
September 7 £1145
October 12 £1045

2020

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

Date Price
May 16 £1095
June 13 £1045
September 12 £1095
September 26 £1095
October 10 £995
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Limited availability, on these dates:
2020: May 16

Single supplement £175

Extension Options

Extra nights – Istanbul
Hotel Yigitalp (per night) £39
Single supplement £29

Extra nights – Bursa
Kervansaray Bursa City Hotel
(per night) £39
Single supplement £20

Independent Arrival

Save £250
Arrival transfer add £30
Departure transfer add £99

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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