Izmir - 2 nights
Pamukkale - 1 night
Kusadasi - 4 nights

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Turkish Meander

The ancient world of Asia Minor including Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Kusadasi, Hierapolis and Pergamon plus the natural beauty of Pamukkale and the Aegean coast and the bustling regional capital of Izmir

Our word ‘meander’ derives from the S-shaped bends of the River Menderes (translated as Meander), which leads inland from the west coast of Asia Minor towards ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale, the latter a unique natural phenomenon of hot springs, pools and calcified waterfalls.

This coast was a major centre of classical civilisations, home to two of the original ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’, including the Temple of Artemis near Ephesus. The Greek Ionian League of 12 cities founded about 1000 BC included Priene, Samos and Ephesus, the latter becoming Rome’s chief Aegean port. 

The sanctuary of Aphrodite at Aphrodisias is renowned for its sculpture, the friezes in its museum a surprise that could be said to rival the ‘Elgin Marbles’. Didyma, Miletus and Priene are less-visited but rewarding ancient sites.

Key Features

Culture & Natural Wonders
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Half Board Included
Local Expert Guide

Special Event

Organic Farm

Visit one of the first organic farms to open in Turkey where organic fruit and vegetables, including grapes and olives are organically grown for international export and wine and olive oil production with an included tasting.

Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Izmir and transfer to the 5-star Mövenpick Hotel in Izmir for two nights. (D)

Day 2 At Bergama visit the Hellenic Acropolis of Pergamon and the Asklepion. Visit Kadifekale Castle, also known as Mount Pagos – The Velvet Castle with wonderful views over Izmir Bay. (B, D)

Day 3 Visit the ancient site of Sardes, previously the capital of the Lydian Kingdom and where King Midas reigned. Continue to Pamukkale for overnight at the 4-star Colossae Thermal Hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 Enjoy a visit to Roman Hierapolis and the calcified Pamukkale waterfalls. Travel to the ancient site of Aphrodisias. Continue to Kusadasi for four nights at the 4-star Paloma Marina Suites Hotel. (B, D)

Day 5 At leisure or perhaps take a boat across to the Greek town of Samos. (B, D)

Day 6 Visit the Temple of Apollo in Didyma and ancient site of Miletus renowned for its art, politics and trade. Later, continue to the ancient city of Priene which includes the Temple of Athena. (B, D)

Day 7 Visit Ephesus, its ‘Terrace Houses’ museum and Basilica of St. John. Afternoon special event visit to the organic farm of Degirmen. (B, D)

Day 8 Return flight or extend your stay. (B)

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


per person in a twin/double room

easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
October 11 £1095

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £175

Extension Options

Extra nights - Kusadasi
Paloma Marina Suites Hotel 
(per night) £40
Single supplement £30
Departure transfer add £60

Privately Guided

Add £895 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £250
Arrival transfer add £40
Departure transfer add £60

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 7 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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