8 days,Istanbul to Istanbul

Explore ancient historic cities, overnight in a converted Ottoman mansion, discover ancient Roman ruins and amazing natural scenery, taste delicious local cuisine, walk through the astonishing white pools of Pamukkale

This trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience as much of Turkey’s stunning scenery and fascinating history as possible. Begin the journey at the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, then leap into Greek myths and explore the remains of the legendary city of Troy before strolling along the streets of Ephesus. Don't miss the remarkable white cliff pools of Pamukkale before boarding a comfortable and convenient flight back to Istanbul. Return refreshed and ready to explore the city’s bazaars, mosques and tea houses.

What's Included

  • Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit
  • Troy entrance and guided visit
  • Ayvalik boat trip (half-day)
  • Ottoman mansion stay
  • Ephesus entrance and visit
  • Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk
  • Istanbul city walking tour
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 7 breakfasts. (Allow USD190-250 for meals not included.)
  • Private air-con van, plane
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
  • Small group experience; Max 15, avg 10
  • Hotels (7 nts).

Additions Available on This Tour


Day 1Istanbul

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Istanbul/Çanakkale(1B)

Guided tour of Gallipoli, including ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine. Continue on to the harbour town of Çanakkale.

Day 3Çanakkale/Ayvalık(1B)

Enjoy a guided visit of Troy before arriving at Ayvalik. Enjoy a half-day boat trip and spend the night in a converted Ottoman mansion.

Day 4Ayvalık/Selçuk(1B)

Visit ancient Ephesus before continuing on to Selçuk.

Day 5Selçuk(1B)

Opt to visit St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey or the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.

Day 6Selçuk/Pamukkale(1B)

Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis en route to Selçuk.

Day 7Pamukkale/Istanbul(1B)

Hop on a morning flight to İstanbul. Take a guided orientation walk before free time to explore some highlights, including the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace or Aya Sofya.

Day 8Istanbul(1B)

Depart at any time.

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