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Western Turkey
   
Holiday Length: 8 days
Departs: Selected Thursday's
Start City: Istanbul
End City: Marmaris
Type of Holiday: Escorted coach Tour

 

This fabulous tour, travelling in deluxe air-conditioned comfort, will take you to some of Turkey most famous destinations, including Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus and Pamukkale.


ITINERARY             
   
Day 1 - Thursday
  Istanbul arrival
    Arrival transfer to your hotel.  Welcome briefing.
     
Day 2 - Friday        Istanbul

  Full day tour of fascinating Istanbul including the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. (B)
Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment
     
Day 3 - Saturday
  Istanbul - Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
    Morning departure for Gallipoli. Visit Anzac Cove Lone Pine Cemetery, Nek, Chanuk Bair (NZ), the War Museum then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for your overnight stay. (B,D)
     
Day 4 - Sunday
  Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Izmir
    Today we visit Troy with its famous wooden horse.  Before arriving into Asclepion, experience lunch with locals in a traditional village.  Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion before continuing to Izmir for your overnight stay.  (B, L, D)
     
Day 5 - Monday
  Izmir - Ephesus - St Marys House - Izmir
    Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's cottage, plus a visit to a regional rug production centre. (B)
Optional: Dinner at a local restaurant
     
Day 6 - Tuesday
  Izmir - Pamukkale
    Drive through the fertile valleys to Pamukkale - famous for its amazing limestone cascades - and visit the ancient Hierapolis Roman health spa ruins. Enjoy the thermal pools of the hotel. (B,D)
     
Day 7 - Wednesday
  Hierapolis - Marmaris
    Drive south to the resort city of Marmaris, with the afternoon free. (B, D)
     
Day 8 - Thursday
  Marmaris departure
    After breakfast your tour finishes. (B)
Complimentary transfer to Marmaris pier for travelers who would like to take a ferry to Rhodes
     
Note:

  Sunday departure tours in May, Sep and Oct will visit St. Sophie Cathedral in Istanbul, not on Monday when it is closed, but on Tuesday before departing to Gallipoli & Canakkale
     
Inclusions:







  * First class one way coach tour
* Accommodation with private facilities
* Meals as indicated
* Transfers as indicated
* A/C transport
* Professional guides
* Sightseeing and entrance fees 
* Travel Notes
     
Exclusions:

  * Tips to tour guide and driver
* Personal expenses and food not mentioned in the itinerary


     

 

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