9 Days Turkey Tour
9 Days Turkey Tour – Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Priene, Miletus and Didyma Tour
Can be customized according to your wishes.
This tour is available from 1st. of April to 30th. October
There is no hidden cost.
Gallipoli is a peninsula locality in north-western Turkey .Close to Istanbul The Gallipoli Peninsula is the site of extensive First World War battlefields. Memorials on the north bank of the Dardanelles Strait. It is a commemorative site for the Allied (British Empire, France) and Turkish forces who fought, died and were wounded there. The Gallipoli Campaign also known as the Battle of the Dardanelles was very costly for both sides. Casualties and losses amount to 220,000 with a 59% casualty rate for the Allied forces. 253,000 with a 60% casualty rate for the Turkish forces.
Troy is an ancient city in what is now northwestern Turkey, made famous in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. According to the Iliad, this is where the legendary Trojan War took place. Today it is an archaeological site popular with travelers from all over the world. In addition to being a Turkish national park. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The surreal, brilliant white traverteni terraces and warm, limpid pools of Pamukkale hang, like the petrified cascade of a mighty waterfall. From the rim of a steep valley side in Turkey’s picturesque southwest. Truly spectacular in its own right, the geological phenomenon that is Pamukkale. Literally “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is also the site of the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis.
Ephesus was an ancient port city whose well-preserved ruins are in modern-day Turkey. The city was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. Throughout history, Ephesus survived multiple attacks and changed hands many times between conquerors. It was also a hotbed of early Christian evangelism and remains an important archaeological site and Christian pilgrimage destination.
Priene, Miletus, Didyma
Priene, at the base of an escarpment of Mycale (modern Mt. Samsun inside the Dilek Peninsula National Park , used to be a major coastal city. Its harbour has since been silted up by the Meander River. It was the earliest town built on a grid plan. Priene was a member of the Ionian League, and is believed to have had 4,000-5,000 inhabitants at its peak.
Miletus , the greatest and the wealthiest of the Greek cities before the Persian invasion of the 6th century BC, was another major harbour city, its sailors having founded a huge number of colonies, especially around the Black Sea.
Didyma was the sanctuary of Miletus, from where visitors approached by following a sacred path of 17 km on foot. Modern Didim, formerly a village named Yenihisar surrounding the ancient site, has been developed as a resort town in the 1980s. It is now centered around the Altınkum (“golden sand”) beach south of the original village and has a vibrant Biritish expat community.
We will be waiting for you at the exit gate of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and transfer you to your hotel in old city İstanbul. Rest of the day you could relax in your room or discover the city on your free time . Overnight at Istanbul hotel.
After breakfast approximately at 8:30 am pick up from your hotel to begin the full day tour. Visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant. After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel. Overnight at Istanbul hotel. (B, L)
After breakfast we will start our full day tour with visiting below higlights Boat Cruise on the Bosphorus The Bosphorus - the waterway between two continents - is beautiful at anytime, day or night in any season. On the way to the Black Sea, you can see the finest and richest examples of Ottoman houses and palaces on the Bosphorus shores. Rumeli Fortress In 1452, Mehmet II prepared to besiege Constantinople by constructing a fortress at Rumeli Hisari. It took less than four months to build, thanks to 3000 labourers and master masons assigned to the task. Its crenulated walls and round towers are popular with photographers and what you see from the top of the walls is one of the nicest view of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahce Palace This area was originally the bay where the navy anchored in the early periods when the Ottomans conquered Istanbul. Between 1611-1614, this bay had been filled in and a timber building with a large garden called "the Besiktas Palace" had been built with the order of Sultan Ahmet I. The land of the Besiktas Palace, which had become completely useless due to a fire, was chosen as the site of the new palace by Sultan Abdulmecit I, as it was by the sea side and close to the city centre. Bosphorus Bridge Offers a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) within a few minutes. The Ataturk Bridge carries 200,000 vehicles and 600,000 people a day. It is the 4th longest suspension bridge in the Europe and 7th longest in the world. Pierre Loti Hill Pierre Loti Hill has a wonderful panorama including the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, Historical Peninsula and islands. Hop on the cable car at Pierre Loti Hill where you will witness magnificent views of the city. Spice Bazaar This covered market is the attractive L-shaped building to the south-west of the Yeni Cami. Its English name survives from the time when the market specialised in the sale of spices and herbs, as well as medicinal plants and drugs. *Dolmabahce palace is closed on Monday and Thursdays. Will be replaced with Chora museum. *Visit to the Spice Bazaar depends on time available
Overnight at Istanbul hotel. (B, L)
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 06:00-06:15 in Taksim area or 06:30-07:00 in Sultanahmet area, then start driving for Eceabat, which takes around 5 hrs' drive from Istanbul. You will stop on the way for a small breakfast break, then arrive at Eceabat at around 12:00 to meet with your guide and the rest of the group. You will have lunch with the group, then start the tour of ANZAC battlefields and memorials. You will see Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, parts of Turkish and ANZAC trenches standing up to date, 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Overnight at Canakkale hotel (B, L)
08:30 pick up from your hotel to Visit the ancient city of Troy, famous for the legendary Trojan horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, Queen of Sparta, and Paris, the Trojan Prince. The ancient town of Pergamon, enter the Red Court, a precinct of successive religious worship - evident in the various transformations of a formerly pagan temple to a Byzantine basilica, eventually to a mosque. Drive up to the Asclepion on the hilltop, once a world-renowned medical center of physicians and scholars. Afterwards, visit the impressive remains of the Acropolis After tour drive to Kusadasi Overnight at Kusadasi hotel. (B, D)
Pick-up from your hotel Pamukkale meaning is "cotton castle" in Turkish, Pamukkale is one of Turkey's top attractions and a precious in the world with its cotton-look terraces. The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps Pamukkale to be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey. Tourists and locals visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis frequently not only for its extraordinary look and its ancient history but also for wellness. Scientifically proven to cure many diseases, the waters attract people and there are many thermal hotels in the area that serve 12 months a year. In ancient times all religious buildings were built nearby hot or cold water sources. Beside religious buildings, some other buildings such as fountains and baths also were built for curing. The numbers of baths, fountains and also churches are evident of the importance of waters in Hierapolis and Christianity. The temples were significant trade centers and Hierapolis had many temples that made people confused about which god they would worship before Christianity. End of the tour drive back to Kusadasi your hotel. Overnight at Kusadasi hotel. (B, L, D)
Pick-up from your hotel From Kusadasi, you travel to the House of Virgin Mary, passing the Byzantine fortress at Selcuk and the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, is long and winding but with great vistas of the valley. After the visit drive down to Ephesus. By the end of touring Ephesus, return to Kusadasi. Overnight at Kusadasi hotel. (B, L, D)
Pick up from the hotel about 09.00 and drive to Priene. This was once a harbour city but is now located 16 km inland from the sea on the hills of the Mykale Mountain. You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 and drive to Priene. This was once a harbour city but is now located 16 km inland from the sea on the hills of the Mykale Mountain. It has many examples of Hellenic art and architecture. The theater in Priene is one of the most beautiful ones from The Hellenic World. The Athena Polias Temple was reconstructed by Alexander The Great as a gift to the city. After Priene, you will depart for Miletus. Visit the ancient city of Miletus which once was one of the biggest cities in Anatolia. It was located on the trade routes and it was for this reason that it became very prosperous and had many colonies. Lunch break and then visit to Didyma. This was not a city but a temple dedicated to Apollon. It was once one of the biggest temples in the Hellenic World. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel, dropping off at around 17:30. Overnight at Kusadasi hotel. (B, L, D)
This is the last day of your Turkey tour. After breakfast we will transfer you to Izmir airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival. (If you would like, you can extend your trip by adding extra nights in Istanbul, please advise). (B)