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8-Day Best of Turkey Tour
Product Code: 1113-17709
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • 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
Tour Code
1113-17709
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Istanbul
End City
Istanbul
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Backpacker

Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Itinerary
Day 01
Istanbul

Istanbul

Hotel: Hotel Centrum or similar

Welcome to Instanbul!

Today you'll arrive in Turkey and transfer to the hotel on your own. You'll be free to explore or relax on your own, but remember to be back in time for the group meeting where we'll go over the itinerary and our travel plans.

After, opt to head out to dinner in a local restaurant with the group.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Canakkale

Gallipoli - Canakkale

Hotel: Bogaz Hotel or similar

Mar 1 - Oct 31

We'll begin our tour with an early morning visit to Gallipoli, a moving and beautiful site, and a great complement to any trip to Turkey, even for those not familiar with the Battle of Gallipoli. Tour the grounds to see ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine. Learn how the Turks fought off the numerically superior, but badly commanded, Allied forces who were forced to withdraw nine months later; this battle holds special significance for Australians and New Zealanders, as both nations lost many soldiers.

From here we'll travel a little further to Canakkale, a busy harbor town with a thriving student population. Join the crowds as they stroll the waterfront nightly.

Nov 1 - Feb 29

Istanbul

Begin the day in Istanbul with a walking tour in the old city, including a visit to the historic Hippodrome, the magnificent Aya Sofya, and the Blue Mosque. Aya Sofya is one of the great churches of the Byzantine Empire; it was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest. Be awed by the Blue Mosque's symmetry and internal tile work, and take the chance to learn more about the ceremony behind Islam, as it is a working mosque.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03
Ayvalik

Troy - Ayvalik

Hotel: Taksiyarhis Pension or similar

Mar 1 - Oct 31

We'll begin today with a tour of the city that, for centuries, was regarded as just a myth, until its ruins were found in in the mid-19th century. Imagine what Troy this must have been, while taking a tour of the remains. Don't miss the chance to have a photo taken with the Trojan horse.

Next up we'll head to Ayvalik with its charming blend of old Ottoman architecture, cobblestoned streets, and an attractive harbor. In the afternoon, we'll charter a small boat from the harbor to cruise this beautiful area. We'll visit secluded bays, explore a nearby island, and, of course, have plenty of time for just relaxing and swimming in the turquoise waters.

Afterwards, we'll end the day at a waterside restaurants for a sunset drink. Enjoy the hospitality and beautiful views from the family-run pension in a restored Ottoman mansion.

Nov 1 - Feb 29

Canakkale

We'll begin our tour with an early morning visit to Gallipoli, a moving and beautiful site, and a great complement to any trip to Turkey, even for those not familiar with the Battle of Gallipoli. Tour the grounds to see ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine. Learn how the Turks fought off the numerically superior, but badly commanded, Allied forces who were forced to withdraw nine months later; this battle holds special significance for Australians and New Zealanders, as both nations lost many soldiers.

From here we'll travel a little further to Canakkale, a busy harbor town with a thriving student population. Join the crowds as they stroll the waterfront nightly.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Selcuk

Selcuk

Hotel: Cenka Hotel or similar

Mar 1 - Oct 31

Enjoy a free morning in Ayvalik before traveling to Selcuk and visit the nearby ruins of ancient Ephesus to get a feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times.

Take in its massive, well-preserved theatre, which dominates the view down Harbour Street. See the two-story library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces. Built in AD 125, it once held nearly 12,000 scrolls.

Afterwards we'll return to town and have free time to explore.

Nov 1 - Feb 29

Canakkale - Bergama

We'll begin today with a tour of the city that, for centuries, was regarded as just a myth, until its ruins were found in in the mid-19th century. Imagine what Troy this must have been, while taking a tour of the remains. Don't miss the chance to have a photo taken with the Trojan horse.

Afterwards we'll head to Bergama, a new town that rests atop of the ancient town of Pergamon. We'll visit one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor and a stunning Acropolis. Afterwards you'll be free to relax in this historic town.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05
Selcuk

Selcuk

Hotel: Cenka Hotel or similar

Mar 1 - Oct 31

The day is yours to explore on your own.

You may wish to walk to the remains of St John's Basilica, visit the Mosque of Isa Bey or wander the streets of this vibrant Turkish town. Another option is to catch a local “dolmus” bus to the picturesque village of Sirince (8km/5 mi) to sample some local wine or shop for crafts. For dedicated sunseekers, the beach at Pamucaki is also within reach.

Nov 1 - Feb 29

Bergama - Selcuk

Today we'll depart Bergama to Selcuk, our base of operations for exploring the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. Enjoy a local cooking class and savor your creation for dinner.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06
Pamukkale

Pamukkale

Hotel: Pamuksu Hotel or similar

Mar 1 - Oct 31

We'll depart Selcuk and head to the 8th Wonder of the World: Pamukkale.

Here we'll tour the white cliffs of Pamukkale to learn about this World Heritage-listed site and natural wonder. Made up of 17 hot water springs, the cliffs are formed when the calcium carbonate hardens with time.

Then we'll visit the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white "castle." See the large, ancient baths within the city (thought to be evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since second century BC).

Nov 1 - Feb 29

Selcuk

We'll spend the day visiting the nearby ruins of ancient Ephesus to get a feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times.

Take in its massive, well-preserved theatre, which dominates the view down Harbour Street. See the two-story library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces. Built in AD 125, it once held nearly 12,000 scrolls.

Afterwards we'll head to the scenic Şirince, a Turkish-Greek village that was settled when Ephesus was abandoned; it’s now 600 strong. Wander the narrow village streets filled with people selling handicrafts, olive oil, and local wine.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Istanbul

Istanbul

Hotel: Hotel Centrum or similar

Mar 1 - Oct 31

Today we'll hop on a morning flight to İstanbul. Upon arrival we'll take an orientation walk of Istanbul. Each walk varies, allowing your CEO to show off their favorite spots around the city. Pass by city highlights such as the Topkapi Palace, the Aya Sofya, and the Blue Mosque.

Walks may also include a wander past the atmospheric Spice Bazaar, the newly renovated Galata Bridge, which has a great view of Golden Horn, and the Bosphorus shore, a stretch that's home to many bars.

Afterwards you'll be free to enjoy the city on your own.

Nov 1 - Feb 29

Selcuk - Instanbul

We'll depart Selcuk and head to the 8th Wonder of the World: Pamukkale.

Here we'll tour the white cliffs of Pamukkale to learn about this World Heritage-listed site and natural wonder. Made up of 17 hot water springs, the cliffs are formed when the calcium carbonate hardens with time.

Then we'll visit the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white "castle." See the large, ancient baths within the city (thought to be evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since second century BC).

Afterwards we'll fly back to Instanbul.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08

Istanbul

Sadly our amazing adventure must come to an end. Say farewell to your travel companions, exchange contacts, and head out for your next adventure.

Please note that order of day-to-day itinerary is adjustable depending on tour start day.

Pick-up Details/Transfers
If you have booked an airport transfer with us, please contact the local operator (number is located on the e-ticket once your reservation is confirmed) before the tour. The driver would be waiting for you at the arrivals hall.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Professional Guide
  • 7-night hotel accommodation
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Internal flight
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 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

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Optional activities (Subject to availability):
    - Saint John's Basilica Visit
    - Mosque of Isa Bey Visit
    - Sirince Village Visit
    - Sample Local Wine in Sirince
    - Swim in an Ancient Pool
    - Aya Sofya Visit
    - Topkapi Palace Visit
    - Spice Bazaar Visit
    - Blue Mosque Visit
    - Archaeological Museum
    - Great Palace Mosaic Museum
    - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
    - Basilica Cistern
    - Dolamabahce Palace
    - Galata Tower
Special Notes
  • Trip Type: Small Group Max 15, avg 10.
  • Physical Rating: Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Travel Style: Classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Service Level: Standard. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one backpack, soft compact suitcase, or sports bag (maximum 10-15kg) plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for warm to hot days and cool evenings. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.
  • In order to protect your own property, please bring any valuable items with you at all times. Please do not leave any valuable items on the bus/hotel/attraction/restaurant etc. Tours4fun, local operators, drivers and tour guides will not take any responsibility for any theft loss at any location.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 19 and older
* Child: 12-18 years old
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted.
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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