Turkish Escape

FROM R 14 580

Pricing Terms

Valid for set departure: 29 MAR 2020.

Pricing valid until

4 March 2020

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Regions EuropeCountry TurkeyTypes City, Coach, Cultural, Guided Tour

8 Days land only

Valid from

29 March 2020

Valid to

5 April 2020

Turkey is a unique country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. Your 8-day Turkish Escape starts in Istanbul, a city of great diversity and a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little has changed for centuries.

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily & 3 dinners 
  • Touring by coach as per itinerary 
  • Visit: Istanbul. Kusadasi, Pummakale, Bursa and so much more

 

Itinerary

  • Day 1 ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY.

    After arrival at Atatürk Airport, check into your hotel. At 6:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and
    traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
     

  • Day 2 ISTANBUL.

    Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330
    AD when Constantine the Great elected it the capital of the Roman Empire, and finally called
    Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus remains one of
    the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident,
    the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a
    turbulent history. Guided sightseeing starts at TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman
    Sultans. Admire the rich and spectacular kaftans of the sultans that were worn during the Ottoman
    period. Then, tour the HAGIA SOPHIA, followed by the ROMAN HIPPODROME, and visit Sultan
    Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE. (B)

  • Day 3 ISTANBUL- GALLIPOLI – TROY AREA.

    Visit the colorful GRAND BAZAAR before setting out on your discovery tour of a country with the
    population of Britain and more than three times its size. Drive along the European shore of the Sea
    of Marmara and head westward through sunflower and olive groves to the Dardanelles. Visit the
    WWI battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New
    Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those
    tragic months of 1915 at the ANZAC CEMETERY and the LONE PINE MEMORIAL. Travel by ferry
    across the Dardanelles to the Troy area for your first overnight in Asia on the Aegean coast. (B,D)
     

  • Day 4 TROY AREA – PERGAMUM – KUSADASI.

    Enjoy a guided visit of TROY, the perfect place to brush up on Homer’s Trojan War—hollow wooden
    horse and all! Vistas of the Greek isle of Lesbos greet you as you follow the shores of the Bay of
    Edremit. Continue south to Pergamum, an ancient center of learning and the arts, and visit its
    MUSEUM. After lunch, visit the ASCLEPION, a shrine to the Greek god of medicine. Drive to Kusadasi
    for your overnight. (B)
     

  • Day 5 KUSADASI/EPHESUS/PAMUKKALE.

    Today, visit Ephesus, home of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and later, the capital of Roman Asia
    Minor. Visit the SITE OF ANCIENT RUINS and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM with its famous
    statue of Artemis, goddess of fertility and destiny. Then, travel along the Silk Road, and through the
    lush valley of the meandering Menderes River. Next, Pamukkale. The name means “Cotton Castle”
    and refers to the spectacular white lime cascades formed by its hot springs. (B,D)
     

  • Day 6 PAMUKKALE-HIERAPOLIS-BURSA.

    This morning, visit the fascinating archaeological site of HIERAPOLIS, the thermal resort founded by
    a Pergamene king in 190 BC and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. Then, enjoy the
    ever-changing cultivated landscapes and timeless scenes of rural life on your way to Bursa. Spot
    farmers working their fields or transporting produce in traditional horse-drawn carts. Bursa lies in
    the shade of the Uludag–also called Mount Olympus of Mysia—a 7,700-foot-high ski mountain
    surrounded by lovely orchards. Founded by the Greeks, like most ancient cities in this part of the
    world, and hotly contested during the Crusades, Bursa had its heyday as the first capital of the
    Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon, visit the GREAT MOSQUE (Ulu Camii). Also on the agenda, of
    course, are the ancient Covered Bazaar and the Silk Market. (B)
     

  • Day 7 BURSA/IZNIK/ISTANBUL.

    Visit Iznik, site of the first Ecumenical Council. See its ancient city walls before visiting ST. SOPHIA
    CHURCH and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Later, return to Istanbul in style. Tonight, (LF) a
    farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant celebrates the success of your Turkish Escape. (B,D)
     

  • Day 8 ISTANBUL.

    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)