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Aegean Explorer - 7 Days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

7 Days / 6 Nights Trip | Explore Istanbul, Battlefields of Gallipoli, Troy & Kusadasi, Ancient Ephesus

Aegean Explorer - 7 Days

Watching sunrises in otherworldly landscapes, dancing, shopping and plenty of good times make this getaway a real Turkish delight.
Sultan’s palaces gilded in gold and jewels. Surreal lunar landscapes. Bazaars of glittering treasures. Come discover the treasures of Turkey! 

This nation is unique in every way; an exciting blend of the modern and traditional; quiet and vibrant. Stroll through it capital that hugs two continents, one end in Asia and the other in Europe.  Learn about delectable Turkish cuisine, eat, explore, dance, laugh and have fun with new friends throughout!
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  • Duration
    7 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,007
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Are we in Europe or Asia?
Highlight #1
Are we in Europe or Asia?
That’s the thing- you’re in two continents at the same time! Welcome to Istanbul, a whirlwind of colour, landscapes and culture, that showcases the best of both Asia & Europe.
Feel cute in Pamukkale
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Feel cute in Pamukkale
While relaxing by these white, gorgeous thermal pools, don’t feel shy to capture your selfie-worthy moment.
Ephesus | Where Greek and Roman worlds marry
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Ephesus | Where Greek and Roman worlds marry
This ancient trade city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) of grand ruins beautifully blends Greek and Roman worlds.
Hagia Sophia | A Human Wonder
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Hagia Sophia | A Human Wonder
Standing beneath the immense gold-ribboned dome that seems to float overhead, the walls decorated with exquisite mosaics, you'll instantly agree.
Go local, learn local
Highlight #5
Go local, learn local
Watch and observe the tricks and secrets that go into weaving Turkish Carpets, a tradition spanning hundreds of years.
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6 things about Turkey that you'll find hard to believe

This country’s whirlwind of colour, innovation, revolution and chaos will surprise you at every turn. Here are 6 things about Turkey that will definitely surprise you.

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Itinerary

Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and included transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure or head out to explore the city. This evening our tip filled welcome meeting takes place.

Istanbul

Istanbul. This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul's old city. Our tour includes visits to the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets, the ruinous Hippodrome – now a small park of sorts and once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times, Hagia Sofia Museum - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern – an ancient underground water tank - replete with carved and fluted Corinthian columns and a puzzling head of Medusa. Visitors walk on walkways suspended above the shallow water. It’s very cool and peaceful.

Gallipoli

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Early this morning, we travel to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli. Here, we’ll embark upon a guided tour of the region, once the site of fierce fighting and today almost hauntingly beautiful, with its wooded landscape dotted with understated memorials to the war dead. Our guided tour of the region will take in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian War Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Blair New Zealand War Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.

Crossing the Dardenelles by ferry (offering panoramic views of the entire Gallipoli Peninsular) we proceed to our hotel for a little rest and relaxation.

Troy & Kusadasi

Gallipoli – Kusadasi. Heading south, we enjoy a guided tour of Homer’s Troy, famed for the Trojan wooden horse and fabled Helen. Continuing to ancient Pergamum - the cultural and political capital of its time, before continuing onto coastal Kusadasi. Make the most of the hotel facilities this evening.

Ancient Ephesus

Today, we enjoy a guided tour at the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what Roman life must have been like. Ephesus, under the Romans was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. It became the Roman capital of Asia Minor. We’ll have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Be sure to see the famous Library of Celcus, the gymnasium of Vedius and Stadium, the great theatre and stroll the streets in the ruins of this large Roman ruined city. It’s completely fascinating. We’ll see public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and afterward we stop to watch a demonstration of how they are made.

Pamukkale

Kusadasi - Pamukkale. Today, after breakfast, we drive to Pamukkale visiting the region’s famed calcium rich terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they are a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. 

Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. Today, some of the pools are closed. However, areas of the travertines can be walked upon, albeit in bare feet. We can however opt to enjoy a unique and very pleasant dip in the warm waters at the Pamukkale Thermal, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns in the centre of the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, which was a was a cure centre founded around 190 BC by the Romans. This evening we have some free time to relax and unwind.

Istanbul

Friday. This morning we make our way to Denizli airport for our flight to Istanbul. On arrival to Istanbul Airport we bid farewell to our group and representative and catch our onward flights. 

Note: Please note your internal flight is currently arriving into the new Istanbul Airport airport at approx. 08:50am. Please ensure you book an international flight departing Istanbul after 1pm, allowing for flight delays. If you are departing via Sabiha airport you will need to make arrangements between airports and we recommend booking flights after 2:30pm Alternatively, you could choose to extend your stay by purchasing an additional night's hotel accommodation.

Inclusions

 5 breakfasts

 Flight from Denizli (Pamukkale) to Istanbul

 Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Pamukkale terraces and Hierapolis

 All relevant transfers and transportation (excl overnight bus)in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

 6 nights 4 star hotels

 Airport arrival transfer on day 1

 Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide

Not Included

 Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide and $2 USD per day for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture

 Entrance Fees: USD$85-95pp, paid in local currency

 International flights and visa

 Tipping Kitty: USD$40pp, paid in local currency

 Additional 5% GST

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