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Istanbul to the Med - 7 days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 18-70

TURKEY

Istanbul to the Med - 7 days

Following the famed Aegean coastline, we discover Ottoman Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, ancient Ephesus and Pamukkale, finishing in coastal Marmaris - gateway to the Greek Islands. This 7 day holiday from Istanbul to the Mediterranean sea will give you an insight into the fascinating history, culture and landscapes of western Turkey. 
Come discover the best of Turkey and Greece, two mediterranean delights that offer an exciting binge of shopping sprees, sun-kissed islands, lunar landscapes and mythical sites! 

You’ll enjoy an exciting blend of the modern and traditional; quiet and vibrant. Explore Athens, Istanbul, Delphi, Meteora and enjoy a cruise right between Asia and Europe. You’ll also learn about delectable Turkish and Greek dishes, eat, explore, dance, laugh and have fun with new friends throughout!


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  • Duration
    7 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,142
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    On The Go Tours
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

The ultimate oriental shopping experience 
Highlight #1
The ultimate oriental shopping experience 
When in the Grand Bazaar, feel like Aladdin in a glittering cave of treasures. There's so much to discover and buy!
Turkish Food
Highlight #2
Turkish Food
Turkish food is delicious! Learn how to make it at a cooking class taught by a local family and then enjoy a homemade dinner with them.
Ephesus | Where Greek and Roman worlds marry
Highlight #3
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.
Feel cute in Pamukkale
Highlight #4
Feel cute in Pamukkale
While relaxing by these white, gorgeous thermal pools, don’t feel shy to capture your selfie-worthy moment.
Video

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

Saturday. Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city. Afternoon and evening at leisure.

  Hotel:  None

Istanbul

Istanbul. This morning we'll head to explore the incredible Old City of Istanbul, from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. We’ll visit the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and Topkapi Palace. 

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Canakkale

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Kusadasi

Gallipoli - Kusadasi. Step back in time as we visit the legendary Roman ruins of Troy and Pergamum. We enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Troy dating back to 3000BC! En route to Kusadasi, we explore the ruins of Pergamum with it’s impressive temples,library and medical facilities, before visiting a local carpet emporium - Turkey produces some of the finest carpets in the world!

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Ephesus

Today we explore ancient Ephesus. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts incredible excavated ruins including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel! 

Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and afterward we stop to watch a demonstration of how they are made before visiting the quaint Greek village of Sirince peached mountainside within a valley of vineyards and orchards.

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Pamukkale

Kusadasi – Pammukale - Marmaris. Meandering through the sweeping plains and cotton farms we arrive at the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and the hot springs of Pamakkule. Admire this surreal landscape created by frequent earthquakes. Marvel at the crystalline marble, quartzites and stalagtites, which shimmer in the sunlight. There will be time to paddle our feet as we walk the terraces or opt for a dip in the Thermal Bath House before visiting a leather fashion house. 

   Meals:   Breakfast, Dinner

  Hotel:  None

Marmaris

Friday. Marmaris. Our tour concludes after breakfast. Extend your holiday with our 3 night beach stay. Relax by the pool or beach or opt for a day trip to the Greek Island of Rhodes - only an hour catamaran ride away!

   Meals:   Breakfast,

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 6 breakfasts and 4 hotel dinners

 6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels

 Airport arrival transfer on day 1 from Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport

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

 Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide

 All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

 Meals and Accommodation

Not Included

 International flights and visa

 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 USD$2 per day for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture

 Entrance Fees: USD$75-85pp, paid in local currency

 Additional 5% GST

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Dates and prices

Start date

07 Nov 2020

End date

13 Nov 2020

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7 Days / 6 Nights

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