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Highlights of Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Tour Details

Visit: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Ephesus & St. Mary’s House, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Kos, Antalya, Perge, Aspendos


Day 1 (Thursday): Istanbul - Arrival

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 (Friday): Istanbul

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding Harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Tonight you might like to join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Saturday): Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for our overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sunday): Troy – Pergamum – Izmir

After breakfast, visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Centre in Asclepion and continue to İzmir for our overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 (Monday): Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir

Today, you'll tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world,
and explore 2,000 year old marble streets, a theatre, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Tuesday): Izmir – Bodrum

After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner & Overnight in Bodrum.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Wednesday): Bodrum – Kos

After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos. Overnight in Bodrum.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 (Thursday): Bodrum – Pamukkale

After breakfast, drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Friday): Pamukkale – Antalya

After breakfast depart for Antalya. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Saturday): Perge – Aspendos – Antalya

This morning visit Perge and Aspendos. This afternoon is free for personal activities. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Sunday): Antalya - Departure

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Escorted Tour Includes:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Licensed guides throughout the Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival / Departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days


Not Included:

  • Pre or post stay transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers


Hotels (or similar):

  • Istanbul: W Hotel
  • Canakkale: Kolin Hotel
  • Izmir: Swissotel Grand Efes 
  • Bodrum: Doria Hotel Bodrum 
  • Pamukkale: Doga Thermal Health & Spa 
  • Antalya: The Marmara or Doubletree City Centre 


Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and hosted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (nt)

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