Sample itinerary: 7 nights self-drive or privately escorted tour.
Istanbul - Bursa/Edirne - Gallipoli - Troy - Ephesus - Izmir
Turkey’s cultural heritage including the Ottoman capitals of Bursa or Edirne, the battlefields of Gallipoli, ancient Troy and Ephesus
Day 1: UK to Istanbul.
Fly to Istanbul and transfer to hotel for overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 & 3: Istanbul.
Choose to spend the days exploring the city independently or by booking a sight-seeing tour through our representative. Overnight for 2 nights in Istanbul.
Day 4: Bursa or Edirne.
If you have booked this itinerary as a self drive the car will be delivered to the your hotel in the morning around 10am or you will pick up your hire car from the arranged location. if you have booked with an English-speaking driver or a professional guide, you will be met at your hotel after breakfast. Drive to Bursa to visit the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, with its famous tombs and mosques and the fascinating Kozahan the silk bazaar which was at the heart of the ancient silk trade, overnight in Bursa. (As an alternative option to Bursa on Day 3, you can depart from Istanbul and drive to Edirne to explore the grand Selimiye Mosque and its many museums and stay overnight in Edirne) before travelling on to Gallipoli on Day 4 on both options.
Day 5: Gallipoli.
Drive to Gallipoli to visit the profoundly moving site of the First World War battlefields and memorial. Visit the Anzac Cemetery. Take the ferry to nearby Canakkale to overnight.
Day 6: Troy.
Drive to Troy to visit the evocative site of the ancient city of Troy, a World Heritage Site, and the scene of the famous legend. Continue to Pergamum to visit the impressive ruins of this ancient city. Its acropolis is set high on a hillside and dominates the surrounding countryside and it Asclepion, once a renowned centre of medicine. Stay overnight in Bergama, formerly Pergamum.
Day 7 and 8: Ephesus.
Drive to Selçuk, where you can spend the rest of the day and the following day exploring Ephesus, Selçuk and the neighbouring charming Ottoman town of Sirince. Drive to Ephesus to visit this ancient Roman city, one of the best preserved and most visited in the world, with its grand marble streets and imposing library. Once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was also here that St Paul preached some of his most famous sermons, and where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Stay for two nights in Selçuk.
Day 9: Izmir to UK.
Return your hire car to Izmir Airport - or if you are travelling with a driver or guide they will transfer you to the airport - and fly back to the UK (via Istanbul). (You may extend for another 2 days to visit Pamukkale before returning back to the UK)
We offer flexible departures from all major UK airports, any day of the week between 1 Apr - 31 Oct 2018.
Option 1: 8 Nights Self-drive from £999 per person
Option 2: 8 nights with English-speaking driver from £1,699 per person
The price of this holiday includes:
- Turkish Airlines flights to Istanbul from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham , Edinburgh, Dublin
- Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Istanbul
- 3 nights B&B at the 4* Best Western Empire Palace in Istanbul
- For self-drive option: Air-conditioned Group B car - Ford Escort (or similar)
- For English-speaking Driver: Group B or similar car is provided with fuel, driver/guide and their daily expenses.
- The following 4* hotels or similar standard hotels:
- 1 night B&B at the Kitabevi Hotel in Bursa or Tasodalar Hotel in Edirne.
- 1 night B&B at the Tusan Hotel(or similar standard hotel) in Canakkale.
- 1 night B&B at the Berksoy Hotel(or similar standard hotel) in Bergama
- 2 nights HB at the Kalehan Hotel (or similar standard hotel) in Selcuk
- Flight from Izmir to the UK via Istanbul
English-speaking driver or Professional guides.
Please note that our drivers only speak basic English – if you want to find out more about the country and culture, you are better off with a professional guide, subject extra charge.