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The Heritage of Turkey

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)


Departure Dates:

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. 

Departure dates

Daily departures : 1 Apr - 30 Nov
 

Self drive from £999 per person                           with escorted driver from £1.399 per person

 

Flights info - Turkish Airlines 

Special Offer

Book your holiday for 2020 & pay 2019 prices. Plus.. Early booking discount  & Loyalty discount

Why Book with Diamond Sky Holidays...

Dear guest,
Welcome to Diamond Sky Holidays - if you are looking for a quality holiday, something a bit different with personal service, then you are in the right place. Please relax and enjoy browsing through our many interesting holiday ideas.

Diamond Sky Holidays offers discerning clients the most selective products using the 30 years of knowledge and experience I have gained in the holiday industry. During my 30 years in the travel industry I have experienced many happy moments and received many awards at the Travel Oscars, thanks to our core principle of customer care and our passion and dedication to what we do.

I have personally inspected all of our products, ensuring the quality of the every aspect. At Diamond Sky, you will find only the finest, unique holiday experiences,  such as Cappadocia, It is a very unique place, a fairy-tale like land that offers visitors an unforgettable experience.  My passion for traditional Gulet Cruises    remains strong and we still offer unforgettable luxury gulet cruise experiences full of authentic character.

Our aim is to exceed your expectations and to do this we take care of everything for you. Plus, we offer 100% financial protection for your peace of mind - every  penny you pay will be protected through our secure licencing arrangements.  Please feel free to call me on  my direct number 0121 794 26 24, our main office number of 0330 390 0999 or email me at akin@diamondskyholidays.com. I am happy to talk to you personally and recommend the ideal holiday to suit your requirements and ensure that you and your companions get the perfect holiday you deserve

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Akin Koc
Founder & Managing Director

 

Don't just take our word for it...

"We have travelled all over the world and I can safely say that this holiday was one of the best - full of new experiences including a trip in a hot air balloon, visiting underground cities, ancient cave dwellings with amazing frescoes and fabulous landscapes. It was fun and exciting. For the first 2 days of tours in Cappadocia we went with the local representative, who were excellent and our guide, Mustafa Sahin was outstanding. Thank you again for a brilliant trip and we will recommend your company. We may be interested in Croatia next year.

Yours sincerely,"

Barbara Lewis, 30.7.2018
 

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