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Prices from (per person)
DURATION 12days
Highlights Gallipoli Battlefields, Ancient city of
Troy, Calcium Travertines of Pamukkale,
Hieropolis, traditional Gulet Cruise, Olympos
COUNTRIES: Turkey
Aegean Legacy small group tour
Aegean Legacy
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A great way to experience all that Turkey has to offer, this 12-day tour explores cosmopolitan Istanbul and the ancient sites of Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus before ending with a 3-night cruise on board a traditional Turkish gulet.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
 
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul for the start of your trip. 
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotel
 
Day 2 Istanbul. Old city tour
 
Our trip begins this morning with a full day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.  
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
 
Day 3 Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour
 
We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallopoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale. 
OvernightCanakkale - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
 
Day 4 Tour of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum
 
This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscoverd until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivalled the library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre. 
OvernightKusadasi - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
 
Day 5 Kusadasi. Ephesus Roman ruins tour
 
After breakfast we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis, and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey.
OvernightKusadasi - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
 
Day 6 Drive to Pamukkale and Hieropolis
 
We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, site of the well known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as ‘cotton castles’ and the naturally occuring geology here has created cloud like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers. 
OvernightPamukkale - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
 
Day 7 Pammukale. Transfer to Fethiye and board Gulet
 
We leave early this morning for the short drive to Fethiye where we board our traditional Turkish gullet boat for three days of glorious cruising along the Mediterranean coast. Fully staffed and housed with individual cabins these vessels offer us the perfect chance to unwind and enjoy the sunshine. 
OvernightGulet cruiseMealsBreakfast, Dinner
 
Day 8 Gulet cruise
 
As we continue our Mediterranean cruise today our staff will be on hand to help arrange any water sports you may wish to try such as wakeboarding, snorkelling and water-skiing. Alternatively go for a refreshing swim or just sunbathe on deck.
OvernightGulet cruiseMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 9 Gulet cruise
 
We continue our cruise east along the Mediterranean coastline today before anchoring in an idyllic bay tonight. All water sport options available.  
OvernightGulet cruiseMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 10 Disembark Gulet. Transfer to Olympos
 
The morning is free to enjoy the rest of the cruise before disembarking after lunch and transferring to the beach resort of Olympos. The beach here is one of the most picturesque in Turkey and tonight we get to sleep in the comfortable and relaxing tree houses up the hill from the beach and reserve area.
OvernightOlympos - Tree houses (basic chalet/bungalows)MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Day 11 Olympos. Transfer to Antalya
 
Relax and enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean sea once more this morning or take the opportunity to arrange a rock climbing or sea kayaking excursion. Later this afternoon we transfer to Antalya where the rest of the day and evening is free for you to relax or explore the city (you may fly home tonight if you wish - discounts are available if you do not require your hotel room).
OvernightAntakya - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
 
Day 12 Antalya. Free time. Transfer to airport
 
Your last day is left free for some final sightseeing and shopping until your departure airport transfer. Several cheap airlines fly back to the UK from Antalya or you can transfer through Istanbul.
OvernightN/AMealsBreakfast
 
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Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Entrance fees to various sites
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty
Excluded:
  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (eg. laundry)
  • Tips for guide, driver & gulet crew
  • Any other items not mentioned above