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Istanbul, Troy & Ephesus

From $2,099
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2023 - Oct 2023
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From $2,099
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: May 2023 - Oct 2023
Tour Overview
The Grand Bazaar, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are just the beginning when it comes to exploring Turkey. This tour offers an assault on the senses in the best possible way, where history, culture and memorable moments are shared with like-minded travellers. From the ancient city of Ephesus to belly-dancing shows and Gozleme pastries, we'll explore Turkey's culture on a backdrop of famous landmarks and natural wonders. Whether you want to learn about ancient sites, see Gallipoli or have free time to shop, this tour combines an incredible array of highlights.
  • classic touring holiday Classic Touring
  • meals included tour All Breakfasts
  • max group size Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guide 
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels 
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 14 included meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners including a welcome drink 
  • Transportation excluding overseas transfers to and from the airport 
  • Porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Istanbul including The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia & Grand Bazaar
  • Turkish coffee demonstration & tasting with Baklava
  • Visit the Gallipoli War Memorial
  • Tour of Troy & visit to the ancient city of Pergamon
  • Visit Yesilyurt, a traditional Turkish village and sample freshly made Gözleme pastries
  • Tour of one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis, in Ephesus
  • Discover Turkish fruit & wine production in Sirince village
  • Tour of the former Ottoman Capital city of Bursa


Day 1 Istanbul

Make your own way to Istanbul where your Holiday Director will meet you at your hotel for your welcome meeting that evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Istanbul

Get set for a full-day tour of Byzantine and Ottoman relics on your tour of Istanbul. Sultanahmet Square rests at the heart of the Old City and we start here with a visit to historic chariot racing arena, the Hippodrome. You'll also get to tick off your landmark bucket list when we visit the awe-inspiring Blue Mosque with its many domes and hand-painted blue tiles. Then we'll discover the iconic Hagia Sophia, once the largest Christian church in the world, it is now considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. A scrumptious lunch awaits at a Turkish restaurant, before free time for shopping at the Egyptian and Grand Bazaars. The Grand Bazaar is a heady mix of spices and is alive with the hustle and bustle of people bartering over everything from war medals and pots to carpets and clothing, as well as fruit and leather goods. We'll also stop for coffee at an authentic shop to learn about the process of making Turkish coffee and taste the sweet treat, Baklava, made with filo pastry, nuts and honey. Explore as you wish by night, or join us on an excursion to a Turkish night club for a belly-dancing show.

Meals included: B,L

Day 3 Istanbul - Canakkale

This morning you will have some free time to explore at your leisure or choose an optional half-day cruise of the Bosporus. With over an hour on board, we'll cross from Europe to Asia amid spectacular city views. Once there, hop off the boat for a glimpse of local life on the Asian side. Our leisurely drive to Canakkale takes us via the lovely Marmara Sea for sweeping coastal views. On the way, we'll stop at the famous World War I battlefields of Gallipoli, the large and poignant resting site of Australian, New Zealand, British and Turkish soldiers killed in the war. A ferry trip across the Dardanelles channel brings us to Canakkale for dinner at the hotel.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Canakkale - Izmir

First visit of the day will be the legendary Troy, city of Homeros’ Iliada. With over five thousand years of history, the 9 layers seen in Troy show more than 3000 years without interruption and allow us to follow the civilizations settled in this unique geography where Anatolia, Aegean and Balkans meet. Continue to Bergama, a traditional Turkish town where we will offer guests gozleme, a Turkish treat. Visit the ancient city of Pergamon with its ancient Acropolis. At the end of the tour, drive to Izmir and after a short sightseeing with the bus, arrival to hotel in Izmir. Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Izmir

The UNESCO-listed ancient city of Ephesus is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. This morning we'll tour the massive excavation site that St Paul once visited on his way back to Antioch, as well as stopping to admire the bathhouses and the majestic Library of Celsus.
While in Selcuk, we'll also visit the Basilica of St Jean before an afternoon journey into nature at the picturesque Greek village of Sirince. The region is a wine-lover's paradise and is known for producing some of Turkey's best olives and exquisite handmade olive oil products.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Izmir - Bursa

Today we'll enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel before driving through Manisa and Balikesir to our next destination of Bursa. The former capital of the Ottoman Empire brims with historic gems, such as the Grand Mosque and the Tombs of Osman and Orhan, the first Ottoman Sultans.
We'll then take a tour to discover the delights of the Silk Market. The quaint and charming stores here offer scarves, fabrics, silver and artistic crafts, all with a stunning backdrop of decorative Ottoman architecture.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Bursa - Istanbul

Our departure for Istanbul after breakfast sees us arrive in the city by around midday. Spend the afternoon at your leisure or join us for an optional excursion, starting with lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. After lunch, we'll visit the Topkapi Palace Museum to see priceless collections including Chinese porcelain and the Imperial Treasury. Recount your travel memories over a farewell dinner in the fisherman's village area of Kumkapi ​with a local drink, before enjoying free time in the bright lights of the city.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Departure

Today it's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end.

Meals included: B


Maywood Hotel

The 4-star Maywood Hotel is situated in the heart of Istanbul.

Hotel facilities include a breakfast room and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, telephone, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.

Buyuk Truva Hotel

The Buyuk Truva hotel is situated centrally within the city of Canakkale, and has a quaint and traditional décor. The in-house restaurant serves a varied cuisine of both local and international options, whilst also offering a wonderful view of the Marmara Sea. Air-conditioned rooms are furnished with private facilities, and there is complimentary WIFI is available.

Hilton Garden Inn Izmir Bayrakli

The Hilton Garden Inn Izmir Bayrakli is a contemporarily styled property which offers lovely views of the Aegean Sea. Guests can enjoy the in-house restaurant, which has a spacious dining area. Guest rooms have wooden décor and private facilities. Other services available at the hotel include free WIFI and a Gym.

Movenpick Bursa Hotel & Thermal Spa

Mövenpick Hotel & Thermal Spa Bursa makes no concessions on quality with its modern and comfortable rooms, ballroom, large meeting rooms, a la carte restaurants, thermal swimming pool and Spa area with thermal Turkish bath, wellness center with dietitian, and high technology fitness equipment. You can relax in the Spa Center with sauna and steam rooms, get aromatic massages from our professional team and swim in the thermal pool.

Maywood Hotel

The 4-star Maywood Hotel is situated in the heart of Istanbul.

Hotel facilities include a breakfast room and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, telephone, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.