Turkish Delights

Explore one of the world’s most mystical cities and discover some of the world’s finest ancient sites. Uncover the secrets of Turkey’s fascinating past on trips to Troy, Gallipoli, Pergamon and Ephesus, and spend an entire week relaxing in the beachfront resort of Kusadasi, overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Aegean.

Included:

  • Return flights from your local airport to Turkey
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in the three-star
  • Olympiyat Hotel, Istanbul
  • One night’s half-board accommodation in the Iris Hotel, near Canakkale
  • Seven nights’ half-board accommodation in the Tusan Beach Resort, Kusadasi
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Escorted tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a Newmarket Tour Manager
  • Governmental taxes and service charges
  • Single rooms are available for a supplement

Day 1

Fly to Istanbul, where you’ll be met by your Tour Manager and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend Istanbul & the Ancient Treasures of Turkey at leisure, exploring your extraordinary surroundings.

Day 2

Discover the city where East meets West on today’s fascinating tour. Unearth priceless treasures at the extraordinary Topkapi Palace (entrance included), visit the breathtaking Blue Mosque with its six minarets and cobalt tiles that give the building its name, and perhaps pick up some Turkish delight at the colourful spice market. This evening you’ll have the chance, on an optional excursion, to enjoy a traditional fish dinner in the popular Kumkapi district.

Day 3

Explore the Historic Peninsula - the centre of ancient Istanbul. Discover monumental Aya Sofya church, and take a guided stroll through the ancient Roman Hippodrome and visit the world’s largest covered bazaar. This afternoon you’ll also be able to join an unforgettable cruise through the  ospohorous, the narrow straits separating the Sea of Marmara from the Black Sea, and the Western world from the mystic East.

Day 4

Leaving Istanbul this morning, you’ll travel west, around the Sea of Marmara, to the beautiful Gallipoli peninsula. Gaze in awe at the Anzac Cove and its stunning surroundings before visiting the memorials and cemeteries that commemorate the wartime losses suffered here in 1915, which famously included some 10,000 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps members - the famous ANZACs. Later this afternoon, you’ll cross the narrow Dardanelles to Canakkale and check in to the Iris Hotel in time for dinner.


Day 5

Today you’ll travel to Troy, guarded by a replica giant wooden horse that recalls the tales of the first Trojan War. Discover the wonders of Ancient Greece as you visit the Hellenistic city of Pergamon, where the acropolis, with its temples, two-storey Library, monumental Altar of Zeus and spectacular, 10,000-seater theatre, are among the breathtaking ruins. You’ll arrive this evening in Kusadasi, for a three-night stay in the Tusan Beach Resort hotel.

Day 6

Spend today at leisure exploring Kusadasi. Head to the beach for a spot of sunbathing, stroll the harbour promenade, visit the medieval Kale district, or perhaps visit tiny Pigeon Island. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Pamukkale. Marvel at the geological wonder’s outcrop of white calcium deposits and its terraces and pools filled by a mineral-laden spring, before exploring the Temple of Apollo and restored Roman Theatre. You’ll also stop at the ‘red water’ springs of Karahayit, and enjoy lunch and a relaxing spa at the luxurious, five-star Pam Thermal Hotel.

Day 7

Take in the ruins of Ephesus on our final included excursion. Uncover the history of this Roman and Byzantine city as you wander through the remnants of its churches, bathhouses and temples, visit its impressive Roman Amphitheatre, and see the fabled Library of Celsus’s facade and the colonnade of the Arcadian Way. You’ll return to Kusadasi this evening in time to join us for
an optional evening of traditional Turkish music, culture and food - the perfect way to end your stay.

Day 8

Journey to the airport at Izmir today, to begin the return journey home .