This trip features some stunning crossings and fantastic coastal swims. Also featured are swims over the ruins deposited on the sea bed by numerous earthquakes as we follow the Lycian Way, Turkey's premier coastal journey...
5 days / 4 nights Istanbul & Gallipoli & Troy & Pergamon & Ephesus Tour
DAY 1 Arrival to Istanbul Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel Overnight Istanbul
DAY 2 Istanbul City Tour Open buffet breakfast 08.00 - 08.30 Pick up from your hotel by your guide Fully guided Classical Istanbul City Tour Visiting; Hagia Sophia Museum (Closed on Mondays & replaced with Basilica Cistern) Hagia Sophia (532-537) is one of the most impressive architectural samples of Byzantium Era and it is absolutely mystical unique example of art where you can see motifs and traces of Christianity and Islam together. It was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and it was used as a church until 1453. When Mehmed II which was Ottoman Sultan on that period conquered Istanbul in 1453, it was converted from church to mosque. In 1935, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk converted it to a museum.
Blue Mosque (Closed on Friday Mornings because of Friday Pray)
Imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet (1609-1616) is one of the great masterpieces of the world and it is the last sample of classical Ottoman architecture. The name "Blue" comes from the famous blue Iznik (Nicea) tiles which adorned the entire interior of the mosque. It is also the only Ottoman mosque with 6 minarets among the other mosques. Hippodrome of Constantinople Being used as an arena for chariot races, athletic activities and rebellions in Byzantium Era, Hippodrome was also used for similar purposes including executions in Ottoman Period. Today, it is the heart of the Old City which hosts other ancient monuments. Cafer Aga Madrasa (Closed on Mondays) The Madrasa has more than a dozen handicraft courses on offer including the popular Turkish art of marbling ('Ebru'), painting, jewelry, porcelain, calligraphy, Ottoman language, ceramics and stained glass. Its musical workshops include reed flute ('Ney'), guitar and leed ('Ud'). Caferaga Medresesi has become a popular place for both Turkish and foreign artists to study traditional Turkish arts and all are welcome to attend the workshops. Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant Topkapi Imperial Palace (Closed on Tuesdays & replaced with Archeological Museum) Started to build in 1460 and finished in 1478 for Sultan Mehmet - the conqueror of Istanbul. Topkapi Palace was the primary residence of Ottoman Sultans. The palace was transformed into a museum in 1924 and was declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985. (Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it subjects to additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.) Grand Bazaar (1461) (Closed on Sundays & replaced with Spice Bazaar) In addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even the no shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. You have chance to visit 2 parts; Indoor Part: This part of the bazaar is covered section which is dating back to1461. It is very nice place to see the Ottoman oriental bazaar where you could find some small souvenirs. Outdoor Part: This section of the bazaar are surrounded with export houses (free V.A.T and free shipment chance) subsidized by Turkish Government where local and foreign visitors who are looking for real Turkish handicrafts-leather-jewelrywhich are being sold with certificate and authenticity. You will enjoy your safe bazaar trip in this hassle free part. Overnight Istanbul
DAY 3 Istanbul - Gallipoli Tour 06.00 - 06.30 Pick up from your hotel in Taksim area 06.30 - 07.00 Pick up from your hotel in Sultanahmet and transfer to Eceabat 09.00 Breakfast on the way 12:00 Arrive in Eceabat & restaurant lunch in Eceabat 13.00 Depart from Eceabat for Fully Guided Gallipoli Tour
ANZAC Commemorative Site,
Respect to Mehmetcik Statue
Lone Pine Australian Memorial,
Johnston's Jolly, (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels),
57. Regiment Turkish Memorial
Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial,
18.00 End of the tour
Overnight Eceabat / Canakkale
DAY 4 Troy - Pergamon Tour
Open buffet breakfast at the hotel
08.00 Depart for Fully Guided Troy Tour
The Trojan Horse,
The 3700 year old city walls,
Houses of Troy I, 3000 B.C. - 2500 B.C.
The Bouleuterium (Senate Building).
The Odeon (Concert Hall),
Current excavations in progress.
Remains of the various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX.
10.30 End of Troy tour & depart for Bergama
13.30 Lunch in Bergama & depart for Fully guided Pergamon Acropolis tour
The ancient Pergamon, which once the ancient world's major power
Center of learning and the arts.
The Library once held 200.000 books and Trojan
Temple of Athena
Temple of Trojan
Alter of Zeus ( Now at BERLIN MUSEUM )
The Gymnasium situated on terraces
The lower Agora
The Hellenistic Theater with a seating capacity of 10,000
Temple of Dionysus 17.30 End of the tour & depart for Selcuk / Kusadasi 20.30 Arrive your hotel in Selcuk 21.30 Arrive your hotel in Kusadasi
DAY 5 Ephesus Tour Open buffet breakfast 09.00 - 09.30 Fully guided Ephesus & Virgin Mary's Tour Ancient city of Ephesus and its breathtaking range of buildings; indeed so great was it, that the Romans made it their 'capital' of Asia, with its amazing two-storey Library of Celsus and the enormous amphitheater. We also see the remains of the Temple of Artemis, in its day greater than the Parthenon in Athens and a pilgrimage destination for a thousand years. Intriguingly, only ten percent of the city has been excavated to date, but the discoveries indicate a highly sophisticated society living in luxurious houses with marble-lined halls, decorated with mosaics and beautiful frescoes. In complete contrast, we next visit the small hillside site of the House of the Virgin Mary. St John was entrusted to care for her and it's believed she travelled with him to Ephesus. Flight, bus and/or accommodation can be arranged
This tour includes;
All transportation by A/C 'NO - SMOKING' vehicles,
Transfer from airport to hotel in Istanbul
2 night's accommodation in Istanbul
Fully guided classical Istanbul City Tour (lunch & entrance fees included)
Breakfast on the way from Istanbul to Eceabat,
Fully Guided Gallipoli Tour (lunch & entrance fees included)
One night accommodation in Eceabat / Canakkale,
Fully Guided Troy Tour (entrance fees included)
Fully Guided Pergamon Acropolis Tour (lunch & entrance fees included)
1 night accommodation in Selcuk / Kusadasi
Fully guided Ephesus Tour (lunch & entrance fees included)
Istanbul & Gallipoli & Troy & Pergamon & Ephesus Tour
Istanbul & Gallipoli & Troy & Pergamon & Ephesus Tour