Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Assos, Pergamon, Ephesus, Aphrodisias,Pamukkale


Western Turkey tour covers the most important sites of the Eagean Region and Istanbul. It is also possible to add leisure days or excursions (such as Cappadocia) at the beginning or the end of this tour. 

Day 1-Arrival
After your arrival at İstanbul Ataturk Airport, we will transfer you to your hotel in the historical part of İstanbul (Sultanahmet). Free afternoon and overnight in İstanbul.

Day 2-Istanbul
We will pick you up at about 08:45 in the morning for a full day İstanbul tour. Our first stop will be Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya, Church of Divine Wisdom),which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. See its intricate mosaics and huge central dome. Next we will visit the  Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Continue to Hippodrome and Obelisks. Last stop before lunch is  Grand Covered Bazaar. After lunch we will see Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries and houses an impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Harem is extra and optional). Finally we will visit Suleymaniye Mosque. After the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel.
Overnight in İstanbul

Day 3- İstanbul-Gallipoli-Canakkale
We will begin our drive to Gallipoli in the morning. After arrival, we will have lunch and drive to windswept hills of this famous WWI battle site, which heralded the birth of the Turkish Nation, and also resulted in a great loss of life. We will visit  Kabatepe Museum, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels) The Nek and Chunuk Bair(visits according to passengers wishes and dependent upon time). We cross the famous Dardanelles Straight by ferry pulling away from Kilitbahir Fortress. Free evening and
Overnight in the friendly waterside town of Canakkale.
Day 4-Canakkale-Ayvalik
Today is an enjoyable odyssey of the North Aegean Coast past the area known as the “Troad”. We visit Troy, the legendary city of Homer and the beautiful Helen, which has nine principal levels of occupation covering a period of 3000 years. We will continue to Behramkale Village and visit the ancient city of Assos and Temple of Athena, high upon a hill. You can see the Greek Island of Lesvos from here. Aristotle founded his first school of philosophy in Assos. We will continue to the pleasant seaside town of Ayvalik
Overnight in Ayvalik

Day 5-Ayvalik-Pergamon-Selcuk
We will visit the lofty Pergamon Acropolis, and the ruins of Zeus Altar. The acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view, with a very narrow and steep theater that could seat up to 10,000. Parchment paper was first produced here. We will visit  what remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, and Temple of Trajan. We will pass the Red Hall for a view then continue to the Asclepion, which was the first known hospital and therapy center. Overnight in Selcuk.
Day 6- Ephesus-Selcuk
Today we will visit the House of Virgin Mary, which is a major pilgrimage site, then Ephesus, with the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater (Terrace Houses are extra and optional). Continue to Sirince Village, where you may taste different types of fruit wine. We will also visit the Basilica of St. John and remains of the Temple of Artemis , which was known as one of Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
Overnight in Selcuk

Day 7-Selcuk-Aphrodisias-Pamukkale
We will drive through the Meander Valley and see the Meander River. We will give an enroute visit to the Greco-Roman site of Aphrodisias, which is still being excavated. It features the Temple of Aphrodite, two agoras, a huge intact stadium, baths of Hadrian and theater, Aphrodisias was the site of a famous sculptural school. We will continue to Pamukkale with its impressive calcium terraces and visit  the ancient site of Hierapolis with the Temple of Apollo and extensive Necropolis.
Overnight in Pamukkale. 

Day 8- Pamukkale-Istanbul
We will drive to Cardak Airport to take a morning flight to İstanbul and upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Today is at leisure and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 9- İstanbul-Home
We will transfer you to Ataturk Airport for your flight back home..

 The rate of the Western Turkey Tour is 1075 Euro per person. Single supplement is an addional 290 Euro.

The rate includes

  • All airport transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation with breakfast (small & special hotel or 4 stars Hotel)
  • Professional guiding (English),
  • All museum and historical sight entrance fees
  • Transportation ( air-conditioned, new and confortable non-smoking vans)
  • 6 Lunches
  • Pamukkale-Istanbul domestic flight
  • All taxes

The rate excludes

  • Personal travel insurance
  • Uncovered lunches
  • Dinners
  • Drinks
  • Non-compulsory but customary tips


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