Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 4 Days
Departures : All year round
DAY 1 – Istanbul – Gallipoli Battlefields Tour
Depart early morning for afternoon tour of Gallipoli. The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Gallipoli battlefields, Kabatepe War Museum, Beach Cemetery (John Simpson’s Grave), ANZAC Cove, Ari Burnu (First ANZAC landing place), Lone Pine Cemetery (Australian memorial), Johnston’s Jolly (Walk in the ANZAC trenches), View Shrapnel Valley, Turkish Memorial, The Nek and Walker’s Ridge, Chunuk Bair (Main New Zealand memorial).
Overnight in Canakkale.
DAY 2 – Canakkale to Kusadasi
Ancient City of Troy Tour
8:00am Depart from hotel and visit a replica of the wooden Trojan horse that you can climb into for a photo, Excavation information centre which holds exhibits from the work underway, The fortification walls of Troy Vl with its tower and gateway entrance, Temple of Athena – the focal point of a great annual festival in honour of the goddess Athena, Schliemann’s trench – the discoverer of Troy , The entrance ramp to Troy ll., The sanctuary – an important religious centre of its time, The odeon.
After the tour, Noon Bus to Kusadasi at 13:15.
Overnight in Kusadasi
Day 3 – Ephesus Tour
Ephesus boasts some of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus – once the commercial centre of the ancient world – is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Artemis was the virgin goddess of nature, and protectress of women in childbirth. The enormous the Temple of Artemis, once considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. In 263 AD., the temple was sacked and destroyed during the invasion of the Goths. The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus.
Nearby, is the site of St. John’s Basilica. The plan of the Baptistery is somewhat complex. The main chamber is octagonal in plan, and is framed by a narrow corridor and flanked on two sides by absidal-planned halls. The main baptistery is paved with marble, with the pool in the centre. The baptistery predates the Justinian church, being built in the 5th century.
We also visit the reputed last House of the Virgin Mary who was said to have spent the last years of her life in Ephesus area. Some four to six years after the death of Christ, St. John is said to have accompanied the Virgin Mary to Ephesus, where St. John brought the Virgin Mother to a house on the slopes of Bulbul Mountain. It was officially accepted to be the house of the Virgin in 1892 with the celebration of high mass there by Timoni, Archbishop of Izmir, and this belief has recently been confirmed by Pope Paul VI in 1967 and Pope John Paul II in 1979 with the celebration of high mass at Ephesus.
Day 4:Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour
Lunch and Dinner Included
After breakfast drive to Pamukkale which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish.
Visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath.
Evening bus to Istanbul at 21:00pm
End of our service.
What is included
- All Transportation
- Bus Tickets from Istanbul to Canakkale and from Pamukkale to Istanbul
- 1 Night 3 star Hotel in Canakkale with Breakfast
- 2 Night Hotel in Kusadasi
- 2 Breakfast
- Professional English Speaking Tour Guiding.
- Museum Tickets
- Pick up and Drop off at hotel
- Touristical airconditioned not-smoking tour vehicle
- Petrol, Parking fees
- Experienced Drivers
- Taxes and Service Charge
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours