Tour Style : Private Luxury
Duration : 9 Days – 8 Nights
Highlights : Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Kusadasi, Pamukkale
Welcome to Turkey , arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Tonight you will have a welcome dinner, be introduced to our friendly crew and other travelers while enjoying traditional Turkish Food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night.
2nd Day Istanbul
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul city tour. The visit begins will the ancient HIPPODROME, which was the scene of chariot races and the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue to the SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Then arrive at our last stop which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience The BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the Bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is yours to discover Istanbul by night.
3rd Day Gallipoli
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and we depart for Canakkale. We arrive in Eceabat at noon and begin the fully guided Gallipoli tour. Visiting Kabatepe Museum , ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine the Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek and Chunuk Bair the New Zealand memorial. During the tour there will be a lunch break. Late in the afternoon we will arrive in Canakkale
Day 4 – Troy
After breakfast we depart for the ancient city of Troy . Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archeological diggings since its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870’s. Nine cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to 3500 B.C. After Troy we will depart for Kusadasi. Late arrival in Kusadasi.
Day 5 – Kusadasi
We depart at 10:00 and we visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world : Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. In the evening, as being one of our optional activities, you will have the chance to experience the traditional Turkish bath. Overnight in Kusadasi
Day 6 – Pamukkale – Free Day
After breakfast we depart for Pamukkale . You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy party and explore Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 – Pamukkale
After breakfast we depart on the Pamukkale Tour. Including the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight bus to Istanbul.
Day 8 – Istanbul
On arrival please check into the hotel where your accommodation has been reserved for the night. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy shopping, party and explore Istanbul.
Day 9 – Istanbul
After breakfast check out from the hotel. Transport to airport if needed. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another YukiTour tour.
What is included
English speaking professional guide throughout
All transportation by private a/c tour coach
4 nights, 4 star hotel hotel in Istanbul
1 night, 4 star hotel accommodation nearby Çanakkale
2 nights, 5 star hotel hotel in Kusadasi
1 night, 4 star thermal hotel hotel in Pamukkale
All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
Free airport - hotel transfers
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours