Day 1 Thu: Istanbul | Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing.
Day 2 Fri: Istanbul | Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale | Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D
Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Kusadasi | Today we visit Troy with its famous wooden horse. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Kusadasi for overnight. B L D
Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Kusadasi | Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s cottage and visit a regional rug production center. Afternoon Optional: Tour of Sardis or Sirince. B D
Day 6 Tue: Kusadasi – Pamukkale | Drive through fertile valleys to Pamukkale (white lime cascades) visit Hierapolis and enjoy the thermal pools of our hotel. B D
Day 7 Wed: Hierapolis – Marmaris | Drive south to the resort city of Marmaris, afternoon is free. B D
Day 8 Thu: Marmaris | Our services end after breakfast. B
Duration: 8 Days/7 Nights
Morning complimentary transfer to Marmaris pier for travelers who would like to take a ferry to Rhodes.
Note: This is a good itinerary for connecting to the Greek Islands via Rhodes or for joining a Turkish coastal cruise.
Sunday departure tours in May, Sep and Oct, will visit St. Sophie Cathedral in Istanbul, not during the full day tour of Istanbul which is Monday as it is closed, but on Tuesday before departing for Canakkale, Gallipoli area.
Departure Dates and Rates
|Departure dates (2016)||Person
|Istanbul||Radison Blu Sisli Hotel (DLX)|
|Canakkale||Kolin Hotel (SFC)|
|Pamukkale||Thermal Colossae (SFC)|
|Marmaris||Anemon Marmaris (FC)|