Turkey Express Overview

Take an express tour of Turkey as you travel to Istanbul, Gallipoli, Selcuk and Pamukkale, and visit Turkey's ancient relics and glorious Aegean coast.

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Travel to Istanbul and enjoy an express tour of Turkey's highlights

Savour the highlights of Turkey on a week-long express adventure. Travel to Istanbul and the sobering Gallipoli Peninsula, south to the Aegean Coast and then on to the ancient site of Ephesus and the therapeutic waters of Pamukkale. Discover a culture brimming with mysticism as we peel back the layers of Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman history. Compact, but packed with highlights, the Turkey Express offers a superb slice of Turkey.

  • Stroll the lively backstreets of Istanbul
  • Reflect on WWI in Gallipoli
  • Swim the balmy waters of the Aegean
  • Wander the marble streets of Ephesus
  • Experience the dazzling white terraces of Pamukkale
  • Take a ferry to the European shore

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Finish:

    Istanbul, Turkey
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    5 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (4 nts), Overnight bus (1 nt), Pension (2 nts)
  • Transport:

  • Included activities:

    Boat trip, Guided Tour of Gallipoli Peninsula, Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour, Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park, Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    177kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. There is an altered winter itinerary (October - April). See Important Notes 2. A single supplement is available on this trip. TRIP CHANGE FOR 2013 Please note that as of January 1st 2013 this trip will be 10 days long instead of 8 days. The trip will still depart on the same day in Istanbul. However on Day 8 instead of heading back to Istanbul we will make our way to Antalya where we spend Days 8-10. The trip will finish on Day 10 in Antalya.

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Days 1-2 Istanbul

Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.

Day 3 Gallipoli Peninsula

The Gallipoli Peninsula, a place of devastation and tragedy during World War I, is a place of great beauty and a memorial to all soldiers that fell there.

Days 4-5 Ayvalik (May-September)

With a picturesque harbour facing the Aegean Sea, relaxed waterside cafes, hills of olive groves and nearby idyllic islands, Ayvalik exudes Turkish charm.

Day 6 Selcuk

Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.

Day 7 Pamukkale

The arresting cascade of travertines and nearby hot springs have attracted visitors to Pamukkale since ancient times.

Day 8 Istanbul

The wonderful city of Istanbul has an incredibly rich history, amazing array of architectural styles, a delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, fascinating culture and oodles of style.
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