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.

Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Countries
Turkey
Themes
Explorer
Code
ERSA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
177kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Travel to Istanbul and discover a magical city of minarets, mosques and markets that will inspire and delight. Get to know Sultanahmet or bargain with cheeky vendors in the Grand Bazaar. Be dazzled by the exquisite architecture of the Blue Mosque, sniff out the spice markets or grab a strong Turkish coffee and watch the world go by.
Reflect on a tragic moment in history amid the moving memorials and windswept scenery along this peninsula. Experience how the stunning natural beauty of Gallipoli makes it hard to believe that one of the most devastating and fiercely fought battles of WWI was fought here.
Take an optional trip to Troy where a little imagination can make the history of the ruins come to life. Later, in Ayvalik, relax on an Aegean cruise across the azure waters.
See how Ephesus, once the heart of the great Eastern Roman Empire, still retains some of its past glory. Then, maybe delve deeper into the area’s fascinating history at the Ephesus Museum or visit the Basilica of St John in Selcuk.
Admire the pools at Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times. Enjoy a warming dip at Hierapolis and, during winter, stop by Aphrodisias, a city dedicated to the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
Arrive back among the domes of Istanbul after an overnight journey. Soak up views of the city's stunning mosque-filled skyline and be sure to witness the gilded harem in the Topkapi Palace before saying goodbye to this magnificent country.
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Inclusions

Meals
5 breakfasts1 dinner
Transport
Dolmus
Accommodation
Hotel (4 nights), Overnight bus (1 night), Pension (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Boat trip
  • Guided Tour of Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
  • Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site

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Important 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.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Turkey Express trips score an average of 4.58 out of 5 based on 24 reviews in the last year.

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