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Turkey Express Itinerary
Days 1-2 Istanbul
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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Day 3 Gallipoli Peninsula
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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Days 4-5 Ayvalik (May-September)
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.
ACCOM: Pension - 2
Day 6 Selcuk
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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Day 7 Pamukkale
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.
ACCOM: Overnight bus - 1
Day 8 Istanbul
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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