Travel Turkey's eastern coast, stopping in at Gallipoli.
Start with a kebab in Istanbul, leave for Gallipoli then zoom through Eceabat to Ayvalik for a visit to Troy and harbourside bevvies. On to Selcuk to explore Ephesus (where Antony and Cleopatra hung out), then Pamukkale for its healing pools, Fethiye for beach times, and a cruise for sunbaking and sunken ruins.
Get to know Istanbul from the inside as you get (deliberately) lost in the maze of bustling backstreets with a local leader
We’ve got the cure for whatever ails ya; the hot springs at Pamukkale, pure white calcium travertines that cascade down the cliffs overlooking the town, are said to have magical healing properties
Thought all the best Roman ruins were in Italy? Think again! Turkey is home to one of the best-preserved classical cities in all of Europe. Discover Ephesus just like Anthony and Cleopatra did 2000 years ago
While paying your respects, you can’t but be moved by the battles fought and lives lost at the now peaceful scene of the Gallipoli coast
You’ll get an extra taste of local life on this trip, with most travel done on public buses. There are loads of reasons why this is great, but here are just a few: it minimises our carbon footprint, gives you a real chance to interact with the local community, and these aren’t your regular buses. Most Turkish buses have Wi-Fi and serve coffee and cake. Yes, you heard right, coffee and cake! Oh and did we mention the in-seat entertainment?
Can you feel that tingling in your fingers? That my friend is power! This trip puts it in your hands with the options of free time or taking optional tours. Maybe budget a little extra cash for activities that aren’t included.
You’re probably pro at packing light and smart, but just in case your tempted to bring a big, heavy bag, remember you’ll have to carry it to and from hotels, bus stops, train stations etc.
The weather can be hot in July and August but this is the best time to enjoy the clear water of the Mediterranean.
You’ll need your walking shoes, a hat, some sunscreen, and a daypack to explore some of historical sites. All site tours are guided, but you can wander at your own pace if you prefer.
Bring your best sweater along, as temperatures in April and October can be a bit cooler than you might expect, especially in the evenings.
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ANZAC DAY DEPARTURE:
The 23rd April 2019 departure ties in with ANZAC day at Gallipoli. The night of Day 2 will be spent camping in Anzac Cove instead of in Istanbul. Please bring a sleeping bag if you are travelling on this departure.
We would also like to advise that attendance at this event requires an attendance pass. We recommend applying for this pass in advance at the links below. Passes are available in electronic format if you are travelling and unable to receive your pass it will be emailed to you. It will also be necessary to carry this pass and your personal identification at all times whilst on site. For those that arrive without a pass you can apply before the tour departs Istanbul OR at the coach registration upon arrival, however these passes will not be guaranteed, and will be dependent on site capacity.
An optional single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.
Please note, on the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
-Day 3: Ayvalik
-Day 6: Faralya
-Day 8 & 9: Southern Sailing Cruise