Istanbul & Ancient Turkey
- Immerse yourself in the culture of Ancient Türkiye (Turkey) on this 7-night guided group holiday.
- Stay 2 nights in Istanbul, 1 night in Çanakkale, 1 night in Ayvalik or Güre & 3 nights in Kuşadasi.
- Visit the historical WWI battle ground of Gallipoli, including stops at Anzac Cove & Lone Pine Cemetery.
- Cross the continental boundary between Europe & Asia via a scenic ferry ride to Çanakkale.
- Step into the past on guided day trips to the ancient cities of Troy, Pergamum & Ephesus.
- Includes 2 nights on a bed breakfast basis, 5 nights on a half board basis.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Turkey
Travel with us on an adventure to Istanbul and Ancient Türkiye (Turkey). Centuries of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule have left an everlasting legacy and today, Turkey is an exciting fusion point where Europe meets Asia. We’ll begin our holiday with a city tour exploring the dynamic capital of Istanbul to visit the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and go shopping for Turkish treats in the Grand Bazaar. Next, embark on a poignant journey to Gallipoli, one of WWI’s most famous battle sites. Enthusiasts of Greek Mythology will enjoy a half-day excursion to the legendary city of Troy. We’ll also discover Ephesus, an Ancient Greek city which was famous for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. With an incredible collection of mythological, legendary, religious and historical sites; our holiday to Ancient Turkey is not to be missed!
- Outbound flights will be direct to Istanbul and return flights home will be from Izmir via Istanbul.
Activity Level: Busy
Travel to Türkiye (Turkey)
Arrive in Istanbul
Let’s travel to Türkiye (Turkey)!
We have arrived in Istanbul! We transfer to our hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, to relax and explore our surroundings.
Istanbul Guided City Tour
Let’s start our Turkish adventure and uncover some of the highlights of Istanbul. On our half day tour, we visit the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Mosque, the Egyptian Obelisks and the Roman Hippodrome.
We finish our tour at a Turkish art centre, where traditional arts are taught and exhibited, followed by a refreshing cup of tea or coffee at a local café (included).
Please note: St Sophia is no longer a museum. It has now been converted to a Mosque. During times of prayer, it may not be possible to visit the inside and will be viewed from the outside.
*In order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the iconic Blue Mosque, restoration work is ongoing at this site. Some phases of the restoration involve scaffolding; thus a clear view of the entire Mosque may not be possible.
At Leisure - Uncover more of Istanbul
The afternoon is at leisure, to relax and get to know your surroundings.
For those looking to discover more of this fascinating city, perhaps take time out to explore Topkapi Palace, shop till you drop in the Grand Bazaar, savour the tastes and smells of the Spice Bazaar, or relax and admire the views on a leisurely cruise down the Bosphorus.
Our expert local guide will be happy to recommend further places of interest to see and visit.
Gallipoli Tour & Transfer to Canakkale
Discover World War 1 Gallipoli Battle Site
This morning we leave the bustling city of Istanbul and transfer by coach to Canakkale (approximately 330km).
We discover more with an excursion to Gallipoli en-route. This is the famous battle site during World War one where thousands of Irish and British soldiers fought and died.
During our journey, we visit some of the places of interest, including Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair, Sulva Bay and Greenhill Cemetery.
Afterwards, we take a ferry and cross the Dardanelles, arriving at our hotel in Canakkale in the evening for a one-night stay.
Lunch at a local restaurant and dinner at our hotel are included today.
Transfer to Güre, including Troy Excursion
See More on a Guided Tour of Troy
After breakfast we transfer to Güre (approximately 116km).
During our transfer we experience more of Ancient Turkey with a half day excursion to the legendary city of Troy, best known for being the setting of the Trojan war, which occurred after Paris of Troy stole Helen away from her husband. Step back in time and discover the former acropolis and a replica of the Trojan wooden horse.
Later we transfer to our hotel in Güre or Ayvalik (pending on the chosen date of travel) in the evening, where we will spend the night.
We can relax for the rest of the evening and become familiar with our surroundings.
Dinner at our hotel is included tonight.
Discover Pergamum and Transfer to Kusadası
Uncover Pergamum en-route to Kusadasi
Let’s experience more! On our way to Kusadasi (approximately 296km), we uncover Pergamum, known as one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world. Let’s see more as we take the cable car up to the ancient Acropolis of Pergamum on our guided tour.
Lunch is included at a local restaurant today.
After our day of discovery of Pergamum, we transfer to our hotel in Kusadasi, arriving in the evening. Let’s unpack, relax, and unwind after a full day of adventure.
Join us for dinner! Tonight, we have dinner in our hotel and also for the next two nights of our stay. Let’s get together and enjoy our first night in Kusadasi.
Guided excursion to Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary
See More including Ephesus, Temple of Artemis and the Basilica of St John
Step back in time and enjoy a full day guided excursion to more fascinating places in ancient Turkey. We start our adventure with Ephesus, from ancient times home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the world.
Today the ruins of Ephesus remain a sacred site for many Christians due to its association with several biblical figures including St Paul, St John, and Virgin Mary. We discover more with a visit the Basilica of Saint John and the House of the Virgin Mary where historians believe she later lived and died (included) before returning to our hotel.
Lunch is included today at a local restaurant
At Leisure in Kusadasi
Discover Kusadasi at Leisure
Today we have a well-earned day of leisure. Take a refreshing dip in the sea, shop till you drop in one of the many shops and markets or sit in a nearby café to soak up the atmosphere and watch the world go by. Savour the moments as we enjoy our last day in Turkey.
Our expert local guide will be happy to recommend places of interest to see and visit.
Half day Sirince tour. It is possible to book locally an excursion to Sirince, a small village, with over 600 people. The little village is allegedly founded by freed Greek slaves who named it “ugly” in Turkish to deter others from following them after the fall of Ephesus. It is now called Sirince, which means ‘pleasant.’ This pretty little mountainous village is mainly known for its preserved whitewashed stucco homes, lush settings, as well as its fruit-based wineries and olive groves. This tour is bookable locally please ask your guide for more details.
Return Home from Izmir
Depart Izmir via Istanbul
Today we say farewell to Kusadasi, with fond memories of our journey through Ancient Turkey.
Transfer from our hotel to Izmir Airport for our flight home via Istanbul.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your Travel Department guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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