Duration: 06 Days / 05 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Thrace, the Dardenelles, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamon
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: All Istanbul tour packages are modular & you can use these itineraries as a starting point & we can help modify this itineraries to accommodate your personal requirements & desires to find your perfect holiday.
Day 01 - Istanbul Arrival
When arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be met by our guide and will be with you during your transfer to your hotel. If you have time, you will have an short walk with one of our guides around Sultanahmet to get acquainted with the neighbourhood.
Day 02 - Istanbul
We will go out in the morning to visit the Sultanahmet Square and the gorgeous Blue Mosque decorated with beautiful 17th century Iznik tiles. Then walk around the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were once done. After strolling Hippodrome, visit the Hagia Sophia / St. Sophia and Museum. An early Christian church, later changed into a mosque under Ottoman rule, this fabolous temple now serving as a museum with all the handmades from the Byzantine era intact, is especially famous for its mosaics. After lunch, we will visit the Topkapi Palace Museum, the house of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It has got several exhibition halls, such as the Treasury, the porcelain section, Armoury and Holy Relics. We will finsh this historical day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar and go back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 03 - Istanbul
You will visit Spice Market first, still in use as one of the world’s biggest and nost famous spice bazaars since 1665. Next, we will get on the ferries across the Bosphorus which will take us to both European and Asian sides of the city. This magnificent voyage will take you along the shores of Bosphorus and you will see the Rumeli Castle from the 15th century as well as the seaside summer palaces and unique wooden houses of the area, as well as the natural beauty of the forests above. Today, you will also go to Grand Bazaar which is the largest covered market in Turkey. The last break on the cruise is the fishing village of Sariyer, near the Black Sea. From there on we will go by coach via the world’s only Intercontinental Bridge Bosphorus Bridge to take you to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. Camlica is the highest hill in Istanbul where you will enjoy breathtaking views of Istanbul. We will visit the Dolmabahce Palace, the residence of the royal Ottoman family with original furniture and magnificent gardens. After the tour, you will be transferred your hotel.
Day 04 - Istanbul / Gallipoli
After breakfast, check out & meet for early morning drive to Eceabat (4hrs). On arrival, we have lunch in the village before touring the Gallipoli ANZAC Memorials Tour. We will see Kabatepe War Museum, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches & tunnels), The Nek & Chunuk Bair New Zealand memorial, Simpson’s Cemetery where the 1. World War and Turkish Indepence War were done . After visiting we cross the Dardenelles by car ferry to Canakkale and check-in to hotel.The evening is at leisure or for those that wish there is a screening of the 4 Corners documentary 'Fatal Shore' & the 'Gallipoli' movie starring Mel Gibson.
Day 05 - Troy & Pergamum / Istanbul
After breakfast at hotel, depart to Troy. The Greek poet Homer wrote about the ancient city Troy in The Iliad. Troy is one of the world's most crucial archaeological areas because of its place in literature and what it tells us about a critical early period in the development of European civilization. The large replica of the Trojan horse at the front of the ruins, is part of the myth of the Trojan War. After Troy we will proceed to Pergamum. The site of ancient Pergamum is set on a steep hilltop, the capital of Pergamum kingdom after the death of Alexander the Great was a cultural center having a large library rivaling that of Alexandria in Egypt. After the tour, we will drive for 2.5 hrs to reach Izmir Airport for flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel upon arrival & overnights Istanbul.
Day 06 - Istanbul Departure
Check-out at 12:00 and leisure time till your transfer to the airport.