The Best of Turkey

Start: Istanbul Finish: Istanbul

Visiting: İstanbul, Gallipoli Peninsula, Çanakkale, Troy National Park, Ayvalık, Selçuk, Şirince, Pamukkale, Çardak


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour code: 22875

Tour operator: G Adventures

Group size: 10 - 12

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $924

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Tour Overview

This trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience as much of Turkey’s stunning scenery and fascinating history as possible. Begin the journey at the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, then leap into Greek myths and explore the remains of the legendary city of Troy before strolling along the streets of Ephesus. Don't miss the remarkable white cliff pools of Pamukkale before boarding a comfortable and convenient flight back to Istanbul. Return refreshed and ready to explore the city’s bazaars, mosques, and tea houses.

Highlights

  • iconExplore ancient historic cities, overnight in a converted Ottoman mansion, discover ancient Roman ruins and amazing natural scenery, taste delicious local cuisine, walk through the astonishing white pools of Pamukkale.
  • iconExplore ancient historic cities
  • icon discover ancient Roman ruins and amazing natural scenery
  • icon walk through the astonishing white pools of Pamukkale.
  • icon overnight in a converted Ottoman mansion
  • iconYour G for Good Moment: Çöp(m)adam Visit
  • icon Ayvalik Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group. Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit. Troy entrance and guided visit. Ottoman mansion stay. Ephesus entrance and visit. Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk. Istanbul city walking tour. Internal flight. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • icon taste delicious local cuisine

Places You'll See

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The Best of Turkey
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Çanakkale
İstanbul
Selçuk
Ayvalık
Selçuk
Pamukkale
Istanbul

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Golden Horn Istanbul (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. After, opt to head out to dinner in a local restaurant with the group. Get the most out of your time in Istanbul by pre-booking one of the following full-day activities to experience before your tour starts: Istanbul Backstreets Walk or Dolmabahçe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night pre-tour. And don’t worry if you can’t decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, while any of the optional activities listed can be booked independently upon arrival in Istanbul.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Istanbul/Çanakkale

Location: İstanbul, Gallipoli Peninsula, Çanakkale

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Bogaz Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Guided tour of Gallipoli, including ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine. Continue on to the harbour town of Çanakkale.

Make an early morning visit to Gallipoli, where thousands gave their lives during WWI in the battle of the same name. Take in the sights and learn the sombre story. It is only a little further to Çanakkale, a busy harbour town with a thriving student population. Join the crowds as they stroll the waterfront nightly.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit this moving and beautiful site, a great complement to any trip to Turkey, even for those not familiar with the Battle of Gallipoli. Tour the grounds to see ANZAC Cove, the war cemeteries, and Lone Pine. Learn how the Turks fought off the numerically superior, but badly commanded, Allied forces who were forced to withdraw nine months later; this battle holds special significance for Australians and New Zealanders, as both nations lost many soldiers.

TRANSPORT: Take a ferry from Gallipoli across to Çanakkale City Center.

icon Day 3 : Çanakkale/Ayvalık

Location: Çanakkale, Troy National Park, Ayvalık

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Ayvalik Palas (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided visit of Troy before arriving at Ayvalik. Visit a women's handicraft shop, a G Adventures supported project. Opt to enjoy a half-day boat trip.

Enjoy a visit to the world-famous city of Troy. Continue to Ayvalik. Be charmed by the blend of old Ottoman architecture, cobblestoned streets, and an attractive harbour. In the afternoon, opt to charter a small boat from the harbour to cruise this beautiful area. After, head to waterside restaurants for a sunset drink.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: See historic Troy, made famous by Homer’s “Iliad,” (and more recently by Orlando Bloom and Brad Pitt). Tour the city that, for centuries, was regarded as just a myth, until its ruins were found in in the mid-19th century. Imagine what a great city this must have been, while taking a tour of the remains. Don't miss the chance to have a photo taken with the Trojan horse.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Visit the G-supported çöp(m)adam handicraft cooperation. All products are made out of recycled goods and by making a purchase it will directly support the local women who work in the workshop and over time has contributed to over 500 women who have been part of the project.

icon Day 4 : Ayvalık/Selçuk

Location: Ayvalık, Selçuk

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Cenka Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Visit ancient Ephesus before continuing on to Selçuk.

Enjoy a free morning in Ayvalik before travelling to Selçuk, the base for exploring the ruins of the ancient Roman town of Ephesus. Head to town and enjoy some free time to explore.

FREE TIME: MORNING Spend some more time in this quaint town.

TRANSPORT: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

ACTIVITY: Tour the ruins of ancient Ephesus to get a feeling of what life must have been like during Roman times. Take in its massive, well-preserved theatre, which dominates the view down Harbour Street. See the two-story library, whose façade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces. Built in AD 125, it once held nearly 12,000 scrolls.

icon Day 5 : Selçuk

Location: Selçuk, Şirince, Selçuk

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Cenka Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Opt to visit St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey or the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.

With free time, choose to pre-book a traditional Selcuk cooking class, walk to the remains of St John's Basilica, visit the Mosque of Isa Bey or wander the streets of this vibrant Turkish town. Another option is to catch a local “dolmus” bus to the picturesque village of Şirince (8km/5 mi) to sample some local wine or shop for crafts. For dedicated sunseekers, the beach at Pamucaki is also within reach.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Don't waste a minute — get out and explore.

icon Day 6 : Selçuk/Pamukkale

Location: Selçuk, Pamukkale

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Tripolis Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis.

Visit the famous white cliffs of Pamukkale and the ancient site of Hierapolis. This UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hierapolis is evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since the second century BC.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Tour the white cliffs of Pamukkale to learn about this World Heritage-listed site and natural wonder. Made up of 17 hot water springs, the cliffs are formed when the calcium carbonate hardens with time. Explore the ancient site of Hierapolis built on top of the white "castle." See the large, ancient baths within the city (thought to be evidence that the hot springs of Pamukkale were used as a spa since second century BC).

icon Day 7 : Pamukkale/Istanbul

Location: Pamukkale, Çardak, Istanbul Airport, İstanbul

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Golden Horn Istanbul (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Hop on a morning flight to İstanbul. Take a guided orientation walk before free time to explore some highlights, including the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace or Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya).

Take a short flight to İstanbul. After settling in, depart for a walking tour of the city. Each tour will be a bit different, allowing your CEO to point out their favourite spots. See highlights that may include the Hagia Sophia (or Aya Sofya) and the Topkapi Palace. With a little extra time, return to explore these sights in depth.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy an orientation walk of Istanbul. Each walk varies, allowing your CEO to show off their favourite spots around the city. Pass by city highlights such as the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia (also known as the Aya Sofya), and the Blue Mosque. Walks may also include the atmospheric Spice Bazaar or breathtaking Grand Bazaar.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON With tons to see and do, don't waste a minute.

icon Day 8 : Istanbul

Location: İstanbul

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

Your tour might be finished, but the adventure’s far from over. Pre-book one of the following activities to experience after your tour ends: Dolmabahçe Palace Visit and Bosporus Cruise or Istanbul Backstreets Walk. If you do, we recommend booking accommodation for an extra night in Istanbul. And don’t worry if you can’t decide now. These activities are available for pre-booking any time before your tour starts, or they can be booked upon arrival in Istanbul.

What's Included

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    Gallipoli battlefields entrance and guided visit

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    Istanbul city walking tour

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    Ephesus entrance and visit

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Accommodation

    Hotels (7 nts).

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    Troy entrance and guided visit

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    Internal flight

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    Ottoman mansion stay

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    Fully Guided

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

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    Ancient Hierapolis and Pamukkale entrance and guided walk

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    Your G for Good Moment: Cop(m)adam Visit, Ayvalik

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    Transportation

    Private air-conditioned van, plane, walking.

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group.

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    Meals

    7 breakfasts Allow USD165-215 for meals not included.

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    International Travel

Transport

Private air-conditioned van, plane, walking.

Meals Included

7 breakfasts

Book with Confidence

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Sunday Mar 20, 2022

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7

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$923.99

Saturday Apr 16, 2022

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Saturday May 14, 2022

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Saturday Jun 11, 2022

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7

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Sunday Jul 17, 2022

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Sunday Aug 07, 2022

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Sunday Sep 04, 2022

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Sunday Oct 02, 2022

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7

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