Istanbul to Ephesus - A Winter Turkish Delight

From £949.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Mar 2021
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From £949.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Nov 2020 - Mar 2021
Tour Overview

Turkey is an assault on the senses. It's a place where history, culture and delicious cuisine combine to create a fascinating travel experience.

From Istanbul's Grand Bazaar and the ancient city of Ephesus to a belly-dancing show and Gözleme pastries, we'll explore Turkey's rich culture and discover famous landmarks and natural wonders. Whether you want to learn about historic sites, see Gallipoli or have free time to browse the markets and shops, this tour combines an incredible array of highlights.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Gatwick with Turkish Airlines
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 14 included meals: 7 brea​kfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide​
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar
  • Learn about Turkish coffee-making and enjoy a tasting with Baklava
  • Visit the Gallipoli War Memorial
  • Troy tour and visit to the ancient city of Pergamon
  • Sample freshly made Gözleme pastries​ in Yesilyurt, a traditional Turkish village
  • Tour of one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Temple of Artemis, in Ephesus
  • Learn about Turkish fruit and wine production in Sirince village
  • Tour of the former Ottoman capital city of Bursa

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Istanbul

Today you’ll fly to Istanbul. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel where dinner is served this evening.

Meals included: D

Day 2 Istanbul

​Today, embark on our Byzantine and Ottoman Relics tour where we explore Istanbul, the once capital of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. From Sultanahmet Square we'll explore the Hippodrome's stunning obelisks and intriguing history of chariot races. Prepare yourself for breathtaking sights as we visit the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
After lunch at a Turkish restaurant, we'll sharpen our bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar, the trading hub of the city, where you can find everything from pots and carpets to fruit and spices. Try a slice of Baklava, a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and honey, and learn the secrets of Turkish coffee-making. Dance to your own tune in the city tonight or join our optional excursion to a Turkish nightclub for a belly-dancing show. ​

Meals included: B,L

Day 3 Istanbul - Canakkale

​After a leisurely breakfast, feel free to explore at your own pace or join our scenic Bosporus cruise. You'll admire the city skyline and views of historic monuments, while experiencing the novelty of a quick crossing from Europe to Asia. We'll also hop off the boat for a glimpse of local life on Istanbul's Asian side.
Settle in for a relaxing afternoon drive to Canakkale, with sweeping views of the Marmara Sea coastline. We'll stop at the famous WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, the poignant resting site of Australian, New Zealand, British and Turkish soldiers. We then cross the historic Dardanelles Channel for dinner and leisure time at our hotel.​

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Canakkale - Izmir

Our first stop today is the city of Troy, bathed in the legends of Homer's the Iliad, an epic poem about the Trojan War. In real life, it's a fascinating archaeological site showcasing more than 3,000 years of history. A treat awaits as we continue to the traditional village of Yesilyurt to see how Gözleme pastries are made and enjoy a tasting served with apple tea. To top the day off, we'll discover the magnificent remains of the Acropolis and Asclepion in the ancient city of Pergamon. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Ephesus & Sirince

The UNESCO-listed ancient city of Ephesus is home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This morning we'll tour the massive excavation site that St Paul once visited on his way back to Antioch, as well as stopping to admire the bathhouses and the majestic Library of Celsus.
We'll also visit the Basilica of St Jean, before an afternoon journey into nature at the picturesque village of Sirince. This region is a wine-lover's paradise and is known for producing some of Turkey's best olives and exquisite handmade olive oil products.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Izmir - Bursa

Today we'll have breakfast at the hotel before driving through Manisa and Balikesir to our next destination of Bursa. The former capital of the Ottoman Empire is packed full of historic gems, such as the Grand Mosque and the Tombs of Osman and Orhan, the first Ottoman Sultans.
We'll then take a tour to discover the delights of the Silk Market. The quaint and charming stores here offer scarves, fabrics, silver and artistic crafts, all with a stunning backdrop of decorative Ottoman architecture. ​​​

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Bursa - Istanbul

After breakfast we'll head back to Istanbul, arriving in the city by around midday. Spend the afternoon at your leisure or join us for an optional excursion, starting with lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. After this, we'll visit the Topkapi Palace Museum to see priceless collections including Chinese porcelain and the Imperial Treasury.
This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner and drink in the fisherman's village area of Kumkapi, before enjoying free time in the bright lights of this cosmopolitan city.
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Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Istanbul - UK

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll head to the airport for our flight back to the UK.

Meals included: B

Accommodation

Sapphire Hotel

Decorated in classic Ottoman style the 4-star Sapphire Hotel is located in the old centre of Istanbul, within walking distance to many major historical attractions.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.

Buyuk Truva Hotel

The Buyuk Truva hotel is situated centrally within the city of Canakkale, and has a quaint and traditional décor. The in-house restaurant serves a varied cuisine of both local and international options, whilst also offering a wonderful view of the Marmara Sea. Air-conditioned rooms are furnished with private facilities, and there is complimentary WIFI is available.

Hilton Garden Inn Izmir Bayrakli

The Hilton Garden Inn Izmir Bayrakli is a contemporarily styled property which offers lovely views of the Aegean Sea. Guests can enjoy the in-house restaurant, which has a spacious dining area. Guest rooms have wooden décor and private facilities. Other services available at the hotel include free WIFI and a Gym.

Almira Hotel

This hotel is well located within Bursa and has a great selection of amenities for guests to enjoy. These include in-house restaurants, multiple bar areas, as well as an outdoor swimming pool that offers wonderful vistas of the city. Rooms feature a minibar, TV and air-conditioning. Free WIFI is also available throughout the hotel.

Sapphire Hotel

Decorated in classic Ottoman style the 4-star Sapphire Hotel is located in the old centre of Istanbul, within walking distance to many major historical attractions.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.