7-Day Classic Tour from Istanbul to Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia
This fantastic tour starts from Istanbul with an expert guide aboard a comfortable air-conditioned coach to visit the WWI poignant battlegrounds of Gallipoli and Anzac Cove. Explore the mesmerising Roman-Greco remnants of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, which is one of the seven wonders of the world. See the worldly geology in Cappadocia with stunning landscapes of the Fairy Chimneys and explore the underground labyrinth.
Along the way, you will stop at Pamukkale where you can marvel at the white coloured rock plateaus which is where it gets is name as Pamukkale means Cotton castle then plunge into the hot Hierapolis natural springs which are believed to have healing powers.
Discover the history of Troy the name of the Bronze Age city attacked in the Trojan War, a famous story in the mythology of ancient Greece. Enjoy all this fabulous itinerary with six nights of accommodation and daily breakfast and dinner that are all included and planned for your convenience.
- Enjoy this 7-day tour of Turkey’s classic sights from Istanbul with a professional guide
- Go to the WWI sites of the Gallipoli Peninsula and Anzac Cove
- Explore ancient Ephesus one of Europe’s best-preserved Greco-Roman city
- Marvel at the stunning landscape of the fairy chimneys, cave churches and underground labyrinths in Cappadocia
- Witness the pure white calcified rock terraces of Pamukkale
- Explore the ancient ruins of Troy, Hierapolis and the Acropolis of Pergamum
- Scheduling: Private
- Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese
- Duration: 7 days
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Pick-up servicePickup from your centrally located Sultanahmet hotel in Istanbul
- CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- On Request
- Cut-off TimeAvailable to be booked until 3 days before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Six nights accommodation at 4 or 5-star hotels
- All your travelling in a air-conditioned vehicle
- Meals as per itinerary
- A professional and knowledgable guide
- Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
- Other services not mentioned
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Folklore evening in Cappadocia
Start your tour in the morning where you will get picked up from your hotel in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district.
Once settled into your air-conditioned coach, you will drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula, which was the scene of one of World War I’s deadly campaigns. The Allies attacked Gallipoli to capture Constantinople in 1915, which is now Istanbul, to help the struggling Russian forces. The failed mission is cost around 100,000 lives and is commemorated by memorials at the significant battle sites.
Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Cemetery and Memorial, and see Anzac Cove, the Nek and Johnston’s Jolly. In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel in nearby Çanakkale.
After breakfast, you will head to the site of ancient Troy, famed as the location of the Trojan War in the 2nd century BC, as described in Greek mythology and in the epic poem, Iliad, by Homer.
Take a fascinating guided tour of the UNESCO-listed remains and view the replica Trojan horse, as your guide reveals how the war was sparked by the love of the Trojan prince, Paris, for Zeus’ daughter, Helen.
After lunch (own expense), continue to Bergama Acropolis (Pergamum Acropolis), an ensemble of theatres, temples and palaces that once made up a thriving, ancient Greek capital.
Afterwards, arrive at your hotel in Kusadasi, your base for the next two nights, and unwind over dinner.
After breakfast, you will make your way to Ephesus, which is one of Europe’s best-preserved Greco-Roman city.
View the site of the now long-crumbled Temple of Artemis one of the seven wonders of the world, and then walk around the partially rebuilt streets of Ephesus itself.
Wonder at the extraordinary Library of Celsus and follow in the footsteps of the long-ago residents around the columned streets, shops and theatre.
Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense) and join your guide for a visit to the former Greek village of Şirince, a charming 19th-century settlement of traditional houses that is famous for its wines.
Then after a visit to a carpet-weaving workshop and you will visit one of Kusadasi’s renowned leather factories to see some of the area’s beautiful, handmade leather goods. Turkey is a leading producer of leatherware, and the factory showcases some of Kusadasi's finest leather products, such as bags, sandals and purses.
Browse the finely sewn, handcrafted goods and perhaps buy some as souvenirs or gifts.
Drive to Pamukkale to admire its cotton-candy-like, calcified rock terraces, dotted with milky turquoise pools.
Wander over to the neighbouring archaeological gem of Hierapolis, a UNESCO-listed cluster of ruins dating from the 2nd-century BC.
Seize the chance to swim in the city's hot springs once used by toga-clad Romans. Waft through the reputedly therapeutic waters, taking care not to bump into the submerged Roman pillars that still stand in the pools.
Following breakfast at your hotel, relish the views as you trace a fascinating stretch of road that was once the ancient Silk Road, the aeons-old route once followed by caravan trails between Anatolia’s silk-making regions.
Nowadays, the most prominent reminders of the caravans that passed along here are the kervansarays (caravan palaces) along the way. Visit one of the best preserved the Sultanhani Caravanserai and then stop in the town of Konya for lunch (own expense).
Afterwards, visit the town's Mevlana Museum, dedicated to the Muslim poet Mevla Celaddiini-Rum.
On arrival in Cappadocia, check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. Alternatively, choose to attend an optional folklore evening (own expense) featuring live belly dancing, folk music and unlimited drinks.
In the morning you have an option to do a hot air balloon tour (own expense) and see the sunrise with spectacular views.
After you have enjoyed breakfast, enjoy a whole day exploring the surreal and stunning landscapes of Cappadocia that are dotted with bizarre fairy chimneys, cave houses and strange rock formations.
Then meet your guide and visit the awe-inspiring Göreme Open-Air Museum a display of rock churches and monasteries that are carved and decorated in the Byzantine times.
After lunch (own expense) in Göreme, you will then drive through a valley crowded with Cappadocia's famous fairy chimneys and other weird and wonderful rock pinnacles, peaks and cliffs.
Then, explore Kaymaklı Underground City which descends into a maze of once-inhabited subterranean passages, chambers and cellars.
Return to your Cappadocia hotel in the evening and enjoy dinner.
You will check out of your hotel and catch a flight to Istanbul where your tour ends with a drop-off back at your Sultanahmet hotel or the original departure point in Sultanahmet.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level as some walking will be involved
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
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