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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Turkey
Travel type Fly
Price range From £909
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 6 nights
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Istanbul, Ephesus and Troy

Experience the exotic charm of Istanbul and some of the most fascinating sites in the eastern Mediterranean on our escorted tour to Turkey.

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement. The price includes six nights accommodation in four-star hotels, daily breakfast and three buffet dinners; scheduled return flights; all tours and entrance fees as described: guided tours of ancient Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House, Temple of Artemis, St John’s basilica, city of Pergamon and Asclepion, Troy, Gallipoli battlefields, Haghia Sofia, Blue mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace; airport departures taxes; all transfers and the services of a Riviera tour manager.

Please note where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months, weather permitting.

  • Return scheduled flights from Manchester, Stanstead or London Heathrow
  • Six nights accommodation in selected four star hotels on a bed and breakfast basis, with three dinners included
  • Walking tour of Istanbul including the Blue mosque, the Galata bridge across the Golden Horn and the Grand Bazaar
  • Guided tour of the Topkapi Palace
  • Visit Haghia Sophia
  • Follow in the footsteps of St Paul and St John in Ephesus
  • Visit the mountainside site reputed to be the house of the Virgin Mary
  • Guided tour of the Acropolis of Pergamon
  • See the remains of Homer’s Troy
  • Cross the Straits of the Dardanelles and visit the poignant sites of the Commonwealth cemeteries in Gallipoli and Anzac Cove
  • Daily breakfast and three dinners included
  • Services of an experienced tour manager
Not included
Turkish visa. Entry to the Topkapi Harem quarters 15 Turkish lira per person, approximate cost, payable locally.
Day one

Fly to Izmir via Istanbul staying two nights with dinner at the four star hotel Korumar in Kusadasi.

Day two

You have a guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus, Roman capital of Asia, with its two-storey Library of Celsus and enormous amphitheatre. You also see the Temple of Artemis, in its day greater than the Parthenon in Athens and a pilgrimage destination for a thousand years. It’s a humbling experience to walk the same streets as St Paul and St John, who both lived here.

Day three

Today we visit the Hellenistic city of Pergamon, famed for its library, which rivalled Alexandria’s. See the remains of the Temple of Trajan, the altar of Zeus and the steepest ancient amphitheatre in the world. We stay overnight at the four star Kolin Hotel overlooking the Dardanelles, with dinner.

Day four

A fascinating day of contrasts: firstly there is Troy and the famous ‘Wooden Horse’ story, a complex archaeological site covering nine separate cities. Then cruise across the Dardanelles to Gallipoli, scene of one the first world war’s most tragic campaigns, continuing to Istanbul, staying three nights at the central four star Titanic City hotel or the Taksim Gonen hotel, with breakfast.

Day five

Capital of the eastern Roman Empire then the Ottoman Empire, probably nowhere in the world can you find such an array of diverse places to visit. Our tour includes the major highlights then continues with a guided walk through the Grand Bazaar – for thousands of years, centre of the overland trade routes and home to merchants from throughout the known world.

Day six

Today we tour the Topkapi Palace, once home to the Sultan plus 4,000 guards and the Harem. It’s now a museum with arms, jewellery, jewel-encrusted thrones and the Topkapi dagger. Then have a tour of the Spice Bazaar where your senses are awakened by exotic colours and smells.

Day seven

Return to the airport for your flight home.
Kusadasi - four star Hotel Korumar

Located very close to the main bay of Kusadasi and within walking distance (about 10 minutes) of shops and restaurants. This resort-style hotel is fully air-conditioned with three restaurants, a spa/hammam, a large open-air pool, excellent sun terraces overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean and a small cove for swimming. All 224 rooms have a private balcony, ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV, safe and minibar.

Canakkale - four star Hotel Kolin

Overlooking the Dardanelles and is three km from the centre of Canakkale. This modern hotel is fully air-conditioned with a wide selection of bars and restaurants, gym and indoor and outdoor pools. All the 276 rooms have ensuite facilities, satellite TV, safe, hairdryer and minibar.

Istanbul - Titanic City hotel or the Taksim Gonen

Both four-star rated and are centrally located within easy walking distance of Taksim Square and Istiklal Street, the city's main pedestrianised shopping street. Both hotels boast good quality restaurants, a bar and indoor pool and hammam. All rooms (183 in the Titanic City and 153 in the Taksim Gonen) are air-conditioned with ensuite facilities, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, free wireless internet, safe, minibar and tea/coffee-maker.
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We always arrived at hotels to find the accommodation arranged very efficiently, and on our were ready for us and we always had fast entry.

It proved a very stimulating and rewarding tour. We still marvel at how much we managed to see and do without any of it ever feeling rushed.
May 2012
J Ballantyne & R Visram

What a wonderful visit - fascinating and stimulating - I saw and learned so much in just a few days!
Oct 2011
Ms J Buresova

My wife and I have just returned from the Istanbul,Ephesus and Troy tour. We had a very enjoyable time and would like to thank you and the tour guides Sait and Mohammed for looking after us so well.
Jun 2011
Nigel Agar
Best aspects: All of it. The Guide - Ahmet and the group leader Susan. The wonderful places we visited and the fab hotels we stayed in. Feel like my brain has been stimulated for the first time in years. Thank you so much.
Oct 2010
Sarah Hill
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