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Holiday type Tours
Country Turkey
Travel type Fly
Price range From £689
Travel partner Newmarket Holidays
Duration 7 nights
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Istanbul and ancient Turkey - Eight days

Join us to visit one of the world's most interesting cities and to discover some of the world's finest ancient sites. Investigate Turkey's Greek, Roman and Byzantine past on trips to Troy, Gallipoli, Pergamon and Ephesus, and relax in the beachfront resort of Kusadasi, overlooking the blue waters of the Aegean.


  • Return flights from your local airport to Turkey
  • Return airport-to-hotel transfers
  • One suitcase allowance per person
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation in a three-star hotel in Istanbul
  • One night's half-board accommodation in a four-star hotel near Canakkale
  • Three nights' all-inclusive accommodation in a four-star hotel in Kusadasi
  • Coach travel throughout
  • Escorted tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • The services of a Newmarket tour manager
  • Government taxes and service charges
  • Single rooms are available for a supplement

Day one

Fly to Istanbul, where you'll be met by your tour manager and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure, exploring the surroundings.

Day two

Discover this city that - first as Byzantium and later as Constantinople - was once one of the most important cities in the world. On today's fascinating tour you'll unearth priceless treasures at the extraordinary Topkapi Palace (entry included), see the Blue Mosque with its six minarets and cobalt tiles, and perhaps pick up some Turkish delight at the colourful spice market. This evening you'll have the chance, on an optional excursion, to enjoy a traditional fish dinner in the popular Kumkapi district.

Day three

Explore the Historic Peninsula - the centre of ancient Istanbul. See Aya Sofya church, and take a guided stroll through the ancient Roman Hippodrome and visit the world's largest covered bazaar. This afternoon you'll also be able to join an cruise through the Bospohorous, the narrow straits separating the Sea of Marmara from the Black Sea, and the western world from the east.

Day four

Leaving Istanbul this morning, you'll travel west, around the Sea of Marmara, to the Gallipoli peninsula. See the Anzac cove and its surroundings before visiting the memorials and cemeteries that commemorate the wartime losses suffered here in 1915, which included some 10,000 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps members - the ANZACs. Later this afternoon, you'll cross the narrow Dardanelles to Canakkale and check in to the Iris hotel in time for dinner.

Day five

Today you'll travel to Troy, guarded by a replica giant wooden horse that recalls the tales of the first Trojan War. Your journey into the ancient past continues with a visit the Hellenistic city of Pergamon, where the acropolis, with its temples, two-storey Library, monumental Altar of Zeus and 10,000-seater theatre are among the ruins. You'll arrive this evening in Kusadasi for a three-night stay.

Day six

Spend today at leisure exploring Kusadasi. Head to the beach for a spot of sunbathing, stroll the harbour promenade, visit the medieval Kale district, or perhaps Pigeon Island. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Pamukkale. See the geological wonder's outcrop of white calcium deposits and its terraces and pools filled by a mineral-laden spring, before exploring the Temple of Apollo and restored Roman theatre. You'll also stop at the 'red water' springs of Karahayit, and enjoy lunch and a relaxing spa at the five star Pam Thermal hotel.

Day seven

Visit the ruins of Ephesus on our final included excursion. Uncover the history of this Roman and Byzantine city as you wander through the remnants of its churches, bathhouses and temples, visit its Roman amphitheatre, and see the Library of Celsus's facade and the colonnade of the Arcadian Way.

Day eight

Return to the airport at Izmir today, to begin your journey home to the UK.

Turkey Touring Hotel

You will be staying in a series of well-located, three- or four-star rated hotels.

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08-Nov-2014 Birmingham 7 769.00 book
08-Nov-2014 Edinburgh 7 789.00 book
08-Nov-2014 London Gatwick 7 749.00 book
08-Nov-2014 London Heathrow 7 749.00 book
08-Nov-2014 London Stansted 7 689.00 book
08-Nov-2014 Manchester 7 759.00 book
18-Nov-2014 Birmingham 7 769.00 book
18-Nov-2014 Edinburgh 7 789.00 book
18-Nov-2014 London Gatwick 7 749.00 book
18-Nov-2014 London Heathrow 7 749.00 book
18-Nov-2014 London Stansted 7 689.00 book
18-Nov-2014 Manchester 7 759.00 book
17-Mar-2015 London Gatwick 7 829.00 book
17-Mar-2015 Manchester 7 859.00 book
17-Mar-2015 London Heathrow 7 829.00 book
17-Mar-2015 Birmingham 7 869.00 book
17-Mar-2015 Edinburgh 7 899.00 book
11-Apr-2015 London Gatwick 7 869.00 book
11-Apr-2015 London Stansted 7 829.00 book
11-Apr-2015 Manchester 7 899.00 book
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