Turkish Escape ( KQRX)

8 Day Tour from Istanbul to Istanbul

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Turkey is a unique country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. Your 8-day Turkish Escape starts in Istanbul, a city of great diversity and a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little has changed for centuries. During its 3,000 years of turbulent history, it has been home to the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the Turks themselves- all leaving their marks. Highlights of your sightseeing are inside visits to the 6th century Hagia Sophia, the largest ever church and for over a thousand years the largest covered space on earth and to the amazing Topiaki Palace which was the seat of the government of one of the greatest Empire of the Medieval age.

Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the Anzac cemetery and visit 3 of the most famous ancient sites in the country: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. Each very different and distinctive. Troy, the oldest, dating from 3,000BC and made up to 9 separate cities all built over each other; Pergamon an impregnable defensive site with amazing views in all directions which flourished as one of the ancient world’s greatest centres of and healing; Ephesus, the greatest city in the Eastern Mediterranean during Roman times which boasts an extraordinary number of superbly preserved monuments.

Cross from Europe to Asia on board a scenic ferry journey across the Dardanelles Straight and get ready to taste the superb Turkish cuisine, an interesting blend of Mediterranean specialties and flavours.

This is the perfect vacation if you are looking for a genuine and unique blend of diverse cultures, centuries of history and an atmosphere the mysterious East with the familiar West.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

ISTANBUL
Welcome dinner and a LF special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, including visits to Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar.

DARDANELLES
Ferry crossing of the Straits

ANZAC
Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemetery

TROY
Guided visit of the archaeological site

PERGAMUM
Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and Asclepion

EPHESUS
Guided visit of the archaeological site and museum

PAMUKKALE
Guided visit of the Hierapolis

BURSA
Guided sightseeing including a visit to the Great Mosque; Covered Bazaar & Silk Market

IZNIK
Visit St. Sophia Church and the archeological museum

Notes:

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine in Istanbul

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL,TURKEY Welcome to Istanbul! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Dinner Dinner

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Day 2

ISTANBUL A Gateway between Orient and Occident ISTANBUL Guided sightseeing includes the Topapki Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque followed by a Turkish Delight tasting.
Breakfast Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITIONS Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus remains one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as a gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent yet exciting history.


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Day 3

ISTANBUL–GALLIPOLI–TROY AREA Bravery on the Beach
GALLIPOLI Visit the WWI battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, the Anzac Cemetery and the Lone Pine Memorial before crossing the Dardanelless by ferry.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner 236 mi/ 380 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORY & HERITAGE Visit the moving and inspirational sites, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those tragic months of 1915 at the Anzac Cemetery and the Lone Pine Memorial.


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Day 4

TROY AREA–PERGAMUM–KUSADASI Trojan War TROY Enjoy a guided visit
PERGAMUM Guided visit of the Asklepion, a shrine to the Greek God of medicine.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner 267 mi / 430 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HEALING THE BODY &THE SOUL Nestled between hills, the Asklepion retains a sense of serenity and history. The sick approached the temple via the Sacred Way, a path that started their journey to health determined according to what dreams the patience experienced and which also included theatre shows. All of this was done in the belief that healing was a sacred art and that people’s souls needed to be mended as well as their bodies.


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Day 5

KUSADASI–EPHESUS–PAMUKKALE Ancient Civilization Preserved EPHESUS Follow your Guide for a walk through the ancient ruins and the archaeological museum.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner 137 mi / 220 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS Ephesus was one of the most famous cities of the ancient Mediterranean. It was the second biggest city of the Roman Empire and today it is one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean.


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Day 6

PAMUKKALE–HIERAPOLIS–BURSA In the Shadow of Mount Olympus HIERAPOLIS Visit the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BCE.
BURSA Visit the Great Mosque the covered bazaar and the silk market followed by a Kestane Sekeri tasting.
Breakfast Breakfast 280mi / 450 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ANCIENT TASTES ON THE SILK ROAD Wander through the long winding bazaar in Bursa, Turkey’s centuries-old city center, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the buzzing marketplace. Treat your taste buds to one of the city’s famous sweets, the Kestane Sekery, and find the perfect gift for yourself or a friend, a piece of authentic Bursa-made silk.


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Day 7

BURSA–IZNIK–ISTANBUL Ancient Walls & Ecumenical Council IZNIK Guided visit includes St. Sophia’s Church and the Archaeological museum
ISTANBUL Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner 137 mi / 220 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CERAMIC BEYOND TIMES Iznik is a completely "open-air museum" with its rare ancient history and uniqueness. It is also the birthplace of the world famous Iznik tiles – a treasured artform dating back to the Ottoman Empire.


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Day 8

ISTANBUL Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 Accommodations

TROY AREA

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON CANAKKALE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

KUSADASI

CHARISMA DE LUXE HOTEL KUSADASI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

PAMUKKALE

ADEMPIRA TERMAL & SPA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

BURSA

MOEVENPICK BURSA HOTEL AND THERMAL SPA

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

ISTANBUL

RENAISSANCE ISTANBUL POLAT BOSPHORUS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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