Istanbul Gallipoli Troy Assos Pergamum Kusadasi Pamukkale (8 Days/7 Nights)


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Rates above are per person, in USD,  based on double occupancy, and in your own private group
Subject to availability and dates selected 
A 10% discount applies to the following period: November 15 - March 15 

Single room supplement: +$550


Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport
Meet your guide and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel, located in the charming Old City district of Sultanahmet. Traveling along the old city fortifcation walls, you’ll learn a bit about this exciting city along the way. The remainder of the day is at leisure; why notstretch your legs with a walk around the neighborhood, then with dinner on your own at a rooftop restaurant. We can suggest several with great views over the Sea of Marmara! 

Day 2: Istanbul
Enjoy two full days of private sightseeing in Istanbul with your knowledgeable guide. Today we explore the Sultanahmet area and visit the Roman-era HippodromeBlue MosqueHagia Sophia Museum, the underground Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. (B) 

Day 3: Istanbul
Private sightseeing continues today with visits to the sprawling Topkapi Palace and its Harem Quarters and the Spice Market, followed by a leisurely boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, and, finally, time permitting, a walking tour through Istanbul's winding backstreets. (B)

Day 4: Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / Assos / Behramkale
We rise early this morning for a full day of road travel, heading to the northern Aegean Coast. We will visit Gallipoli and its multitude of battlesites and memorials, as well as the ANZAC Beach Cemetery.  We then travel across the Dardanelle Strait to the famed city of Troy, setting of the Trojan War. After an exploration of the ruins here, we continue on to Behramkale, and nearby ancient and picturesque Assos, where Aristotle lived, studied, and opened an academy. We’ll spend the night in Behramkale. (B, L, D) 

Day 5: Assos / Pergamum / Kusadasi
This morning, we depart for Pergamum, once one of the richest kingdoms in Asia Minor; here we visit the magnificent Acropolis, the library, the great amphitheater seating 10,000 spectators, and the marble-columned Temple of Trajan. Below the theater lay the ruins of the Temple of Dionysus along with the Altar of Zeus. We continue on to the Asclepium, a sanctuary and a healing center built in the 4th century BC, and named for Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Later this afternoon we drive on to Kusadasi, where we will check into our hotel. (B, L) 

Day 6: Kusadasi / Ephesus – Full day tour 
In Roman times, Ephesus was the provincial capital of Asia Minor with a population of some 250,000 at the height of its glory. The most significant ruin is the immense amphitheater that holds 24,000 people and is still used today for concerts and performances. We will walk along the marbled Sacred Way and see: the Temple of Hadrian, a Corinthian-style building with the talisman head of Medusa to keep away evil spirits; and the Library of Celsus, which once held 12,000 ancient scrolls stored in niches in its walls. We will also visit the newly-excavated Terrace Houses – home to Ephesus’ elite and often compared to the excellent ruins at Pompeii. Afterwards, we continue on to Sultankoy, where we learn about local rug-making proceses which include silk extraction, dyeing and weaving. Then, we will break for a fresh and organic al fresco lunch using ingredients from Sultankoy’s farm and orchards. A final stop in the town of Selcuk caps off our afternoon where you may visit the Museum of Archaeology.  We will drive back to Kusadasi, where we will spend our final night. (B, L) 

Day 7: Kusadasi / Aphrodisias / Pamukkale
Depart in the morning and stop at Aphrodisias, an excellent well-preserved archaeological site, where excavations began in 1904. Named for Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, the site also is in nearby proximity to a marble quarry, leading to a very prolific sculpture school. Here, you will see the stadium, which is in remarkable condition as well as the amphitheatre, odeon and the focal point of the site, the Temple of Aphrodite. Afterwards, you will have the chance to visit the nearby ancient site of Hierapolis as well as the famed cotton-white travertine formations of Pamukkale (Turkish for “cotton castle”). Later, you’ll have time to enjoy the private thermal pools onsite at your hotel and soothe your muscles after a long day of sightseeing. (B, L, D) 

Day 8: Pamukkale / Istanbul – Homebound departure
Gule gule!  Farewell! Transfer to Denizli Airport for a flight to Istanbul, where you will connect to your flight home or other destination. We look forward to welcoming you back to Turkey again soon! (B) 

Note: In the event that your connecting homebound flight leaves Istanbul in the morning, you may fly to Istanbul in the evening on Day 7. In this case, we can provide accommodation for you near close to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

Price of the package includes:

  • Accommodations: 
    3 nights in Istanbul: Hotel Ottoman Imperial - Premium Room   
    1 night in Assos: Hotel Nazlihan Spa
    2 nights in Kusadasi: Hotel La Vista – Suite Room  
    1 night in Pamukkale: Hotel Doga – Standard Room
  • Domestic flights in coach class within the program (Pamukkale/Denizli to Istanbul)
  • Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner 
    13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 2 dinners (includes bottled water)
  • Private, licensed, professional English-speaking guide throughout trip
  • All transfers and travel in a non-smoking, modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • All entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned in the program
  • Parking, ferry, and toll road fees (not applicable if driving a rental car)
  • Gratuities at restaurants (where a meal is included in the program)
  • Porterage fees at airports (when our guide travels with you)

Price of the package excludes:

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Beverages other than water during included meals
  • Optional gratuities to tour guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Tipping for porters at hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas, laundry, and other personal items