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Short description

A nine-day escorted tour taking in the best of historic Turkey

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Antalya
  • 1 Night Pamukkale
  • 1 Night Selcuk (Ephesus)
  • 1 Night Bergama (Pergamum)
  • 1 Night Canakalle (Troy and Gallipoli)
  • 2 Nights Istanbul


Recommended for:
City | History & culture | Independent tour | Natural world

Along with your knowledgeable English-speaking guide, you'll visit historic Antalya, the Calcium Cliffs at Pamukkale, the Greco-Roman settlement at Aphrodisias, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and the beautiful city of Pergamum, set high on the hills overlooking the town of Bergama. The tour finishes with a visit to the World War I memorial at Gallipoli and a two-night stay in vibrant Istanbul.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2

Arrive in Antalya and transfer to your hotel where you'll spend the first two nights of your tour. The following day you'll visit a wealth of important historical sites including the Pamphylian trading cities of Side, Perge and Aspendos before heading to the spectacular Manavgat Waterfalls.

Stay: 4-star hotel Antalya

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 3

Today you'll travel to Pamukkale and the ancient city of Heirapolis, the site of the largest Necropolis in the ancient world. You'll then make a stop at Pamukkale's Roman Baths before heading to the spectacular Red Water and Calcium Cliffs to see the calcium deposit formations created over hundreds of years that give the site its nickname - the Cotton Castle. Enjoy some free time to swim in the thermal pool, surrounded by Roman columns before heading to your hotel.

Stay: 4-star hotel Pummukale

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 4

This morning you'll visit the Greco-Roman settlement of Aphrodisias, a site dedicated to Aphrodite - the Goddess of Love. The settlement is exceptionally well preserved and enjoys an impressive setting on a plateau some 600 metres above sea level.In the afternoon you'll continue to Selcuk where you'll spend the night, stopping along the way at the village of Sirince.

Stay: 4-star hotel Selcuk

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 5

Today is one of the most exciting days of the tour, and one of the busiest. You'll set off in the morning to Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor and home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your tour takes you to the ruions of Odean, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, Agora, the impressive Greco-Roman theatre and the magnificent Library of Celcus. In the afternoon you'll continue to your overnight base in Bergama, stopping at the Basilica of St John and Meryem Ana, the house where the Virgin Mary spent her final days.

Stay: 4-star hotel Bergama

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 6
Pergamum & Troy

Depart Bergama and head to the ruins of the beautiful city of Pergamum, set on the summit and terraced slopes of a hill that rises above Bergama. You'll have some time here to explore and admire the views before heading to the legendary town of Troy. Spend the afternoon in Troy before heading to Canakalle where you'll spend the night.

Stay: 4-star hotel Canakalle

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 7

Make your way across the Dardenelles and visit the World War I memorials at Gallipoli, the site of one of the most important battles of the First World War. Afterwards you'll continue on to Istanbul where you'll check into your hotel and then head out for dinner in Turkey's capital city.

Stay: 4-star hotel Istanbul

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 8

Spend your final full day exploring Istanbul on a city tour, visiting the city's main highlights including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome and the magnificent Sulemaniye Mosque.

Stay: 4-star hotel Istanbul

Breakfast & dinner included

Day 9

Transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight home.

Breakfast included


Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

9-day tailor-made independent tour from £2,110 incl. flights

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