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Classical Turkey

10 days from £3445 per person

Turkey is home to some of the finest classical remains of the Mediterranean. This itinerary follows a well-worn ancient path from Istanbul south along Aegean coastline stopping to Ephesus which, for many, is considered the finest Roman remains in Turkey. The beginning of your journey is spent in Istanbul, the vibrant crossroads of Europe and Asia, where there is ample time to explore the many sites. From here follow the coast south through a region containing Homer's Troy, the beautiful village of Assos and spectacularly sited Pergamon, ending in unrivalled Ephesus.

Route: Istanbul – Adatepe – Sirince – Istanbul

Itinerary Highlights

The result of a beautiful collision of East meets West, Istanbul is a fascinating city with a unique identity - formed from its delightful blend of cultural influences.

Above the busy coastal strip in the Kaz Mountains, the traditional village of Adatepe is peaceful and slow-paced, surrounded by pine and olive trees, with stunning views of the sea.

Şirince is a beautiful hill town near Ephesus, famous for its olive oil and fruit wines. This charming collection of old Ottoman houses now include boutique hotels and restaurants.

Itinerary: Classical Turkey

Fly non-stop with British Airways to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. (N)
Accommodation in Istanbul: Ottoman Imperial Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (or similar)
At leisure to relax and explore the city. During your stay you will receive a one-day private tour of the old city. Visit the renowned Topkapi Palace and the beautiful Hagia Sophia, see the Blue Mosque and enter the labyrinthine of the medieval Grand Bazaar. (B)
Accommodation in Istanbul: Ottoman Imperial Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet (or similar)
This morning embark with your driver-guide on the fast car ferry across the Sea of Marmara to Bandirma. On arrival continue to the attractive village of Adatepe situated in the foothills of Mt Ida in the North Aegean. Alternatively, leave Istanbul early this morning and take the longer and less attractive route, via Gallipoli to visit WW1 cemetery, Anzac Cove and military museum. Cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue your journey via Troy to Adatepe. (B/L)
Accommodation in Adatepe: Hunnap Han (or similar)
Today relax and explore the area. The ancient altar of Zeus on a hilltop offers a panoramic view over the Gulf of Edremit. Visit Assos, one of Turkey’s hidden gems. Further afield you may wish to visit the ancient ruins of Troy. (B/D)
Accommodation in Adatepe: Hunnap Han (or similar)
Drive south to Bergama, ancient Pergamon. Continue to Sirince a picturesque village in the hills near Ephesus. (B/D)
Accommodation in Sirince: Gullu Konaklari Hotel (or similar)
Today visit the glorious city of Ephesus, one of the most important and famous ancient Greco-Roman sites. On leaving Ephesus you may wish to visit Mary’s House. A chapel on the slopes of Ala Dag, it is believed that the Virgin Mary spent her last days here. Finally, visit the Archaeological Museum in Selçuk. (B/D)
Accommodation in Sirince: Gullu Konaklari Hotel (or similar)
Visit Didyma, Miletus and Priene three important ancient sites. At Didyma see the Apollo Temple, then to Miletus, an important and cultural Ionian city. Finally Priene to see the ruins of the Temple of Athena and the theatre. (B/D)
Accommodation in Sirince: Gullu Konaklari Hotel (or similar)
This morning drive to Izmir and fly to Istanbul to connect with the flight to London. (B)

This morning drive to Aphrodisias considered to be one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey. Also see the Temple of Aphrodite before continuing to Pamukkale with its spectacular travertine terraces and hot springs. In the afternoon visit the magnificent ruins of Hierapolis. (B)
Accommodation in Pamukkale: Spa Colossae Thermal Hotel (or similar)
Day at leisure to relax. In the evening transfer to Denizli and fly to Istanbul to connect with the flight to London with British Airways. (B).
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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