12 Days Istanbul Gallıpolı Troy Ephesus Pamukkale Bodrum By Bus
Tour Style : Turkey Tour
Duration : 12 Days / 11 Nights
Highlights : Istanbul – Ephesus – Gallipoli – Troy – Pamukkale – – Bodrum Boat Trip
Day 1 – Istanbul
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive to our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience BOSPHORUS Boat Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus, which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is your to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 3 – Istanbul – Gallipoli Battlefields Tour
06:30 am After your breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel/hostel and join your group and depart for Canakkale. The group will arrive in Eceabat at noon and begin the fully guided Gallipoli tour. Visiting Kabatepe Museum, *!Anzac!* Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston ‘s Jolly, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand memorial. During the tour there will be a lunch break. Late in the afternoon, we will arrive in Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 4 – Helen of Troy Tour – Kusadasi
After breakfast at 08:45am we depart for the ancient city of Troy . Your guide will explain the mythology surrounding Troy, the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy, as well as the history and discoveries of the archeological diggings from its discovery by Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870’s to the present day and on going. Nine cities have been discovered built one on top of the other dating back to 3500 B.C. After Troy we will depart for Kusadasi, late arrival into Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi / Selcuk
Day 5 – Kusadasi Ephesus Tour
(Breakfast and lunch included)
We depart at 08:30 and we visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world : Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour, we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. In the evening, as being one of our optional activities, you will have the chance to experience the traditional Turkish bath. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 – Kusadasi – Pamukkale
(Breakfast and lunch included)
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale . On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. We then arrive at Pamukkale for lunch. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 – Pamukkale – Bodrum / Free Day
At 08:30 we depart for Bodrum. Bodrum as a city is quickly becoming one of the most sort after destinations in Europe and with such a precedence, it offers some fantastic adventures for any age group. You can spend your days walking the streets of Bodrum, experiencing the sights and smells of the markets or walk the shopping malls searching for your top designer labels. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 8 – Bodrum Picnic Boat trip
(Breakfast and lunch included)
A day at sea with lunch included and served on board. We set out at approx. 11:00 to cruise the turquoise seas of the Bodrum coastline. We will visit several of the most beautiful bays where you can swim and snorkel in crystal-clear water or simply relax in the mild breeze, enjoy the stunning views and perfect your suntan to the sound of the gently lapping waves. At the black island, half an hour from Bodrum, you can bath in the grotto where the warm mineral waters flowing out of the rocks are believed to beautify the complexion. Back on land at approx. 17:00. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 9 – Dalyan (Caunos) Tour
(Breakfast and dinner included)
Dalyan is a very popular small town not spoiled by buildings. The wonderful 7 kilometer sandy Iztuzu Beach, which is accessible by a 45 minutes boat trip, is one of the last nesting areas for the Caretta caretta, Sea Turtles. Between May and September, the female turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs, to keep check on them from time to time and finally to take their babies to the sea. Caunos, the ancient city near modern Dalyan, was founded around the 9th century BC. Once it was a Mediterranean city port, but over the centuries the silt from the Dalyan River choked the harbor and today the town lies several kilometers from the sea. Caunos is famous for its rock-cut tombs. These were graves for the kings and important people of the city. Since the Pagan people of the area believed in resurrection, they put lots of food, money, jewlery and other valuable items in holes at the entrance of the tombs, but because of grave robbers nothing is now left today.
Day 10 – Bodrum – Istanbul
The day is yours. You do not have to wake up early, enjoy the sunshine and take in the views and natural magnificent beach & crystal clear sea and explore the city, shop in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you have to choose from. These include Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour and many more.
EVENING BUS TO ISTANBUL
Day 11– MORNING ARRIVE TO ISTANBUL BUS STATION YOU WILL TAKE FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE OR METRO OR TAXI BY YOUR OWN TO GO OLD TOWN OF SULTANAHMED END OF OUR SERVICE
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO TRANSFER ARRANGEMENT BY YUKI TOUR
FREE DAY IN ISTANBUL
Check in the hotel and the rest of the day is yours. Stay at hotel or explore the city, shop in Grand bazaar or Spice Bazaar . Experience Taksim , which is the heart of the night and intellectual life of Istanbul. It has nice bars, restaurants, café, cinemas. A street in which is famous for being the centre of the Turkish Film Industry. Enjoy your last day in Istanbul.
Day 12 – Istanbul (End of Tour)
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another tour with us.
What is included
- Airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
- Pick up Airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
-All hotels wıth Breakfast
- Fully Guided Istanbul City tour
- Guided Gallipoli tour
- Guided Troy tour
- Guided Ephesus Tour
- Guided Pamukkale tour
- Bodrum Picnic Boat Cruise
- Bodrum Dalyan Tour
- All transfer services to and from bus service
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours