Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, a blend of the ancient, Christian and Ottoman worlds, encapsulated in Istanbul, city of boulevards, cafes, street-markets, high-class shops and over 3,000 years of history. As Byzantium, Constantinople and then Istanbul, Greeks, Romans, the Crusaders, Ottomans and the Turks themselves have left a remarkable legacy, epitomized by sixth-century Haghia Sofia, for over a thousand years the largest covered space on earth.
See also the monuments of the Ottoman Empire: the intricately tiled Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, seat of government of a great medieval domain. The eight-day tour also includes visits to three further famous ancient sites: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. Turkey is a unique blend of diverse cultures, centuries of history and an atmosphere linking east and west.
The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at a supplement. The price includes six nights accommodation in four-star hotels, daily breakfast and three buffet dinners; scheduled return flights; all tours and entrance fees as described: guided tours of ancient Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House, Temple of Artemis, St John’s basilica, city of Pergamon & Asclepion, Troy, Gallipoli battlefields, Haghia Sofia, Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Topkapi Palace; airport departures taxes; all transfers and the services of a Riviera Tour Manager. Please note where hotels feature a swimming pool, pools are open in the summer months, weather permitting.
Not included: Turkish visa. Entry to the Topkapi Harem quarters 15 Turkish lira per person, approximate cost, payable locally.
Fly to Istanbul.
Today we have a guided tour of the nearby ancient city of Ephesus, with the rest of the day free to enjoy at your leisure.
After breakfast we leave Kusadasi, heading for the ancient Hellenistic city of Pergamon, where we see the Temple of Trajan, the altar of Zeus and the steepest ancient amphitheatre in the world.
Today, we visit Troy, followed by a short cruise from Asia to Europe on the Gallipoli peninsula, then visiting the Lone Pine memorial and Anzac Cove, before continuing our journey to Istanbul.
Today in Istanbul we see the beautifully preserved city walls and visit the Blue Mosque. We then take a guided tour of the breathtaking Haghia Sofia and this afternoon we will have a guided walk.
Today we start with a visit and guided tour of the Topkapi Palace, followed by a short walk around the Spice Bazaar and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.