This is a good itinerary for connecting to the Greek Islands via Rhodes or for joining a Turkish coastal cruise.
Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
Hotel: Istanbul – Crowne Plaza Harbiye or Crowne Plaza Old City (DLX), Canakkale – Kolin Hotel (SFC), Kusadasi – Charisma (DLX), Pamukkale – Pam Thermal (FC), Marmaris – Anemon (FC)
Day 1 Thu: Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing.
Day 2 Fri: Istanbul
Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D
Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Kusadasi
Today we visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, tour ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum and continue on to Kusadasi for overnight. B D
Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Kusadasi
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s cottage and visit a regional rug production center. Afternoon Optional: Tour of Sardis or Sirince. B D
Day 6 Tue: Kusadasi – Pamukkale
Drive through fertile valleys to Pamukkale (white lime cascades) visit Hierapolis and enjoy the thermal pools of our hotel. B D
Day 7 Wed: Hierapolis – Marmaris
Drive south to the resort city of Marmaris, afternoon is free. B D
Day 8 Thu: Marmaris
Our services end after breakfast. B
Morning complimentary transfer to Marmaris pier for travelers who would like to take a ferry to Rhodes.
Sunday departure tours in May, Sep and Oct, will visit St. Sophie Cathedral in Istanbul, not during the full day tour of Istanbul which is Monday as it is closed, but on Tuesday before departing for Canakkale, Gallipoli area.
Professional English speaking guide throughout the tour.
Breakfast (B), Dinner (D) as indicated in the itinerary.
All sightseeing and admission fees on the above program.
Arrival Ataturk International Airport & hotel transfer.
All transportation in Turkey by private a/c tour coach.
Any tipping you feel appropriate.
Meals unless stated.