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Turkish Escape Round Trip Tour from Istanbul Including Airfare

Experience the rich history and culture of Turkey with this 7-night package, including accommodations, most meals, and roundtrip airfare from Calgary. You will embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure and discover the beauty of Turkey as you visit its most iconic destinations and landmarks. From the ancient cities' ruins to the modern metropolises' vibrant streets, this tour offers the perfect balance of history, culture, and adventure.
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Turkish Escape Round Trip Tour from Istanbul Including Airfare

DEPARTURE DATE: October 6, 2024
Countries Visited: Turkey

OVERVIEW

Turkey is a unique country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. Your 8-day Turkish Escape starts in Istanbul, a city of great diversity and a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little has changed for centuries. During its 3,000 years of turbulent history, it has been home to the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the Turks themselves- all leaving their marks. Highlights of your sightseeing are inside visits to the 6th century Hagia Sophia, the largest ever church and for over a thousand years the largest covered space on earth and to the amazing Topiaki Palace which was the seat of the government of one of the greatest Empire of the Medieval age.

Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the Anzac cemetery and visit 3 of the most famous ancient sites in the country: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. Each very different and distinctive. Troy, the oldest, dating from 3,000BC and made up to 9 separate cities all built over each other; Pergamon an impregnable defensive site with amazing views in all directions which flourished as one of the ancient world’s greatest centres of and healing; Ephesus, the greatest city in the Eastern Mediterranean during Roman times which boasts an extraordinary number of superbly preserved monuments.

Cross from Europe to Asia on board a scenic ferry journey across the Dardanelles Straight and get ready to taste the superb Turkish cuisine, an interesting blend of Mediterranean specialties and flavours.

This is the perfect vacation if you are looking for a genuine and unique blend of diverse cultures, centuries of history and an atmosphere the mysterious East with the familiar West.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
October 6, 2024from $4,100 CADPer Person

What's Included

  • 7 night tour round trip from Istanbul
  • 7 night accommodation - first class hotels
  • 12 Meals - 7 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
  • Taxes
  • Roundtrip airfare from Calgary

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sun Oct 6ISTANBUL, TURKEY
2Mon Oct 7ISTANBUL, TURKEY
3Tue Oct 8ISTANBUL–GALLIPOLI–TROY AREA
4Wed Oct 9TROY AREA–PERGAMUM–KUSADASI
5Thu Oct 10KUSADASI–EPHESUS–PAMUKKALE
6Fri Oct 11PAMUKKALE–HIERAPOLIS–BURSA
7Sat Oct 12BURSA–IZNIK–ISTANBUL
8Sun Oct 13ISTANBUL

DAY 1 – ISTANBUL, TURKEY

At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2 – ISTANBUL

STANBUL Guided sightseeing includes the Topapki Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque followed by a Turkish Delight tasting.

Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITIONS Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus remains one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as a gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent yet exciting history.

DAY 3 – ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – TROY

Bravery on the Beach

GALLIPOLI Visit the WWI battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, the Anzac Cemetery and the Lone Pine Memorial before crossing the Dardanelless by ferry.

Breakfast
Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORY & HERITAGE Visit the moving and inspirational sites, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those tragic months of 1915 at the Anzac Cemetery and the Lone Pine Memorial.

DAY 4 – TROY – PERGAMUM

Trojan War

TROY Enjoy a guided visit

PERGAMUM Guided visit of the Asklepion, a shrine to the Greek God of medicine.

Breakfast
Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HEALING THE BODY &THE SOUL Nestled between hills, the Asklepion retains a sense of serenity and history. The sick approached the temple via the Sacred Way, a path that started their journey to health determined according to what dreams the patience experienced and which also included theatre shows. All of this was done in the belief that healing was a sacred art and that people’s souls needed to be mended as well as their bodies.

DAY 5 – EPHESUS

Ancient Civilization Preserved

EPHESUS Follow your Guide for a walk through the ancient ruins and the archaeological museum.

Breakfast
Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS Ephesus was one of the most famous cities of the ancient Mediterranean. It was the second biggest city of the Roman Empire and today it is one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean.

DAY 6 – HIERAPOLIS – BURSA

In the Shadow of Mount Olympus

HIERAPOLIS Visit the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BCE.
BURSA Visit the Great Mosque the covered bazaar and the silk market followed by a Kestane Sekeri tasting.

Breakfast

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ANCIENT TASTES ON THE SILK ROAD Wander through the long winding bazaar in Bursa, Turkey’s centuries-old city center, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the buzzing marketplace. Treat your taste buds to one of the city’s famous sweets, the Kestane Sekery, and find the perfect gift for yourself or a friend, a piece of authentic Bursa-made silk.

DAY 7 – BURSA – IZNIK – ISTANBUL

Ancient Walls & Ecumenical Council
IZNIK Guided visit includes St. Sophia’s Church and the Archaeological museum
ISTANBUL Farewell dinner at a local restaurant

Breakfast
Dinner

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CERAMIC BEYOND TIMES Iznik is a completely “open-air museum” with its rare ancient history and uniqueness. It is also the birthplace of the world famous Iznik tiles – a treasured artform dating back to the Ottoman Empire.

DAY 8 – ISTANBUL

Safe travels until we meet again!

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

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