4-Day Istanbul To Kusadasi Tour Including Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum And Ephesus

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Departure Time :
    7am
  • Departure Details :
    Your Istanbul hotel or central Istanbul
  • Return Details :
    Concludes in Kusadasi on Day 4
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Visit four of Turkeys top archaeological sites and the Gallipoli peninsula on a 4-day tour that starts in Istanbul and finishes in Kusadasi. Traveling by air-conditioned coach, tour the haunting World War I battle sites and memorials of the Gallipoli peninsula before setting off the next day to see the myth-wreathed ruins of ancient Troy and the theater, temples and Asceplion at Pergamum. Finally, explore the spectacular 2,000-year-old remains at Ephesus, including the Temple of Artemis. The tour includes meals ( as per itinerary), transport and 4-star hotel accommodation in anakkale and Kusadasi.

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Know More about this tour

Your 4-day tour includes guided walking tours of four of Turkeys historical gems Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus as well as transport by air-conditioned coach from Istanbul and between each site.

Enjoy overnight 4-star hotel accommodation at anakkale plus two nights at a 4-star hotel in Kusadasi. Three breakfasts, lunches and dinners, plus pickup from select hotels in Istanbul at the start of your tour are also included. Your tour finishes in Kusadasi on the morning of Day 4.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale (L, D)
Start your 4-day tour with a pickup from your hotel in the Sultanahmet or Taksim area of the city, or from central Istanbul. Then, travel by comfortable, air-conditioned coach to the battlefields of Gallipoli.
On route, listen fascinated as your guide gives you the background on Gallipoli — the peninsula where one of WWI’s bloodiest campaigns was waged. On April 25, 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) mounted an Allied attack on Constantinople, the then name for Istanbul. The campaign was fiercely resisted by the Ottoman Turks and lasted more than eight months, resulting in thousands of fatalities.


Stop for lunch in the area, and in the afternoon, take a Gallipoli walking tour as your guide explains the terrible events that took place here. Visit Australia’s Lone Pine memorial and view the trenches at Johnston’s Jolly and The Nek, a mountain ridge that presided over a failed Australian attack. Stand at ANZAC Cove, where the first landings were made, and see the Chunuk Blair New Zealand Memorial, the site of a heroic New Zealander stand.
Afterward, travel across the Dardanelles Strait and check in at your Çanakkale hotel in time for dinner.


Overnight: 4-star Iris Hotel or similar in Çanakkale
Day 2: Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamum – Kusadasi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Troy, believed to be the location of the ancient city that featured in the poet Homer’s work, The Iliad.
Explore with your guide as you hear about Troy’s main claim-to-fame: the Trojan War of the 13th or 12th century BC, when after a 10-year siege, the city fell to the Greeks when they smuggled soldiers inside the walls hidden in a giant wooden horse. Hear, too, about the Greek myth of the Trojan prince, Paris, whose flight with Zeus’ daughter, Helen, triggered the war.
Ogle the ruins and take photos of the replica wooden horse that symbolizes Troy's famous past. Continue to Pergamum and, after a break for lunch at a local restaurant, tour the remains of this once-powerful Greco-Roman city. Behold the theater, temples and library, and see the Asclepion, the medical school where mud baths, herbal remedies and other strange treatments were meted out in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

After exploring here and time at a leather handicrafts center, travel to your Kusadasi hotel. Check in for two nights, enjoy dinner and spend the evening as you wish.


Overnight: 4-star Marina Hotel or similar in Kusadasi
Day 3: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Kusadasi (B, L, D)
Head out after breakfast to enjoy a day of guided sightseeing around UNESCO-listed Ephesus, once the Roman capital of Asia Minor and one of the Mediterranean’s best-preserved ancient cities.
Take a guided walk and gaze in awe at the Library of Celsus and 24,000-seater Grand Theater, where St Paul is said to have preached. Stroll along the colonnaded Arcadian Way where Cleopatra and Mark Anthony once processed in 31 BC, and see other sites such as the Roman bathhouse and Temple of Hadrian.

Stop for lunch in town and visit the ruined Temple of Artemis, built in around 550 BC and once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Before returning to Kusadasi, visit a carpet workshop to learn about Turkey’s centuries-old carpet-making tradition. Watch the skilled artisans at work and discover how the different weaving techniques determine the carpets’ values.
Finish your day at Kusadasi, with the evening at leisure and dinner at your hotel.
Overnight: 4-star Marina Hotel or similar in Kusadasi
Day 4: Kusadasi (B)
Your 4-day tour ends at your Kusadasi hotel after breakfast, leaving you free to stay on in the town or travel elsewhere independently.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (select hotels only)
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees
  • 3 nights of 4-star hotel accommodation
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability