This 8 day tour, starts from Istanbul, Turkey, and ends at Kuşadası, Turkey.
This tour is the perfect 'Celestyal Cruises' prelude. It visits all the popular sites in Turkey and ends after breakfast on the Celestyal Cruises departure date. Visit the Celestyal Cruises website for more details here .. www.celestyal.com
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene) and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.
One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WW1 Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.
This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. After the tour, you will return to Kusadasi for the night.
Depart from your hotel in Kusadasi in the morning. We start with the visit to Priene which was one of the most active ports of the Ionian Federation. The city is the oldest example of geometric city planning.
From there we continue on and visit Miletus which has provided its alphabet to the rest of the classical world, was a great port and the hometown of several philosophers and sages.
Last stop is Didyma. Didyma's Temple of Apollo with its very well-known oracles was one of the most sacred places of antiquity. Although looted and burnt many times it remains impressive. At the end of the tour we return to your hotel.
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the Kusadasi port.