Start the Magic Tour in Istanbul and enjoy first class service and guided tours through the historical and picturesque sites of the city.
Mention Turkey and visions of sultans and harems, amazing mosques, belly-dancers, ancient ruins, Gallipoli and the ANZAC campaign, stunning coasts spring to mind. See the Battlefields of Gallipoli and the Legendary Trojan Horse.
During your stay in Kusadasi, visit the ancient city of Ephesus.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel|
|Day 2||Full Day Istanbul tour|
|Day 3||Travel to Gallipoli and visit the famous battlefields|
|Day 4||Continue to Troy. Overnight in Kusadasi|
|Day 5||Full day Ephesus and Turkish Village tour|
|Day 6||Return flight to Istanbul. End of tour|
> Daily departures
> Spend a day touring in Istanbul with a professional guide - Topkapi Palace, Sultanahmet and Blue Mosque
> Shop at the famous Grand Bazaar
> See the WWI battlefields and learn more about why it is still an important place of remembrance
> Visit Ephesus where Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman once ruled over the city
> Stops are made at carpet weaving and leather centers for some bargain hunting
Best time to go
The best times to visit Turkey’s archaeological sites and cities are in spring (Apr-May) and autumn (Sep-Oct) as the temperature is warm, but not too hot.
High summer (Jun-Aug) can be hot: best time for beach holidays. Winters can be cold and many hotels though city breaks are still an option. Turkey does offer ski options during the winter months
Turkey food & drink
Turkish food is varied and delicious. It’s often meze style – lots of small dishes to sample, including aubergine dips, calamari, borek (stuffed pastries), mashed broad beans and stuffed vine leaves – plenty of options for vegetarians, too. Local food involves a lot of meat, often in kebab form – the smell of charcoal-grilled beef, lamb and chicken permeates Turkey.
A Turkish menu includes wonderful breads, super-sweet baklava (pistachio and syrup pastry) and salty white cheeses. Despite being a Muslim country, alcohol is easy to find in Turkey, especially in the touristy coastal regions. Efes is the Turkish beer of choice. Raki, grape spirit, is potent.
Turkish coffee is pitch black, very strong and often sweet. Tea is widely drunk and served black
Culture and Language
Turkish is the official language, however, English, French and German are widely spoken in all major cities and tourist areas. Shaking hands is the common form of greetings. Hospitability is a top priority. Pointing fingers at a person a considered rude. Declining an offer is done by putting your hand over your heart. Observe dress code when visiting Islamic sites
Train travel is a very popular mode of transport between the major cities. It may be slow but can sometimes offer you some inspiring scenic moments. Coach travel is the most used way of getting around Turkey. Bus routes are relatively cheap and are most comfortable. Just about any city is connected by coach. On certain upmarket coaches, extra legroom and Wi-Fi is offered. If your journey is more than 5 hrs, a 30-minute stop is made about every three hours. Taking a taxi is by far the most convenient way of travel in major cities, but not always the quickest way. Taxis can easily be hailed on the street. Important: only take the official bright yellow taxis. If they do not have a meter, then it is a no go
The basic rule is: tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafes and bars. Hotel staff does however expect a tip between 5 and 20 Turkish Lira. Do not tip taxi drivers but round up the fare. Tour Guides do not depend on tips, however, if a tour has really gone beyond what your expected, a tip of between 20 and 30 Tl will be greatly appreciated
Rich in culture and customs and brimming with hospitality, natural beauty, and historical heritage. Turkey serves as a crossroads between Asia and Europe. The landmass known as Anatolia on which Turkey thrives has been home to numerous civilizations and their faiths and cultures. Attested by the 13 World Heritage Sites and countless religious sites you’ll find here. Relive the ancient world through the ruins, customs, and traditions that are among the nation’s most precious heritage.
Istanbul Arrival Day (D)
- Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel.
- You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul.
- Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and;
- Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center.
- Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included. If you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Istanbul City Tour (B-L-D)
- Pick up at 08:30 am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city.
- Visit the Topkapi Palace; the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal; silver; and Chinese porcelain; robes worn by the sultans and their families; the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury; miniatures and the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
- Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque; across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet; is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
- The Ancient Hippodrome; the scene of chariot races; with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius; the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
- Lunch break at 13:00 pm.
- After lunch, the tour guide will then take you to theGrand Bazaar
- In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops where each trade has its own area.
- The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
Istanbul to Gallipoli (B-L-D)
- At 07:30 am we depart for Gallipoli to visit the battlefields.
- Enroute stop for 20 minutes to relax in a restaurant area.
- Arrive Gallipoli at around 12:00 for lunch break. Leave for for the famous battlefields.
- Visit the Gabatepe Museum, Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery; Shrapnel Valley and Plugges Plateau.
- After the tour drive to your hotel in Canakkale
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Domestic Airfares (subject to conditions)
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double/twin sharing
- Meals: as mentioned
- Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Turkey Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 15 APR and 15 OCT 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable