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Istanbul & Ancient Turkey
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Istanbul & Ancient Turkey

  • 7 Night Holiday
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Have a great adventure by exploring Istanbul and Ancient Turkey. Centuries of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman rule have left an everlasting legacy and today Turkey is an exciting fusion point of where Europe meets Asia.  

Begin your holiday with a city tour exploring the dynamic capital of Istanbul, visit the stunning Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and go shopping for Turkish treats in the Grand Bazaar.   

Embark on a poignant journey to Gallipoli, one of WW1’s most famous battle sites, where many Irish and British soldiers died and you will also visit Anzac cove.

Greek Myths enthusiasts will enjoy a half-day excursion to the legendary city of Troy. Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships, was taken away from her husband King Menelaus of Sparta and this resulted in the Trojan War.

Discover Ephesus, an Ancient Greek city which was famous for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Istanbul and Ancient Turkey boast an incredible collection of places of mythical, legendary, religious and historical significance; it's truly a wonderful holiday.   

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Turkish Lira (, TRY)  
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +3 hours
Passport
EU Citizens require a tourist visa to enter Turkey. Click here for more information. 
Airport
Istanbul Airport is located 40 km from the city center.
Climate
In summer the weather in Istanbul is hot and humid. Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round.
Food & Drink

Turkish food is delicious, healthy and fresh. You can expect to eat lots of olives, salads, feta cheese, freshly caught fish, yogurt based dips, and grilled or slow cooked shredded meats. 

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sunscreen 
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellent
Recommended Reading

Rapture by Lauren Kate

Lost Love Found by Beatrice Small

Birds without Wings by Louis de Berniers

Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World by Thomas F. Madden

Must-Watch Movies

Gallipoli

The Water Diviner

 

Sunscreen

Holiday highlights

Istanbul Byzantine Hippodrome

This city park used to be the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life, and the scene of chariot races, gladiator fights and musical entertainments. Monuments which can be seen at this site include the 3500 year old Egyptian Obelisk of Theodosius, brought to Constantinople in 390AD, the Walled Obelisk, the Serpent Column and the German Fountain.

Istanbul's imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I 
Known as the ‘Blue Mosque’ because of its interior tiles, this is the masterwork of Ottoman architect Sedefkar Mehmet Aga. The Mosque is situated on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium.
The Church of the Holy Wisdom 
Known as St. Sophia Church in English, this is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, the church is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Turkish Lira (, TRY)  
Local Time
Ireland/UK Time +3 hours
Passport
EU Citizens require a tourist visa to enter Turkey. Click here for more information. 
Airport
Istanbul Airport is located 40 km from the city center.
Climate
In summer the weather in Istanbul is hot and humid. Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round.
Food & Drink

Turkish food is delicious, healthy and fresh. You can expect to eat lots of olives, salads, feta cheese, freshly caught fish, yogurt based dips, and grilled or slow cooked shredded meats. 

Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • Sunscreen 
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • A small backpack
  • A sun hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Insect Repellent
Recommended Reading

Rapture by Lauren Kate

Lost Love Found by Beatrice Small

Birds without Wings by Louis de Berniers

Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World by Thomas F. Madden

Must-Watch Movies

Gallipoli

The Water Diviner

 

Sunscreen

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travel to Turkey

Morning

Travel to Turkey

On arrival in Istanbul, you will be met our local representative who will assist you in the transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - Istanbul

Morning

City Tour

Begin your Turkish adventure with a morning city tour of Istanbul, which will include visits to the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia Museum (closed on Mondays), the Egyptian Obelisks and the Roman Hippodrome.

Afternoon

At Leisure

Istanbul is a perfect combination of modern and ancient, displaying a wide range of architecture from skyscrapers to historic mosques, churches, underground cistern and the ancient Bazaar. The afternoon will be at leisure, to relax and get to know your surroundings.

Day 3 - Gallipoli & Transfer to Çanakkale

Morning - Full Day

Gallipoli

Today you will transfer to Canakkale, with a morning excursion to Gallipoli. This is the famous battle site during World War one where thousands of Irish and British soldiers fought and died. During this excursion, you will visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair, Sulva Bay and Greenhill Cemetery. After you will cross the Dardanelles by ferry and transfer to your hotel in Canakkale in the evening, lunch at a local restaurant is included today.

Day 4 - Troy

Morning - Full Day

Troy

Enjoy a half day excursion to the legendary city of Troy, best known for being the setting of the Trojan war, which occurred after Paris of Troy stole Helen away from her husband. Here you can see the former acropolis and a replica of the Trojan wooden horse. Transfer to your hotel Ayvalik or Gure (pending on your chosen date) in the evening.

Day 5 - Pergamum & Transfer to Kuşadası

Morning - Full Day

Pergamum

On your way to Kusadasi you will enjoy an excursion to Pergamum, it was known as one of the most beautiful cities of the ancient world. Included is a visit to Pergamum museum and a cable car ride to visit the Acropolis. Lunch is included at a local restaurant and entrance to the museum. Transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi, in the evening.

Day 6 - Ephesus

Full Day

Ephesus

Today, you travel to Ephesus where in ancient times Ephesus was the home to the temple of Artemis, one of the, seven wonders, of the world. Today the ruins of Epheusus remain a sacred site for many Christians due to its association with several biblical figures including St Paul, St John and Virgin Mary. Included is a visit the Basilica of Saint John and the House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch is included at a local restaurant today.

Day 7 - At Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

You will have today free for shopping and sightseeing at your own pace in Kuşadasi. Explore the local shops and markets or relax and enjoy your last day in Turkey.

Day 8 - Return Home

Morning

Return Home

Transfer from your hotel, with guide assistance to Izmir Airport for your flight home via Istanbul.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Hotel Parion 5

Located in the heart of Canakkale, this elegant hotel offers an excellent location, to explore the historical city with many places of interest within walking distance from the hotel. Guests can enjoy a dip in the indoor swimming pool or have a relaxing drink at the bar in the ev... read more read more read more

Located in the heart of Canakkale, this elegant hotel offers an excellent location, to explore the historical city with many places of interest within walking distance from the hotel. Guests can enjoy a dip in the indoor swimming pool or have a relaxing drink at the bar in the evening.

Hotel address
Hotel Parion
Demircioğlu Caddesi No: 132 Central,


Canakkale
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Ramada Kazdaglari Hotel 4

Located on the outskirsts of Ida Mountain, in the town of Gure. The Ramada Kazdaglari is set in its own lush botanical gardens and grounds, an ideal place to relax and unwind, while enjoying views of the Ida mountain as your backdrop. The outdoor pool is the perfect place to... read more read more read more

Located on the outskirsts of Ida Mountain, in the town of Gure. The Ramada Kazdaglari is set in its own lush botanical gardens and grounds, an ideal place to relax and unwind, while enjoying views of the Ida mountain as your backdrop. The outdoor pool is the perfect place to take a refreshing dip from the heat and the hotels Spa offers a haven for those who want some time out and pamering, including a thermal indoor pool with garden view, chill out garden with waterfall and various treatments.

Hotel address
Ramada Kazdaglari Hotel
Ege1 Quarter Gure Sokak No:7 Edremit / Balıkesir,
Turkey

Gure
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Charisma Hotel 5

Located in Kusadasi, with its own beach decked area outside the hotel overlooking the sea. There are cafes and restaurants close by, with the main shopping area is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel making this an ideal place to further explore or relax  in the hotel... read more read more read more

Located in Kusadasi, with its own beach decked area outside the hotel overlooking the sea. There are cafes and restaurants close by, with the main shopping area is 15 minutes walking distance from the hotel making this an ideal place to further explore or relax  in the hotel enjoying the seaviews from the bar and restaurant.

Please note the bathrooms in this hotel have a window from the room to the bathroom.

Hotel address
Charisma Hotel
CHARISMA DE LUXE HOTEL
AKYAR MEVKÄ°Ä° NO:5
KUSADASI / AYDIN
Kusadasi
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Larespark Hotel 4

Located only a 3 minutes walk from Taksims main square and close to the lively Istiklal street for shopping, bars and restaurants. LaresPark has a cafe where you can enjoy some tempting cakes while sipping on your Turkish coffee, in the evening unwind with a cool drink at the bar... read more read more read more

Located only a 3 minutes walk from Taksims main square and close to the lively Istiklal street for shopping, bars and restaurants.

LaresPark has a cafe where you can enjoy some tempting cakes while sipping on your Turkish coffee, in the evening unwind with a cool drink at the bar after a busy day out. In your fee time indlugle with a refreshing dip in the indoor swimming pool, or a relaxing massage in the health club, after your days exploring the many exotic sites Istanbul has to offer.

Hotel address
Larespark Hotel
Topçu Caddesi,No.19
Taksim
İstanbul
Istanbul
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Grand Hotel Temizel 4

Located within 5 minutes walking distance to Sarimsakli beach in Ayvalik,  close to shops and bars, this hotel is an ideal place to relax and unwind with a drink at the hotel bar, take a refreshing dip in the hotels pool or some pampering in the hotel Spa.... read more read more read more

Located within 5 minutes walking distance to Sarimsakli beach in Ayvalik,  close to shops and bars, this hotel is an ideal place to relax and unwind with a drink at the hotel bar, take a refreshing dip in the hotels pool or some pampering in the hotel Spa.

Hotel address
Grand Hotel Temizel
Sarımsaklı - Ayvalık - Balıkesir


Ayvalik
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Marina Hotel & Suites 4

Located in the heart of Kusadasi near the marina and within walking distance to the city centre. Guests can enjoy the panoramic views of the marina and sea from the pool terrace, or take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool. The beach is only 500m walking distance from the hotel.... read more read more read more

Located in the heart of Kusadasi near the marina and within walking distance to the city centre. Guests can enjoy the panoramic views of the marina and sea from the pool terrace, or take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool. The beach is only 500m walking distance from the hotel. In the evening, enjoy a drink at the hotel bar with terrace to watch the sunset.

Hotel address
Marina Hotel & Suites
Türkmen Mh. Atatürk Blv. 3 Sk. No:2, 09400 Kuşa


Kusadasi
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* Some hotel facilities may be seasonally operated or under maintenance and therefore unavailable at the time of your stay. Charges may apply for certain facilities.

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