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Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world’s treasures. Explore a ‘mezze’ of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its capital, Istanbul, to the legendary city of Troy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.
Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR)
Visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent Hagia Sophia Basilica. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held. Finally you may consider the option to cruise along the spectacular Bosphorus and view both the European and Asian side of Istanbul. (BB)
In Gallipoli, see the Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)
Explore the legendary city of Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Admire the archaeological excavations revealing nine separate periods of settlement, plus the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed in the 13th century BC. Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon. This afternoon, enjoy a unique Be My Guest luncheon. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, BG, D)
Your fascinating walking tour of the ancient city of Ephesus includes the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is
still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Dine tonight at your hotel, and later an Optional Experience is available to observe the mystical Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi sect. (BB, D)
Visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis at Pamukkale, which is also famous for white ‘Cotton Castles’ formed by limestone-laden thermal springs. Finish your day in the city of Bursa. Dine tonight at your hotel. (BB, D)
Wander through the old silk market and visit the Grand Mosque. Continue to Istanbul and spend time haggling for souvenirs in the vast, bustling Grand Bazaar. Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of your holiday. (BB, FD)
Say goodbye to your companions and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (BB)
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