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Istanbul, Ephesus and Troy

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Experience more with so much included

  • Follow in the footsteps of St Paul and St John in Ephesus, the Eastern Mediterranean’s greatest Roman city
  • Visit the mountainside site reputed to be the house of the Virgin Mary
  • Guided tour of the remarkable and little-visited Acropolis of Pergamon
  • See the remains of Homer’s Troy
  • Cross the Straits of the Dardanelles and visit the poignant sites of the Commonwealth cemeteries in Gallipoli and Anzac Cove
  • Visit Hagia Sophia, for a thousand years the greatest church in Christendom
  • Walking tour of Istanbul including the Galata Bridge across the Golden Horn and the Grand Bazaar
  • Tour the extraordinary Topkapi Palace
  • Stay in hand-picked four-star hotels, with daily breakfast and three dinner

The Signature Tour option includes all of the above as well as:

  • Soak up the atmosphere as we visit a traditional farmhouse near Kusadasi to enjoy a delicious lunch showcasing the region’s typical dishes
  • Enjoy a vibrant and colourful live performance of Turkish music and dancing, and dine on sumptuous traditional dishes at an evening in Istanbul
  • Step aboard your private boat and see another side of Istanbul as we glide gracefully along the waters of the Bosphorus
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At a Glance
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6 nights in four-star accommodation
9 meals: 6 breakfasts & 3 dinners
Programme of daily tours & visits
Return flights & transfers
Expert tour manager
Checked Luggage
 

 

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Overview

A city of great diversity, Istanbul is a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little has changed for centuries. High-class jewellery and fashion shops jostle with hawkers selling freshly prepared food, shoe-shine boys and the largest covered bazaar in the world. During its 3,000 years of turbulent history, it has been home to the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and, finally, the Turks themselves – all leaving their mark. We are taught the Roman Empire fell in 410AD when Attila the Hun sacked Rome, but rarely told is that the eastern and wealthier half lasted another thousand years. This lead to some amazingly preserved monuments, with perhaps the greatest legacy being the 6th-century Hagia Sophia, the largest ever church and for over a thousand years, the largest covered space on earth. During the Middle Ages, the Ottoman Empire built another range of monuments to match, including the amazing Topkapi Palace, which was the seat of government of arguably the greatest empire of the medieval age.

We also visit three of the most famous ancient sites in the country: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. Each is very different, with Troy being the oldest, dating from 3000 BC, and during more than a century of excavations, nine separate cities have been unearthed, all built over each other. Once a Greek colony built high on a huge rock, Pergamon is an impregnable defensive site with amazing views in all directions, and flourished as one of the ancient world’s greatest centres of learning and healing. During Roman times, the greatest city in the eastern Mediterranean was Ephesus, which boasts an extraordinary number of superbly preserved monuments, including the stunning two-storey Library of Celsus.

We cross from Asia back to Europe on a scenic ferry journey across the Dardanelles Straight – you’ll be surprised by how close Europe is to the Asian shore and it’s not hard to imagine the great armies of Xerxes and Alexander the Great crossing here at their narrowest point.

Turkish cuisine is an interesting blend of Mediterranean specialities: fresh grilled lamb, fish, shellfish with aubergines, peppers and various fragrant olive oils combine to create tasty, healthy menus, all washed down with the excellent and very reasonably priced local red wine. Turkey is the perfect place if you are looking for something a little different and it will not disappoint. It possesses a genuinely unique blend of diverse cultures, centuries of history and an atmosphere that links the mysterious east with the familiar west.

We also visit three of the most famous ancient sites in the country: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. Each is very different, with Troy being the oldest, dating from 3000 BC, and during more than a century of excavations, nine separate cities have been unearthed, all built over each other. Once a Greek colony built high on a huge rock, Pergamon is an impregnable defensive site with amazing views in all directions, and flourished as one of the ancient world’s greatest centres of learning and healing. During Roman times, the greatest city in the eastern Mediterranean was Ephesus, which boasts an extraordinary number of superbly preserved monuments, including the stunning two-storey Library of Celsus.

We cross from Asia back to Europe on a scenic ferry journey across the Dardanelles Straight – you’ll be surprised by how close Europe is to the Asian shore and it’s not hard to imagine the great armies of Xerxes and Alexander the Great crossing here at their narrowest point.

Turkish cuisine is an interesting blend of Mediterranean specialities: fresh grilled lamb, fish, shellfish with aubergines, peppers and various fragrant olive oils combine to create tasty, healthy menus, all washed down with the excellent and very reasonably priced local red wine.Turkey is the perfect place if you are looking for something a little different and it will not disappoint. It possesses a genuinely unique blend of diverse cultures, centuries of history and an atmosphere that links the mysterious east with the familiar west.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. The price includes:

  • Six nights' accomodation in four-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast and three buffet dinners
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • Scheduled return flights
  • All local taxes
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

Not included: US$20 Turkish visa payable on arrival and optional entrance to Topkapi Harem quarters is 25 Turkish lira.

Classic Tours Information

Along with your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager and local experts, you’ll discover so much on our award-winning Classic tours, offering the best value for money way for you to explore the world.

Our tour managers have been rated as the best in the business for their knowledge and experience and will go above and beyond to ensure every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly – so all you need to worry about is your packing.

Signature Tours Information

Delve a little deeper into the cultural and culinary heritage of Turkey as you enjoy the fresh flavours of the Aegean and dine on flavoursome dishes which date back to the Ottoman Empire. Experience an intoxicating display of traditional music and dance in Istanbul and see another side of the city as we drift past the magnificent palaces that line the shores of the mighty Bosphorus, on a privately chartered boat.

Bosphorus Bridge
 

What's extra on this tour?

This Signature Tour includes everything from the Classic Tour as well as the following:

  • Soak up the atmosphere as we visit a traditional farmhouse near Kusadasi to enjoy a delicious lunch showcasing the region’s typical dishes
  • Enjoy a vibrant and colourful live performance of Turkish music and dancing, and dine on sumptuous traditional dishes at an evening in Istanbul
  • Step aboard your private boat and see another side of Istanbul as we glide gracefully along the waters of the Bosphorus.

What makes Signature Tours different?

Signature Tours give you the option to experience more and are available on over 40 of our European and Worldwide itineraries. Enjoy the more exclusive atmosphere of travelling in a small group of 25 or fewer guests, with up to three enhanced experiences included to help make your holiday truly exceptional. Find out more

Small Groups Information

On a range of tours we are delighted to offer the option to travel in a small group of up to 25 people.
You’ll enjoy the same sociable atmosphere of a typical Riviera Travel holiday - but with a smaller number of travellers and a touch more exclusivity.

Available across our range of UK, European and select Worldwide tours; just look out for the icon on holiday pages.

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Cappadocia

Extend your holiday with a Cappadocia pre-tour

For a complete picture of Turkey, we offer five additional nights in four star accomodation which will precede the tour. The holiday will commence in Ankara, moving on to Cappadocia, Mapukkale and Aphrodisias before following the itinerary above. Our pre-tour includes all local taxes, daily breakfast and five dinners.

To view and book our Capaddocia, Istanbul, Ephesus & Troy tour click here.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependant on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport Kusadasi 1 hr Istanbul Istanbul Airport 30 mins

Useful Information

Fact File

  • Currency: Turkish Lira (Euros are also widely used but at a poor exchange rate)
  • Flight time: Approx. 4 hrs 30 mins
  • Language: Turkish
  • Time zone: GMT+2
  • Country: Turkey

Visa Information

Along with a valid passport, UK citizens must have a visa in order to travel to Turkey. For the most up-to-date passport and visa information visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/entry-requirements

Visa cost is US$35 per person. Full details of how and when to apply will be sent with your booking confirmation.

We are unable to accept responsibility if you are unable to travel because you have not complied with any passport/entry/immigration requirements.

Please note that visa costs may be subject to change.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.


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