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If you wish to explore more than what Istanbul has to offer, the Splendours of Turkey Tour is the ideal option. This particular 4-day excursion combines some of Turkey’s most notable and important sightseeing areas. Observe the beauty and unfold the history of Pamukkale, Ephesus, Troy and Gallipoli with an exceptional 4-day tour. If you are looking for Hot Air Balloon Ride in Pamukkale this tour is also ideal for you.
Day 1 – Kusadasi
Splendours of Turkey 4-day Tour, begins with your transfer at the airport. From Istanbul you will fly to Izmir and upon landing, a comfortable car will drive you to Kuşadası. Once you arrive at the beautiful and cosy hotel, you are free to spend your day as you wish. Kuşadası is a famous summer destination that has many interesting places to visit. Thus, for the first day of this tour grab the opportunity to explore the hidden secrets of the city.
Day 2 – Pamukkale
During the morning of the second day, a breakfast will be served at the hotel. According to the schedule, a fully air conditioned bus will drive you towards Pamukkale. For your own comfort, few stops are included so you can take a break from the road trip. Once you arrive there, a delicious lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Take the chance to relax from the road trip and to taste some typical recipes of the area.
The natural wonders and the key sites of Pamukkale will be the next stops. Accompanied by the tour guide, you will visit the imposing Cotton Castle. This mountain is a natural wonder as it has terraces filled with water from the hot springs. Do not miss the chance to snap some photos during your time there. Then, you will visit the ancient city of Hierapolis in order to learn its history and observe some really interesting ruins, such as the theatre and the necropolis.
Once the guided tour is over, you will have one hour of free time to spend as you wish in Pamukkale. During this time, you can visit and swim into Cleopatra’s Pool, at an extra cost. This antique thermal pool is known for its therapeutic benefits. After that, you will return back to your hotel in Kuşadası in order to spend your evening and rest.
Day 3 – Ephesus
The next morning, a breakfast will be served at the hotel before proceeding with the rest of your exploration. A comfortable and modern bus will transfer you to the first stop of the Ephesus Tour, which is the Temple of Artemis. Listed as one of the wonders of the ancient world, this temple was an iconic monument during antiquity. Nowadays, visitors can observe ruins and learn its history from the tour guide.
The ancient city of Ephesus is the next stop of the tour. It used to be a central point for trade and politics during the Roman period and demonstrates exceptional aesthetics. There you can observe the marble streets, temples, houses and many other important structures. The schedule includes also visits at two important religious monuments, the house of Virgin Mary and Isabey Mosque, as well as a lunch break at a local restaurant.
By the end of the day tour in Ephesus, the bus will transfer you to Çanakkale. The road trip will be approximately 7 hours. For your own comfort, several stops will be made. Upon arrival, you will spend the night at a beautiful hotel so you can relax and sleep.
Day 4 – Troy & Gallipoli
The last day of this 4-day experience begins with a freshly made breakfast at the hotel. After checking out of the room, a bus will take you towards the first stop of the Troy tour. Accompanied by a professional tour guide, you will have the opportunity to visit interesting and important sites, and learn the history of Troy. During the Troy tour, get ready to learn about the Trojan horse and the Trojan wars, to visit the city’s roman ruins and observe the defensive walls.
By the end of the Troy tour, the bus will transfer you to Eceabat where you will have 1 hour and 30 minutes of free time to explore the city as you wish. Then, a lunch break will take place at a local restaurant before the next and final tour of the day. What follows is the Gallipoli Tour during which you will have the opportunity to visit some WWI monuments. Among others, you will visit the Brighton Beach, the Beach Cemetery, the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.
Gallipoli tour finishes during the afternoon. By the end of the tour, a bus will transfer you to the airport in order to fly back to Istanbul. Full of long lasting memories from this outstanding 4-day excursion, you will arrive back to your hotel in Istanbul during the night.
Pamukkale – Ephesus – Troy – Gallipoli
With the Splendours of Turkey Tour you can combine visits at Turkey’s most known places of interests. This 4-day excursion offers you the opportunity to visit Pamukkale, Ephesus, Troy and Gallipoli with an interesting guided tour. This 4-day excursion is ideal for those who wish to join an alternative sightseeing experience during their holidays.
Flight to Izmir: On the first day, members of our team will pick you up from your hotel in Istanbul and drive you towards the airport. You are going to fly to Izmir with a comfortable flight. Upon landing, a car will transfer you to a hotel in Kusadasi.
Free Day at Kusadasi: Once you are at the hotel, you are free to spend the day as you wish. Kusadasi is a famous summer destination ideal for holidays and offers multiple options and activities for all.
Breakfast: The next morning, a delicious breakfast will be served at the hotel before the beginning of the tour. After that, a comfortable bus will transfer you to the first stop of your excursion in Pamukkale.
Cotton Castle: The first stop is the infamous Cotton Castle of Pamukkale. Also known as Pamukkale Travertines, this location is characterized as a natural wonder. Lime stones shape natural terraces that are full of thermal water from the nearby hot springs.
Hierapolis: The tour guide will then take you to explore the ancient city of Hierapolis. During antiquity this city was a spiritual and healing centre due to the existence of the hot springs. There, you can observe many interesting runs such as the theatre and the necropolis.
Free time: By the end of your visit, the guide will offer you free time to explore Pamukkale as you wish. During this time, you may visit the Cleopatra’s Pool, an antique thermal pool. Please note that, entrance comes at an extra cost.
Hotel: After a lunch break, the bus will transfer you back to your hotel in order to spend your evening as you wish.
Breakfast: The third day of your exciting 4-day tour starts with a breakfast at the hotel. After check out, a fully air conditioned bus will transfer you to the first stop of the Ephesus tour.
Temple of Artemis: Ephesus tour begins with a visit at the temple of Artemis. This site is listed as one of the wonders of the ancient world. Its size and advanced aesthetics made this temple unique during antiquity. Nowadays, visitors can observe the ruins of the temple.
Ephesus Tour: Then, you will visit the ancient city of Ephesus. The city used to be a central location for politics and trade during the Roman period. It is not a coincidence that it was the second most important city after Rome. During your time there, you can walk around and observe the marble streets, the houses of Ephesus, temples, theatre and many more.
Religious Monuments: The schedule includes also visits at two important religious sites. Firstly, you will visit the houses of Virgin Mary. This charming house is the one where she chose to spend her last days. Secondly, you will visit Isabey Mosque, an exquisite example of Ottoman architecture.
Bus to Canakkale: By the end of the tour, during the afternoon, a bus will drive you to Canakkale. The road trip has an approximate duration of 7 hours, during which several stops will be made. Once you arrive at Canakkale, you will spend your night and relax at a hotel.
Breakfast: The next morning, a breakfast will be served at the hotel. Energized and relaxed, you will continue for the last day of this excursion.
Troy Tour: The bus will drive you to the ancient city of Troy. The tour guide will provide an interesting briefing regarding the history of this settlement that hosted the infamous Battle of Troy. Thus, get ready to learn interesting things about the Trojan horse and the Helen of Troy. Walking around will allow you to observe the defensive walls of the city, the sanctuary, houses and temples.
Eceabat Free Time: The bus will then transfer you to Eceabat where you will have some free time to explore the city as you wish. After your free time, a lunch will take place at a local restaurant.
Gallipoli Tour: The final part of the last day includes an interesting tour in Gallipoli. This particular area is known for hosting some important battles of the World War I. Accompanied by the tour guide, you will visit many battlefields, monuments and sites. Among others, you will visit the Brighton Beach, the Beach Cemetery, the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.
Flight to Istanbul: During the afternoon, you will arrive to the airport, from where you will fly back to Istanbul. This exceptional 4-day excursion finishes when you arrive back full of memories from these incredibly interesting tours.