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So much to discover

  • Follow in the footsteps of St Paul and St John in Ephesus
  • Visit the mountainside site reputed to be the house of the Virgin Mary
  • Guided tour of the remarkable Acropolis of Pergamon
  • See the remains of Homer’s Troy
  • Cross the Straits of the Dardanelles 
  • Visit the Commonwealth cemeteries in Gallipoli and Anzac Cove
  • Visit Hagia Sophia, now a museum
  • Walking tour of Istanbul
  • Tour the extraordinary Topkapi Palace

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6 nights in four-star accommodation
8 meals: 6 breakfasts & 2 dinners
Welcome drinks & dinner
Programme of daily tours & visits
Expert tour manager
Return flights & transfers
Checked luggage
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Overview

Turkey is an intriguing country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. In a place where familiarity merges with the exotic, we find a magical blend of the ancient, Christian and Ottoman worlds where the jewel in the crown is the incredible city of Istanbul. 

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 led 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. For many, this is the Pompeii of the East. 

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


DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN KUSADASI

Kusadasi

Arrive at the airport to take your flight and fly to Izmir via Istanbul. On arrival, we transfer by coach to the four-star KoruMar Hotel in the nearby resort of Kusadasi, for two nights with breakfast and one dinner. 

This evening we enjoy an informal drinks reception followed by dinner to get to know our travel companions a little better.

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4* Hotel KoruMar - Kusadasi

Close to the bay of Kusadasi with lovely sea views.

  • Private beach
  • Choice of bars, lounges & restaurants
  • Hammam spa

DAY 2 - EPHESUS

Ephesus library

Morning

Today we have a guided tour of Ephesus, an ancient city with breathtaking buildings. So great was Ephesus, with its amazing two-storey Library of Celsus and the enormous amphitheatre, that the Romans made it their capital of Asia. We’ll see the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the original ‘Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’. Intriguingly, only a fraction of the city has been excavated to date, but the discoveries indicate a highly sophisticated society living in luxurious houses with marble-lined halls, mosaics and beautiful frescoes. 

Strolling through the centre of Ephesus, you’ll be walking the same streets as St Paul and St John, who both lived here for several years. We also discover the remains of St John’s Basilica, built by the Emperor Justinian over St John’s tomb. 

Afternoon 

In complete contrast, hillside site of the House of the Virgin Mary. St John was entrusted to care for her and it’s believed she travelled with him to Ephesus.
We return to our hotel in Kusadasi in the late afternoon, and the rest of the day at leisure. 

DAY 3 - PERGAMON

DAY 4 - TROY & GALLIPOLI

DAY 5 - ISTANBUL

DAY 6 - TOPKAPI PALACE

DAY 7 - RETURN FLIGHT

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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent 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 30 mins Istanbul Istanbul Airport 1 hr

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Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a twin/double room and includes:

  • Return flights, six nights’ accommodation with breakfast and three buffet dinners including a welcome dinner and drinks on the first night
  • All local taxes and transfers
  • All tours as mentioned
  • Entrances to Ephesus, Virgin Mary’s House, Temple of Artemis, St John’s basilica, city of Pergamon & Asclepion, Troy, Haghia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace
  • Porterage of one item of luggage
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

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