The Aegean Legacy tour

The Aegean Legacy tour

Tour Experience

Sightseeing tours of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Pamukkale plus a Mediterranean Gulet cruise from Marmaris to Fethiye

Available

All year round

Location

Istanbul Gallipoli Troy Pergamum Ephesus Mediterra

Over 11 days to explore this fascinating country, you are guaranteed to return with magical memories. From the exciting city of Istanbul to the ancient historical sites of Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and Pamukkale, you will also enjoy three days of glorious cruising along the coast in a traditional gullet boat before ending in the beautiful resort of Fethiye.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels as stated in the itinerary
  • 3 nights on board a traditional Turkish Gulet
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader and Gulet crew
  • Entrance fees to various sites
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guide, driver & gulet crew
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul for the start of your trip.
OVERNIGHT
Istanbul – 4 star hotel

DAY 2 Istanbul. Old city tour

Our trip begins this morning with a full day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.
OVERNIGHT
Istanbul – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast

DAY 3 Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour

We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallopoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale.
OVERNIGHT
Canakkale – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 Tour of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscoverd until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivalled the library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre.
OVERNIGHT
Kusadasi – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 Kusadasi. Ephesus Roman ruins tour

After breakfast we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis, and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey.
OVERNIGHT
Kusadasi – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 Pamukkale and Hieropolis, to Marmaris

We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, site of the well known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as ‘cotton castles’ and the naturally occuring geology here has created cloud like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers. In the afternoon we head to the Mediterranean coast at Marmaris.
OVERNIGHT
Marmaris – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 Marmaris free time. Board Gulet cruise

Your morning is free to explore Marmaris, check out the beach or walk along the seafront promenade. In the afternoon you’ll board a traditional Turkish Gulet in Marmaris Harbour at around 3:30 pm. You can then relax with a welcome drink on board during a pre-cruise briefing. In the evening enjoy dinner on board while meeting the other passengers (Note – we run this tour alongside our other Turkey tours so the group may split in Pamukkale with not everyone heading to Marmaris to board the Gulet. You’ll therefore meet some new travellers on board).
OVERNIGHT
On board Gulet
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 Gulet Cruise

After breakfast we cruise to Ekincik and the beautiful beach of Izturu, which is famous for the sea turtle called Carette. The ancient city of Caunos is closeby where you can take a boat trip up the Dalyan river, passing Lycian rock tombs on the way to the sulphurous mud baths and hot springs. Fully staffed and housed with individual en-suite double cabins these vessels offer us the perfect chance to unwind and enjoy the sunshine (Note – twin or single cabins are not generally available, but most people tend to choose to sleep on deck under the stars).
OVERNIGHT
Gulet cruise
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 Gulet cruise

As we continue our Mediterranean cruise today we will sail towards world-famous Gocek Gulf and anchor at Tersane Island for breakfast and a swimming break. We then cruise onward to Monastery Bay which is also known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath.
OVERNIGHT
Gulet cruise
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 Finish Gulet cruise in Fethiye

Arrive at Fethiye Harbour early in the morning where you have chance to visit city centre. We offer the option of a jeep safari tour in Fethiye. For those who will not join the Safari, the boat will cruise to Samanlik Bay for lunch and swimming. Afterwards around 16.30 the boat will anchor at Ece Saray Marina and guests will leave the boat with precious memories. The rest of the evening is free.
OVERNIGHT
Fethiye – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 Fethiye. Free time. Transfer to airport

Your last day is left free for some final sightseeing and shopping until your departure airport transfer to Dalaman airport. Several low-cost airlines fly out of Dalaman or you can connect through Istanbul with Turkish Airlines.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast

DURATION

11 days

Price

A$2395

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