The Gallipoli Campaign was one of the greatest Ottoman victories during the WWI and is considered a major Allied failure. In Turkey, it is also regarded as a defining moment in the nation’s history: it was the basis for the Turkish War of Independence and the founding of the Republic of Turkey.
Besides Gallippoli you will have the chance to visit also Troy & Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. All the best sites of Turkey that will make this trip an incredible one.
The Description of the tour
|Highlights||6 Days Gallipoli Troy Pergamon Ephesus Pamukkale and Cappadocia Tour|
|Meal||Lunches and Breakfasts included|
|Tips||Customary tips to the drivers or guides are not included|
|Pick up||Pick up from the hotels according to the location (only city hotels)|
|Drop Off||At the end of tour we will drop you off to your hotel (only city hotels)|
Day 1: Gallipoli
To join the Tour, you will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and we will drive you to the tour’ starting point: the waterfront where one of the most well-known battles of the WWI took place. There, you will learn more about this battle, its history and facts.
Later on, we will continue to the Kabatepe War Museum, which contains relics from the battle including original diary extracts and letters. Next, we visit the Brighton Beach, the intended landing place by the Allies and the Anzac Cove where dawn services are held on each Anzac Day (25th of April).
You will also visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and the Chunk Bair New Zealand Memorial. The last stop is the Kilitbahir fortress, our last stop, which was built in 1453 by Mehmet II, the Conqueror (to honor his successful siege of Constantinople). After the tour ends you will be transferred to your hotel in either Eceabat or Canakkale.
Day 2: Troy & Pergamon
After breakfast, we continue our scenic drive along the Aegean, stopping for photos and perhaps to try the local delicacies at one of the many farmer road side stands that sell olives, figs, seasonal fruit and pistachios. We then will head east towards our first site of the day.
İn our Troy tour you will learn the mythology surrounding this historical place, The Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy. Until now, 10 cities have been discovered there, one built on the top of the other, dating back to 3500 BC. You will also hear about the battle between Archillies and Paris, the Remains of Troy IX, the Alters and the Houses of Troy I, dating back to 2500 BC.
After the tour we will provide lunch and we will depart from Canakkale, drive along the Aegean Coastal line down to Kusadasi, after arrival we will check in the hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Day 3: Ephesus Tour
Ephesus is one of the most impressive sites in Turkey. You will have the change to wander around on what it was once one of the biggest and most complex cities of the Roman Empire, in a unique state of preservation.
Temple of Artemis
The temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The Temple served as a form to worship Artemis, a Greek goddess – twin of Apollo, who replaced the Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon.
Ephesus is the best-preserved Roman city in the Mediterranean region, and one of Turkey’s top sights. After almost 150 years of excavation, the city’s recovered structures have made Ephesus Europe’s most complete classical metropolis.
Explore the ruins of Ephesus while strolling by the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Trajan Fountain and the Great Theater.
The House of Virgin Mary
Legend says that the Virgin Mary lived her last days in a small stone cottage, located in Ephesus. Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI declared the site authentic and each year a traditional service is held for the pilgrims.
The night will be spent in Kusadasi.
Day 4: Pamukkale Tour
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi and drive inland, to a full day tour of Pamukkale.
Pamukkale is an extraordinary natural wonder. The full of calcium waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 C and tumble down the mountain from a height of 100 meters, forming a myriad of pools. Cream-colored stalactites are formed as the water overflows from the pools, creating a breathtaking sight unequalled in the world.
As if this splendid view wasn’t enough, there was also a Roman city built on top of this natural marvel: the City of Hierapolis. You can visit its ruins and see: the basilica, the impressive theatre, Roman Bath and Necropolis.
After the tour you will take an overnight bus to Cappadocia at 21:00 or 22:00. (duration 10 hours)
Day 5: Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast, drive through the valleys of Cappadocia and make your first stop at Devrent Valley to see the unique fairytale like chimneys. Proceed to the incredible Zelve Open Air Museum, where three canyons meet in one valley.
After a lunch we will proceed to visit the incredible Goreme Open Air Museum, with its rock carved churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Visit also the Pigeon Valley, so named after the hundreds of little windows carved into the rocks which are an attractive spot for pigeons to build their nests. End the day in the best way possible: observing the Panoramic View from Uchisar Castle.
Day 6: Cappadocia Tour
The day’s first stop-off is at Red Valley, presenting an opportunity to hike through orchards and vineyards, between fairy chimneys and rock-carved houses. Continue the walk in Rose Valley. Afterwards, visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin.
Following a lunch break visit the Derinkuyu Underground City, Ortahisar Castle and finally Catakaya.
After the tour, you will be transferred to Kayseri’s airport for flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival in Istanbul you will be then transfer to your hotel.