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  • Location: Istanbul, Turkey
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)

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Book this Istanbul Super Saver and save 10% compared to booking the two tours separately.

Get to know Troy, Gallipoli and Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood on an action-packed Super Saver from Istanbul that’s spread over three days. Combining a 2-day tour of Troy and the Gallipoli First World War battlefields with a full-day tour of Istanbul’s highlights, this Super Saver offers everything you need to see three must-visit Turkish sites with ease. Learn about the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and their historical battles at Gallipoli; immerse yourself in Greek mythology at the archeological site in Troy; and admire Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and more on the final day’s tour. Overnight accommodation is included in Çanakkale on Day 1.

Highlights

  • Combine two exciting Istanbul tours for a discounted price
  • Spend the first two days on the 2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul
  • Explore the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli and visit ANZAC Cove, Brighton Beach, Lone Pine and more
  • Visit the archeological site in the ancient city of Troy and hear tales of Greek mythology
  • Enjoy the final day in Istanbul and see sights including Hagia Sophia and the Grand Mosque on a full-day tour
  • Stay overnight in a centrally located X-star Çanakkale hotel on Day 1

What You Can Expect

Istanbul Super Saver: 2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour plus Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Istanbul Super Saver: See the best sights of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque

Your Istanbul Super Saver combines the 2-Day Gallipoli and Troy Tour with the Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour. As such, overnight accommodation in Çanakkale is included on Day 1 but not on Day 2. Please ensure you have overnight accommodation in Istanbul arranged for the second night of your Super Saver experience.

Lunches are included each day, and ample free time is additionally allocated for you to enjoy all other meals. Your guide is familiar with each town you visit and can offer recommendations for restaurants and cafes to visit.

Itinerary

2-Day Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul (2 days):
Day 1: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale (L)

Leave Istanbul and travel by air-conditioned coach to the Gallipoli Peninsula. After approximately four hours on the road, arrive at the historic WWI battlefields in Gallipoli where the brutal and lengthy battles raged towards the end of the war. On April 25, 1915, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) followed Allied orders to mount an attack with the aim of capturing Constantinople. The attack was met with fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turks and the fatal fighting lasted for roughly eight months.

Walk around the Gallipoli battlefields and learn of the key fights that took place while discovering the poignant memorials, visited by people from all over the world. Stop to visit the Australian memorial site of Lone Pine and explore the trenches of the Nek. See Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, one of the few sites that Allied troops captured, and pay your respects to lost soldiers at ANZAC Cove where some of the most significant Gallipoli battles took place. Stroll around Ari Burnu Cemetery, and see other stirring sites including the Beach Cemetery, Brighton Beach and the trenches at Johnson’s Jolly.

Your day at the site includes ample free time for independent sightseeing, plus lunch in a restaurant halfway through your tour. Travel to your hotel in central Çanakkale after your tour, and then spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: 3-star Kolin Hotel in central Çanakkale or similar

Day 2: Çanakkale – Troy – Istanbul (B, L)

After breakfast, travel with your guide to the ancient city of Troy, approximately half an hour away. One of the most famous archeological sites in the world, Troy dates back some 4,000 years and is thought to be the city where contact between Anatolia (ancient Asia) and the Mediterranean region was first made.

On a walking tour, hear stories about Troy’s history and of its development as a series of settlements. Having started out as a Bronze Age dwelling, Troy enjoyed a stint as a prosperous Byzantine town before falling to ruin. The city is also famous for its links to the Trojan War, the Greek mythological story of the Trojan prince (Paris) who ran away with Zeus’ daughter (Helen) and sparked the 10-year battle. Explore the ruins, and then visit the wooden Trojan Horse, a symbol of the town.

Before returning to Istanbul, enjoy a break for lunch in a local restaurant. Then, relax on the journey north, and finish your 2-day experience with a drop-off in central Istanbul in the evening.

Overnight: no Istanbul accommodation is included on this night. Make your own arrangements for your Day 2 overnight stay


Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour (8 hours):
Day 3: Istanbul (L)
Start your tour with a hotel pickup, and then travel by coach to Istanbul’s historical Sultanahmet neighborhood for your day of exploring Istanbul’s top attractions and landmarks. The order of your day’s itinerary varies, but all attractions mentioned will be seen (with the exception of Topkapi Palace if Day 3 falls on a Tuesday).

Visit the church-mosque-museum of Hagia Sophia with its medley of Ottoman and Byzantine architecture, and then head inside the city’s Blue Mosque, an elaborate place of worship that’s known for its skyline-dominating minarets. Admire its ornate interior with your guide and marvel at its ceiling — consisting almost entirely of blue tiles — that attributes to the building’s name.

Step underground on a visit to the Basilica Cistern and discover the subterranean passages that featured in James Bond’s From Russia with Love. After making your way around the underground columns of the cistern, continue to Topkapi Palace — one of the world’s oldest and largest palaces that has been transformed into a museum. Explore the courtyards and marvel at the rich ornamentation that was lavished on the palace rooms by the sultans and harems of bygone days.

See the Hippodrome, the site that represented the center of politics and sports during the Ottoman era, and pose for photos by the Egyptian obelisk that dates back around 3,500 years. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar to browse the stalls spread around the narrow streets, thick with the fragrance of spices. The souk sells almost everything from Turkish carpets to kebabs, so, let your guide show you its highlights while walking around.

Your tour includes lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant roughly halfway through the day. Dishes are subject to change but typically you can expect grilled meat, dips and vegetables. Drinks are available at your own expense.

After visiting the final attraction, finish your tour with a drop-off at your Istanbul hotel in the early evening.

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