Your 3-day Super Saver Turkey tour is a great way to see some of Turkey’s most coveted sights with ease. Begin your first night at a Çanakkale hotel (included) to rest up for the rest of your sightseeing adventure. Head to Gallipoli and Troy for two days of exploring these fascinating and picturesque destinations. Learn about the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and their historical battles at Gallipoli. Immerse in the wonders of Greek mythology Troy’s archeological sites.
Next, head to Istanbul. Be sure to book you own overnight accommodation for the second night, in Istanbul. Here you will admire the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and more on the final day’s tour.
Each day, you will enjoy a savory Turkish lunch, but plan for lunch on your own or at your guide’s expert recommendation.
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.
Please note: Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays; will be replaced with Istanbul Archaeology Museum), Hagia Sophia (Closed on Mondays; will be replaced with Chora Museum), Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays; additional time will be spent at the other locations).