The History Trail
[5 Days Tour]
The History Trail
This tour does not only give you an extraordinary experience of the ancient cultural heritage of western Turkey, but it also enhances the experience by giving you a transfer to Bodrum, one of Turkey’s hottest spots for summer vacations.
Troy: Location for Homer’s legendary tale of Helen of Troy.
Çanakkale: An important town and seaport of the country, it is also a significant centre for those wishing to see the WW1 battlefields at Gallipoli.
Pergamum: Ancient, rich and powerful city during the Hellenistic period.
Izmir: Turkey’s third largest city on the Aegean Coast.
Ephesus: Magnificent ancient city visited three times by St Paul with the House of the Virgin Mary nearby.
Pamukkale: This is one of Turkey’s top attractions due to the white travertines formed by calcified minerals running down a hillside.
Aphrodisias: Ancient city dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite.
Bodrum: Known as the ‘St Tropez’ of Turkey, also has an impressive Crusader Castle which dominates the Bay.
- Operated with fully escorted English speaking tour guide
- 4 nights’ accommodation
- 4 Breakfasts
- Modern air-conditioned vehicles.
- Local airport transfers as mentioned in itinerary.
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul
- Ferry Istanbul-Troy
- Drop-off in Bodrum city.
- All applicable government taxes and fees.
- Meet and greet on day 1
- International and domestic flights
- Departure transfer from Bodrum
- Admission fees
- Optional excursions and activities
Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents without prior notice.
What do I need to bring?
Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings in Turkey. Shoes should be removed before entering a mosque or private house. Sun protection, sun glasses, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 7 days or less before event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 75% if booking is cancelled 10 days or less before event
Day 1 : ARRIVAL ISTANBUL
Arrive at Istanbul airport where a representative will meet and greet you before you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. Enjoy the afternoon at relaxing in the hotel or exploring the surroundings at leisure.
- Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 : ISTANBUL – TROY – CANAKKALE (385 Kms – 5.5 hrs)
Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel at indicated time. The first day features the visit of Troy, and you will spend the night in Canakkale, which is located along the Dardanelles. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea, seeing some lovely summer houses on the sea side, with vast sun flower fields on the land side. As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry and drive the last 25 minutes to the site of Troy, you will become a part of Homer’s legends seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, the Athena Temple and Odeon. After the visit, you will relax in Canakkale, a pleasant small town with exceptional fish restaurants.
- Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 3 : CANAKKALE – PERGAMUM – IZMIR (330 Kms – 5 hrs)
Check out of the hotel after breakfast and depart at indicated time. On the second day, you will follow the route taken by those who have escaped the fall of Troy, to the city of Pergamum. You will visit the Acropolis and the Asklepion, which indeed has been an inspiration, as well as a prototype for the modern healthcare centre of our day. After the Pergamum visit, you will be driven to Izmir (the drive takes about an hour). You will have a tour of the interesting sights that this unique city offers. We recommend a panoramic view of the city from the Kadifekale (Velvet Castle) and a large glass of local beer, which is best enjoyed at a sea side café on the Kordon, watching the sunset. Izmir too, is famous for its exceptional fish restaurants.
- Overnight in Izmir.
Day 4 : IZMIR – EPHESUS – PAMUKKALE (280 Kms – 4 hrs)
Feel free to spoil yourself with a little extra sleep this morning as we depart at 9.00 hrs and this morning’s drive will be a relatively short one. A little over an hour and we will reach the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. The tour includes the Odeon, Marble Street, Hadrian’s Temple, the Celsus Library and the Great Theatre. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of the Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus and it is believed by many that the Virgin Mary was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until the end of her life. After the tour of Ephesus, you will be driven to Pamukkale arriving about 18.30 hrs approximately and check into your hotel.
- Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 5 : PAMUKKALE – APHRODISIAS – BODRUM (280 Kms – 4.5 hrs)
After breakfast we will start out on our last day of the tour. White will be the dominating colour of the fourth day of your journey as you will visit the famous ‘Cotton Castle’ and witness the amazing level of mastery the skilled sculptors of Aphrodisias have demonstrated while creating marble statues. Pamukkale, meaning ‘Cotton Castle’, is a natural site that is created by hot springs and travertines creating terraces of rock pools from the minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the travertines which are nearly 3,000 m long. This amazing sight can be seen from a long distance on a clear day. You will visit the rock pools, the ancient Hierapolis, Necropolis, the Roman Baths and the amphitheatre. After an optional lunch, you will drive to another land of dreams, this time to Aphrodisias. This ancient city was an autonomous city during the times of the Roman Empire and was especially well known for its’ Temple dedicated to its’ protecting Goddess, Aphrodite. The high level of welfare in the city during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD had brought the city to a unique position in architecture and the art of sculpting. Your tour of the ancient city will include the amphitheatre, Basilica, the Roman Baths and the biggest stadium of the time. Aphrodisias museum with its magnificent statues will be visited as well. After this, you will be transferred to Bodrum on the coast where the tour finishes at approximately 18.30 hrs.
- Breakfast included.
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