Gallipoli and the Greek Islands
Important sites and historical monuments, great food, warm and generous people, emotionally moving visit to Gallipoli.
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Arrive Istanbul – transfer to your hotel in the historical area of Sultanahmet.
Afternoon walking tour to Aya Sophia, the Blue mosque and The Grand Bazaar.
Visit the magnificent Byzantine church of St Sophia, one of the finest architectural works in the world, this church has been nominated as the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. Then continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul. Dating back to the 17th century, this is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul and is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. You may also visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine, columns from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. You musn’t miss the Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and souvenirs.
Morning visit to Topkapi Palace
Apart from brief intervals, Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860), a period of nearly four centuries. Over the years the palace complex underwent constant evolution. Some buildings disappeared, destroyed by fire, earthquakes or demolished to make way for new buildings. The palace was therefore not a single massive building in the western tradition, constructed at one go, but an organic structure which was never static, and reflected the styles and tastes of many periods in many independent units with individual functions.
Afternoon tour to Egyptian Spice Bazaar and Bosphorus cruise.
Your tour starts with a visit to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar which is full of the mystical aromas of various spices and colourful shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish etc. Next we board our boat for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. As you travel, you will have the chance to see the European style palaces of the Ottomans and the palaces of Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, in striking contrast to some of the modern villas that line the shores.
Morning transfer to Gallipoli- After lunch you will be given a full guided tour of Gallipoli with visits to the Kabatepe Museum, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzac Commemoration Site, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish and Allied trenches and Tunnels), The Nek as well as Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Later you will cross the Dardenelles by ferry to reach Canakkale.
Morning visit to a Turkish hamam – don’t leave Turkey without trying the great experience of a Turkish Bath.
Turkish Baths or ‘hamams’ as they are named, are for many aspects of health, not just for external cleanliness. Before Turkey was established as a separate country, the Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and nomadic people of the region had their own variations of bathing rituals. These traditions combined, created a different variation of these ancient bathing habits, The Turkish Bath (Turkish Hammam). The bather enters the dry heat of a sweating area. Afterwards, the bather begins to perspire heavily because of a wet steam. The skin is then washed with soap and warm water and the muscles massaged. After being scoured and washed, the bather’s body temperature returns to normal. You will be taken to one of the best hamams to experience this way of life and enjoy this tradition so well established in Turkey.
Late afternoon guided tour to the ancient city of Troy.
The story of Troy is part-mythology and part-archaeology. Where does the legend stop and history begin? It involves larger-than-life figures like the heroes from Homer’s Iliad: Achilles, Helen, Paris and Hector, not forgetting the rascal Schliemann, who stole its treasure. The Trojan War is a dramatic story of bravery and deceit, one that has influenced European literature since its very beginnings.
After breakfast transfer to Ayvalik via Assos. Ferry transfer to the Greek island of Lesvos. You will be met by our representative and driven to the beautiful town of Molivos (Mythymna), with its pircturesque harbour dominated by the castle and tiers of red stone tiled houses climbing up the slopes away from the blue sea.
Day 6 & 7
Relax on the beach, sample the great food in one of many tavernas, visit Eftalou, the petrified forrest, Petra. Take a boat ride to one of the local picturesque fishing villages. We will suggest the tours to best suit your tastes.
From Lesvos you can fly to Athens or continue your island hopping adventure to discover the other gems hidden in the mediterranean sea.
- 2 nights Istanbul
- 2 nights Canakkale
- 3 nights Molivos
- breakfast daily
- tours where indicated
- ferry Ayvalik-Mytilene