Turkish Escape (KQRX)

8 days from Istanbul to Istanbul

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Turkey is a unique country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. Your 8-day Turkish Escape starts in Istanbul, a city of great diversity and a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little has changed for centuries. During its 3,000 years of turbulent history, it has been home to the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the Turks themselves- all leaving their marks. Highlights of your sightseeing are inside visits to the 6th century Hagia Sophia, the largest church and for over a thousand years the largest covered space on earth and to the amazing Topkapi Palace which was the seat of the government of one of the greatest Empire of the Medieval age.

Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the Anzac cemetery and visit three of the most famous ancient sites in the country: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. Each very different and distinctive. Troy, the oldest, dating from 3,000BC and made up to 9 separate cities all built over each other; Pergamon an impregnable defensive site with amazing views in all directions which flourished as one of the ancient world’s greatest centers of healing; Ephesus, the greatest city in the Eastern Mediterranean during Roman times which boasts an extraordinary number of superbly preserved monuments.

Cross from Europe to Asia on board a scenic ferry journey across the Dardanelles Straight and get ready to taste the superb Turkish cuisine, an interesting blend of Mediterranean specialties and flavors.

This is the perfect vacation if you are looking for a genuine and unique blend of diverse cultures, centuries of history and an atmosphere the mysterious East with the familiar West.
Single supplement waived for 2020/2021 Globus Escapes Europe vacations.*
Turkish Escape map
Escapes by Globus

 Destinations & Sightseeing

ISTANBUL
Welcome dinner and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, including visits to Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia and Grand Bazaar.
DARDANELLES
Ferry crossing of the Straits
ANZAC
Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemetery
TROY
Guided visit of the archaeological site
PERGAMUM
Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and Asclepion
EPHESUS
Guided visit of the archaeological site and museum
PAMUKKALE
Guided visit of the Hierapolis
BURSA
Guided sightseeing including a visit to the Great Mosque; Covered Bazaar & Silk Market
IZNIK
Visit St. Sophia Church and the archeological museum

Headsets throughout the vacation.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

Notes:

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Archaeological Site of Troy
  • Bursa and Cumal?k?z?k: the Birth of the Ottoman Empire
  • Ephesus
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul
  • Pergamon and its Multi-Layered Cultural Landscape

Transportation:

Motorcoach; ferry

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine in Istanbul

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL, TURKEY

After arrival at Atatürk Airport, check into your hotel. At 6:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 ISTANBUL

Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330 AD when Constantine the Great elected it the capital of the Roman Empire, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus remains one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent history. Guided sightseeing starts at TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire the rich and spectacular kaftans of the sultans that were worn during the Ottoman period. Then, tour the HAGIA SOPHIA, followed by the ROMAN HIPPODROME, and visit Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE.

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Day 3 ISTANBUL–GALLIPOLI–TROY AREA

Visit the colorful GRAND BAZAAR before setting out on your discovery tour of a country with the population of Britain and more than three times its size. Drive along the European shore of the Sea of Marmara and head westward through sunflower and olive groves to the Dardanelles. Visit the WWI battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those tragic months of 1915 at the ANZAC CEMETERY and the LONE PINE MEMORIAL. Travel by ferry across the Dardanelles to the Troy area for your first overnight in Asia on the Aegean coast.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi / 380 km

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Day 4 TROY AREA–PERGAMUM–KUSADASI

Enjoy a guided visit of TROY, the perfect place to brush up on Homer’s Iliad and the hollow wooden horse. Vistas of the Greek isle of Lesbos greet you as you follow the shores of the Bay of Edremit. Continue south to Pergamum, an ancient center of learning and the arts, and visit its MUSEUM. After lunch, visit the ASCLEPION, a shrine to the Greek god of medicine. Drive to Kusadasi for your overnight.
Today’s Distance: 267 mi / 430 km

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Day 5 KUSADASI–EPHESUS–PAMUKKALE

Today, visit Ephesus, home of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and later, the capital of Roman Asia Minor. Visit the SITE OF ANCIENT RUINS and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM with its famous statue of Artemis, goddess of fertility and destiny. Then, travel along the Silk Road, and through the lush valley of the meandering Menderes River. Next, Pamukkale. The name means “Cotton Castle” and refers to the spectacular white lime cascades formed by its hot springs.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km

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Day 6 PAMUKKALE–HIERAPOLIS–BURSA

This morning, visit the fascinating archaeological site of HIERAPOLIS, the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BC and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. Then, enjoy the ever-changing cultivated landscapes and timeless scenes of rural life on your way to Bursa. Spot farmers working their fields or transporting produce in traditional horse-drawn carts. Bursa lies in the shade of the Uludag–also called Mount Olympus of Mysia—a 7,700-foot-high ski mountain surrounded by lovely orchards. Founded by the Greeks, like most ancient cities in this part of the world, and hotly contested during the Crusades, Bursa had its heyday as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon, visit the GREAT MOSQUE (Ulu Camii). Also on the agenda, of course, are the ancient Covered Bazaar and the Silk Market.
Today’s Distance: 280 mi / 450 km

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Day 7 BURSA–IZNIK–ISTANBUL

Visit Iznik, site of the first Ecumenical Council. See its ancient city walls before visiting ST. SOPHIA CHURCH and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Later, return to Istanbul in style. Tonight, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant celebrates the success of your Turkish Escape.
Today’s Distance: 137 mi / 220 km

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Day 8 ISTANBUL

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Pamukkale
Bursa

Pamukkale

Turkish Folklore: Ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes

Turkish Folklore: Ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes

Get to know the culture, history, and beliefs of Turkey¿s mystical Whirling Dervishes during this extraordinary Sema ceremony featuring exuberant music and dance.

Price Range: $

Bursa

Cumalikizik Village Turkish Cooking & Dinner Experience

Cumalikizik Village Turkish Cooking & Dinner Experience

Travel to the charming UNESCO World Heritage village of Cumalikizik, where friendly locals will teach you the secrets behind several authentic Turkish recipes¿and then you¿ll get to sit down and savor the dishes during an unforgettable dinner!

Price Range: $$

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