Classical Turkey

8 days/7 nights

From only £863pp

Overview

8 days/7 nights From only £863pp

The myth, the history and the atmosphere of Classical Turkey will not fail to enthuse your students.

What's included in the trip?

  • Return scheduled/‘no frills’ flights
  • Accommodation on a half board basis
  • Max 4 bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:10 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Flight to Istanbul. Coach transfer to Dardanelles for your ferry crossing. Evening meal and overnight in Canakkale.

  • Day 2

    Visit Troy and Pergamon. Explore Troy’s site excavations, dating from 3000 B.C. until 400 A.D. Continue to Pergamon, once the most powerful city in Asia Minor, containing the remains of Attalid palaces, the Altar of Zeus and the Temple of Serapis. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Day 3

    Miletus to view the magnificent Roman theatre, Didyma, once the greatest oracular sanctuary. Visit to Priene, with one of the earliest grid street layouts and a wealth of Classical remains. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Day 4

    Visit Ephesus, an important place of pilgrimage. Temple of Artemis and the Library of Celsus. Continue onto Secuk to see the Basilica of St John. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Day 5

    Discover Aphrodisias, now an important site, including the Temple of Aphrodite and the magnificent stadium. Continue to Hierapolis, a Seleucid city, thermal spa and archaeological museum. Overnight in Pamukkale

  • Day 6

    Visit Iznik (Nicaea) to see the Roman and Byzantine city walls, Propylon, Haghia Sophia. On to Cavdarhisar, with an impressive Temple of Zeus, thermae, theatre and stadium. Overnight in Iznik.

  • Day 7

    Today for Istanbul. Visit the Kariye Camii mosaics and wall paintings, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace and Harem, the majestic Byzantine Haghia Sophia, the excellent archaeological museum. Afterwards, wander through the Grand Bazaar.

  • Day 8

    Morning visit to the Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), one of the last of the imperial mosques, and free time before your transfer to the airport and your return flight to the UK.

Accommodation

Enhance your trip

  • Ephesus was an ancient Greek city, built on site of the former Arzawan capital and later a major Roman city. The area surrounding Ephesus was already inhabited during the Neolithic Age (about 6000 BC).