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Aegean Highlights of Turkey

Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus & Hierapolis

Best time to travel
Apr – Oct
Ideal length
7 nights
Perfect for
All
From (incl flights)
€2,699 pp

At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Istanbul.
  • All private transfers.
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi and Pamukkale.
  • Guided historical explorations throughout including touring Istanbul, the Gallipoli Battlefields, Troy and the ancient Greek city of Ephesus.
  • Witness Hierapolis’ magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines.
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Introduction

From Roman amphitheatres to opulent Ottoman mansions, Turkey holds the remnants of spectacular ancient empires. On this suggested itinerary, start in the capital of Istanbul and marvel at its wonderful blend of cultures, marvellous cuisine and ancient landmarks. Continue along the historic routes and experience ancient sites that lie along the scenic Aegean coastline. Your final discovery will be one of natural wonder, exploring the white calcium terraces of Hierapolis.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Istanbul, the former seat of the Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine Empires.

Your private driver will transfer you to your central hotel where you will spend two nights in the culture-rich metropolis.

Set out on a guided historical exploration of Istanbul.

From the magnificent Blue Mosque to the vibrant alleys of the Grand Bazaar, soak up the spectacular blend of culture in the city. We’ll arrange tables at the best restaurants to appreciate flavourful Turkish cuisine.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Discover the history of the Gallipoli Battlefields on a guided day tour.

Visit the WWI Battlefields as well as the Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair Memorial, Anzac Cove, The Nek and Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel in Canakkale, where you will spend the night.

Anzac Cove, Gallipoli
Embark on a guided exploration of Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse.

Your expert guide will teach you about the history and mythical stories of Troy. You will then continue to your luxury hotel in Kusadasi where you’ll spend two nights.

Charisma Deluxe Hotel, Kusadasi
Explore the ancient Greek remains of Ephesus.

With your local guide, explore its well-preserved ruins including the Temple of Artemis. Continue to the village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. We’ve arranged a carpet weaving demonstration during your visit.

Temple of Artemis, Ephesus
Witness the magnificent white calcium terraces of Hierapolis.

Spend the day exploring the terraces known as travertines, which were formed by terrestrial sedimentary rock deposited by mineral water from the hot springs. You’ll then arrive at a nearby health resort to spend the night.

Thermal Baths, Hierapolis
Return by private transfer to Istanbul, via Bursa.

Wander through the former capital of the Ottoman state which is home to thermal baths, palaces, opulent mansions and insightful museums. Arrive in Istanbul to spend your final night in the wonderful capital.

Interior of Hagia Sophia Mosque, Istanbul
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Sofitel Istanbul Taksim

Sofitel Istanbul Taksim

The Sofitel Istanbul’s luxury hotel is set within a timeless building in the central Taksim Square. As you step inside the impressive wooden doors of the hotel, enter into the opulent interiors.

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Kolin Hotel

Kolin Hotel

The Kolin Hotel is set within a modern high-rise building overlooking the Dardanelles Strait. Facilities include an indoor pool, spa, Turkish baths, fully-equipped gym and an outdoor pool.

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Charisma Deluxe Hotel

Charisma Deluxe Hotel

The Charisma Deluxe Hotel is ideally set on the coast of Turkey’s Aegean Sea. Traditional from the exterior, interiors are contrastingly modern and stylish.

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Doga Thermal Health & Spa

Doga Thermal Health & Spa

Doga’s contemporary hotel is situated in Karahayit, just a short distance from the celebrated sites of Hierapolis and Pamukkale Travertines.

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What people are saying

Aisling and her team are just outstanding at what they do. They have an incredible knowledge of the travel industry and I have had the best experience with OROKO Travel. From the first phone call to enquire about a holiday to the call we received after our holiday, I cannot say enough about this company. They are truly outstanding. I really look forward to working with them again in 2022 and hopefully for many years to come. There are no travel specialists like OROKO. 5 stars, just fantastic!

Sinead & family – Croatia, September 2021

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