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Ancient Empires of Turkey

Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukkale & Cappadocia

Best time to travel
April – October
Ideal length
9 nights
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At a glance

  • International return flights from Dublin to Istanbul.
  • All private transfers.
  • 9 nights’ accommodation in Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukkale and Cappadocia.
  • Guided historical explorations throughout including touring Istanbul, the Gallipoli Battlefields, Troy, the ancient Greek city of Ephesus and Cappadocia’s underground cities.
  • Marvellous encounters with nature as you explore the otherworldly landscapes of Hierapolis and Cappadocia.
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Discover the ruins and remnants of the ancient empires which once ruled Turkey as you embark on a historical exploration of the transcontinental country. Start in the Old City of Istanbul, the former seat of the Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. After exploring the streets and sites where chariot races once took place, continue to discover magnificent Troy, the acropolis of Pergamon, the Temple of Artemis and the white calcium terraces of the Travertines. Before returning to the ancient empire, witness sites along the Silk Road and marvel at the underground cities and valleys of Cappadocia.

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Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Istanbul.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel for your two-night stay. The former seat of the mighty rulers of the Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, prepare for a culture-rich discovery.

Get to know the ancient streets of Istanbul’s Old City.

On a guided tour, visit sites like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Hippodrome of Constantinople. Continue to browse the colourful stalls of the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

Embark on a guided day tour of the Gallipoli Battlefields.

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, Turkey
Transfer to Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse.

Made famous by Homer’s Iliad, embark on a guided cultural exploration. Continue to the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon before arriving at your luxury seafront hotel in Kusadasi, spending two-nights bathing on the shores of the Aegean Sea.

Kusadasi, Turkey
Set out on an exploration of the ancient Greek city 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.

Ephesus, Turkey
Witness Hierapolis’ magnificent white calcium terraces.

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.

Hierapolis, Turkey
Travel along the ancient Silk Road on a guided transfer from Pamukkale to Cappadocia.

Visit ancient sites along the Silk Road including the Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana Museum, an ancient mausoleum in Kony. Arrive in Cappadocia for your two-night stay.

Explore Cappadocia, renowned for its unique rock formations, underground cities and otherworldly landscapes.

Your expert guide will take you to the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the Hoodoo ‘fairy chimneys’ and the surreal underground cities, built during the Byzantine era.

Transfer to Ankara to visit the impressive mausoleum of Anitkabir.

After witnessing the monumental site, continue to transfer back to the Old City of Istanbul where you will spend the night.

Istanbul Turkey Mosque
Transfer to the international airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

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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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Cappadocia Cave Resort

Cappadocia Cave Resort

The luxury resort of Cappadocia Cave offers an authentic stay in the historic surroundings of Cappadocia. Interiors are a wonderful representation of Turkish architecture.

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