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Overview

Turkish Escape

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 ever church and for over a thousand years the largest covered space on earth and to the amazing Topiaki 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 3 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 centres of and 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 flavours.

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.

Highlights of Turkish Escape

Price Details US

All Escapes by Globus tours and departures are excluded from the following Globus discounts: Book Early & Save Discounts, Second Tour Discount and Small Group Discount.

Private Touring

6 guests in a party: $306*
18 guests in a party: $128*

Product Group

Turkish Escape

Inclusions

We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring in spacious comfort by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi is included on board your coach and in most hotel lobbies and common areas.

UNESCO Sites

Archaeological Site of Troy|Ephesus|Hierapolis-Pamukkale|Historic Areas of Istanbul

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL,TURKEY Welcome to Istanbul! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)

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Day 2

ISTANBUL A Gateway between Orient and Occident ISTANBUL Guided sightseeing includes the Topapki Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque followed by a Turkish Delight tasting. (B)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CULTURE & TRADITIONS Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, 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 a gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent yet exciting history.


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Day 3

ISTANBUL–GALLIPOLI–TROY AREA Bravery on the Beach
GALLIPOLI Visit the WWI battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, the Anzac Cemetery and the Lone Pine Memorial before crossing the Dardanelless by ferry. (B,D) 236 mi/ 380 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORY & HERITAGE Visit the moving and inspirational sites, 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.


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Day 4

TROY AREA–PERGAMUM–KUSADASI Trojan War TROY Enjoy a guided visit
PERGAMUM Guided visit of the Asklepion, a shrine to the Greek God of medicine. (B,D) 267 mi / 430 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HEALING THE BODY &THE SOUL Nestled between hills, the Asklepion retains a sense of serenity and history. The sick approached the temple via the Sacred Way, a path that started their journey to health determined according to what dreams the patience experienced and which also included theatre shows. All of this was done in the belief that healing was a sacred art and that people’s souls needed to be mended as well as their bodies.


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Day 5

KUSADASI–EPHESUS–PAMUKKALE Ancient Civilization Preserved EPHESUS Follow your Guide for a walk through the ancient ruins and the archaeological museum. (B,D) 137 mi / 220 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
HISTORIC SPOTS Ephesus was one of the most famous cities of the ancient Mediterranean. It was the second biggest city of the Roman Empire and today it is one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean.


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Day 6

PAMUKKALE–HIERAPOLIS–BURSA In the Shadow of Mount Olympus HIERAPOLIS Visit the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BCE.
BURSA Visit the Great Mosque the covered bazaar and the silk market followed by a Kestane Sekeri tasting. (B) 280mi / 450 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
ANCIENT TASTES ON THE SILK ROAD Wander through the long winding bazaar in Bursa, Turkey’s centuries-old city center, taking in the sights, sounds, and smells of the buzzing marketplace. Treat your taste buds to one of the city’s famous sweets, the Kestane Sekery, and find the perfect gift for yourself or a friend, a piece of authentic Bursa-made silk.


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Day 7

BURSA–IZNIK–ISTANBUL Ancient Walls & Ecumenical Council IZNIK Guided visit includes St. Sophia’s Church and the Archaeological museum
ISTANBUL Farewell dinner at a local restaurant (B,D) 137 mi / 220 km

TOUR HIGHLIGHT
CERAMIC BEYOND TIMES Iznik is a completely "open-air museum" with its rare ancient history and uniqueness. It is also the birthplace of the world famous Iznik tiles – a treasured artform dating back to the Ottoman Empire.


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Day 8

ISTANBUL Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2024-10-05 2024-10-06 2024-10-13 $1449 $250 $1199 KQRX41006 Available
2 2024-10-12 2024-10-13 2024-10-20 $1449 $250 $1199 KQRX41013 Available
3 2024-10-19 2024-10-20 2024-10-27 $1449 $250 $1199 KQRX41020 Available
4 2024-10-26 2024-10-27 2024-11-03 $1449 $250 $1199 KQRX41027 Available
5 2024-11-02 2024-11-03 2024-11-10 $1349 $250 $1099 KQRX41103 Available
6 2024-11-09 2024-11-10 2024-11-17 $1349 $250 $1099 KQRX41110 Available
7 2024-11-16 2024-11-17 2024-11-24 $1349 $250 $1099 KQRX41117 Available
8 2024-11-23 2024-11-24 2024-12-01 $1349 $250 $1099 KQRX41124 Available
9 2024-11-30 2024-12-01 2024-12-08 $1349 $250 $1099 KQRX41201 Available
10 2025-01-18 2025-01-19 2025-01-26 $999 $0 $999 KQRX50119 Available
11 2025-01-25 2025-01-26 2025-02-02 $999 $0 $999 KQRX50126 Available
12 2025-02-01 2025-02-02 2025-02-09 $1349 $0 $1349 KQRX50202 Available
13 2025-02-08 2025-02-09 2025-02-16 $1349 $0 $1349 KQRX50209 Available
14 2025-02-15 2025-02-16 2025-02-23 $1349 $0 $1349 KQRX50216 Available
15 2025-02-22 2025-02-23 2025-03-02 $1349 $0 $1349 KQRX50223 Available
16 2025-03-01 2025-03-02 2025-03-09 $1449 $0 $1449 KQRX50302 Available
17 2025-03-08 2025-03-09 2025-03-16 $1449 $0 $1449 KQRX50309 Available
18 2025-03-15 2025-03-16 2025-03-23 $1449 $0 $1449 KQRX50316 Available
19 2025-03-22 2025-03-23 2025-03-30 $1449 $0 $1449 KQRX50323 Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Titanic City Taksim Just a 5-minute walk from Taksim Square, this Hotel has 202 modern and air-conditioned rooms fully furnished with a flat-screen TV, free WiFi, a minibar, Coffee Maker, desk, a safe and a private bathroom equipped with hairdryer, free toiletries and slippers. The high-quality breakfast includes a wide range of options, including salads, eggs, a selection of cheeses, ham, and fresh fruit. The Alesta restaurant serves international delicacies and the café offers a selection of hot drinks, light snack alternatives, desserts and cakes. Istanbul Lamartin Cad. 47 Superior Tourist-Class
2 Doubletree By Hilton Canakkale The centrally located DoubleTree by Hilton provides 155 air-conditioned rooms with kettle/Coffeemaker, minibar, Free toiletries, TV and Wi-Fi. The hotel offers 2 pools, a Spa & Wellness center, and a Fitness center to relaxation. Delicious meals can be savored at the on-site Restaurant. Mega Beach is 2 km away and the Archaeological Museum and Archaeology Museum are both just a short walk away. Canakkale Barbaros Mahallesi, Ataturk 306 Superior First-Class
3 Charisma De Luxe Hotel Kusadasi Located close to Kusadasi Marina and Kusadasi Castle, this 218-room seafront hotel features a 60m private beach, a seasonal infinity pool with sweeping views of the Aegean Sea and is only a short walk away from Kusadasi's shopping and entertainment area. Relaxation options include a heated indoor pool, Turkish Hammam, Spa treartments and fitness center. The hotel's main restaurant serves a mix of international and Turkish cuisine and there is also an a-la carte seafood restaurant and lobby bar. All rooms have a partial sea-view and balcony, LCD TV with satellite channels, a minibar, bathrobes and slippers and Free Wi-Fi internet access. Kusadasi Turkmen, Gazi Beendi sk No:7 First-Class
4 Adempira Termal & Spa The Adempira Termal&Spa Hotel has 310 modern air-conditioned rooms, fully furnished with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an electric tea pot, a minibar, desk and an equipped bathroom with shower, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. A buffet breakfast is avaiable each morning at the homestay and the Sultan sofrasi restaurant offers delicious dishes. The Hotel provide a Fitness center, Spa & Wellness center furnished with Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, Sauna and Spa services. Pamukkale 113 Mustafa Sezer Sokak No:5/1 First-Class
5 Moevenpick Bursa Hotel and Thermal Spa Located in the city centre of Bursa, close to the greenery of Bursa Kültür Park this upscale property blends city life with nature. The 136-room hotel boasts an Italian Restaurant, an international restaurant combining Turkish cuisine, a lobby bar with a classical warm atmosphere and a trendy rooftop restaurant bar. The hotel also features a thermal swimming pool and Spa area with thermal Turkish bath and a wellness center. The spacious guestrooms are contemporarily decorated and come with a flat screen TV with satellite channels, minibar and electric kettle and have Free Wi-Fi internet access. Bursa Cekirge Cad. No:81, Osmangazi First-Class
6 Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus The Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel offers 213 luxurious air-conditioned rooms, all fully furnished with a flat-screen TV, mini-bar, complimentary toiletries, an electric kettle and a coffee maker. The on-site Bar and Restaurant offer breakfast and an à la carte menu of Mediterranean food and Turkish specialties to combine with drinks and cocktails. The hotel also provides a beautiful Spa & wellness center with fitness area, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi. Istanbul Barbaros Blv.145 Superior First-Class
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