Gallipoli, Troy and Ephesus are all historical sites that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Turkey. From the most recent times to the most ancient ones, you will learn about different civilizations, cultures and wars.
Gallipoli is one of the most relevant places when it comes to World War I. It was through this area that the allies tried to get through in order to conquer Istanbul. You will learn more about this war and, in particular, what happened in this incredible site. In Pergamon you will find ancient ruins which are one of the oldest and best preserved in the world. In Ephesus tour you will visit also the Temple of Artemis (once one of the seven world wonders) and the House of the Virgin Mary.
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Architecture / History & Archaeology / Religion / Art / Lanscape / War
*You can combine this tour with our other destinations in Turkey: Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Istanbul, Antalya ...
The day starts with an early departure from Istanbul (06:30am) and we will drive to Gallipoli, where you will learn all about the battle that once took place there.
Day 1: Gallipoli
After, it’s time to visit the Brighton beach, the intended landing place for the Anzac troops and also the Anzac Cove, where the dawn service is held each year on 25th April. At this time we will have lunch and end our day by visiting the Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston's Jolly, the Chunk Bair New Zealand Memorial and the Kilitbahir fortress, which was built in 1452 by Mehmet II, the Conqueror, to honor his successful siege of Constantinople.
Once the tour is completed, you will be transfered back to your hotel
2: Troy & Pergamon
You will also see the recreation of Troy’s Horse, listen about the Trojan Warns, the battle between Archillies and Paris, walk through the remains of Troy IX, the Alters and the Houses of Troy I, dating back to 2500 BC.
By this time we will stop for lunch in Troy and after we will drive to Pergamon for another tour.
Pergamon is an ancient Greek city, where we will visit the Aesculapium, an ancient medical center built under the name of Aesculapis, the God of Medicine. After lunch the tour will continue with the huge and notable Pergamon Acropolis. İncluded in the tour are also the following places: Athena, Trojan Temples, Zeus’ Temple, Dionysos’ temple, Gymnasium of Youth, Odeon, Library, Agora, the Great Theater and the Roman bathes.
After Pergamon we will drive to Kusadasi for an overnight stay.
Day 3: Ephesus
The Tour’s first stop is the Temple of Artemis, once known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World is, nowadays, a place with stories to tell. Let your guide take you through the legends that involve one of the most important places of worship of the goddess Artemis (or Diana).
We proceed to visit Ephesus: The city of Ephesus, as you can visit today, was founded by one of Alexander the Great's generals, Lysimachus, in about 300 BC. Ephesus had its best periods during the Hellenistic and Roman eras, and as the capital of the Asian province and a big port, its population was of 200,000 habitants. The Celsus’ library is one of the most impressive ancient constructions that you will ever see and strolling in these streets will make you feel like a roman yourself.
Our last stop is the House of the Virgin Mary, the place where Mary chose to settle to spend her last days. In 1980, by the John Paul Pope, the site was declared has a pilgrimage place for Christians.
After the tour ends we will drive back to Izmir’s airport for a flight back to Istanbul. Upon your arrival you will be dropped off to your hotel.