|(NOTE: This program is available on ANY day of the week. Just ask!)
Let us know if you need any assistance with transfers from your own Istanbul hotel (arrival or departure).
Day 1: Istanbul to Canakkale - (L/D)
Early in the morning we will drive west, skirting the northern shore of the beautiful Sea of Marmara, heading towards the Aegean
Sites you’ll see today:
*Gallipoli (Gelibolu) and the Dardanelles --After our lunch, we willl devote our afternoon to visiting Gallipoli, where fierce World War I fighting took place between Allied forces and the Turkish Army. At ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Armed Corps) Cove, thousands lost their lives on one fateful dawn morning. We'll also visit other famous WWI battlesites and cemetaries in this area, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. From here, we'll board a ferry and cross the Dardanelles Strait. World War I history buffs will know that the Dardanelles Strait was a strategic crossing point for the Allied armies to cross from Europe into Asia Minor.
Over a 9-month campaign, more than half a million soldiers lost their lives in the struggle to control this strait and the nearby Gallipoli peninsula. Still today, many villagers in this quiet and peaceful region speak of seeing ghosts wandering the cemeteries and hearing the sounds of battle.
*Canakkale will be our final destination for today and where we will spend our evening. After dinner, you might want to stroll the harbor wall; here, locals buy sunflower seeds and take evening strolls with their families to watch the sunset. When they reach the end of the promenade, they turn around, perhaps buy ice cream and walk again.
Why not join them? Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 2: Canakkale - (B/L/D)
We continue our scenic drive along the Aegean, stopping for photo opportunities and perhaps to indulge the taste buds at one of
the many farmer road side stands that sell olives, figs, pistachios, and other seasonal fruits. We then will head east towards Troy.
*Troy (Truva) is the ancient site written about by Homer in the classic Iliad. It dates back to approximately 3,000 BC and has been the site of nine different cities through the thousands of years it has been in existence. Upon entering Troy, a large wooden Trojan horse full-scale reproduction will dominate your view. You'll definitely want to climb up and get your picture taken! There is also a small museum on-site to help you get oriented.
In the afternoon, you will have free time to rest and explore Canakkale (you can visit the Archeological Museum, Canakkale Castle,
or just relax and enjoy a nice dinner along the waterfront).
Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 3: Canakkale to Istanbul - (B)
After breakfast, we will meet you at your hotel and provide a transfer back to Istanbul. After arrival in Istanbul, we will provide a
transfer to your hotel.
*** Program ends ***
Prices are starting from 235 Euros per person in a double, contact us to get a price quote for your dates
* 1 night accommodation at a centrally-located 4-star hotel
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides
All land transfers
* Entrance fees to Kabatepe museum and city of Troy
* 1 Dinner, 1 breakfast and 2 lunches
* All taxes and service charges
* Drinks with meals
* Tips to the guide and driver
(NOTE: This is a fully-customizable program and is available all-year-round. If you are interested in obtaining more information about early booking, cash-paying discounts, hotel names (and web sites), or daily departure times, simply send back to us your e-mail inquiry, letting us know the dates you wish to travel, and we'll get back with you very soon.
You also may choose to extend your stay by adding-on such destinations Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, etc., in order to fit your time and travel interests.)
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