The Heritage of Turkey

The Heritage of Turkey - Tailor made private tour

Prices from £1,898 per person

visit Istanbul – Bursa (or Edirne) - Gallipoli - Troy - Ephesus - Izmir by escorted English speaking driver


7 nights Tailor made, privately escorted tour: The Itinerary covers Turkey’s cultural heritage including the Ottoman capitals of Bursa or Edirne, first world war battlefields of Gallipoli, ancient Troy and Ephesus . This is only a sample itinerary, we can alter as per request.

Day 1: UK to Istanbul.

Fly to Istanbul and transfer to hotel for overnight in Istanbul. 

Day 2 : Istanbul.

The first day is the Istanbul Classic Tour  which starts when our local company  pick you up from your hotel at around 9am and will return to your hotel is around 4pm. During the tour you will visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul, including St. Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul.

Your 2nd day regular tour in Istanbul, the Istanbul Two Continents Tour including a Bosphorus Cruise. Our local tour company will pick you up from your hotel at around 9 am and return around 4pm. You will experience one of the most beautiful sights in the world, the Bosphorus strait separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. This tour includes a Bosphorus Cruise and visits the Spice Bazaar, Rustempasa Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorous Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4: Bursa or Edirne.

You will be met at your hotel after breakfast by English-speaking driver (or a professional guide – subject to extra supplement) after short briefing, you will be driven to Bursa to visit the first capital of the Ottoman Empire, with its famous tombs and mosques and the fascinating Kozahan the silk bazaar which was at the heart of the ancient silk trade, overnight in Bursa. Following morning after breakfast,  travelling on to Gallipoli. (as an alternative route, instead of Bursa you can choose to go Edirne, another capital of Ottoman Empire to explore the grand Selimiye Mosque and its many museums and stay overnight in Edirne)

Day 5: Vist Gallipoli - First World War battlefields.

Drive to Gallipoli to visit the profoundly moving site of the First World War battlefields and memorial. Explore this tragic episode of the war one of the most bloodiest bottle during first world war, lost hundrads of thousands of young lives. You cannot miss the Turkish commander of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's speech, addressed to mothers, commemorating the loss of the hundreds of thousands of Turkish, British and Anzac soldiers who perished during the Gallipoli campaign is inscribed on a monument at Anzac Cove: "Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives … you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country, rest in peace. There is no difference between the Jonnies and the Mehmets to us, they lie side by side. You the mothers wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosom. After having lost their lives on this land of ours, they have become our sons as well.”
After exploring the Gallipoli, take the ferry to nearby Canakkale for overnight.

Day 6: Troy.

Drive to Troy to visit the evocative site of the ancient city of Troy, a World Heritage Site, and the scene of the famous legend. Continue to Pergamum to visit the impressive ruins of this ancient city. Its acropolis is set high on a hillside and dominates the surrounding countryside and it Asclepion, once a renowned centre of medicine. Stay overnight in Bergama, formerly Pergamum.

Day 7 and 8: Ephesus.

Drive to Selçuk, where you can spend the rest of the day and the following day exploring Ephesus, Selçuk and the neighbouring charming Ottoman town of Sirince. Drive to Ephesus to visit this ancient Roman city, one of the best preserved and most visited in the world, with its grand marble streets and imposing library. Once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was also here that St Paul preached some of his most famous sermons, and where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Stay for two nights in Selçuk.

Day 9: Izmir to UK.

You will be driven to Izmir airport - and fly back to the UK  (You may extend for another 2 days to visit Pamukkale before returning back to the UK, or just stay another week for relaxing beach holiday)

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This tour can be arranged as self-drive option and around £700 will be less then escorted tour prices.

Tour Name         8 nights with English-speaking driver
The Heritage of Turkey                         £1,898


Price Includes:

  • Return flights
  • Private return transfer in Istanbul
  • 3 nights 4* Hotel as BB in Istanbul
  • English-speaking Driver and their daily expenses (private guide extra on request)
  •  Group B car - (Ford Escort or similar) including all fuels and parkings
  • 1 night 4* hotel as BB in Bursa (or  in Edirne).
  • 1 night  4* hotel as BB in Canakkale.
  • 1 night 4*  hotel as BB  in Bergama
  • 2 nights 4* hotel as BB in Ephesus (Selcuk)
  • Flight from Izmir to the UK.
  • Please note prices are guidance only and subject to change depending on the season and departure airports and timings. 

Flights info: 
Return Flights are included in above prices with Turkish airlines (or British Airways where available) flight to Istanbul from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Dublin. However, prices are subject to change depending on flight departure airports and flight timings. We can book any flight from any airport on request. Once you book flights with us, we will issue ATOL certificate for all packages including flights and you will be protected financially for any airline failures.  

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"Our holiday in Turkey exceeded our expectations. Cappadocia was interesting and beautiful. It was exciting staying in cave. Istanbul was amazing. We had very little previous experience of Turkey and Turkish people, so we enjoyed the beauty of the country and friendly hospitality of the people. We felt safe and not at all threatened in the city. The quality of food and service in restaurants was good. Efes beer is very tasty. We were a little confused on our first day in Istanbul as the tour details implied a bus tour, but all become clear when we realised how close all the sights were to our hotel. We had a memorable holiday. Thank you Akin."

Mr David Hyam, 19.5.2019

"Dear Mr. Koc,I've been meaning to write to you for some time, to say thank you for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us. We had 4 nights B&B at the Empire Palace Hotel in Istanbul, which was wonderfully central - with friendly, helpful staff - and then flew to Cappadocia, staying at the MDC Cave Hotel in Urgup, which was delightful. The location was outstanding and the hotel quite unique. We have travelled all over the world and I can safely say that this holiday was one of the best - full of new experiences including a trip in a hot-air balloon, visiting underground cities, ancient cave dwellings with amazing frescoes and fabulous landscapes. It was fun and exciting. For the first two days of tours in Cappadocia we went with the local representatives, who were excellent and our guide, Mustafa Sahin was outstanding. Thank you again for a brilliant trip and we will recommend your company. We may be interested in Croatia next year. Yours sincerely,"

Barbara Lewis , 30.7.2018

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"Sadly like many people our holiday for five people was cancelled due to Covid-19. The date of our holiday meant it was on, then off, then on and finally off again. Throughout all this I can't fault how Akin and his team dealt with all the hassle at a most difficult time for his company.  The refund was dealt with swiftly and our party can only thank everyone for all their help."  Mr Brian Chappell - 2 Jun 2020

"Our holiday in Turkey exceeded our expectations. Cappadocia was interesting and beautiful. It was exciting staying in cave. Istanbul was amazing. We had very little previous experience of Turkey and Turkish people, so we enjoyed the beauty of the country and friendly hospitality of the people. We felt safe and not at all threatened in the city. The quality of food and service in restaurants was good. Efes beer is very tasty."  Mr David Hyam

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