In 1915 during The First World War a fierce battle has happened between Anzac and Turks which took 8 months and both armies fought bravely and lost tens of thousands of lives. That tragedy of war took place in Gallipoli peninsula in northwestern Turkey. Today, these battlefields are kept as memorials for those who died at that tragic invasion. April 25th (the day landing occurred) of every year remembered as Anzac Day and both in Australia and Turkey.
Located in the southwest end of the Dardanelles/Hellespont, Troy is a popular land in the history and in legends. Trojan War which was described in the Greek legend of Illiad by Homer took place in these lands. Besides the natural beauty of this location, historical sites from the Early Bronze Age and the Byzantine Empire are also some of the highlights. The original Trojan Horse used in the movie Troy is also displayed in Canakkale.
Meaning “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, Pamukkale is a natural touristic site with beautiful white terraces and ancient city of Hierapolis. There are 17 hot water springs in Pamukkale which feed the travertines. The place was used as a health center for thousands of years. Hierapolis antique city is located on top of Pamukkale. It became a host to Greek and Roman populations in the past. There are several natural and historical highlights to visit in Pamukkale including; Travertines, Cleopatra Pool, The Amphitheater, Martyrium of Apostle Philip, Domitian Gate, Necropolis and The Temple of Apollo.
Ancient Greek city of Ephesus is located in the Aegean Region of the western Turkey. Built in the 10th century BC, Ephesus was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League in Classical Greek times. After the city came under the control of Roman Empire, it became more important being the 3rd largest Roman city in Asia Minor. Also Ephesus is one of the Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Some of the highlights of Ephesus are The Library of Celsus, The Gate of Augustus, Basilica of St. John and The Temple of Artemis.
4 Days Gallipoli, Troy, Pamukkale & Ephesus Tour Program
First day of the tour is dedicated to Gallipoli. You will be picked up from your hotel in Canakkale and taken to Gallipoli. You will have lunch in Eceabat in a local restaurant. Places you will visit with your professional guide are Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly Cemetery, Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels,Turkish 57th Infantry Regiment Cemetery, The Nek Cemetery and the Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel to check in. Spend the night in Canakkale.
Second day is half day Troy tour. You will have your breakfast in the hotel and drive to Troy ruins with the tour guide. Your guide will tell you the legend of Troy which is told in Illiad and historical facts about the city. After the tour you will be taken to Canakkale bus station to take your bus to Selcuk/Kusadasi (at about 12:30). When you arrive you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in Kusadasi. You’ll spend the night in Kusadasi.
After the breakfast we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Pamukkale (it takes 3 hours). You’ll have a lunch in a local restaurant with our tour guide. After lunch, locations to visit are; Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Oil Factory, Frontinus Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium, Theater and Antique Pool which are all located in Hierapolis. You will find a chance to take photos of the best spots in Pamukkale while walking through the travertines without shoes/slippers and socks. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kusadasi. You’ll spend the night in Kusadasi.
Fourth day of the tour is dedicated to Ephesus. After the breakfast at 08:00 o’clock, you will join full day Ephesus tour. Your tour guide will show you important locations in this historical Greek city including The Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the world), The Temple of Hadrian, The Library of Celsus, The Theater and The Baths. The House of Virgin Mary where Mary had spent her last days is also included in Ephesus Tour. At the end of the day you’ll be taken to your hotel in Kusadasi (or Kusadasi/Selcuk bus station to depart for Canakkale). End of our services.
- Accommodation in local hotels
- Breakfast and lunch
- Entrance fees to sites and museums
- Professional tour guide
What’s Not Included?
- Personal expenses and tips
- Dinner and drinks