TRAVEL IN THE PAST
It turns out that you don’t have to be Indiana Jones to explore a piece of history. In fact, there are tons of amazing historical sites that you can go see today.
More realistic vision of history is best understood by walking the ground where it happened. Don’t just read about the glories of the past: surround yourself with them!
The magical meeting place of East and West
Turkey, although is a relatively young republic having been founded upon the remains of the Ottoman Empire in 1923, it is an ancient land, the cradle of civilization and the center of world history. With spectacular coastline, majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities and quaint villages with ancients’ iconic architectural marvels, it is one of the world’s most desirable destinations, a captivating blend of East and West.
Get rejuvenated with one of our short break holiday package to historical Istanbul and Canakkale. Even if you only have a weekend to spare, you can feel refreshed and invigorated with a fantastic holiday getaway to Turkey.
Istanbul, this magical meeting place of East and West, adapts the definition of a great city, not only with her population and the area she covers but also with the variety of cultures and ways of living. It is superbly situated either side of the blue ribbon of the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe from Asia. With its oriental-fantasy skyline of domes and minarets, and its narrow cobbled streets lined with quaint old wooden houses, lies on a tapering peninsula pointing gravely across the straits to Asia.
The city offers many attraction places to visit, like The Blue Mosque – a world-renowned monument famed for its dazzling domes, the Hagia Sofia – a mosque whose incredible confection of domes, towers and golden mosaics has inspired architecture around the world, Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels and cruising on a boat to view the European and Asian shorelines at the same time.
Çanakkale is a city in northwestern Turkey in the Marmara region, on the Dardanelles Strait. It’s a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields, north of the narrow strait. On the grounds of the 15th-century Çimenlik Castle, Çanakkale Naval Museum Command contains historical artillery. The archaeological site at Troy, including an ancient theater, is southwest of the city.
3 nights stay at 4 star hotel in Istanbul.
1-night stay at 4 star hotel in Canakkale.
Full day Istanbul city tour
Return airport transfers.
Arrival – Hotel Check In.
Upon arrival, you will be met and receive a private transfer from the airport to your hotel. Once you have checked-in, spend the day at leisure.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Istanbul to Gallipoli
After breakfast depart early morning for afternoon tour of Gallipoli. The World War I battle fields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove and Johnston’s Jolly.
Overnight in Canakkale.
Troy to Istanbul
After breakfast at hotel, visit the ancient city of Troy, famous for the legendary Trojan horse form the times of Beautiful Helen, Queen of Sparta, and Paris, the Trojan Prince. After the morning tour of Troy, return to Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul.
A full day Istanbul City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a full day Istanbul city tour where you can begin your 4-hour optional tour with pickup from hotel in the Sultan Ahmet area. At the beginning of the tour, you’ll receive a historical introduction to Istanbul before arriving at the Basilica Cistern — a subterranean basilica built in the year 532. Alongside your guide, you’ll explore the underground cisterns and marvel at the 336 stone columns that support the structure. Following this, you’ll continue to the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), a world-renowned monument famed for its dazzling domes. Inside the mosque, marvel at intricately decorated tiles that smother its walls and discover Quranic inscriptions left by Kasim Gubari, one of the world’s most famous calligraphers. Continue to travel back in time at the Hippodrome (At Meydani), a former Byzantine capital for more than 1,000 years. See ancient relics such as Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine while listening to history-rich commentary. Your final stop is at the Hagia Sofia (Aya Sofia), a mosque whose incredible confection of domes, towers and golden mosaics has inspired architecture around the world. Subsequent to a tour of the mosque, return to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Post breakfast, check out from hotel. Based on your departure flight timing you will be transferred to international airport to board the flight back home.
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*Prices mentioned is starting from, per person based on 2 persons travelling together and sharing twin/double room, subject to seasonal surcharges and availability.
ITL World reserve the right to amend the prices in case of currency fluctuations, changes in rates of exchange, and/or fuel costs, special or high season charges and hike in the airline/hotel/rail/land transportation charges before the date of departure.
For convenience of passengers and / or feasibility of operations, ITL World or their service providers may sometimes amend the itinerary.
International hotel check in time is between 2pm and 3pm and check out time is between 11am and 12pm. (Exceptions apply). Early check in and or late check-out is subject to availability of rooms and may be chargeable.
It is the responsibility of the passengers to ensure they hold valid passport, visa, travel and medical insurance, vaccination etc., as applicable for each destination.
City/tourist tax as applicable, must be paid directly at the hotel.
To assist with visa application process, ITL World would provide copies of air tickets, travel insurance and other ground service vouchers for bookings made and fully paid for. Approval and issuance of visa is at the discretion of respective Embassies or Consulates and ITL World cannot in anyway influence this process. Certain nationals however receive visa on arrival in select countries, subject to prior online approvals