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ACHILLES

6 Days / 5 Nights
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Istanbul, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamon and Izmir

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What is included in this package

  • 3–night accommodation in Istanbul according to the desired hotel category.
  • Full day city tour in Istanbul with an official English-speaking guide and lunch
  • Tour through the inland of Turkey with Half Board & Official English-speaking guide.
  • 1–night accommodation in Çanakkale in 4* or 5* hotel.
  • 1–night accommodation in Izmir in 4* or 5* hotel.
  • Tickets and entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description.
  •  All transfers as mentioned in this itinerary.
  •  24/7 emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast
  • Local taxes.

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  • Personal expenses & Gratuities (optional).
  •  International air tickets.
  • Ask for extensions to Greece.
  • Add extra nights in Istanbul by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • Click on the FAQs for more information on hotels and rates
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

Important: Please note that on Sundays the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is closed.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Achilles

ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
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ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL

After your arrival in the city that was once Byzantium (and later Constantinople), your English-speaking assistant will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in one of our private vehicles.  He will help you with the check-in, inform you about all the details of your trip, offer a brief presentation of the city and its day to day life and answer your questions. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and start enjoying this stunning city.

Greca Tip: Head to Ortaköy, the area for upmarket chic, where you will also find a strip of stands serving kumpir, Turkey's answer to the jacket potato. Pick your spud and toppings and savour the seaside views while you eat on your feet.

FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
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FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

After a delicious breakfast and, at the time indicated, we will pick you up from your hotel, or the nearest meeting point, to begin the full day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central restaurant and a visit to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman empires have left to future generations: Hagia Sophia, Constantinople Racecourse, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores inside.

After the visit, you can linger a little longer in the beautiful Sultanahmed neighborhood or you can return to your hotel straight after your tour by covering the individual cost of the transfer.

Greca Tip: Make sure you try the delicious apple tea served hot or cold.

ISTANBUL - GALLIPOLI - CANAKKALE
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ISTANBUL - GALLIPOLI - CANAKKALE

Early in the morning you will travel overland to the Gallipoli Peninsula, one of the most emotionally evocative places in Turkey, the World War I Battlefields of Gallipoli. In early 1915 French, British and colonial forces fought the Gallipoli campaign to secure a sea route to relieve their eastern ally, Russia. However, after eight months of fighting the Allied soldiers withdrew with heavy casualties, while the campaign also marked one of the greatest Ottoman victories. There are now many cemeteries and war memorials on the historic site, such as the Brighton Beach, the Beach Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, the Anzac Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetik Statue dedicated to Little Mehmet who carried a Kiwi soldier to safety, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, the Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.    You will cross the Dardanelles, also known as the Hellespont, by ferry and head to Canakkale. Arrival, check in at your hotel and overnight stay.

Greca Tip: In the Gallipoli Museum, apart from the soldiers' uniforms and ammunition, photographs and personal effects, you will also see the letters that they wrote to their families about their experiences in the battlefield.

CANAKKALE - TROY - PERGAMON - IZMIR
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CANAKKALE - TROY - PERGAMON - IZMIR

Today you will step back in time as you will visit the ancient city of Troy, also called Ilion, which flourished because of its key position on trade routes between Europe and Asia.  You will continue to Pergamon, one of the cultural, commercial and medical centers of the ancient world in Asia Minor. In Pergamom you will visit the Acropolis, the steepest theater in the world, Asclepius, and you will have a panoramic view of the Altar of Zeus, mentioned in the Book of Revelations. Another important place that you will visit is the Library, which, according to archaeologists, competed with that of Alexandria, with more than 200,000 written records. The name of the city continues to live as a distortion of Pergamon, "pergamini" or 'parchment', which was the paper that resulted from the treatment of sheepskins and rivalled papyrus for writing purposes. You will then head to Izmir, check in at your hotel, enjoy your meal and rest.

Greca Tip: Stroll along Izmir's beautiful waterfront and watch a happy candy vendor expertly twirl his vats of liquid sugar onto a stick for you.

IZMIR - ISTANBUL
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IZMIR - ISTANBUL

Breakfast at your hotel and then transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel.  

Greca Tip: Don't forget to stock up on packets of delicious hazelnuts, lokums and Turkish coffee somewhere along your trip.

SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!
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SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!

You will enjoy your breakfast and, at the time indicated, we will transfer you to Istanbul airport to board your international flight.

From all of us at Greca, we wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again soon to create more wonderful moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

Have a nice trip! Or as the locals say: "Iyi yolculuklar!"

Greca Tip: If you think that your stay in Istanbul was too short, you can add additional nights at the time of your booking.

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