Istanbul and Gallipoli - Langdale Walking Holidays

This holiday introduces you to the fascinating culture and history of Istanbul, Troy and Gallipoli, where Asia and Europe meet through the Bosphorus, Black Sea and the Golden Horn.

 

View over Galeta

  • Expert-led tour of one of the most fascinating, vibrant cities in Europe;
  • Explore ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine monuments;
  • Evening dinner parties;
  • Guided tours of UNESCO protected Troy;
  • Introduction to the Gallipoli Campaign Historic Site;
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus Strait;
  • Experience the incredible scenery of the Turkish Straits.

Once the crossroads of the ancient Roman, Ottoman and Byzantine empires, today Istanbul is an exciting and forward-looking city, brimming with historical sites and bustling streetscapes where museums, castles, palaces, great mosques, bazaars are waiting to be explored.

A cruise along the Bosphorus offers one of the best vantage points over many of the city’s iconic landmarks, a journey noted for its magnificent scenery and archaeological remains.

After exploring Istanbul, we head for the ancient city of Troy and the Gallipoli Peninsula, now protected as the Gallipoli Campaign Historic Site; a place of pilgrimage in honour of the Turkish and Allied Forces who fought here in 1915, as well as the site of the ancient city of Troy.

Troy, the legendary city of antiquity and setting of the Trojan War is now a celebrated archaeological site
popular with travellers the world over. It is also a Turkish national park as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where nine ancient cities have been unearthed. Situated on Hisarlık Hill on the north-western tip of Troad Peninsula, the site has total dominion over the Dardanelles, which, along with the Sea of Marmara and the Bosphorus, is today known as the Turkish Straits.

The Gallipoli Peninsula is the site of extensive First World War battlefields and memorials on the north bank of the Dardanelles Strait. It is a commemorative site for the Allied (British Empire, France) and Turkish forces who fought, died and were wounded there.

Walking Grade:

Day 1: Monday 5th October: Flight to Instanbul

Met on arrival by our local agents and once through customs, we transfer by private coach to the hotel. Istanbul is is three hours ahead of UK.

Check in at the 5-Star Pera Palace Hotel. Welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. Times to be confirmed nearer the time.

Overnight at the Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul.

Accommodation: Pera Palace Hotel

Meals: Dinner,

Day 2: Tuesday 6th October: Byzantine and Ottoman Classical Tour

We plan to depart around 9:00am and accompanied by our local English-speaking guide, we set off by public bus for a 20-minute ride to the old city where we commence our full day of exploration.

We plan to Istanbul's most iconic places, including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Grand Bazaar and the Turkish Baths. We visit these places in no particular order, as our guide will attempt to avoid queues and allow time to linger for example to take photographs or shop in the Grand Bazaar. We should return to the hotel around 17:00.

Return to the hotel followed by dinner in a local restaurant, called the Flower Market.

Overnight at the 5-Star Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul.

Accommodation: Pera Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 3: Wednesday 7th October: Topkipi Palace, Spice Bazaar, Basilica System and Bosporus Cruise

We make an early start on our second full day tour. Accompanied by our local English-speaking guide, we set off for Topkapi Palace located in the old city centre, the heart of the Ottoman Empire.

From here we visit the Basilica Cistern and the 17th century spice Bazaar. Then we take a cruise along the Bosporus strait, which features an amazing panorama of the city and places of interest, many only visible by boat, including the great palaces of Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi. The cruise lasts around two hours.

Dinner at Antiochia Restaurant, a short walk from the hotel and overnight at the Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul.

Accommodation: Pera Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 4: Thursday 8th October: Travel to Çanakkale – Trojan Horse and Troy

We plan to leave the hotel around 7:30am and travel by private coach to Troia, a scenic drive of 4 – 5 hours, stopping en-route for an optional lunch in Eceabat, then continuing to the archaeological site of this 5000 year old city, scene of the legendary Fall of Troia in the Trojan War.

The tour includes visiting the reconstruction of the Trojan Horse, Sacrificial Alter, 3700 old city walls, Houses of Troy dating back to 1300 BC-2500 BC, Bouleuterium (Senate Building), The Odeon and current excavation work in progress.
Our guide will explain the history of nine civilizations, concluding with a visit to the museum.

Transfer to the Kolin Hotel.

Dinner and overnight at the Kolin Hote, Çanakkale.

Accommodation: Kolin Hotel, Çanakkale

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 5: Friday 9th October: Gallipoli National Park

From the hotel, we drive for around 90 minutes plus 30 minutes to cross the Dardanelles by ferry, to visit Gallipoli National Park.

This guided tour includes Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, (Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels), Turkish Memorial, The Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.

After an optional lunch, we retrace our steps and return to Istanbul arriving back at the hotel about 5:00 - 6:00pm.

Check in at the Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul.

Dinner at Cezayir Restaurant and overnight at the Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul.

Accommodation: Pera Palace Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 6: Saturday 10th October: Return flight to UK

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by private transfer to the airport for the return flight to UK.

Meals: Breakfast,

Pera Palace Hotel, Istanbul

Our Hotel in Central Istanbul

This centrally located hotel makes for the perfect hub from which to explore the wider of Istanbul with views right over the Golden Horn from the Orient Bar terrace.

The hotel itself is steeped in history, with elegant 19th century décor and furnishings kept in all their original glory with all the amenities and state of the art technology one would expect from a luxury hotel. Indeed, the hotel is regarded as an important part of Istanbul's history and is protected under Turkish law.

 

Kolin Hotel, Çanakkale

Kolin Hotel, Çanakkale

Set along the shores of the Aegean Sea, overlooking the Dardanelles Strait, the Kolin Hotel offers a touch of comfort and luxury following our trek through the Gallipoli National Park.

Inside this 5-star hotel is modern and spacious, with bars and restaurants as well as amenities including a well-equipped spa with hammam.

 

 

 

Availability Status: Available To Book

Option Price p.p Notes
Price per person £1900 Sharing a double / twin room
Single Supplement £360
Manchester departure £70

What The Standard Price Includes

  • Five nights hotel accommodation;
  • Breakfast in the hotel each day;
  • Dinners in the hotel or local restaurants;
  • Economy Class flights from Manchester or London Heathrow to Istanbul;
  • Byzantine and Otterman classic tour of Istanbul;
  • Bosphorus Cruise;
  • Topkipi Palace, Spice Bazaar and Basilica System tour in Istanbul;
  • Trojan Horse and ancient city of Troy tour;
  • Gallipoli National Park;
  • Accompanying tour leader;
  • English-speaking qualified guide;
  • Private airport transfers;
  • Private coach for the visit to Troy and Gallopili;
  • Welcome reception;
  • Entrance fees to all places of interest.

 

Not Included

  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities to guide, which are optional

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Outbound

Monday 5th October: Flight to Turkey
Arrive at the airport, London Heathrow or Manchester, under your own arrangements for the flight to Istanbul. Please check-in at least two hours before departure time.

Depart London Heathrow:

  • Depart London Heathrow: 10:25
  • Arrive Istanbul: 16:35

Flight time: 4hr 10
Carrier: British Airways

Depart Manchester:

  • Depart Manchester: 10:40
  • Flight Time: 4:10
  • Arrive Istanbul: 16:50

Flight time: 4hr 10
Carrier: Turkish Airlines

Return

Saturday 10th October: Return Flight to UK
Private transfer to Istanbul Airport.

Depart Istanbul: 

  • Depart Istanbul 17:35
  • Arrive London Gatwick: 19:55

Flight time: 4hr 20

  • Depart Istanbul: 13:20
  • Arrive Manchester: 15:30

Flight time: 4hr 10

Flight times are the latest known and are subject to confirmation from the airline. All flight times are local time (BST+2).

October Weather

Average Temperatures
19 C° high
12 C° low
Average Rainfall
60 mm / month
10 days / month
Average Sunshine
6 hours / day

Useful Information

Currency: Turkish Lira (Eur). One pound sterling will get you (approximately) 7.50 Lira and one USD dollar roughly exchanges 5.8 Lira, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Istabul being 5.6 Lira. ATMs are commonplace.

Timezone: Turkey falls under UTC+3, with no Daylight Savings Time.

Language: Turkish, of course, is the most widely spoken, but as you may expect from a country at the centre of a great cultural exchange there are many other languages in common use, including Kurmanji, Arabic and Zazaki. English is by far the most common foreign language.

How Fit Do I Need to Be? Being comfortable with exploring places on foot for sustained periods is essential. We'll be covering a range of terrain: from the streets of Istanbul to the more rural terrain of the Gallipoli National Park, so packing shoes that can support you well will make all the difference.

Dressing for the Season in Turkey: The Turkish climate is very mild in October, though bright enough to require adequate sun protection. Comfortable shoes for our guided tours will put you in good stead to get the most out of them. We advise you to bring conservative clothes for visiting mosques.

Power Plugs and Sockets in Turkey: Uses standard two-pronged European socket.

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