Start with a kebab in Istanbul, leave for Gallipoli then zoom through Eceabat to Ayvalik for a visit to Troy and harbourside bevvies. On to Selcuk to explore Ephesus (where Antony and Cleopatra hung out), then Pamukkale for its healing pools, Fethiye for beach times, and a cruise for sunbaking and sunken ruins.

Highlights

Get to know Istanbul from the inside as you get (deliberately) lost in the maze of bustling backstreets with a local leader

We’ve got the cure for whatever ails ya; the hot springs at Pamukkale, pure white calcium travertines that cascade down the cliffs overlooking the town, are said to have magical healing properties

Thought all the best Roman ruins were in Italy? Think again! Turkey is home to one of the best-preserved classical cities in all of Europe. Discover Ephesus just like Anthony and Cleopatra did 2000 years ago

While paying your respects, you can’t but be moved by the battles fought and lives lost at the now peaceful scene of the Gallipoli coast