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Itinerary

7

days
Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Istanbul

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Day 2: Full Day Istanbul Old City
Day 3: Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise & Istanbul-Canakkale by Bus
Day 4: Troy and Pergamon
Day 5: Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
Day 6: Pamukkale & Hierapolis
Day 7: Flight to Istanbul & Departure

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Day

1

Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul Airport and proceed to meeting point.Transfer to your hotel.
Time at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

* No meal is included.

Day

2

Full Day Istanbul Old City

Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and join group. First visit is to Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and now a museum. Continue the tour with Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque and Byzantine church development. Visit Hippodrome of Constantinople, once the sporting and social center of Constantinople. Then, have some free time in Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the World. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. Finally, visit Rustem Pasha Mosque, which is famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles. Transfer back to the hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

* Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day

3

Half Day Spice Market & Bosphorus Cruise & Istanbul to Canakkale by Bus

Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and join group. Before embarkation on the boat, visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar), the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar have a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Then, embark on a ferryboat for an excursion on the Bosphorus. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, citadels, centuries-old mansions and old and new faces of Istanbul on the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. After the tour, transfer to bus terminal and take the bus to Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale.

* Breakfast is included.

Day

4

Troy & Pergamon

After breakfast, depart for Troy, which is best known for being the focus of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad by Homer of Smyrna. See and hear about The Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, The Trojan War, sacrificial altars, 3700 years old city walls, Senate Building, The Odeon and more. Lunch break along the way after Troy tour. Then visit Pergamon, the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamum during the Hellenistic period and one of the Seven Churches addressed in Revelation. See the Acropolis, the Theatre, Temple of Serapis, Library of Pergamum and some other ruins. After the visits, drive to your hotel in Kusadasi and overnight.

* Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day

5

Full Day Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary

Meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a full day Ephesus tour. First visit is to House of Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last times. Then proceed to Ephesus Antique City and see the Artemis Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Library of Celcus, the Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Domitian, the Theater, believed to be the largest outdoor theater in the ancient world, and some other ruins. After the tour transfer back to hotel. Time at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi.

* Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day

6

Full Day Pamukkale & Hierapolis

Pick up from your hotel in Kusadasi and drive to Pamukkale. First visit is to Hierapolis Antique City, where you will see Temple of Apollo, Martyrium and some other ruins. Then see Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), which is made of sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. You have the chance to walk on the terraces. After the tour transfer back to your hotel in Kusadasi. Time at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi.

* Breakfast and lunch are included.

Day

7

Flight to Istanbul & Departure

Transfer to Izmir Airport and take the flight back to Istanbul to take your international departure flight. End of your services.

* Breakfast is included.
** Izmir-Istanbul flight time can be adjusted according to your departure flight time.

Services

Included

  • Airport meetings and transfers with deluxe A/C vehicle.
  • Accommodation at hotels for 6 nights.
  • Sightseeing tours, including professional English speaking guide, entrance fees and transportation in air conditioned vehicles.
  • Meal plan as stated in the itinerary.
  • Domestic flight tickets; Izmir-Istanbul.
  • Local taxes.

Excluded

  • Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
  • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
  • International arrival & departure flight tickets.
  • Entry visa.

Dates

* This tour is available from April till November.
** For starting dates, please contact us.

Pricing

Pricing will be calculated according to your travel dates, number of participants and category of accommodations you would like to stay in. As soon as we receive your request, we will start working on details and then e-mail to you our proposal including itinerary, price and accommodations of the package with their websites for your convenience. If you have a certain budget, you can also tell us the approximate amount you would like to spend on this itinerary and then we will prepare the details considering your budget.

Notes

* Hagia Sophia is closed on Monday. Chora Church will be visited instead.
** Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday.
*** Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday.
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