Istanbul, Ephesus & Pamukkale

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Tour Name:  Istanbul, Ephesus & Pamukkale

Type: Private ( Personal ) Tour or Small Group Tour

Start & End Point: Istanbul Airports 

Operates: Everyday / All Year Round

Tour duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days

Transport: (According to size of your party) Minivan / Minibus / Coach

Stay: (Accommodations in your choice of hotels) Budget / 3 Star / Boutique / 4 Star / 5 Star & Deluxe Hotels

Size: Minimum 1 Person

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

DAY 1     : Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Rest  of the day at leisure

Overnight: Istanbul - Meals (Not included )

 

DAY 2     : Istanbul - Old City Tour

Enjoy the classic part of Ancient Constantinople with its must see sites:

See: Ancient Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar

Pick up from Hotel at 0900 am and istanbul tour .Today we visit : 
*Hippodrome-The horse cart's race place during Roman Era, its Obelisk, Orme Pillar,entwined snake pillar are still visible today.
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The Blue Mosque- 17 C AD Mosque , masterpiece of Turkish Islamic Architecture. listed by Unesco in the world heritage listand designed with excellent blue tiles which gives the name to the mosque 
*Hagia Sophia- Built in 6 the C as a church during Justinen Era and converted into Mosque by the Turks in 15 C AD .Today it served as a museum to its admirers and converted back to a mosque recently .. listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.
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Topkapi Palace-(Except harem) The residential and administration of Ottoman Sultans which is housing a lot of Sultan's Customes,Thrones, treasures, holy relics, porcelains and tiles with a great view of the Bosphorus. ( listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.)
*The Grand Bazaar- The biggest Covered Bazaar in the world which has about 4000 shops

CLOSED

Topkapi Palace closed on tuesday  replaced with Kariye (Chora) Museum or, Basilica Cistern or Galata Tower

Grand BAzaar  Market on Sunday: Replaced with authentic shops

Overnight: Istanbul - Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

DAY 3     : Istanbul - Bosporus & Asian Side

Morning pick up from hotel and continue to;

*Spice Bazaar, located close to water front nearby Yeni Camii  (New Mosque) . This is a bazaar where you can find numerous kind of spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds and also many other things. Closed on Sundays

*Dolmabahce Palace-built in 19 C AD in Baroque ,Rococo , Neo classical  Style blended with Ottoman Architecture for  Ottoman Dynasty. The lasts 6 Sultans of Ottoman Empire reigned in this palace. Dolmabahce Palace has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The biggest cyrstal chandelier which is 4,5 tons is in Dolmabahce Palace.  

*Golden Horn is an inlet of the Bosphorus dividing the city of Istanbul and forming a natural harbor. One can see the old city and Galata tower panoramically while cruising from ferry.

*Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments.

We disembark in Uskudar in the end of the day and walk till the Maiden Tower which is located on small islet in Marmara Sea nearby Uskudar district. It is the best spots to view The European side of Istanbul which is full of minarets of mosques, palaces, towers .

We take picture of the Maiden Tower and return back to hotel 

Also seen during the tour from the boat:

Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski, Bosphorus & Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges connecting Europe & Asia continents, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortakoy, Mecidiye Mosque, Rumeli Fortress.

Overnight: Istanbul - Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

DAY 4      : Ephesus & Selcuk

Eerly Morning transfer to Istanbul Airport. 1 Hour Flight to Izmir. Transfer to Ephesus

“A day devoted to the largest open air Museum of Turkey.”

* Ephesus; tour starts from the upper entrance gate. The Baths of Varius, Odeon, Prytaneion, Fountain of Polio, The Gate of Heracles, State Agora, Temple of Hadrian, Temple of Domitian, Library of Celsus, Great Theater and Harbor Street with the Necropolis will be visited.

* House of the Virgin Mary; where she spent her last days on a mountain at a small house.

* The Temple of Artemis; one of the seven wonders of ancient world was a famous place of pilgrimage for centuries.

* Sirince - Old Town, famous for its traditional houses, historical sites and local wine production

* St. John’s Basilica, a great church built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century  above of Saint John  tomb on the slopes of Ayasoluk Hill near the center of Selcuk

Overnight in Kusadasi -  Meals (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

 

DAY 5      : Kusadasi -Pamukkale &Hieraplis Ancient City ( 200 km )

“A great combination of Historical, natural sites & An ancient city of love and architecture”

Departure from kusdasi around 0800 am to Pamukkale . Upon arrival around 1045 am we visit : 

* Pamukkale; the beautiful, cascading, snow-white terraced cliff-side basins and waterfalls famous for the healing properties of their thermal mineral baths.

* Hierapolis; an ancient Hellenic and Roman city. See the vast Necropolis Roman basilica baths, Domitian gate, latrines, Agora, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine Gate, Roman fountains, and Grand Theatre.

“Extra admission fee for historical Thermal pool”

Overnight in PAmukkale at a Spa Hotel  -  Meals (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)

 

DAY 6     : Transfer to denzili Airport & Flight to  Istanbul - Free Afternoon in Istanbul

Morning Transfer to the airport, Flight to Istanbul. 

Meal (Breakfast)

 

DAY 7     : Depart Istanbul

Transfer to the airport, 3.5 hours before for your departure flight

Meal (Breakfast)

 

Inclusions

• Arrival & Departure Airport transfers in Istanbul

• Arrival & Departure transfer to Izmir Airport.

• All admission fees (Museum Tickets) in tours

• Listed meals only

• 6 Nights Accommodations in your choice of hotels (Bed & Breakfast)

• Transportation with comfortable AC nonsmoking Vehicle

• Professional guiding services during tours by a licensed Guide

• All Highway tickets and Parking fees.

 

Exclusions

Domestic flight tickets - Can be arranged on request with extra fee.

• All customary tips to Guide & Driver

• All Drinks

• All personal expenses

• Optional Activities  

• Laundry Services

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