Deluxe & Superior First Class Hotels
Day 1 Thu: Istanbul
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.
Day 2 Fri: Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453-1852(excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the worlds greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli- Dardanelles- Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D
Day 4 Sun: Troy-Pergamum- Izmir
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being setting of Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Izmir for overnight. B L D
Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St Mary’s House- Izmir
Tour the ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. B
Optional: Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 6 Tue: Izmir-Port
Morning transfer to Kusadasi pier to take ferry or cruise. B
Note: This is an excellent itinerary for connecting to Greece. Clients can embark a cruise, catch a flight to Athens, or take a ferry to Samos.
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