Day 01: Istanbul
Uppon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.
Day 02: Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, 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 world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the worlds largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
Day 03: Gallipoli-Dardanelles-Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D
Day 04: Troy-Pergamum-Izmir
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the 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 Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight. B L D
Day 05: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House-Izmir
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2000 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.
Optional: Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 06: Izmir-Pamukkale
Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool. B D
Day 07: Hierapolis-Gocek or Fethiye
After the breakfast drive to the resort city of Gocek or Fethiye to board a gulet yacht. B D
Day 08: Yacht cruise (lycian coast)
Sail across beautiful bays surrounded by high-forested hills. B L D
Day 09: Yacht cruise (lycian coast)
Continue cruising the Mediterranean coast explore nearby Lycian ruins, swim or simply relax. B L D
Day 10: Marmaris
end your cruise with breakfast in Marmaris. B
NOTE: This is a good itinerary for connecting to the Greek Islands via Rhodes.
|Pamukkale||Doga Thermal Health & Spa|
|Izmir||Swissotel Grand Efes|
|Departure Date 2018||P/P in DBL||Single Supl.|
|Jul 05, 19||$2180||$820|
|Aug 02, 23, 30||$2180||$820|
|Sep 06, 13, 20, 27||$2180||$820|