After having open buffet breakfast in the hotel, you have free day to explore Old City on your own.
If you like to have professional guided tour, we can also arrange for you Istanbul Old City Tour with guide.
OPTIONAL Full day Istanbul Old City Tour BY walk (59 EURO PER PERSON – Lunch included)
* Visited Sights : Hagia Sophia – Blue Mosque – Topkapi Palace – Hippodrome – German Fountain of Wilhelm II – Column of Constantine – Obelisk of Theodosius – Serpentine Column and Grand Bazaar
Our first destination is Hagia Sophia, the world’s one of the greatest and unique religious structure used as a mosque,a church and also as a museum. Hagia Sophia is housing two completely different cultures inside it, East and West.
When you take a step into the structure you can feel the dance of two opposite civilizations and come across the eye-popping blend of Islamic and Christian influences with extraordinary interior mosaics and an effective history.For more visual description you must witness it with your own eyes, surely you will admire it.
Then our duty is to reconnoitre the other masterpiece, Blue Mosque, built in early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet, and for this reason known as Sultanahmet Mosque in Turkey.
Words are inadequate to explain its magnificence and beauty. With its sequental domes and sin slender minarets, Blue Mosque dominates the skyline of Istanbul. The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles, giving the mosque its famous name, are very much worth to see.
Hippodrome and Other Relics
We are going on exploring the ancient remains of Constantinople. Our next station is the Hippodrome with its 4 monuments – the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
Because of Byzantine emperors’ passion for chariot races in thre afternoons, the Hippodrome was the changeless center of sportive and political activities in Constantinople for 1000 years.
Are you ready to be astonished at Topkapi Palace (CLOSE ON TUESDAY), because it has many bewildering sides different from most of the world’s museums. Topkapı Palace was the administrative, educational and art center of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years.
It is a great sample of oriental architecture and includes a variety of activities such as exhibitions of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury, and the Holy Relics. More than just an Imperial Residence of the Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years.
Our last station is the Grand Bazaar (CLOSE ON SUNDAY), Turkey’s the largest covered market at the heart of the Old City, offering excellent shopping.
It has lots of shops in it, and you can find almost whatever you want, such as beautiful Turkish carpets, pottery, tiles, cotton, wool and leather products and so on. This part of the tour is optional, either you can turn back to your hotel with your guide or stay there. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3: Flight to Izmir & Full day Ephesus – Virgin Mary House – Artemis Tour (Lunch included)
Visited Sights : Ephesus – The House of Virgin Mary – The Temple of Artemis
With the first lights of the day, you will be picked from your hotel for a flight to Izmir. You will be transferred to Istanbul Airport to fly our target destination, Izmir. Once you arrive to Istanbul airport, please proceed to counter to do self check-in and take your boarding pass by presenting your passport. Upon the boarding pass information, please go to boarding gate and embark. Your flight will last about one hour and when you land you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit door. (Holding a sign with your name on it.) Then you will meet with your well informed guide and driver and we will go on a full day Ephesus tour.
Best Parts of Ephesus
First of all, we will visit ancient Greek city, Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary, a marvellous place hidden in the green, with our professional guides.
During the day, we will visit the most worth seeing remains of the city such as The Marble Street, The Odeon, Bouleterion, The Temple of Hadrian, The Trajan’s Fountain, The Mosaic street, The Agora, The Baths, The house, The Great Theatre, Harbour Street and the third largest library of the Ancient world: The famous Celsus Library.
Other Amazing Monuments
After the lunch we will visit the House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days, preferred to live in this remote place rather than in a crowded place. Then we will visit the Temple of Artemis, which is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, and built in an area of Ephesus.
Today one can only see the ruins of the foundations of this marvelous construction of the Hellenistic Age, entirely made of marble and full of sculptured columns’ capitals and shafts At the end of the day, after we see and learn many things and are surprised how they achived to build such structures at that time, then you will be transferred to your Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 4: Full day Pamukkale Tour & Bus to Fethiye (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Visited Sights : Calcium spring terraces, Hierapolis museum, Hierapolis Theatre, Roman Bath, and Temple of Apollo, Cleopatra hot spring thermal pool
Are you ready to feel like you are on the top of a cotton castle? For this fascinating tour, we will drive to Pamukkale meaning ‘’Cotton Castle’’ and you will feel like you are in a dream, and get to Hierapolis ancient city. Before we start we will have lunch and then begin to tour the city.
Embrace Pamukkale Travertines
We will visit Pamukkale, Calcium spring terraces, Hierapolis museum, Hierapolis Theatre, Roman Bath, and Temple of Apollo. Finally we will visit Cleopatra hot spring thermal pool (fee will be extra), where you will be able to swim and have a relaxing moment in an awesome, unique place. While you are swimming you may think that you are in a pool where once Cleopatra swam thousands years ago, may feel the nature and history together inside yourself.
At the end of this priceless day, you will be taken to the local bus station for your Fethiye journey. Bus is comfartable and your journey takes approximately 4 hours. When you land at Fethiye bus station, our representative will welcomed you and transferred to your Fethiye hotel. Overnight in Fethiye.
DAY 5: Blue Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the Fethiye harbour at 09:00 am for check-in and information, if you require directions our staff can aid you. You will then all be taken to your gulet for a briefing about your cruise.
Once settled aboard you will depart Fethiye harbour and cruise to Butterfly Valley for swimming, lunch and an optional hike up to the waterfall. Butterfly Valley is known to be the home to over 136 different types of butterflies and moths, however, in the summer months, they can be difficult to spot. Afterwards, you will visit the most photographed beach in the world – Oludeniz. Here you have the optional excursion of going paragliding.
You will take off from Babadag Mountain, 2000 metres and fly over Oludeniz beach and Blue Lagoon. This is one of the best spots in the world for paragliding and will offer you the most amazing and spectacular views! Tonight you will anchor down at St Nicholas Island, where you will have time to walk up through the island’s ruins and sit and enjoy the sunset.
DAY 6: Blue Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Today you will wake up just outside of Kalkan in the beautiful Aquarium Bay for breakfast and a swim. You will then cruise onto Kas, which is a small fishing village with some of the best shopping in the area, especially unique jewelry pieces. You will be given time to explore the local shops, including many handmade jewelry, clothes stores and some local cafes for great coffee. The night is spent in one of the secluded bays between Kas and Kekova.
DAY 7: Blue Cruise (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Today after breakfast you will cruise onto the Sunken City, an ancient town that dates back 2000 years to the Lycian period and was destroyed by an earthquake.
You will cruise over this protected World Heritage site nice and slowly to enjoy the view, however no swimming, diving or snorkelling is allowed in this area as it is now a protected sight. Afterwards you will anchor down to visit Kekova and Simena Castle, where you can walk to the top and witness a magical view over the bay.
DAY 8: Blue Cruise & Transfer to Airport & Flight Back to Istanbul (Breakfast included)
Your last day on the boat will be a nice and lazy start. Resting off any sore heads from partying the night before you wake up and have time for a morning swim. After breakfast, you will head back to Ucagiz Village Harbour to arrive before lunch at 10:30/11:00 am for disembarking the boat.
Lunch is not included on the last day. We will meet you in Ucagiz Village by bus to transfer you to Olympos (2 hours drive).
When you land at Olympos bus station we will pick you up and transferred to airport and to take a flight to Istanbul. After you arrive in Istanbul, pick up by our representative and transfer you to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 9: Free day in Istanbul (Breakfast included)
There is no schedule on your programme today. You will be free to discover the city on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 10: Transfer to Airport (Breakfast included)
According to your international flight time, you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) 4 hours. You will be able do self check-in. End of our services.