DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel
Firstly, after your arrival to Istanbul (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), pick up at the exit of first gate by driver. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. There is no schedule on your program today. Get some rest – relaxing – refreshment to being your tours. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: Free day in Istanbul (Breakfast included)
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 Columnand 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.
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)
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.
We will head to the Ancient City of Ephesus, the great ancient Roman city which is well protected until today and still be able to represent the glory of warriors, Gods and Goddesses.
In Ephesus, we will take a walk and see:
- The Marble Street
- The Odeon
- The Temple of Hadrian
- The Trajan’s Fountain
- The Mosaic street
- The Agora
- The Baths
- The house
- The Great Theatre
- Harbor Street
- And the third largest library of the Ancient world: The famous Celsus Library.
Exploring the city will be a great pleasure in terms of learning about Roman relics through amazing monuments made by ancient people. Of course, you will learn about their stories, too, thanks to our amazing guides.
Then, we will also visit Temple of Artemis (one of Seven Wonders of Ancient World) and House of Virgin Mary (where Virgin Mary spent her last days) located nearby the ancient city. After the visits end, we’ll go to the hotels in Kusadasi and get some rest.
DAY 4:Full day Pamukkale Tour & Flight Back to Istanbul (Breakfast – Lunch included)
In Pamukkale we will visit:
We will climb to the top while observing white rocks formed by thermal waters and eruptions millions years ago. They are shaped as large terraces, filled up with hot waters and natural gray clay. You can treat your body in these pools and relax, or take their photos.
Hierapolis: The City of Roman Baths
When we reach to the top, you’ll see the ancient city of Hierapolis. This city was known as the city of Roman Baths thousands of years ago. And we will greet the history through gates, streets, structures, temples of Hierapolis. Also, you will learn its amazing story, too.
In Hierapolis, we will see:
- Hierapolis Museum
- Hierapolis Theatre
- Ancient Roman Baths and Temple of Apollo
- Cleopatra Pool (Swimming in there requires an entrance fee)
DAY 5: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 6:Transfer to Airport (Breakfast included)
According to your international flight time, you will be transferred to Istanbul New Airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) 4 hours. You will be able do self check-in. End of our service.