DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel
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 programme today. Get some rest – relaxing – refreshment to being your tours. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: Flight to Izmir & Full day Izmir Agora – Pergamon – Thyatira Tour (Lunch included)
* Visited Sights: Smyrna (Izmir) Agora – Pergamon – Thyatira
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.)
Oldest Parts of Izmir
Then start your trip in ancient times known as Smyrna, visiting the outside of St Polykarp Church & the ruins of the Agora. Then depart to Bergama and ruins of Pergamon, previously a renowned cultural and political center used by the Romans as an administrative center for the province of Asia. Here visit the ruins of the Acropolis and the Asclepion with its theatre. Then we will visit the ruins of Thyatira, which was founded by the Lydian’s.
After this stunning and priceless experience, we will transfer to your hotel. You will stay in Izmir this night. Overnight in Izmir.
DAY 3: Full day Sardes – Philadelpia – Laodecia Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
* Visited Sights: Sardes – Philadelpia – Laodecia
After having breakfast at the hotel, our tour’s second section starts. We visit Sardes, an extremely important ancient city and the capital of the Lydia Kingdom with its beautiful gymnasium and marble paved synagogue and the
Temple of Artemis including ancient Christian Chapel of the 4th Century. Then we will proceed to Philadelphia in Alasehir, a favorite city of Paul and John. Then we will visit the Laodicea, an early center of Christianity and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation.
At the end of our tour, we will transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.
DAY 4: Full day Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Visited Sights : Calcium spring terraces, Hierapolis museum, Hierapolis Theatre, Roman Bath, and Temple of Apollo, Cleopatra hot spring thermal pool
With the first lights of the day, you will be picked from your hotel and 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.
Bests of Pamukkale
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 the tour, we will drive to Kusadasi. When we arrive at Kusadasi, you will be transfer to your Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5: Transfer to Kusadasi Port – Ferry to Patmos (Round Tickets) (Breakfast included)
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Kusadasi port and take a ferry to Patmos. We will buy your ferry tickets and when you arrive at Kusadasi Port from Patmos we will welcomed you and transfer you to your Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Ps. There is no Patmos ferries during the winter season. If there is no Patmos ferry, will be given a free day in Kusadasi instead of Patmos.
DAY 6: Full day Priene – Milet – Didyma Tour (Breakfast and lunch included)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and we will drive to an ancient city of Priene – set dramatically at the foot of a sheer mountain wall, Priene overlooks the aptly named Meander River. This 2500 years old Ionian city was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets.
Miletos was one of the cities in Ionian League; challenging the power of Ephesus. According to legend which has three versions, the city is believed to be founded by a hero named Miletos. The area was a place for settlement even in Neollithic period (3500-3000 BC). In Hittite documents, the area was named as Millawanda.
Didyma was famous throughout the ancient world as the place where a colossal Temple of Apollo stood, and the oracle revealed the future. The Word meant ‘the twins’ and the place was the meeting place of Zeus and Leto, to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. In its heyday, Didyma was not a city, but a place of worship, connected with Miletus by the so-called Sacred Way.
This road was used by the pilgrims who arrived at Didyma, seeking answers to nagging questions. The first temple in Didyma was built by the ancient Greeks in the late 8th century BCE. Today, the remains of the archaic temple are located under Hellenistic construction.
At the end of this priceless day, you will be taken to your Kusadasi hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 7: Full day Ephesus – Virgin Mary House – Artemis Tour & Flight Back to Istanbul (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Visited Sights : Ephesus – The House of Virgin Mary – The Temple of Artemis
After having breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up and drive to full day Ephesus tour.
Ephesus’s Best Sites
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.
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.
End of the Journey
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 at the end of this priceless day, you will be transferred to the airport for your Istanbul flight. After your arrival to airport, you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit door. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. End of service.