Amazing Turkey Tour
+ Day 1 / Istanbul
Greeted on landing, you are transferred to your hotel and have free time.
+ Day 2 / Istanbul
Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the ancient city with highlights including the magnificent TOPKAPI PALACE (main residence of Ottoman Sultan). SAINT SOPHIA BASILICA, ancient seat of the Byzantine Church built in 537 AD and converted to a mosque in 1453. Finally the GRAND BAZAAR with 3,000 exotic indoor-shops. Overnight in İstanbul.
+ Day 3 / Izmir
A half day tour of DOLMABAHÇE PALACE or cruise the BOSPHORUS WATERWAY depending on the season and weather conditions. Free time to explore city. In the late afternoon, you flight to İzmir for the overnight.
+ Day 4 / Ephesus, St. Mary House
This morning we head to the ruins of glorious Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia Minor, to see the extensive ruins which include 2,000-year-old marble streets, a huge theater, the library of Celsius, a gymnasium and the temple of Hadrian. In the afternoon, visit the nearby BASILICA OF ST. JOHN as well as the VIRGIN MARY’S STONE COTTAGE.
+ Day 5 / Pergamum, Antalya
Walk the Acropolis of ancient Pergamum. Sights include the altar of Zeus and a famous Roman medical center. Afternoon flight from İzmir takes you to Antalya for overnight.
+ Day 6 / Perge, Aspendos
A full day of exploring includes a tour of the ANTALYA ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM with a number of artifacts and statues from nearby ancient sites. Then you tour ancient PAMPHYLIAN, HELLENISTIC AND ROMAN CITIES, the unsoiled ruins of Perge with its colonnade street and Aspendos with its huge theater, the best preserved one in the Mediterranean are having a capacity of 15,000 spectators and still in use for special events.
+ Day 7 / Antalya
Free day to explore Antalya’s bazaars, ancient ruins, quaint harbor with restored Ottoman homes, small shops and wayside cafes.
+ Day 8 / Istanbul
Your representative escorts you to the airport for the flight back or to a holiday beach resort extension.