1. Day : Arrival
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to Hotel in Sultanahmet area. Overnight in Istanbul
2. Day : Istanbul Full Day City Tour (B,L)
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.
Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison.
We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Overnight in Istanbul
3. Day : Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Bazaar Half Day (B)
>Half-Day Morning Tour
Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines.
The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
Bosphorus Cruise through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. After the tour you can discover Taksim Square. THIS TOUR TERMINATES AT TAKSİM SQUARE Overnight in Istanbul
4. Day : By flight to Kusadasi (B)
Today we check out and transfer to Airport for our flight to Izmir Airport. After landing in Izmir you welcome by our driver and transfer to Kusadasi. Kusadasi – one of Turkey’s beach resort town and a major cruise ship destination on the western Aegean coast – 90km south of Izmir – offers an excellent environment for an unforgettable holiday. Kusadasi is reputed for being one of the most attractive cities of the Aegean and it is a jumping-off point as it is close to the important historical sites including Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Goddess Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Seven Sleepers, Didyma, Priene, Miletos. Kusadasi has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, providing a long tourism season. The city is bathed in sunshine for 300 days of the year. Overnight in Kusadasi
5. Day : Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary and Temple of Artemis (B,L)
After departing early in the morning we drive to Kusadasi. We enter in Ephesus from the the Magnesia Gate, and then stretch your legs during a walk with your guide into the ruins of this former Roman capital. The route will take you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. Your guide will tell you about the architectural importance of these sites, as well as historical Roman events that took place there.
You will then visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent the last days of her life. The house was discovered in the 19th century after the repeated visions of a Catholic nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, were published in a book. When the ruins of the house were discovered, a small shrine dedicated to St Mary was found there.
Next, see the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. This temple, also known as the Temple of Diana (the Roman goddess equivalent), was first built during the Archaic period and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Overnight in Kusadasi
6. Day : Pamukkale, Hierapolis (B,D)
We pick up you at approx. 9:30am to the Pamukkale Tour. Pamukkale or literary the “ Cotton Castle “ is a shimmering white cascade, formed by limestone-laden hot spring, which have formed stalactites, pot -holes and magical fairy tables. The water is reputed to be the beneficial to the eyes and skins to alleviate ills of asthma, rheumatism and dermatitis. It is exhilarating to paddle through warm water while gazing the ancient fragment of columns below the water’s surface. As much fun as the baths are, do not miss to visit the ancient Hierapolis with its Theatre, Necropolis, Roman Baths, Agora.
The calcite-laden waters that had created this unreal landscape come from springs located in a 200-meter high cliff that overlooks the plain. You’ll marvel at the mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, and the series of terraced basins created by these waters. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. The temples were significant trade centers for ancient Hierapolis. See the Roman theater, the Apollo temple, Roman baths, fountains, and the agora. After the tour, you’ll will have a chance to swim in thermal pools. An additional option is to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool, for an extra fee. Overnight in Pamukkale
7. Day : By road to Antalya (B)
After check out we pick up you from your Hotel in Pamukkale and transfer to Bus Station. After a journey of approx. 3,5 hours you will welcome at Antalya Airport and transfer to you Hotel. Free time for the rest of the day at our central located Hotel. You can explore the city. Antalya has been continuously inhabited since it founding in 159 BC by Attallos II, a king of Pergamum, who named the city Attaleia after himself. The Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks successively occupied the city before it come under Ottoman rule. The elegant, fluted minaret of the yivli minare Mosque in the center of the city, built by the seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13. century, has become Antalya’s symbol. When Emperor Hadrian visited Phaselis in Antalya in 130 AD a beautifully decorated threearched gate with Corinthian columns was built into the city walls in his honor. Overnight in Antalya
8. Day : Antalya Full Day City Tour (B,L)
Antalya is a city that ranks as one of the most popular places among visitors to Turkey. Our full-day excursion will take you sightseeing in the historic city of Antalya.
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