Tour Style : Group Tour
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Highlights : Istanbul – Smyrna – Ephesus – Leodicea – Istanbul
Day 1 – Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Istanbul City Tour
Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. We visit the Topkapi Palace including the Harem, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and HIPPODROME, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 3 – Smyrna – Basilica Tour Pergamon
Transfer from hotel to Istanbul airport for flight to Izmir. Arrival in Izmir. Drive to ancient *!Smyrna!*, was the second one of the seven Christian churches in Asia Minor to which St. John the Divine wrote (Revelation l-11). In the afternoon proceed to Thyatira, another one of the Seven Churches. See the remains of a Basilica and other ruins from the Roman Period. Drive to Pergamum for overnight.
Day 4 – Pergamon Tour
Pergamon (Bergama). Visit the Acropolis with its pagan temples and Altar of Zeus. Continue to the healing center, Aesculapius. Overnight in Pergamon.
Day 5 – Sardis, Philadelphia and Pamukkale Tour
After breakfast depart for Sardes , another one of the Seven Churches mentioned by St. John. Continue to Philadelphia to, another one of the Christian congregations, and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenos. Continue to Pamukkale (Hierapolis). Watch the sunset over the petrified waterfalls. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 – Leodicea & Ephesus Tour
Visit Hierapolis and then *!Loadicea!* before continuing to Ephesus. See the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Tour through ancient Ephesus to see the old synagogue, the theatre where St. Paul preached (Acts 10), the Library of Celsus and other sights. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 – Kusadasi & Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for the flight to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Free time in GRAND COVERED BAZAAR in the afternoon and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8 – Istanbul – End of Tour
After breakfast check out from the hotel. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again.
What is included
- Airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
- Domestic flights from Istanbul to Izmir and Izmir to Istanbul
- 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Bergama
- 1 night hotel in Pamukkale
- 1 night hotel in Kusadasi
- 7 breakfasts
- 1 fully guided Istanbul City Tour
- 1 fully guided Smyrna - Basilica Tour
- 1 fully guided Pergamon Tour
- 1 fully guided Pamukkale Tour
- 1 fully guided Ephesus Tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours
Hotels, Prices, Booking
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Hotels we use
Antalya ANTALYA - ALP PASA HOTEL http://www.alppasa.com
Canakkale Helen Hotel http://www.helenhotel.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel http://www.dedelikonak.com
Cappadocia Dedeli Deluxe Hotel http://www.dedelidelux.com
Gaziantep ASUDE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.asudekonak.com
Istanbul Hotel Sokullu Pacha http://www.sokullupasahotel.com/
Kahta ZEUS HOTEL **** http://www.zeushotel.com.tr
Kars SIMER HOTEL *** http://www.simerhotel.com
Konya Hich Hotel http://hichhotel.com/
Kusadasi Palm Hotel *** http://www.palmhotel.com.tr
Mardin ZINCIRIYE HOTEL (BOUTIQUE STYLE) http://www.zinciriye.com/tr
Pamukkale Colossea Thermal Hotel **** http://www.colossaehotel.com
Sanliurfa MANICI HOTEL **** http://www.maniciurfa.com
Tatvan KARDELEN HOTEL *** http://www.kardelenotel.com
Trabzon SAYLAMLAR HOTEL **** http://www.hotelsaylamlar.com
Van T AMARA HOTEL **** http://www.tamaraotel.com