Day 1 – Arrival to Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport ( IST ) or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport ( SAW ) , Our representative will meet you at the airport with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Full Day Istanbul Tour
Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
Hippodrome, The large, open square was once the site of a Roman circus that rivaled the Colosseum and could seat a quarter of a million spectators. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi and an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor.
Topkapi Palace, A huge walled complex hugging the Bosphorus, the former palace of the Ottoman sultans is now a museum with an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels, including the Topkapi diamond and the dagger (Harem is not included).
Hagia Sophia,This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Grand Bazaar, The oldest and the largest covered market place in the World with nearly 4.000 shops fuul of rich collections of carpets, jewellery, leather, and souvenirs.
Day 3 – Full Day Istanbul Tour
Istanbul Archaeology Museum, In the museum collections, there are rich and very important works of art belonging to various civilizations from the regions from Balkans to Africa, from Anatolia and Mesopotamia to Arab Peninsula and Afghanistan that were in the borders of the Ottoman Empire.
Serefiye Cistern, It's estimated that there were more than 80 underground cisterns in Istanbul, but this is the largest and the best excavated. This Istanbul underground cistern is the size of a cathedral; it is 143m long and 65m wide and can hold up to 80,000 cubic meters.
Spice Market, The Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) is famous for selling the best spices in Istanbul. Spice Market the last stop of Silk Road where today still the various types of spices, Turkish delights, Turkish coffee, herbal teas and souvenirs are offerred.
Boat Trip on Bosphorus, Every visitor to Istanbul wants totake a Bosphorus cruise on the 20 mile long strait which joins the Sea of Marmara to the south with the Black Sea to the north of Istanbul. Private guide aboard to answer questions and give background to waterfront palaces, mosques, mansions, and more.
Day 4 – Istanbul – Ephesus Tour – Kusadasi
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport . Met by you tour guide and drive to Ephesus ( 45 minutes drive )Depart for the tour of marvelous Ephesus ancient city, once the capital of Roman Asia, is the best preserved Greco-Roman classical city on the Mediterranean.The tour also includes the visit of The Basilica of St. John and the House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last days.Transfer to the hotel for overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 – Kusadasi – Pamukkale – İstanbul
Drive to Pamukkale. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side, about 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. After the tour, we drive to Izmir airport or Denizli airport for our flight. Flight back to Istanbul and arrive at Istanbul with 1 hour 20 minutes flight. Meet our representative and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Day 5– Istanbul – Airport
After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Airport or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport for your flight back home.The end of our services.
Duration: 6 Days
Tour Type: Private
• On Sundays, when Grand Bazaar is closed, we visit Nuruosmaniye arround Grand Bazaar,
• On Friday morning, The Blue Mosque and Hagia Spohia are visioned only from outside because of Friday Prayer,
• On Tuesdays, when Topkapı Palace is closed, this tour is not offered.
• Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, When Day 2 is Sunday, Grand Bazaar will be visited on Day 3.
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