Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul, Transfer to Hotel with overnight in Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour with overnight in Istanbul
After breakfast approximately at 8:30 am pick up from your hotel to begin the full day tour. Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drop off to your hotel at around 5:30 pm. Overnight at a hotel in Istanbul. (B, L)
Day 3: Flight to Izmir, Full Day Ephesus Tour with overnight in Kusadasi
You will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the airport to catch your early morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival at the airport you will be transferred to Selcuk where you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your full day small group tour. First you will visit The Temple of Artemis
, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. You will be able to explore the ruins of Ephesus while strolling past the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain and be able to visit the Great Theater where Paul preached to the Ephesians.
After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit The House of Virgin Mary
, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. Next you will visit the Ephesus Archeological Museum
to see findings of Ephesus excavations. You will also visit on this tour the İsabey Mosque
, one of the oldest and most impressive works of architectural art in Turkey. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi for check-in. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Full Day Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour with overnight in Kusadasi
After breakfast around 8:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel to join the full day tour of Pamukkale & Hierapolis. In Pamukkale you will see the Cotton Cliffs; one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. You will also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica, theatre and Roman Baths. Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Kusadasi at around 19:00. Your dinner tonight will be at the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Flight to Istanbul
After breakfast check out of the hotel in Kusadasi. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Izmir airport to take your flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival. (If you would like, you can extend your trip by adding extra nights in Istanbul, please advise). (B)