Turkey 8 days
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Turkey - 8 Nights Escorted Tour

Gateway to Antiquity


Istanbul




Day 1
Istanbul Wednesday Upon arrival meet with tour representative and transfer to your hotel. Attend briefing about your journey in Turkey at 7pm.
 

Hagia SophiaDay 2 Istanbul Thursday Visit a World Heritage site, Haghia Sophia, built in the 6th century and the largest church in the world for more than 1,000 years. Cruise on the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea. Lunch at a seafood restaurant. Back to the old city to visit St. Savior in Chora Church. 

Day 3 Istanbul - Antalya Friday Explore more of Istanbul: the Blue Mosque; the Hippodrome; the Topkapi Palace and the Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). End the day at the Grand Bazaar. Late flight to Antalya and transfer to the hotel. Your guide will meet you at dinner. 



AspendosDay 4 Antalya Saturday Today, two magnificent Roman sites are on our agenda; Aspendos with the best preserved Roman Theater and Perge, a spectacular Greco-Roman city. On the return to Antalya, discover the tradition of jewellery making on this soil while visiting one of the largest jewellers of Turkey. Later in the afternoon, visit Old Antalya - Kaleici will be visited to enjoy strolling through picturesque streets of the old port. 

Day 5 Antalya - Pamukkale Sunday In the morning, cross the Taurus Mountains, and drive to Aphrodisias, the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility. Continue to Pamukkale, a unique natural site. Visit this "Cotton Castle" where the hot waters, leaving their limestone deposits, have created an unreal landscape with petrified waterfalls and basins; and Hierapolis, an ancient Roman health spa whose well preserved necropolis is one of the largest in the ancient world.  

Day 6 Pamukkale - Ephesus Monday Head towards the Aegean Sea, to Ephesus, the most fascinating city of the ancient world. Visit the ruins of Ephesus and the remains of the Temple of Artemis -one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Virgin Mary's House is also in today's agenda. 

Pergamum IllustrationDay 7 Ephesus - Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale Tuesday Drive North, to Pergamum, another important city of the ancient times where they invented Parchment. Visit the Acropolis and the Asclepion-home to Galen in medical history, a sanctuary and healing center dedicated to Asclepius ,the god of healing. Continue to the legendary city of Troy to recall Homer and his 'Iliad'. Overnight in Canakkale on Dardanelles. 

Day 8 Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul Wednesday Cross the Dardanelles to Europe by ferry. Drive to 'Gallipolli' where the dramatic battles of WWI took place. Brief visit of the battlefields. Continue to Istanbul. 

Day 9 Departure Thursday  Breakfast  Transfer to the airport for your return flight.


Price Includes

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Inbound and outbound transfers from/to Istanbul airports
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Transportation in a fully air conditioned , non smoking coach
 - Maximum of 24 passengers for increased comfort and personalized service
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Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
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Entrance fees to various sites

Price Does Not Include

 - International Airfare from U.S.
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Tips


Guaranteed departures between March and December.


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