is a tailored featuring Istanbul and Ephesus. It is a
combination of daily group tour arrangements including entry
fees and most meals. You may stay in the hotel category of your
choice and may either fly or take an overnight bus from/to Izmir
(Kusadasi). It is also possible to tailor a program where you go
overland via Troy, and there are other combinations such as
leisure days in the itinerary. You can also continue to the
Greek Islands from Kusadasi, Bodrum or Marmaris Features Insight
small group tours (max 10 pax) in Istanbul but elsewhere tour
size may vary.
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to MINA
HOTEL or similar hotel in Istanbul
ISTANBUL - SULTANAHMET - IZMIR - KUSADASI (OR SELCUK)
The St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the
Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building
in the world for over 1000 years. See its
intricate mosaics and huge central dome.
Continue to the Topkapi palace, which was used
by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th
centuries. We will also see the impressive
collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver
and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and
relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Entrance to the
Harem is extra). After lunch we will see the
Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is
a unique piece of architecture with its six
minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik
tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk
of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain
of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of
Old Istanbul and visit the elegant little
Sokullu Pasa mosque and the hidden underground
Theodosian Cistern. See the Grand Covered Bazaar.
This tour may be done all or partially as a
walking tour. Transfer to the airport (optional)
for departure to Izmir. (Or to bus station
for overnight bus). Upon arrival transfer to
your hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk and overnight.
EPHESUS - HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY - ISTANBUL
we tour Ephesus, which was one of the largest
and most interesting ancient cities of Asia
Minor. It is considered to be the most fantastic
Greco-Roman site in Turkey. You may imagine the
Ephesians shouting at the silversmith Demetrius,
" Great is Artemis of the Ephesians"
in reaction to the preaching of St. Paul against
of Virgin Mary
to the house where The Virgin Mary spent her last days,
and the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven
Wonders of the World. Transfer to the airport for flight
to Istanbul (Or to bus station for overnight bus). Upon
arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel and overnight
Transfer to airport (optional) for departure.
TOUR PRICE: (IN Euros )
Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Museum entry fees
Transportation in non-smoking mini/midi/coach bus with
professional English speaking guide and professional driver.
*Round trip bus ticket to/from Kusadasi or Selcuk (Budget and
Moderate options only). Where overnight bus is included there is
no hotel stay on that evening.
*Izmir Airport transfers (First Class and Deluxe options only)
*Order of tour itinerary may vary and other options may be
available, extensions available for any point of the tour or
shorter version of tour is also available (this tour is a
tailored tour comprised of daily group tours)
NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul
airport transfers, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of
a personal nature.