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10 Days Explore Istanbul & Ephesus By Bus

Duration:9 Nights 10 Days

Departure:Everyday

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Istanbul Old City Tour, Istanbul Bosphorus Tour, Istanbul Princes' Island Tour, Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary Tour, Priene-Miletus-Didyma Tour, Pergamum Tour, Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour,

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul. Our representative will be waiting for you with your name sign at the airport. You will be picked up and driven to your hotel. check in to hotel and leasure at your hotel.
Day 2 - Istanbul Old City Tour       (B + L)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and start a full day of sightseeing tour of Istanbul old city, Firstly we will walk onto The Ancient Hippodrome where you will see the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze serpentine column and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. The next visit will be to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 16th century, unique with 6 minarets and its magnificent interior decoration of the blue Iznik tiles. After Blue Mosque, we will visit Hagia Sophia Museum,built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century.Before lunch, we will visit Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and biggest bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops. We will have lunch in a local restaurant.After lunch, we will visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. After all, our last visit will be Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, which is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise & Two continents Tour      (B + L)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and takken to meeting point. Firstly we will drive along the Byzantine City Walls that surround the Old City. Then we will reach Golden Horn, the river that separates European side into two parts.There we will stop in Spice Bazaar, a small version of Grand Bazaar, where you can buy Turkish delight, apple tea, turkish tea etc. After this stop, we will get on the boat and start for Bosphorus Cruise until the second bridge.While we are cruising on Bosphorus you will see Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahçe Palace and many other houses and palaces on European and Asian Side of Istanbul. After the cruise we come back to the port and we go to a restaurant for lunch.After lunch, we get on the bus and cross the Bosphorus Bridge to get to the Asian Side.We will visit Beylerbeyi Palace,the summer house of Ottoman Sultans.After this visit, we will drive to Camlica Hill which is the highest point in Istanbul.You will have the best view of the city on that hill. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Travel Bazaar Office for departure to Ephesus.
20:00 Pick-up from Travel Bazaar Office
21:30 leaving from Bus Terminal. Overnight bus to Selcuk.
Day 4 - Arrival in Selcuk / Ephesus Tour (B,L)
08:00 Am After you arrive in Izmir Selcuk, you will be picked up from the bus terminal and transferred to hotel.
09:30 Am Start for Ephesus Tour by visiting Isabey Mosque. Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John. Then drive to an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city which called Ephesus stroll past the Celsus Library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus.After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. After lunch at the local restaurant, we will visit Temple of Artemis. It is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Antic world then drive to Virgin Mary House. Virgin Mary House is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John. Then visiting Ephesus Archaeological Museum is located in Selcuk, which is 70km away from Izmir, where Ephesus ancient city is found.
16:30 Pm The tour finishes and then you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight in Kusadasi / Selcuk.

Day 5 - Priene, Miletus and Didyma Tour          (B + L)

Breakfast at your hotel. 08:30 You will be picked up and transferred to meeting point. You will meet with other tour participants and tour guide then departure for Priene, the first grid-system planned city of the ancient World, built on hillside. Visit the theater, the temple of Athena, the Bouleterium, the Agora, and the Altar of Zeus and Cybele.We have lunch in local restaurant then Proceed to Miletos, the home of the Thales (Who is according to Herodotus, and according Eudemos May 28, BC 585'te are assumed to have occurred) has reported forecasted solar eclipse. He has been dealing with astronomy and solstices as one of the first astronomer to calculate in advance. And a principle Ionia’n city. Visit the Delphinium, the Nymphanion, the Teather, and the Faustına Baths. After lunch at a restaurant, continue to Didyma to visit Temple Of the Apollon and İt is gigantic columns, which is the biggest Oracle Center of ancient Turkey. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to hotel.

Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk.

Day 6 - Pamukkale Tour     (B,L)
08:30 Am You will be picked up from your hotel in Selcuk or Kusadasi.Then drive to Pamukkale where we are going to visit Calcium Terrace and Hiearapolis Ancient City. Pamukkale is one of the most interesting places in the world, justly famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. The calcium oxide-rich waters flowing down the southern slope of Caldag located north of the ruins have, over the millennia, built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau thus fully justifying both the site's ancient name of Hierapolis (Holy City) and its modern one of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) Hierapolis Ancient City, the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemetery in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, the Main Street, Byzantian Gate. The city was on the borders of Caria, Lycia and Phrygia and had a mixed population. Citizens were usually involved in the wool industry. Calcium Terraces, The terraces were formed by running warm spring water, at a temperature of 35 °C / 102 °F containing calcium bicarbonate. When the water loses its carbon dioxide it leaves limestone deposits. These are of different colors and shapes in the form of terraces with pools Pamukkale Swimming Spring Pool, If you like to swim in The Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatra's Pool they charge extra entrance fee. ** Swimming in ancient spring pool of Pamukkale is possible with extra 30 TL charge if you are planning to swim please bring your swimming suites with you .
16:30 Pm The tour finishes.At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to hotel.

Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk.

Day 7 Pergamum Tour / Overnight bus to Istanbul    (B + L)

Breakfast at your hotel and check out. 08:30 You will be picked up and transferred to meeting point. You will meet with other tour participants and tour guide then departure for Pergamum. Whose main function was social and cultural as much as it was sacred. Built on a conical hill rising 1,000 feet above the surrounding valley, Pergamum (also spelled Pergamon was an important capital city in ancient times. Pergamum is home to two of the country's most celebrated archaeological sites: Pergamum's acropolis and Asclepion are both listed among the top 100 historical sites on the Mediterranean. Most of the buildings and monuments in Pergamum date to the time of Eumenes II (197-159 BC), including the famed library, the terrace of the spectacularly sited hillside theater, the main palace, the Altar of Zeus, and the propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. In the early Christian era, Pergamum's church was a major center of Christianity and was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Asclepion, Galen born & Aducated in Pergamum, was the authority of European medicine from the 2nd century until renaissance. He was the founder of the health principles of diet, relaxation, exercise. Visit the ancient hospital & health center where he worked. At the end of the tour,you will be transferred to the bus station.
Overnight bus to Istanbul.

Day 8 – Arrival in İstanbul / Free Day in Istanbul   
You will arrive in Istanbul Bus Station.Meet on arrival and transfer to hotel.Today will be your free day,so you can discover the city on your own and purchase some gifts for your friends.

Overnight in Istanbul
Day 9 - Istanbul Princes Island Tour       (B + L)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to meeting point. After that, drive along to seaside to the port. Embark to boat and Cruise the Marmara Sea to Princes' Islands by a Maritime Lines boat. Stop at Büyükada, a popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewood scenery, once the pleasure island of Byzantine Princes. Get to also view from the boat Topkapi Palace, Leander's Tower, and Haydarpasa Railway Station.There you will enjoy a ride in a horsedrawn carriage among the pine trees after relaxing on the beaches in the numerous coves of its coast. In the evening return to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 - Check out from hotel / Transfer to Airport     (B)
Breakfast and check out from the hotel.You will be picked up from the hotel according to your flight time.

 

Includes

  • * All mentioned airport transfers in Istanbul and Ephesus
  • * All local bus tickets
  • * Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism in the tours
  • * Noted sightseeing tours on regular group or private guided basis
  • * 3 Nights hotel in Kusadasi or Selcuk with breakfast
  • * 4 Nights Hotel in Istanbul with breakfast
  • * Mentioned entrance fees to sights by the itinerary
  • * Meals mentioned by the itinerary - Vegeterian meals available
  • * All mentioned land transportations
  • * Local taxes

Excludes

  • * Dinner
  • * Drinks at lunch
  • * Personal expenses
  • * Tips

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