Duration : 6 Day / 5 Night Region :Turkey Comments :This trip conbines the delights of Istanbul with the pearl of the Agean the ””Ephesus Ancient City and the unique unusual natural and historical site of the sparkling white castle -like cascades Pamukkale.
Day 1 – Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul Transfer to Hotel rest of day at leisure. Overnight Istanbul
Day 2 – Istanbul
Pick up from Hotel at 9 am and start your Icons Tour Topkapi Palace Museum: Tour extensively the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It consists of several exhibition halls, including the porcelain section, the armory, the rooms devoted to holy relics and the Treasury, which houses an impressive display of royal jewels. The Harem section is included! Underground Cistern: Built by Justinian after 532, the Basilica Cistern stored water for the Great Palace and nearby buildings. Lost to memory, it was rediscovered by Petrus Gyllius, who came to Constantinople in search of Byzantine monuments. Sultanahmet Mosque/Blue Mosque: This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616 and is located in the district of old Istanbul that is named after this Ottoman Sultan and it is distinguished by its six slender minarets. Roman Hippodrome and Monuments: The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine social life and the scene of fiercely competitive chariot races. It was located in the square that is now in front of the Blue Mosque and is still the site of ancient relics from its glory days. Hagia Sophia Museum: The Hagia Sophia that you can visit today was the primary church of Byzantine Constantinople and was built upon the site of two earlier churches that had been destroyed.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 – Istanbul
Pick up at your Hotel to start the Unique Istanbul Tour Bosphorus Cruise: We will cruise on the Bosphorus to allow you the prime perspective from which to view the fine palaces, pavilions, Ottoman houses and seaside neighborhoods along the shores of this famous and historic waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Maramara Sea. Rumeli Fortress (From the sea): The largest fortification for the protection of Istanbul built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1451 before his conquest of the city. Cable Car to Pierre Loti: Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named for the famous French writer and naval officer, Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a. Pierre Loti (1850 -1923), who wrote fiction based on his experiences in Istanbul. Rustem Pasha Mosque: This majestic and surprising little mosque was designed by the most famous of Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, for the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha who had married Princess Mihrimah, one of the daughters of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. City Walls and Golden Horn by vehicle: As you will ride along the shores of the Marmara Sea with your driver and guide, you will follow a major portion of the city’s Byzantine walls and will continue to follow them when we turn inland from the sea. breached by its attackers. Saint Savior in Chora Church Museum: This delightful church was built in the 11th century just within the Theodosian Walls of Constantinople, as the city was known throughout the Byzantine era. Suleymaniye Mosque: This elegant mosque with its distinguishing four slender minarets was built on the order of Sultan Suleyman by the most famous of Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, between 1550 and 1558. It is the second largest mosque in the city and sits prominently upon the third of old Istanbul’s seven hills. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4– Kusadasi
Check out of your Hotel for an early flight to Izmir. Transfer from Airport to Selcuk. Upon arrival start Ephesus tour. Visit: The world famous Ephesus ancient city. Proceed to the House of Virgin Mary which the Vatican has recognized as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. Finish your day visiting the Artemis Temple, remains of what was once one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. At the ends of the tour return to your Hotel around 5pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Pamukkale
Early departure and drive to Pamukkale (the Cotton Castle) which is one of the most spectacular sites. See the wonderful calcium formations of the travertine and watch the cataracts falling into basins at the bottom of the mountain. Take off your shoes and walk in the calcium rich waters. Visit the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis, its largest Necropolis in Asia Minor, thermal baths, great theater, temples, and streets. Overnight in Pamukkale
Day 6: Transfer to Denizli Airport for return flight
Airport Transfers 5 Nights Hotel accommodation 4 Full day regular Tours Professional English speaking Guide Entrance Fees to Museums Lunch on Tours (Excluding drinks) All Taxes