Istanbul, capital city of three successive empires with over 2,000 years of history and fabulous turquoise blue water fronts, Welcomes you to share this amazing experience on the crossroads of Europe and Asia.
Enjoy the harmony of cultures, enjoy the harmony of people & enjoy the rhythm of diversities in Istanbul. Historical landmarks of the city are in harmony with the wonderful Turquoise blues of Bosphorus, which creates an unbeaten landscape. Istanbul is the only city in the world where you can enjoy your meal with the landscape of another continent.
Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul
The fountain was erected between 102 and 104 A.D. and as the attached inscription reads, was consecrated to the Emperor Trajan. The tympanum which dominates the upper line is supported by Corinthian columns, in the central niche was one located an enormous statue of Trajan, of which only the base with the feet and the globe remain. The many sculptured figurations which once populated this fountain (members of the Imperial Family, Dionysus, Aphrodite, Satry) have been carried to the Museum.
Arrival to Istanbul Airport, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon, depart from hotel for the Bosphorus Cruise Tour & Spice Market. End of the tour, transfer to your hotel & overnight.
Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, start your full day tour: Hagia Sophia; Topkapi Palace Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome; the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. Return to the hotel for overnight accommodation.
Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast transfer to airport and flight to Izmir Airport and meeting with your driver and transfer to Kusadasi. While leaving the colourful town of behind you will pass through the verdant countryside before arriving at Ephesus. The first stop is the Virgin Mary s House you will drive nearly for 25 minutes. After that Ephesus walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. See the Odeon, The Fountain of Trajan, the five terraces of apartment houses, the stream baths of Scholastic, the temple of Hadrian and impressive library of Ephesus. The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest theatre is antiquity with capacity of 24.000 seats.
You will return to the bus through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. The visit of Ephesus Open Air Museum takes nearly 2 hours. After the Lunch Break, The next stop on your tour is the Temple of Artemis (Diana), built in a honour of the Greek Goddess of hunting, wild nature and fertility, Deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world .The temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as the big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The temple served as both a marketplace and religious’ institution. Offerings by thousands of pilgrims each year enable the temple to grow so wealthy that it became the world`s first bank. Today, little remains of the magnificent structure. Your guide will describe its importance, its wealth and tension that existed between the Romans and Christians that settled in the area over the centuries. End of the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
After breakfast 3 hours drive for Pamukkale (Hierapolis). You will see the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, and the Main Street, Byzantium Gate. Then, you walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. The temperature of the water is about 35. You can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale (cotton castle).After the open buffed lunch swimming in hot red thermal pools in the hotel.
Then If you like to swim in the Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatra s Pool they charge extra entrance fee. The Cleopatra Pool is warmed by hot springs and littered with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. Possibly associated with the Temple of Apollo, the pool provides today’s visitors a rare opportunity to swim with antiquities! During the Roman period, columned porticoes surrounded the pool; earthquakes toppled them into the water where they lie today. Afterwards, you drive back to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
After breakfast check out from your hotel and transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Overnight in Kusadasi
After breakfast check out from the hotel & transfer to airport for your International flight.