Istanbul and Asia Minor

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Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival Istanbul

    Arrival at Istanbul Airports (Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen). In assistance of our local professional guide transfer by bus to the hotel. Welcome-Cocktail and overnight. expand
  • Day 02 : Istanbul - Canakkale

    After breakfast, departure for full day sightseeing tour of the city including visits to famed TOPKAPI Palace, the great palace of OTTOMAN SULTANS, ST. SOPHIA MUSEUM, a fifth century basilica with its spectacular frescoes and immense central dome still considered as an architectural marvel; The BLUE MOSQUE, exquisitely decorated with blue tiles; the HIPPODROME of the old city, location of chariot races and the center of early Byzantine life afternoon departure for CANAKKALE.expand
    Drive along the northern coast of the Marmara Sea to famed GALLIPOLI, site of the fierce battles during the First World War and cross the DARDANELLES with a ferry arriving Canakkale, overnight at hotel.

  • Day 03 : Canakkale - Kusadasi

    Breakfast and departure for KUSADASI. En route visit to TROY, the legendary city of Homer's "ILIAD" and "ODYSSEY" where the TROYAN Horse was used to end the ten years siege of the city. expand
    Further drive to PERGAMUM, the capital of ancient Asia Minor, perched high on a hill. Visit ASCLEPEION, the famous health center, the Parchment Library that once contained over 200.000 volumes, the Acropolis, and the monument of ZEUS ALTAR. Arrival to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

  • Day 04 : Kusadasi

    Whole day excursion to EPHESUS, one of the most important and best preserved cities of the ancient world, with its huge theater, the Odeon, the Library, and Roman baths. On the way to EPHESUS, expand
    visit the TEMPLE of ARTEMIS, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Drive to the Basilica of St. John, which was build here after the death of Apostle John. Visit to Isa BEY MOSQUE and drive to the chapel of the VIRGIN MARY and Saint JEAN BASILICA. Return back to Kusadasi for overnight.

  • Day 05 : Kusadasi - Pamukkale

    After breakfast, departure for PAMUKKALE and drive along the MEANDER VALLEY to the ruins of the Roman City APHRODISIAS, famous for its incredibly beautiful sculpture and statuary, and its museum full of magnificent art. expand
    Further drive to PAMUKKALE where fantastic cotton white prateaus have formed from the travertine deposits of warm springs cascading over the chalk cliffs. Visit the ancient city of HIERAPOLIS and the ruins where the APOSTLE PHILIP martyred. You will have the opportunity to rest and enjoy soothing mineral waters or natural spring pools. Dinner and overnight.

  • Day 06 : Pamukkale - Bursa

    Departure to BURSA and drive via Kutahya famous with factory of ceramic tiles, en route visit to AIZANOI, which was the seat of a bishopric in the Christian era, famous with it`s Temple of ZEUS-Built in the reign of HADRIAN (A. D. 117-138), The large AGORA, HEREON, Doric AGORA, MACELLUM or meat-market, GYMNASIUM and STADIUM. expand
    Further drive to BURSA-once the capital of OTTOMANS and now one of the famous thermal centers in Turkey.

  • Day 07 : Bursa - Istanbul

    Sightseeing tour of the city, visit to GREEN MOSQUE & MAUSOLEUM, ULU - GRAND MOSQUE, shopping opportunities at famous GRAND BAZAAR of city. expand
    Afternoon departure for Istanbul. Transfer to ferry port at YALOVA. Disembarkation in the nearest ferries port and continue to Istanbul. Overlooking from CAMLICA Hill. Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 08 : Istanbul end of our services

    Breakfast and departure to Istanbul Airports (Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen) for return flight to home or ideal opportunity to organize optional full day excursion including cruise by Bosphorus with lunch and visit to DOLMABAHCE PALACE-The last residence of Ottoman Empire. expand


  • Accommodation at selected hotels, in Dbls with twc, on H/B or F/B basis.
  • All excursions and visits of the museums mentioned in the program.
  • Transportation by modern touristic class buses with air-conditioning system.
  • Guiding services of our local professional tour guide during the whole stay in Turkey.
  • Bridge Crossing, Highway, ferry crossing fees, tips and portages.
  • Valuable Tax and services charge.