Dreams of Turkey TR202 – 6 days, 2 flights

Visit: Istanbul, Kusadasi, Sirince, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Izmir, Istanbul

6 Days – Saturday Departures (Feb – Dec) No long bus rides, just two flights and short coach trips

Day 1, Saturday: Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2, Sunday: Istanbul (B,L)
We depart from the hotel at 08:30 am for an Istanbul City Tour.  First we see the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. see the robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle; which enshrines relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Next on the list is the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Outside the Blue Mosque we find the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races and outdoor entertainment. The Hippodrome is comprised of three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After a short lunch break we head to the Grand Spice Bazaar for shopping. After the shopping tour come back to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3, Monday: Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise – Kusadasi (B, L, D)
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus boat excursion along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. We take a lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. Then we depart for Istanbul airport for a domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

Day 4. Tuesday:  Kusadasi – Ephesus Tour – Sirince (B, L, D)
An 8.30am departure for a fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world enroute, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library and Grand theatre. Lunch break around 1pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince’s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey – especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to
enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5, Wednesday:  Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour – Wednesday(B, L, D)
At 8am we depart for our Pamukkale Tour. We will check into the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards, we will visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Kusadasi (B)

Day 6, Thursday:  Kusadasi – Izmir – Istanbul (B)
Today we depart for Izmir airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. 

Includes:

  • All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 nights hotel in Kusadasi
  • 5 open buffet breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise
  • Guided Ephesus tour
  • Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
  • Guided Pamukkale tour
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
  • Professional English – speaking tour guides
  • Return airport transfer

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry

Hotels (or Similar):

  • Istanbul – Ramada Hotel & Suite Golden Horn
  • Kusadasi – 5 Star 360 Hotel

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