Your private transfer to your hotel in Istanbul will be followed by an orientation tour of the city with our guide.
Explore the oriental Spice Market and cruise in between Asia and Europe before walking in the Istiklal Street.
Discover the great monuments in the old quarter of Istanbul; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Yerebatan Cistern.
Chase the tastes and delicacies of Turkey in the back streets of Istanbul before resting in a traditional Turkish Bath.
Catch a flight to Izmir from Istanbul to explore the ancient city of Ephesus, The House of The Virgin Mary, The Temple of Artemis and the Museum of Selcuk.
Explore the ancient cities of Aphrodisias and Hierapolis before walking on the travertines of Pamukkale and getting back to Istanbul.
You will be dropped to one of the airports of Istanbul for your flight back home or for your next destination.
- Hippodrome of Istanbul
- Hagia Sophia ‘Holy Wisdom’ Church
- Blue Mosque of Sultan I Ahmed
- Cruising the Bosporus of Istanbul
- Turkish Bath and Cooking Class Experience
- Treasure hunt in Grand Bazaar
- The ancient city of Ephesus
- The House of The Virgin Mary
- The Museum of Selcuk
- Old Greek Village Sirince
- Aphrodisias Ancient City
- Tetrapylon and Stadium of Aphrodisias
- Ancient Sculptures of Aphrodisias
- The ancient city of Hierapolis
- Theater and Roman Baths of Hierapolis
- White Travertines of Pamukkale
- Pool of Cleopatra
Day 1 – Arrival to Istanbul
Our driver will meet you in front of the international arrivals and will take you to your hotel in the old city of Istanbul. After checking in to your hotel, resting and freshening up in your hotel, our guide will meet you for an afternoon walk in Istanbul and dinner. You will be dropped back to your hotel then.
Day 2 – Cruise the Bosporus of Istanbul
You will meet our guide in your hotel after breakfast and walk to Eminonu area. You will be able to see the Sirkeci Train Station on the way which is the final destination of the Orient Express. Agatha Christie wrote her best seller book ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ in Istanbul in a hotel room overlooking the Golden Horn which starts by the banks of the Eminonu area. You will explore the oriental streets of the Spice Market in Eminonu before embarking to your boat for a cruise in the Bosporus of Istanbul. This is an experience only Istanbul can give; a journey in between Asia and Europe yet in the same city. You will return to Eminonu or Karakoy after the cruise and have lunch in a local restaurant there. Your journey will continue to Istiklal street with one of the oldest subways of the world; Tunel. The nostalgic tram running in the pedestrian only street of Istiklal will take you to the end of the 19th Century. You will visit the Church of Saint Anthony of Pedua before tasting world famous Turkish Delight in one of the oldest shops of Istanbul’s Beyoglu district. Our guide will take you to Galata Tower to finish the day and take spectacular pictures of Istanbul’s European and Asian sides. You will get back to your hotel after climbing to the top of Galata tower.
Day 3 – Explore the old city of Istanbul
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet with our guide and will explore the monuments in the old city of Istanbul. The area is called Sultanahmet today but the ancient name was Hippodrome during the Byzantine times. You will be able to see the Serpentine Column in between the Walled Obelisk and the Obelisk of III Thedosius which were the landmarks of the ancient hippodrome of the Byzantiums. The area was a race track where different colors were used for different competitors for the first time in history there. You will continue to the Blue Mosque then to see the world famous blue tiles of the Grand Mosque of Sultan I Ahmed. Your visit to Hagia Sophia will be followed by a walk in the underground cistern of Yerebatan right across the ex-seat of the Eastern Orthodox Church. You will have lunch in a local restaurant in the old city of Istanbul before visiting the most gorgeous palace of the Ottoman Empire; Topkapi. It was converted to an Ottoman palace by Fatih the conqueror after the 15th Century and was the administrative place of the Ottomans for more than four centuries. When the barok and rococo architecture became more popular, last Ottoman Sultans had abandoned the palace and lived in the new waterfront palaces in the Bosporus of Istanbul. You will be able to see the Harem apartments, treasury and the chamber of the holy relics before finishing the day with a cup of Turkish coffee overlooking the ‘real’ history channel. You will return to your hotel afterwards.
Day 4 – Istanbul on Food and Turkish Bath Experience
Our guide will meet you at your hotel and will take you to a journey in food today in the unbeaten narrow back streets of Istanbul. During your walk, you will be able to taste the delicious street foods of Istanbul and will hear the stories behind them. You can have lunch in a non-touristy restaurant before our guide takes you to a traditional hamam; Turksih bath. You will experience the most oriental experience in Turkey in one of the traditional Turkish baths of Istanbul and will relax over the hot marbles heated from the underneath. You will get scrubbed and will get a soap massage before leaving the structure totally relieved. Our guide will drop you to your hotel then to rest for your Ephesus and Pamukkale trip.
Day 5 – Flight to Izmir and Tour Ephesus
Our driver will take you to Istanbul Ataturk airport for a morning flight to Izmir Adnan Menders Airport. It is located just 45 minutes away from Ephesus region and our guide and driver will pick you up from the domestic arrivals of Izmir airport. You will be informed about your two days in the region and will visit the Ancient city of Ephesus first before visiting the House of The Virgin Mary on top of the Bulbul Mountain which has spectacular views of the Aegean Sea. Your lunch will be followed by a visit to the Museum of Selcuk and the Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral of Saint John and Isabey Mosque before going to Sirince Village for your accommodation. Sirince village is located in a valley just 15 minutes out of Ephesus in the mountains surrounded by olive trees and wine yards. The Greeks lived in the village until 1920s leaving beautiful architecture and you will stay in one of them with your family tonight.
Day 6 – Flight to Istanbul after Exploring Aphrodisias and Pamukkale
Our guide will meet you in the morning at your hotel for a visit to the best preserved ancient city of Anatolia. You will see beautiful marble sculptures in the museum of Aphrodisias after seeing the biggest stadium of the Hellenistic world. Temple of Aphrodite and the Tetrapylon are the highlights of this ancient city and you will leave for Pamukkale-Hierapolis Natural Park. Hierapolis is a UNESCO registered ancient city and has the biggest necropolis of Turkey. A visit to the museum of Hierapolis is recommended to see the intact Roman sarcophagi found during the excavations held in the ancient city. After taking a break by the pool of Cleopatra which is still a popular swimming spot in the area, our guide will assist you to the white travertines of Pamukkale which was created by cascading calcium for thousands of years. Our guide and driver will take you to Denizli Cardak Airport then for an afternoon flight back to Istanbul. You will meet our driver in the domestic arrivals in Istanbul and will be driven to your hotel.
We can book a hotel in the International terminal of Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport of Istanbul if you are leaving very early in the morning.
Day 7 – Departure from Istanbul
Our driver will take you to one of the airports of Istanbul to take a flight back home or for your next destination.
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