Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul. Your guide will meet with you at the airport. Depending on your arrival time you may explore the city or be transferred to your hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2: After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided private tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and Grand Bazaar. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 3: Today you visit Dolmabahce Palace and then have a Bosphorus Cruise (public boat) experience. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport to take your flight to Izmir. Overnight Kusadasi.
Day 4: Absorb yourself in history today. Today you visit Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, and House of Virgin Mary. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient times. Carpet weaving has long been a tradition in Turkey, and at the carpet village you can learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi.
Day 5: After breakfast you head to the magnificent White Calcium Terraces, known as Cotton Castle (Pamukkale) where you also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. This city was used in Roman times for its therapeutic powers. Overnight Kusadasi. Optional Tour: Priene-Miletos-Didyma Tour.
Your tour starts with Priene, which occupies a dramatic position overlooking the Meander Valley and plain. Then you are driven into Miletos, which holds amazing ports along with the distinction of being the hometown of several well-known Philosophers and sages. Miletos also preserves a spectator theater that you’ll be able to enjoy visiting. Finally you’ll be driven to Didyma, where the largest Temple of Apollo resides in Anatolia; it is known to be one of the most sacred places of antiquity.
Day 6: After breakfast, take a tour to Pergamon which hass one of the seven churches of revelation and is famed with amazing temples from ancient times. You visit one of the oldest medical centers in history as well.
After the tour we say goodbye and you are transferred to the airport. Fly to Istanbul. End of the service.
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