|DURATION||5 Days – 4 Nights|
|HIGHLIGHTS||Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace Grand Bazaar, Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, Underground Cistern, Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis|
|DEPARTURE||Everyday for individuals and groups|
|INCLUDED|| Deluxe rooms in Istanbul’s premier luxury hotels including breakfast
Your private guide and driver for flexible tour based on your interests
Fluent English speaking tour guide
Host / Hostess from arrival till departure for luggage handling, hotel & airline check in procedures, tickets to the museums, restaurant reservations and many other things…..
Deluxe transportation by new brand vehicles (Fully Air-conditioned. Specially designed comfortable seats, 7 / 24 internet connection, Minibar service (water, soda water, soft drinks, beer, red & white wine, Jack Daniels & Chivas Regal onboard.
Domestic flights by Turkish airlines
Personalized sightseeing as indicated in day-by-day itinerary.
Meals as specified in day-by-day itinerary
Hotel tax and service charges
Government fees and local handling charges
Luggage handling based on a maximum of two large pieces of luggage per person, plus carry-on bags
Complimentary return transfer and dinner reservation to selected restaurants in Istanbul
|NOT INCLUDED|| Personal expenses
Meals not indicated in includes section,
Drinks during meals
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport, Your private tour guide and host will welcome you at the airport with a sign written “Your Name “on it. Welcome info during your Private transfer to the hotel. Check in to your hotel for overnight stay. Complimentary return transfer and dinner reservation at selected restaurants in Istanbul on request
After breakfast, pick up from hotel and Our journey begins in Istanbul, The only city in the world located on two continents is Istanbul, which has been the capital of three great empires – Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman – for more than 2000 years.
Our tour starts with Hippodrome square where used to take place for chariot races and the Byzantine riots during Roman & Byzantine period. Only a short walk away, reaches Hagia Sophia built in 532 AD by Roman Emperor Justinian I. and Blue Mosque, has its fame from its beautiful blue Iznik tiles. We will continue walking to Topkapi Palace, was not only the residence of the Ottoman sultans, but also the administrative and educational center of the state. It was constructed between 1460 and 1478 by Sultan Mehmed II, the conqueror of Constantinople. We will visit the Topkapi Palace including treasury, Chinese Porcelain, weapons section.
After that, we will visit Grand Bazaar where is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 1,200 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Opened in 1461, it is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Overnight in İstanbul
After breakfast, our tour stars with Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.
Then take a traditional excursion by boat on the Bosphorus along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore.
Afternoon visit Underground Cistern which was the largest covered water reservoir in Istanbul, built by Justinian I. Overnight in Istanbul
Istanbul – Ephesus Tour – Istanbul
07.15 a.m. Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for 09.00 a.m. morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport at 10.00 a.m. Met by your tour guide and drive to Ephesus ( 45 minute drive )We will start visiting one of the main highlights in Turkey, Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionian League (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor.
Walk through history along marble streets lined with wonderful public buildings, among them The State Agora, Odeon, Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, , Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, The Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, Latrina, Celcus Library, the gate of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Grand theatre was built in 3rd century B.C and it was later expanded to 24.000 spectators by the Romans in the 1st century A.D. After Ephesus, we will have our lunch.
The House of Virgin Mary is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles away from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council on 431 AD in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared there as a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed there. We will stop at Artemission Temple where used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as our last stop before drive back to Izmir Airport.
17.00 Drive to Izmir airport for our flight back to Istanbul at 19.00. After 1 hour flight, arrival in Istanbul at 20.00 met by your host & Tour Guide and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
** If requested, St. John’s Basilica, Archeological Museum and Sirince Village can be added into program
After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home.
The end of our services
|Pax||Min. 2 pax||Min. 4 pax||Min. 6 pax||Single Supp|