Turkey With Ancient Cities of the Aegean & Mediterranean Tour
Meet and assist at International Athens Airport and transfer to your hotel.Accommodation in Athens.
Accommodation at 4 stars hotel: President Hotel.
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and start the half-day tour to Athens. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Presidential residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Return to the hotel for a free afternoon. Accommodation in Athens.
In the morning we take you by bus from Athens to Piraeus for your embarkation to the cruise boat. At 08:30 departure to Hydra where we arrive at 11:45. Here you have free time for a walk or a swim. At 13:30 embarkation and sail for Aegina past through Poros and seashore of Peloponnesus. The lunch will be served during the voyage. At 15:30 we arrive at Aegina where you have time for a swim. At 18:00 embarkation for the voyage of return to the port. Arrival to Piraeus late in the afternoon. Accommodation in Athens.
In the morning transfer to airport to catch your flight to our next stop Istanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul you’ll be welcomed and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Accommodation at 4 stars hotel: Feronya Hotel
Early Morning, we’ll begin to explore to city with a full day tour. At this tour you’ll see the major places of the Old Istanbul within a day. One of our representatives will take you from your hotel and bring you together with your tour guide around 8 am. according to your hotel location. The itinerary of this walking tours is;
Topkapi Imperial Palace - Topkapi Sarayi ( Closed on Tuesdays , replaced with Chora Museum )
It took 18 years to build palace that started to build in 1460 and completed in 1478 which is ordered to build by Fatih Sultan Mehmet whom is the conqueror of Istanbul. Topkapi palace was the house of Sultans and family as well as Sultan controlled empire from there. Topkapi palace transformed into a museum in 1924 and declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. (Harem Section is not included in the itinerary because it subjects to additional time and fee so please check with your tour guide if you would like to spend time over there on your own.) Grand Bazaar - Kapali Carsi (1461) : It has 4.200 Shops, 65 huge streets and first bank of WORLD that each day 500.000 people visit and 25.00 people works. Bazaar is built in 1461 by the order of Fatih Sultan Mehmet that area gain good importance for commerce and trading. Lunch will be provided in a cozy local restaurant Hagia Sophia - Aya Sofya : Magnificent structure which is started building In 532 with the order of King Justinian to 2 architects that thousands of people worked to build and took 5 years to complete. Finally it is opened in 537 and it still stands as originally from that time till nowadays. It is a Master church of Orthodox Christianity and converted to Catholic Church then converted to Mosque and Ataturk (Founder of Turkish Republic) converted there to Museum and now serves as a museum for guests from all over the world.
Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmet Cami ( It’s not available to visit on Fridays due to Friday pray )
Student of Head architect Mimar Sinan whom is ‘ Sedefkar Mehmet Aga’ completed New Mosque/ Sultanhmet Camii (Blue mosque) in 7 years at 1616 and still serves as a Mosque but people call it as ‘Blue’ because of the tiles in decoration in interior side at totally 23.042 special and handmade.
Hippodrome of Constantinople - Sultanahmet Meydani.
Hippo Means ‘Horse’ Drome means ‘square’ in Turkish Horse Square. Because of the chariot races and gladiators wars from AD 203 till 1453. People called as Sultanahmet Square due to name of area.
After the tour you’ll transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Discover the city by your own.
Early morning you’ll transferred from Istanbul to Canakkale by a luxury coach. Travel takes approximately 4 hours. ( with 1 hour Ferry travel ) . At noon you’ll arrive in Eceabat and take lunch at a local restaurant after the lunch the Fully Guided Gallipoli Tour will begin.
You will visit the peninsula that The Gallipoli Campaign took place from 25 April 1915 to 9 January 1916, during the First World War. A joint British Empire and French operation was mounted to capture the Ottoman capital of Istanbul, and secure a sea route to Russia. The attempt failed, with heavy casualties on both sides.
In Turkey, the campaign is known as the Canakkale Savaslari, after the province of Canakkale. In the United Kingdom, it is called the Dardanelles Campaign or Gallipoli. In France it is called Les Dardanelles. In Australia, New Zealand and Newfoundland, it is known as the Gallipoli Campaign or simply as Gallipoli. It is also known as the Battle of Gallipoli.
After the tour transferred your hotel in Canakkale. Overnight.
Accommodation at 4 stars hotel: Crowded House Hotel.
After the breakfast you’ll check out from your hotel and begin the full day tour to discover the ancient city of Troy, learn about its importance in Greek mythology like the main battlefield in the Trojan War. Take a tour by walking, explore around the archaeological site of Troy. Hear all amazing history and breath taking story about the famous Trojan Horse . Look inside, take photos and then ready to leave.
LUXURY BUS TRAVEL : TROY - KUSADASI ( TRAVEL TAKES APPROX. 5 HOURS )
After the tour we’ll transfer you to Intercity Bus Station to take a luxury, air conditioned regular bus to travel our next stop, Kusadasi. SPECIAL REMARK : Intercity bus travel will be performed by de-luxe, air conditioned regular buses. Therefore please be aware of your personal belongings especially during the breaks. There’ll be several eating and bathroom breaks during the travel. Please keep your belongings by your side. Please be aware of and don’t miss the departure time of bus from break points. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Accommodation at 4 stars hotel: Marina Hotel.
Today you have leisure time to explore Kusadasi Market and famous beaches of Kusadasi by your own.
Kusadasi is one of Turkey's largest and most cosmopolitan resorts and a stopping off point for the big cruise-liners. It is a good all round resort, offering great beaches, excellent shopping and some serious nightlife. Kusadasi literally means 'Bird Island' and takes its name from the tiny islet known as Guvercin Adasi or Pigeon Island, which is attached to the mainland by a causeway and boasts a 14th century Genoese fort.
After breakfast depart for the sightseeing of Ephesus, the cradle of early Christianity. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her last days. Proceed to visit Ephesus, and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which are recently excavated. After lunch, visit the Archaeological Museum, Temple of Diana (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.) Overnight in Kusadasi.
After the breakfast you’ll be picked up for a Safari tour. This tour gives you the opportunity to spend a fun day . With the smell of the pine forest , which surrounds your soul in half an hour away you will find your self. With this journey you’ll discover the small villages and remote bays , you'll be amazed at the blessings that nature has given you.
Our journey will pass the 60 kilometers of road , and the remaining 40 km will be in the heart of nature. You’ll visit Zeus Cave, Echo Valley, the Virgin Mary Monastery and waterfalls . Have time to swim.
While we have lunch in the restaurant with spectacular views at 1000 meters altitude, the only thing you can not get enough of that view.
After check-out transfer to Pamukkale via historical route. Visit the Pamukkale cotton fortress, which rises above the fertile Menderes Valley. Visit the hot mineral waters which burst from the earth and cascade over steep cliffs forming pools, channels and stalactites. The therapeutic waters here were known for ages. Continue to the anvient City of Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard.
After lunch at local restaurant visit to Aphrodisias an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite and famous for the sculpture school. After the tour transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Accommodation at 4 stars hotel: Tripolis Hotel
After the breakfast transfer to coach station to take a luxury bus to Antalya. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
LUXURY BUS TRAVEL : PAMUKKALE - ANTALYA ( TRAVEL TAKES APPROX. 5 HOURS )
After the breakfast we’ll transfer you to Intercity Bus Station to take a luxury, air conditioned regular bus to travel our next stop, ANTALYA. SPECIAL REMARK : Intercity bus travel will be performed by de-luxe, air conditioned regular buses. Therefore please be aware of your personal belongings especially during the breaks. There’ll be several eating and bathroom breaks during the travel. Please keep your belongings by your side. Please be aware of and don’t miss the departure time of bus from break points. Overnight in Antalya .
Accommodation at 4 stars hotel: BEST WESTERN KHAN HOTEL.
After breakfast, we’ll depart for tour of the ancient ruins of PERGE, SIDE, and the ASPENDOS amphitheater. First we’ll visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed. Perge is the most important antique cities of Pamphilia Region where is originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. The theater stage has finely carved marble reliefs and other carvings from around the city are displayed in the stadium. Amateur archeologists will want to see the handsome city gate flanked by two lofty towers, a long colonnaded road once paved with mosaics and lined with shops, a large agora, the public baths and a gymnasium.
Then proceed to Aspendos, which has a capacity of 15,000 people and bears one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Anatolia. It is located beside the river Eurymedon (Koprucay).The beautiful galleries of the theatre, stage decorations and most important of all the acustic of the theatre reflects the talent of architect Zenon. Besides the theatre are temples, monumental fountain, basilica, agora, bouleuterion, stadium and aquaducts in Aspendos. The most important art is the Theatre, which has been restored by Seljuks in 13 th century A.D. but was used as a caravanserai. By Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's order, now it is being used as a museum and attracts a lot of tourists all the year round. Cultural activities and festivals are held in Aspendos every year in Summer.
After lunch by Köprüpazari stream, a visit to Side. Side is one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. It was an ancient harbor whose name meant pomegranate. Today a pretty resort town with its ancient ruins, two sandy beaches, numerous shops and extensive tourist accommodation attract hundreds of visitors.
Free time in Side, and a visit to Kursunlu Waterfalls and return to Antalya. Return to hotel and overnight.
After Breakfast transfer to Airport to catch the flight & back to home.
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