In the Footsteps of History : 9 Days

  • Destination: Turkey / Istanbul - Aegean

ISTANBUL - TEKIRDAG - DARDANELLEN - AYVALIK - PERGAMON - IZMIR - EPHESUS - PRIENE - MILETUS - DIDYMA – HALIKARNASSOS

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1. Day / ARRIVAL ISTANBUL (D) (30 km)

Arrival to Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. . Then we will leave the hotel to have our dinner in one of the beautiful places of Istanbul. . Return to the hotel for overnight..

2. Day / ISTANBUL CITY TOUR (BB, D) (50 km)

After breakfast, our tour begins. First we will visit the Topkapı Palace.. It is an extraordinary building which hosted the Ottoman Empire for 400 years and which had been founded on one of the seven hills of Istanbul;, overlooking the Bosporus, the Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn. , Then we will visit a place worth of seeing once in life,; Hagia Sofia. 400 It is a remarkable building which was built in the sixth century. . After having our lunch we will head for The Basilica Cistern, which is one of the magnificent historical 6. structures of Istanbul.. Then we will see The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which is also named The Blue Mosque. . Our last stop is Sultan Ahmet Square, (SULTAN AHMET MEYDANI), once upon a time used as hippodrome by the Roman Empire, the last period of life in this city in 1735. Also the german fountain, which was a present from the german Kaiser Wilhelm II, could be seen.. Dependent upon the time we will have free time in the Egyptian-Spice Bazaar. After a little rest we will leave for our dinner. Return to the hotel for overnight..

3. Day / ISTANBUL - TEKIRDAĞ - ÇANAKKALE (DARDANELS) (BB, D) (350 km)

After breakfast at the hotel early departure for our tour today. After a beautiful drive we are in TEKİRDAĞ, the old Ottoman House of Hungarian prince ROCOZY, who spent his last years here (1735) had, the last period of life in this city in 1735. We then continue to the Gallipoli Peninsula. After our lunch, we will see the traces of the Çanakkale War in the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 . This is the place where 1915 the Dardanelles War had occurred. We will uphold the various graves thinking of the Turks, New Zealanders, the French, the Australians and the British view of. We will also see several shooters graves of the Turks. Then we will cross the Dardanelles by a steamship. planing the next day, Dinner and overnight in ÇANAKKALE.

4. Day / ÇANAKKALE - AYVALIK (BB, D) (220 km)

After breakfast, we leave the hotel and also this beautiful city. We head for Ayvalık., On our way, 1893 we visit the Trojan Antique city.. We see the places where the Trojan War occurred at the gates of the city.. Then we pass to the Asos (Behramkale) city. By walking through the city, we will see the remaining’s of the Athena Temple on the hill. . After having our lunch in this area, we go to Ayvalık. , Check in the hotel, dinner and overnight in Ayvalik.

5. Day / AYVALIK - PERGAMON - IZMIR (BB, D) (180 km)

After a short city tour in Ayvalık, we go to Bergama (Pergamon).. We climb up the antique city by the rope railway. We tour in this valuable antique city. Then we go to Asklepeion, which is a health center from the ancient times. . Then we have our lunch in this area and continue to Izmir. Before checking in our hotel, we visit the Antique Smyrna City. , Dinner and overnight in IZMIR.

6. Day / IZMIR (SMYRNA) - EPHESUS - SELÇUK (BB, D) (90 km)

After breakfast, we begin our tour. We have a short city tour in Izmir and continue to Selçuk, First, we climb up the Mount Bulbul and visit the house of Virgin Mary.. After visiting this mystical and stunning place, we enter from the top entry of the Efes Antique City. In order we will see Odeon, the upper agora, the holy ramp and the Herakles Gate. After a short rest, we will see the bath building, the library, the down agora and the great theatre. . After having a short break at the down exit, we will visit the museum of the Saint John Church and the Isa Bey Mosque, which is a Seljuk structure. . planing the next day, dinner and overnight in SELÇUK.

7. Day / SELÇUK - PRIENE - MILETOS - DIDYMA - BODRUM (HALIKARNASOS) (BB, D) (180 km)

After breakfast, our tour begins. Today we will see the remaining’s of the Artemis Temple in Selçuk, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World., Then we will visit the Priene and Miletus Antique Cities, They are both valuable city ruins from the Hellenistic era.. Then we will continue towards BODRUM. After our lunch, , we leave from this area and continue to Bodrum by the edge of Lake Bafa.. Check in the hotel, planing the next day, dinner and overnight in BODRUM.

8. Day / BODRUM (BB, D) (30 km)

First we will visit the ancient theater of the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Then by walking through the narrow streets we arrive to Mausoleum, which is another one of the Seven Wonders of the World.. We will see the floor plans and various ancient stones of the final resting place, We will see the remaining’s of this valuable treasure. We will go along the promenade running to the castle. After visiting the castle, we will have free time for lunch and shopping in the bazaar center. (Bodrum sandalets) Walking through the famous harbour of Bodrum ( Gulets). Have a nice coffee at the square.. After free time we will go back to our hotel, dinner and overnight in BODRUM.

9. Day / BODRUM - RETURN FLIGHT (BB) (40 km)

After breakfast at the hotel free time until transfer time. Transfer to the airport of BODRUM. Until next time, goodbye.