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Turkey Tour 07: Legend to Archaeology

Legend to Archaeology

TOUR CODE: T.P.T TOUR 7
Duration: 7 Night/8 Days
Departures: April to November Every Saturday (Except Anzac Week)
Highlights: Gallipoli, Anzac Cove, legendary Troy, Pargamon, Ancient Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Aspendos, Perge

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND OVERNIGHT

Arriving to the airport in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

DAY 2: ISTANBUL FULL DAY TOUR

Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column, German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome Grand Covered Bazaar, Most attractive shopping center and biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherwear and souvenirs. Topkapi Palace, Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, section. (B, L)

DAY 3: ISTANBUL GALLIPOLI CANAKKALE

Early departure to Canakkale – Eceabat. After having lunch in Eceabat visit in Gallipoli, Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzac Commemoration Site, and Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, the Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Overnight in Canakkale. (L D)

DAY 4-TROY-PERGAMON-KUSADASI

After breakfast we start to explore the famous archaeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the “Trojan Horse” and “Helen of Troy” the proceed to The city of Pergamon in the north of the Aegean of West Anatolia with the frontiers to ancient Mysia, forms a significant part of the Aegean and Asia Minor history with Acropolis, one of the centers of Hellenistic and Roman ages. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

DAY 5-KUSADASI ANCIENT EPHESUS

The tour starting with Isa Bey Mosque, then drive to an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor which called Ephesus, stroll past the celsus library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon will visit the carpet corporative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Ephesus Archeological Museum to see findings of Ephesus excavations and Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Fashion show in leather outlet center. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 KUSADASI-PAMUKKALE-HIERAPOLIS-DRIVE TO ANTALYA

After breakfast we depart for Pamukkale, a short break on the way; View the geographical phenomenon of the unique white calcium waterfall; Lunch break; Hierapolis, an ancient health spa with the largest necropolis (cemetery) in the Asia Minor; Impressive ruins & splendid theatre. Drive to Antalya for overnight stay in…B L D

DAY 7 PERGE-ASPENDOS-SİDE-GUİDED TOUR

After breakfast, depart to visit Perge, an important city of ancient Pamphylian, Perge was originally settled by the Hittites around 1500 BC. . The theater stage has finely carved marble reliefs; other carvings from around the city are displayed in the stadium. After lunch, proceed to Aspendos one of the best preserved theatres in the world with seating for 15,000. Nearby stand the remains of a basilica, agora and one of the largest aqueducts in Anatolia. It is commonly believed that Aspendos was founded by colonist from Argos. You day tour will conclude with the visit of Side, an ancient site with attractions which include Agora, the Gymnasium, the Apollo Temple and the ancient harbor. Overnight stay in Antalya.(B,L,D)

DAY 8 CHECK-OUT/TRANSFER TO AİRPORT

After breakfast, check-out & you will be transferred to Antalya Airport for your onward flight. You can add on Cappadocia, Istanbul or Blue cruise extension.

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