Historical Turkey

 

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Pergamum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ephesus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Izmir

 
   

Historical Turkey

 

Historical Turkey

 

9 Days /8 Nights
1 night Transatlantic Flight,

2 nights Istanbul, 2 nights Canakkale, 3 nights Izmir
8 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners

 

Day 1: DEPARTURE CITY - ISTANBUL

Overnight flight to Istanbul.
 

Day 2: ISTANBUL

Upon arrival at Istanbul airport we transfer to our centrally located Hotel. Due to the long and tiring Transatlantic flight, spend the rest of the day to rest. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 3: ISTANBUL

Breakfast. Your day begins with a guided tour exploring one the most famous churches of the Byzantine Empire, the Chora Church, with magnificent mosaics depicting the Biblical scenes in a chronological order. Then continue on your ancient city tour with highlights including the magnificent Topkapi Palace. Afterwards you will walk across the Byzantine Hippodrome that was the scene of chariot races. In the afternoon you will visit Haghia Sophia Basilica, the historic seat of the Byzantine church, built in 537 AD. It is now a museum whose mosaics, stained glass windows and decorated domes have been crafted to create an environment of breathtaking beauty. A short walk through the gardens takes us to the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I, built in 1616, that is famous for unequalled ceramic tiles. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 4: ISTANBUL - GALLIPOLI - CANAKKALE

Breakfast. Morning departure from Istanbul for Gallipoli, site of one of the worst defeats by the Allies forces during the First World War. We will visit Anzac Cove and Lone pine cemetery.  Afternoon crossing of the Dardanelles to Canakkale. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 5: CANAKKALE

After breakfast enjoy a guided  tour of Canakkale. Start with a visit to the Cimenlik Castle then continue to the Turkish districts of Camii Kebir and Çay with a stop at the Fatih Mosque. We then walk through the Jewish district, Victory Square,  Muriel Bazaar, Cumhuriyet Meydaný (Republican Square) and the Public Gardens (Halk Bahcesi). In the afternoon join your Tour Director for a walk along the waterfront. Free time. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 6: CANAKKALE - TROY- PERGAMUM - IZMIR

After breakfast visit Troy with its famous wooden horse. We drive to Pergamum and visit the Acropolis, the steepest theatre of the ancient world, the temple of Trojan and the Library. Then we continue with a visit to the Asclepion, an ancient healing center and to the Red Basilica which is one of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Late Afternoon arrival in Izmir. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 7: IZMIR - EPHESUS & ST. MARY'S HOUSE - IZMIR

Breakfast. Full day tour to the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit the house of the Virgin Mary, and then the basilica of St. John (who accompanied the Virgin Mary to Ephesus), the Celsus Library, the marble paved Arcadian Road, the Roman Baths, the theatre where St. Paul preached, the temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), and see the statue of Ephesian Artemis while touring the Archaeological museum of Ephesus in Selcuk. Return for overnight to Izmir.  Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 8: IZMIR

After breakfast discover the magic of Izmir on an half-day guided tour that covers all the highlights. Wander through the ancient Agora, marvel at the ruins of Alexander the Great castle and visit both the Archaeological and Ethnographic museums. Afternoon free time. Dinner and Overnight at the Hotel.

 

Day 9: DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

   

   

 

Tour Includes

  • Round trip airfare

  • 7 nights in centrally located hotels

  • 7 European buffet breakfasts

  • 7 dinners (3 courses / 2 choices)

  • Tours of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Ephesus, Izmir

  • Entrances to: according to itinerary

  • All transfers and transportation as per program

  • Tuscany Academy Tour Director

Tour Does Not Include

  • Travel and Medical Insurance

  • Gratuities and Tips

  • Items of personal natures, phone calls, laundry

  • Anything that is not mentioned in "Tour Includes"

 

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