WEST TURKEY

An intensive view

Hardly another region of World presents pleasant daily trips with so much variety of cultural heritages.

Istanbul is the commercial and cultural centre of Turkey. Our highlights are Trojan, the legendary city of antiquity, castle mount of Pergamon, the natural wonder Pamukkale and the statuary city Aphrodisias. Finally; you will alive the sunken Greco-Roman world in Ephesus closer… An admission for everybody, for first time or for every time, pleasure will not so easy disappear.  

1. Day: Arrival to Istanbul

2. Day: Hagia Sophia – Chora Church

3. Day: Topkapı Palace – Sultan’s Grave

4. Day: Trojan

5. Day: Pergamon

6. Day: Hierapolis

7. Day: Ephesus – St.John Basilica

8. Day: Return or begin the seaside vacation in Kuşadası

* Transfers, suitable Excursions and round trips, with Air-conditioned Coaches

* 7 overnights in 4 * up to 5 * Hotels (land type) with Air-condition and partly

Also with swimming pool

* Double Room with Bath or Shower and WC

* Half Board (Breakfast and Diner) partly as open Buffet

* Qualified, educated, official, English speaking Guides

* All entrance fees

* Welcome cocktail

* All tips and park coast

1. Day: Welcome to Istanbul

Flight to Istanbul. Your guide will meet and accompany you to your hotel. With a refreshing drink you will get the first information. With group diner in a traditional restaurant you will taste the Turkish kitchen for first time. Two overnights in Istanbul.

2. Day: History comes to Life

Still today you can see the mark of past. Hagias Sophia, the holly wisdom, the head Church Byzantine Empire and religious center of Orthodoxy. The Blue Mosque is not only a beautiful building with a fascinating history but it is also the only mosque in the world with six minarets. The Chora Church is one of the best examples for Byzantine church.

3. Day: Life of Sultans

The Topkapı Palace was hundreds of year’s residence and administration place for Sultans. It accommodates collection of porcelain, Handwritings, Portraits, Jewelers and weapons from Ottoman Empire, also Islamic works like weapons of Muhammad and the first Caliphs, one of the oldest example of Koran, and also beard hair of Prophet Muhammad. From an over point we will enjoy the marvelous view of the city for last time. With bus we will drive over the Marmara Sea to the old Ottoman Capital city Bursa. We will visit the Green Mosque and the Sultan’s Grave in Bursa.

4. Day: Iliad of Homer

Driving to Trojan, which is a Hellenistic city in Çanakkale. Here we will see the home of Trojan Horse documented in Homers “Iliad”. The remains of ancient Trojan were excavated by archeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1871, all those keeping the ancient myths and memories awake in this city and transforming the history from thousands years ago to present. Overnight is in Ayvalık.

5. Day: Castle of Pergamon

Pergamon is one of the best impressing cities of the Asia Minor. You will visit the Acropolis which is located on a hill and accommodates remains of Altar of Zeus, Herons Buildings and Monumental Tombs .The most significant remains of the ancient city are; Asklepion and Sanatorium. The way goes inland to the Pamukkale. And we will visit the famous limestone terraces. Overnight is in Pamukkale.

6. Day: Hierapolis

Pamukkale is famous not only for the extraordinary beauty of its unique geological formations, but also for its historical remains of Hierapolis which is located directly on top of the travertines. Finally we will have break at Carpet Weaving Center and see the story of how carpets are made. We will learn the steps made from the raw material, silk, wool and cotton, right through to the finished product. Not only good preserved ruins but also magnificent foundation makes the Aphrodisias one of the famous archeological city of east Mediterranean at Greco-Roman time. Two overnights in Kuşadası.

7. Day: Ephesus

Today we discovering the foundations of Ephesus, richest capital city of ancient time invite us to the Greek and Roman world. After the visiting of St.John basilica we drive to an interesting mountain village and enjoying with a glass of wine all week experience…

8. Day: Return

You can begin the seaside vacation in Kuşadası or return flight.