Tour Name : ISTANBUL AND EPHESUS TOUR Tour Code : IST-EPHS
ISTANBUL AND EPHESUS TOUR (CODE: CB04)
ITINERARY: (4 DAYS)
ISTANBUL EPHESUS ISTANBUL
This is a tailored featuring Istanbul and Ephesus. It is a combination of daily group tour arrangements including entry fees and most meals. You may stay in the hotel category of your choice. Budget and Moderate options include overnight bus First Class and Superior options include Izmir airport transfer but flight is extra. *We recommend at least one domestic flight in this itinerary for budget and moderate category, otherwise only one night accommodation is included.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL Arrival in Istanbul and transfer (optional) to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL - SULTANAHMET - IZMIR - KUSADASI (OR SELCUK)
8:10 8:45 Departure from your hotel. Today we will visit the Saint Sophia (Haghia Sofia) which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century A.D and stands over much older remains of a church. See beautiful mosaics of biblical scenes and the Byzantine emperors and empresses. We continue to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 17th century
and is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets. We continue to the Hippodrome, a stadium and meeting place in Byzantine times, the Serpent Pillar from Delphi and the Egyptian Obelisk, with the Fountain of Wilhelm. We will also visit the Caferaga Medresesi which was a school designed by the famous architect Sinan in 1560 and is now used for workshops in traditional Ottoman arts. We will have lunch and continue with the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum originally built as the Palace of Ibrahim Pasha in 1524 with fine examples of Islamic Calligraphy, tiles and carpets. Then we will explore the Topkapi Palace. It was the home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th century A.D. We see the Imperial Treasury with the famous Spoonmaker Diamond. Also the Baghdad Kiosk, the Armory with its collection of Ottoman weapons and a fine collection of ceramics. (Harem section is optional and due an extra entry fee). The tour ends in the Grand Bazaar, which has over 4000 shops full of treasures Return to your hotel around 17:30. This tour may be done completely as a walking tour. *Note that on Sunday the Grand Bazaar is closed, on Monday the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum and St Sophia are closed and on Tuesday the Topkapi Palace is closed. Overnight in Istanbul. B.L.(D)
DAY 3 EPHESUS - HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY - ISTANBUL
Today we tour Ephesus, which was one of the largest and most interesting ancient cities of Asia Minor. It is considered to be the most fantastic Greco-Roman site in Turkey. You may imagine the Ephesians shouting at the silversmith Demetrius, " Great is Artemis of the Ephesians" in reaction to the preaching of St.
House of Virgin Mary
Paul against man-made idols. A visit to the house where The Virgin Mary spent her last days, and the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Transfer to the airport for flight to Istanbul (Or to bus station for overnight bus). Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul. (B).L.
DAY 4 DEPARTURE Transfer to airport (optional) for departure. B.
TOUR PRICE: (IN EUROS)
ISTANBUL AND EPHESUS TOUR (CODE: CB04)
PER PERSON IN DOUBLE / TRIPLE ROOM
EXTRA NIGHT IN ISTANBUL
EXTRA NIGHT SNG SUPP
**Domestic Flights not included Prices are not valid during holiday or special events periods
INCLUDED: Accommodation in hotel category of your choice Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Museum entry fees Transportation in non-smoking mini/midi/coach bus with prof. English speaking guide and driver on tours *Round trip bus ticket from Istanbul to Kusadasi or Selcuk (Budget and Moderate options only). Where overnight bus is included there is no hotel stay on that evening and no breakfast the following morning. *Izmir Airport transfer (First Class and Deluxe options only) *Order of tour itinerary may vary and other options may be available, extensions available for any point of the tour or shorter version of tour is also available (this tour is a tailored tour comprised of daily group tours)
NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul airport transfers, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.
OPTIONAL: 4 x Istanbul airport transfers 160 EURO total (up to 3 passengers valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only). Domestic flight tickets,
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