HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY

10 Days / 9 Nights

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This tour is only available with at least 8 participants

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Day 1 - Istanbul

After clearing customs you will be met by your guide. There will be a short drive to hotel where there will be some time to rest and settle in. Meet your group companions at a welcome drink while your tour manager is giving short instruction about the tour and the country.

Day 2 - Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Discover the classical highlights of Istanbul:  Visit the Roman Hippodrome area with the famous Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column. Continue to the Blue Mosque, great masterpiece of Turkish Architecture; see the beautiful blue tiles decorating the interior walls of the building. Proceed to Haghia Sophia the Byzantine Miracle built in 6th Century as the largest Cathedral of the world now a museum. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. You will also visit the Topkapi palace once built as the residence for the Sultans in 15th Century, now a splendid museum where you can see treasury including the spoonmaker's diamond.  Next visit is the Basilica Cistern, a wonderfully eerie underground chambers of 336 columns built by Justinian in AD 537. Our last stop is the Grand Covered Bazaar. You are free to explore the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar. One could visit Istanbul for the shopping alone. The Grand Bazaar, in the old city is the logical place to start. This labyrinth of streets and passages houses more than 4,000 shops.  The names recall the days when each trade had its own quarter: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street, and the street of the skullcap makers. Still the commercial center of the old city, the bazaar is the original shopping mall with something to suit every taste and pocket. Turn back to hotel. Dinner overnight.

Day 3- Istanbul ( B ) (L ) (D )

Today enjoy the beauty of Bosphorus on boat with old Ottoman palaces and residences, see the castles on the strait connecting Europe and Asia. Visit the Church of St. Savior in Chora with its amazing mosaics and fresqoes that date back to late 13th Century. In the afternoon we will have a tour on coach around the famous Golden Horn.

Day 4- Istanbul - Bursa ( B ) (L ) (D )

Morning drive to Bursa the first capital of Ottomans. Stop in the city of Iznik, ancient Nicaea en route where the first and the last ecumenical councils were held. Visit the ruins of Haghia Sophia from 6th century. Proceed to Bursa along the Iznik Lake upon arrival visit the Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum of Sultan Mehmet I. that represent the features of early Ottoman architecture. Dinner and overnight in Bursa.

Day 5- Bursa Pergamon - Izmir ( B ) (L ) (D )

First of the Seven Churches of Revelation, Pergamon. St. John speaks of Pergamon as "the place where Satan has his throne" (Revelation 2:31) visits the Hellenistic Acropolis with the ruins of famous library and the Roman Temple of Trajan. Continue to Asclepion nearby the lower city that was the great medical center and school of medicine where Galen was taught.

Day 6- Izmir ( B ) (L ) (D )

Izmir, ancient Smyrna where Homer was born. After an orientation tour of Izmir which is second of the Churches of Revelation on our itinerary. Drive to Ephesus the Roman capital of Asia-minor where the 4th Ecumenical Council met. Visit the extensive ruins of Ephesus from 2nd and 3rd Centuries including the Celsus Library and Great Theatre where St. Paul preached. Continue to Church of St. John 6th Century built by Justinian on the tomb of the Saint. In the afternoon drive to House of Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last days.

Day 7- Izmir - Pamukkale ( B ) (L ) (D )

After breakfast drive to Thyatira, which was founded by Lydians and famous with its coppersmiths, slave dealers and leather workers. Also mentioned in the book of revelation by St. John, see the ruins of the early Christian Basilisca, a colonnaded road and a large Church. Proceed to Sardis that is one of the most picturesque areas of the Seven Churches. (The Book of revelation Chapter 3 vs 1-6 refers) Then continue to Philadelphia, which was the last distinguished of the cities of the Seven Churches. (The Book of Revelation Chapter 3 vs. 7-13 refers).

Day 8- Pamukkale - Antalya (B) (L) (D)

After breakfast, visit Hierapolis, which is traditionally associated with St. Philip where his Martyrium has been found and was listed by St. Paul as the center of Epaphras's work. Papias, a Discipline of St. John and author of the book "the saying of Jesus" lived here (St. Paul's Epistle to the Collosea, to whom St. Paul addressed an Epistle was the "owner" of the slave Onesimus so both are associated with his Christian city (St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians was addressed to this community). Then continue to Laodicea, the city's origin go back to the 3rd Century B.C. and was located at the crossroads of north-south traffic from the Euphrates. Its reputation was for money transactions and the good quality raven black wool. Possibly the "lukewarm" springs the Hierapolis (Pamukkale) that flowed through the city was used as a backdrop in the Book of Revelations reference to this community. Today in the afternoon we will have a brilliant lecture about the Turk's national art carpet and kilim weaving. Drive south to Antalya on Taurus Mountains. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

Day 9- Antalya (B) (L)

Hellenistic and Roman cities of Antalya, Perge and Aspendos. The archaeological museum of Antalya is an award winning one with an extensive collection of artifacts from the ancient cities of Pamphylia region. The ruins at Perge, although not on the scale of Ephesus, are still vast and belong to the period of Pax Romana-the Theater, stadium, baths and colonnaded street. Aspendos has the most impressive theater, which can seat 15,000 spectators, and today it is still in use for cultural performances. Return to Antalya for overnight. 

Day 10- Antalya (B)

Transfer to the airport for the return flight. 

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 9 nights accomodation in hotels,plus one night in camp.

  • All domestic flight/s mentioned on the itinerary.

  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner) .

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Professional guidance on each activity.

  • Comprehensive sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.

  • Local taxes & service charges.

  • Luggage and Port rage tips.

  • Entry fees to sites and museums.

  • Tips to restaurants and hotels.

  • Travel documents kit.

  • International flights.

  • Tips to bus driver & tour guide.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, laundry, phone calls at the hotels.

  • All services which are not specifically mentioned.

  • Airport taxes or visa fees.

City First Class Hotel Deluxe Hotel
Istanbul
Bursa
Izmir
Pamukkale
Antalya