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1 – Istanbul
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
2 – Istanbul(B) (L) (D)
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.
3- Istanbul – Nicaea ( Iznik ) – Istanbul(B) (L) (D)
departure to Iznik, first the Bithnian capital, then the Roman
provincial capital of Nicaea. The name Nicaea derives from the
name of Lysimachos' wife (one of Alexander's most brilliant
generals), the city became an important religious center when
the first Council of Nicaea settled here in 325 AD. Visit the
ancient tomb of the man who invented trigonometry, the science
of right angled triangles, discovered less than twenty years
ago by a local boy digging on a hillside. Discover his role in
the world system that held sway over the imaginations of men
until the scientific Renaissance in the 17th century. Here
were made the magnificent tiles used to decorate the interior
of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
4- Antalya(B) (L) (D)
flight to Antalya. Drive to Perge whose story goes back to
1000 BC. In the first century, Perge reached its greatest
extent, a population of 100,000. Visit the magnificent Roman
and Hellenistic structures. Suppose you knew no geometry but
that catalogued by Euclid and applying to plane figures. Could
you extend geometry to conic sections? Appollonios did.
Discover his magnificent legacy to Galileo, Kepler and Newton.
We will also visit Aspendos has the most impressive
theater, which can seat 15,000 spectators, and today it is
still in use for cultural performances.Overnight in Antalya.
5- Antalya - Fethiye (B) (L) (D)
from Antalya to Fethiye, drive along the Mediterranean coast, Kekova
Island (Kekova is an island an hour
from Dalyanagzý by sea as well as the name of a whole
ensemble of picturesque islands, numerous bays and ancient
cities. These bays provide natural harbours in all seasons,
and yachtsmen particularly enjoy exploring the unspoilt
landscape. Along the northern shore of Kekova Island at
Apollonia, earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of
the ancient houses to sink under the clear water, creating a
sunken city.), Myra Ancient City (This is a
place of great interest for Christianity if it is also true
that St. Paul met with the apostles for the last time before
going to Rome. A couple of kilometres north of Demre, the
ruins include a score of tombs arranged on the cliff in a
jumble overlooking the sea; perhaps this is the most amazing
collection of rock tombs in the whole of Anatolia), Xanthos,
today in the Turkish village Kinik, lies 18 km north of
Patara. The theatre, Tomb of the Harpies, Nereid Monument,
agora, and Inscribed Pillar, among a mixture of ruins from
Lycian, Roman and Byzantine times, create the special
atmosphere of this site.), and Letoon Ancient
City (Letoon, nearby, was formerly an important religious cult
center where three temples dedicated to Leto, Artemis and Apollo stood in ancient
times.) Overnight in Fethiye, one
of Turkey's largest cities on the southwest coast.
6- Fethiye – Knidos – Marmaris(B) (L) (D)
to Knidos, the important ancient city located at the end of
the Datca Peninsula. The Temple of Apollo in Knidos served as
the center of six cities (Lindos, Camiros, Ialysos, Cos,
Halicarnasse, Cnide) forming the Doric Hexapole. The city's
world famous statue of Aphrodite was sculptured by Praxiteles
in the 4th century BC. Knidos is also the home town of
Eudoxos. Learn how he created an advanced mathematics which
led to the calculation of areas and volumes of shapes and
7- Marmaris – Miletus – Kuþadasi(B) (L) (D)
the birthplace of Thales, creator of science in Western
civilization. See olive groves where he garnered a fortune in
response to a challenge to show that science is of value in
practical business matters; a fragment of a wall probably old
enough to have surrounded Miletus in the time of Thales, 2600
years ago; the agora of the city rebuilt by the architect
Hippodamos after the Persians destroyed Miletus in 494 BC.;
the still standing Roman theater and baths that were built
before a great river washed away the commercial life of the
"ancient Venice." Drive to Kusadasi for
8- Kuþadasi – Samos - Kuþadasi(B) (L) (D)
morning ferry to the Greek island of Samos which was the
birthplace of Hera, here she was espoused to Zeus. The
Eupalineion aquaduct is one of the major feats of engineering,
designed by Eupalinos. The 10th century BC. Heraion, temple of
Hera, was replaced in the middle of 7th century BC. by a
larger edifice, work of the Samian architect Roikos. Return to
Kusadasi by afternoon ferry.
9- Ephesus - Cesme(B) (L) (D)
full day to explore Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia Minor, and
a jewel in Turkey’s archaeological crown. It is here where
history comes truly alive. Walking towards the ancient harbor,
down a marble road rutted by the wheels of countless chariots,
you pass architectural masterpieces like the Library of
Celsius, Heracletes Gate, many marble columns, before arriving
at the Great Amphitheater where silversmith Demetrius and his
friends started a riot against St. Paul, finally we will end
up at the Ephesus Museum. In the afternoon visit the nearby
Basilica of St. John and the Virgin Mary’s stone cottage,
where she is believed to have spent her last days.Temple of
Artemis(one of seven wonders of the world). Drive to Cesme.
Dinner and overnight in Cesme.
10- Cesme – Chios – Cesme (B) (L) (D)
morning ferry to Chios, home of Hippocrates, the great
crescent squarer. Learn why his pioneering innovations were
fundamental not only to geometry but to industrial
engineering, aerospace engineering and other branches of
applied mathematics that would not exist for 2400 years.
Return to Cesme by afternoon ferry, and drive to Izmir,
ancient Smyrna for overnight.
11- Izmir (B)
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