IONIAN TOUR

11 Days / 10 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 – Nicaea ( Iznik ) – Istanbul (B) (L) (D)

Early 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. 

Day 4- Antalya (B) (L) (D)

Morning 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. 

Day 5- Antalya - Fethiye (B) (L) (D)

Departure 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. 

Day 6- Fethiye – Knidos – Marmaris (B) (L) (D)

Drive 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 surfaces. 

Day 7- Marmaris – Miletus – Kuþadasi (B) (L) (D)

Visit 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 overnight. 

Day 8- Kuþadasi – Samos - Kuþadasi (B) (L) (D)

Early 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.

Day 9- Ephesus - Cesme (B) (L) (D)

A 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.

Day 10- Cesme – Chios – Cesme (B) (L) (D)

Early 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. 

Day 11- Izmir (B)

End of services. You can travel by yourself or extend your tour.

What is Included:  

What is not Included:

  • 10 nights accomodation in hotels.

  • 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 Deluxe Hotel
Istanbul
Antalya
Fethiye
Marmaris
Kusadasi
Cesme
Izmir