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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- Antalya ( B ) (L ) (D )
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. Next
take a break and swim in Side before lunch and visit more
museums and temples. Dinner overnight.
4- Olympus - Phaselis ( B ) (L ) (D )
natural hot gas geysers of Olympus on volcanic terrain along
with beautiful ruins can be another day start. Oleander and
laurel bushes shade the Olympos Valley, which you can
approach by land and sea. The play of light on the quiet pools
of water enhance the mosaics in the bath. A temple gate and
theatre also remain from antiquity. The outer walls and towers
around the bay date from the Middle Ages. North
of Olympos up from Cirali Beach, is Yanartas (at a height of
300 meters) where according to mythology the Lycian hero
Bellerophon, mounted on his winged horse Pegasus slew the
fire-breathing monster, Chimaera. Gas which seeps from
the earth burns brightly at night at this site, which the
Byzantines also considered a religious area.Go further and
discover Phaselis, the city that survived kingdom of Rhodes,
Persians, Rome and Byzantium domination over the decades or
pass by the 40 meters high Duden Waterfalls tour Mouse Island
and the Akyarlar Cave. Dinner overnight.
5- Kas - Patara ( B ) (L ) (D )
breakfast check out the hotel. Visit to Santa Claus (At
Demre (Kale), the ancient Myra, (25 km west of
Finike), many splendidly carved rock tombs overlook the
magnificent Roman theatre. St. Nicholas was the bishop of this
Mediterranean city during the fourth century, and died here in
342), 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), Patara (Patara derived
its fame in ancient times from the oracle of Apollo situated
there. Oracles in the temple, which was kept open only during
the winter months, sought answers to questions concerning the
future), Kekova Island (Kekova
is an island an hour from Dalyanagzı 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.) Last stop for today is Kas, a lovely spot
surrounded on three sides by mountains. The friendly local
fishermen are happy to run a water taxi service to take you to
a favourite bay, cove or beach along the coast. The swimming
and diving are excellent in the clear cool water around Kas. Dinner overnight.
6- Fethiye - Saklikent ( B ) (L ) (D )
breakfast check out the hotel. Drive to Fethiye. On the way
visit the 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.) and Saklikent Canyon (Hidden Paradise). A
cool refuge on hot summer days, Saklıkent is a favourite
picnic spot, with rustic restaurants serving delectable fresh
Check in hotel
in Fethiye Oludeniz. Dinner overnight.
7- Fethiye Bodrum ( B ) (L ) (D )
time in the morning in Oludeniz. Explore the bay and
the beautiful Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz, where the calm, crystal
clear water is ideal for swimming and other water sports. The
Blue Lagoon is one of the best places in the world to do
absolutely nothing except soak up the sun amid stunning
natural surroundings. After the lunch
depart to Bodrum.An
impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes
guards the entrance to Bodrum's dazzling blue bay, in which
the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet. The town's charm
is well-known, attracting a diverse population of vacationers
who stroll along its long palm-lined waterfront, while elegant
yachts crowd the marina. Check
in the hotel. Free time.Dinner
8- Kusadasi Miletus - Didyma (B L - D)
breakfast check out the hotel. Drive to Kusadasi. Back
along the coast, Kuşadası, or Bird Island, is a lovely port
built along the shores of a glittering bay. The terraced town
overlooks the most beautiful inlet of the Aegean and seems to
have been created purely for the delight of the holiday-maker. On the way
to Kusadasi, visit the Miletus (It,like
Priene, was a great lonian port and the birthplace of several
philosophers and sages. The theatre justifies a visit, and be
sure to see the well-preserved ruins of the Faustina baths and
the Archaeological Museum., Priene (It was
one of the most active ports of the lonian Federation. The
gridlike system of streets introduced in the fourth century
B.C. by Hippodamos of Miletos is a superb and early example of
town planning), Didyma (Although
Didim can only boast of a single monument, it is nevertheless
a marvellous site. The Temple of Apollo was one of antiquity's
most sacred places. Many times looted and burned, the
sanctuary still impresses with its elegant beauty. A portico
of double colonnades surround the colossal temple. Not far
from the archaeological site, the beautiful beach of Altınkum
tempts with its many guest houses.). Check in the
hotel. Dinner overnight.
9- Ephesus Izmir - Istanbul (B L - D)
full day to explore Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia Minor, and
a jewel in Turkeys 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 Marys stone cottage,
where she is believed to have spent her last days.Temple of
Artemis(one of seven wonders of the world). Lunch in Selcuk.
Transfer to Airport. Flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
10- Istanbul ( B )
to airport. End of the tour.
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mentioned in the itinerary.
guidance on each activity.
sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
taxes & service charges
and Port rage tips.
fees to sites and museums.
restaurants and hotels.
bus driver & tour guide.
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services which are not specifically mentioned.