Aegean Culture & History TourTurkey
One week journey through Aegean coast of Turkey to explore and enjoy ancient sites, history, nature, local culture and food accompanied by an expert tour guide.
Istanbul, an imperial city of two continents,
• Battle fields of Gallipoli,
• Homeric Troy,
• Ancient Pergamon,
• The best preserved Roman ruins of Ephesus,
• Aprodisias, an ancient town dedicated to beauty and art,
• Calcified white terraces of Pamukkale,
• Delicious Aegean food,
Day 1 Istanbul Arrival
Arrive in Istanbul and you will be met and transferred to your hotel and free time. In the evening meet your guide to go through details of your tour. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 Istanbul old city tour
Depart hotel at 09:00 in the morning with your tour guide for a guided tour of Istanbul visiting Roman Hippodrome where horse carriage races were taken places during Byzantine times. Continue to Blue Mosque which was built by Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in 1616 and the interior is decorated with 20000 exquisite blue tiles from Iznik. Later we will visit Topkapi Palace which was home to Ottoman Sultans from 1460 till 1856. Today the palace is a museum and houses a rich selection of Ottoman jewelry, weapons, robes worn by sultans and Muslim sacred trust. After lunch we will see the Underground Basilica Cistern the largest one built by Byzantines in 532 and Hagia Sophia which was also built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian in 537. Overnight in Istanbul. B.
Day 3 Gallipoli - Çanakkale
This morning we will travel through European Turkey to Gallipoli Peninsula where one of the most bitter trench warfare took place during WW1. We will visit Anzac (Australian and New Zealander) Memorials before taking a ferry to cross Dardanelles to Çanakkale on the Asian side. Overnight in Çanakkale. B.D.
Day 4 Troy - Assos
In the morning we will visit legendary Troy where Trojan War happened according to Homer’s Iliad. After a guided tour of Troy continue to Assos on the Aegean coast. Visit ruins of Athena temple in Doric style from 6th C BCE and enjoy views of Aegean and Greek island of Lesbos. Overnight in Assos. B.D.
Day 5 Pergamon
This morning we travel along the beautiful coastline of Aegean to the town of Bergama, the ancient Pergamon. Visit the well preserved Acropolis and Asklepion which used to be a complex hospital in ancient Greek and Roman times. Later in the afternoon we will continue to Selcuk near Ephesus. Overnight in Selcuk. B.D.
Day 6 Ephesus
Morning tour of Ephesus the best preserved Greek - Roman site. We start our tour at the upper gate and have comprehensive tour of these ancient ruins. After Ephesus we will also visit the site of temple of Artemis which was one of the seven wonders of ancient world and Basilica of St John. Later we will drive to Kirazli village to enjoy a home cooking class of delicious Aegean cuisine and enjoy your cook for dinner. Overnight in Selcuk or Kusadasi. B.D.
Day 7 Aphrodisias - Pamukkale
Today we will visit Aprodisias well known for its sculpturing school in ancient times. We will see some of the finest marble statues and carvings along with ruins of well-preserved theater, Hadrian’s bath, and temple of Aphrodite as the city was a cult center for the goddess of beauty. The 30000 seated stadium and a thetrapylon are the best preserved from the ancient times. After lunch we will travel along the meander valley to Pamukkale to see the calcified rock terraces and remains of ancient Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale. B.D
Day 8 Istanbul
In the early morning we will take a flight back to Istanbul. Transfer and check into your hotel. In the afternoon we will explore off the beaten areas of old Istanbul on foot from Grand Bazaar to Spice Market. Overnight in Istanbul. B.
Day 9 Departure
You will be picked up from your hotel 3 hours prior to your outbound flight departure and transfer to airport. Tour will end at the airport. B.
Maximum number of people on this tour is 10 people and minimum age is 14 years old. Travelers under 18 years old can be accepted to join this tour on the condition that they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who accepts the full responsibility for them.
Guiding service by an experienced expert English speaking tour guide, accommodation as per itinerary in the hotels listed or similar, admission fees to the sites listed in the program, transport by a chartered comfortable Mercedes Van or Minibus depending on group size, airport transfers, domestic flights, meals as listed in the program B: Breakfast, L: Lunch and D: Dinner
Drinks, meals not listed, gratuities and international flights
ISTANBUL: Arena Hotel, Acra Hotel, Valide Sultan Konagi Hotel.
CANAKKALE: Limani Hotel, Grand Anzac Hotel
ASSOS: Assos Kervansaray Hotel
SELCUK: Saint John Hotel, Kalehan Hotel
PAMUKKALE: Tripolis Hotel
|DATES||PRICE PER PERSON||SINGLE SUPPLEMENT|
|07 May 2016||1860 USD||430 USD|
|04 June 2016||1860 USD||430 USD|
|02 July 2016||1860 USD||430 USD|
|06 August 2016||1860 USD||430 USD|
|03 September 2016||1860 USD||430 USD|
|01 October 2016||1860 USD||430 USD|
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