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WESTERN TREASURE TOUR / 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS

WESTERN TREASURE TOUR / 9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS
DAY 1: ISTANBUL

Welcome to Istanbul-Turkey. Arrive to Istanbul Airport, transfer to your hotel and stay overnight.

DAY 2: ISTANBUL

Let’s start to explore Istanbul. First visiting is Hippodrome. It was the center of sport activities of Constantinople. Famous with 4 monuments, The German Fountain of Wilhelm II, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Column of Constantine.

Haghia Sophia, is the most famous museum in Turkey and one of the greatest marvels of architecture. Haghia Sophia was built as a church in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian then in 1453 renovated into a mosuqe by Ottoman Emperor Fatih Sultan Mehmet. It was converted into a museum in 1935 and welcoming both local and foreign visitors. (Closed on Monday)

Blue Mosque, as known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, this breath-taking building is one of the most majestic Ottoman Mosques in all of Turkey. Also it was built with unique 6 minarets. (Closed on Friday)

Topkapi Palace, which has been home to the Ottoman dynasty for many years, was used educational administrative and art center of state. Get knowledge about the imperial treasury sacred islamic relics, palace kitchens, weapons. (Closed on Tuesday)

Grand Bazaar, is the biggest market and the most attractive shopping center of Istanbul which has lots of shopping oppurtunities with carpets, leather, jewellery, turkish delight, gold, antique tiles etc.. (Closed on Sunday)

End of tour back to hotel and stay overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 3: TROY

In the morning early time you will be picked up from your hotel and after 5 hours drive, arrive to Eceabat. First you have lunch here, after the lunch you cross the Dardanelles by ferry and reach the Troy. When you arrive there first you will have lunch and begin tour with your professional tour guide. You visit famous Trojan Horse, Troy Ancient Ruins, Odeon, City Walls, the Scaean Gate, Sanctuary, Roman Bath.

End of tour you will be dropped off to your hotel in Canakkale and stay overnight.

DAY 4: PERGAMON

In the morning leave from Canakkale and continue to Pergamon. Pergamon, a most memorable experience will be Pergamon with its Acrapolis and Great Theatre, Altar of Zeus, Red Basilica (Once pagan temple then converted Christian church) then visit Asclepion the famous medical center of Antiquity.

After tour drive to Kusadasi and stay overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 5: EPHESUS

In the morning you will be picked up from hotel and Ephesus tour begin. Ephesus, was the second largest city in the Roman Empire over 250.000 people in the 1st BC. Ranking only behind Rome it was the second largest city in the world. Ephesus was the harbour city. This giant city was built only with marbel. Did you know Ephesus had a largest amphitheater in the ancient world over 25.000 seats. Also see Goddess Nike, Local pharmacy, Hadrian Gate, Library of Celcius (the third largest library), Marbel Street, Harbour Street.

Temple of Artemis, is located near Ephesus and was built in 6th century. It was before Seven Wonders of the world.

The House of Virgin Mary, is located top of the Ephesus and 9km far away. The places where Virgin Mary has spent her last days and the Shrine of Virgin Mary pleasures wonderful atmosphere latent in the green.

After tour you will go back to your hotel and stay overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 6: PAMUKKALE

After breakfast depart to Pamukkale. Pamukkale in Aegean Turkey is also called the “Cotton Castle”, because of the white cotton appearance of the mineral bath spas that abound the province, which is rich in calcium. Known as a “spa town” since the Roman era, tourists travel to Pamukkale to relax in warm, soothing and therapeutic waters in the myriad spas. Hierapolis or “Holy City” evangelized by Paul and Epaphras. Also the Apostle Philip lived and burried here. What makes Hierapolis different from most places on Earth is that it is not built on land, neither on water, but on limestone deposits above the mineral springs in the area. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the ruins that are littered all over the city, including the necropolis that houses the sarcophagi of important ancient figures like Marcus Aurelius.

After the tour, back to hotel and stay overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 7: PRIENE-MILETOS-DIDYMA

After breakfast reach to Priene. Priene – Set dramatically at the foot of a sheer mountain wall, Priene overlooks the aptly named Meander River. This 2500 years old Ionian city was among the first to be planned with a grid system of streets.

Miletos – These ancient ruins lie on a hill near the Aegean Sea. Explore the ancient theater, built circa 4th century BC. The theater could accommodate over 15,000 spectators. Visit the well-preserved Bath of Faustina, named after the wife of Marcus Aurelius, who ordered their construction.
Didyma – In antiquity, Didyma was connected to Miletos by a sacred road. Visit the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the largest temples from the Helenistic Period. Despite extensive construction, the temple was never fully completed.

End of tour back to hotel and stay overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 8: ISTANBUL
Relaxing day.

DAY 9: ISTANBUL

Free time till departure flight. Transfer to Istanbul Airport and fly back to your home.
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