Travel & Tourism

Amazing Istanbul Turkey

Fri. 15 November 2019

9AM

Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey

free

Description

Travel Itinerary

> DAY 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. After clearing customs and immigration, your representative will meet you
at the airport and assist you to your private transfer. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in Istanbul.

> DAY 2: Istanbul – Istanbul Classics Tour

After breakfast enjoy a half-day tour of the classical sites of Istanbul. Begin at the magnificent
Hagia Sophia. This marvelous Byzantine basilica was built in the sixth century and today is
sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the best
examples of classical Turkish architecture, this 17th-century Ottoman mosque is famed for being
the only in the world with six minarets. You will visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of
sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the
Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Wilhelm II. Your
tour will end at the Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that
will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and
souvenirs. (B)

> DAY 3: Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise

Today you will enjoy a Bosphorus Cruise tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the 17th century
Egyptian Spice Bazaar which is full of the mystical aromas of various spices and colorful shops
selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, and fish etc. Next you will board your Bosphorus Cruise boat .
The Bosphorus is the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. As you travel,
you will enjoy extravagant baroque palaces of the Ottoman sultans: Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi,
the Besiktas commercial district, Rumeli Fortress, the Ortakoy area known for handicrafts and
night life, and the famous Kiz Kulesi lighthouse. (B)

> DAY 4: Istanbul

Spend a day at leisure exploring more of Istanbul’s amazing sites and museums and soaking up the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant about their favorites. (B)

> DAY 5: Istanbul, Kusadasi/Izmir/Sirince

After breakfast transfer to the airport to meet your flight to Izmir. Transfer to your hotel in Izmir or Kusadasi, where you can enjoy an afternoon at your leisure. (B, D)

> DAY 6: Kusadasi/Izmir/Sirince – Ephesus Tour

After breakfast depart for your private full-day tour to the ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus is among the best-preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean. Your tour will begin at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. Following the archeological site, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. In the afternoon return to your hotel for relaxation. (B, L, D)

> DAY 7: Kusadasi/Izmir/Sirince

Spend your day enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Aegean or continue with further
exploration of the region’s wonderful ancient sites such as Pergamum, Hierapolis
and Aphrodisias. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for additional sightseeing
recommendations. (B, D)