Istanbul Ephesus Tour Package is everyday departure and covers the sightseeing and visiting in the historical and natural sites of Istanbul and Ephesus
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Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul Upon your arrival transfer to hotel
You will meet with our repersentitive at the Atatturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Arport. After meeting at the airport, you will be transfered to your hote. Check in to hotel and you will have free afternoon and evening for relaxing after flight journey or you can go out and check around.
Day 2 – Istanbul Old City Tour (B,L)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and start a full day of sightseeing tour of Istanbul old city, discover the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics, visit Saint Sophia Museum, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the architectual marvels of all time, then visit the Sultanahmet Cami (Blue Mosque), built in the 16th century, unique with 6 minarets and its magnificent interior decoration of the blue Iznik tiles. The Ancient Hippodrome, was the scene of chariot races and constains three monuments: Obelisk of Theodosius,bronze serpentine column and German Fountian of Wilhelm II. Before lunch visit the Grand Covered Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) one of the oldest and biggest Bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops selling souvenirs, rugs & kilims, jewelry, pottery, leather and almost everything. Visit Royal Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. As a last, Suleymaniye Mosque will be viseted. Little Hagia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed – basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history. Temple is founded by powerful emperor Justinianos whose reign was golden age of Roman Empire and now is used as a mosque since 1497. At the end of the tour, you will be droped off your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 3 – Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour (B - L)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and takken to meeting point. Firstly we will drive along the Byzantine City Walls that surround the Old City. Then we will reach Golden Horn, the river that separates European side into two parts.There we will stop in Spice Bazaar, a small version of Grand Bazaar, where you can buy Turkish delight, apple tea, turkish tea etc. After this stop, we will get on the boat and start for Bosphorus Cruise until the second bridge.While we are cruising on Bosphorus you will see Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahçe Palace and many other houses and palaces on European and Asian Side of Istanbul. After the cruise we come back to the port and we go to a restaurant for lunch.After lunch, we get on the bus and cross the Bosphorus Bridge to get to the Asian Side.We will visit Beylerbeyi Palace,the summer house of Ottoman Sultans.After this visit, we will drive to Camlica Hill which is the highest point in Istanbul.You will have the best view of the city on that hill. At the end of the tour, you will be droped off at your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 4 – Flight to Izmir / Ephesus Tour / Flight to Istanbul (B,L)
After you have been transferred to Istanbul Airport, you will board the domestic flight to Izmir. On arrival you will be met by your guide who will start your tour with a visit to the House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and where she spent her final days. Following this you will be taken to the Ephesus, one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. You will visit the Ephesus Ruins (Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Baths, Celcius Library and the Theater which is still in use today for concerts and has an amazing capacity of 25,000). Your tour will then move on to the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and where your guide will explain the significance of this ancient site. You tour will finish with a visit to Basilica of St. John. It is believed he spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and is buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. You will be transferred back to Izmir Airport to board your flight back to Istanbul, with the remainder of evening at your disposal to take advantage of last minute shopping or relax with a Hamam ‘’Turkish Bath’’. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 – Istanbul / Departure (B)
Breakfast, check-out & transfer to Istanbul International Airport as per your onward flight schedule.
All hotel accommodations in choice of preferred class
All noted city sightseeing tours on regular group OR private guided basis
All tours with professional tour guide,
All main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
All meals mentioned by the itinerary - Vegetarian meals available
All required internal flight tickets All required land transport & round-trip airport transfers with A/C minivans throughout the trip.
International flights to/from Turkey
Personal travel insurance,
Any other expenses not noted in the above included section or airport tax,
Visa for Turkey (if required), any tips to guide, driver or staff at hotels, items of a personal nature, hotel extras (minibar, telephone/internet usage, laundry, etc), drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast) and medical services.