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Sultan's Dream

                               

 

8 NIGHTS / 9 DAYS

DESTINATION : Istanbul-Canakkale-Ayvalik-Izmir-Istanbul

HIGHLIGHTS : Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, Topkapi Palace, Grand Covered Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Gallipoli, Troy, Assos, Akropolis, Asclepion, Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Sirince Village

Day 1, Friday: Departure day from USA to Istanbul

Day 2, Saturday: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you are met by name board and transfer to your Hotel. You will meet your guide at a Wellcome Dinner at evening. Overnight in Istanbul. (D)

Day 3, Sunday: Istanbul – F/D Old City Tour

Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the ancient city with highlights to include:Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet 1 built in 1616 that is famous for unequalled ceramic tiles. You walk across the famous Byzantine Hippodrome where gladiators had fought and chariots had raced. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Your guide will take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leather ware and souvenir. You will be guided through Topkapı Palace, the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 15th-19th centuries. The 6 million square foot palace, the oldest and largest remaining in the world, housed more than 10,000 people and is loaded with extraordinary gold, silver and gem collections, a jeweled throne room and the remains of a 400-room harem pavilion… (Harem section is not included in the program; if requested extra entrance fee is due) and Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 4, Monday: Istanbul – Canakkale – Gallipoli- Canakkale

After breakfast head to Gallipoli ,The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and Kabatepe Gallipoli. Then you will proceed by ferry over the Dardanelles to Canakkale. Canakkale is a pretty, small port city located on the Dardanelles strait on the Asian side of Turkey. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 5, Tuesday: Canakkale- Troy-Assos-Ayvalik

Relax over your hotel breakfast in Çanakkale, and then travel with your guide to the ancient city of Troy for a look at its famous ruins. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has a fascinating history that dates back nearly 4,000 years. On a walking tour, hear tales of the Trojan War – an important Greek mythological story – and learn about the Trojan prince (Paris) who ran away with Zeus’ daughter (Helen) and sparked the Trojan War. Visit the wooden Trojan Horse that symbolizes the town. After the visit, you will proceed to Assos. This is a village that is consisted of two parts: the ‘real’ village on the top of a hill overlooking the sea, and a coastal part right down by the shore (which was the harbour of the village in the past). Both parts are equally old and full of stone buildings with traditional Mediterranean architecture. On the top of the hill over the old town, tou will visit the Temple to Athena (Athena Tapınagi), (on the top of the hill over the old town)It dates back to the 6th century BC and has the first ever Doric columns (still standing) built on Asian soil. At afternoon you drive along the west coast to Ayvalik. Ayvalık is a popular North Aegean seaside resort for local people, surrounded by groves of olive trees which produce much of Turkey's best olive oil. Your last stop for today will be the Devil’s Table; above the forest of pine trees Camp. Forest of pine trees where you can relax Camp tables, toilets, drink water and telephone services, such as you can find. The top of an old lava pond, a round table, which looks like a table of devils. Iron is said to belong to the devil in the cage has a huge footprint. The sunset from the devil’s table creates a unique landscape. Overnight in Ayvalik. (B,D)

Day 6, Wednesday: Ayvalik - Kozak Plateau-Pergamum-Izmir

After breakfast, you will head to Pergamum. On the hills that connect the town of Ayvalik to Bergama, ancient Pergamum, you will drive through the Kozak Plateau; Not a typical tourist destination; a settlement of 16 villages, 20 km from our city, without transportation problem, with its natural beauties, geological formations, peaks, plains, highlands and canyons and with spectacle views, a lovely plateau center. You will enjoy your lunch with traditional turkish meals, in a typical village there. After the lunch you will proceed to Pergamum. The ancient town of Pergamum was one of the most important centers of culture and arts of its time. Your guide will escort first to the Acropolis, and see the Temple of Athena, the library, the Royal Palaces, the Temple of Trojan, the steepest theater of the world, the Temple of Dionysos, the Altar of Zeus which was referred to in the Bible as "Satan's Seat." Pergamum was a great center of scholarship and learning. Anthony took the library with its 200,000 rolls and transferred it to Alexandria as a present for Cleopatra. Then you visit Asclepion, an amazing ancient medical center. The ruins here are so complete that walking among them one can relive the methods employed in this health center, from sacrifice to psychodrama. Drive to Izmir and overnight in Izmir. (B,L)

Day 7, Thursday: Izmir-Ephesus-Sirince-Izmir

After breakfast, you head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where you spend a busy day visiting the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, recently excavated monuments, the temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library and hillside palaces. Then you will visit the House of Virgin Mary. Mother Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI declared the site authentic and each year a traditional service is held for the pilgrims. Next visit is to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. At afternoon you will visit Sirince; a village on the borders of Selcuk, located on a plateau, behind a beautiful valley and surrounded by mountains.Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope are all Orginal with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the entrance of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, house, streets and wine made by the villagers. Overnight in Izmir. (B)

Day 8, Friday: Izmir -Istanbul

After breakfast you will drive to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. At afternoon you can enjoy your free time in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul (B)

Day 9, Saturday: Istanbul Departure

Today you will drive to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

 

 

 

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