PRIVATE AEGEAN PACKAGES

2 DAY – 1 NT PRIVATE EPHESUS PACKAGE – CAN ALSO BE DONE IN ONE DAY BY FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL - IZMIR - ANTALYA

DAY 1: ISTANBUL – IZMIR – KUSADASI/SELCUK/SIRINCE
Transfer (optional) to the airport for flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince.

DAY 2: EPHESUS, HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY AND ARTEMIS TEMPLE – IZMIR - ISTANBUL
8:30 - 9.00 Departure. Today we tour Ephesus, which was one of the largest and most interesting ancient cities of Asia Minor. The tour of Ephesus includes the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater. (Terrace Houses are optional and extra). We will also view the Isabey Mosque which is a beautiful example of Selcuk architecture. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand and also see a fashion show at a leather outlet center. Finally we visit the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her last days, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Return around 16:30. Transfer to the Izmir airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel. B. L.
*Ephesus Museum – Church of St John – Sirince Village are not included but may be added to the tour.

3 DAY – 2 NT PRIVATE EPHESUS AND PAMUKKALE PACKAGE BY FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL - IZMIR - ANTALYA FROM PAMUKKALE YOU MAY CONTINUE TO FETHIYE FOR A VISIT OR BLUE CRUISE

DAY 1: ISTANBUL – IZMIR – KUSADASI/SELCUK/SIRINCE
Transfer (optional) to the airport for flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince.

DAY 2: EPHESUS, HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY AND ARTEMIS TEMPLE
8:30 - 9.00 Departure. Today we tour Ephesus, which was one of the largest and most interesting ancient cities of Asia Minor. The tour of Ephesus includes the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater. (Terrace Houses are optional and extra). We will also view the Isabey Mosque which is a beautiful example of Selcuk architecture. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand and also see a fashion show at a leather outlet center. Finally we visit the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her last days, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Return around 16:30. Transfer to the airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi Selcuk or Sirince. B. L.
*Ephesus Museum – Church of St John – Sirince Village are not included but may be added to the tour.

DAY 3: PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS – DENIZLI - ISTANBUL
8.00 – 8.30 Departure. We will drive through the Meander Valley and arrive in Pamukkale, which has been a thermal spa center since before the Roman era. We visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is said to have been founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. We visit the great Roman baths, the Temple of Apollo, the well-preserved theater and the fascinating Necropolis. St. Phillip is associated with Hierapolis. We will also visit the calcium terraces and pools for which Pamukkale is named “Cotton Castle”. It is possible to bathe in the sacred Roman thermal pool with ancient columns (an extra fee is due) or you will have some free time at the terraces or to explore more on your own. Transfer to the Denizli airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel. B. L. *Aphrodisias or Laodicea are not included but one may be added to the tour.

4 DAY – 3 NT PRIVATE AEGEAN PACKAGE BY FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL – IZMIR – ANTALYA COMBINE TOURS FROM THE OTHER PROGRAMS AS YOU LIKE FROM PAMUKKALE YOU MAY CONTINUE TO FETHIYE FOR A VISIT OR BLUE CRUISE

DAY 1: ISTANBUL – IZMIR – KUSADASI/SELCUK/SIRINCE
Transfer (optional) to the airport for flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince.

DAY 2: EPHESUS, HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY AND ARTEMIS TEMPLE
8:30 - 9.00 Departure. Today we tour Ephesus, which was one of the largest and most interesting ancient cities of Asia Minor. The tour of Ephesus includes the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater. (Terrace Houses are optional and extra). We will also view the Isabey Mosque which is a beautiful example of Selcuk architecture. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand and also see a fashion show at a leather outlet center. Finally we visit the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her last days, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Return around 16:30. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince. B. L. *Ephesus Museum – Church of St John – Sirince Village are not included but may be added to the tour.

DAY 3: PERGAMON
8.00 Departure. We will visit the Pergamon Acropolis, where the ruins of Zeus Altar can still be seen today. The acropolis is situated high above the plain and has a unique panoramic view. The very narrow and steep theater on the hillside could seat up to 10,000 people. Parchment paper was first produced in Pergamon. We will visit the remains of the Great Library, which rivaled the one of Alexandria in Egypt, the palaces of the kings, and temple of Trajan. Visit the Asclepion, which was known as the first place of medical science. Galen, who originated from Pergamon and became the most famous doctor of his time, treated his patients here. Return around 19:00. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince. B. L.

DAY 3: PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS – DENIZLI - ISTANBUL
8.00 – 8.30 Departure. We will drive through the Meander Valley and arrive in Pamukkale, which has been a thermal spa center since before the Roman era. We visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is said to have been founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. We visit the great Roman baths, the Temple of Apollo, the well-preserved theater and the fascinating Necropolis. St. Phillip is associated with Hierapolis. We will also visit the calcium terraces and pools for which Pamukkale is named “Cotton Castle”. It is possible to bathe in the sacred Roman thermal pool with ancient columns (an extra fee is due) or you will have some free time at the terraces or to explore more on your own. Transfer to the Denizli airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel. B. L. *Aphrodisias or Laodicea are not included but one may be added to the tour.

5 DAY – 4 NT PRIVATE AEGEAN PACKAGE BY FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL – IZMIR – ANTALYA COMBINE TOURS FROM THE OTHER PROGRAMS AS YOU LIKE FROM PAMUKKALE YOU MAY CONTINUE TO FETHIYE FOR A VISIT OR BLUE CRUISE

DAY 1: ISTANBUL – IZMIR – KUSADASI/SELCUK/SIRINCE
Transfer (optional) to the airport for flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince.

DAY 2: EPHESUS, HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY AND ARTEMIS TEMPLE
8:30 - 9.00 Departure. Today we tour Ephesus, which was one of the largest and most interesting ancient cities of Asia Minor. The tour of Ephesus includes the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater. (Terrace Houses are optional and extra). We will also view the Isabey Mosque which is a beautiful example of Selcuk architecture. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand and also see a fashion show at a leather outlet center. Finally we visit the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her last days, and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Return around 16:30. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince. B. L.
*Ephesus Museum – Church of St John – Sirince Village are not included but may be added to the tour.

DAY 3: MILETUS, PRIENE AND DIDYMA
8.45 Departure: Visit three of the most important cities of the antique period: Priene, Miletus and Didyma. Priene is one of the most typical antique cities of the Hellenistic Period. St Paul visited Miletus during his third journey, and the city was very important with its 80 colonies, and philosophers Thales and Anaximander. Apollo Temple situated in Didyma, was the third biggest building in the world at this time and was a most important place for prophecies. It is possible to combine this with swimming at Altinkum Beach. Return around 18:00. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince. B. L.

DAY 4: IZMIR AND SARDES TOUR
Today we will make a pleasant visit to the city of Izmir, which may include the Museum, clock tower and Konak square, Kadifekale on Mt. Pagos and St. Polycarp Church or Kemeralti market. We will continue to the ancient site of Sardes with its gymnasium, Temple of Artemis and ancient Synagogue. It was once the wealthy capital of the ancient Lydian Empire, and was the first place in history that coins were minted. Overnight in Kusadasi, Selcuk or Sirince. B. L.

DAY 5: PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS – DENIZLI - ISTANBUL
8.00 – 8.30 Departure. We will drive through the Meander Valley and arrive in Pamukkale, which has been a thermal spa center since before the Roman era. We visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is said to have been founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. We visit the great Roman baths, the Temple of Apollo, the well-preserved theater and the fascinating Necropolis. St. Phillip is associated with Hierapolis. We will also visit the calcium terraces and pools for which Pamukkale is named “Cotton Castle”. It is possible to bathe in the sacred Roman thermal pool with ancient columns (an extra fee is due) or you will have some free time at the terraces or to explore more on your own. Transfer to the Denizli airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (optional) to your hotel. B. L.
*Aphrodisias or Laodicea are not included but one may be added to the tour.

INCLUDED:
Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
Main museum entry fees
Transport in non-smoking vehicles with prof. English speaking guides on tours
Izmir and Denizli Airport transfers

NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul airport transfers, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.  

OPTIONAL:  2 x Istanbul airport transfers 90 EUROS total - up to 3 passengers (Valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only), additional nights in Istanbul.