4 DAY TURKEY TOUR – ISTANBUL AND EPHESUS

ITINERARY

2018

  • ISTANBUL
  • EPHESUS
  • ISTANBUL

4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS DAILY DEPARTURE - YEAR ROUND

GROUP ISTANBUL AND EPHESUS TOUR (CODE: CB04) | GROUP SIZE VARIES

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer (optional) to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL OLD CITY TOUR (FULL DAY WALKING TOUR – EXCEPT ON TUESDAY)
8:10 – 8:45 Departure from your hotel. Today we will visit the Saint Sophia (Hagia Sofia) which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century A.D and stands over much older remains of a church. See beautiful mosaics of biblical scenes and the Byzantine emperors and empresses. We continue to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 17th century and is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets, then the Hippodrome, a stadium and meeting place in Byzantine times, the Serpent Pillar from Delphi and the Egyptian Obelisk, with the Fountain of Wilhelm. Visit the Caferaga Medresesi which was designed by the architect Sinan and built in the 16th century, now used as a learning center for traditional Turkish arts. We will then explore the Topkapi Palace. It was the home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th century A.D. We see the Imperial Treasury with the famous Spoonmaker Diamond. (Harem section is optional and due an extra entry fee). The tour ends in the Grand Bazaar, which has over 4000 shops full of treasures Return to your hotel around 17:30. This tour may be done completely as a walking tour. **Note that on Sunday the Grand Bazaar is closed and on Tuesday the Topkapi Palace is closed. (In winter St Sophia is closed on Monday and is replaced by the Yerebatan Saray Underground Cistern) Overnight in Istanbul. B. L.
DAY 3 EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY – ISTANBUL
8:30 - 9.00 Departure. We start our tour with a visit to the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her last days, which is a pilgrimage site. We continue to 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. After lunch in a local restaurant, a visit is made to a cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. We will also see the Isabey Mosque which is a beautiful example of Selcuk architecture and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Transfer (included) to the Izmir Airport and flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (Optional) to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul. B. L.
DAY 4 DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport (optional) for departure. (B)


INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
  • Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Main museum entry fees
  • Transport in non-smoking vehicles with prof. English speaking guides on tours (Istanbul Old City is a walking tour)
  • Izmir Airport transfers


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


OPTIONAL: Domestic flights, 4 x Istanbul airport transfers 180 EUROS total - up to 3 passengers (valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only), domestic flights, additional nights in Istanbul, Turkish Night.

 

A FLEXIBLE TOUR OF TURKEY THAT FOCUSES ON THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTANBUL AND EPHESUS 

ENJOY A COMBINATION OF DAILY GROUP TOURS INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL GUIDES AND MAIN ENTRY FEES CONNECTED SMOOTHLY BY FLIGHTS. WE CAN CRAFT YOUR TOUR TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS WITH HOTELS OF YOUR CHOICE – UPGRADES TO PRIVATE TOURS, EXTRA ACTIVITIES AND MORE! 

 GET OUR BEST QUOTE SPECIFIC TO YOUR DATES, BUDGET AND TASTES!
 
TOUR PRICES (IN EUROS) BY HOTEL CATEGORY 
  

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE ROOM  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT TRANSPORTATION
 MODERATE   285 EUROS 110 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
 FIRST CLASS 330 EUROS 140 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
 SUPERIOR 390 EUROS  200 EUROS  + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

PRICES BASED ON MID-SEASON HOTEL RATES MAY VARY
WE CRAFT TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS – OPTIONS FOR PRIVATE OR ALTERNATIVE TOURS, EXTRA ACTIVITIES, OTHER HOTELS AND MORE! 

FEATURED HOTELS: M=MODERATE/F=FIRSTCLASS/ S=SUPERIOR

   ISTANBUL  KUSADASI/SELCUK
 M GRAND NAKI HOTEL
ILKAY HOTEL
NILES HOTEL 
NOWY EFENDI HOTEL
ORIENT EXPRESS 
DERICI HOTEL 
MARY'S HOUSE HOTEL
LIMAN HOTEL

NICEA HOTEL
SAINT JOHN HOTEL
 F ALMINA HOTEL
AMBER HOTEL 
DERSAADET HOTEL
HOTELLINO ISTANBUL
RECITAL HOTEL
SABA SULTAN HOTEL
ZEYNEP SULTAN 
CARINA HOTEL
ILAYDA AVANTGARDE
LAVISTA HOTEL 
NEA EFESSOS HOTEL

 
 S AMIRA HOTEL
ANTUSA PALACE HOTEL
DOSSO DOSSI OLD CITY
HILTON HOTEL SIRKECI
FER HOTEL ISTANBUL
PREMIER ACROPOL
IBRAHIM PASA HOTEL
KYBELE HOTEL

LEVNI HOTEL AND SPA
NEORION HOTEL
PIERRE LOTI HOTEL
SIRKECI MANSION
YASMAK SULTAN 

CHARISMA HOTEL (HB)
KORUMAR HOTEL (HB)


 


NOTES ON HOTELS: Breakfast included in all hotels. HB = breakfast and dinner included/ Hotels usually offer coffee and tea at breakfast but drinks are extra at dinner as is use of hotel mini-bar/Hotels have been grouped together according to price category and are a mixture of 3 star/4 star/5 star and boutique hotels. All hotel prices are for standard rooms unless otherwise mentioned. Upgrades are available for most hotels at extra cost.