ISTANBUL EPHESUS PAMUKKALE TOUR

ITINERARY

2018

  • ISTANBUL
  • PAMUKKALE
  • EPHESUS
  • ISTANBUL

5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS | DAILY DEPARTURE - YEAR ROUND

GROUP ISTANBUL EPHESUS AND PAMUKKALE TOUR (CODE: CB05) | 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) - (IZMIR) – KUSADASI/SELCUK
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) Transfer to the airport (Optional) for the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer (included) to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. B. L. (D) *For budget option you will make your own way to the bus station or shuttle point and overnight bus to Selcuk – upon arrival you will be picked up from the bus station and start the tour of Ephesus.(no breakfast or accommodation included with overnight bus)
DAY 3 EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY 
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. Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. (B) L. (D)
DAY 4 PAMUKKALE – ISTANBUL
8:00 - 8.30 Departure (Take your luggage). We will drive through the Meander Valley. On the way your guide will give information about the towns we pass through such as Aydin, Nazili and Sultanhisar. Arrival in Pamukkale, which has been a thermal spa center since before the Roman era. After lunch 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 and the well-preserved theater. You will see the tomb of St. Phillip from a distance. It is possible to bathe in the Cleopatra antique 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. We will also visit the calcium terraces and pools for which Pamukkale is named “Cotton Castle”.  Transfer (included) to Denizli Airport for flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (Optional) to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul. B. L.
*For moderate option with bus to Istanbul you will be transferred to the bus station and overnight bus to Istanbul – upon arrival you will make your own way to the airport – tour service ends with arrival in Istanbul on day 5 (no breakfast or accommodation included with overnight bus).

*IT IS POSSIBLE TO CONTINUE TO FETHIYE/BODRUM/MARMARIS OR ANTALYA AND ADD ON A VISIT TO THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA!
 
DAY 5 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 A/C car, mini, midi or coach buses with professional English speaking guides on tours (Istanbul Old City is a walking tour)
Izmir Airport transfers (Except for Budget program)
Bus tickets Istanbul –Selcuk/Denizli - Istanbul and bus station transfers as mentioned only if taking budget option


NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul airport transfers, some bus station transfers as mentioned in the itinerary, 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 AEGEAN TURKEY. 

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

IN THE SUMMER ADD A BEACH HOLIDAY OR A BOAT TOUR – IN THE SPRING OR FALL ADD A TRIP TO THE MEDITERRANEAN TURQUOISE COAST - OR TAKE A FERRY TO GREECE… TOUR AND HOTEL PACKAGES CAN START FROM, OR OUTSIDE OF ISTANBUL SUCH AS THE GREEK ISLANDS OR ANOTHER AREA OF TURKEY

 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
 BUDGET 335 EUROS 50 EUROS  WITH OVERNIGHT BUSES
 MODERATE   370 EUROS 135 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT
 FIRST CLASS 430 EUROS 175 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT
 SUPERIOR 520 EUROS 255 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT

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.
*IT IS POSSIBLE TO CONTINUE TO FETHIYE/BODRUM/MARMARIS OR ANTALYA AND ADD ON A VISIT TO THE MEDITERRANEAN!


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.