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Istanbul & Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour

Istanbul & Ephesus & Pamukkale Tour

This 5 days tour covers Istanbul and highlights of Western Turkey; Ephesus and Pamukkale. Visit Celcus Library, Hierapolis and more…

 

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Day 1 : Welcome to Istanbul

Upon your arrival to the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, BellaTurca Travel representative will welcome you with a sign bearing your name and then you will be transferred to your hotel and take a rest.

  • Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2 : Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

After breakfast at hotel, your guide will pick you up around 08:30

Hagia Sophia, once described as the greatest church in Christendom, is certainly a masterpiece with a synthesis of the Occident and the Orient. Built by Constantine the Great in 325 on the remains of a pagan temple. Rebuilt by Justinian and Theodora. In 1453, Mehmet the Conqueror added minarets to the huge, soaring dome and turned the former church into a mosque. The building controversially became a museum in 1935, but the interior retains its religious associations with the Christian mosaics and Muslim calligraphic disks adorning its walls and piers.

Blue Mosque has a special place among the various Ottoman buildings constructed in the Sultanahmet Square. Constructed by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga who took classical Ottoman architecture and the Hagia Sophia into consideration in designing and construction of the Blue Mosque and created an interior space which is more spacious, well lighted and airy than the others. It is known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.

Hippodrome, a public park used in the days of the Byzantine Empire for ceremonies and sporting events (chariot races, athletics). Theodosius Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Column of Constantine and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.

Grand Bazaar is the oldest and biggest closed bazaar of the world. It was founded in 1461. Like an enormous labyrinth, it is a spectacular and unique part of Istanbul with 60 streets and over 3600 stores. The Grand Bazaar offers a wide range of products from copper to glazed tiles, from marriage articles to ready wear, and from various handicrafts to all types of spice.  Western writers often mention the Grand Bazaar in their memories and travel journals.

Topkapı Palace, which had been the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire that ruled three continents for centuries, was constructed between the years of 1460 and 1478 during the reign of Sultan Mehmed II(The Conqueror). It was home to the sultans and their families until the reign of Sultan Abdülmecit. Therefore, it has a very rich collection of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armors, miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.

Tour ends around 17:30

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Breakfast | Lunch
Day 3 : Dolmabahce Palace & Bosphorus Cruise Tour

After breakfast at hotel, your guide will pick you up around 08:30

Dolmabahce Palace, which was finished in 1855 during the era of Sultan Abdulmecid. Built by two Ottoman architects, Karabet and Nikogos Balyan. The glorious external and internal views of the palace reflect the trends of the period.

Lunch

Boat trip on the Bosphorus, an amazing cruise between the two continents, Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus that connects Black Sea with Marmara Sea and seperates Asia and Europe, is the apple of the World with its unique natural beauty. The Asian and European shores of the Bosphorus are embellished with beautiful waterside residences. You will have chance to see Rumeli Fortress and beautiful mansions of Bosphorus among the cruise.

Pierre Loti Hill, after French writer Pierre Loti had discovered this place it became mentioned as Pierre Loti Cafe. Since so many years, it is most important stop for lovers, for people who want to meet themselves and escape from the city breathing a spiritual peace.

Cable car, ride from the top of the hill to the Golden Horn by cable car.

Golden Horn, approximately 8 km long, narrow horn shape divides the European shore into two. Since it is a natural port, Byzantine and Ottoman Navies and those interested in commercial shipping gathered there. At sunset the water’s colour turns into gold and today the shores are surrounded by pleasant parks and walking paths.

City Walls, the old Istanbul peninsula is surrounded by the old walls like a triangle. The walls, with a lenght of around 22 km, date back to the 5th century during the Roman era.

Tour ends around 17:00

  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Breakfast | Lunch
Day 4 : Flight to İzmir & Ephesus Tour

Early morning pick you up from hotel and transfer to airport for İzmir flight.

Upon your arrival to İzmir, BellaTurca Travel representative will welcome you with a sign bearing your name and then you will be transferred to tour office. After welcome drink start your excursion.

We first drive to the Virgin Mary’s House where she spent her last 5 years, which is recognized by Vatican as pilgrimage destination for Christians, visited by Pope Leo XII and Benedict XVI. Afterwards, we visit Ephesus which was founded in the eleventh century BC by the Ionians. Strolling through the streets of Ephesus, we see the Fountain of Trajan, the temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus to name a few. We also visit the Terrace Houses: A number of living units where the rich and the dignitary of Ephesus with the most beautiful ground mosaics, frescoes, terra cotta pipe lines and private baths. After lunch we will visit St John’s Basilica, believed to be the tomb of the Apostle John, Christ’s beloved disciple. From the basilica, we will be able to look down on the remains of the temple of Artemis. We end the day with our visit to Isa Bey Mosque

  • Overnight in Kusadasi
  • Lunch
Day 5 : Pamukkale Travertines & Hierapolis Ancient City

After breakfast at hotel, check out and drive to Pamukkale

We will visit Pamukkale meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site contains hot springs and travertine’s, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water with its temperate climate for most of the year. We will also visit the ancient city Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The large Necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including the Sarcophagus of Marcus Aurelius. You will have also the chance to swim in Cleopatra Swimming Pool.

At the end of the tour, we will drive Denizli airport for your flight back to İstanbul

Upon your arrival to İstanbul, we will meet you and transfer to your hotel.

End of our services.

P.S. This tour is customizable like our other Turkey package tours. You can make your own decision about what to eat for dinners that is why we do not include dinners to the package. But if you want to take your dinners inside of the package we can revise it as well.

  • Breakfast | Lunch
Tour Type Group Size Price
Escorted Private Tour 2 People  930 € per person
Escorted Private Tour 3 People 810 € per person
Escorted Private Tour 4 People 775 € per person
Escorted Private Tour 5 People 740 € per person
   Group Tour Max. 15 People 950 € per person

Included Services

Transportation with A/C Luxury vehicles
Domestic flight tickets
Airport transfers
Professional licensed guiding
Accommodations at boutique hotels or 4 and 5 Stars hotels
Breakfasts and lunches as shown on itinerary
Admission fees to museums and others sights.
All taxes

Excluded Services

Dinners
All international flight tickets
Personal expenses
Tips (optional)
Personal travel insurance