Day 1: Istanbul.
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel. Tonight we have a welcome dinner, you will meet our friendly crew while enjoying traditional Turkish food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour.
We depart at 9:00 for the Istanbul city tour. Topkapi Palace is great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the imperial treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
The ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break and then we head to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the tour you have the option to experience the Bosphorus cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Istanbul to Izmir/Kusadasi.
Free Day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4: Ephesus.
A fully guided Ephesus tour starts at 9:00, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The city, which wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century BC. The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in Kusadasi/Ephesus.
Day 5: Jeep Safari.
At 9:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the farm near the Kustur holiday houses. At 10:00 am the convoy leaves after choosing your ride for the day. Helmets are supplied at the farm. We ride along the mountain road towards Ephesus and through the forest. We stop off for lunch at a restaurant organized by the tour group. Menu BBQ (mixed kebab barbeque, salad of the season, spaghetti, pancake, mixed fruit of the season.) The route then continues to the beach of Pamucak along Cowboy Road. Once here we can ride the horses in the sea, a great experience! On the beach you are able to gallop, swim or just sunbathe and relax. The group will spend about 1-2 hours here and then return to the farm. At 4:00 pm we return to our hotel.
Day 6: Picnic Boat Trip.
After breakfast you will be collected from the hotel for a picnic boat trip. On this day-long tour, the boat will visit beaches around Kusadasi and this is a perfect way to sit back and soak up the sunshine and enjoy a fully inclusive cooked picnic lunch. You will arrive back at the hotel around 5 pm and dinner will be served around 7:00 or 8:00 pm.
Day 7: Pamukkale.
After breakfast you will be picked up by your guide, join your group for a guided tour of the breathtaking white calcium cliffs of Pamukkale. You can bathe in the heated waters and visit the ancient ruins also found here. The tour includes a buffet lunch today. You will arrive back at the hotel at approximately 8:00 pm and dinner will be served at around 8:30 pm.
Day 8: Adaland Aqua Park.
Visit Adaland, one of the coolest spots in Kusadasi. You will enjoy the thrills and spills of the heart thumping adrenaline rush in the most fascinating sun-washed water park ever created. They have a wide range of excellent facilities and water-based rides for a full day of fun, whether you make a splash in the cool blue wave pool, take a thrilling plunge down the water slides or just relax and float around the lazy river and soak up the sun on the cool grassy beaches. You can enjoy over 18 acres of splashing fun with more than 20 fantastic rides and attractions while the thrill seekers can experience the fastest water slides and catch the wildest rides of their lives.
Day 9: Izmir - Istanbul.
After breakfast, we depart for Izmir Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. Transfer from airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in hotel in Istanbul.
Day 10: Istanbul - the End of the Tour.
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future on one of our tours again. After breakfast check out from the hotel. We make your return airport transfer services. Have a nice trip back home.
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