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 and while enjoying traditional Turkish food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (D).
Day 2: Istanbul. We depart at 9:00 for the Istanbul city tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue with Sultanahmet Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive at our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour you have the option to experience the Bosphorus Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of the Bosphorus, which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is your to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Bursa. After breakfast at 8:30 we'll drive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital. Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by Teleferik (Cable Car), visit to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the Old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Overnight in Bursa. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Kusadasi. We depart at 10:00 and we visit one of the best-preserved ruins in the world Ephesus. We tour this amazing site and wonder at the people who built and walked through this ancient city. We will also visit the House of Virgin Mary (supposedly where St. John brought her to live out her final days). After the tour we will visit a carpet-weaving centre, which belongs to the national arts of Turkey. In the evening, as being one of our optional activities, you will have the chance to experience the traditional Turkish bath. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Turkish Village Sirince Tour and Shopping. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the entrance of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, house, streets and apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and Turks coming from Greece settled there. Have lunch break. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like leather manufacturing and jewelery, one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen.
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 5pm and dinner will be served around 7:00 - 8:00 pm. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Kusadasi. The day is yours. You don't have to wake up early, enjoy the sunshine and take in the views and natural magnificent beach and crystal clear sea and explore the city, shop in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you have to choose from. These include Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour, jeep safari, horse safari, Turkish Night, daily trip to Samos, Turkish bath and many more. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Pamukkale Tour. At 8:00 we depart for Pamukkale. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region. We then arrive at Pamukkale for lunch. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight bus to Istanbul. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Istanbul - Free Day. Check in the hotel and the rest of the day is yours free to explore the city, shop in Grand bazaar or Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar. Experience Taksim, which is the heart of the night and intellectual life of Istanbul. It has nice bars, restaurants, café, cinemas. A street in which is famous for being the centre of the Turkish Film Industry. Enjoy your last day in Istanbul.
Day 10: Istanbul - End of the Tour. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in 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. Includes: (B).
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