Day 1 - Arrival in Antalya (D)
Upon your arrival in Antalya,
you are met with a friendly ""merhaba"" (hello) and escorted to
your hotel. You have the day free to relax at your leisure.
Learn more about the cultural adventure ahead of you at an
orientation meeting at 7pm. get acquainted with the other
members of your group during the welcoming dinner.
Day 2 - Perge/Aspendos/Antalya
Begin your Greco-Roman quest
today by visiting Perge where a mere scrape of the shoe will
reveal mosaic walkways through the ancient agora. Its extensive
ruins include a stadium that once echoed to the roar of 15, 000
spectators. Continue to Aspendos, which has one of the best-preserved
theaters in the world. Its acoustics are so well tuned that a
coin dropped on stage can be heard in the last row. Visit the
Archeology Museum in Antalya.
Day 3 - Antalya/Aphrodisias/Pamukkale
Explore the remains of
Aphrodisias, the city dedicated to the goddess of love and home
to a school of sculpture that was known throughout the ancient
world. Sculptural reliefís still adorn many of the buildings.
Explore its many Greco-Roman remains including a stadium, which
once sat 30, 000 people and the Temple of Aphrodite, which was
later converted into a Christian basilica. Continue to Pamukkale,
a spa known throughout the ancient world.
Day 4 - Pamukkale/Sardis/Izmir
Enjoy the beauty of Pamukkale's
immense tiers of white limestone as they cascade down a barren
hillside. Visit the nearby Roman theater and necropolis.
Continue to Izmir, where you will explore the remains of Sardis
where King Croesseus of Lydia resided. Also visit the Temple of
Artemis, gymnasium and the synagogue.
Day 5 - Ephesus (BLD)
Today you will discover Ephesus,
which is a highlight of every trip to Turkey. Do make sure to
walk the streets of the most complete city of antiquity in the
world. Sit in the same theater where Paul preached and Roman
dramas were performed. Every summer, during the International
Izmir Festival, the theater is alive with the words, music and
drama of contemporary performers in this ancient setting. Stroll
past the Library of Celsius, the baths and the Temple of Hadrian.
You'll also visit the house where the Virgin Mary spent her last
days and a photo stop FOR the Temple of Artemis with the last
remaining column indicating where one of the Seven Wonders of
the World was
Day 6 - Pergamum/Troy/Canakkale
Drive along the mythic
coastline of the ""wine-dark"" Aegean Sea to ancient Pergamum,
home to the famous physician, Galen. Stroll through the remains
of the Asclepion, one of the foremost medical centers of ancient
times, the library which once held 240, 000 scrolls, the
Acropolis and the Trojaneum. Next visit the site of one of the
most famous wars of ancient times, the legendary city of Troy,
immortalized in Homer's Iliad and 'Discovered' in 1871 by
Heinrich Schliemann. Continue on to Canakkale.
Day 7 - Canakkale/Gallipoli/Istanbul
Ferry across the Dardanelle for
a somber stop at the very real memorial at Gallipoli,
commemorating one of the most famous battles in modern history.
The beauty of the green hills, sandy beaches and blue waters
provides an honored resting place for the soldiers who bravely
fought and died in this historic battle. After lunch, you return
to Istanbul, rising from the shores of the Black Sea and the Sea
Day 8 - Istanbul (BLD)
Discover the classical
highlights of Istanbul: the Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque famed
for its Iznik tiled interior and six minarets and Mosque of
Suleymaniye the Magnificent. You will also visit the jeweled
interior of the Topkapi Palace, home to the Spoon makerís
Diamond. In the afternoon, you are free to explore the labyrinth
tunnels of the Grand Bazaar that houses more than 4, 000 shops.
The names recall the days when each trade had its own quarter:
the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers' street, and the
street of the skullcap makers. Still the commercial center of
the old city, the bazaar is the original shopping mall with
something to suit every taste and budget.
Day 9 - Istanbul (BL)
In the morning, glide past
minarets and palaces, stone fortresses and wooden Ottoman
mansions during a cruise on the Bosphorus. In the afternoon
discover the Saint Sophia and the church of Saint Savior in
Chora. The Basilica or St. Sophia, now called the Ayasofya
Museum is unquestionably one of the finest buildings of all
time. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by
Justinian in the 6th century, its immense dome rises 55 meters
above the ground and its diameter spans 31 meters. You should
remain here for some time to absorb the building's majestic
serenity and to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics.
Day 10 - Departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and the
end of our services.
Arrival and departure airport transfers
Accommodation in specified category
Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Museums and sites entry fees
Transportation in non-smoking a/c coach with professional
English (other languages are possible) speaking guide and
Sightseeings as mentioned in tour plan.
International or domestic flights, portage at airports, drinks,
tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.
Domestic flights with associated transfer are optional and extra
if needed; overnight coach transportation price is included in
the tour price.