Istanbul Ataturk Airport  to Hotel OR  Hotel to Istanbul Ataturk Airport



Istanbul Ataturk Airport  to Hotel OR  Hotel to Istanbul Ataturk Airport

GIORNO - Including : Italian Speaking Assistance, Private Deluxe A/C Minibus

Including : Italian Speaking Assistance, Private Deluxe A/C Minibus

GIORNO 2 - Istanbul

After breakfast we set off on a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We will start with a visit to the renewed Sultanahmet Mosque, known popularly as The Blue Mosque an incredibly beautiful mosque known for its blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles are unique for the fact that it has six minarets. We continue on to the Hippodrome once the vast arena that functioned as the heart of sporting (chariots races and athletics) events and political activities of the old city. From here we go to the nearby Hagia Sophia the Church of Divine Wisdom. Ranking as one of the greatest marvels of world architecture, this awe-inspiring building was constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Lunch will be served at Karakol Restaurant or Gurme Kebab. After lunch our next visit will be Topkapi Palace which for more than 400 years was the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans; now home to the priceless collections porcelain, jewelry, calligraphy and many masterpieces of art. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry and carpets. In Grand Bazaar will have also the opportunity to experience the Turkish coffee in the historical Coffee Roaster Sark where each variety has been prepared with a blend of traditional knowledge, experience and an abiding “Love of Coffee”. On the way to the hotel will treat ourselves with “Turkish Baklava” from the masters - in Karakoy Gulluoglu Baklavicisi. Baklava is actually not a dessert, but rather an event in itself In Istanbul and Karakoy Gulluoglu is the best place to experience baklava. This baklava emporium has been catering to Istanbul sweet tooth since 1949. Optional dinner will be at Nomads restaurant.

GIORNO 3 - Istanbul

After breakfast we will start our full day in Istanbul to visit the Underground Cistern the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating as many of the stone structures have been recycled by the Byzantine builders - capital heads and columns - that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. Lunch will be served at Hacı Abdullah Restaurant. Continue to Cukurcuma the best antique district in Istanbul; spend time exploring the winding streets, the extraordinary and eccentric shops and inviting cafes and restaurants. Good old time street commonly known as Cukurcuma invites you to a journey out of time with a taste of surprise. Our first stop will be to Minyatur Deniz Eskisi a shop that sells every type of naval antique pieces like diving suits, telescopes, wooden crate sand compasses and smells like the sea. Nearby there is flea market where you can find everything you are looking for; a hundred’s of years old wooden furniture, phone with magneto, tin toy cars and hand woven carpets. We will also visit the Museum of Innocence founded by Nobel prized author Orhan Pamuk, based on the museum described in his book. The museum is housed in a building in Cukurcuma and displays an evocative collection of everyday life and culture of Istanbul during the period in which the novel is set. Optional dinner will be at Reina Club.

GIORNO 4 - Istanbul/Pergamon/Izmir (180 km)

After breakfast we will drive to Ataturk Airport to take our morning flight to Izmir. Upon our arrival in Izmir will continue to Pergamon. We will visit the Acropolis the steepest theatre of the ancient world, the Temple of Trojan and the Library. Lunch will be at Asklepion Restaurant. We continue on with visits to the ancient healing center of Asklepion and the Red Basilica which is one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation. Optional dinner will be at Deniz Restaurant.

GIORNO 5 - Ephesus/Pamukkale (280 km)

After breakfast we will drive to the vast ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Our first stop will be at the Basilica of St. John who came here with Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel. Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcus, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. We continue to Sirince Village for our lunch and wine tasting. We will spend the afternoon exploring this old Greek Village. We continue to Pamukkale for overnight stay. Dinner will be at our hotel.

GIORNO 6 - Pamukkale/Fethiye ( 200 km )

We will start with the visit of Pamukkale 'the Cotton Castle' with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. After enjoying our visit to this site of natural beauty we go to the adjacent ruins of ancient city of Hierapolis with its famous Necropolis, Basilica, Theatre and Plutonium. Lunch in Karacahayıt Yoruk Evi. After lunch we continue to Fethiye for embarkation.

GIORNO 7 - Fethiye

Fethiye is a pleasant and popular town overlooking by Lycian Rock Tombs and a medieval fortress, which makes for an impressive sight. Cruise along the serene Mediterranean. We stop at St. Nicholas Island, (Blue Lagoon) called Oludeniz (Europe's most beautiful beach of 1995) and a visit to famous Butterfly Valley for swimming. Overnight on board.

GIORNO 8 - Fethiye/Kalkan/Kas

Today we will sail to east of Mediterranean coasts, stopping in Kalkan, a picturesque port town. Narrow streets wind their way down to the harbor and above you find the Ottoman timber balconies covered in bougainvillea cascading down onto the streets. Next is a little fishing town which has been relatively unspoilt, admire the beauty of Limangazi Bays while cruising. Overnight on board at anchorage in Kas.

GIORNO 9 - Kas/Kekova

Today we will visit the sunken city of Kekova. The city lies under the sea which is completely protected by the 4 mile long Kekova Island. There are many little anchorages around the island and the bay, each with a little hidden gem of history from a submerged Lycian City to tombs protruding from the crystal clear water. Dinner and overnight on board at anchorage in Kekova.

GIORNO 10 - Kekova/Perge/Aspendos/Antalya (180 Km)

After breakfast we will drive to Antalya. Before, we will visit Perge and Aspendos. Perge is a grand exhibit of what an ancient Greek and Roman city looked like. Records date it back as far as the 4th BC. It was visited by Greek colonists after the Trojan War, by St. Paul and companions when it was one of the leading cities of Pamphylia and fell under the leadership of Alexander the Great later conquered. Byzantines. Aspendos is the major port city in the Roman period with the navigable river nearby. There is no doubt that Aspendos theatre most striking component is the stage building. On the lower floor of this two-storey structure, which is built of conglomerate rock, were five doors providing the actors entrance to the stage. The large door at the centre was known as the porta regia, and the two smaller ones on either side as the porta hospitals. At the end of the tour transfer to hotel. We will dine and spend the night at Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel in Antalya.

GIORNO 11 - Antalya

Transfer to the airport for our return flight.

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