10 Days Istanbul, Bursa, Pergamon, Kusadasi, Pamukkale and Antalya (PKG 19)

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1. Day : Arrival
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to Hotel in Sultanahmet area. Overnight in Istanbul

2. Day : Istanbul Full Day City Tour (B,L)
Departure at 8am. We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia *. Built by the Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isodore of Miletus, the church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is also famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses and a poignant Virgin and Child. Next we visit the Blue Mosque which takes its name from the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and designed by a pupil of Sinan, the greatest of Ottoman architects, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Its courtyard is especially grand. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.

The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

Our tour is continued at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world. It also possesses numerous Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics, many of which were gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.

Dating back to 4th century, the Hagia Irene (Aya Irini in Turkish), formerly church, now a museum and a center cultural activities and exhibitions, is situated inside the 1st court of the Topkapi Palace.  Hagia Irene also called as “St. Eirene” or “St.Irene’s” Church. It is one of the oldest Byzantium churches in Istanbul, was the 2nd largest church of the Eastern Roman Empire after Hagia Sophia.

Last but by no means least, we visit the Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest “souk” in the world  with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.  Overnight in Istanbul

3. Day : Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar and Suleymaniye Mosque (B,L)
Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines.

The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.

Bosphorus Cruise through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture.

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.

Next we visit Suleymaniye Mosque. Süleymaniye Mosque is the second largest imperial mosque complex in the city, built during the reign of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Overnight in Istanbul

4. Day : Bursa City Tour (B,L)
Bursa was the capital of the Ottoman State between 1326 and 1365. No trip to Turkey is complete without visiting Bursa, once the final stop on the Silk Road. Also known as ‘Green Bursa’ because of its parks and gardens, this full day trip will take you through a 700 years of rich cultural heritage and history , experiencing the early Ottoman period and Bursa’s role as a trade center and explores nearby villages and natural wonders.

Pick up around 08:00 am from hotels on the European side Istanbul. You will first cross the Izmit gulf with car-ferryboat; a very lovely journey on the sea lasting about one hour. After which, you will continue by a short bus ride through a very beautiful landscape, among the green forests, traditional small towns and villages along the way. After visiting the highlights of this beautiful city you will return to Istanbul same way arriving at around 19:00-19:30. PS: Indicated times can differ depending on the location of hotels. Specific pick up times will be informed after your reservation is completed.

Highlights of Daily Bursa Tour
Ulu Camii (Grand Mosque of Bursa) – You will see exquisitely simple calligraphy and rich craftsmanship in this 600 year old Ulu Camii
Green Mosque – Visit the complex named after its beautiful turquoise colored tiles and considered the gem of Bursa.
Koza Han – Stop by this last caravanserai on the Silk Road and a meeting place for travelers over the centuries.
Tophane – Still traditional, historical district of Bursa located on the outskirts of Uludag Mountain. You can enjoy a magnificent view over Bursa’s parks and gardens.
Cable Car – We will take the first line of cable-car up to Uludag Mountain, according to a legend it is from where gods watched the Trojan war. Cable car can be cancelled by local authorities without prior notice due to weather conditions or technical reasons, in which case we will drive to upper parts of the mountain skirt by the tour bus/minivan.

5. Day : Pergamon-Asklepion and Red Bazilika (B,L)
Full Day Pergamon Tour – On this private tour, you will pick up by our professional guide at your Hotel and driven to Pergamon, one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey.

Pergamon, ruled for several centuries by a powerful local dynasty. Excavations were completed here in 1886, but unfortunately much of what was found has since been carted off to Germany.

However, the acropolis of Eumenes II remains a major attraction, and there are a host of lesser sights and an old quarter of chaotic charm to detain you for a day or so.

The old town lies at the foot of the acropolis, about ten minutes’ walk from the bus station. Its foremost attraction is the Kizil Avlu or “Red Basilica”, a huge edifice on the river not far from the acropolis, originally built as a temple to the Egyptian god Osiris and converted to a basilica by the early Christians, when it was one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor addressed by St John in the book of Revelation – though sadly it’s now a crumbling ruin with a mosque in one of its towers.

The area around the basilica is a jumble of ramshackle buildings, carpet and antique shops, mosques and maze-like streets. South of here along the main street is the Archaeological Museum, which has a large collection of locally unearthed booty, including a statue of Hadrian from the Asclepion, and various busts of figures like Zeus and Socrates. There’s also a model of the Zeus altar, complete with the Berlin-resident reliefs.

6. Day : Ephesus-Virgin Mary House and Sirince Greec Village (B,L
After departing early in the morning we drive to Kusadasi. We enter in Ephesus from the the Magnesia Gate, and then stretch your legs during a walk with your guide into the ruins of this former Roman capital. The route will take you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. Your guide will tell you about the architectural importance of these sites, as well as historical Roman events that took place there.

You will then visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where Mary spent the last days of her life. The house was discovered in the 19th century after the repeated visions of a Catholic nun, Anne Catherine Emmerich, were published in a book. When the ruins of the house were discovered, a small shrine dedicated to St Mary was found there.

Next, see the ruins of the Temple of Artemis. This temple, also known as the Temple of Diana (the Roman goddess equivalent), was first built during the Archaic period and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Overnight in Kusadasi

7. Day : Pamukkale and Hierapolis (B,L
At 8am departure from Kusadasi to Pamukkale. Pamukkale or literary the “ Cotton Castle “ is a shimmering white cascade, formed by limestone-laden hot spring, which have formed stalactites, pot -holes and magical fairy tables. The water is reputed to be the beneficial to the eyes and skins to alleviate ills of asthma, rheumatism and dermatitis. It is exhilarating to paddle through warm water while gazing the ancient fragment of columns below the water’s surface. As much fun as the baths are, do not miss to visit the ancient Hierapolis with its Theatre, Necropolis, Roman Baths, Agora.

The calcite-laden waters that had created this unreal landscape come from springs located in a 200-meter high cliff that overlooks the plain. You’ll marvel at the mineral forests, petrified waterfalls, and the series of terraced basins created by these waters. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the kings of Pergamon established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site. The temples were significant trade centers for ancient Hierapolis. See the Roman theater, the Apollo temple, Roman baths, fountains, and the agora. After the tour, you’ll will have a chance to swim in thermal pools. An additional option is to swim in Cleopatra’s Pool, for an extra fee. Overnight in Pamukkale

8. Day : From Pamukkale to Antalya (B,L)
Today at 9am we are departing to Antalya. Antalya has been continuously inhabited since it founding in 159 BC by Attallos II, a king of Pergamum, who named the city Attaleia after himself. The Romans, Byzantines and Seljuks successively occupied the city before it come under Ottoman rule. The elegant, fluted minaret of the yivli minare Mosque in the center of the city, built by the seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat in the 13. century, has become Antalya’s symbol. When Emperor Hadrian visited Phaselis in Antalya in 130 AD a beautifully decorated threearched gate with Corinthian columns was built into the city walls in his honor. Overnight in Antalya

9. Day : Antalya City Tour (B,L)
Antalya is a city that ranks as one of the most popular places among visitors to Turkey. Our full-day excursion will take you sightseeing in the historic city of Antalya.

Do you still wonder what to do in Antalya, Turkey? We will start the day by picking you up at the main entrance of your hotel. Along the way we will visit the Duden Waterfalls. Duden waterfalls are the most beautiful and the most visited in Antalya region. So you can take photos of the beautiful Antalya Waterfalls.
Kaleici, or Old Antalya, is filled with history and lovely buildings. You will see old houses built in the Ottoman style and from the park you’ll enjoy terrific views of the water. You will see the old town’s harbour, Hadrian’s Gate, and many other sights as well.

This section of the city features many small streets lined with shops, kebab restaurants and pensions. There are some great boutique hotels and pensions here if you decide to return and stay in the ancient heart of Antalya.Enjoy a boat trip from the old harbour that will take you along the cliffs of Antalya. Enjoy the scenic coast of Antalya Old City, breathe in the fresh sea air and just relax on the boat after hours of exploring the Antalya city.
Tunektepe cable car (Tünektepe Lift) is serving with 36 cabins. Each cabin has 8 person capacity. The cable car can carry 1,200 people per hour. Tünektepe cable car has a length of approximately 1706 meters and a cable length of 3604 meters. Thanks to the project, the distance between Sarısu and Tünektepe will be reduced to 9 minutes.
Following places to be seen on this tour:
• Antalya Old Harbour
• Old Town of Antalya
• Tunektepe Cable Car
• 1 hour Boat trip from ancient harbour
• Duden Waterfalls
• Free time at the Antalya bazaar
• Hadrianus Gate (by your own at free time)
• Old fluted minaret & clock tower (by your own at free time)
Overnight in Antalya

10. Day : Airport Tranfer (B)
Checkout and we will transfer you to Antalya airport according to your international flight schedule. Goodbye!
Legend: B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner

This tour package is available for minimum 6 person. For more or less people please ask!

Services and important details

> Private airport transfers
> Hotel accommodation based on 4* category BB
> All tours private based
> Transportation in comfortable, non-smoking, air-conditioned bus
> All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
> English speaking professional licenced guide
> Visa fees (please research and make sure for visa policy from your countie to turkey)
> Any international or domestic flights (please ask for actual fares
> Travel insurance
> Food and Drinks unless specified
> Personal expenses
> Photos and Videos
> Gratuities for driver and guide
> This tour is all year round available
> Confirmation will be received at time of booking or within latest in 48 hours
> Offered as Private Tour Package
> Not wheelchair accessible
> Infants must sit on laps
> Regular tour can have several breaks for shopping with local handicraft productions centers.

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