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Western Classics


Title

Western Classics

Features

·Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival

·Day 2 - Istanbul

·Day 3 - Istanbul - Gallipoli

·Day 4 - Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi

·Day 5 - Ephesus

·Day 6 - Hierapolis - İstanbul

·Day 7 - İstanbul

Duration

7 days (6 night)

Description

Day 1 - Istanbul Arrival        

Be met at the airport (or ship pier) and travel in a private air-con car to our hotel, where we can check in and have some time to relax.

Day 2 – Istanbul

After breakfast, visit Hagia Sophia, which was built in AD 537 by Emperor Justinian and was the greatest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 when it was converted to a mosque. It remains one of the greatest architectural marvels in the world. Explore the Hippodrome, which was once the scene of horse and chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civic life, and which contains the famous Egyptian Obelisk, the Obelisk of Constantine, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. Proceed to the Blue Mosque, completed in 1616 and part of a complex that consisted of a mosque, tombs, fountains, kitchens, and a hamam. After lunch, Visit Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of the Sultan and his court, and the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire. See the priceless jewellery collection in the imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics, palace kitchens, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy and more. Finish up at the Grand Bazaar, and explore the largest covered market in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, handicrafts, carpets, leatherwear, souvenirs and almost anything else.

·       Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

·       Hagia Sophia is replaced with Chora Museum and Topkapi Palace is replaced with Basilica Cistern.

 

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 3 – Istanbul – Gallipoli

Today, we depart early and travel to the Gallipoli Battlefields in a luxury vehicle, and tour the key sites including Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, original tunnels and trenches at Johnston Jolly, the Nek Cemetery, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Brighton Beach. We cross the strategic waterway Dardenelle by ferry and land in Asia continent. Check-in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal(s) Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 – Troy - Pergamon – Kusadasi

After lunch, visit Troy which dates to 3000 BC, with nine successive civilisations building and rebuilding until the first century BC. All these layers are revealed as you tour the ruins around the extensive site. After breakfast, depart for Kusadasi. After we have lunch in Bergama, we proceed to Pergamon, where you'll visit the famous Acropolis with all its monuments - the site of the Altar of Zeus and the birthplace of books. Continue to Kusadasi for overnight.                                      

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 5 – Ephesus

After breakfast, our first visit will be Isa Bey Mosque from 14th century. Then, we drive to Selcuk to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, widely accepted as where the mother of Christ spent her final years. Travel to the fabled city of Ephesus, to visit the Temple of Artemis, once one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which dates from the third century BC.,the TheatreRoman Latrines and Baths as well as the Library of Celsus.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 6  – Hierapolis – Istanbul

Today, we explore Hierapolis, famous spa center of the ancient world. Our tour will include the  Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs, Gates, Thermal Baths, Devil’s Hole

and the Masterpiece Theater. After the tour, transfer to Denizli airport for our flight to Istanbul. Pick up from the airport and transfer to our hotel for overnight.

Meal(s) Breakfast

Day 7 – Istanbul

Free time until your transfer to Ataturk airport for your flight home.

Meal(s) Breakfast

·       Guests who like to extend their stays may enjoy our daily Istanbul tours. (tours link)

 

Price

Available upon request (dependent on dates, accommodation choice, and size of group).  Please contact us.

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