AEGEAN DISCOVERY TOUR PACKAGE
Duration: 08 Days / 07 Nights
Sites: Istanbul, Bosphorus, Pergamum, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Didyma, Miletos, Priene, Ephesus
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: All tour packages are modular & you can use these itineraries as a starting point & we can help modify this itineraries to accommodate your personal requirements & desires to find your perfect holiday.
Day 01 – Arrival in Istanbul
When arrival to Istanbul International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide who will be responsible for your transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you may wish to take short walk to the historical Sultanahmet district of Istanbul. Your first night will be in Istanbul.
DAY 02 – Imperial Istanbul Sightseeing Tour
You will begin your trip with a visit to the ancient Hippodrome which was the center of the civil activities back in the Hellenistic and Roman times. Then a stroll to the nearby Blue Mosque, famous for the blue tiles covering its interior walls and also for its six minarets. Afterwards, you will visir the Hagia Sophia Museum, the former Chapel of Constantinople, thought out as the masterpiece of the early Byzantine architecture. After lunch we will see the Topkapi Palace, house and administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. You will end your tour with a visit to The Grand Bazaar, with time for discovering the sinuosity of streets and passages housing more than 4,000 shops.
DAY 03 – Bosphrous Cruise & Asian Istanbul Tour
you will start with a drive to Eminonu Harbour to find out the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin – an amuzing bazaar full up with many spices, Turkish delights, dried foods and much more. You will then get on the ferry which has is one of the symbols of Istanbul. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea where you will amaze the shoreline of beautiful mosques, gorgeous palaces and decadent villas. After lunch you will drive over the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge by coach which will take you to Camlica Hill on the Asiatic side of Istanbul for fantastic views of two shores. A short drive and within minutes you are back in Europe where you will visit the Dolmabahce Palace, which was the residence of the late royal Ottoman Sultans with untouched furniture in more than 350 rooms. You will have the evening to spend at your leisure.
DAY 04 – Flight to Izmir / Pergamum Tour
After check-out you travel on a one hour flight to Izmir. When you arrive, you will be greeted by your guide and driven to the Ancient Greek city of Pergamum which was stated on the top of a cone-shaped Acropolis, over a thousand feet high above the surrounding valley. You will be taken to The Sanctuary of Trajan, Sanctuary of Athena, Library, Royal palaces, Temple of Dionysus, Upper Agora, Roman baths complex and Asklepion, which was the Sanctuary of Asclepius (also known as the Asclepieion), the god of healing. At the end of your day, you will be driven to the hotel for your stay in Kusadasi.
DAY 05 – Aphrodisias, Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour
Early in the morning, you will be taken to Aphrodisias, called after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. Here you will meet the Temple of Aphrodite, the monumental Tetra Pylon Gateway, the old Gladiator Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. After lunch you will go on Hierapolis that means "sacred city’’, famous for its hot springs. The large ancient graveyard of Hierapolis is filled with sarcophagi. Next to the traces of Hierapolis, you will visit Pamukkale meaning ‘’Cotton Castle’’. After some leisured time in the calcium pools famous for the healing properties, you will come back to your hotel in Kusadasi.
DAY 06 : Diyma, Miletos, Priene Tour
Today you will start your trip to Priene which in its time was one of the most incredible of all the Ancient Ionians Cities. After visiting here, you then go to Miletus with its wonderful theatre and the Byzantine castle on the acropolis above. Last, to Izmir Airport for the return flight to Istanbul for your last night in Turkey.
Day 08 – Transfer to Istanbul International Airport
After check-out from your hotel, you will be arranged for transfer to the Istanbul International Airport for your return or onward flight.
but not least, visit Didyma. Here you will find the largest Ionic Temple in the world, that of Apollo. Lunch. Also in Didyma lies the huge, cracked head of Medusa which long ago fell from the frieze.