Discover Istanbul – Gallipoli,Canakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Kusadasi,Ephesus – Pamukkale – Bursa with this 8-Day Private West Turkey Tour Package. Beside Istanbul visit the former Ottoman Empire capital Bursa, legendary city of Troy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale and more.
Arrival to Istanbul and transfer to your central Istanbul hotel. After checking in, the day is yours to spend at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast at your hotel , enjoy a full-day guided tour of Istanbul by comfortable minibus, taking in the highlights of the old Sultanahmet district. 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 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.
Afterwards we will visit Topkapi Palace, the illustrious pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire. Topkapi Palace is one of the world’s oldest and largest palaces full of elegant chambers and heirloom treasures. Stroll with your guide and delve into the interesting history of this palace that sits along the coastline of the Golden Horn.
After lunch break we begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Return to your hotel, where the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
After early breakfast depart for the Gallipoli. Distance from Istanbul to Gelibolu is 275 kilometers and need to drive approx. 4 hours. Arrive in Gallipoli and begin your excursion to the famous World War I sites.
Listen as you guide explains how Australian and New Zealand forces invaded the shores of Gallipoli in 1915 with the goal of sacking Istanbul, then the Ottoman capital Constantinople. Their hopes were immediately crushed by Ottoman Turk soldiers who battled the Aussies and Kiwis for more than six months to a standstill. Learn about the thousands who perished from both sides on these battlegrounds which now serve as a place of remembrance. End of the tour proceed to Canakkale for overnight.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to visit the ancient city of Troy and admire this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Explore Troy with your guide and learn about this city which existed nearly 4,000 years ago. Then, enjoy a walking tour and gain insight about the history of one of the most popular archaeological sites. Hear how this it was the first link between Anatolia and the rest of the Mediterranean and started as settlements before becoming a kingdom. Then, learn how Troy evolved from the Bronze age, under Greek and Roman reign, and even as a small city in the Byzantine empire before collapsing.
Listen to lore of the Trojan War such as the mythological story about the Trojan prince (Paris)who stole Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta and was the catalyst for the 10-year Trojan War with the Achaeans (Greeks). Next, marvel at the at the wooden Trojan Horse whose iconic image defines this legendary war.
Afterwards proceed to visit the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamon after giving a lunch break in Bergama.
The Acropolis, which means Upper Town “ has the most important remains of Pergamon. The acropolis has been largely founded on a hill is one of the unique masterpieces of the old settlements as cut-mountain town due the lack of the natural plateu. The places , where the temples, palaces, library, theatre and other necessary edifices have been built, on the big terraces from the begininng of the first settlement.
In order to visit Acropolis ancient city, people needs take a Cable Car from the station located on the east side of the Hill. Cable car ride takes approximately 15 Minutes with nice scenery of Bergama. End of the tour drive to Kusadasi for overnight.
This day-long tour lets you explore the ancient city of Ephesus. See incredible ruins from a range of historical periods, with stops at sights such as Heracles Gate, the Temple of Hadrianus, Celsius Library, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Visit The House of Virgin Mary where she spend her last days. House of Virgin Mary is located on top of the Bulbul mountain. The House of Virgin Mary hidden withing a beautiful atmosphere of the mountain covered with all trees, nature, and magnificent view. It is the place Blessed Virgin spent her last days.
End of the tour we will drive to Pamukkale. Driving Distance: 190 km , Duration: 3 hours. After check-in to the hotel relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Pamukkale.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to visit Pamukkale that has the meaning of the Cotton Castle in English. Once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls. Next visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Pamukkale terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C to 100 °C The water that emerges from the spring is transported 320 meters (1,050 ft.) to the head of the travertine terraces and deposits calcium carbonate on a section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 meters to 300 meters. Swimming or a therapeutic bath in a hotel pool’s hot spring mineral Waters. End of the tour drive to Bursa. Driving Distance: 436 km , Duration: 5 hours. Overnight in Bursa.
Guests must be able to walk approximately 0, 5 miles over of travertine without shoes.
A hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries because the waterfalls can be slippy. Due to the nature of this tour, it is recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs till waterfalls. Bring sunscreen and a hat, as shade is limited and bring swimwear for walking in the water at Pamukkale which is the snow-white “petrified waterfalls.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and start to discover the highlights of the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Learn the history and significance of important sites such as the Green Mosque (Yesil Mosque), Grand Mosque (Ulu Camii) and Old Silk Market (Koza Han).
When it is gone to Bursa, the people must absolutely taste of famous Bursa Iskender Kebab. Its unique delicious taste or its chopping style cannot be seen anywhere in the world. It is a different taste and appeals to the taste buds for every culture. After lunch break we start to drive to Istanbul return in the evening. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel. You may have relax at your hotel or discover the city by yourself until your departure time. According to your flight schedule you will departure from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your home bound flight or continue your journey to your next destination.
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