Istanbul & Aegean II
  Istanbul & Cappadocia II
4 days tour of Turkey
This four day tour begins in Istanbul, where you can enjoy a full day guided tour of the historic sites including Topkapi Palace and St. Sophia (Hagia Sofia), as well as the Grand Bazaar. You then fly to Izmir, by the Aegean coast, from where you will be able to explore the ancient site of Ephesus and visit the house where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her final days. The tour ends in Izmir.
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  Essential Turkey  
Tour Highlights    
• Explore Istanbul's historic Topkapi Palace    
• Tour the stunning Hagia Sophia Museum    
• Test your bartering skills in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar    
• Wander through the breathtaking archaeological site of Ephesus    
• Visit the House where the Virgin Mary spent her final days    
Tour Accommodations    
Tour Lodging Info: Accommodation will be provided on Room with Meals as specified in the itinerary.
City No of Nights Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels Luxury Hotels
Istanbul 02 Nights Innova Hotel Crowne Plaza Old City Crowne Plaza Hagia Sophia
Izmir 01 Night Charisma Hotel Swiss Grand Efes Movenpick Hotel
Please note: (If the above mentioned hotels are not available we will provide similar alternate).
Tour Accommodations
Highlights and Inclusions Brief Itinerary Accommodations Dates
and Prices
Tour Includes
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch, (D) dinner  
Licensed guides  
Private, air-conditioned transportation  
Luggage handling  
Local taxes and service charges  
Arrival and departure transfers  
Tour package does not includes:
Items of a personal nature  
Optional tours  
Customary tips for guides and drivers  
Travel Insurance  
Items not mentioned as being included  
Visa fees  
Domestic flights  
Tour Itinerary
Day 01: Istanbul - Arrive.  
  On arrival in Istanbul you will be met by our representative and driven to your hotel. This afternoon is free for you to enjoy this beautiful city at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.  
Day 02: Istanbul.  

Today you will be collected from your hotel for a full day tour of Istanbul*.  You will see Topkapi Palace, the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans for approximately 400 years (excluding harem) and the Hippodrome, where the city’s chariot races used to take place. You will visit the stunning Blue Mosque, famous for its ceramics, and St. Sophia (or Hagia Sofia), which was once a Church, then a Mosque, before eventually becoming a museum.  You will also have the chance to visit the famous Grand Bazaar, where can test your bartering skills or simply explore.  At the end of the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)

Day 03: Istanbul / Izmir / Ephesus & St. Mary's House (FLIGHT).  

Ephesus, one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. Visit the Odeon (concert hall), the Fountain of Trajan and the steam-heat Baths of Scolastika. Continue to the majestic Temple of Hadrian, Latrines (public toilets) and the marble Library of Celsus, built to hold 12,000 scrolls. Also enjoy the Great Theatre, the largest one in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats where St. Paul preached. Walk along the Arcadian Way, the same path that Mark Antony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. Afterwards visit the humble chapel on the site of the little house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Despite many controversies, the Vatican has officially sanctioned the site for pilgrimage. Overnight in Izmir. (B, L.  Please note that Dinner is included tonight for the Superior Hotel category only)

Day 04: Izmir - Return.  

Today you will be transferred to Izmir airport, where the tour ends. (B)

  *Please be aware that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, St. Sophia is closed on Mondays and the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.

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