9 day / 8 nights special 5-star cultural tour | highlights of Turkey Istanbul - Troy - Ayvalık - Pamukkale - Hierapolis - Ephesus – Antalya
Day 1 & 2: Arrival in Turkey
Scheduled flight from the U.S. to Istanbul. Reception at the airport by local tour guide and transfer to your hotel.and accommodations in Istanbul (2 nights).
Day 3: Istanbul - Blue Mosque - Hagia Sophoa - Topkapi Palace, Start your tour with a visit to the Blue Mosque, an Ottoman imperial tempel, famed for its tiled interior. Across the remains of the Roman Hippodrome of Constantinople, enter the 6th century Byzantium monument of Hagia Sophia, the largest church in the medieval world. After, walk through the successive courtyards of the Topkapi Palace and enjoy its jeweled interior.
Day 4: Istanbul, Troy, Ayvalik
After breakfast, drive along the Marmara coast, followed by a ferry ride across the Dardanelle. Arrive to the legendary city of Troy, immortalized in Homer‘s Iliad. After wandering around the city walls, continue on to Ayval?k.
Day 5: Ayvalik, Ephesus, Kusadasi
In the morning, follow the Aegean Sea’s coastline to one of
the great cities of the ancient world: Ephesus. Numerous
temples and other impressive structures portraying the architectural remains of antiquity. We will stop at the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Day 6: Kusadasi, Hierapolis, UNESCO World Heritage Site
After a visit to the House of Virgin Mary, a drive will take
us to one of the most inspiring sights of Turkey: Pamukkale. Explore formations including the calcareous cascades, calcium stalactites, and shallow travertine basins formed by lukewarm thermal springs.
Day 7: Pamukkale, Antalya
Have a scenic inland drive through the mountains and valleys to the Mediterranean coast, cross the Taurus Mountains and arrive in Antalya to have an enjoyable stroll through the Ottoman houses, located around the ancient
harbor and enclosed by Roman walls and Hadrian‘s Gate.
Day 8: Antalya, Perge
Start your discovery of Greco-Roman archeology at the
exclusive site of Perge. After exploring the imposing Hellenistic and Roman structures of Perge, visit a famed jewelry center to enjoy some local samples. In the afternoon, you will visit the Archeological Museum of Antalya.
Day 9: Antalya Airport
After breakfast, transfer to Antalya Airport for your flight home via Istanbul.
Please note that we reserve the right to make minor changes to the itinerary for organi¬zational reasons during the course of the tour. Minimum size of tour party: 20 persons.
YOUR DREAM HOTELS
Spend relaxing days in wonderful Turkey (see below for examples of our hotels).
Royal Hotel (Istanbul) www.istanbulroyalhotel.com
Located in the old part of Istanbul, this luxurious and newly renovated four-star hotel offers luxury within walking distance to some of the major attractions you´ll want to see! 128 air-conditioned rooms with color TV-Sat, minibar, international direct-dial telephone, hairdryer, radio and a private bathroom. Enjoy Turkish cuisine or international dishes at the Istanbul Royal Hotel Restaurant. The piano bar and pool welcome you 24 hours a day for a variety of cocktails and drinks!
Suhan 360 Hotel & Spa (Kusadasi) www.suhan360hotel.com/en
Quality and fun are all brought together on vacation! Located at the most beautiful place in Kusadasi. Your hotel room is air-conditioned, other features are direct telephone connection, minibar, satellite TV, digital safe box and hairdryer. A variety of restaurants and bars offer food for every taste from around the world. Additional bars round out the vacation atmosphere of this resort.
Latanya Palm & Spa Hotel (Antalya) https://latanyapalm.com
With a stay at Latanya Palm & Spa Hotel in Antalya (Antalya City Centre), you’ll be within a 15-minute drive of Shemall Shopping Center and Hasim Iscan Culture Center. Make yourself at home in one of the 92 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and premium TV channels provides entertainment. Private bathrooms with bathtubs feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as laptop-compatible safes and desks. Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find an outdoor pool, a steam room, and a fitness center.
Travellers are allowed to enter Turkey. Unvaccinated travelers must have a printed or electronic negative COVID-19 test result. The test can be a molecular PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours before arrival or an antigen test taken a maximum of 48 hours before arrival in Turkey. This requirement does not apply to:
-Travelers under the age of 12;
-Travelers with proof that they have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travel;
-Travelers who have proof of recovery in the past 6 months.
Please check the documentation, quarantine and/or testing requirements before traveling. For actual Information about your country of visit, please go to the U.S. Department of State Website: www.state.gov and the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism website www.tga.gov.tr/fight-against-covid-19-in-turkey/