You will be provided with a transfer shuttle to your hotel from the airport. Relax on your first day and evening in Istanbul.
Begin your journey in Turkey by exploring the nation’s largest city and crossroads of the east and west, Istanbul.
Visit the major tourist sites in the city including the stunning Blue Mosque; Topkapi Palace, the old palace of the Sultans; and of course the Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox Church turned mosque, now converted into a museum.
For those of you who love shopping, the Grand Bazaar is not to be missed. Known as one of the oldest and largest covered markets, you can find all types of goods here whether you are looking for clothing, pottery, or simple souvenirs such as magnets and keychains.
Our recommendation: After our official tour for the day ends, we recommend that you check out the Spice Bazaar on your own where you can try and then purchase an array of Middle Eastern spices, teas, and even coffee.
-The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays
-Entrance to the Blue Mosque is limited on Fridays due to prayers, therefore we are unable to enter on Fridays.
Overnight Bus to Eceabat.
Begin the day early to visit the sites of the Gallipoli peninsula where you will see the battlefields turned national park that span over 30 kilometers where some of the country’s most deadly fights took place. Australian, New Zealand, and Ottoman forces fought and died here and you can view the memorial in their honor. In addition, you will visit the Kabatepe War Museum which has not only photographs of soldiers, uniforms, and personal items on display, but also letters written by soldiers to their families back home.
This region is full of history and tragedy and is a unique experience for history buffs.
Hop on an overnight bus to Izmir. Upon arrival, you will transfer to another bus bound for Ephesus region (Selcuk or Kusadasi).
Today you will continue your Turkey adventure in the Ephesus region.
200,000 people lived in this ancient city and it was one of the most technologically advanced of the region, the first to install public street lamps and public bathing houses. It is most recognized as an Ionian city but has been controlled by several civilizations from the Persians to the Romans and Byzantines. Only 15% of the city has been uncovered, yet there is plenty to see.
Begin your tour at The Temple of Artemis, a glorious temple built in honor of the goddess of hunting and considered to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus is said to be the location where Christianity first became widespread, therefore you won’t want to miss the House of the Virgin Mary, an important shrine where the Virgin Mary herself is said to have lived.
Spend the evening overnight in the Ephesus region (Selcuk or Kusadasi).
A pick up will be provided in the morning from your hotel in Ephesus region (Selcuk or Kusadasi) for a day tour to Pamukkale.
In the morning you will travel 2.5 hours to one of Turkey’s natural wonders, Pamukkale. This term in Turkish translates to “cotton castle”, named for the 200-meter high calcite deposits which have created a white, petrified waterfall. At the top, you’ll find the Hierapolis where you can visit the ruins of the ancient city and for an extra fee, bathe in an antique pool that is said to have healing properties.
In the evening you will return back to your hotel in Ephesus region. (Selcuk or Kusadasi)