Tour Route: Istanbul Ephesus Istanbul
Experience the best of Istanbul and Ephesus on this 5-night journey. Begin your adventure in Istanbul with a memorable Bosphorus cruise, where you’ll witness the beauty of both the European and Asian sides of the city. Explore the historic treasures of Istanbul’s Old City, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia. Then, venture to the ancient city of Ephesus, where you’ll be captivated by its remarkable ruins. Discover the grandeur of Ephesus’ ancient streets, visit the renowned Library of Celsus, and explore the sacred House of Virgin Mary. Marvel at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This tour offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, allowing you to immerse yourself in the wonders of Istanbul and the ancient marvels of Ephesus.
Welcome to the mesmerizing city of Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport and whisked away to your hotel in the comfort of a private car. Take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant metropolis as you make your way to your accommodation. Prepare to immerse yourself in the rich history, cultural diversity, and captivating beauty that Istanbul has to offer. Enjoy a restful overnight stay at your hotel in Istanbul.
Embark on a captivating full-day Istanbul Old City day tour, exploring the fascinating history and cultural treasures of this enchanting city. After a delightful breakfast, meet your knowledgeable tour guide in the hotel lobby and prepare for an immersive experience. Begin your adventure at the historic Hippodrome, once a vibrant center of Byzantine entertainment. Marvel at the architectural marvels of the iconic Blue Mosque, renowned for its intricate tile work and breathtaking design. Step into the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, a true masterpiece of Byzantine architecture that will leave you in awe. Discover the hidden gem of Hagia Irene Church, with its serene atmosphere and captivating ancient history. Continue your journey as you explore the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the former residence of Ottoman sultans (please note that the Harem side is not included). Immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. Learn about its rich history and cultural significance, spanning over 30,000 square meters and boasting more than 4,000 shops. Get lost in the enchanting labyrinth of stalls, hone your bargaining skills, and experience the bustling energy of this vibrant marketplace. After a day filled with exploration and discovery in Istanbul’s old city tour, retreat to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
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Enjoy a leisurely morning in Istanbul, with the opportunity to explore the city at your own pace. In the afternoon, join our expert tour guide for an unforgettable half-day Istanbul tour. Embark on a mesmerizing Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and be captivated by the enchanting beauty of Istanbul. As you sail along the Bosphorus, marvel at the majestic Bosphorus Bridge that connects two continents, and admire the iconic landmarks such as Ortakoy, Rumeli Fortress, and the charming Bosphorus houses, all gleaming in the sparkling waters. Discover the architectural masterpiece of Beylerbeyi Palace, with its exquisite design and rich history. Then, ascend to Camlica Hill to witness breathtaking panoramic views of the city, a truly awe-inspiring sight. Immerse yourself in the magic of Istanbul’s Bosphorus and create cherished memories on this remarkable journey. After the Istanbul Bosphorus cruise, we will transfer you back to your hotel, where you can relax and unwind. Enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in Istanbul, ready to continue your exploration of this captivating city.
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel and get ready for an extraordinary adventure in the captivating city of Istanbul. On your free day, immerse yourself in the enchanting corners of this mesmerizing city. Begin by exploring the European side and discover the fashionable neighborhood of Nisantası. This upscale district is a haven for fashion enthusiasts, boasting luxury brands, designer boutiques, and stylish shops. Take your time to wander through the elegant streets, indulge in a shopping spree, and relish a delectable lunch at one of the trendy restaurants. Continue your journey to the vibrant heart of Istanbul: Beyoglu. This lively district is a cultural melting pot, brimming with art, entertainment, and a lively atmosphere. Lose yourself in the maze of streets adorned with art galleries, vintage shops, and bustling bars. Make your way up the iconic Galata Tower and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the city, stretching from the bustling streets to the majestic Bosphorus. After exploring the European side, embark on a memorable experience by crossing over to the Asian side via a public ferry. Start your exploration in Uskudar, where you can admire the stunning views of the Bosphorus and the iconic Maiden’s Tower. Then, venture to the lively neighborhood of Kadıköy. Take leisurely strolls along its vibrant streets and immerse yourself in the local ambiance. Discover the allure of Bağdat Avenue, a bustling thoroughfare lined with trendy boutiques, cozy cafés, and stylish restaurants. Indulge in some retail therapy, relish the flavors of delicious Turkish delicacies, or simply unwind in one of the charming parks scattered throughout the area. As the day comes to an end, take the ferry back to the European side and return to your hotel for a restful overnight stay in Istanbul, cherishing the memories of your unforgettable day of exploration.
After having breakfast, you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport by a private car for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, you’ll be escorted to Kusadasi. Once in Kusadasi, you meet your tour guide for an exciting full-day exploration of Ephesus. Embark on a captivating journey through time as you step into the enchanting world of Ephesus. This ancient city holds the echoes of long-gone civilizations, and today you have the chance to walk in their footsteps. Begin by admiring the grandeur of the Temple of Artemis, an awe-inspiring structure counted among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next, immerse yourself in the architectural marvel of the Library of Celsus, allowing your imagination to transport you back to its former glory. The Ephesus Great Theatre, a colossal amphitheater, awaits your presence, and as you stand in awe within its vastness, history truly comes alive. During your journey, a visit to the sacred House of Virgin Mary is a must. This revered site holds deep religious significance, believed to be the final abode of Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to tradition, Mary spent her last years in Ephesus alongside St. John before her Assumption (according to Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to Orthodox beliefs). Throughout the day, you’ll be mesmerized by the rich history and beauty of Ephesus, creating unforgettable memories. After the full-day Ephesus tour, we will transfer you to Izmir airport by private car. Flight from Izmir to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to yor hotel in Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul
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Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer to the airport according your flight. TOUR ENDS!
Please note that; this itinerary is fully customizable, allowing you to personalize your trip according to your preferences. You have the flexibility to adjust the pace of the trip by incorporating rest days in the destinations of your choice. Additionally, you can extend your journey by adding extra sightseeing days at any point along the route. This way, you can fully tailor the trip to meet your specific needs and make the most out of your travel experience. Let us know your preferences, and we will be happy to assist you in creating a unique and memorable itinerary!
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