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WESTERN SITES OF TURKEY TOUR

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Western Sites of Turkey Tour Package

      Please click to read the destinations that you are visiting;     
      ISTANBUL → GALLIPOLITROY PERGAMON → EPHESUSBODRUMSMYRNA-IZMIR

Day 1Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Where the continents meet.

Meet at Istanbul Airport: Once you arrive at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, after the luggage claim, you will be greeted by a Romos Travel Representative at the meeting area.

Transfer to the hotel: You will be taken to your Hotel and after check-in, you will have time for leisure and rest of the day is yours.

Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 2Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Private Istanbul Old City tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Istanbul.

Hippodrome: An ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. Within the square are some Roman remains, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Constantine Column.

The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial mosque which was built by the Sultan Ahmet I in 1609-1616 CE, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.

Hagia Sophia: Once the largest cathedral of Christianity when it was built in 532-537 CE by the Roman Emperor Justinian; later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.

Topkapi Palace: The palace was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family and the headquarters for the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Grand Bazaar was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates and many more eye pleasing architecture. Within the bazaar are many Turkish handicraft stores such as: rugs, carpets, kilims and beautiful Turkish tiles. Upon your request ,our guide will be more than happy in assisting you to find your masterpiece of Turkish art.

After the Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant are included

Day 3Bosphorus Cruise, Two Continents Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Bosphorus tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing you to the Bosphorus.

Today you will explore the following highlights of the Bosphorus:

Spice Market ( Egyptian Bazaar): The market was built by the Ottomans in the 17th century. Unlike the Grand Bazaar, the Spice market is much smaller but full of beautiful fragrances of mixed spices, herbs and traditional sweets. It consists of around 100 stores, 2 streets and 5 gates.

Bosphorus Cruise: The channel divides Istanbul as two continents and stretches about 32 km between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Along the Bosphorus there are many settlements to see such as great Palaces, hotels, yali (private houses) etc. While you are on the boat, you will see the highlights of the Bosphorus including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Çırağan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Küçüksu Palace, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ( the second bridge on the Bosphorus) Maiden’s Tower to name a few.

Beylerbeyi Palace: After the sultans westernized the Ottoman Empire, they built some Palace’s with modern-western architectural styles. The Beylerbeyi Palace is one of them, located on the Asian side by the Bosphorus. The garden is full of statues and the rooms with handcrafted arts will take you back in time to the 19th century.

Çamlıca Hill: The highest hill of Istanbul, situated on the Asian side. The walking path with 360 panoramic views will let you take the best pictures of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.

After the Bosphorus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant are included

Day 4Gallipoli Tour

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, at 07.00 am we will pick up from your hotel and then drive to Gallipoli, where World War I took place. Gallipoli is situated on the Dardanelles (Hellespont) Peninsula on the European side of Turkey. When WWI broke out, The Ottoman Empire took the Germans side and entered the war. The Allies failed to cross the Dardanelles but then had another plan of landing on the Peninsula. On 25 April 1915, the first Anzac troops landed on Gallipoli then another war began between Turks, Australians and New Zelanders. 

We arrive in Gallipoli by noon time and we will have lunch at a local restaurant then start the tour. In this tour you will visit The Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is being held on every 25 April. The Ariburnu Cemetery where the soldiers are lying side by side, The Beach Cemetery, the grave of John Simpson, The Lone Pine, Australian memorial Johnston’ Jolly, the real trenches of the Turks and Australians 57th Regiment, the Turkish memorial, The Nek and the Chunuk Bair, the New Zealander’s Memorial. 

After the Gallipoli sightseeing tour, drive to the hotel. Overnight in Çanakkale. 

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 5Troy Tour (Helen Of Troy) & Asklepion Tour

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, we drive to Troy, located by the Dardanelles (Hellespont). Troy is an ancient city, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. We know all about it from Iliad of Homer and its main characters such as: King Priam, Helen, Paris, Hector, Achilles and Agamemnon. Troy was firstly a Hittite settlement which was named as Wilusa. The excavations have revealed nine levels starting from the Bronze Age 2920-2350 BCE. But first it was excavated by Heinrich Schliemann in the 19th century. Even Alexander the Great came to Troy and offered sacrifices to the tomb of Achilles then his followers built a temple on behalf of Athena which can be seen today. You can also follow the footprint of those ancient people exploring Troy and imagine the story behind the Trojan War. During the visit you will see the Defense walls, Temple of Athena, Megaron shelters, the Palace, defense ramp, odeon, Roman baths and the replica of Trojan Horse.

Visit to Asklepion, a Greco-Roman city where the dead shall not enter. There was a healing complex and hospital, built in 4C BCE on behalf of Asclepius. It was one of the most important cities with their healing methods and architecture. Asklepion is also a Roman city where they built a theater with 3,500 capacity, Temples and sanctuaries. The cut stone with two serpent relief has become the symbol of medicine since. 

After the Troy & Asklepion sightseeing tour, drive to the hotel. Overnight in Izmir. 

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 6Izmir/Smyrna Tour

After breakfast and check-out, we will pick you up from the hotel and drive to Izmir which is situated on the western coast of Turkey, known as the Pearl of Aegean. The history dates back to the archaic era 3,000 BCE. The Greek colonists settled at Izmir (Symrna) before the end of the second millennium. Homer the writer of Iliad was born in İzmir and Strabo spent his years in this city. When Alexander the Great came from Sardis to Smyrna, he rested after hunting by Mount Pagos (Kadife Kale). During the era when the Pergamon ruled most of the Aegean coats, Smyrnaeans resisted their hegemony for years. Eventually, after the Romans inherited Pergamon Kingdom, Smyrna passed under control of the Roman Empire in 133 CE.

With the growth of Christianity in the first Century, Smyrna was mentioned by St. John in the Book of Revelations as one of the seven churches of asia. The first bishop Polycarp became martyr in 155 CE when he was 86, he was ordained and installed by St. John in Izmir (Symrna).

Today, Izmir is the 3rd biggest city in Turkey. Although there are not many remains from the ancient times, with modern architecture, beautiful shore and neighborhoods such as; Konak Square which is not far from the Izmir Archaeology Museum and the Agora, Izmir is a beautiful place to visit. With Romos Travel you will experience many hidden gems such as Alsancak, Bornova and Karşıyaka.

 After the Izmir/Smyrna sightseeing tour, drive Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 7Ephesus Tour

After breakfast, we pick you up from the hotel. Then drive to Selçuk district where Ephesus ancient city is situated.

We will drive to Virgin Mary’s House, upon the dream of German nun Anna Katherina Emerich, the Lazarist priests followed the descriptions and the signs then discovered the house 1891 CE. According to Catholic belief Mary was taken here by St. John and she spent the rest of her earthly life there.  After the Virgin Mary’s House we proceed to Ephesus Ancient City, which was the capital city of the Asia Minor during the Roman era. According to myth, Ephesus was founded by Greek commander Androculos around 1,000 BCE. Moreover, Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Coressus, Antiochus II either invaded or ruled in this city. While the excavations are still going on, you will see the ancient remains such as: State Agora (a marketplace and meeting point), Odeon (Bouleuterion) concert house and council, Town Hall and Artemis Sanctuary, Domitian Square a complex consisting of temple fountain and a bath, Curetes Street collonaded and monumental Street in Ephesus, The Hadrian Temple dedicated to Emperor Hadrian dating to 200 BCE, Latrines the public toilets, Celsus Library proves us that how Ephesians were intellectual and dates back to 200 BCE with the library having had 12,000 scrolls, Forum a commercial center located by the port and finally The Great Theater the largest ancient theater with 25,000 capacity.

After Ephesus ancient city we drive to lunch at a local restaurant and thereafter the next stop is Isa Bey Mosque, built in 1375 by the Anatolian Seljuks. Unlike the Modern Ottoman architecture, it has a geometrical architecture roof and two minarets. The mosque is still functioning today for the five time prayers. After Isa Bey Mosque we drive to the Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven ancient wonders of the World.

 After the Ephesus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 8Didyma, Miletos and Priene Tour

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, we drive to  Didyma, Miletus and Priene Tour. Our first visit to the Temple of Apollon, One of the most important oracles in the ancient world was located at Didyma (Didim). It was designed by Paionios, one of the architects of  the temple of Artemis in Ephesus. The oracle at Diyma, that issued many fateful pronouncements, dates back to the worship of a local Anatolian god in prehistoric times.

Visit to Miletus, the first city in Anatolia to be colonized by Greeks. In about 1700 BCE, in the Middle Bronze Age, Minoans from Crete were attracted by its ideal situation on a defensible peninsula with four natural harbours and good agricultural land. Miletos was the most wealthy city where firstly coins were minted.

Visit to Priene, from the flat valley of the Maeander River we see a dark green band of trees on a broad terrace below the craggy cliffs of Mount Mycale. They mark the site of the splendid city that prospered and gradually declined over a period of eight centuries. It sloped gently to the South offering a prospect over a fertile land towards its harbour and distant mountains.

After the Didyma, Miletos and Priene sightseeing tour, drive back to hotel. Overnight in Bodrum.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 9Bodrum City Tour

After breakfast start the Bodrum Tour. Visit Bodrum Castle which is also known as St. Peter Castle, built by St. John Knights between 1402-1409. The rooms of the castle are being used as exhition rooms and many findings from Bronze Age, archaic, mycenaean, Hellenistic, Roman as well as Byzantine are on display. The Bodrum Castle is also the largest underwater archeological museum in Turkey. Visit to Mausoleum, built by the Carian King Mausolus in 4C BC, as his tomb and the Mausoleum was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. 

After the Bodrum Old City tour, drive back to hotel. Overnight in Bodrum.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 10Transfer to Airport

Breakfast at hotel, Pick up from hotel and transfer to Bodrum Airport for flight back to Istanbul for your International flight.

After completed amazing Western Sites of Turkey Tour, Romos Travel wishes all guests very healty and wonderful life ahead…

Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

  • Istanbul Airport & Sabiha Gokcen Airport – Can be supplied depends on your International flight details.

Price Includes

  • 9 Nights hotel accommodation at 4 star Hotel
  • Flight tickets from Bodrum to Istanbul
  • Entrance fees, mentioned in itinerary
  • Professional tour guide at tours
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for tours and transfers
  • 9 Breakfast at hotel
  • 8 Lunch at tour
  • 6 Dinner at hotel

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras at hotel & additional meals
  • Visa & International flight tickets
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