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After arrival at Atatürk Airport, check into your hotel. At 6:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330 AD when Constantine the Great elected it the capital of the Roman Empire, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus remains one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean predestined it for a turbulent history. Guided sightseeing starts at TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire the rich and spectacular kaftans of the sultans that were worn during the Ottoman period. Then, tour the HAGIA SOPHIA, followed by the ROMAN HIPPODROME, and visit Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE.
Visit the colorful GRAND BAZAAR before setting out on your discovery tour of a country with the population of Britain and more than three times its size. Drive along the European shore of the Sea of Marmara and head westward through sunflower and olive groves to the Dardanelles. Visit the WWI battlefields on the Gallipoli peninsula, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those tragic months of 1915 at the ANZAC CEMETERY and the LONE PINE MEMORIAL. Travel by ferry across the Dardanelles to the Troy area for your first overnight in Asia on the Aegean coast.
Enjoy a guided visit of TROY, the perfect place to brush up on Homer’s Trojan War—hollow wooden horse and all! Vistas of the Greek isle of Lesbos greet you as you follow the shores of the Bay of Edremit. Continue south to Pergamum, an ancient center of learning and the arts, and visit its MUSEUM. After lunch, visit the ASCLEPION, a shrine to the Greek god of medicine. Drive to Kusadasi for your overnight.
Today, visit Ephesus, home of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and later, the capital of Roman Asia Minor. Visit the SITE OF ANCIENT RUINS and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM with its famous statue of Artemis, goddess of fertility and destiny. Then, travel along the Silk Road, and through the lush valley of the meandering Menderes River. Next, Pamukkale. The name means “Cotton Castle” and refers to the spectacular white lime cascades formed by its hot springs.
This morning, visit the fascinating archaeological site of HIERAPOLIS, the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BC and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. Then, enjoy the ever-changing cultivated landscapes and timeless scenes of rural life on your way to Bursa. Spot farmers working their fields or transporting produce in traditional horse-drawn carts. Bursa lies in the shade of the Uludag–also called Mount Olympus of Mysia—a 7,700-foot-high ski mountain surrounded by lovely orchards. Founded by the Greeks, like most ancient cities in this part of the world, and hotly contested during the Crusades, Bursa had its heyday as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon, visit the GREAT MOSQUE (Ulu Camii). Also on the agenda, of course, are the ancient Covered Bazaar and the Silk Market.
Visit Iznik, site of the first Ecumenical Council. See its ancient city walls before visiting ST. SOPHIA CHURCH and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Later, return to Istanbul in style. Tonight, LF a farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant celebrates the success of your Turkish Escape.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Situated in the heart of the city and close to various shopping centers, this modern hotel boasts a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views across Istanbul and the Bosphorus Bridge. All 240 stylish and modern air-conditioned guest rooms have free Wi-Fi, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe box, and complimentery toiletries. The on-site bar has a wide variety of salads, grills, dessert and appetizer buffets and International gourmet cuisine is served in the rooftop restaurant Guests can also enjoy homemade pastries at the Café. Other amenities include various wellness facilities, such as an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness, and massage center.
Situated on the beach front in Guzelyali, this hotel is only 10 km from the ancient city of Troy and next door to Turgut Reis Tabyasi . It has a tennis court, gym and a spacious outdoor pool with sun-lounger terrace. All 95 modern furnished guest rooms have air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, minibar, ironing kit, complimentary toiletries, and balconies with panoramic views. Buffet breakfasts are served at the patio restaurant which also offers outdoor seating in the garden. The restaurant also has a 24/7 open kitchen serving local and international menus.
Commanding an excellent position on the shores of the Aegean Sea, this property has its own private beach and seasonal outdoor infinity pool. Kusadasi's shopping areas are within walking distance. All 218 guest rooms have a sea-view balcony, spa bath. and minibar. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel's public areas. Relaxation options at the Hotel include a heated indoor pool with a Turkish bath, sauna, beauty and fitness center. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as open-buffet. Turkish and international cuisine is available in the Moonlight Restaurant, while pastries can be enjoyed at the Black Coffee patisserie. Guests can prepare their own salads at the Pino Bar and enjoy lunches served in à la carte style. There is also a night meal which includes soup and pasta.
Featuring thermal pools, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa center, this eco-friendly hotel offers comfortable accommodation just 4 km from the ancient city of Hierapolis. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotel. All 327 guest rooms are air-conditioned and tastefully decorated and feature balconies. Every room has a mini bar, safe, Wi-Fi internet connection, telephone, hair dryer and complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an in-house restaurant offering a a variety of dishes in an elegant ambience. International dishes as well as traditional Turkish cuisine are served as an open buffet. The adjacent bar also provides a welcoming corner for drinks and snacks. Guests can also relax at the in-house Turkish bath or the solarium. The spa center offers a range of treatmenets and massages.
Located in the heart of Bursa and close to the Grand Mosque and the Kent Meydani shopping center. The 219 luxurious rooms are air-conditioned and warmly decorated with elegant wooden furniture and have a minibar, coffee and tea maker, as well as, a safe box, and pillow menu. Other amenities include 4 restaurants, a spa and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool overlooking the city, health and leisure facilities, indoor thermal pool with an artificial waterfall, vitamin bar, and an authentically styled hammam. Guests can also enjoy cocktails and drinks at one of the on-site bars.
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