Best Of Turkey 7 Nights – 8 Days (TOUR 12 )
Day 1: Istanbul
Arrival to Istanbul and transfer to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul In the morning visit St. Sophia since thousand years the largest church of Christianity, has been built between 532 & 537 by the Emperor Justinian it is really quite interesting chronology that the building has. First it was used as a church (916years) and as a mosque for 482 years. later became museum. Also visit the Byzantine underground Water Cistern, Yerebatan and the Sultanahmet Mosque which also called as Blue Mosque with its 6 minarets and decorated with beautiful blue İznik tiles inside. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: İstanbul-Gallipoli-Çanakkale-Troy
After breakfast drive to Gallipoli via European side of Turkey to visit the war monument them crossing the Dardanelles by ferry will take you to the way to Troy which is the most known site of Asia Minor writings of Homeaorus about Trojan wars. After visit the ruins of 7 layers of this site. Dinner and overnight in Çanakkale.
Day 4: Çanakkale-Pergamon-Akhisar (Thyatria) – İzmir
After breakfast drive to Pergamon. Visit the Red Basilica which was a Temple declicated to Serapis later converted into a church of St. John, Acropolis where the Altar of Zeus and other monuments on the spot as Agora Theatre. The library and Temples. Next stop is at the Asclepion, the ancient medical centre. Then drive to visit one of the Seven Church of the Revelation in Tnyatria. Then proceed to İzmir. Dinner and overnight in İzmir.
Day 5: İzmir-Kuşadası-Ephesus-Pamukkale
After breakfast visit third biggest city of Turkey. It was known as Smyrna in the ancient times and visit church of St. Polycarp and Mr. Pagus with its fortification Kadifekale from you will have a very nice panoramic view of all İzmir. Then Ephesus one of the third largest city of the Roman Empire and a city very much mentioned in the Bible and visit the magnificient theatre with capacity of 28.000 spectators, very impressive fourtains, monuments and temples marble street and visit the Virgin Mary’s House on Mt. Nightingale. The Basilica of St. John. Then drive to Pamukkale, means cotton castle where you can find the ruins and the remains of ancient Hierapolis, visit the Roman Theatre the largest Necropolis of Asia Minor. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6: Pamukkale-Laodecia-Bursa
After breakfast drive to Laodecia a wide area covered with marble and see the large stadium, and Odeon with 2 theaters then proceed to Bursa (the first capital of Ottoman Empire). Dinner and overnight in Bursa.
Day 7: Bursa-İstanbul
After breakfast visit Green Tom, Grand Mosque, Old Silk Market, Textile factory, then climb by cabre to Uludağ (Olympos) Mountain overlooking Bursa for the magnificient panoramic view then drive to İstanbul. Upon arrival visit Topkapı Palace of Sultans, now filled with exquisite treasures and its romantic Harem.
After visit the historical Grand Covered Bazaar, the most crowded shopping center in the word with its 4000 shops are selling mostly gold and silver, jewelry, coopper bras items, leather coats, carpets and other beautiful Turkish crafts. Overnight in İstanbul.
Transfer to airport for flight back to home.