Istanbul - Ephesus
DAY 1 : Arrival to Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport, meet by our representative and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.
DAY 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour
09.00 a.m. After breakfast pick up from hotel and Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace ,Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place.Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 : Half day Istanbul Tour
Pick up from hotel for second day tour . First visit Chora Museum , Visit Underground Cistern. Some free time in Spice Bazaar. Free afternoon to explore Istanbul on your own and Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 4 : Ephesus Tour
06.30 a.m. Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for 08.00 a.m. morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport at 09.00 a.m. Met by you tour guide and drive to Ephesus ( 45 minutes drive ) First visit the Artemission Temple where is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus.visit Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city at the mouth of the Cayster (modern Küçükmenderes) River, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Known in antiquity for its sacred shrines, notably a famous temple (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) to the goddess Artemis, or Diana, the city was also an important center of early Christianity.
After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets.
After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. This house is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here.
17.30 Drive to Izmir airport for our flight back to Istanb ul at 19.20. after 1 hour flight arrival in Istanbul at 20.20 and met by our representative and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
DAY 5 : Home
After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home.
The end of our services
4 nights 4 stars hotel accomodations based on bed and breakfast
Professional licensed English speaking guide
Istanbul – Izmir – Istanbul domestic return flight tickets including airport tax
BBQ lunch in Ephesus
All airport transfers and Transportation with private AC vehicle
All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary ON PRŢVATE BASIS
Any meals and drinks which are not mentioned in the itinerary.