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Spirit of Ionia from Istanbul

Overview:

Tour Code: CS-K07
Highlights: House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Ephesus ancient city, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Pergamon, and Acropolis.
Departure Location: Istanbul central located hotels
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights
Departure Dates:(Regular) Monday

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: ISTANBUL- IZMIR (EPHESUS TOUR)

Pick up from central hotels in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport. Fly to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir international airport. Meet with the driver and drive to visit House of Mother Mary on top of the mount of the Nightingale. It is believed that the Blessed Virgin spent her last years here. Then visit Temple of Artemis. It was one of the seven ancient Wonders of the World. Ephesus ruins, the best preserved ancient site in the World, which extends in to the third millennium B.C the remains of this important city are standing miraculously today, vivid witnesses of a glorious past. Among the well preserved ruins the theatre, Celsus Library, Agora, Odeon, Domitian’s Temple, Trajan Fountain, Roman Latrine are the most remarkable. Lunch in Seljuk town, in the afternoon a visit to the carpet weaving demonstration to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Overnight stay in Kusadasi. (L, D)

 

Day 2: KUSADASI- PAMUKKALE

Today will be long day but interesting and enjoyable. In the morning drive to Pamukkale which takes about three hours. Pamukkale that has the meaning of the Cotton Castle in English once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls”. After lunch visit Hierapolis including the extraordinary preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths with hot springs, the Devil’s Hole, and the Great theater, Pamukkale terraces are made of Calcium travertine’s, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In the location, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C to 100 °C The water that emerges from the spring is transported 320 meters (1,050 ft.) to the head of the travertine terraces and deposits calcium carbonate on a section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 meters to 300 meters. Enjoy swimming or a therapeutic bath in a hotel pool’s hot spring mineral water. (B, L, D)

 

Day 3: PERGAMUM ACROPOLIS

Depart for Pergamum. Whose main function was social and cultural as much as it was sacred? Built on a conical hill rising 1,000 feet above the surrounding valley, Pergamum is home to two of the country’s most celebrated archaeological sites: Pergamum’s acropolis and Asclepion are both listed among the top 100 historical sites on the Mediterranean. We will see the famed library, the terrace of the spectacularly sited hillside theater, the main palace, the Altar of Zeus, and the propylaeum of the Temple of Athena. In the early Christian era, Pergamum’s church was a major center of Christianity and was one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Asclepion, Galen born & Educated in Pergamon, was the authority of European medicine from the 2nd century until renaissance. Proceed to Izmir airport or Hotel in Kusadasi/Seljuk.Upon arrival Istanbul Ataturk airport transfer to your central located hotel. End of Ephesus Pergamon Pamukkale tour (B, L)

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Pick up and drop of Istanbul central located hotels
  • Includes all accommodation at a selected category, Hotel based on double occupancy.
  • Single occupancy surcharge Air conditioned vehicle
  • English speaking professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Breakfast (B); Lunch (L); Dinner (D)
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

 

  • Beverages
  • Domestic flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to driver and tour guide
  • Anything unless specified being included

Prices & Departure Dates

 

Everyday, All Year Round

Minumum 2 participants

Per Person in Double Occupancy USD 335
Per Person in Triple Occupancy USD 325
Single Supplement USD 50

PRICE NOT VALID FOR NEW YEAR, CHRISTMAS AND EASTER HOLIDAYS

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