The most important places to visit in Christianity are in Turkey: the seven churches mentioned in the Holy Bible and one of the oldest temples in history, Hagia Sophia (which is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list).
The Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, lived for a time and died on the Bülbül hill, near the ancient city of Ephesus in Izmir; This place is visited by millions of people every year.
All these marks of religions and civilizations, form the wealth and independence of the territory of Turkey today in the history and culture of the world.
Today, we consider it an honor and we are proud to host these incomparable riches, on behalf of all humanity.
Where this package begins in Turkey?
Where does this package end in Turkey?
Smyrna or Kushadasi
Day 1 / ISTANBUL:
Arrival in Istanbul, assistance at the airport, transfer to the chosen hotel and accommodation.
Breakfast at your hotel, meeting with the local guide at 9am (or other time of your choice). Visits to the following points of the city:
Basilica of Santa Sofía: today turned into a Museum it is considered one of the great works of architecture (Cost of entry – in the case of doing with the group it is already there);
Roman Hippodrome: area for carriage races (Free of visitation cost);
Blue Mosque: supreme elegance and famous for its magnificent interior decorated with Iznik tiles (Free of visitation cost);
Optional lunch and continuation of the tour to the Topkapi Palace, only the part of the Treasures of Turkey. (Cost of entry – in the case of doing with the group it is already included) This visit does not include the part of the Harem;
We finish our walk in the Grand Bazaar (Free of entry cost);
Return to the hotel and free night.
Day 3 / ISTANBUL:
Istanbul – Bosporus and Asian side.
Meeting at your hotel with the local guide at 9am (or other time of your choice). On this day we will visit:
The Egyptian Bazaar: also knowing the condiment market. (free of visitation cost);
We will go to the Asian part, to look at the view of Istanbul on the Hill of Çamlica. (free of visitation cost);
Visit to the Berbeyeyli Palace that remained the last Ottoman sultan. (Cost of entry – in the case of doing with the group it is already there).
Typical optional lunch at a local restaurant.
Start of our boat trip on the Bosphorus.
(Cost of entry – in the case of doing with the group it is already there). 36 km channel that divides the continents of Europe and Asia. Back to the hotel;
Day 4 / ISTANBUL- BANDIRMA – TIATIRA-PERGAMO – ESMIRNA:
Transfer to Yenikapı port to board the ferry to Bandırma (07:30) – Arrival at 09:30 to continue to Thyatira Akhisar; city also known as The Purple Color Tints. We visit the remains of a basilica from the Byzantine era. Lunch. We head to Pergamon , one of the richest cities in the ancient Roman province of Asia. Among the ruins of the Acropolis, we will visit the steepest theater in the world, the temple of Trajan, the temple of Athena and also on a visit we are assisted by the remains of the Altar of Zeus. We continue with the visit of the Red Basilica which is known as the Church of Pergamon. (D, A, C)
Breakfast . The tour starts in Izmir, Izmir city where Saint Polycarp was martyred. We visit the church of San Policarpo. We continue towards Sardes , the current Salihli, capital of Lidia. Lunch. Visit to El Agora, The Gym, The Synagogue , and the Temple of Artemis. We continue with Philadelphia, visiting the Church of San Juan to go to Pamukkale; en route we will visit the ancient city of Laodicea. Arrival in Pamukkale, transfer to the hotel, dinner and accommodation. (D, A, C)
Dia 6 / PREVIOUSLY – EPHESUS – COVER:
Breakfast . Visit to Pamukkal that for its white waterfalls is called Cotton Castle. The natural pools of Travertino, formations caused by hot springs complement this tour. We continue with the visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis; formerly a city of Phrygia and converted into an episcopal center during the Byzantine period. Continuation towards Kusadasi. Lunch. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary Mother of Jesus en route where he will spend his last years. Departure to Ephesus and visit the best preserved ancient city in Asia Minor, which during the 1st and 2nd centuries had a population of 250,000 inhabitants. We will visit the Adriano Temple, the Roman Baths, the Celso Library and the Odeon, theater It had a capacity of 24,500 spectators. In Ephesus we will also visit The Church of the Virgin Mary where the Third Ecumenical Council held in 431. Transfer to hotel, dinner and accommodation. ( D, A, C)
Day 7 / KUSADASI – CRUISE (or ESMIRNA – ISTANBUL):
Breakfast . Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Kuşadası port to board the ship or to Izmir airport to take a flight to Istanbul (B
Transfers according to the itinerary with assistance
Ground transportation in a luxury vehicle (Minicar, minibus, coach or etc), with air conditioning.
Accommodation in the chosen hotels or similar.
“Bed and Breakfast” regime in Istanbul hotel; full board in Anatolian hotels (Half board in hotels, restaurant lunches as indicated in the program)