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Ancient Wonders of Turkey

duration 5 Days / 4 Nights

priceStart from $515

locationTurkey

Summary

Explore this land of ancient monuments scattered around the whole country. Start from Istanbul, the city of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, with its fine architecture from Classic Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Once a church and a mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum constructed in the 6th century by Justinian the Great; the majestic Topkapı Palace built in the 15th century by Mehmet the Conqueror and one of the most beautiful mosques in the world erected by the Sultan Ahmet – these are the main but not the only highlights of Istanbul tour, which will continue with the fabulous Bosphorus cruise and end in the historic land of legendary Troy that preserved the ruins of this glorious city-state to our days.

Highlights of this itinerary

Bosphorus cruise, Tekirdag, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace.

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Highlights of this itinerary

Bosphorus cruise, Tekirdag, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace.


Overview

Day  1: Arrive in Istanbul
Day 2: Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
Day 3: Bosphorus cruise & Two Continents tour
Day 4: Troy Day Trip from Istanbul
Day 5: Departure Transfer

Includes

• Transfers from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to your Hotel in Istanbul and from the Hotel in Istanbul to the Ataturk Airport.
• 4 nights in Istanbul at a standard hotel including breakfast
• Professional licensed English speaking guide during the tours
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary: (B) breakfast, (L) lunch
• Entrance fees mentioned by the itinerary
• Car park, Gasoline, Highway & Bridge fees
• Local taxes and service charges

Excludes

  • Entry visa
  • International Flight Tickets
  • Extra Meals
  • Tipping Gratitude
  • Pocket money
  • Christmas & New Year Eve Gala Dinners
  • Any other items / service which is not listed above
Day 1 (Istanbul)

Day 1 (Istanbul)

On arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 (Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour)

Day 2 (Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour)

After breakfast approximately at 8:30 am pick up from your hotel to begin the full day tour.
Visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar & Topkapi Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel around 17:30. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast & Lunch included).

Day 3 (Bosphorus cruise & Two Continents tour)

Day 3 (Bosphorus cruise & Two Continents tour)

Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your guide at hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Soon after, we embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After lunch break, we continue driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers 360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Driving back to Europe over the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. 
Breakfast & Lunch are included

Day 4 (Troy Day Trip from Istanbul)

Day 4 (Troy Day Trip from Istanbul)

After an early pickup from your hotel, hit the road and travel south by luxury coach toward the ancient city of Troy. The full journey takes up most of the morning, so to break it up, stop in the town of Tekirdag for breakfast and a Turkish coffee (own expense). Around midday, stop again in Eceabat, on the east coast of the Dardanelles. Break for lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant and after lunch,  board a ferry for the 20-minute crossing to Canakkale.
From here, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Troy is a short coach ride away.
Easily one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, Troy dates back nearly 4,000 years and is said to signify the first contact between Anatolia and the Mediterranean countries. On a 1-hour walking tour around the site, your guide will talk about Troy’s history and its development as a series of settlements. Learn how it started as a Bronze Age dwelling, survived a Balkan invasion, was rejuvenated during Greek and Roman rules, and even a had stint as a Byzantine town before falling into a state of ruin. Hear tales of the Trojan War – an important Greek mythological story – and learn about the Trojan prince (Paris) who ran away with Zeus’ daughter (Helen) and thus sparked the 10-year war. After exploring the ruins, visit the wooden Trojan Horse that symbolizes the town and the Trojan War before returning to Istanbul. At the end of the tour at around 6:00 pm, you will be transferred back to Istanbul. Around 11:00 pm you will arrive back to Istanbul and will be dropped off to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. 
Breakfast & Lunch included.

Day 5 (Departure Transfer)

Day 5 (Departure Transfer)

After breakfast check out from hotel (before 12:00), transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport as per your international flight details.
End of tour and services, Breakfast included. 

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