Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...
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Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.
After breakfast in your hotel, there is a full day guided tour which includes St. Sophia the cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537 which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years, the Byzantine Hippodrome with its various monuments including a 3500‐year‐old red granite obelisk brought from Egypt and erected here in 390 AD. The Ottoman Empire produced marvelous architecture and you'll see two of its finest works: Topkapi Palace, home of the sultans, and the famed Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. After all these visits, you'll venture into Spice Bazaar.
After breakfast at the hotel , drive to Bursa and visit the first capital of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century, and a major spa center, visit the Ottoman complex to see the Grand Mosque, the Green Mosque, considered to be one of the finest examples of early Ottoman architecture, and the Green Mausoleum, the tomb of Sultan Mehmet I. This is Bursa's loveliest building, with its spectacular tile work. Finally visit Covered Bazaar with its local cotton goods, and Koza Han, the silk cocoon caravanserai, with shops selling beautiful silks and brocades.
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Pergamum, one of Turkey's oldest civilized settlements and it has been inhabited from prehistoric times through the Ionic, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. It has yielded archeological treasures whose importance is recognized world‐wide.Vist the ancient city of acropolis founded on top of a steep hill (300 m) make this area a fascinating stop for history‐loving tourists. Also visit Altar of Zeus.
Today we will visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. A definite must while in Turkey. After tour, we will drive to our hotel at Pamukkale.
After breakfast we will hhave time to enjoy the beauty of lime cascade and visit ancient Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath, graveyard and the lime cascade, return to your hotel with hot spring pool. After the tour continue to the airport for your flight to Istanbul.