Selcuk Holidays

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Day 1: Istanbul

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative before transfer to your Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 2: Istanbul

After breakfast visit the ancient Roman Hippodrome; the former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you'll be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi, and fountain of Wilhelm II. Then visit the Blue Mosque; famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and unique with its 6 minarets. After we drive to Eminönü to visit the aromatic Spice Bazaar, where the smells of cinnamon, cloves and thyme, rise from hundreds of colourful muslin bags at every store-front. And finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar; which is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets and leatherwear. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul

After breakfast we will visit Hagia Sophia; the magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. After this visit we will see Underground Cistern; built by Justinian in the 6th century, the Underground Cistern is supported by 336 beautiful columns. Two are incised with the head of Medusa. Finally we will have Bosphorus Cruise; through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4: Istanbul

After breakfast visit the Topkapi Palace (including Harem); the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Then drive to Taksim, the heart of modern Istanbul. Zig-zag across the Istiklal Caddesi (the Grande Rue) a boulevard affectionately known as Paris of the east. Explore the back streets and see a variety of funky cafes before stopping to enjoy a traditional Turkish coffee and have your fortune told. Then visit Galatasaray Square, and Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage), a shrine to the Turks love of leisurely dining. Stop by Balik Bazaar - a local market specializing in seafood and perhaps try some fresh battered and fried mussels. End up the walking voyage on Galata Tower. Overnight Istanbul.

Day 5: Istanbul

After breakfast we will drive to Gallipoli; where you will visit naval battle that took place in the Dardanelles prior to the army landings. We will see Brighton Beach and Beach Cemetery, Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is held on Anzac Day every year, Ari Burnu Cemetery, where the Dawn Service was held until 1999, Australian Memorial at Lone Pine with pectacular views, The Nek where the tragic charge of the Light Horsetook place, The New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair and Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial. Overnight in Eceaba.

Day 6: - Canakkale

After breakfast we will see Kabatepe Museum houses a collection of historic items relating to the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I. Then we discover the Northern Part of Gallipoli Battlefields by visiting Hill 60 Cemetery, Green Hill Cemetery and Suvla Bay. In the afternoon, we will drive to Troy; is the ancient site written about by Homer in the Iliad. It dates back as far as 3000 BC and has been the site of nine different cities through the thousands of years it has existed. As you enter the site a large wooden Trojan Wooden Horse dominates your view. After the tour we will return back to Canakkale for overnight.

Day 7: Canakkale - Selcuk

After breakfast drive to Pergamum Acropolis; one of the principle centres of Hellenistic civilization. You will see the steepest theatre of Anatolia, the Temples of Trojan and Dionysos, the place of the monumental Altar of Zeus, the Sanctuary of Demeter, the Gymnasium situated on terraces and the lower Agora. We will also see the Asklepion; which is a famed ancient medical centre built in honour of Asklepios, the god of healing and it was also the world's first psychiatric hospital. You will also see the Red Basilica; turned into a church, and was dedicated to the St. John. In early Christianity, it was one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor addressed by St. John in the Book of Revelation. Continue to Selcuk for overnight.

Day 8: Selcuk

After breakfast visit the Basilica of St. John; built by the Emperor Justinian over the tomb of St. John the Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivalled St. Sophia in size. See the remaining graceful columns and Apostle, the Basilica, now in ruins, once rivaled St. Sophia in size. See the remaining graceful columns and mosaics of the Basilica as you take in the panorama of the rural Selcuk countryside. Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al -Damishki. Finally drive to Sirince, a beautiful hillside town famous for its grape and fruit wines. Overnight in Selcuk.

Day 9: Selcuk

After breakfast drive to Ephesus Ancient City. Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theatre. Then continue to House of Virgin Mary. The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of the Virgin Mary. We will also see the Cave of Seven Sleepers. Finally we will see The Temple of Artemis, which had been built at first during the Archaic period, today it's known one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World. Overnight in Selcuk

Day 10: Selcuk

Sadly your time with us has come to and end as you are transferred to Izmir airport in time for your departure flight.

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