- Ancient City of Ephesus
- Isabey Mosque
- Basilica of St John
- House of Virgin Mary
- Artemis Temple
- Ancient city of Hierapolis
Day 1 – Arrival to Izmir
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your tour guide in Izmir Airport and proceed to Ephesus for a full day tour of the region. Today we will explore some of the most important sites of Turkey, in style. We have designed our tour to avoid the crowds and the hot weather and have the sites to ourselves (as much as we can). We will start the day with a visit to Isabey Mosque, a simple but beautiful mosque built by Selcuk Turks overlooking the Basilica of St John. Our guide will lecture us about Islam religion briefly and you will have a chance to discuss the distinctions between Christianity and Islam at this very special point where artifacts from both religions remain. We will then head up to local village of Sirince. This is a lovely town, where you will take a walk around it’s cobbled streets, and have chance to taste the local fruit wines of the region and buy local handicrafts, handmade olive oil soaps, and many many special regional food from local people of the village. On our way back to Selcuk, we will have our lunch of home cooked meal in a lovely garden. Our next stop is Artemis Temple; once one of the seven wonders of the world, now only a few colomns left. Before heading to Ancient City of Ephesus, we will take the opportunity and stop by the Ephesus Museum as it hosts many of the archeological foundations from the ancient site itself. We will visit Ephesus Ancient City in the afternoon, as a nice breeze starts at about 3 pm. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. With the mythological stories and spectacular ruins you will feel the life in ancient city. See the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Private House, the Library of Celsius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24,000 spectators. Prepare to be amazed. We will end the day at House of Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have travelled together with St John and spent the last days of her life. The house was founded following the dream of a nun and is now protected by Turkish Military. You will have the chance to light a candle inside this very special church. We will also have several shopping opportunities during the day within the itinerary.
After breakfast depart for Pamukkale, meaning ‘White Castle’ in Turkish, which is a geothermal feature of terraced hot springs in southwest Turkey. Pamukkale is one of the most interesting places in the world, justly famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where the hot springs were believed to have healing powers, so the city became the center of a pagan cult in antiquity and a spa resort today. It represents a shimmering white cascade, formed by limestone-laden hot springs , which have formed stalactites, potholes and magical fairy-tables. The water is reputed to be beneficial to the eyes and skin and to alleviate the ills of rheumatism, asthma and dermatitis.The ancient city of Hierapolis was constructed atop the springs and many ruins remain. Drive back to Izmir/Kusadasi for overnight.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the next destination.
|Prices Per Person|
|2 Pax||4 Pax||6 Pax||8 Pax||10 Pax|
|€ 499||€ 279||€ 209||€ 179||€ 149|
- Rates are given for land services only and do not include accommodation. Selected hotel is to be added on top of the price.
- Rates are based on private services and include transportation, guide services and entrance fees as per itinerary.
- Rates do not include meals as we assume the clients would rather order from ala carte menu than being limited by set menus.
- All prices are quoted in EUR.
- Domestic flights are not included in above prices. Domestic flight rates are to be added on top of the tour rate. As prices vary due to availability, domestic flight rates will be advised at the time of enquiry.
- Above prices are given for guidance only. Prices may change according to the changes in the programs according to clients’ wishes, when preparing tailor made itineraries.
Oriental Istanbul is a wonderful company. They are welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and very accommodating. I would recommend them without hesitation! - Artemis Mourat / 2013, Teacher
Wonderful and unforgettable experience, loved every moment! Will definitely return to Istanbul! hoping to see you all again! - Itsumi Suganuma / 2012, Student
If you are a dancer at heart that appreciates beauty, history and colorful culture this is the perfect trip to embark on. With knowledgeable and kind hosts that will take care of you and welcome you to their home town you will be delighted by what they have planned for you. A beautiful trip to bring a friend along and to make new ones! I would return in a heartbeat. - Bozenka / 2013, Teacher
I always have a great time with Oriental Istanbul tours as guest teacher, knowing my students will be hosted very well in stunning parts of Turkey and its makes my work so easy and pleasureful.. One of the best and warmest organizers I ever worked internationally. Strongly Recommended! - Ozgen / 2011, 2012, 2013 Teacher
THE perfect tour: very rare & unique - detailed instruction by Ozgen, real roman by Reyhan + local festival in Edirne. How can be better than that! Really appreciate the flexibility about stay & activities. All people in the tour are nice, friendly and helpful - pleasurable all the time. Most of all Burcu and Yoko did such a great job organizing & leading us - easy going yet professional, they know tourism and dancing well. Plus, Ozgen is the great instructor as well as our travel buddy - fun & positive energy, multi tasking (waiter, guide, entertainer etc.. ;) ) Can't wait for the next year! - Akiko Tanikawa / 2012 & 2013, Student
- Miss you already Burcu! I can't wait to come back to Turkey! Of course, I would want to be on a tour with you again! You have such a wonderful personality! Thank you for everything! - Helena Zahra
The tour leaders and our guide on this trip knew where to go and what to do to make this Turkish adventure a true gem. Their insights and knowledge enriched our trip immensely.We give this trip our highest recommendation.Jackie and Matt-------------We could not have been more pleased with our Gems of Turkey trip in 2013. The trip was very well organized and offered a rich variety of experiences. We were exposed to amazing food, ancient historical sights, beautiful coastal towns, super friendly people, bustling cities, quaint villages and comfortable accommodations. The size of the group was perfect and made for really getting to know our fellow travelers. The guide, our driver and John and Julie made this an extremely interesting adventure. We would highly recommend this trip.
Dave and Diane Milczarek
The transportation was great....from the bus (amazing driver) to the walking tours, boat tours and walking tours. Our last night in Istanbul using public transportation was a good experience. Julie, John and Rustem were all wonderful guides. And, it was great to meet and eat with Burcu too!
Excellent Tour and we loved Turkey. What a beautiful country and so many amazing places to see. The food in Turkey was fantastic and the people were friendly and easy to talk to. Lots of laughter! We want to go back soon.
I really enjoyed visiting Turkey and came home with a nice sense of the the country, its history and its people. Thank you for being so welcoming to us all.
------------"We had an incredible tour of Western and Central Turkey and visited amazing archaeological sites from Neolithic to Roman. Our small group tour was able to visit sites during times when the tour buses were gone, and we often had the place to ourselves, just wandering through beautiful ancient places. Our very knowledgeable Turkish guide enriched our experience of these diverse early cultures. Julie and John were so much fun to travel with, and gave us their unique perspectives and experience of Turkey. It is an incredible country for anyone interested in archaeology, and the food and the people are wonderful too! We highly recommend this tour."Ron and Glo Auler, Flagstaff, AZ
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