Arrival in Istanbul. Airport pickup and transfer to
the hotel. Check into the hotel and have some time to
relax. An orientation of the city will be given shortly
afterwards, with the remainder of the day free to spend
at your own leisure about the city. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, visit Topkapi
Palace and Hagia Sophia.
Lunch break at an authentic Turkish restaurant before
visiting the Blue Mosque,
Cistern and Grand Bazaar.
Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, there is a half-day tour of the Bosphorus.
Visit the Spice Market
followed by a cruise by ferry through the Bosphorus.
Stop at Ortaköy for a coffee
break. Spend a free afternoon at your own leisure. Overnight
Morning departure to Çanakkale. Cross the Dardanelles
and visit Troy and Assos.
Overnight en route in Ayvacik.
Departure in the morning to Pergamon.
Visit the Acropolis and
Asclepion. Then drive to
Akhisar and visit the Church
of ancient Thyatira. Drive to Izmir. Overnight
Visit the Church of St. Policarp,
the oldest church of ancient Smyrna, symbolizing the
community of the seven churches of the Apocalypse. Then
depart for Sardis, ancient
capital of the Lydians and visit the Church of Sardis.
Continue on to Alasehir, to see the ancient
Philadelphia Church before driving to Pamukkale
for a leisurely bath in the hot spring pool of your
hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis
where St.Philip the Apostle became a martyr. Drive from
Pamukkale to Eskihisar - ancient Laodicea.
Visit the Church of Laodicea and the ruins. Drive to
Aphrodisias, the city of
the Goddess of Love, en route to Kusadasi. Overnight
Set off for Ephesus to
visit the spectacular remains, the House
of Virgin Mary and the Basilica
of St.John, followed by a stop-off in the formerly
Greek picturesque village of Sirince.
Continue on to Ayvalik, where you may relax on the hotel-side
beach. Overnight in Ayvalik.
Departure for Istanbul. Arrival and overnight in Istanbul.
Transfer from the hotel to the airport.