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Ancient Turkey

PRIVATE TOUR - 5 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $2347+

Private Tour Highlights

  • Visit one of the world's largest archaeological sites, the ancient city of Ephesus. See ruins of a city that date back to 10th century BC.
  • See one of the Seven World Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis, in Ephesus.
  • Marvel over the incredible decoration of Topkapi Palace, once home to Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. There are many buildings and courtyards to explore.
  • Wander through Sultanahmet Square, where both the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque are located. This section is enriched with so much history and beauty.
  • Haggle over the price of Turkish jewelry, carpets, ceramics, and other goods in the famous Grand Bazaar.
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Tour Overview

Explore Ancient Turkey! The historic sites are never ending! The country has served as a home to many civilizations including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Incredible remains of these early civilizations have been uncovered and preserved. See one of the earliest libraries known to exist at Ephesus. Visit one of the ancient seats of the Byzantine Church, the Hagia Sophia. Explore the palace that was once used by Ottoman Sultans. Begin to discover the unique blend of cultures in this ancient land. Travelers will be left in awe after seeing such historic sites!

Explore the great ancient site of Asia Minor, Ephesus. Marvel over the ruins of the ancient temples, library, market and spectacular theater. Visit the Virgin Mary’s cottage and the Temple of Diana. Spend time in Pergamum, one a prominent Greek city. The ruins are considered as one of the seven churches of Asia. See Acropolis, embellished with so many beautiful monuments such as the Temple of Trojan and a theater. Go to an ancient Roman medical center, Asklepion.

Discover the ancient city of Istanbul, once known as Constantinople. Spend the majority of the time in Istanbul in the historic section of Sultanahmet Square. In the small area of Sultanahmet Square, see the amazing Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Experience the blend of Byzantine and Ottoman culture. Walk through the Roman Hippodrome that was once used for chariot races. Visit the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of Ottoman Sultans. Make a trip to the seemingly never-ending Grand Bazaar. Wander through the many shops and discover the best of Turkish goods including jewelry, carpets, and ceramics.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Double £$2347 £$2527 £$2689 £$3067
Single £$3577 £$3872 £$4120 £$4963

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Arrive in Izmir and Transfer to Kusadasi

Upon arrival into Izmir, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the Kusadasi hotel.

Upon arrival into Izmir, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the Kusadasi hotel.

Day
2

Ephesus

Start the day visiting the great ancient site of Asia Minor, Ephesus with its temples, library, market and spectacular theater. Continue to the Virgin Mary's cottage and the Temple of Diana. Transfer back to the hotel.

Start the day visiting the great ancient site of Asia Minor, Ephesus with its temples, library, market and spectacular theater. Continue to the Virgin Mary's cottage and the Temple of Diana. Transfer back to the hotel.

Day
3

Pergamum and Asklepion and Transfer to Istanbul

Drive to Pergamum, visit Acropolis which is embellished with beautiful monuments, Temple of Trojan, and a theater. Visit the ancient Roman Medical center, Asklepion. After the tour, return back to the hotel.

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Izmir airport for departing flight. Take a flight from Izmir to Istanbul. Upon arrival into Istanbul, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the night at leisure.

Drive to Pergamum, visit Acropolis which is embellished with beautiful monuments, Temple of Trojan, and a theater. Visit the ancient Roman Medical center, Asklepion. After the tour, return back to the hotel.

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Izmir airport for departing flight. Take a flight from Izmir to Istanbul. Upon arrival into Istanbul, be met by a local Yampu representative who will transfer the traveler to the hotel. Enjoy the rest of the night at leisure.

Pergamum-Turkey
Day
4

Istanbul Tour

Go on a guided tour exploring the ancient city of Istanbul. The tour includes a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the main residence of Ottoman Sultans. See the Saint Sophia Basilica, an ancient seat of the Byzantine Church. Marvel over the Blue Mosque, still a functioning mosque and one of Istanbul biggest attractions. Walk through the Roman Hippodrome that was once used for chariot races. Finish the day wandering through the seemingly never-ending Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar is filled with many small shops offering the best in Turkish goods including jewelry, carpets, and ceramics.

In the evening, go a walking food tour. Start the tour from a Spice Market area learning about spices which dominated Ottoman cuisine. Try sherbet (spice juice), Turkish Delight and nuts. Experience the smells and the colors of Istanbul. Then walk through Galata Bridge to Galata area. Stop to taste ethnic dishes from all regions of Anatolia. Galata district is becoming a cultural center with design shops, cultural designers, wine cellars, and boutique hotels. Taste Turkish coffee cooked on charcoal, maybe a sesame pretzel and roasted chestnuts on the way to Beyoglu. Beyoglu has little labyrinth like streets with hidden tastes of different Greek mezes, Black Sea style Turkish pizza, fried mussels, pickles, tripe soup etc. Conclude the tour with desert, either mastic rice pudding or elastic ice cream or Beyoglu chocolate. Taste all of them if the traveler has a sweet tooth. ...read less

Blue Mosque-Istanbul
Day
5

Depart Istanbul

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Istanbul airport for departing flight.

At the appropriate time, be met at the hotel to transfer back to the Istanbul airport for departing flight.

Izmir, İzmir, Turkey

Kusadasi, Kuşadası/Aydın Province, Turkey

Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey

Pergamon Antik Kenti, İzmir, Turkey

The Asklepion, Bergama/İzmir, Turkey

Places You'll See

  • Kusdarsi-Turkey

    Kusadasi

    The coastal city of Kusadasi is known for its beautiful location on the Aegean Sea and its fun, exciting nightlife. This makes Kusadasi a great city to stay in for travelers wanting plenty of restaurants and nighttime activities to choose from while visiting the ancient sites of Ephesis, Pamukkale, Pergamum, Asklepion, Priene, Miletus, and Didym.

  • Ephesus-Turkey

    Ephesus

    Ephesus is one of Turkey’s major attractions. This city is one of the world’s largest archaeological sites. Once home to an ancient Greek then Roman city, Ephesus was thought to have over 250,000 citizens. The site is considered one of the largest and best preserved ancient cities, although only a small percent of it has been unearthed by archaeologists. The ancient city’s main attraction is the Library, thought to be one of the world’s first known libraries.

  • Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia-Istanbul

    Istanbul

    Visit the city that has a long, rich history. First known as Byzantium in 660 BC, this city has been home to many different civilizations. Beginning in 330 AD, the city was renamed to Constantinople during the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman empires. After the country’s establishment in 1923, the city was renamed again to Istanbul. The city served a hub for the growth of Christianity until the Ottomans conquered, whose religion was Islam. The city has so many different layers of history, making it an exciting place to explore! The city itself is split by the waters of the Bosphorus strait, onto two different continents, Europe and Asia. This makes it easy to hop from one continent to another without even leaving the city! Istanbul is well known for its landmarks such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazzar, and the popular Turkish hammams(Turkish bath houses). This city has so much to offer!

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Kusadasi : Marina Hotel and Suites

Istanbul : Hotel Olimpiyat Istanbul

Istanbul : Erbil Hotel

Istanbul : Golden Crown Hotel

Istanbul : Hotel Nena

Istanbul : Hotel Perula

Istanbul : Orient Express Hotel

4 Star Properties

Kusadasi : Efe Boutique Hotel

Istanbul : Kent Hotel Istanbul

Istanbul : Alzer Hotel

Istanbul : Arena Hotel

Istanbul : Best Western Plus The President Hotel

Istanbul : Celal Sultan Hotel

Istanbul : Faros Hotel Old City

Istanbul : Grand Yavuz Hotel

Istanbul : Hotel Beyaz Saray

Istanbul : Hotel Mina

Istanbul : Klas Hotel

Istanbul : Konak Hotel

Istanbul : Levni Hotel

Istanbul : Ramada Old City

Istanbul : Sirkeci Mansion

Istanbul : Sultanahmet Palace Hotel

5 Star Properties

Kusadasi : Charisma Deluxe Hotel

Istanbul : Eresin Crown Hotel Sultanahmet

Istanbul : Novotel Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Luxury Properties

Kusadasi : LaVista Hotel

Istanbul : Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus

Istanbul : Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Istanbul : Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Istanbul : Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Istanbul : Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Pera

Istanbul : Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Sisli

Istanbul : Pera Palace

Istanbul : Shangri-La Bosphorus

Istanbul : Swissotel The Bosphorus

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