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Geo 04 Istanbul&Izmir GD 5 Nights

Geo 04 Istanbul&Izmir GD 5 Nights

Take in the flavours of two of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. Experience coastal living in Izmir and dive into history on a day trip to Ephesus.
(Istanbul, Izmir)

Day 01 Fly / Istanbul (-)
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, depart for a half-day Bosphorus Cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, and the Baroque summer palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After the cruise, visit the Spice Bazaar (closed on Sundays), a thrilling riot of colours, sounds, and the rich smells of exotic spices. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 02 Istanbul (B)
After breakfast, depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Sultanahmet district at the heart of old Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia (On Mondays replaced by the Chora Church Museum), built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD. This church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next, visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Walk through the Hippodrome, the stadium of the ancient Byzantium, which held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Finish the tour at the Grand Bazaar, which was the commercial heart of the old city. Its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays), you may indulge in a little shopping, Ottoman style. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 03 Istanbul (B)
After breakfast, free at leisure or take one of the optional tours https://www.geotourismturkey.com/daily-tours/istanbul-2/. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 04 Istanbul / Izmir (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel. Free at leasure for the rest of the day. Overnight in Izmir.

Day 05 Izmir (B/L)
After breakfast depart for the sightseeing of Ephesus including;
“Leave for Ephesus, veritable cradle of early Christianity ( Rev: 2-1-7.) Visit the HOUSE of the VIRGIN MARY, where she spent her last days. Proceed to visit Ephesus, and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which are recently excavated. See the ODEON, BOULETERION, FOUNTAINS, TEMPLES, BROTHEL, LIBRARY, AGORA, GREAT THEATER, (Act.19-20) GYMNASIUMS, DOUBLE CHURCH, STADIUM. After lunch, visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, TEMPLE OF DIANA (One of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.)” Overnight in Izmir.

Day 06 Izmir / Istanbul / Fly (B)
After breakfast free till check-out (latest check-out time is 1200 hours) and departure transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the next destination via Istanbul.

Inclusions
* 5 nights accommodation
* 5 breakfasts
* 1 lunch during the full day tour in Izmir
* Return airport transfers on SIC basis
* The tours as per itinerary with English speaking guidance with pick up and drop at the hotel
* Entrances
* Tips and portrage at hotels

Exclusions
* Flights
* Personal expenses
* Drinks at meals
* Tips to the driver and the guide

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