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The Greek cities of the Turkish coast (14 Days)


Day 1: ARRIVAL IN IZMIR
Arrival in Izmir. Transfer to our hotel. Overnight in Izmir 5* hotel.

Day 2: IZMIR - AYVALIK - PERGAMON
Tour through the historical regions of Ionia and Aeolia. Visit Ayvalik with its old Greek neighborhoods. Continue to Pergamon one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation to see the Acropolis with its theatre, the temple of Hadrian and the House of Asklepios with its underground corridors. Return to Izmir. Overnight in Izmir 5* hotel.

Day 3: IZMIR - EPHESUS - KUSADASI
Morning visit to Ephesus. We will see the Library, the Baths, the Agora, the Prytaneium and the Theatre. We will then head for Sirince, an old Greek village, the setting of "Farewell Anatolia".We will see the old churches and the old Greek school and we will head to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi 5* hotel.

Day 4: PRIENE - MILETUS - BODRUM
Visit Priene with its famous temple of Athena. Continue to Miletus, hometown of Thales. We will see the baths, the theatre and the Ionian Stoa. Afterwards we drive to Didyma with its gigantic temple of Apollo. We will travel along the banks of Lake Bafa where entire civilizations have been submerged and visit the amazing temple of Zeus at Euromos. Continue to Bodrum, ancient Halicarnassus, home of Herodotus. Overnight in Bodrum 5* hotel.

Day 5: BODRUM - KAUNOS - FETHIYE
Visit the Museum of Underwater Archaeology housed inside the Castle of the Knights. Continue by boat to Dalyan Lagoon and ancient Kaunos. Visit of the theatre and the ruined basilica and see the necropolis carved out on a rock. Arrival in Fethiye. Overnight in Fethiye 4* hotel.

Day 6: FETHIYE - LIVISI - TLOS - FETHIYE
Visit the eerie ghost town of Livisi, abandoned by its Greek inhabitants during the exchange of population between Greece and Turkey and where some beautiful churches still remain. Later on, we will visit the ancient Lycian city of Tlos which lie unexplored there and have incredible monuments worth the journey. Return to Fethiye to visit its rock tombs. Overnight in Fethiye 4* hotel.

Day 7: FETHIYE - XANTHOS - KALKAN
Drive to Xanthos ancient capital city of Lycia, where we will see the famous Tower of the Harpies and the theatre. Continue to Letoon, a religious centre with its own theatre and cluster of temples, and finally Patara on an endless beach. Arrival in Kalkan. Overnight in Kalkan 4* hotel.

Day 8: KEKOVA - MYRA - ANTALYA

Visit the theater of ancient Antiphellos and discover one of the best-kept secret of the Western Turkey coast: the ancient harbor of Simena, reached by boat. During our short cruise, we will see the isle of Kekova and the submerged ruins of the Byzantine city Dolichisti. We continue to Myra to visit the shrine and the burial of St Nicolas as well as the theater and the necropolis, carved out of a steep slope. Arrival in Antalya. Overnight in Antalya 5* hotel.

Day 9: ANTALYA (PERGE - ASPENDOS)
Visit Perge with its fantastic stadium and continue to Aspendos where we will see the best preserved theater of Antiquity. Return to Antalya. Rest of the time free at leisure for walks through the beautifully preserved quarters of the city. Overnight in Antalya 5* hotel.

Day 10: APHRODISIAS - PAMUKKALE
Visit Aphrodisias and its theater, the temple of Aphrodite and the stadium, considered as the best preserved in the world. Arrival in Pamukkale and visit ancient Hierapolis. We will see the travertines, a unique geological phenomenon. We will also visit the theater, the baths and the hot springs.Overnight in Pamukkale 5* hotel.

Day 11: PAMUKKALE - ISTANBUL
Drive through the historical valleys of Asia Minor. Arrival in Istanbul in the evening. Overnight in Istanbul 5* hotel.

Day 12: ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
Drive through the old city, pass the Golden Horn and end up at the ancient Hippodrome, at the historical center of Istanbul. Visit the magnificent St Sophia church, which was transformed into a mosque. Continue to the Byzantine cistern with hundreds of columns taken from older pagan temples. We will enter one of the most beautiful mosques in the world, the famous Blue Mosque and we'll finish our tour at the mysterious Top Kapi Palace, to see the treasures of the Sultans and the intrigueous harem. Overnight in Istanbul 5* hotel.

Day 13: ISTANBUL
Today we'll have a mini cruise along the shores of the Bosphorus, to see the splendid 19th century mansions of the European merchants and diplomats and the rich Ottomans. We'll stop along the way to overpass the Bosphorus by the huge Bosphorus bridge. Overnight in Istanbul 5* hotel.

Day 14: DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.


Rates

WHAT'S INCLUDED:
Overnights in 5* & 4* hotels
All coach transfers
Breakfasts & dinners
English speaking guide
Entrance fees
Boat rides

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.
Visas.(visas can be issued directly upon arrival at the airport)
Extra meals
Personal expenses.

 
     
 
 
         
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