Istanbul & Aegean / 5 Nights - 6 Days
Day 1: Istanbul | You’re greeted upon landing in Istanbul and transferred to your hotel by our tour representative. Free afternoon.
Day 2: Istanbul | Tour Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays) residence of Ottoman sultans, the Hippodrome, site of chariot races, the Blue Mosque, famous for its colorful ceramics, and Saint Sophia (Closed on Mondays) decorated with ancient frescoes. Enjoy the 3,000 shops in the Covered Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. B L
Day 3: Istanbul | A half-day tour of Dolmabahce Palace (Closed on Mondays and Thursdays) or a cruise on the Bosphorus, depending on the weather conditions. Free time to explore the city. B
Day 4: Pergamum & Asklepion | An early morning flight to Izmir. Arrive and transfer to Pergamum’s ancient acropolis, home to the Altar of Zeus and the Roman Medical Center of Asklepion, work site of the great physician, Galen. Return to Izmir for overnight. B L
Day 5: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir | Journey to Ephesus where you will explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the library of Celsius, a gymnasium, and Hadrian’s Temple in Ephesus. Visit Virgin Mary’s stone cottage. Overnight in Izmir. B L
Day 6: Izmir | Your representative escorts you to the airport for your flight or to your holiday beach resort for an extension. B