My Choice of Affordable Turkey

Last Updated on April 24, 2019

MY CHOICE OF AFFORDABLE TURKEY (6 Days/5 Nights, by Orion Tour)

Istanbul, Çanakkale, Troy, Pergamon, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale

(Group departures are infrequent, but Orion Tour will be happy to make arrangements for you to follow this itinerary as a private tour.)

Arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Meet by Orion representative and transfer to the hotel. Full day tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and unique with its six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet I. Next we will have a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople where horse and chariot races used to take place. Then visit the St. Sophia museum, which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all times. Finally the famous Topkapi Palace museum will be visited, which was built as the home of the Ottoman sultans and the World Famous Imperial Chinese Porcelain sections will be visited. Last stop will be Grand Bazaar. Then we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.(LD)

After an early breakfast, we will begin our scenic drive down to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles during WWI. Following a lunch break, we will cross the second strategic waterway, the Dardanelles, and land in Asia and proceed to Troy. Referred to in Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”, Troy has in fact nine cities superimposed one upon another. Troy Vl pertains to the famous Trojan War of Homer where the legendary heroes included Agamemnon, Achilles, Ulysses and Nestor on the Greek side and, Priam, Hector and Paris on the Trojan side. We will check-in to our hotel in Çanakkale for dinner and overnight.(BLD)

Depart for Izmir, enroute we will have lunch in Bergama before visiting Pergamon to see the Acropolis, the Temple of Trajan and the theater both overlooking to the plain of Bergama with a picture break for one of the Seven Churches of Revelation in downtown Bergama, then finally the ancient medical center, the Asclepion, before driving to Izmir and settling in for the night. (BLD)

Following breakfast we drive to Selçuk to visit the House of Virgin Mary on top of Mt. Coressos. Then our memorable visit to Ephesus will begin as well as viewing one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis (One of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity) and the Basilica of St. John from a distance, followed by lunch in the township of Selçuk. After lunch we will visit the famous local production center for leather garments whereby after a live Fashion Show time will be allocated for shopping. Then continue to Pamukkale. You will tour the Antique City of Hierapolis where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. After a picture break, dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.(BLD)

Following an early breakfast transfer to Denizli Airport for flight to Istanbul by TK237 at 09:30.(Clients will do their own check-in). Arrival at Istanbul and transfer to hotel. After lunch free at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.(BLD)

Transfer to Istanbul Atatürk Airport for your flight home.(B)

(Tour code: MCAFF5N)

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