The Contrasts Of The Great Empires

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Istanbul - Canakkale - Ephesus - Requests - Old Aivan - Pamukkale - Afyonkarahisar - Bursa

29987 KGS 429 USD

Days: 8 / Nights: 7

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Arrival in Istanbul

Meeting with guides. Transfer airport-hotel. Overnight in Kocaeli province in a hotel with thermal springs.


Formation of the Ottoman Empire-Bursa (excursion included in the program)

Bursa is the first capital of the great Ottoman Empire. Here you can feel the real Ottoman spirit - on the streets of the city, in historical places. The Park of Tophane is the oldest part of Bursa. Right at the entrance to the Park on the left there are the tombs of Gazi Osman and his son Gazi Orhan - the founders of the Ottoman Empire. It is famous for the clock tower, which stands on the top of a hill, on this place was a fortress, it was surrounded by the remains of the Byzantine walls. From the steps that lead up from the "meeting" of the streets of Ataturk, Nadir and Jemal, you can see the fortress walls. Inside the fortress was built a wooden Palace, and re-strengthened the old Byzantine bastions. Inspection of the famous "silk Bazaar". 

Overnight in the province of Afyonkarahisar.



Pamukkale - Hierapolis (excursion for extra fee) 

The ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is located on limestone terraces are waiting for you. Here are the ruins of the temple of Apollo, dating back to the III century AD. Then we will visit Pamukkale “cotton castle”. Visible from afar, the world-famous snow-white terraces (travertine formations) appeared as a result of the deposition of salts from the sources of thermal waters saturated with calcium. Overnight in Kusadasi



Kusadasi-Ephesus (excursion for an additional fee)

We will leave and head towards Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the most grandiose archaeological sites in the world with perfectly preserved ancient buildings. The temple of Artemis, belonging to the Hellenistic epoch, was one of the seven wonders of the world. Theater, which could accommodate 24,000 people and the library of Celsus confirm the highest level of development of the city. Departure and overnight in Ayvalik


Canakkale-Troy (the tour is included in the price) 

After breakfast, you will go to Canakkale, where the action of Homer's Iliad unfolded. We will help you to feel this mystical place, which Homer sings in his Grand epic about the Trojan war, and where the heroes of "Odyssey" and "Iliad"performed their feats. Before you will appear fragments of the fortress wall with a gate, towers, temple and cultural shrines, which for many centuries were hidden from human eyes until the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann began his excavations. 

Then we will go to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.



Sightseeing tour of Istanbul (included in the program) 

You will see the walls of Constantinople, which were erected to protect the city, the Golden horn Bay. Then you will pass through the modern Besiktas district to the Bosphorus bridge, following the Asian part of Istanbul. Next stop will be Beylerbeyi Palace, where you can make unforgettable photos for memory . Also, you will visit Macha Park -  beautiful green oasis in the center of Istanbul , located between two hills. At the end of the tour you can try the best Turkish onion directly from the manufacturer , as well as get acquainted with a huge range of leather products. Overnight in Istanbul.



Istanbul-the capital of the Emperors (excursion for an additional fee) 

After Breakfast you will go to the Hippodrome square. The oldest monuments in the center and around this square are the most important sights of Istanbul. After that you will visit the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, Hagia Sophia, the Great Church-this interesting building has many names. There were  many legends about the resources spent to the erected temple, but they all paled in comparison with reality. Then you will find yourself in the Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet. It is the only mosque in the world with six minarets. Then your attention will be presented Topkapi Palace, which is the largest and oldest Palace in the world, preserved to this day. The Palace is located on the site of the first settlement in Istanbul, occupies one of the seven hills of the city and rises on the historic Peninsula, offering magnificent views of the Golden horn, the Bosphorus and the Marmara sea. For 400 years, this Palace was the center of control of the Ottoman State, one of the three largest empires in the world. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.



Departure

Depending on the departure time, a comfortable bus will take you to the airport 

The program can be changed depending on weather conditions and departure time!

Included in the price:

Hotel accommodation 4-5*

Daily breakfast

Group transfer

English speaking professional guide

Additional services:

All additional excursions

Entrance tickets to all sites and museums

Lunch, dinner

NEED TO PURCHASE ON ARRIVAL

Dinner package 100 USD per person

Excursion to Ephesus and Pamukkale - Hierapolis - 60 USD per person  

 * Tour operator reserves the right to make changes to the program

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