07th – 14th October 2013
Approx price per person sharing: €998
Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains & lakes that offers you a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life.
With a magnificent past, it is a land full of historic treasures from thirteen successive civilisations spanning 10,000 years. Stereotypical images of Turkey are usually of bazaar stalls filled with brightly coloured cloth and flashy jewels, or perhaps of harems in sumptuous palaces filled with veiled belly dancers, accompanied by insistent hypnotic music.
* Return flights from Dublin to Istanbul
* Guided city tour of Istanbul
* Tour of Topkapi Palace
* Visit to Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise
* Visit to the Hittite Museum & Mausoleum of Ataturk
* Visit to the underground city of Kaymakli, Citadel of Uchisar
* Visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis
* Visit to Meryemana & see the House of the Virgin Mary & Ephesus to see the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian & Agora & fantastic Greco-Roman theatre
* Fully comprehensive travel insurance
* Tour escort to accompany the group from Dublin
Day 1: Dublin – Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to the Hotel. Dinner and Overnight.
Day 2: In the morning at 09:00 pick up from the hotel. You will be visiting the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia (St. Sophia), Sultan Ahmet Camii(Blue Mosque), Hippodrome(Roman and Byzantine era) and Grand Bazaar. After lunch private boat trip along the Bosphorus. Glide past minarets and palaces, stone fortresses and wooden Ottoman mansions during a cruise on the Bosporus.
Dinner and Overnight in Istanbul
Day 3: In the morning at the 06:30 pick up from the hotel and driver to Canakkale. After lunch visit Gallipoli Battle Fields which have played a historical role during the World War1. Commemorating one of the most famous battles in modern history. The beauty of the green hills, sandy beaches and blue waters provides an honored resting place for the soldiers who bravely fought and died in this historic battle Dinner and Overnight in Izmir
Day 4: In the morning at the 08:30 pick up from the hotel. Visit the legendary Troy (famous for the Trojan Horse). Then drive to Bergama for visiting the Acropolis and Acslepion of ancient Pergamum was one of principal cities of Asia Minor. Stroll through the remains of the Asclepion, one of the foremost medical centers of ancient times, the library which once held 240,000 scrolls, the Acropolis In the evening arrive in Izmir, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Izmir – Ephesus – Kusadasi After breakfast drive to famous city of Ephesus; in its time was a flourishing port, capital to the Roman province of Asia Minor. Today we visit the ancient city of Ephesus, which is a highlight of every trip to Turkey. Do make sure to walk the streets of the most complete city of antiquity in the world. Sit in the same theatre where Paul preached and Roman dramas were performed. Every summer, during the International Izmir Festival, the theatre is alive with the words, music and drama of contemporary performers in this ancient setting. Stroll past the Library of Celsius, the baths and the Temple of Hadrian. You’ll also visit the house where the Virgin Mary spent her last days and a photo stop at the Temple of Artemis with the last remaining column indicating where one of the Seven Wonders of the World was. Add another stone to today’s historical mosaic with a visit the Basilica of Saint John.
Then to Kusadasi, a well-known holiday centre of Turkey. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6: At Leisure at Kusadasi
Day 7: At Leisure in Kusadasi
Day 8: Iszmir – Dublin
Transfer to the Izmir airport for Return flight to Dublin to be Confirmed.
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