Day 1 - Saturday Depart USDepart United States for Izmir, Turkey on Turkish Airlines
Day 2 - Sunday Arrive in KusadasiUpon your arrival in Izmir, you will be met by a Troy Tours representative and transferred to Kismet Hotel in Kusadasi, the jewel of Turkey's Aegean Coast.
Meals: None included
Day 3 - Monday Kusadasi (Ephesus)After breakfast, drive to Selcuk Museum featuring important artifacts found at the Ephesus. Short distance away is the Ancient Ephesus, once the main harbor on the Aegean, now known for its spectacular antiquities and ruins. See the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, Gate of Hercules, Greek Theater, and other temples, baths, and colonnaded streets. Return to your hotel enroute see the piles of Turkish carpets and colorful kilims at a weaving center.
Day 4 - Tuesday Kusadasi – Pergamum - AssosAfter breakfast, drive north along Aegean Sea to quaint small fishing village Assos. You will visit Pergamum enroute the capital of the Attalid Kingdom. Ride a cable car to the upper city to take in the ruins of the Acropolis: agoras, temples, palaces, and library. In the lower city, visit the Asclepion, a sanctuary and healing center dedicated to the god Asclepius.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5 - Wednesday Assos – Troy – Cross Dardanelles - IstanbulAfter breakfast, explore the site of the ancient city of Troy, whose 3,400-year history spans nine superimposed settlements. Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, immortalized this glorious city. Cross Dardanelles continue to Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 6 - Thursday IstanbulAfter breakfast visit the Blue Mosque, built in only 7 years by order of Sultan Ahmet I in 1609. It gets its name from the blue Iznik tiles that cover the inside. Stroll through Topkapi Palace, with its impressive displays of jewelry, porcelain, clocks, miniatures, textiles, and religious artifacts. "Topkapi" means "Gate of the Cannon" for the Byzantine arsenal once situated where the Palace now stands. Visit St. Sophia, the Christian masterpiece whose construction was presided over by the Emperor Justinian. The day's tour ends with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, a shopper's delight with more than 4000 shops from which to choose.
Day 7 - Friday IstanbulFull day at your leisure
Day 8 - Saturday Istanbul to USYour tour ends today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for your flight home
|Kusadasi - Nisanyan Houses|
A unique hotel near Ephesus, Turkey Nisanyan House is considered one of Turkey's finest hotels, yet it is a simple and friendly sort of place. It offers you beauty and peace, even a certain degree of elegance. The grounds are extensive, but they make you feel you own the place by yourself. Set in a remote rural village, it is only ten minutes from Ephesus, one of Turkey's top tourist destinations. It probably serves the best food within 100 miles, though you'd think it is mom and pop cooking. It has the most intricately detailed decor of any hotel in the country, yet it all feels perfectly spontaneous and casual.
|Pergamum - Manici Kasri|
This authentic hotel is situated on the hillside of Mount Ida. Manici Kasri offers a private beach area only 2.8 miles away and spacious rooms with a fireplace, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Each room of Manici feature unique design with its colour scheme and decorations. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and pine forests can be enjoyed in all rooms. The gourmet restaurant serves regional cuisine with ingredients such as eggs, cheese, olives and honey, provided from local villages. There are also 2 cafes within the hotel, featuring views of the forests around.
Manici Kasri offers a private lounge deck over the Aegean Sea equipped with sun loungers and parasols.
|Hotellino - Istanbul|
|The charming and stylish Hotellino Istanbul located on a quiet street in Sirkeci offers well-equipped rooms and is a short walk from Haghia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Galata Bridge, and the Grand Bazaar. This beautifully decorated hotel offers excellent service and its staff is always ready to advise guests on restaurants, cafes, sights and happenings in the city. This smoke-free property offers 23 rooms with satellite television, air conditioning, pillowtop mattresses, direct-dial phones, and high-speed internet access. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, and phones.|
International air on Turkish Airlines
2 Domestic flights in Turkey
6 Nights accommodations
Daily Buffet Breakfast and 2 Lunches at local restaurants including soft drinks and tea
Private guide from day-two one to day-six
All sightseeing as indicated with lectures from your guide
Entrance fees to the venues
Private Luxury van transportation with an experienced local driver