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Pearls of Aegean Ephesus Pergamum Troy and Istanbul
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On our Pearls of Aegean Tour, travel through Kusadasi, Ephesus, to Canakkale on along the Aegean Sea investigating churches, museums, and archeological sites of the Romans & Greeks. Discover the famous Troy and explore exotic Istanbul as well as archaeological wonders of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace  dating from ancient Greece to the Ottoman Empire.

Day 1 - Sat, Depart US

Depart for Izmir, Turkey on Turkish Airlines

Day 2 - Sun, Arrive in Izmir

Upon your arrival in Izmir, you will be met by a Troy Tours representative and transferred to Marriott  Hotel in Izmir (Biblical Smyrna), the jewel of Turkey's Aegean Coast. 
Meals: None included

Day 3 - Mon, Izmir (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.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 4 - Tue, Izmir – Pergamum – Troy

After 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. After lunch, continue to 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. Overnight in Canakkale
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5 - Wed, Canakkale – Cross Dardanelles - Istanbul

After breakfast, Cross Dardanelles continue to Istanbul. 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6 - Thu, Istanbul

After 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. 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

Day 7 - Fri, Istanbul

Full day at your leisure 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Sat, Istanbul to US

Your tour ends today. After breakfast, you will be transferred to airport for your flight home  
Meals: Breakfast 
Izmir – Marriott 
Set in Izmir, 2,300 feet from Izmir Clock Tower, Izmir Marriott Hotel offers accommodations with a bar, private parking, a shared lounge, and a terrace. Offering a restaurant, the property also has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, as well as an indoor pool and a fitness center. The accommodations feature a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. At Izmir Marriott Hotel every room includes bed linen and towels.
Canakkale – Buyuk Truva
Buyuk Truva Hotel Canakkale is located in central Canakkale, right on the sea and close to shopping, cafes and restaurants. The ancient city of Troy is just a short drive from the hotel.
The hotel offers comfortable and well-furnished rooms that are equipped with modern amenities. 
Istanbul – The Marmara Pera

Located in Istanbul's trendy and hip area in Beyoglu where the ancient history meets modern life, this stylish hotel features a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool overlooking the lively streets of Istanbul. The area is popular for soaking up to local culture, shopping, and entertainment along with many unique restaurants to taste a wide array of dishes of Turkish and international cuisines. 
The classy rooms of this hotel feature flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, safe box and an electric kettle.

 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