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CHRISTMAS TRAVEL TURKEY

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DAY 1 – 20.12.2014
Destination : Istanbul
Accommodation : Istanbul (Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci or Similar)
Meal Plan : Dinner
Tour or Land Service : Airport Transfer in Istanbul
Description : You will arrive to Istanbul / Turkey and you will be transferred to your hotel. You will take a “Welcome Dinner” with the group members and your guide.

DAY 2 – 21.12.2014
Destination : Istanbul
Accommodation : Istanbul (Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch
Tour or Land Service : Old City Istanbul Tour
Description : After meeting your tour guide at the lobby of hotel, your Istanbul adventure begins with a trip to the majestic Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom. The church, now a mosque and museum, was originally built by Constantine the Great in the fourth century and later rebuilt by Emperor Justinian to be the flagship Church of the Byzantine Empire. St. Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and is richly decorated with mosaics, marble pillars, and other magnificent adornments. You will also see the Byzantine Hippodrome, once the heart of Constantinople's political and sporting life, and the scene of many athletic games through the history of the Byzantine Empire. Monuments on the site include the Snake Column from Delphi, as well as an Egyptian obelisk taken from the Temple of Karnak at Luxor. You will also visit another of the city’s most recognizable landmarks; the elegant Blue Mosque with its six graceful minarets and superb interior decorated with more than 20,000 blue Iznik tiles. We will then rest for lunch and you will have the opportunity to taste delicious and healthy traditional Turkish foods. Next on the agenda is the Topkapi Palace, a huge walled complex hugging the Bosphorus that was once the palace of Ottoman sultans and is now a museum that houses an extraordinary collection of Chinese porcelain, art, artifacts and jewels including the radiant Topkapi Diamond. Finally you will explore the famous Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. Afterwards you drive back to your hotel in Istanbul.

DAY 3 – 22.12.2014
Destination : Istanbul – Izmir – Kusadasi
Accommodation : Kusadasi (Grand Onder Hotel or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Flight : KK20 ISTANBUL 07:30am – IZMIR 08:20am
Tour or Land Service : Pergamon, Asclepion, Acropolis Tour & Airport Transfers in Istanbul and Izmir
Description : You will transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport and flight to Izmir. After you arrived Izmir you will drive to Pergamum. Pergamum is one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey. The city was a great center of culture and the capital of East Roman Empire. On the Acropolis there are numerous remains including the celebrated Library, the steepest theatre of Anatolia, the Temples of Trojan and Dionysos, the place of the monumental Altar of Zeus famous with the relief of God and devils, the Sanctuary of Demeter, the Gymnasium situated on terraces and the lower Agora. After a delicious lunch with Turkish specialties you will proceed to the Medical Center of the ancient world, Asclepion where the first psychological treatment had been used and which was dedicated to the God of Health, Asclepios.Your last visit will be to Red Basilica (Kizil Avlu). Today, the still-enormous Red Basilica straddles the Selinus River (Bergama Cayi), whose two subterranean galleries provide a canal for the water to pass.The interior of the basilica consisted of three aisles divided by two rows of columns. The central aisle ended in a semi-circular apse, under which was a crypt. Above the lateral aisles were galleries. A small mosque now makes its home in one of the towers. Afterwards you will drive to your hotel in Kusadasi.

DAY 4 – 23.12.2014
Destination : Kusadasi
Accommodation : Kusadasi (Grand Onder Hotel or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tour or Land Service : Pamukkale, Hierapolis Tour
Description : After beakfast you will drive to Pamukkale (Hierapolis). You will see the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, and the Main Street, Byzantium Gate. Then, you walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. The temperature of the water is about 35. You can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale (cotton castle). After the open buffed lunch Swimming in hot red thermal pools in the hotel. Then If you like to swim in the Ancient Pool (excluded entrance fee for swimming in pool) which is also called Cleopatra s Pool they charge extra entrance fee. The Cleopatra Pool is warmed by hot springs and littered with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. Possibly associated with the Temple of Apollo, the pool provides today's visitors a rare opportunity to swim with antiquities! During the Roman period, columned porticoes surrounded the pool; earthquakes toppled them into the water where they lie today. Afterwards you drive back to your hotel in Kusadasi.

DAY 5 – 24.12.2014
Destination : Kusadasi
Accommodation : Kusadasi (Grand Onder Hotel or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tour or Land Service : Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St.John Tour
Description : After beakfast you will drive to Selcuk town for your Ephesus Tour. Visit the premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world, Ephesus. Explore the Temple of Hadrian, Domitians temple, Hercules gate, famous Celsus Library, Great theater and other Roman sites.You will also visit House of the Virgin Mary where it is believed to have spent her last years. On November 29th, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus to be sacred. Give a break to taste delicious, healty and traditional Turkish foods. Your last visit will be to the Basilica of St. John (St. Jean Aniti),which was a great church in Ephesusconstructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. It stands over the believed burial site of St. John, who is identified as the apostle, evangelist (author of the Fourth Gospel) and prophet (author of Revelation). Ephesus tour is including a visit to a carpet-weaving centre to learn about the art of Turkish hand made carpets. Afterwards you drive back to your hotel in Kusadasi.

DAY 6 – 25.12.2014
Destination : Kusadasi - Antalya
Accommodation : Antalya (Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast, Dinner
Flight : PC260 IZMIR 07:00am – ANTALYA 08:05am
Tour or Land Service : Demre, Home of St.Nicholas, Finike Tour, Christmas Day Dinner
Airport Transfers in Izmir and Antalya
Description : Today we visit Demre, home of the original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus), where he lived as the Bishop of the area. We visit his church and tomb before heading to Finike for Christmas Day dinner.

DAY 7 – 26.12.2014
Destination : Antalya
Accommodation : Antalya (Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast
Tour or Land Service : ---
Description : Free day in Antalya.

DAY 8 – 27.12.2014
Destination : Antalya - Istanbul
Accommodation : Istanbul (Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch
Flight : KK17 ANTALYA 20:00pm – ISTANBUL 21:15pm
Tour or Land Service : Aspendos, Perge, Side Tour & Airport Transfers in Antalya and Istanbul
Description : After beakfast you will drive to Perga now commonly spells Perge which was the capital city of the Pamphylia region, south western Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Today it is a large site of ancient ruins 15km east of Antalya in the coastal line. There is an acropolis located, dating back to the Bronze Age. In Perge you will see city gate, Roman Bath, Column Street, Agora and Stadium. Then we will drive to Aspendos. Aspendos was an ancient city in Pamphylia, Asia Minor. It was situated on the Eurymedon River about 10miles (16km) inland from the Mediterranean Sea. The Greek spelling of the name is Aspendos. According to mythology, the city was founded around 1000 B.C. by Greeks who may have come from Argos. Here we will visit the best protected theatre of the little Asia, which the theatre has amazing acoustics and during the summer months concerts are held here (listening to an opera or a musical under the stars in such an ancient setting is an evening not to be missed). Afterwards you will have your lunch at a nice restaurant. Then we will drive to Side antique city, and we will see the splendid Agora, Theatre and Temples built in the seventh century B.C. Afterwards you drive to Antalya airport for flight to Istanbul. After this domestic flight you will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.

DAY 9 – 28.12.2014
Destination : Istanbul
Accommodation : Istanbul (Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci or Similar)
Meal Plan : Breakfast, Lunch
Tour or Land Service : Bosphorus Cruise
Description : After beakfast, your Bosphorus adventure begins with a visit to Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar), it was built in 1664 as a part of the Yeni Cami complex which is located next to it. Misir in Turkish means Egypt and it is called the Egyptian Bazaar because the shopkeepers used to sell spices and herbs which were brought from or through Egypt. During the Ottoman period it was known as a place where shops sold only spices. Today there are only a few spice and herb specialists. The rest sell dried fruit, borek, basket work, jewelry, haberdashery, drapery and suchlike. The bazaar has an "L" shape with six gates. Bosphorus Cruise, Discover the absolute best of Istanbul by sea for a memorable Bosphorus Cruise between two continents Asia and Europe. Beylerbeyi Palace, Beylerbeyi, built by under Sultan Abdulaziz by another member of the talented Balyan family of architects in the Europoean style of Dolmabahce, was the second palace to be built on the Bosphorus and served as a summer residence and guest quarters for visiting dignitaries during thie visits to the city. Bosphorus Bridge, Also known as the First Bosphorus Bridge, the Bosphorus Bridge is just one of the two bridges in Istanbul, Turkey. It spans the Bosphorus Strait and bridges the gap between Asia and Europe. The other bridge across the Bosphorus Straight is the Second Bosphorus Bridge, more formally known as the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Camlica Hill, After the tour you will be transferred back to your Cruise Ship. Afterwards you drive back to your hotel in Istanbul.

DAY 10 – 29.12.2014
Destination : Istanbul
Accommodation : -
Tour or Land Service : Airport Transfer in Istanbul Airport
Description : Airport transfer for your international flight. End of Services.

CHRISTMAS TRAVEL TURKEY

--- 20% SPECIAL DISCOUNT to who used services of www.ephesus-day-tours.com ---

PRICES
Room Type Prices P.P. Payment Policy
 In Double/Twin Room  1,200,00 € You can pay 30% deposit while booking your trip.
The final payment should be till December 01st , 2014.
In Single Room  1,485,00 €
In Trible Room  1,110,00 €

INCLUDED
• Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
• Inbound Airport Transfer – Ataturk Airport (IST) to Hotel
• Outbound Airport Transfer – Hotel to Ataturk Airport (IST)
• Domestic flights
     22.12.2014 : KK20 ISTANBUL 07:30am – IZMIR 08:20am
     25.12.2014 : PC260 IZMIR 07:00am – ANTALYA 08:05am
     27.12.2014 : KK17 ANTALYA 20:00pm – ISTANBUL 21:15pm
• All airport transfers as outlined in this itinerary
• 6 Lunches at the day tours, 8 Breakfast & 4 Dinner at the hotel
• Christmas Dinner
• 9 Nights accommodation in 4 stars hotels
     4 Nights in Istanbul  - Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci or Similar
     3 Nights in Kusadasi  - Grand Onder Hotel or Similar
     2 Nights in Antalya  - Alp Pasa Boutique Hotel or Similar

NOT INCLUDED
• Tips for guide & drivers
• Drinks in those day tours where lunch is included
• International outbound & return flight fares
• Insurance of any kind
• Excess baggage fees, airport taxes, cost of obtaining passport and visitors visa (Your domestic flights has got max. 15kg baggage limit.)
• Personal expenses such as extra beverages, alcohol, laundry, room service, communication charges etc.

ISTANBUL  
   
Golden Horn Sirkeci
Standard : 4 Stars
Address : Ebussuud Cad. No:44 Sirkeci 34110 Istanbul Turkey
Phone : +90 (212) 519 74 74
Fax : +90 (212) 512 78 44
Website : www.thegoldenhorn.com
   
KUSADASI  
   
Grand Onder Hotel
Standard : 4 Stars
Address : Ataturk Bul. 4. Sokak No:10 Yatlimani Karsisi Kusadasi Turkey
Phone : +90 (256) 618 16 90
Fax : +90 (256) 618 16 90
Website : www.onderotel.com
   
ANTALYA  
   
ALP PASA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Standard : Boutique Hotel
Address : Barbaros Mah. Hesapci Sok. No:30 - Kaleici (Old Town) Antalya Turkey
Phone : +90 (242) 247 56 76
Fax : +90 (242) 248 50 74
Website : www.alppasa.com
   

CHRISTMAS TRAVEL TURKEY


PRE-POST TRIP PACKAGE : 2 DAYS CAPPADOCIA TRIP
• Day Tours : Cappadocia Red Tour & Cappadocia Green Tour
• Trip Duration : 1 Night 2 Days
• Trip Category : Mini Stay Trip Package - Private or Group Tour
• Available Dates : This trip plan is available on any day
• Accommodation : Cappadocia (Selcuklu Evi Cave Hotel or Similar)
• Flights/Transfers : Includes Domestic Flights & Arrival/Departure Transfers in Public Airports 


PRE-POST TRIP PACKAGE : 2 DAYS GALLIPOLI & TROIA TRIP
• Day Tours : Gallipoli Day Tour, Troy Day Tour
• Trip Duration : 1 Night 2 Days
• Trip Category : Mini Stay Trip Package - Private or Group Tour
• Available Dates : This trip plan is available on any day
• Accommodation : Canakkale (Parion Hotel or Iris Hotel or Similar)


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