Day 1: Arrival Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, depart for a half-day Bosphorus Cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, and the Baroque summer palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After the cruise, visit the Spice Bazaar, a thrilling riot of colors, sounds, and the rich smells of exotic spices. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast, depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Sultanahmet district at the heart of old Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia (On Mondays replaced by the Chora Church Museum). Next, visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Walk through the Hippodrome, the stadium of the ancient Byzantium. Finish the tour at the Grand Bazaar, which was the commercial heart of the old city. Its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays), you may indulge in a little shopping, Ottoman style. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul
After breakfast, free at leisure or take one of the optional tours. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Istanbul - Izmir - Kusadasi
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to Kusadasi (45 min). Free at leisure to enjoy Kusadasi town or the hotel facilities. Overnight at Kusadasi.
Day 5: Kusadasi
After breakfast depart for the sightseeing of Ephesus, the cradle of early Christianity. Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her last days. Proceed to visit Ephesus, and see the spectacular ruins from the period of St. Paul, some of which are recently excavated. After lunch, visit the Archaeological Museum, Temple of Diana (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.). Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6: Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Kusadasi
Drive to Pamukkale, “Cotton Castle”, famous for its healing thermal/mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified” waterfalls. After lunch, visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and masterpiece theater. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In the afternoon, free time for swimming or a therapeutic bath in the hot spring mineral waters. Back to Kusadasi for overnight. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Kusadasi / Istanbul / Fly
After breakfast free till check-out (latest check-out time is 1200 hours) and departure transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the next destination via Istanbul.