GETAWAYS: Ancient Treasures at a Glance

Tour Code :PER042GAW
City :IZMİR
Tour Name :Ancient Treasures at a Glance
Tour Dates :ARRIVE IN IZMIR ANY TUE & WED
Duration :1 Night | 2 Days
Available Languages :EN

It comes as no surprise that there are so many historical sites on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Throughout the history, the area was home to various civilizations of which the most recognized are the Romans & Greeks. It is also remarkable that there are more Greek ruins in Turkey than in Greece!

Day 1 ... IZMIR |1 night

ARRIVAL | EPHESUS OPEN AIR MUSEUM, ISA BEY MOSQUE, TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS, HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY

Upon arrival at Izmir airport with flight that SHOULD LAND in Izmir at 08:00 LATEST, the guests will be met and transferred to the tour starting point to join full day tour of Ephesus and around.
This tour covers the most significant sites in and around Ephesus, such as Ephesus open air museum, Isa Bey Mosque, House of Virgin Mary and the ruins on the site of the Temple of Artemis (Diana)

Ephesus is the only Greco-Roman site in the world that gives an idea of the grandeur of bygone centuries. Ephesus is another city of the Seven Churches of the Revelation and an ancient largest port with a population over 250.000. The city played major role in the development of architecture, religions, economic systems and arts. St. Paul lived here, and walked through the marble streets. Tour the ancient city with its legendary marble streets, the magnificent theater, Hadrian’s temple and the library of Celsius.
Later, make a short stop at the remains of the famous Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” which drew pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean

Have lunch with us at one of the local Turkish restaurants
After the lunch we will see Isa bey Mosque in Seljuk, a beautiful example of Seljuk architecture, which is the oldest known example of the Turkish Mosque.   

Continue, visiting the House of Virgin Mary, now Chapel. It is the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Mary preferred this remote place rather than living in crowded place. The House of the Virgin is a sacred site for both Christians and Muslims (Muslims also believe in the virgin birth and honor Mary as the mother of the Prophet Jesus – Isa)
After the tour the guests are transferred to the hotel for overnight

Meal (s): Lunch
Hotel (s): ST, FC, SF* (see hotel class key below)

Day 2 IZMIR | ...

ACROPOLIS OF PERGAMUM

After breakfast at the hotel, guests are picked-up from the lobby and start the full day tour of ancient Pergamum. Historical accounts date Pergamum back to 339 BC but some experts suspect that life in the city began long before then. When the city flourished, so did the infrastructure and advancement. It was here where parchment was invented and presented to the world. The interest of Pergamum citizens in education excelled as they collected literature works and built a library to hold more than 200, 000 books – all parchment.
See the stunning Acropolis, constructed on the steep hill, with numerous official, religious, social, and commercial buildings. Stroll through the ruins of the temple of Athena with six ten-meter Dorian columns; Arsenals and Theater, a splendid example of the Hellenistic architecture that once was able to accommodate up to 15.000 spectators; the library of Pergamum vied to the library in Alexandria; the Trajan Temple, the place of Alter of Zeus (now exhibited in Pergamum Museum in Berlin); upper Agora, dedicated to the God of Commerce Hermes; and Gymnasium.

Lunch will be served at one of the local restaurants during the tour.
Drive back to Izmir and to airport for the flight that SHOULD NOT DEPART BEFORE19:00.

Meal (s): Breakfast, Lunch

INCLUDES

- Transportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
- Professional English speaking guide on the tours
- Entrance fees to the museums featured on the itinerary and cable-car
- Transfers from/to Izmir airport upon arrival and departure
- 1 night of accommodation at the featured hotel or similar with an buffet breakfast
- 2 lunches during the tours
- 1 dinner at the hotel

EXCLUDES

- Any personal expenses
- Meals that are not specified above
- Any kind of drinks except for tea/coffee/juice during breakfast at the hotel
- Airfare to/from Izmir
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activities cost
- Turkish visa fee 
- Travel and Health insurance

NOTES

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This is a scheduled MINI-group tour
- Group might consist of max 16 people
- Group might include the people of different nationalities, cultures, ages and interests
- The regular tour is of a good value, but may not be the best choice for those who have special interests and/or concerns about keeping up with, or being held back by, a group.
- Touring is paced to allow the average traveler reasonable time to enjoy each site
- Pera-Kaktus Travel reserves the right to change the tours sequesnce due to the sites open days and hours

Please note: 
1. On Mondays, when Hagia Sophia is closed, we visit the Yerebatan Museum (the Underground Roman Cisterns), built by Emperor Justinian in 532, possibly as an enlargement of an earlier cistern of Constantine. The vast awesome columned cavern was the water source for both the Grand Palace of the Byzantine and for the Ottoman’s Topkapi Palace. It is 140 meters long by 70 meters wide with 336 columns. 
2. In winter the Dolmabahçe (Bezm-i Alem Valide) Mosque is visited instead of the Yildiz Royal Gardens
3. Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, during Ramadan Festivities (5-6-7 July 2016), Kurban Festivities (12-13-14-15 September 2016), National Republic Day (29 October 2016), and will be replaced by other authentic shops. 
4. Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) is open on Sundays but closed on the above mentioned holidays 
5. Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request
6. On the Pergamum & Ephesus Tour guests must be able to walk approx 4 km (2.5 miles) over uneven & cobblestone surface, including 10-30 steps. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries.
7. Comfortable shoes, hats and sun glasses are recommended on all Pera-Kaktus Travel tours during summer season

Hotel Class Key
- ST = Superior Tourist (3*), MF = Moderate First Class (classic boutique, ranked as 4*), FC = First Class (4*), SF= Superior First Class (5* classic or boutique ranked as 5*), MD = Moderate Deluxe (5* Deluxe), and D = Deluxe (5* Boutique or Luxury)
- Hotels are subject to availability upon definite booking and might be changed to the similar ones
- Twin-share option is not available for trips unless you travel with your own partner or travel companion.

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