GUARANTEED DEPARTURES: Jewels of Ionia

Tour Code :PER054GDT
City :ISTANBUL
Tour Name :Jewels of Ionia
Tour Dates :ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL ANY SUNDAY OR WEDNESDAY BETWEEN APRIL 01 & OCTOBER 31
Duration :4 Nights | 5 Days
Available Languages :EN

ISTANBUL - CANAKKALE (1 Nt) - KUSADASI (2 Nts) - PAMUKKALE (1 Nt)

THIS TOUR IS OPERATED ON REGULAR BASIS FROM APRIL 01 THROUGH OCTOBER 31 (Except Anzak Week, APRIL 20 TO 28)

Where west meets east is a land of stunning beauty, ancient history and a culture made for exploration. 
Discover historic cities and explore the ancient ruins of Troy, Bergama, Ephesus and Hierapolis; marvel at the extraordinary scenery of Pamukkale travertines. Join us IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS ALONGSIDE THE AEGEAN COAST & IONIA

Day 1 | SUNDAY or WEDNESDAY | ISTANBUL

ARRIVAL

Arrival at Ataturk Airport and make your own way to the hotel of accommodation 
Note: you can book the hotel on your own or make it via our web-site hotel reservation system (check our home page)

Meal (s): No Meals
Hotel (s): Under your own booking

Day 2 | MONDAY or THURSDAY | ISTANBUL |GALLIPOLI |CANAKKALE | 1 Night

VISIT TO THE WORLD WAR I GALLIPOLI MEMORIAL

Have your early breakfast at the hotel of your accommodation and be ready for early pick-up from the hotel lobby between 06:30 AM & 07:00 AM. 
We will start a day drive to the West of Turkey along the northern shores of the Marmara Sea through the Turkish Thrace region. 
Visit the impressive site of the World War I memorial. The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16, also known as the Battle of Gallipoli or the Dardanelles Campaign, was an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to control the sea route from Europe to the Black Seaq during World War I. The campaign began with a failed naval attack by British and French ships on the Dardanelles Straits in February-March 1915 and continued with a major land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, involving British and French troops as well as divisions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). 
A fierce Turkish resistance, hampered the success of the invasion. By mid-October, Allied forces had suffered heavy casualties and had made little headway from their initial landing sites. Evacuation began in December 1915, and was completed early the following January.

Today this beautiful Turkish isthmus, facing the Aegean to the west, the Dardanelles Straits and the Sea of Marmara to the east, is a patchwork of monuments and memorial stones linked by country lanes, mountain tracks and undulating greenery. 
See the Brighton Beach, Anzak Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, Anzak Commemoration Site, and Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, the Nek and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. Then, drive to the pier to take short 30 minutes ferry boat trip to cross the Dardanelles to Asian side and to Canakkale. 
The Dardanelle Straits were a strategic crossing point for the allied armies to cross from Europe to Asia Minor. Over a nine month campaign, more than half a million soldiers lost their lives in the fight to control this strait of water and nearby Gallipoli peninsula. 

Lunch will be provided at one of the local restaurants on the way.

Arrive in Canakkale and to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Meal (s): Lunch, Dinner
Hotel (s): MF*(see hotel class key below)

Day 3 | TUESDAY or FRIDAY | CANAKKALE | BERGAMA | KUSADASI | 2 Nts

LEGENDARY TROY, ANCIENT PERGAMUM WITH ACRIPOLIS

After breakfast at the hotel depart to visit the site of Troy, the legendary town in the Iliad of Homer. The first excavations were made by German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1871 revealing that Troy was not just a myth. See the excavations showing several layers of this civilization and the replica of the infamous Wooden Horse.  The Trojan horse, the Trojan War and Helen of Troy were all but a small part of the city’s history.

Continue to Bergama, an ancient Pergamum, and the most favoured of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. See the stunning Acropolis of the Hellenistic city that perched 1000 feet above the town. Remains include the Altar of Zeus, palaces, the Temples of Trajan and Dionysus and the world’s steepest amphitheatre. The Temple of Zeus was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The German engineer, Carl Humann, brought the altar now known as the Altar of Pergamum to Berlin.

After lunch at the local restaurant, continue to Kusadasi. 
Arriva at teh hotel for dinner and overnight

Meal (s): Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Hotel (s): MF* (see hotel class key below)

Day 4 | WEDNESDAY or SATURDAY | KUSADASI

EPHESUS OPEN AIR MUSEUM, TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS & HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY

Breakfast at the hotel restaurant and depart for today’s visits and see the Ephesus Open Air Museum, which is considered one of the greatest outdoor museums of Turkey, in fact perhaps of the world. 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 theatre, Hadrian’s temple and the library of Celsius.

After having lunch at one of the local restaurants, continue to 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.

Stop to see the remains of the once vast, rich marble Temple of Artemis (Artemision), one of the Seven Wonders of the World in ancient times. Artemis was the Greek goddess, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who replaced the Titan Selene as Goddess of the Moon. 
Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Meal (s): Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 | THURSDAY or SUNDAY | KUSADASI | PAMUKKALE | 1 Night

ANCIENT HIERAPOLIS & PAMUKKALE TRAVERTINES

After breakfast at the hotel depart for Pamukkale, also known as the “Cotton Castle”, because of the limestone hot springs calcium-laden waters which cascade from one white-edged terrace pool to the next.

Have lunch at one of the local restaurants

Visit the ruins of ancient Hierapolis, a place with amazing hot mineral springs and spas, where Paul introduces Christianity to the local population. Stroll through the ruins of one of the largest Roman cities in Asia Minor. See the amphitheatre, the city gates, and the columned streets, in an area of over one mile. Arrive at the hotel for dinner and overnight

Meal (s): Buffet Breakfast, Lunch Dinner 
Hotel(s): MF* (see hotel class key below)

Day 6 | FRIDAY or MONDAY | DEPARTURE

DEPARTURE

After breakfast at the hotel be transferred to Denizli Airport or to Denizli Bus Terminal

Note: You can also take our Silk Road extension to proceed to Cappadocia or drive to Fethiye or Marmaris to take one of our mini - Blue Cruises for 3 nights

Meal (s): Buffet Breakfast 

INCLUDES

- Transportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle through the itinerary 
- Professional English-speaking tour guide throughout 
- Entrance fees to the museums featured on this itinerary 
- 4 nights of accommodation at the featured hotels or similar with buffet breakfast daily 
- 4 lunches during the tours 
- 4 dinners at the hotels 
- One Way Transfer from Hotel in Pamukkale to Denizli Airport / Bus terminal 

EXCLUDES

- Any personal expenses 
- Meals unless specified above and any kind of drinks except for tea/coffee/juice during breakfast at the hotels 
- Any airfare 
- Tips & gratuities 
- Optional activities cost 
- Turkish visa fee 
- Travel and Health insurance

NOTES

Airport Transfers
Pera-Kaktüs Travel pleased to offer complimentary airport transfers at any time either on the first or last day of the holiday or on other days in conjunction with pre- and post-trip accommodation booked through Pera-Kaktüs Travel. Note that flight times must be provided to Pera-Kaktüs Travel no fewer than 21 days before flight departure.

Domestic Flights 
All featured domestic flights are indicative; the airline and flight number can change on the time of the actual booking but the flight times will be similar or very close to those featured on the itinerary.  

Disclaimer 
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- This itinerary is operated with minimum 6 people and maximum 10 people 
- If you are a group of 10 people and wish to make any changes to the itinerary, we are happy to help you customize your travel. Please simply let us know the amendments that you would like to make and we will gladly assist.

Important to Know: 
- Guests must be able to walk approximately 2,5 km (1.5 miles) over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 10 - 30 steps. 
- Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended in summer as shade is limited. 
- The sequence of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. 
- 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. 
- In winter the Dolmabahçe (Bezm-i Alem Valide) Mosque is visited instead of the Yildiz Royal Gardens 
- Harem Section of the Topkapi Palace is not included into the program. Should you wish to visit it, you may do so during the free time your guide will give you 
- While visiting mosques, please cover your shoulders, knees & women, additionally, heads
- 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. 
- Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar is closed during Ramadan Festivities (5-6-7 July 2016) & Kurban Festivities (12-13-14-15 September 2016) 
- Other languages are available with an extra fee upon request

*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), MD = Moderate Deluxe (5* Deluxe), and D = Deluxe (5* Boutique or Luxury) 
- Hotels are subject to change. 
- Twin-share option is not available for trips unless you travel with your own partner or travel companion.
- Star ratings are used to symbolize the overall quality, level of service, food standard and range of facilities available in any given property. They may differ from international standards but the outlines in our "Terms & Conditions" section (clause 13) will give a general understanding of what can typically be expected within each category: (THESE RATINGS ARE FOR GUIDANCE PURPOSES ONLY AND ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY OF ANY KIND BY PERA AIR AND TOURISM).

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