In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great
DAY 1: HOME – ISTANBUL (D)
Welcome and assist through our English speaking tour guide. All of the ladies will have fresh flowers and the gentlemen will have souvenir as a present by Lilium Tours & Incentives. Transfer to the hotel an check-in. During the key distribution “a welcome cocktail” will be served. Time for rest. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
After the breakfast full day city tour of Istanbul. Drive to the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), which is famous with its 6 minarets and blue tiles. Then visit to the St. Sophia, the lovely building of Byzantine architecture. After that it goes to the Hippodrome – place with the Theodosius-Obelisk and the Serpentine Column. In the afternoon visit to the Topkapi Palace (Treasury and Harem Sections are not included!). Visit to one of the typical palace-units out of early Ottoman time. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
DAY 3: ISTANBUL (B,L,D)
After a short visit to the famous Egyptian Spice Market Bazaar embark on a Cruise along the Bosporus. Disembark at Sariyer and have lunch then drive to the Asian Part of Istanbul. Visit to Yeditepe Hill for a panoramic view of the city. Also visit to Beylerbeyi Palace the summer resident of the Ottoman Sultans. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
DAY 4: ISTANBUL – BURSA (B,L,D)
After the breakfast visit the Grand Bazaar. Then drive along through the Anatolian landscapes to Bursa, with its many buildings out of the early Ottoman times. In Bursa the tour visits to the Ulu Mosque, Green Mosque, Green Mausoleum and the Silk Bazaar. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel in Bursa.
DAY 5: BURSA – TROY – AYVALIK (B,L,D)
After the breakfast drive through the Asiatic part of the Dardanelles to Canakkale. In the afternoon visit to Troy, one of the best known archaeological sites of the world. Continue drive to the overnight stay hotel in the area of Ayvalik.
DAY 6: AYVALIK – PERGAMON – IZMIR – EPHESUS – KUSADASI (B,L,D)
After the breakfast drive to the antique city Pergamon, the former capital of the province Asia with the Athena-Temple, Altar of Zeus, Trajan Temple, the King Palaces and the theatre. Drive via Izmir (Panorama drive included.) to Selcuk. In the afternoon visit to the Ephesus, the largest antique metropolises of the Asia Minor. Visit to the Odeon, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcus Library, the Great Theatre as well as the House of Virgin Mary. Continue drive to the hotel. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel.
DAY 7: KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE (B,L,D)
After the breakfast departure to Aphrodisias. This place had been confessed in the antiquity for its fertility cult and its famous schools for physicians, philosopher and sculptor. Visit to the Roman city with the stadium, the theatre and the city hall. Continue drive to Pamukkale. Visit of the antique city Hierapolis with the ruins of the large bath, the necropolis, the basilica and the theatre. The famous calcified terraces of Hierapolis (Pamukkale), belong to the most interesting landscape pictures in Turkey. They developed from in the course of the millenniums through the hot water with calcium and carbonated thermal sources and subsequent cooling. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel in Pamukkale.
DAY 8: PAMUKKALE – ANTALYA (B,L,D)
After the breakfast drive through the beautiful landscapes of the Taurus Mountains to Antalya. At this day, the opportunity exists to become acquainted with the oldest tradition of Turkish carpet weaving art. Dinner and overnight will be at hotel in Antalya.
DAY 9: ANTALYA – HOME (B)
After the breakfast transfer to the airport of Antalya and return flight.
END OF TOUR WITH THE SWEET MEMORIES OF TURKEY!!!