Tour Information

3 nights & 4 days Driver Guide Tour* (Aegean Region Tour)

The tour visiting the most popular ancient sites on the Western Coast of Turkey departing from Istanbul and ending in Pamukkale. You may fly back to Istanbul from Denizli at the end of the 4th day. 


Day 1: Departure from Istanbul and Troy Tour: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 06:15 and take a ferry from Yenikapi to Bandirma departing at 07.00, which takes around 2 hours. You will have breakfast on the boat during the cruise. Upon arrival to Bandirma, you will drive to Canakkale to visit the Ancient City of Troy. It is one of the most important ancient cities in the world and very popular by the book of Homer´s Iliad. A great mythological and historical background attracted many scientist, archeologists, adventurers and treasure hunters. After lunch, you will drive to Bergama, where you will stay overnight. Accommodation in Bergama. (Breakfast and lunch included)


Day 2: Pergamon & Ephesus Tour: After breakfast, you will visit Pergamum which was once the ancient world´s major power and center of learning and the arts. Visit the ancient Library, once held 200.000 books, Temple of Athena, Temple of Trajan, Altar of Zeus and the Gymnasium situated on terraces and the lower Agora. After lunch, you will drive to Ephesus, which is known to be the Commercial, the Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the Highlights of any visit in Turkey and you will visit Temple of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After the tour you will drive to Kusadasi and stay overnight. Accommodation in Kusadasi. (Breakfast and lunch included)


Day 3: Ephesus & Sirince Tour: Departure from the hotel at around 09:00 to visit The House of Virgin Mary, probably where She spent recent years of Her life; Isa Bey Mosque, this impressive mosque from XIV. Century A.D. is unlike any other you will see in this country. Another highlight in site is St. John Castle where there is remains of a church dedicated to his name. The site is overlooking the Meander’s Valley and Ephesus ancient city. After lunch, you will spend your afternoon at Sirince Village. The village is located on the top of a mountain, anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards' and peach trees' views on his way. Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture. After your visit, you will drive back to Kusadasi. Accommodation in Kusadasi. (Breakfast and lunch included)


Day 4: Aphrodisias & Pamukkale Tour, Flight to Istanbul: You will depart from your hotel at around 08:30 and drive to Aphrodisias Ancient City, the famous sculpture school and center of ancient Asia Minor. Aphrodisias Museum keeps some of the best examples of Greek and Roman sculpture works. Then, you will drive to Pamukkale, which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertine and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called ´Cotton Castle´ in Turkish. Visit the travertines and the Ancient City of Hierapolis, which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site (entrance is 35 TL per person extra self-payment - have your towels and swimsuits with you if you wish to swim in the pool). There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After the tour, you will be transferred to Denizli Airport to take 19:00 flight to Istanbul. Upon landing at around 20:10, you will be greeted by one of our colleagues with a sign of your name, and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation in Istanbul. End of services. (Breakfast and lunch included)

 

Further or prior arrangements can be made upon request in Istanbul and in other parts of Turkey.
 

The tour cost is 1675 EUR per person 


Including Services

- 1 night's BB accommodation in double room at Hera Hotel in Bergama (bergama.hotelhera.com)

- 2 nights' BB accommodation in double room at Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel in Kusadasi (www.ilaydaavantgarde.com)

- 1 night's BB accommodation in double room at Dosso Dossi Old City in Istanbul (www.dossodossioldcity.com)

- 4 full-day driver/guidance service in English w/ professional licensed guide

- Transportation w/ Ford Focus or similar type A/C vehicle

Entrance fees to the sites visited

- Lunch during the tours (except drinks)

- Breakfast at hotels (or on the way where not possible)

- Denizli-Istanbul flight tickets

- 1 airport transfer in Istanbul

- Fuel, highway tolls, parking fees

 

Excluding Services

- Dinner

- Personal Expenses

- Tips (optional)