The Aegean Way: All the way to Bodrum (Private)
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This tour does not only give you an extraordinary experience of the ancient cultural heritage of western Turkey, but it also enhances the experience by giving you a transfer to Bodrum, one of Turkey’s hottest spots for summer vacations. DAY 1: ISTANBUL > TROY > CANAKKALE The first day features the visit of Troy, and you will spend the night in Canakkale city, which is located along the Dardanelles. Your tour will start with an early morning departure from the hotel at 06:00 am. You will drive along the European shore of the Marmara Sea, seeing some lovely summer houses on the seaside, with vast sunflower fields on the landside. As you cross the Dardanelles by ferry and drive the last 25 minutes to the site of Troy; you will become a part of Homer’s legends; seeing the symbolic Trojan horse, the city walls, The Athena Temple, and the Odeon. After the visit, you will relax in Canakkale, a pleasant small town with exceptional fish restaurants. DAY 2: CANAKKALE > PERGAMUM > IZMIR On the second day, you will follow the route taken by those who have escaped the fall of Troy, to the city of Pergamum. You will visit the Acropolis and the Asklepion, which indeed has been an inspiration, as well as a prototype for the modern healthcare center of our day. After the Pergamum visit, you will be driven to Izmir (the drive takes about an hour). You will have a tour of the interesting sights that this unique city offers. We recommend a panoramic view of the city from the Kadifekale (The Velvet Castle); and a large glass of “Efes” Beer, which is best enjoyed at a seaside café on the “Kordon”, watching the sunset. Izmir too, is famous for its exceptional fish restaurants. DAY 3: IZMIR > EPHESUS > PAMUKKALE Feel free to spoil yourself with a little extra sleep this morning (as long as you don’t overdo it!); as this morning’s drive will be a relatively short one. You will visit the ancient city of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor. Your tour will include the Odeon, Marble Street, the Hadrian Temple, the Celcius Library, and the Great Theatre. You may opt for lunch in a local restaurant, before paying a pilgrimage visit to the House of Virgin Mary. This Christian and Muslim shrine is located in the vicinity of Ephesus; and it is believed by many that Virgin Mary, was taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there. After the tour of Ephesus, you will be driven to Pamukkale town for dinner and an overnight stay (the thermal bath is always at your disposal). DAY 4: PAMUKKALE > APHRODİSİAS > BODRUM “White” will be the dominating color of the fourth day of your journey; as you will visit the famous “cotton castle” and witness the amazing level of mastery the skilled sculptors of Aphrodisias have demonstrated while creating marble statues. Pamukkale, meaning cotton castle in Turkish, is a natural site that is created by hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle which is nearly 9 thousand feet long and more than 500 feet wide. This amazing sight can be seen even from miles away on a clear day. You will visit the Cotton Castle itself (feel free to dip your feet in the small lakes along the way!), the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis, the Roman Baths, and the theatre. After an optional lunch, you will drive to another land of dreams; this time to Aphrodisias. The Antique City of Aphrodisias was an autonomous city during the time of the Roman Empire. The city was especially well–known with the temple dedicated to protecting Goddess Aphrodite and its sculptures. Your tour of the ancient city will include the Theater, the Basilica, the Roman Baths; and the biggest stadium of the ancient time. Aphrodisias museum with its magnificent statues will be visited as well. Your car will then take you all the way to Bodrum; as you will be headed for more unforgettable memories.
Visit the ancient city of Troy.
Explore the Acropolis and Asklepion in Pergamum.
Tour the unique sights of Izmir.
Discover the ancient city of Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary.
Visit the famous 'cotton castle' in Pamukkale.
Explore the Antique City of Aphrodisias.
End your journey in the beautiful Bodrum.
Children between the ages 2 and 10 receive a 50% discount.
Hotels in this city are 3 or 4 stars. If you would like to upgrade your accommodation, please indicate this when purchasing this tour.
The start and end times of this tour depend on flight hours and many variables. Please purchase the tour with this in mind.
Included in the Package
- Professional tour guide experience in various languages
- Transportation from/to your address via proper, comfortable vehicle
- Airport transfers
- Domestic flight tickets
Not Included in the Package
- Personal expenses
- Admission fees
- Drinks and all personal expenses
- Cancellation for tours can be made 36 hours before for full-day excursions outside of İstanbul without paying the penalty. Otherwise, you will be charged the full tour price.