West Turkey 5 Days

West Turkey 5 Days    West Turkey 5 Days tour  West Turkey tour

Istanbul  Canakkale (Gallipoli)  Troy   Pergamum  Ephesus  Pamukkale  Bursa  Istanbul
Main Sites visited: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Bursa.
Itinerary
Day 1 – Istanbul – Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale (D)
Meeting at your hotel after breakfast.Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove ,Chunuk Bair Lone pine cemetery and Gabate War Museum then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight

Day 2 – Troy – Pergamum – Kusadasi (B.D)
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, visit Pergamon or Pergamum that became an important kingdom during the Hellenistic period, Pergamon had the second best library in the ancient Greek civilisation (the ancient Library of Pergamum), after Alexandria. When the Ptolemies stopped exporting papyrus, partly because of competitors and partly because of shortages, the Pergamenes invented a new substance to use in codices, called pergaminus or parchment after the city. This was made of fine calf skin, a predecessor of vellum. Asclepion, located to the southwest of the lower city, was a sanctuary dedicated to the god of health, Asclepics which was one of the largest hospitals in history, is located to the west of the city, which was a great center of culture, art and medicine and continue on to Kusadasi for overnight.

Day 3 – Ephesus – Kusadasi (B.D)
Visit to magnificent ruins of Ephesus. We will spend several hours walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero, Apostles Paul and John and many other familiar historical names. The recently opened Slope Houses where the wealthiest Romans lived are an excellent example of sensitive excavation and presentation. The mosaics and frescos are spectacular. Tradition has it that Virgin Mary was brought here by St John after the Crucifixion and lived her final years near the city of Ephesus on an isolated mountaintop. A lovely chapel is constructed on the site tended by Franciscans and open to visitors. It has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope. Overnight Kusadasi.

Day 4 – Pamukkale (B.D)
Drive to Pamukkale, on the way, visit to Aphrodisias. Aphrodisias was primarily known as a center for the arts, specifically sculpture. The Aphrodisias School of Sculpture had a distinctive style and was very well circulated throughout the Greek and Roman world. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side, about 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): pamuk for cotton and kale for castle. Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Overnight Pamukkale.

Day 5  Pamukkale Bursa- Istanbul. (B)
Today, you head back to Istanbul passing through ancient Bursa to visit Green Mosque and explore the silk Bazaar. Transfer to Istanbul – End of service.

INCLUDING:
- Airport transfers where needed.
- Tours and transfers by a comfortable non smoking AC Van or bus with professional driver.
- Professional experienced guide during the tours
- Accommodation in Charming or Deluxe superior Hotels
- Entry fees to the sites and museums

EXCLUDING
- Dinner- Lunch
- International flights
- Drinks
- Tips.

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