ITINERARY

Sept 11 – BODRUM - Ephesus - FOCA: Depart early in the morning to Ephesus which is the best preserved and the most often visited of all ancient sites in Turkey. The visits will continue with the House of the Virgin Mary. Have Lunch on your in the ancient town of Selcuk and drive to the historic seacoast city of FOCA - one of the most important centers amongst the 12 Ion cities established at Aegean coasts by the ancient Ionians. Foça, besides its historical and archeological importance, is a mythological settlement whose name is mentioned in Homer's epic. Foça had lived Persia, Alexander the Great, Genevians and Ottoman eras! Dinner on your own at one of the seafood restaurants in the harbor accompanied by local roman (gypsy) musicians. Accommodations at the hotel.

 

June Sept 12– FOCA: Enjoy an all day boat trip to the scenic islands around Foca, swim in the peaceful Aegean sea, watch the crew cook fish on the barbeque especially for you, and serve it for lunch on the boat. Dinner on your own at one of the typical local restaurants. Accommodations at the hotel.

 

Sept 13 – FOCA: Free day to rest or explore the city on your own. Accommodations at the hotel.

 

Sept 14 – FOCA – IZMIR - ISTANBUL: Depart early in the morning to Izmir and take a domestic air transfer ( 45 min.) to the great city of Istanbul. Lunch on your own in one of the typical restaurants of Istanbul. In the afternoon, rest in the hotel or explore the city’s amazing markets on your own. Dinner on your own at one of the many typical restaurants of Istanbul. Accommodations at the hotel.

 

Sept 15 – ISTANBUL: City tour to discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul: Saint Sophia – the church - turned mosque - turned museum, will take your breath away with the sheer architectural size of its interior and magnificent dome, the Blue Mosque - "Sultan Ahmet Mosque" - famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and it's 6 minarets and the Topkapi Palace (Imperial Residence of Ottoman Sultans between 15th and 19th Centuries, with its priceless world-class collection of jewelry and rare porcelain). Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex commands views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus and the Golden Horn. Lunch and dinner on our own in one of the typical restaurants in the area. Accommodations at the Hotel.

 

Sept 16 –STANBUL: Today we will enjoy an optional Bosporus boat tour crossing under the Bosphorus bridges viewing the mosques, palaces, old wooden villas and the beauty of the Asian side. In the afternoon it is time for shopping at the spectacular 15th century Grand Bazaar, a covered market with 4,000 shops displaying the best of the best of Turkeys’ handicrafts, instruments, fabrics and antics. Lunch on your own in one of the many local restaurants. Followed by further explorations and shopping, or rest at the hotel and prepare for the grand closing night, a dinner party with Romani musicians.

 

Sept 17 – ISTANBUL: Transfer to airport and fly back home.

Note: Itinerary details may vary and revised by Tour organizers at any time.


Sept 3/4 - Fly on your own to ISTANBUL/Turkey (or arrange a flight with the Tour Operator).

Sept 5 – ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA: Fly via a domestic flight to the wondrous beautiful cave city of Cappadocia - the historical refuse of the early Christians and a sanctuary for Greek Orthodox followers for generations. Arrive in Cappadocia in the afternoon. Dinner on your own at our magical cave hotel, free evening to rest and recover from the travel. Accommodations at the hotel.

Sept 6 – CAPPADOCIA: Breakfast at the hotel followed by a full day tour of Cappadocia. The natural Citadel of Uchisar will enable you to get a panoramic view of the region. Goreme valley houses the Goreme Open Air Museum, with its churches hewn out of rock and the colorful frescoes which decorate them. We will meet the traditional handicrafts artists who make tiles, ceramics, pottery and jewelry. Lunch on your own in one of the typical restaurants of the area. In the evening: Dinner and a local review show of the various styles of Turkey’s folkloric music and dance traditions. Accommodations at the hotel.

Sepy 7 - CAPPADOCIA – KONYA: Departure from Cappadocia to Konya - the historical capital of the Seljuk Turks in the 13th century and the home city of the great Mystic Sufi poet Mevlana Jalal-a-din Rumi. Lunch on your own in one of Konya’s typical restaurants. Visit the burial place of Rumi (Mevlana Museum) and the theological school of Whirling Dervishes. Dinner on your own in one of the many local restaurants.

Sept 8 – KONYA – BODRUM: Departure to Bodrum, known in the ancient times as Halicarnassus. Situated on a beautiful peninsula, Bodrum, home of the famous Greek historian Herodotus, is surrounded by enchanting villages of houses painted in white and trimmed with purple bougainvillea. Dinner and accommodations at the hotel.

Sept 9 – BODRUM: A day visit a traditional Turkish village to meet the traditional handicraft artists who make carpets and rugs (Kilim). Enjoy a traditional lunch served by the villagers at the village. Dinner and Accommodations at the hotel. Free evening to rest or explore the city on your own.

Sept 10 – BODRUM: Visit the spectacular medieval Bodrum Castle built by the Knights of Rhodes. The fortress overlooking the sea has been converted into the Museum of Underwater Archeology, with a vast collection of amphoras, ancient glass, bronze, clay, iron items dating as far back as the Bronze Age. Lunch on your own in one of the many restaurants over looking the international marina. In the afternoon, an unforgettable visit to a Hamam - a traditional Turkish bath, with an optional massage on the marble slab. After the bath and massage, relax with Turkish tea and you will feel reborn. Dinner on your own in one of the seafood restaurants in the harbor. Accommodations at the hotel. Free evening to rest or explore the city on your own.