Flora and Fauna: As the climate and topography vary greatly in Turkey, so does the flora and fauna. The Black Sea region is renowned for its forests of leaf bearing and coniferous trees and for the apples, pears, cherries which is originated from Turkey, hazelnuts, mandarin oranges, tobacco and tea that are grown there. Along the eastern Mediterranean shores the local vegetation is tropical, with flourishing banana, palm and citrus trees and sugar cane and cotton. From the western Mediterranean, Aegean and Marmara coasts: olive, citrus and pine trees along the mountains are found. On the steppes of Central Anatolia: natural pastures with scattered-forested areas. In Europe, there are 11,500 kind of flora with flowers. In Turkey, this number is 9,000 but 3,000 of this flora only grow in Turkey
Best Of Aegean (Troy,Pergamon,Ephesus,Bursa Istanbul Tour) 5 Days - 4 Nights
DAY 1: ISTANBUL - CANAKKALE: Morning your plane arrive to Istanbul Ataturk airport. meet with your guide, Get our bus and departure for Canakkale( 4 hrs drive time). After crossing the Dardanelles (Hellespont) by ferry, visit the ancient of Troy (the scene of Homers Iliad ). Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. (L,D)
DAY 2: CANAKKALE - PERGAMON - KUSADASI: After breakfast we drive to ancient city of Pergamum (3 hrs drive time). Arrival and visit of antiquity and the Acropolis, the great theater and altar of Zeus. Lunch in Bergama town. Depart to Kusadasi where we arrive our hotel. (B,L)
DAY 3: KUSADASI - EPHESUS: After breakfast we drive to Visit Ephesus ancient city. Ephesus the city dedicated to Artemis, the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor with its majestic theater, marble road, Temple of Artemis, the Church of the Virgin Mary or the Double Church, the library of Celsus, the stadium, the lecture hall. Then visit the Church of St. John and his Tomb in Selcuk before driving to the home of the Virgin Mary, who was brought to Ephesus by John, the beloved disciple of Jesus. The home of Virgin Mary on a hill top, where she lived out her days is now visited by over a hundred thousand pilgrims each year. The pilgrims drink the water of the sacred spring, meditate and pray for health at this ancient spot of worship. Both Pope Paul VI in 1967 and Pope John Paul II in 1979 have celebrated mass here. Drive to the Izmir where our hotel we C/in. (B,L)
DAY 4: IZMIR - BURSA - ISTANBUL: After breakfast we depart for Bursa, (4 hrs drive time). Bursa was the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Visit the Green Mosque, Green Mausoleum, Grand Mosque and Old Silk Bazaar. Depart to Istanbul and arrive our hotel in Istanbul (B,L)
DAY 5: ISTANBUL: Breakfast and Breakfast and transfer to Hippodrome: The former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Wilhelm II. St. Sophia: The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times, one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. Blue Mosque: One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from the 17th century, famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Afternoon visits to famous Topkapi Palace: The former imperial residence from where the great Ottoman Empire was once ruled. Today a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collection of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family. Follows a visit to Grand Covered Bazaar. Transfer to airport way to home. End of tour. (B,L)
Accommodation (4 nights) in Hotels, Transfers from airport - hotel airport, a professional licenced tour Guide, Mentioned meals above in the tour program, A comfortable Bus, car or minivan,entrance fees
Drinks on the meals - Self expences in Hotel rooms (Minibar- Laundry-Telephone etc) - Tips to Guide and Driver.
Dear Mr. Sen: Our family greatly enjoyed our vacation in Turkey, including the tour of Western Turkey arranged by Ezop Travel.
The guide you provided, Timur, was well-informed, friendly and a good travel companion.
We appreciated that he was flexible as well, for example when we decided we'd seen enough Roman and
Greek ruins and asked to substitute an afternoon on the beach for the ruins at Troy.
David Adelstein (USA)