By Road: Road Network: Turkey has an extensive network of well maintained roads linking towns, cities and popular tourist areas. When arriving from Europe, the Bosphorus crossing to Asia has been greatly facilitated by the completion of the Istanbul by-pass and the two Bosphorus Bridges leading to the Istanbul-Ankara motorway. The E80 and E90 are the two main roads leading to Turkey from its European borders.
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.
THE NEW YORK TIMES (Oct. 22, 2000) An article about us.. Ezop Tour company offering a number of day trips is Ezop Travel, (90-212) 292 81 70, fax (90-212) 292 81 72, www.ezoptravel.com, based in Istanbul. Ezop offers a daily West Antalya tour, which includes a visit to ancient Phaselis, where there is a Roman aqueduct, baths and a theater among pine trees; the ruins of the Lycian city of Olympos; Chimaera; Demre (Kale); and Myra, with its Lycian tombs carved in a rock cliff. Cost depends on the number of visitors taking the tour: $75 for 9 to 16, and up to $192 for one person; lunch included.