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Istanbul & Ephesus Classics

> DAY 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. After clearing customs and immigration, your representative will meet you at the airport and assist you to your private transfer. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in Istanbul.

> DAY 2: Istanbul – Istanbul Classics Tour
After breakfast enjoy a half-day tour of the classical sites of Istanbul. Begin at the magnificent Hagia Sophia. This marvelous Byzantine basilica was built in the sixth century and today is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the best examples of classical Turkish architecture, this 17th-century Ottoman mosque is famed for being the only in the world with six minarets. You will visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Your tour will end at the Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. (B)

> DAY 3: Istanbul – Bosphorous Cruise
Today you will enjoy a Bosphorous Cruise tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the 17th century Egyptian Spice Bazaar which is full of the mystical aromas of various spices and colorful shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, and fish etc. Next you will board your Bosphorus Cruise boat . The Bosphorus is the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. As you travel, you will enjoy extravagant baroque palaces of the Ottoman sultans: Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, the Besiktas commercial district, Rumeli Fortress, the Ortakoy area known for handicrafts and night life, and the famous Kizkulesi light house. (B)

> DAY 4: Istanbul
Spend a day at leisure exploring more of Istanbul’s amazing sites and museums and soaking up the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant about their favorites. (B)

> DAY 5: Istanbul, Kusadasi/Izmir/Sirince
After breakfast transfer to the airport to meet your flight to Izmir. Transfer to your hotel in Izmir or Kusadasi, where you can enjoy an afternoon at your leisure. (B, D)

> DAY 6: Kusadasi/Izmir/Sirince – Ephesus Tour
After breakfast depart for your private full-day tour to the ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus is among the best-preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean. Your tour will begin at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. Following the archeological site, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. In the afternoon return to your hotel for relaxation. (B, L, D)

> DAY 7: Kusadasi/Izmir/Sirince
Spend your day enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Aegean or continue with further exploration of the region’s wonderful ancient sites such as Pergamum, Hierapolis and Aphrodisias. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for additional sightseeing recommendations. (B, D)

> DAY 8: Departure
Transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul where you will meet your connection home. (B)

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