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Turkish Legacy

> 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 to your five-star hotel. 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, Gallipoli, Canakkale

Today discover the Gallipoli Peninsula. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Cemetery, the original tunnels and trenches at Johnston Jolly, The Nek Cemetery, Chunuk-Bair New Zealand Memorial and Kabatepe War Museum. After Gallipoli cross the Dardanelles and visit the ancient city of Troy, famous for the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, the Queen of Sparta and Paris, the Trojan Prince. Dine and overnight at your hotel in Canakkale. (B, L, D)

> DAY 5: Canakkale, Pergamum, Kusadasi/Izmir/Sirince 

Set off after breakfast on enjoy a scenic drive south to your hotel in Izmir or Kusadasi. En-route you can take an optional tour of the enchanting ancient city of Pergamum. Visit the Altar of Zeus, Temple of Dionysus and the 200,000 volume library, and the Asclepieum of Pergamum. Arrive at your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy your evening at 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 a relaxing day enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Aegean or continue on further exploration of the region’s wonderful ancient sites such as Hierapolis, Aphrodisias and more. 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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