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The Treasures of Aegean
Highlights of This Tour:

As archeologists continue to uncover an ever expanding number of vast ancient cities on and near Turkey's Aegean coast, one thing has become increasingly apparent: No other spot in the world boasts such a well-preserved and rich link with the ancient past.

Here, among the olive tree-covered hills of Western Anatolia, you'll find a diverse heritage that mixes the Holy Lands, Greece and Rome. Hellenistic monuments on a par with anything in modern Greece stand side-by-side with Roman cities built by Caeser, Augustus and Hadrian. Five of the seven great, early churches of Asia Minor, a 2nd century synagogue and early Ottoman mosques stand side-by-side among the ruins of temples dedicated to pagan gods. From the winding Meander River, to sparkling azure coves, from the snow-white "cotton castle" travertine terraces of Pammukkale to the lush valleys and high plateaus ringed by snow-capped mountains, the Turkish landscape never fails to inspire and astonish.

You'll also become acquainted with contemporary Turkey, as we observe the time-honored rhythms of rural life. We provide air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you get the most out of your stay in Turkey. Relax, marvel at the glories of the Aegean. And leave the rest to us.

Detailed Itinerary:

1st Day... Morning flight to Izmir (ancient Smyrna), where we check into our hotel, then continue on to the extensive ruins of Bergama (Pergamum). The Pergamum Acropolis is perched high above modern Bergama, but reachable by a short and easy climb. We also explore the steep Roman theater carved into the hillside, the Altar of Zeus and, in the lower agora, the largest Roman building in Asia Minor, the Temple of Serapis. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the Asclepion, an ancient Greek and Roman medical center that also has a theater, library and temples. We then drive back to Izmir.
Dinner and overnight in Izmir




2nd Day... After a short one-hour drive, we reach Sardis, once the capital city of King Croesus, where the world's first coins were minted. We explore a Roman gymnasium, a 2nd century synagogue believed to have been given to the local Jewish community by Emperor Lucius Verus, and the Temple of Artemis, built to commemorate Alexander the Great's liberation of the city from the Persians. Next, lunch is served en route to Alasehir (ancient Philadelphia), which we visit before proceeding on to Hierapolis and the unique geological formations of Pamukkale, where we stay at a hotel with a pool heated by natural thermal waters.
Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale



Tetrapylon, Aphrodisias

3rd Day… After breakfast, we admire the morning view of pure-white enormous basins and stalactites created by millions of years of mineral-rich hot spring waters spilling down the hillside. Then, after a two-hour drive through the scenic Meander Valley, we arrive at Aphrodisias, one Turkey's more isolated and most spectacular archeological sites. Excavation continues here, but the almost fully intact Temple of Aphrodite, Baths of Hadrian, theaters, great Agora and 30,000-seat stadium have been revealed. We also visit secluded Byzantine churches and the local museum, with its extensive collection of ancient statuary dedicated to Aphrodite. Then, we drive back east to the Aegean coast resort town of Kusadasi.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi

Celsus Library, Ephesus

4th Day… After breakfast, we head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where we spend a busy day visiting The Chapel of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Ephesus Museum and the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, recently excavated monuments, the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and hillside palaces. We then take a one-hour drive to Izmir International Airport for the return flight to Istanbul, where we arrange the transfer to your hotel.

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Tour Accommodations:
In Izmir:Anemon Hotel
In Pamukkale: Colossea Hotel Thermal
In Kusadasi: Korumar Hotel
What is Included?
All transfers
Guide and Air-conditioned transport
3 nights accommodation in Anatolia
Lunch daily
All museum entrance fees
All parking, porter and hotel tips
VAT (18% Sales Tax)
What is not Included?
Domestic flghts
(Total airline ticket costs: approximately US$ 170)
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English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
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