Upon arrival in Istanbul you are going to be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Stay in Istanbul overnight.
Get flight to Izmir after the breakfast. As you arrive in Izmir which is the 3rd biggest city in Turkey, you will drive to central part of the city to visit recently reconstructed agora of Smyrna (ancient name of Izmir). Continue to St. Policarp church that is the oldest church in Izmir and dedicated to Policarp –disciple of St. John- martyred here in 155 by the Romans and this place is also one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. Then you have chance to see “Kordon” where there are nice cafes that you can have a seat watch the Aegean Sea enjoying your tea or beer. Make your way to Selcuk or Kusadası and stay overnight.
After the breakfast in your hotel you make your way to the biggest ancient city in Turkey: Ephesus. As you walk down the streets of the city you will pass through the Odeon, the agora, baths, fountains, temples, Celsius Library, will see the first advertisement in the history on the pavement of the marble street, see the great theatre with the capacity of 24.000 people. Later you will stop by Artemis Temple which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Drive up to Bülbül (Nightingale) Mountain to call in the House of Virgin Mary where she was supposed to spend last times of her life. After the lunch you will visit the St. John’s church. Your next stop will be a small Christian village called Sirince famous for its old Greek houses, an old church and local wines. Drive back to Selcuk or Kusadası and stay there overnight.
After the breakfast in your hotel you will make your way to Pergamon. As you arrive in the area you will visit the Asclepion which was the health centre of the ancient world, walking around you will discover how they used to heal people. Then you will drive up to the upper city Acropolis passing through Red court. In the upper city you will visit Zeus Altar, the steepest theatre in Anatolia, temples of Trajan and goddess Athena, arsenals. After the lunch you will start your way to Canakkale. On the way there you will visit Assos an ancient city located on top of a hill from where you can see the Greek island Lisbos. Stay in small village Behramkale located on the sea shore.
After the breakfast in your hotel you will drive to the ancient city of Troy. The city of legendary leader Priam, the city that collapsed after 10 years with the help of a wooden horse. After the lunch on the way to Canakkale you will pass Dardanelles on a ferry and head to Gallipoli where WW1 took place between Ottoman army and Allies mostly Australian and New Zealanders called Anzac. Coast of Dardanelles you will drive back to Istanbul. You will be dropped off to your hotel and stay in İstanbul overnight.
After the breakfast you will walk around the historical peninsula visiting the highlights of Istanbul. The Hippodrome was used as a chariot-racing area during the Byzantine reign but was turned into a kind of stable by the Ottomans. Walk to the Blue Mosque which got its name from 21.000 blue Iznik tiles decorating it. Just the opposite is the Hagia Sophia Museum which was built as a church in 6th century AD but converted into a mosque by The Ottomans, you can still see the mosaics on the walls with Arabic writings from Koran. After a little walk you will reach to the entrance of Topkapi Palace. This imperial residence was used by Ottoman Sultans for 400 years that now in it exhibits of art, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury and Holy Relics are on display. After the lunch walk to the Grand Bazaar which is visited by nearly 300,000 people. Dropped off to your hotel and stay in Istanbul overnight.
Departure day. It is time to say goodbye. You are going to be transferred to the airport.