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Karibu

Date: 13.06.2015 - 20.06.2015
(7 Nights 8 Days)

Price: 2,045 $ (4,277 TL*)

Single Room Price Gap: 665 $ (1,276 TL*)

Special Date Archelogy

GENERAL INFO

In this tour, we will visit the "7 Churches of Revelation" and Istanbul`s major Byzentine sites. We combine the 7 Churches of Revelation with Istanbul to highlight the city`s importance for Byzantine and Christian cultural history.
During our tour, we will see all of the 7 Churches of Revelation:
Smyma, Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, Thyatira, Philadelphia and Laodicea. We will also visit the house where St. Mary spent her last years.

Highlights of the Trip:
Istanbul, Seven Churches of Revelation, St. Mary`s House, Artemis Temple, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar and much more...

Tour Code: KAR2
Price is valid on 27.05.2014

USEFULL INFO

COMBINATION
Most of our guests combine this tour with 2 Nights 3 Days Cappadocia Tour. For details you can contact your local advisors. See Cappadocia Add on Page

FLIGHT
Our team can help you to arrange your flight. Or you can buy your ticket from your local agent and just let us know the time of your arrival.

PRE-TOUR
Prior to your tour departure, our consultants will send you detailed information about our program. We will be glad to help if you need pre or post hotel bookings.

CLOTHING/PACKING
During your visit, Turkey`s temperature varies between 82F and 95F. We recommend lighter cloth. As part of our tours, you will have the opportunity to enter different mosques; some mosques require women travelers to wear head scarves inside the mosque. We suggest you pack a scarf and bring it with you during the tours. Don`t forget your comfortable walking shoes and a hat, especiallty for ancient sites. We will have opportunities to swim in several sites, so please bring your swimwear.

GUIDE
During our tour a licensed English speaking (or can depend according to your preference) guide will accompany you. All of the guides of our tours are experienced and have more than 15 years in the industry. Your guide will also e-mail you before your trip and answer your pre-trip questions.

INSURANCE
All of our guests are protected under our travel health insurance during their trip in Turkey. If any unexpected case happens, with this insurance you can go to the best hospitals in our route. Even transfers can be covered by this plan, if there is a need.

TOUR PROGRAM

DAY 1

After your arrival into Turkey, you will be transported to your hotel for check-in. We will meet at the hotel and start to explore beautiful İstanbul. We will start at The Golden Horn, then visit Galata Bridge and finish with The New Mosque. During our tour, we will also have time to experience The Egyptian Bazaar. After our tour, we will relax and enjoy a magical evening. We will begin by boarding a cruise to navigate the Bosporus River and experience a delicious Turkish Dinner while taking in the beautiful sites of Istanbul by night. When the evening ends, you will be transported back to our hotel.

DAY 2

Breakfast will be provided at the hotel, then we will visit the Byzantine and Christian heritage sites of İstanbul.  Our starting point is the Sultan Ahmet District. We will start from the Hippodrome, which is also known as the Sultan Ahmet Square. There, we will be visiting the Harem, Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Million Stone, Hagia Irene and other sites. After our walk, we will take a lunch break and then we will experience The Grand Bazaar. When the activities end, we will overnight at our hotel

DAY 3

In the early morning, we will depart from İstanbul to İzmir. İzmir is also known as the “pearl of Aegean”.  Ancient Smyrna is our first stop of the “Seven Churches of Revelation” in Asia Minor. After touring Smyrna, we will have a lunch break. In the afternoon, we will visit the second of the Seven Churches, Thyatira. In Thyatira you can still see the remains of The Basilica and artifacts of the Roman Era. After our tour, we will depart to Bergama. We will have dinner and overnight in Bergama. 

DAY 4

Breakfast will be provided at the hotel. Our day starts with the Pergamum tour. The ruins of Pergamum will move you. During our visit, we will also see the Acropolis with its temples and Zeus Altar. Our tour will continue to Aesculapius, a healing center during ancient times. We will then take a 2.5 hour bus trip to Sardis, Salihli. On the road we will have our lunch break. We will visit Sardis, another one of the Seven Churches. Dinner will include some traditional dishes and we will overnight at a hotel in Salihli. 

DAY 5

After breakfast, we will depart for Philadelphia, the fourth of the Seven Churches in our tour. After the Philadelphia tour, we will continue our road to Pamukkale. In Pamukkale, the ancient ruins of Hierapolis are waiting for us. The spectacularly-calcified cliffs will amaze you. In the afternoon, you can also enjoy the thermal waters of Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight accommodations will be in Pamukkale. 

DAY 6

This day we will first explore Laodicea and then continue to Ephesus.  With Ephesus we will finish our Seven Churches tour. In our tour in Ephesus we will visit the old synagogue, the Library of Celsus and the theatre where St. Paul preached. In the final point of our biblical tour, we will visit the final abode of the Virgin Mary. After our tour, we will depart for Kusadasi. We will have a gala dinner in this lively port city of the Aegean. Overnight is at Kusadasi.

DAY 7

In the morning, we will be transported to the airport and fly to İstanbul. After our arrival, we will see the modern Istanbul, the Istiklal Street. This place was one of the main centers of the Christian Minority during the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. In our walks, we will also see some churches and chapels including St. Antuan Church. In the afternoon, our guests will have free time to enjoy and they will overnight in Istanbul. 

DAY 8

After breakfast, we will check out from our hotel and say goodbye to our guests hoping to see each other again for another delightful cultural adventure. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN OUR TOUR? 

  • Access to visit Turkey with the best guides
  • 7 Night of Accommodation in the Itinerary (Bed and Breakfast, Double Occupancy)
  • Istanbul – Izmir Flight
  • Kusadasi – Istanbul Flight
  • All the tours mentioned in the Itinerary
  • All the museum tours and entrance fees
  • All the transportation with 2014 /2015 Air – Conditioned Buses
  • Airport – Hotel Transfers
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • Tips for the drivers and guides
  • Free Turkey Handbook
  • All the refreshments served in the buses
  • KARIBU T-Shirts and tour materials
  • Travel Insurance during your tour in Turkey
  • Early Booking Discount until March 2015 (100 USD)
  • Pre-information meeting about our tour

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • The lunches and dinners which are not mentioned. (In your first and last day)
  • Your flight to/from Turkey