Turkey Cultural Tour   
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
Istanbul with its wine and dining places , including museums and cultural places.The Thrace Route: Çerkezköy, Kırklareli, Tekirdağ, Gallipoli vineyards and Anzacs memorials with Troy.Than Pergamum akropolis, Cesme, Izmır, Urla, Ephesus end ıts environments.Urla vinyards.
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
WINE TOUR ISTANBUL TO AEGEAN REGION
Programme

Day 1

Today, we arrive in Istanbul, where a transferman will meet us at the airport. We transfer to our hotel downtown, and have a brief orientation late in the afternoon.This evening, we can discover any of the Turkish restaurants in the area as we enjoy dinner on our own.

Day 2 (Istanbul) B D
This morning we visit Hagia Sophia, the "Church of Divine Wisdom." Completed under the Emperor Justinian in AD 537, the magnificent dome of the Hagia Sophia was once the pre-eminent architectural wonder of the Byzantine world. The massive building was a Christian church for almost a thousand years, until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when Mehmet the Conqueror claimed it for Islam. The building served as a mosque until 1934, when the revolutionary leader and founder of the Republic, Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed it as a museum. This impressive structure has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of Istanbul including visits of St. Saviour in Chora - (Kariye Museum) Originaly formed the center of a Byzantine Monastery complex. Only the church section which was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Saviour, has survived. .Continue your tour with the visit of Taksim Squere.We have lunch on our own, and then board the Old Tram for a ride down Istiklal Street to the heart of Art Nouveau Istanbul. Istanbul has many Art Nouveau buildings; several were designed by the Italian architect Raimondo Tommasso d'Aronco, the chief palace architect for the last Ottoman sultan, Abudulhamid II, who ruled from 1876 to 1909. D'Aronco drew heavily Ottoman and Islamic architecture and art, reinterpreting them through the lens of the then-popular European Art Nouveau movement and its organic, floral forms. The results can be seen in the many beautiful palaces and grand private homes he designed for Istanbul's government and its elite citizens.Continue your tour with the visit of Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar built in the 17th century, this is the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. On to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where the pungent and savory aroma of exotic oils, herbs and spices have perfumed the arched stone corridors for nearly 350 years. Now also proferring nuts, honey, dried fruits, traditional sweets and herbal remedies, the Spice Bazaar’s redolent wares will transform you into a veritable spice trader!.This afternoon, we take to the water for our Bosporus cruise. You can look north to the “European” district of Galata, or east to the Asiatic side of the Bosporus and the Maiden’s Tower. In ancient times, the Golden Horn could be closed off to warships with a giant chain stretching from here to Seraglio Point. Following our cruise, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant
 
Day 3 (Istanbul) B
This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, includingTopkapi Palace. Mehmet the Conqueror started building this complex in about 1459 and it served as the royal palace of the Ottoman sultans until 1853. Today, it is one of the world's richest museums, with a staggering collection of jewels, arms, porcelain, sculpture, manuscripts, and more. Next, we stop at the classic Blue Mosque, so-called for the shimmering blue tiles that line its interior. Flanked by symmetrical soaring minarets, it is one of the defining elements of the Istanbul skyline. This classic of Ottoman architectural design was constructed under the patronage of Sultan Ahmet I, from 1609-1616.Hippodromme,center of sporting (chariots races,athletics)events and political activities of the old city.
The Blue Mosque,one of the famous mosgues of the Ottomans are known for it’s blue Iznık tiles and unique with its 6 minarets.Today lunch is on your own.After the lunch. Just a short walk across the square takes us to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures—capital heads and columns-- that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, and carpets. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 ( Tekirdağ- Gallipoli) B L D
Today we drive about two hours to westeward to visit an organic vineyard which is a butique place. The winery is located in the middle of a village which is about 14.5 hectar estate of which half is currently producing wine grapes. The organic growing methods are employed since the vineyard is established in 2005 and an organic grower certificate is awarded in 2010. The first vintage is 2008. The half of the estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, one third is planted with Merlot and remaining with Syrah and Pino.Than we drive to Tekirdağ city for lunch. After that a nice drive to Gallipoli peninsula to our hotel which has a unique winary and a vineyard also.Before a nice dinner we will organise a wine tour here.
 
Day 4 (Canakkale-Gallipoli) B L D   
After breakfast we drive to Canakkale. Our Gallipoli Campaign begins today. The peninsula is filled with cemeteries, a war museum and many memorials to the tragic events of 1915. As you enter this almost barren land, you can still sense the war and heartache that onc
e dominated the landscape, breaking the silent air.Our first visits will be to Anzac Cove and Beac
h Cemetery - home to one of Australia's most legendary soldiersPrivate John Simpson. We will then trace th
e steps of the ANZACs up into the rugged hills to visit the Shrapnel Valley,North
,and Chunuk Bair. Amongst the numerous sights also visited will be Shrapnel Valley, Walker’s Ridge, the Nek and the surrounding trenches.We have included lunch in a local restaurant.Afternoon we cross Dardanelles by ferry. A visit to Troy archeological site on the Asian side.We drive back to Canakkale port to take the ferry baoat back to European side to drive back to our hotel to stay another night there.
 
Day 5 ( Pergamum Akropolis-Izmir) B
After breakfast we are departing for the schedule ferry to cross the Dardanelles to Asian side of Turkey.Then we drive to down the mountainous coastline of Turkey. Lunch is in a local restaurant. Our stop will be at the ancient Acropolis of Pergamum, famous for its wealth of archaeological ruins which is from Romans time,Temple of Trajan can be visited there. You will take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Its famous teather and Dionysus -tample of  wine will be visited . Than we drive to Izmir-Smyrna city to our hotel.

Day 6 ( Urla Vineyards -Cesme-Izmir ) BLD
After having our breakfast we are departing  from the hotel to have a quick visit to Agora of old Smyrna city.Than we will drive to famous town of Izmir which had wine making centers during Greek and romans times.We have two vineyards to visit and taste nice wines today with lunch included.Urla which is 35 km far from İzmir City. It gives fertile products in terms of agriculture because it’s fertile soil combines with iodine. In addition to its natural wonders, it also serves as home to a large campus such as  İzmir High Technology Institute.Urla is a friendly coastal town, it’s hospitable and carefully protected.We also drive to Cesme town to enjoy meeting and interacting with local people there.
 
Day 7( Ephesus-House of Virgin Mary-St.John Basilica) BL
After breakfast  drive  about one hour 30 minutes to the world-famous ancient Greco-Roman site of Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk on the remarkably preserved wide marble streets, flanked by columns and temples. We see the Library of Celsus, a tiered façade decorated with exquisite statues. In    the  theater we’ll see is the same one where St. Paul tried to preached to the Ephesians. And there are also remarkably preserved baths. Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. No longer standing, it was said to be one of the most colossal temples ever built.Lunch in a local restaurant,than  we also visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, nestled high in the hills overlooking the city of Ephesus.We also view the ruins of the sixth-century Basilica of St. John, said to stand over the burial site of the Apostle of Jesus, who is thought to have authored the Book of Revelation and the Fourth Gospel of the Bible while in Ephesus. Later this afternoon, we have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the oldturkish carpet-making tradition of Anatolia, befor we drive to hotel in Izmir.
 
Day 8
We can pick you up from your hotel to transfer to the Izmir Airport.
Included
Hotel Accommodation at below suggested hotels or similar • Sightseeing as per above itinerary • All escorted transfers • Daily breakfast, Lunches & Dinners where indicated. (Beverages are not included during lunches & Dinners) • Transportation by A/C deluxe vehicle depending number of pax • English speaking professional tour guide through the tour • All entry fees to the sites & museums • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff • Service charges & local taxes
Excluded
• Flight tickets (International & National) • Drinks and meals which are not listed at the itinerary • All personal expenses • Tips to the tour guide and driver.
Notes

URLA – VOURLA – KLAZOMENAİ .Urla’s history dates back to BC 3000. As a result of the invasion of Dor and Aka immigrants in this region, the city founded by the Ions come under the domination of Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Seljuks and Ottomans respectively. Klazomenai, one of the twelve Ion cities, was founded in the area right in front of Today’s Pier Urla. Later on, in order to defend from the Persian assault, it’s moved to the island in front of the pier. The city, of which foundation is dating back to centuries before the Hellenistic Civilization as evidenced by archaeological findings, was called Klazomenai in the coast and Vourla in the interior parts during the ancient times.In Urla wine production starts in BC 4 thousands.It’s a coastal town that hosts the nature and history at the same time with 12 islands embraced by Urla which is 35 km far from İzmir City. It gives fertile products in terms of agriculture because it’s fertile soil combines with iodine. In addition to its natural wonders, it also serves as home to a large campus such as İzmir High Technology Institute.Urla is a friendly coastal town, it’s hospitable and carefully protected.

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Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
• tours@turkeyculturaltour.com, • http://www.turkeyculturaltour.com