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DAY 1 – Istanbul ARRIVAL
Arrive in Istanbul. Our transfer man will be ready to meet you at Istanbul Airport upon your arrival. After we meet you at the airport, you will be transfered to your hotel. Time at leisure, stay overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 – FULL DAY OLD CITY TOUR (B-L)
Enjoy a full day tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul. Firstly we visit the magnificent Hagia Sofia, the Hippodrome; the stadium of ancient Byzantium, where an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi still survive. We then continue to the Blue Mosque, which owes it’s name to the exquisite tiles adorning it’s interior, the magnificent Hagia Sofia and the infamous Grand Bazaar. After lunch we visit the amazing Topkapi Palace, which from the 15th to the 19th Century was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Return to your hotel. Stay overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3- ISTANBUL - Izmir (FLIGHT) & KUSADASI (B-D)
Pick up from your hotel in the morning. After a brief visit to the 17th Century Spice Bazaar, we embark on breathtaking cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After the cruise, you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Stay overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 4- EPHESUS (B-L-D)
Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. A definite must while in Turkey. Not to be forgotten is the House of the Virgin Mary on top of Bul Bul Moutain. A pilgrimage site for many people of all denominations. Return to your hotel in afternoon. Stay overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5- PAMUKKALE (B-L-D)
Depart from your hotel in the morning to Pamukkale. On arrival you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its Bascilica, theatre and Roman Baths. Return to your hotel. Stay overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 6 – KUSADASI - IZMIR& DUBAI VIA ISTANBUL (FLIGHT) (B)
Free morning in Kusadasi. In the afternoon you will be transfer to Izmir for your flight to Dubai via Istanbul. Arrive late to Dubai and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Dubai.
DAY 7 – DUBAI (B)
HALF DAY DUBAI SIGHTSEEING TOUR
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel for a half day city tour of Dubai.
Our route takes us firstly to the magnificent Jumeirah mosque, a tribute to modern islamic architechture. Continuing on towards the World Trade Center - one of the highest buildings in the Middle East, we pass some of the palaces belonging to the ruling family of Dubai. After a short break by the Creek, we arrive at the oldest part of the city, Bastakia, where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. Close by we visit the fascinating Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has been there almost for two centuries defending the settlers in the early days. The final destination of this fascinating four hour tour, will take you through the bustling alleys of souks. Be amazed by the mystical aromas of the numerous spices, dazzling jewelry varying from the most traditional to the latest designs displayed in almost 200 shops. After the tour you will be returned to your hotel. Stay overnight in Dubai.
DAY 8 – DUBAI (B)
Free day in Dubai. Stay overnight in Dubai.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION - HALF DAY DESERT SAFARI
In the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel for a half day Desert Safari. After settling down in the 4WD vehicles, the jeeps will speed through the desert of the golden sand dunes. The dune bashing or desert driving continues with the thrill of going up and down the dunes provoking many shrieks and laughter full of excitement. The final leg of this program takes us to the main campsite. This will most definitely be the highlight of the trip. After witnessing a memorable sight - the true Arabian sunset with its glory and magic, at the dusk there is an opportunity to try some Camel riding nearby the Bedouin camp. A delicious BBQ dinner is prepared on open fired and a variety of beverages are available. The tempo of the music increases as a Belly dancer starts dancing to the rhythm of the music. What better way to experience a true Arabian night than this. After the tour transfer to your hotel.
Price: 78 USD per person.
(During Ramadan and other Religious holidays, belly dacing will not be featured on this excursion.)
DAY 9 – DEPARTURE (B)
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight home. End of our services.