Istanbul • Ephesus (6 days/5 nights)


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Rates above are per person, double occupancy, in US dollars, and in your own private group
Single room supplement: +$650
Subject to availability on dates selected 
A 10% discount is applicable to the following period: November 15 to March 15


Meet your guide and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel, located in the charming Old City district of Sultanahmet. Traveling along the old city fortifcation walls, you’ll learn a bit about this exciting city along the way. The remainder of the day is at leisure; why not stretch your legs with a walk around the neighborhood, then perhaps with dinner on your own at a rooftop restaurant. We can suggest several with great views over the Sea of Marmara! 

Enjoy two full days of private sightseeing in Istanbul with your knowledgeable guide. Today we explore the Sultanahmet area and visit the Roman-era Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the underground Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. (B) 

Private sightseeing continues today with visits to the sprawling Topkapi Palace and its Harem Quarters and the Spice Market, followed by a leisurely boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, and, finally, time permitting, a walking tour through Istanbul's winding backstreets. (B)

/ Ephesus - Flight to Izmir / Sirince old Greek village

Arrive in Izmir early in the afternoon and drive about one hour to the Ephesus area. We will stop to visit the Basilica of St. John before continuing onto the village of Sirince where your hotel is located. This pretty hillside village is a perfect blend of Turkish-Greek culture, and has impressive views of the vineyards, as well as the peach and olive orchards. You’ll have a chance to socialize with the locals throughout your time here. Overnight in Sirince. (B, L) 

/ Selcuk / Sirince

In the morning, after breakfast, we will enjoy an extended visit to the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus. We also visit the recently-opened Terrace Houses, the homes of Ephesus’ elite: they have been oft compared with the ruins at Pompeii. Afterwards, we continue on to Sultankoy, where we learn about local rug-making processes which include silk extraction, dyeing and weaving. Then, we will break for a fresh and organic al fresco lunch using ingredients from Sultankoy’s farm and orchards. Our final stop of the day will be the town of Selcuk where you can visit the Museum of Archaeology, if you choose. (B, L) 

Gule gule!  Farewell!  Transfer to Izmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport for a flight to Istanbul, where you will connect to your flight home, or your next destination. We look forward to welcoming you back to Turkey! (B) 

Price of the package includes:

  • Accommodations: 
    3 nights in Istanbul: Hotel Ottoman Imperial - Premium Room
    2 nights in Ephesus/Sirince village:Gullu Konaklari Hotel - Stone Room
  • Domestic flights in coach class mentioned in the program (Istanbul to Izmir /Izmir to Istanbul)
  • Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner 
    7 meals: 5 breakfasts & 2 lunches (includes bottled water)
  • Private, licensed, professional English-speaking guides throughout trip
  • All transfers and travel in a non-smoking, modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • All entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned in the program
  • Parking, ferry, and toll road fees
  • Gratuities at restaurants where a meal is included in the program

Price of the package excludes:

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Beverages other than water during included meals
  • Gratuities to the tour guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Tipping for porters at hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas, laundry, and other personal items