Arrival in Istanbul. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. After check in to the hotel a welcome cocktail will be held covering the information on tour route and the days ahead. Overnight in Istanbul.
Istanbul, historically also known as Byzantium and Constantinople is the largest city in Turkey and the fifth largest city in the world. We will begin our tour with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. Visit the main sights around Sultanahmet Square, including the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1000 years, and decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. Then visit the Blue Mosque, designed with 6 delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. Overnight in Istanbul (B)
We will begin our tour with a visit to Istanbul Archeology museum which is full with the pieces based on mythological stories. Then we cross the Bosphorus Bridge to the Asian side to visit Maiden’s Tower on the Bosphorus. We will have a short boat ride to the small island where the tower is located on. The tower is linked to the myth of Hero and Leander. You can have a 360 degrees Bosphorus view on the top of the tower. Then we continue to the ‘’City of Blind’’ Chalcedon today’s Kadikoy. We will have a chance to browse around this lively center of the city and see its famous market. Overnight in Istanbul (B)
Depart from the hotel and drive to Troy, which was a city, factual and legendary, best known for being the focus of the Trojan War, as described in the Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer. Trojan refers to the inhabitants and culture of Troy. Fall of Troy in the Trojan War as described in Homerʹs Iliad, made famous by its wooden horse. See a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse, the city ruins from a succession of nine civilizations, the Roman Bouletarion, Theater and onsite museum. Overnight in Canakkale (B, D)
Drive to Pergamum to see Asclepion and the Acropolis. Pergamon, was an ancient Greek city in modern day Turkey, in Mysia, today located 16 miles (26 km) from the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the river Caicus (modern day Bakırçay), that became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic Period under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. Visit the library, once held 200.000 books , altar of Zeus the gymnasium situated on terraces, the lower agora and the Asclepion, the ancient health center dedicated to Asclepius, the son of Apollo, who was a practitioner of medicine in ancient Greek mythology. Overnight in Kusadasi (B, D)
Check out from the hotel and drive to Smyrna. There are several explanations brought forth as regards its name. One of these involve a Greek myth derived from an eponymous Amazon named Smyrna, which was also the name of a quarter of Ephesus Greek settlement in Old Smyrna .Smyrna was the second city to receive a letter from the apostle John in the book of Revelation. Acts 19:10. Go on to the tour with Ephesus. See the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan the baths of Scholastikia, the temple of Hadrian and impressive library of Ephesus.. The Grand Theater, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest theater is antiquity with capacity of 24.000 seats. The next stop on your tour is the Temple of Artemis (Diana) built in a honor of the Greek Goddess of Hunting, wild nature and fertility, Deemed as one of the Seven wonders of the ancient world .The Temple of Artemis used to be the largest marble temple in the ancient Greek world since it was four times as the big as the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Overnight in Kusadasi (B, D)
After the breakfast drive to Didyma. The word Didyma meant ʺtwinsʺ and was associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to Apollo which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. Go on to the tour vith the visit of Heraklia. A member of Ionian Confederacy, Heraklia, was established on an earlier city called ʺLatmosʺ dated back to the 8th century B.C. The city took its name from the famous mythological figure, Herakles. Well-conditioned ʺThe Temple of Athenaʺ stands on the rocky area behind the harbor as an example of two column Hellenistic construction with the style in Templum in Antis. This city is the place where the myth of Endymion and Selene (the goddes of full moon) is supposed to take place. Drive to Bodrum; the city was called Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times. The Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World, was here. Also Salmakis Bay (today’s Bardakci Bay) is the place where the myth of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus took place. Overnight in Bodrum (B, D)
Check out from the hotel to visit Letoon. Letoon, was the sacred cult center of Lycia and its most important sanctuary dedicated to the three national deities of Lycia- Leto and her twin children Apollo and Artemis. According to the myth the city is built on the place where Leto gave birth to her twins Apollo and Diana (Artemis). The site has three temples, one with a beautiful mosaic panel set in its floor. Overnight in Fethiye (B, D)
After the breakfast, drive to Xanthos Valley which takes its name from the ancient city of Xanthos, the oldest and most important city in the region. Xanthos was once the capital of ancient Lycia and Homer mentions it in Iliad. Although Homerʹs Iliad may be a tragic tale, it pales to the real history of the city. On at least two separate and unrelated occasions, the population chose ‘’mass suicide’’ rather than submission to invading armies. Visit its ancient amphitheater, which was built in the 2nd century AD to replace an earlier Hellenistic one which stood on the site. Overnight in Kalkan (B, D)
Morning drive to Oylmpos. From these mountains of the Solymi, according to Homer, the god Poseidon looked out to sea and saw Odysseus sailing away from Calypsoʹs Island, and called up a great storm that wrecked him on the shores of the island of Nausicaa. The chief deity of Olympos was Hephaestus, god of fire and blacksmiths. Near Olympos, located in the neighboring village of Çıralı and about 200 meters above sea level, the eternal flames called the Chimaera may be seen issuing from the ground. The fuel source for the flames is natural gas, largely methane, seeping through cracks in the earth. The mythical Chimaera or Chimera was a monster with the head of a lion, the body of a goat and the tail of a serpent, who roamed these woods and sprouted fire from her mouth. Chimera was killed by Bellerophon riding Pegasus according to mythology. Overnight in Antalya (B, D)
Today we will visit Aspendos Theatre. Aspendos is located to the east of Antalya and is famous for its best preserved ancient amphitheater built in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The theater has a capacity of 15,000 people and is still used today for performances and festivals. Its galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to its architect Xenoʹs success. Legend has it that King of Aspendos of that had Xeno’s hands not to let him to build another masterpiece that may surpass this amphitheater. Overnight in Antalya (B, D)
Departure from Antalya. You will have your transfer to the airport and our services end here.