Istanbul Ephesus Tour

ISTANBUL HIGHLIGHTS

* One first day your tour guide will meet you at your pick up location. You will be briefed about the tour & Istanbul on the way. We begin the sightseeing in historical part of Istanbul with Byzantine Hippodrome which was used for chariot races.

* Visit Hagia Sophia ( closed on Monday ) which is one of the extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture.

* Then, continue to Topkapi Palace ( closed on Tuesday ) which was the center of Ottoman government and the court, the Turks ruled most of Europe and the Middle East from here.

* After visiting Topkapi Palace, you will have a lunch break in a local Turkish restaurant with traditional Turkish food.

* Next step is to Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I built in 1616 famous for unequaled ceramis tiles.

* Finally the Grand Bazaar ( closed on Sunday )with 3.000 exotic shops along covered lanes and alleyways.

* Drive back to departure location your Hotel / Airport / Port with your guide.

PS: If your Istanbul tour includes one of the site which is closed on your tour date, we have alternative sites to visit on these days. We can customize your itinerary as you wish.

Sites to See

  • Byzantine Hippodrome: which was used for chariot races.
  • Hagia Sophia: It was built in 537 AD as the Byzantine Church`s seat, now a museum whose mosaics, stained glass windows and decorated domes are breath–taking.
  • Topkapi Palace: Main residence of Ottoman sultans.
  • Blue Mosque: With six graceful minarets adorning the imperial building, this masterpiece is one of the city’s most recognized landmarks.
    Grand Bazaar: It was the biggest closed bazaar in 14.AD in the world.

Duration

A Full Day Istanbul Highlights tour takes approximately 7 – 8 hours. As it is your private tour, duration of the tour depends on your interest. Your time frame will be organized by your guide as you wish.

Included Services

* Professional licensed tour guide throughout the tour,

* All entrance ( Byzantine Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grans Bazaar ) and parking fees,

* Private air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle with the driver,

* Transportation from Port/Hotel/Airport and back,

* Traditional Lunch,

* Gift bag, Guide book for highlights of Turkiye.

Excluded Services

* Personal expenses, beverages served at lunch,

* Tips for guide and driver.

Prices

Private Istanbul Tour prices varies depending on number of adults, number of individual attractions to be visited and pick up / departure location. Please get your “price quote” before booking.

For Children, those younger than 4 year old are free of charge, between 5 and 9 year old are charged with the half price, children beginning from 10 year/old are charged with the adult price. Therefore, please inform us about the children’s ages.

Children need to have ID card or Passport for visiting Ephesus ruins.

Important!

* Tours Includes walking approximately 1 mile over uneven and cobblestone areas with inclines and steps. Comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellents are recommended. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid accidents.

* Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces in ruins.

* Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; We recommend that you have a lot of water and use suitable sunscream while on the tour.

EPHESUS HIGHLIGHTS

* On second day your tour guide will meet you at your pick-up location. You will be briefed about the tour & town and Ephesus on the way.  One of the stops is the Temple of Artemis where you will spend 10 to 15 minutes.

* After you are dropped off at the gate of Ephesus ruins, you will start to explore the Ephesus ruins. Some of the highlights in Ephesus ruins are; Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Grand Theatre. For more details:

* While exploring Ephesus ruins, you will enter the Terrace Houses, and you will explore the daily life of ancient Ephesians.

* Your driver will pick you up at the lower gate of Ephesus and you will drive to The House of Virgin Mary.

* After visiting The House of Virgin Mary, you will have a lunch break in a local Turkish restaurant with traditional Turkish food.

* Drive back to departure location with your guide.

* Your program can be customized depending on your timing as you wish with your guide.

PS: We would like to introduce you the local cultural aspects of Ephesus showing handmade Carpet & Rug Art Weaving Teaching-Village and Ceramic Center or Leather Company – An Opportunity Not To Be Missed !

Sites to See

  • Temple of Artemis: One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Ancient City of Ephesus: One of the best preserved Greco-Roman Ancient city and one of the largest open air museum in the world.
  • Terrace Houses: The Luxury Apartment buildings where executive Ephesians were living.
  • House of Virgin Mary: First and only shrine in the world where Muslims and Christians pray together.

Duration

A Full Day Istanbul Highlights tour takes approximately 7 – 8 hours. As it is your private tour, duration of the tour depends on your interest. Your time frame will be organized by your guide as you wish.

Included Services

* Professional licensed tour guide throughout the tour,

* All entrance ( The Temple of Artemis, The Ancient City of Ephesus, Terrace Houses and The House of Virgin Mary ) and parking fees,

* Private air-conditioned non-smoking vehicle with the driver,

* Transportation from Port/Hotel/Airport and back,

* Traditional Lunch,

* Gift bag, Guide book for highlights of Turkiye.

Excluded Services

* Personal expenses, beverages served at lunch,

* Tips for guide and driver.

Prices

Private Ephesus Tour prices varies depending on number of adults, number of individual attractions to be visited and pick up / departure location. Please get your “price quote” before booking.

For Children, those younger than 4 year old are free of charge, between 5 and 9 year old are charged with the half price, children beginning from 10 year/old are charged with the adult price. Therefore, please inform us about the children’s ages.

Children need to have ID card or Passport for visiting Ephesus ruins.

Important!

* Tours Includes walking approximately 1 mile over uneven and cobblestone areas with inclines and steps. Comfortable walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellents are recommended. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid accidents.

* Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces in ruins.

* Temperatures can reach extreme highs during summer months; We recommend that you have a lot of water and use suitable sunscream while on the tour.

Istanbul – Ephesus Combined Tour Request Form

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