SHORE EXCURCIONS
DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL PORT

 

Tour Code : TEX001

 

THE IMPERIAL TOUR ( Daily Half Day Tour )

We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia*. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. (also available on Tuesday afternoons)

 *On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescoes.

 

Tour Code : TEX002

 

OTTOMAN TREASURES ( Daily Half Day Tour )

We begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabolous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. The Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest and grandest of Istanbul’s imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. Of the 2,000 structures Sinan designed, Süleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important. (every day except Tuesdays)

 

Tour Code : TEX003

 

HISTORICAL ISTANBUL ( Daily Full Day Tour )

 

Combination of Tour TEX001 & TEX002

We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia*. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. (also available on Tuesday afternoons)

Lunch at local restaurant, then continue to visit at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabolous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. The Süleymaniye Mosque is the largest and grandest of Istanbul’s imperial mosques. It dates from the 16th century heyday of the Ottoman Empire, and was designed by Sinan, the greatest architect of his day and originator of the Classical Ottoman style of architecture. Of the 2,000 structures Sinan designed, Süleymaniye Mosque and its complex of charitable institutions rank among the most important.

*On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescoes.

*On Tuesdays, Topkapi Palace is closed.

 

Tour Code : TEX004

 

BOSPHORUS  CRUISE ( Daily Half Day Tour )

We begin with a brief visit to the 17 th century  Spice Bazaar one of  Istanbul’s most colorful and bustling attractions. Next, we take an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestıc strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia.From our cruise boat, we view the dramatıc sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and the massive Rumeli Hisarı , a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan’s fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.

*The Spice Bazaar is closed Sundays

 

DEPARTURE FROM IZMIR PORT

 

Tour Code : TEX007

 

EPHESUS (Daily Full day Tour)

We catch an early flight to the city of İzmir on the Aegean coast, then drive south to the antique city of Ephesus. This is one of the world’s richest and most rewarding archaeological sites with impressive ruins dating from the Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine period. It is also closely associated with the beginnings of the Christian faith. In addition to being the city to which the Letters to the Ephesians were written, St. John and St. Paul both visited the city and the Virgin Mary herself is said to have spent her last days nearby. Among the highlights of our tour of Ephesus will be the antique theatre, the famed Library of Celcius, the brothel, the vast Basilica of St. John, the Mosque of İsabey, the Temple of Artemis ( one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World ) and a group of recently excavated early Byzantine mansions that feature incredibly well-preserved floor mosaics and frescoes. At Ephesus, the past comes to life in a pageantry of architectural and artistic marvels the like of which can be found almost nowhere else in the world. Finally we will make a short pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary, which stands high on a mountainside overlooking the Aegean Sea the Greek island of Samos.

 

Tour Code : TEX008

 

EPHESUS (Daily Half Day Tours)

 

Arrive in Kusadasi, you will meet your guide at the port for your half-day private sightseeing tour.

First, you will drive to Ephesus, enter the ancient city and view the Odeon Theatre, where state affairs and concerts were held. Walk down the marble walkway and visit the Hadrian Temple. It was dedicated in 118 AD to Hadrian, Artemis, and the people of Ephesus but greatly reconstructed in the 4th century. This impressive Corinthian style temple has beautiful reliefs on the porch. According to the belief of Ephesians, the Medusa head on the porch, would protect the city from its enemies.

Next, you will proceed to the Celsus Library, The library is the best preserved structure of its kind. The inscription on the side of the building's front staircase states that the library was built by Julius, in his father's honour, after his death. His father, Celsus was the Roman governor of Asia Minor early in the 2nd century AD.

You visit make a visit to the spectacular Terrace Houses (Villas) located on top of the hill within the Ephesus. They have a fantastic view of the entire city of Ephesus. They were inhabited by wealthy Ephesians, and are finely decorated with incredible examples of mosaics and frescos. The Terrace Houses were brought to light in excavations carried out since the 1980s by a team of Austrian archeologists. Along with those in Pompeii, they constitute some of the most vivid examples of Roman domestic architecture to survive to the present.

Last, visit the Great Theatre, dating back to the Hellenistic period. In the 1st century AD it was successfully reconstructed and expanded by the Romans until it reached the seating capacity of 25,000. This is also the place where it is believed that St.Paul preached. It is still used for performances today.

At the end of your day, you will return to Kusadasi and have some time for shopping in this enchanting town before embarking your ship.

 

Tour Code : TEX009

 

PERGAMUM (Daily Full Day Tour)

In the morning departure for Pergamum, home of the Hellenistic Attalaid kings.  Visit the Acropolis, Asclepion and the Red Basilica - Famed for its great library, the citizens of ancient Pergamum invented parchment for writing when the supply of papyrus was cut off. Pergamum's Asclepion was the most famous classical medical center.

 

Tour Code : TEX011

 

SARDES & IZMIR CITY TOUR (Daily Full Day Tour)

Sardes, capital of ancient Lydia. View the magnificent ruins of the Acropolis. Visit the Temple of Cybele and Diana which later became a church. Stop by the Synagogue, the Gymnasium and a newly excavated area. After lunch, we visit Manisa, visit the Archaeological and Ethnographical Museum, the Mosque of Muradiye, and Weeping Rock Niobe.  Return to Izmir and visit to the Bath Israel Synagogue & old Bazaar Kemeralti.

 

Tour Code : TEX012

 

EPHESUS & SIRINCE VILLAGE (Daily Full Day Tour)

In the morning, departure for Ephesus, one of the most impressive and well-preserved archaeological sites in the world.  Spend the morning strolling trough the street, temples and fountains of the ancient metropolis.  After lunch visit the Archaeological Museum, the Basilica of St John, where the apostle is buried and the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed that she has spent her last days.   Continue to Sirince.  Sirince Village - This pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi, was once Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners or to share the beauty of their village.

DEPARTURE FROM KUSADASI PORT

 

Tour Code : TEX007

 

EPHESUS (Daily Full day Tour)

We catch an early flight to the city of İzmir on the Aegean coast, then drive south to the antique city of Ephesus. This is one of the world’s richest and most rewarding archaeological sites with impressive ruins dating from the Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine period. It is also closely associated with the beginnings of the Christian faith. In addition to being the city to which the Letters to the Ephesians were written, St. John and St. Paul both visited the city and the Virgin Mary herself is said to have spent her last days nearby. Among the highlights of our tour of Ephesus will be the antique theatre, the famed Library of Celcius, the brothel, the vast Basilica of St. John, the Mosque of İsabey, the Temple of Artemis ( one of the Seven Wonders of Ancient World ) and a group of recently excavated early Byzantine mansions that feature incredibly well-preserved floor mosaics and frescoes. At Ephesus, the past comes to life in a pageantry of architectural and artistic marvels the like of which can be found almost nowhere else in the world. Finally we will make a short pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary, which stands high on a mountainside overlooking the Aegean Sea the Greek island of Samos.

 

Tour Code : TEX012

 

EPHESUS & SIRINCE VILLAGE (Daily Full Day Tour)

In the morning, departure for Ephesus, one of the most impressive and well-preserved archaeological sites in the world.  Spend the morning strolling trough the street, temples and fountains of the ancient metropolis.  After lunch visit the Archaeological Museum, the Basilica of St John, where the apostle is buried and the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed that she has spent her last days.   Continue to Sirince.  Sirince Village - This pretty old Orthodox village, 12 km away from Ephesus and 30 km from Kusadasi, was once Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed its habitants gave this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners or to share the beauty of their village.

 

Tour Code : TEX010

 

PRIENE & MILETUS & DIDYMA (Daily Full Day Tour)

Departure for Priene which is recognized as the first planned city of the ancient world and one of the most attractive sites on the West Coast. We will visit the Theatre, the Temple of Athena, the Agora and the Altar of Zeus and Cybele. We then proceed to Miletus, one of the principle Ionian cities and the home of Thales, twice visited by St. Paul. We will visit the Theatre, Byzantine Fortress, the Delphinion and the Faustina Bath. We will then continue on to Didyma and visit the Temple of Apollo.

 

GENERAL CONDITIONS

 

·        Tour fees include A/C transportation, guidance in multiple languages, entrance fees and mentioned meals/ drinks,

·        30% discount for children below the age 7, free for the ages of 0-2,

·        We kindly request our guests to be ready 10 minutes before departure time,

·        No smoking on our tours but all tours make frequent stops,

·        Cancellation is not possible in the last 24 hours. There will be no refund for any unused portion of any tour program,

·        Türk Ekspres  reserves the right to alter, postpone or cancel the tour without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances,

·        Türk Ekspres disclaims any responsibility and shall not pay any indemnity or reimbursement in the event that certain museums or monuments included in the program could not be visited with any reason beyond control,  Türk Ekspres is not responsible for any loss or theft of personal belongings during the tour,  Guests are to be promptly on time at the meeting points given by the tour guide. Tours will proceed without waiting the delayers,

·        Prices of night tours are not effective on December 31  ,

·        Tour programs and prices may change without prior notice. Any increase in museum entrance fees will be reflected in the prices

 
All trip organisation was arranged and operated by  experienced team of Türk Ekspres Meetings & Events group, for Turkish representative in UEFA Europe League, Konyaspor's first group phase match against Olympique de Marseille, in France. Our group of 100 people, who flew to Marseille with a private flight of Turkish Airlines, was welcomed by Turkish Republic Consul General of Marseille, Mrs. Duygu Hokkacı Esirgen. 
Turkey's leading heating-cooling company, Baymak, prefered Türk Ekspres quality and experience for their International travels organised in September. Baymak Dealers, total of 100 guests, who traveled to Kharkov of Ukraine on 14-17 September and 21-24 September, took a tour to World War II Museum and Aviation Museum and enjoyed the city for 3 nights and 4 days. 
Türk Ekspres Meetings & Events succesfully completed Experian Compnay's event "SME Management- Habits are Changing" in Swissôtel The Bosphorus on September 14th, 2017.
All transport, accommodation, guide services of Philips Company, attendee of Kind und Jugend Fair of this year, which is considered as one of the most important fairs in its sector; are provided by Türk Ekspres.
Celgene's picnic organization took place in Best Western Şile Gardens Hotel on September 9th,2017, by perfect operation of Türk Ekspres Meetings & Events.
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