Day 1 Depart from New York, NY, JFK International
Take Turkish Airlines flight TK2, at 5:45 p.m.,
non-stop flight to Istanbul.
Day 2 Arrive Istanbul, Turkey, Connecting Flight
from Istanbul to Izmir.
Arrive Istanbul Airport at 9:55 a.m. Take connection
flight to Izmir. Arrive Izmir Airport at 1:30 p.m.
Our representative will meet you after the baggage
claim, with a “FORTIS TRAVEL” sign.
The town of Izmir, the third largest in Turkey, lies
on the shores of a large bay encircled by mountains.
Behind the palm-lined promenades and avenues, the
city gently ascends in terraces on the slopes of the
Visit the Izmir Ethnographical Museum, a building
constructed in 1831 as a hospital, then converted to
a museum in 1984. The museum displays traditional
Turkish costumes, Ottoman furniture dating from the
late 19th century, regional crafts such as tin
processing, wooden printing, carpet weaving and
daily home items.
We will also visit the city center, Dareo Moreno
Street and go up the Old Elevator where you can see
a panoramic view of the Izmir Bay.
Check-in to the Anemon Hotel for dinner and
Day 3 Izmir – Pergamon – Izmir
Travel by luxury motorcoach to Asklepion, an ancient
Healing Center from the 2nd century AD that served
as a hospital. A famous pharmacist named Galenos
lived and died at this hospital and teached his
first healing techniques to the local people here.
Galenos, a physician and philosopher, is known as
the "Father of Pharmacy". Galenos had accepted the
principles and ways of treatment of Hippocrates who
lived about 700 years earlier then him. Today, it is
possible to see the ruins that once housed the
Sacred Water, Herb and Ointments facilities, Mud
Bath and Theater for music and social events.
Travel on to Pergamon, a Hellenistic city built by
one of the generals of Alexander the Great, to visit
the Acropolis. We will see the steepest theater of
the ancient world, the Temple of Trajan, as well as
the city walls, the Library and the Theater.
Return to Izmir. (B,D)
Day 4 Ephesus – Izmir
Drive to Ephesus, the most famous ancient Roman city
in Turkey. See the Odeon, the Temple of Hadrian, the
Celsus Library, the Marble Street, the Great Theater
and the Harbour Road. Also visit the House of the
Virgin Mary on the hill above Ephesus.
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus and meet
with the Curator of the Museum for an in-depth
lecture on the history of this ancient site.
Before driving back to Izmir, visit the Sultankoy
Carpet Cooperative, where you will witness how a
hand-woven Turkish carpet is constructed. You will
see the creation of a piece of hand-made art- how
natural dyes are extracted from plants for use in
fiber dyeing, how the silk fiber is processed and
how the carpet is woven by hand by local women.
Dinner at a restaurant on “The Pier” in Izmir, an
ancient fish market designed by Gustav Eiffel, the
architect of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. It
has been converted to a shopping arcade with fine
restaurants on the water. (B)
Day 5 Sardis – Pamukkale
Travel by luxury motorcoach to Sardis, the capital
of the Lydian empire in the 7th and 6th centuries
B.C. Archaeological highlights from this period and
as well as the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine
periods include the royal burial mounds, the Temple
of Artemis, important monuments of Hellenistic,
Roman, and Byzantine date include the Temple of
Artemis, the Temple of Diana, a 3rd century
synagogue and the Great Gymnasium.
Proceed to Pamukkale, a natural phenomenom known as
the “Cotton Castle”. Underground hot water springs,
which contain many minerals including calcium, have
formed limestone steppes. The city of Hierapolis in
Pamukkale was a spa center during the Roman period.
Swimming is available at the indoor or outdoor hot
spring pool of the hotel. It is said that this water
has healing properties.
Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 6 Aphrodisias – Izmir Airport – Istanbul
Drive to Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, the
goddess of love. The archaeologists named the city
Aphrodisias because they found so many statues of
her here. We will see the Stadium which seated
35,000 people and is the most well-preserved in the
world, as well as the Hadrian Baths, the Theater,
the Agora and the Archaeological Museum where many
Aphrodite statues are on display.
Afternoon flight from Izmir to Istanbul.
Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two
continents. It is a unique link between East and
West, between past and present. Istanbul is not only
historic, it is still a magnificent city,
fascinating and vividly alive. Istanbul provides an
infinite variety of museums, ancient churches,
palaces, great mosques, the bazaars and the
Meet and transfer to the Galata Anemon Hotel next to
the historical Galata Tower in the city center.
Dinner on the panoramic terrace of the hotel,
overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.(B,D)
Day 7 Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, we will walk from Pera,
an old Ottoman neighborhood in the Beyoglu district,
to Taksim Square.
On the way, we will visit the Galata Tower, built by
the Geoese in 1348 AD and used by the Ottomans as a
watch tower. We will also visit The Galata Mevlevi
Lodge, a museum of classical Ottoman literature and
the Tunel, the second oldest subway in the world
One of the most important streets of Istanbul is
Istiklal Street, which extends from Tunel to Taksim.
Our bus will pick us up from Taksim Square and drop
us at Eminonu Port. Here we will board our private
boat for a two hour relaxing tour along the
Bosphorus, visiting both European and Asian shores
of Istanbul. You will see the city’s most expensive
villas, old palaces, two intercontinental bridges,
minarets and mosques.
You have the option of experiencing a real Turkish
Bath (Hamam) in the afternoon. The Cagaloglu Hamami
is one of the oldest historical Turkish Baths in
Istanbul. The building was built during the Ottoman
period and is still used today as a Turkish Bath.
Dinner at a seafood restaurant in Kumkapý District.
Day 8 Istanbul
After breakfast, depart from the hotel. Morning
visit to the Hippodrome Square, where ancient
chariot races were held, the Blue Mosque, unique
with its six minarets and famous for its blue Iznik
tiles, and the St. Sophia Church, built in the 6th
century, once was the largest Christian church in
Afternoon visit to the Topkapi Palace, Imperial
Residence of Ottoman Sultans, with displays of
priceless world-class collections of artifacts,
jewelry and rare porcelain. We will also visit the
famous Grand Bazaar complex, which includes 4,000
Tonight, Farewell Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
Day 9 Departure from Istanbul
Transfer to the Istanbul Airport for departure on
Turkish Airlines flight TK 001 at 12:05 pm, arriving
in New York, JFK International Airport at 3:35 p.m.
the same day. End of our services. (B)