Duration: 10 Days / 09 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Bodrum
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: Veni Vidi Vici travel package is a draft itinerary, you may omit or add other attractions you have in mind. You can fine-tune the itinerary or change it as much as you like & our travel consultants will work with you until all your questions are answered & you are satisfied.
Day 01 : Arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be met by our staff & accompanied during the transfer to your hotel. You have the afternoon & evening free to relax &/or check out the city.
Day 02 : Istanbul
After breakfast, we visit the Egyptian Market built in 1664, the perfect place to shop for herbal medicine, Turkish Delight (lokum), spices, teas, caviar & many other flavours. We then embark on a private boat which will take you to both European & Asian shores of the city. Alongside million dollar mansions we will see the two bridges linking Europe & Asia by road, as well as the seaside summer palaces & unique wooden houses not to mention the natural beauty of the forests above. From there on you will drive you by coach over the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge to take you to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. Camlica is the highest hill in Asiatic Istanbul where you will enjoy breathtaking views of two shores. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 03 : Istanbul
Free day at leisure. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 04 : Istanbul / Kusadasi
Noon transfer to Istanbul Airport for Izmir flight. Transfer to Kusadasi hotel upon arrival. Free day at leisure. Kusadasi was much-frequented place of birds during the seasonal migrations, during Ottoman reign it was named as Kusadasi (Bird Island). Bird island is connected to the mainland with a mole. Centuries ago the island was used for securing the shores & for preventing the attacks from the sea. Today, it is an ideal place to watch the panoramic view of the city & to witness breathtaking sunsets. You can also sip your drink at one of the cafes on the island.
Day 05 : Ephesus
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby to visit the Ancient City of Ephesus which is among the best places in the world enabling one to genuinely ‘soak in’ the atmosphere of Roman times & one of the best preserved Greco-Roman Cities in the world. After lunch, we depart to visit the House of Virgin Mary where she is said to be brought here by St. John & have spent the last of her days. We will see the shrine & small chapel which is a pilgrimage sight just recently visited by Pope Benedict. The tour also includes a visit to the remains of Artemis Temple which was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Overnight Kusadasi.
Day 06 : Kusadasi / Bodrum
We will check out from hotel & drive for 3 hours to reach Bodrum. Bodrum a town of white houses hung with flowers rising tier on tier against a green hill overlooking a dazzling blue bay guarded by the great medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes. Bodrum has an incredibly rich past. Its position in or near so many of the great civilizations & events of ancient history also makes Halikarnassos – Ancient name of Bodrum – an important centre. Bodrum is one of the most beautiful cosmopolitan & sophisticated holiday resorts in Turkey. At any time of the day & night, there is always something going on here. Overnight Bodrum.
Day 07 : Bodrum
Free day at leisure. Overnight Bodrum.
Day 08 : Bodrum
Free day at leisure. Overnight Bodrum.
Day 09 : Bodrum / Istanbul
Late check out & transfer to Bodrum Airport for Istanbul flight. Transfer to hotel upon arrival. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 10 : Istanbul Departure
Breakfast, check out & as per your international flight time transfer to Istanbul Airport for homebound flight. Veni Vidi Vici travel itinerary can be extended with additional nights in Istanbul or Bodrum. Please contact our office in Turkey for further modifications to the itinerary.