Day 1 – ISTANBUL / IZMIR / PERGAMON / KUSADASI
Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, meet and drive to “Old City” from where the Byzantian and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. Blue Mosque, facing St. Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. St. Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th.century by Emperor Justinian. Then visit the Underground Cistern. We proceed to the pier to board on a private boat for the Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Asia and Europe, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments. Then check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.