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In 1982, two of the Love Boat series were taken in Kusadasi and Istanbul. We recommend the travellers to watch these series before their cruise to Greek Isles and Turkey. You will see Kusadasi and Istanbul in 1982. These are so fun watch. We are sure you will enjoy watching.
We offer private day trips from Istanbul for travelers who stay in Istanbul. These private tours include pick up and drop off from/to your hotel in Istanbul.
Our driver will meet you at your hotel in Istanbul and will transfer you to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight to Izmir. At Izmir airport your tour guide will meet you. After the tour you will be taken back to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Our driver will be ready there to take you back to your hotel.
Suggested tour program and cost is as follows:
Fullday tour of Ephesus, House of Mary & Basilica of St. John
Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. At Izmir airport you will be met by our tour guide.As your vehicle makes its way along the Aegean Coast, you will pass some of the regions fertile lands. As you reach the silted valley, time seems to come to a halt and then reverse. After a steep drive up Mt. Pagus, you will arrive at a stone chapel. This converted house probably dates from the 1st century and was envisioned by a German nun as the site where the Virgin Mary spent her last days. Continuing to Ephesus, leave your coach at the parking area and proceed on foot through Magnesia Gate. As you stroll along the old marble streets, you will pass the Odeon and Upper Agora. You will also see the ornate Hadrian Temple, the remains of some Byzantine houses, the beautifully restored facade of the Celsus Library, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, the Commercial Agora and the theater, which accommodates 25,000 spectators and is still used for occasional performances. After your visit to Ephesus, re-board your vehicle for an enjoyable lunch. Afterwards enjoy a presentation about Turkish weavings, see the girls at the looms knotting carpets and kilims. Learn about the natural dyes and learn the differences between Silk, flosh , wool and cotton weavings for handmade rugs. The proprietors will give a fascinating demonstration of the local traditional crafts. Next is the Basilica of St. John, one of the seven churches of Asia Minor, is your final stop before your return to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. In Istanbul airport a driver will meet you to drive back to your hotel.
Upto 2 people - Sedan + Tour Guide: 270 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 2)
Upto 4 people - Mercedes Van + Tour Guide: 280 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 4)
Upto 10 people - Mercedes Minibus + Tour Guide: 290 Euro (Total amount to be paid for your party of 10)
- Services of an excellent English speaking tour Guide
- A/C Vehicle.
- All transportation costs.
- Tax, service charges
- Traditional Turkish Lunch
- Pick up and drop off private transfers for Ephesus Tour.
Rates Do Not Cover:
- Entrance & Parking fees to the sites.
- Domestic Flights
Approximate cost of entrance fees:
Ephesus: 9 euro per person (25 Turkish Lira)
House of Mary: 7 Euro per person (15 Turkish Lira)
Temple of Artemis: Free of Charge
Basilica of St. John: 3.5 euro per person (8 Turkish Lira)
Important Notice :
We do not issue flight tickets. Therefore for day trips to Ephesus from Istanbul we recommend the guests to book the following flights:
Atlas Jet : http://www.atlasjet.com/
Istanbul > Izmir : KK20 depart Istanbul at 7.20am
Izmir > Istanbul : KK4021 depart Izmir at 7.40pm
Pegasus : http://www.flypgs.com/
Istanbul > Izmir : PC2811 depart Istanbul at 9.10am
Izmir > Istanbul : PC2816 depart Izmir at 6.15pm
Onur Air : http://www.onurair.com.tr/
Istanbul > Izmir : OHY150 depart Istanbul at 7.45am
Izmir > Istanbul : OHY155 depart Izmir at 6.45pm
Turkish Airlines : http://www.turkishairlines.com/tr
Istanbul > Izmir TK2312 depart Istanbul at 8.00am
Izmir > Istanbul : TK2329 depart Izmir at 6.00pm
For more information, please contact us.
Today Norwegian Jade of NCL is docked at the Port of Izmir. We had three groups from Australia, Russia and Paraguay. We met our guests in front of Izmir Port Passenger Terminal. All the groups are booked for private Ephesus tours. All departed the Port of Izmir with their tour guides who are the experts of the area.
Norwegian Jade is doing a 10-Day Eastern Mediterranean. The cruise started on Jan 02 from Rome and will end in Rome on Jan 12th. Norwegian Jade is scheduled to stop at Greek ports such as Olympia and Athens. Turkish ports such as Izmir and Istanbul. Italian port such as Rome and Naples. Cruise will end in Rome.
Tomorrow we will have guests from Canada from Norwegian Jade. We will do a walking tour of Istanbul for them. Tomorrow Norwegian Jade will dock at the Port of Istanbul at 1pm. Will have an overnight in Istanbul. On Tuesday Norwegian Jade will depart Istanbul at 8pm.
Next call of Norwegian Jade to Izmir Port will be Jan 27th. We already received a booking from CruiseCritic.com members. We will provide them a full day tour of Ephesus from Izmir Port. If you are also interested in booking a private tour of Ephesus, please contact us today.
Denizhan Pekoz (licensed tour guide) will be in Istanbul between February 07 and April 14th 2015 and offering discounted private tours for travellers who choose to travel to Istanbul in the winter.
Denizhan can pick you from your hotel and can take you to the highlights of Istanbul. Denizhan`s recommendation is to do a walking tour. In this way you can see the most of Istanbul and non touristy sites. This walking tour may include visits to Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Church of Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Mahmutpasa local shopping street, Spice Market, Galata Bridge, Karakoy (Jewish Neighbourhood), Galata Tower, Istiklal Street, Beyoglu, Pera Palas Hotel.
Another option for the second day is a cruise on the Bosphorus and visiting the Asian side of Istanbul.
Discounted Winter Tour Deals for tour guide only services: 100 Euro (whatever the size of your group)
If your hotel is distant to the city center we recommend hiring a vehicle.
Discounted Mercedes Van deals:
Half Day: 50 Euro
Full Day: 80 Euro
For more information please contact with Denizhan.
Below please watch the video of a Istanbul Pirvate Tour conducted by Denizhan Pekoz :
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