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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Topkapý Palace, Istanbul

Tile Making

Ephesus Theater

Sistine Chapel, Italy

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• 11 nights hotel accommodation.
(7 nights in Turkey+4 nights in Italy)
• Comprehensive sightseeings as
  specified in the program
• Daily breakfasts (B)
• 6 dinners (D)
• Professional Licensed Tour Guides
• Transportations with AC vehicles
• All entry fees to the sites &
• Porterage
• Local taxes & service charges
• Domestic flight from Istanbul to
• Domestic flight from Cappadocia to
• International flight ticket from Izmir
   to Rome


• International flights from US
  (please ask for our special
  International Air Rates)
• All personal expenses and drinks
• Turkey, Italy Visa Fees
• Tips

from Byzantine to Renaissance

Discover the Byzantium wonders and Ottoman treasures in Istanbul. Visit the Land of Fairy Chimneys and great valleys in Cappadocia.
See the poetic city of Izmir and the famous archaeological site of Ephesus. Then we move to Italy to enjoy the Renaissance wonders in Rome and Florence.


Day 01: Departure from Los Angeles, NYC, Washington D.C., Chicago or Toronto.

Day 02: Arrive to ISTANBUL
Welcome to the city of seven hills, the capital of two big empires. Istanbul is a city that has wonderful art from both Christian and Islamic cultures, a city of poetry and love, a city that has been fought for, throughout history. Your tour guide will meet you after the customs and baggage claim. Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (D)

Day 03: ISTANBUL (Byzantine Wonders)
Starting from the old city visit the great city of two continents. See the Ancient Roman Hippodrome, visit Great Hagia Sophia from 6th century. This impressive church of Justinian period is not only known for its size but also for its decoration. Continue to Underground Cistern to admire the atmosphere of Byzantium architecture. We will finish the day in the famous and eccentric Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 04: ISTANBUL (Ottoman Treasures)
Morning visit to Blue Mosque, With its six minarets, it is the reflection of Ottoman architecture. Then continue to the Topkapý Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans until the 19th century. Today it is great museum where you can admire the largest Ottoman collections. Afternoon discover the award winning Archaeological Museums of Istanbul. Finish the day in the Spice Market. (B)

Day 05: ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA (Land of fairy chimneys)
Morning flight to Cappadocia. Visit the land of fairy chimneys. Start to discover the most amazing region of Anatolia. We will visit an underground city with several levels. Stop at the Uchisar village. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Day 06: CAPPADOCIA (Great Valleys, Carpets and Frescoes)
Continue to explore Cappdocia and its unique valleys, Camel Valley, Pashabag, and then visit one of the biggest carpet school to see dyes, carpet washing, design making and many more processes. Afternoon visit to the Pottery village of Avanos. End of the day visit to Goreme Open Air Museum to discover extraordinary frescoes. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Day 07: CAPPADOCIA – IZMIR (The Poetic city)
Morning flight to Izmir, the historic and poetic city of Turkey. Visit the Art and History Museum where you can explore Ionian region’s Art History with the artifacts found near ancient Smyrna. Dinner and overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Day 08: IZMIR – EPHESUS (The greatest archaeological site)
Drive to Ephesus, words are not enough to describe the beauty of this exceptional archaeological site. Discover the temples, marble streets, fountains, famous library and the great theater. Then continue to the traditional Greek-Turkish village Shirince. Discover the town and its locals on your own. Back to Izmir, overnight. (B)

Day 09: IZMIR – ROME (The Capital of the Empire)
Early morning flight to Rome via Istanbul. Arrival to the airport of Rome. Transfer to your hotel located in the city centre. In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided visit through the highlights of the Vatican Museums, including the Stanze of Raphael with the famous School of Athens and the Sistine Chapel of Michelangelo with the celebrated Last Judgement. In the evening optional tour by bus Rome by night. (Trevi Fountain or Piazza Navona). Overnight.

Day 10: ROME (Rome and Renaissance)
Breakfast in hotel. Visit the Borghese Gallery with particular attention to the Baroque masterpieces of Caravaggio, including the well-known David with the head of Goliath and Bernini whose celebrated David is in this museum. Stop at the impressive Roman monument of the Pantheon before crossing the Tiber River to visit the Villa Farnesina, the architectural masterpiece of Baldassare Peruzzi with outstanding frescos by Raphael. Two final visits include the church of San Pietro in Montorio with Bramante’s small commemorative martyrium called Il Tempietto and the Church of St. Peter in Vincoli with Michelangelo’s sculpture of Moses intended for the tomb of Pope Julius II. Overnight in Rome.

Day 11: ROME / FLORENCE (Renaissance wonders)
Breakfast and check out in hotel. Take a train for Florence. Transfer to your centrally located hotel and check-in. After lunch, meet your guide and start the walking tour of the Cradle of Renaissance. Walking through the streets and piazzas you will be introduced to the ideas of the Renaissance, the lives of many famous artists and of the Medici family. You will visit the Uffizi Gallery to admire renowned works such as Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s Adoration of the Magi, Michelangelo’s Doni Tondo, and Titian’s Venus of Urbino. Dinner and overnight in Florence. (B,D)

Day 12: FLORENCE (The city of Art)
Breakfast in hotel. You will start the full-day private walking tour with a visit of the Palazzo Medici, the residence of the famous banking family and patrons of the Renaissance movement. Next, you will visit the church of San Lorenzo where the Medici dynasty is commemorated and buried. The old sacristy by Brunelleschi and the new sacristy and the Laurentian library by Michelangelo are highlights of this tour. After lunch you will admire the religious centers of Florence at the Cathedral and Baptistry. The Cathedral, more well known as the Duomo, is topped by the majestic dome of Brunelleschi and the octagonal Baptistry has three sets of famous bronze doors, including the Ghiberti’s famous Doors of Paradise (see originals at Museo dell’Opera del Duomo). Then, you will walk to the civil center of the Republic of Florence, the lovely Piazza della Signoria, where you can admire many Renaissance sculptural masterpieces, including a copy of Michelangelo’s world famous David (see the original in the Accademia). A stop at the Palazzo Vecchio, the Florentine town hall and previous fortified palace of the Medici, includes visits to the courtyards and apartments with many works of art by Renaissance and Baroque masters. Evening is free for individual exploration of the city. Dinner and overnight in Florence. (B,D)

Transfer to Florence Airport. Fly back home.

Cenk Eronat, Director of Art Programs
+90-232 441-8635 / 441-8676 / 441-8677


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