BIRD WATCHING TOUR
DAY 01: Arrive Istanbul. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.(D)
DAY 02: We will visit Camlica Hill early in the morning where we will also have breakfast. Than we will drive to Bursa, which was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. We will see the Green Tomb, Green Mosque and Silk Market in Bursa. Overnight in Bandirma. (B.L.D.)
Day 03: We will start the day early for the Manyas (Bird's Heaven) and explore all day. Overnight in Bandirma.. ( B.Picnic Lunch D.)
Day 04: After breakfast we will visit Manyas (Bird's Heaven) again. Than we will drive to Izmir via Pergamom where the first sanitarium was built in the name of Aeschlepios (The God of Health ) and where the second largest library of that time, after the Alexandria library, was in public service (Also the steepest theatre in Anatolia ) Overnight in Izmir. ( B.L.D.)
Day 05: Before breakfast, we will visit Camalti Saltpan then go back to the hotel for breakfast. After a short sightseeing tour of Izmir, we will return to Camalti Saltpan again. Overnight in Izmir. ( B.L.D. )
Day 06: In the morning, we will drive to Kusadasi, via Ephesus and the house of Virgin Mary. We visit the remains of the Greco-Roman city of Ephesus with it's temples, Agoras, houses and the theatre where the riot against St. Paul started. Also see the Basilica of St. John. Overnight in Kusadasi. ( B.L.D. )
Day 07: Before breakfast we will visit Great Menderes Delta. In the afternoon we will fly from Izmir to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (B.Picnic Lunch D.)
Day 08: Today, after breakfast, we will have a half day city tour and visit the Blue Mosque,the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace or St. Sophia.In the afternoon we will do a boat cruise on the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia. In the evning, a farewell diner with the belly dancing show. At night you will be taken to an exclusive Turkish night club where you will taste famous Turkish cuisine and see an oriental show with belly dancers, singers and folklore groups from various regions of Anatolia. Overnight in Istanbul, (B.L.D,)
Day 09: End of the tour. Transfer to Airport .(B)
Places to be seen
İstanbul - Camlica Hill, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Bosphorus, Topkapi Palace or St.Sophia
Bursa - Green Tomb,Green Mosque, Silk Market,Manyas Bird Heaven
İzmir - Ephesus , House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St.John, Pergamon , Great Menderes Delta
Black Stork , stork , peregrine falcon , little forest eagle , herring gull , black winged stilt , marsh swallow , Mediterranean gull , night heron , squacco heron , little egret , grey heron , cormorant , pygmy cormorant , white-tailed eagle , gallinule , gold finch
More than 200 bird species live in the area, Rush nightingale , pelican , crested pelican , copper crow ,rice grover.
Camalti hosts 490 species permenantly . Plover , crested pelican , flamingo , meditterranean gull , penduline kitmouse , king fisher , marsh swallow , herring gull .
Cormorant , Pygmy Cormorant , Dalmatian Pelican , Squaco Heron , Little Egret , Great Egret , Grey Heron , Flamingo , Marsh Swallow , Herring Gull , Oyster Catcher .
Apart from the periods between the middle of March and the end of May, and from the middle of August until the end of October, it is possible to observe the birds that live permanently in the rushes and lakes all year round.
The tour is flexible and can be extended/shortened upon request.