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  • This tour will take you to the Evidence of the past can be seen in the temples, theaters and agoras, as well as churches, mosques and palaces. When you join this tour you will have chance to see highlights of Turkey and Greece Egypt, explore ancient wonders and local culture of Mediterranean. Taste Turkish coffee and shish kebab in Turkey, ouzo in Greece join Greek island cruise to make your dreams come true. This tour recommended For Group and individuals

    Tour Price Includes

    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
    • Accommodations at 4-Star Hotels*
    • Domestic flight ticket from Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir
    • 3-day/2-night Greek Island cruise in standard cabin**
    • Meals as specified in itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D= Dinner)
    • Services of a professional English-speaking escort/guide
    • Transportation by non-smoking, air-conditioned mini/midi bus
    • Sightseeing tours (including entrance fees) per itinerary
    • Hotel taxes and services charges
    • Cruise Port taxes *Upgrade to 5-Star or Boutique Hotels available (rates on request) ** Cabin upgrade available (rates on request)

    Tour Price Does Not Includes

    • Gratuities to tour and cruise staffs and guides
    • Shore excursions
    • All items of a personal nature (laundry, taxis, travel insurance, etc.)
    • Beverages (except for those served with breakfast).
    • International Flight Ticket

    Itenary Istanbul, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale; Cruising to Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini Islands, Athens
    Location Istanbul
    Duration 12 Days 11 Nights
    Tour Price From $2,450 per person, double occupancy
    Departure * Every Saturday From April to October 15

     

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul
    Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you will be greeted with a welcome cocktail; the rest of the day is at leisure.

    Day 2 – Byzantine and Ottoman Heritage Tour
    After breakfast at your hotel, you begin a full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. Highlights include a visit to the illustrious Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), the ancient Roman Hippodrome (site of chariot races) and the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine church that was converted to a mosque in 15th century. You will also visit the famed “Blue Mosque” and the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar, where you’ll have free time to discover some of the nearly 4,000 tiny shops that line its maze of passageways. (B, L)
    PS: Grand Bazaar closed on Sunday if times permit it will be visited on arrival day

    Day 3 – Half-Day Bosporus Cruise
    This morning you’ll be picked-up at your hotel and proceed to the embarkation point of your Bosporus cruise. The cruise offers you wonderful views of Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, who shores are lined with marble palaces, centuries-old wooden villas constructed in the Ottoman style, luxurious apartment houses and other residences. You will also see Rumeli Fortress, a fortification built to control entry to the Bosporus Strait and protect Istanbul. At the end of the cruise (approx. 1:00 pm), you will be driven back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for independent activities. (B,)
    Ps Hagia Sophia closed on Monday will be replaced with Under Ground Cistern Basilica

    Day 4 – Istanbul, to Cappadocia
    You will be met at Kayseri-Nevsehir Airport, and begin your journey through the Martian-like landscape of the Dervent Valley. En route, you’ll see Pasabag’s “Fairy Chimneys”, where it is said that “the voice of the wind harmonizes with the songs of the fairies”. Moving on, you’ll enjoy a visit to the Avanos Center of Terracotta Art, followed by lunch. After lunch, you visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in the region, followed by a visit to the Uchisar Rock Castle, where you’ll have a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding valleys. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 Cappadocia
    After breakfast, you’re off to the “Red Valley” to explore its famous rock- cut churches. Continue on 2 km hike through the Gulludere Valley to visit the ancient village of Cavusin. Abandoned several decades ago, Cavusin has two important churches: the Great Basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist (located on a cliff above the village) and the Cavusin Church or the “Great Pigeon House” built to commemorate a visit by the Cappadocian Emperor Nicephorus Phocas. After lunch, you motor to “Pigeon Valley” and visit the fascinating “underground city” of Kaymakli, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The rock-carved homes are built around the settlement’s nearly 100 tunnels, and are still in use today as storage areas, stables, and cellars. Before heading back to your hotel, you’ll see the amazing natural castles at Ortahisar (B, L, and D)

    Day 6 Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale
    Early this morning you depart for Konya, where you visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader, who founded the sect of ”Whirling Dervishes”, and the 13th century Seljuk caravanserai, “Sultanhan”. After lunch at a local Turkish restaurant, you depart on the long drive to Pamukkale, with ample stops En route. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 Pamukkale, Kusadasi
    This morning you discover Pamukkale, famed for its healing thermal/mineral baths and amazing, snow-white “petrified waterfalls”. After lunch, you visit Hierapolis, where you’ll see its magnificently preserved Necropolis, main street, and gates. Afterwards, you proceed to Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 Kusadasi Ephesus Patmos Crete – Greek Island Cruise
    After breakfast, you motor to the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. Upon arriving in Ephesus, you begin your walking tour along its marble streets viewing the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain. At the end of your walk, you will see the “Great Theater” where St. Paul preached. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the Kusadasi port to embark on your Greek Island Cruise. The first port of call is Patmos, the tiny, rocky island where the exiled St. John the Divine received the Revelation upon which the last book of the New Testament is based. (An optional tour of the 11th century monastery of St. John is available.) Dinner and overnight onboard, while you sail to Crete. (B, L, D)

    Day 9 – Crete and Santorini (Cruise)
    This morning you arrive at Heraklion, the capital of ancient Crete, and home of the Palace of Knossos, once the center of the Minoan civilization, and one of the world’s most acclaimed archaeological sites. At noon, your cruise continues to the Santorini, the most spectacular of the Greek Islands, whose town of Thira is perched on a cliff created by volcanic eruption. An optional visit to the Akrotiri excavation is available. Recent discoveries at this site support the theory that Santorini might be the remains of the lost continent of Atlantis. This evening, we sail to Piraeus, the seaport of Athens. Dinner and overnight onboard. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 – Piraeus, Athens
    After breakfast, you disembark your cruise ship at Piraeus port and be transferred to your hotel in Athens. The afternoon is free for independent activities. (B)

    Day 11 – Athens
    On your morning city tour you will observe the striking contracts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Highlights include Constitution (Syntagma) Square at the center of the city, House of Parliament, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street on the way to the Acropolis, you will see the Evzones in their colorful uniforms, the Presidential Palace and the Panatheanic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896). Enroute there is also a brief stop at the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. At the Acropolis, you’ll visit its Museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylae, Temple of Athens Nike, Erechteion, and the monument that symbolizes Greece, the Parthenon. The rest of the day is free for Independent activities. Overnight in Athens. (B)

    Day 12 – Departure from Athens
    Free time until you are transferred to the airport to board your homeward flight, or you can extend your holiday with another of our Escorted Tours in Turkey or Egypt. (B)