Day 1 Thu : Arrival - Istanbul
arrival at the airport. Transfer to your first class hotel, welcome briefing by
your guide, free time and
Day 2 Fri : Istanbul
Full day tour of Istanbul including the most important sites: Topkapi Palace (excluding the
Blue Mosque, St. Sophia's church the largest building in the world during the
Middle ages and the symbol of Byzantium, the longest lasting empire in history.
Also visit the Grand Bazaar. Optional: dinner with belly dancing evening. (B)
Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove and Lone pine cemetery,
Chunuk Bair, then
cross the Dardanelles waterway from the European side to Asia, Canakkale for Overnight .(B,D)
Day 4 Sun: Troy - Pergamum - Izmir
Morning visit to the legendary city of the Iliad with its famous wooden horse.
Before arriving into Asclepion, the oldest known hospital in the world near
Pergamon, we will enjoy lunch with locals in a rational village.
After tour Pergamum
with its ancient hospital and the steepest antique theatre in the world, then continue on to
Izmir, the 3rd largest city in Turkey located on the Aegean coast. In Greek
times the city was called Smyrna (B,L,D).
Day 5 Mon : Ephesus - Virgin Mary's House-Izmir
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, the largest reconstructed Roman-Hellenistic
city in the world with its many public buildings, theaters, Odeons and even
original Roman washrooms. Continue on to St. Mary's cottage on the hill and visit the
site where the mother of Jesus spent the last years of her life in seclusion.
Return to Izmir. Tonight you will have an option to have dinner at a typical
Day 6 Tues: Izmir -Kusadasi - Greek Island Cruise.
After breakfast transfer to the pier at Kusadasi and embark on a cruise ship for a 3 day cruise around the Greek Islands. (B,D)
If you prefer hydrofoil transportation between islands as an island hopping
tour, check out our other
Turkey and Greece combination tour.
Day 7 Wed: Cruise to Rhodes
A morning arrival in Rhodes, the island of Roses, Medieval Knights and
the famed Colossus of the ancient world. You have a full day
to explore on your own. You may join an optional sightseeing tour, or simply
enjoy one of many nearby beaches for a swim in the crystal clear Aegean
Day 8 Thu : Cruise - Santorini, Heraklion
This morning's port of call is Heraklion, Crete where you may discover
the town on your own or join an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos.
Your next port of call is Santorini, where you are free to explore the land of
the fabled sunken Atlantis hiding below the thick lava rock in the depth of the
island's caldera. (BLD)
Day 9 Fri : Athens
Morning arrival at Pireaus, the port of Athens.
After disembarking from the cruise, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. The
rest of the day is free to explore this bustling city. (B)
Day 10 Sat : Athens
A morning city tour of the Acropolis with its dominating view and site of the
renowned Parthenon, followed by a visit to the Acropolis Museum. Afternoon at
leisure for last minute shopping or for visits to the famous museums the metropolis
Overnight in Athens. (B)
Day 11 Sun : Athens
Transfer to the airport for the flight home. (B)
or if you wish, you can discover the famous ancients sites on Greece's
Delphi, Epidaurus, Mykene and others.
• Cruise line Louis
(Standard Inside cabin Cat LA)
• Supplementary cost for Standard Outside Cabin
Cat XA Per person in Double $90 US
2018 Prices in US$ (based on first class hotel
accommodation on the tour and and Inside Cabin Category LA on the crusise. To upgrade for Outside Cabin Cat XA
90 US$ extra per person
|2018 Departure dates
||per person in
|Apr 19, 26, June 7,14, 21, 28 and
Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018
|May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sep 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
|Jul 5, 19, Aug 2, 23, 30
Port taxes and Turkey embarkation fee :US$
189 per person
- Accommodation in First Class Hotels (see hotel list
below) and cruise standard inside cabin(Cat.LA) upgrade to standard outside cabin (cat XA)
US$ 90 per person based on double
- Meals as per itinerary (B,D,L)
- English speaking tour guides
- Private air-conditioned land transportation and cruise of the Greek islands from Kusadasi to
- Luggage handling,
- Arrival and departure transfers on
the first and last day of the tour in Istanbul and Athens.
- Transfer from Pireaus port to Athens hotel
- 2 nights first class accommmodation in Athens with
- Athens city tour
- Transfer fro Athnes hotel to Athens airport based on
your outbound flight
- Local taxes and service charges (port taxes are
- Personal expenses, optional tours, customary tips to guide and drivers
Port Taxes and Turkey Embarkation fees: US$ 189
Hotels used in 2018:
Istanbul: Conrad (DLX)
Canakkale : Kolin Hotel (special first class)
Izmir: Swissothel Grand Efes
Athens: Herodion Hotel (FC)
Cruise: Celestial Cruises
Pre-tour hotel stay in Istanbul:
US$ 109 per
person based on double occupancy
US$ 189 per person based on single
Extensions are available on request!
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