Turkey & Greece Tour

GIORNO 1 - Istanbul (D)


Following our arrival in Istanbul we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel.
Optional half day sightseeing tour in the afternoon.
Dinner and overnight stay at our hotel.

GIORNO 2 - Istanbul (B-L-D)


We set off on a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We will start off with a visit to the renewed Sultanahmet Mosque, known popularly as the Blue Mosque, this exquisite mosque built in the name of Sultan Ahmet is famous for its blue Iznik (Nicean) tiles and is unique for having six minarets. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. We continue on to the Hippodrome, once the vast arena that functioned as the heart of sporting (chariots races and athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Just a short walk across the square takes us to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures - capital heads and columns - that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. After lunch we continue our tour with a visit to the Topkapi Palace. This visit to the imperial palace of the Ottoman Sultans will include tours of the imperial treasury, the Chinese porcelain section, the calligraphy section and many more.The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry and carpets.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

GIORNO 3 - Istanbul / Bandırma / Pergamon / Izmir (330 km) (B-L-D)


After early breakfast we take a fast ferry to Bandirma leaving at 07:00. Arrival in Bandirma port at around 09:00 and continue our drive to hauntingly beautiful Pergamon, including visits to the Acropolis and Asklepion. After late lunch we continue our drive to Izmir. Once we are in Izmir - the Pearl of the Aegean Sea - we will have a short sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit to Alexander the Great’s Fortress, overlooking the city of Izmir.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Izmir.

GIORNO 4 - Izmir / Sardis / Philadelphia / Hierapolis / Pamukkale (220 km) (B-L-D)


After breakfast drive to Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia, visit the Temple of Cybele and Diana (which later became a Church), the Synagogue and the Gymnasium. The position of Sardis as one of the Seven Churches identify it’s varied religious significance. Then continue to Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love founded during the reign of Attalus II. Continue our drive to Pamukkale, “the Cotton Castle” with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. After enjoying our visit to this site of natural beauty we go the adjacent ruins of antique Hierapolis with its famous Necropolis, Basilica, Theatre and Plutonium.
Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Pamukkale.

GIORNO 5 - Pamukkale / Kusadasi / Patmos (200 km) (B-L-D)


After breakfast drive to Kusadasi to embark on 4 Nights cruise of the Aegean Islands. Our first stop in the cruise will be Patmos, this island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury.
Dinner and overnight on board.

GIORNO 6 - Patmos / Rhodes (B-L-D)


Arrive early morning to Rhodes. One of the many highlights of this beautiful island is undoubtedly the Acropolis at Lindos which you will have time to visit on our call here.
Dinner and overnight on board.

GIORNO 7 - Rhodos/ Crete-Heraklion / Santorini (B-L-D)


This morning we arrive to Heraklion is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The next island that will visit will be Santorini perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. With its white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques.
Dinner and overnight on board.

GIORNO 8 - Santorini / Athens / Mykonos (B-L-D)


We arrive to Piraeus, the port city of Athens, cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western Civilization, Athens is a vibrant city where old and new co-exist. The majestic Parthenon rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the time-worn Stone. The last island of the cruise will be Mykonos, hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbor.
Dinner and overnight on board.

GIORNO 9 - Mykonos / Kusadasi / Izmir /Istanbul (110 Km) (B-L-D)


Arrival to Kusadasi at 07:00. After the disembarkation drive to Ephesus where St Paul spent two years teaching the gospel. Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. After the visit of Ephesus continue to the Basilica of St John constructed by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century on the slopes of the Ayasoluk Hill which became one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the middle ages.
Late afternoon transfer to Izmir airport for our short flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul. Transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

GIORNO 10 - Istanbul (B)


After breakfast we set off on a half day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We will start with a visit to Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom. Ranking as one of the greatest marvels of world architecture, this awe-inspiring building was constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. Egyptian Spice Market, an arched complex of shops that have long and traditionally specialized in spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits.We continue on to the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Designed by the Ottoman imperial architect Mimar Sinan for Grand Vizier ''Son-in-Law'' Rüstem Pasha (husband of Princess Mihrimah Sultana, one of the daughters of Suleiman the Magnificent), the construction was carried out from 1561 to 1563. The Rustem Pasha Mosque is famous for its many exquisite Iznik tiles that depict a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs. These priceless tiles have been used to decorate the mihrab, minbar, walls, columns and the interior and exterior facades of the enclosed portico. These tiles use the cherry red that is characteristic of the early Iznik period (1555-1620). No other mosque in Istanbul makes such a lavish use of these tiles. Afternoon  free at leisure or optional sightseeing tour of Istanbul.
We will spend the night in our hotel.

GIORNO 11 - Istanbul (B)


After breakfast we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight.

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Price includes

-Hotel accommodation throughout the tour at specified selected hotels or similar
-Sightseeing tours as per above itinerary ( Except the shore excursions during cruise )
-Entrance fees of the specified museums in the itinerary
-Domestic Flight ( Izmir – Istanbul on day 9th )
-Specified meals (10 breakfasts & 8 lunches & 9 dinners )
-4 nights Greek Islands Cruise with Louis Cruise with the respective cabin type
-Beverage package during the Cruise consisting of : 2 soft drinks / 2 coffees or tea / 2 alcoholic beverages or 2 glasses of wine or 2 glasses of beer / 2 small bottles of water, Above are per adult / per day.
-Transportation by A/C deluxe 46 seater motorcoach
-English speaking professional tour guide throughout the tour
-Tips to hotels, restaurants and on board of the cruise vessel
-Port, Service and local taxes for all the tour

Not included

-Flight tickets (International )
-Drinks and meals which are not listed in the itinerary
-Shore Excursions during cruise
-All personal expenses
-Tips to the tour guide and driver.
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