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Description

'Historic Turkey, the Aegean and Athens' is a great vacation getaway beginning in Istanbul, which you discover in depth with this Escorted tour. Travel to Turkey and see the beautifully preserved remains of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires; explore the Hippodrome, ancient site of chariot races; the magnificent Blue Mosque, the glorious St. Sophia Museum, the lavish Topkapi Palace and test your bargaining skills when buying memorable souvenirs at the colorful Grand Bazaar. Travel along the Dardanelles, visiting Gallipoli, site of a bloody WW1 battle. Visit Troy, site of Homer's great epic the Iliad, and Pergamum, famed across the Ancient world as a great cultural and religious center. From Kusadasi explore the ruins of Ephesus, among the best preserved archeological sites in the world. Visit the house of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she lived the final years of her life. A highlight of this journey is an Aegean cruise with breathtaking and legendary ports of call. Patmos, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini. Optional shore excursions will reveal the splendors and history of each island. Ageless Athens, cradle of democracy and birthplace of Western Civilization will crown this vacation. Here you see the House of Parliament and Memorial to the Unknown Soldier. Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus (known as the Olympieion), the Panathinaikon Stadium, culminating with the Parthenon atop the Acropolis plus the night scene of fun loving Plaka district.


Itinerary

Day 1 - Thu Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, here you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore a city that has always been at a crossroads between Asia and Europe, and history and modernity.

Day 2 - Fri Istanbul

This morning we visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, the residence of mighty Ottoman Sultans, and Hagia Sophia, once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum. After time for lunch on your own, you will be taken to the Blue Mosque. Here, you will be impressed by the beauty of its six minarets, unique architecture, marble latticework, and inside, by the high ceiling lined with 20,000 blue tiles that give the mosque its popular name. Stop by the Hippodrome. Center of the Byzantine life for 1,000 years, this is where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place. Your tour ends with a visit of the Grand Bazaar, the world's biggest and oldest shopping venue. (B)

Day 3 - Sat Istanbul/Gallipoli/Canakkale

Drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara to the peninsula of Gelibolu, better known in the west as Gallipoli. Here are the battlefields where, for nine disastrous months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic Dardanelle Straits. Visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery. After crossing the Dardanelles, we drive to ?anakkale. Dinner and overnight at hotel in ?anakkale. (B,D)

Day 4 - Sun Canakkale/Troy/Pergamum/Kusadasi

escorted tourDrive to Homer's legendary city of Troy, where archeological excavation has established nine levels of habitation, including the great city captured in 1200 BC by means of the renowned Trojan Horse. A huge replica of this horse stands beside the city's ancient walls. Continue to Pergamum, the seat of an ancient kingdom. Visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centers in the ancient world. Drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 - Mon Kusadasi/Ephesus/Kusadasi

This morning we drive to Ephesus, perhaps the best preserved archeological site on Earth, where one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the Temple of Artemis - is located. We end our tour with a visit of the house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have lived the final years of her life. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 6 - Tue Kusadasi/Patmos

 escorted toursMorning transfer to the pier for embarkation on your cruise ship. This afternoon sail to Patmos, site of the Monastery of St. John the Divine and the Grotto of the Apocalypse. Optional excursion to visit these sites is available. Evening departure for Rhodes. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Wed Rhodes

A day on the Island of Roses, famed for its Medieval Old Town, great shopping and ancient site of the Colossus of Rhodes. Optional visits to the Temple of Athena on the majestic Acropolis of Lindos, overlooking the Bay of Paul or the Old Town and Philerimos. Sail in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Thu Crete/Santorini

 travel to TurkeyMorning call at Greece's largest island, Crete. Here you have an optional visit of Knossos and the Palace of King Minos or enjoy a taste of Crete. Later you sail for the volcanic island of Santorini. Some of the villages are perched on the rim of the volcano and believed by many to be the site of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - Fri Athens

Your cruise ends in Athens. Transfer to your hotel and rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 10 - Sat Athens

 Aegean cruiseHalf day morning city tour includes highlights of Athens and the Acropolis plus the new Acropolis Museum. Afternoon and balance of day is at leisure. (B)

Day 11 - Sun Athens to USA (or extend your stay)

Today say ''kali antamosi'' to Greece or extend your stay. (B)

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Includes

  • Deluxe class hotel accommodation for 7 nights
  • 4 days/3 nights on Celestyal Cruises, inside cabin, category IB
  • 19 included meals consisting of:
  • - 10 buffet breakfasts
    - 3 dinners at hotels
    - 3 lunches during cruise
    - 3 dinners during cruise
  • Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Assistance of a professional Tour Director from day 1 to day 5
  • Sightseeing, including local guide and entrance fees as follows:
  • - Istanbul city tour, including entrance fees at Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia Museum
    - Visit of World War I memorials at Gallipoli
    - Visit of Troy archaeological site
    - Visit ancient Pergamum, including entrance fees for the Acropolis and Asklepion
    - Visit of Ephesus archaeological site
    - Visit of House of the Virgin Mary
    - Half day city tour of Athens, including entrance fees for Parthenon and Acropolis Museum
  • Arrival transfer from Istanbul airport to hotel
  • Transfer from Kusadasi hotel to pier
  • Transfer from Piraeus to Athens hotel
  • Baggage handling
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Hotels

Istanbul

Wyndham Istanbul Old City Hotel| hotels in Istanbul Turkey

Wyndham Istanbul Old City Hotel

First Class
Welcome to the Wyndham Istanbul Old City Hotel, opened on June 2008 and delighted to offer you promotional rates for all...

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Canakkale

Kolin Hotel | hotels in Canakkale Turkey

Kolin Hotel

First Class
The main principle of our hotel is customer satisfaction. We also have a 1850 people capacity Megaron Convention Center ...

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Athens

Royal Olympic| hotels in Athens Greece

Royal Olympic

First Class
This 4 star Hotel is located right next to picturesque Plaka, the Royal Gardens and the Ancient Stadium. Amenities inclu...

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Kusadasi

Le Bleu Resort| hotels in Kusadasi Turkey

Le Bleu Resort

First Class
This hotel has a seafront location on the Aegean coast, providing easy access to the sea with a lounge area on a jetty. ...

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Excludes

    • Port taxes and fees: $189
    • Airfare, Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges
    • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) if required
    • Tips and Personal items
    • Travel Insurance
    • Optional Tours

Notes

    From price is per person, double occupancy, and based on following hotels:
    Istanbul: Wyndham Old City
    Çanakkale: Kolin
    Kusadasi: Le Bleu Resort
    Athens: Royal Olympic

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