the World Series
The Romance of the Greek Isles, The Ottoman Empire & Serene Japan
days . Tour starts weekly on Saturdays in Athens, Apr through Oct
Air fare is included between Athens, Istanbul and Tokyo
Prefer Island Hopping rather than a Greek
cruise ? please
1 - Saturday - ARRIVAL IN ATHENS :
Weekly : Apr - thru end of Oct
Our Athens representative will meet you at the airport, assist you through
customs and immigration, and escort you to your hotel in the bustling
city center. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Stroll,
browse for curios and treasures, and perhaps dine at a cafe in the old
Plaka district and take in a folklore show.
2 - Sunday- ATHENS (B)
This morning you'll tour Athens and get to know the high points of the
city, especially the towering Acropolis and the adjacent museum. You'll
visit Syntagma Square, at the very heart of the city, and see the Parliament,
and guards in colorful traditional outfits. Your afternoon is free for
further exploring or shopping, or you could well be drawn back by the
charm of the Plaka. Or take advantage of one of our optional tours,
such as an afternoon visit to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon,
with spectacular sunset view.
DAY 3 -Monday- CRUISE TO MYKONOS (BLD)
A 30 - minute drive (transfer included) will take you to Piraeus, the
port of Athens, to embark on your four-day Louis Greek cruise.
You'll sail into the Aegean, and by sunset, reach the jet-set isle of
Mykonos. Stroll at your own pace along lanes lined with whitewashed
houses, up to the Church of Paraportiani, or along the shore to the
island's signature windmills. Enjoy an ouzo or a glass of retsina at
a waterside cafe. Prefer Island Hopping rather than a Greek
cruise ? please
DAY 4 - Tuesday - RHODES (BLD)
Our cruise ship arrives early at the harbor, allowing a full day on
the Island of Roses. The compact, cobbled medieval city is perfect for
exploring on your own. You'll want to visit the Palace of the Knights
of St. John, take a look at the wares in the boutiques, and spend some
time in a seaside cafe. We also offer an optional excursion to the Acropolis
of Lindos and the Valley of the Butterflies.
5 - Wednesday - KUSADASI (Turkey) and PATMOS (BLD)
We anchor at 7 a.m. in Kusadasi, on the Turkish mainland, gateway to
ancient Ephesus. Stroll the streets and stop in at shops filled with
leather goods and bargains in gold. Our optional tour takes you to Ephesus,
one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in the world. You'll
re-board in time for an afternoon sailing. In the late afternoon, your
ship will call at the island of Patmos. Here you can visit the Monastery
of St. John where the Book of Revelations was written.
DAY 6 - Thursday - HERAKLION (CRETE), SANTORINI
We drop anchor in the port of Heraklion at 7 a.m. You can explore on
your own, or take an optional excursion to the 5000-year-old Minoan
Palace at Knossos and the archaeological museum. We sail at noon for
Santorini, where the lost civilization of Atlantis flourished. You'll
disembark for three nights or more in a villa. Sample
Villas in Santorini: Dana Villas, in Firostefani with
view of the volcano.
7 - Friday -SANTORINI (B)
You'll take a leisurely breakfast on your private terrace. An optional
tour to the archaeological site of Akrotiri is offered. Or, you can
spend the day relaxing, and take in breathtaking views of the volcano
8 - Saturday - SANTORINI (B)
The day is yours for relaxing or exploring on your own--or both! You
might take a boat across to the dormant volcano, and ascend through
a crater-pocked moonscape to the crater. Or savor a soak in hot sulphur
9 - Sunday - SANTORINI (B)
Enjoy the views from your villa, discover a black-sand beach, savor
the sea breezes from the terrace of a cafe, or try your hand at fishing.
Or arrange a winery visit or another excursion. The choice is yours.
DAY 10 - Monday - SANTORINI, ATHENS, Istanbul (B)
Our personnel will assure a seamless transfer to Santorini's Airport.
You'll catch a flight to Athens, where you'll board your connecting
flight to Istanbul .
11 - Tuesday - ISTANBUL
You're met at the airport by our representative, who sees you to your
hotel, and answers any questions you may have about getting to know
the city. As you ride into the great metropolis from the airport, two
thousand years of history are revealed: towering Roman walls, ancient
Byzantine churches, slender minarets framing the bulbous domes of graceful
mosques. These ancient monuments float on the skyline of a bustling
modern metropolis of ten million people. Welcome fruit basket in your
room awaits you with our compliments.
12 - Wednesday - ISTANBUL (BL) The center
of ancient Constantinople and Istanbul was on Seraglio Point, framed
by the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. We visit the
Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet III to challenge the architectural
primacy of neighboring Sancta Sophia. We then walk next door
to compare achievements in Justinian's great Sancta Sophia. Right behind
Sancta Sophia is our next stop, sumptuous Topkapi Palace, the
sultans seraglio for centuries, filled with breathtaking exhibits of
priceless jewels, golden thrones, delicate colored tiles, and lavish
court costumes. We finish up in the bustling Grand Bazaar, where
you can find jewelry, carpets, goat-hair rugs, hand-painted ceramics,
copper and brass in labyrinthine streets holding nearly 4000 shops.
13 - Thursday - BOSPHORUS (B)
Istanbul's history was formed by the Bosphorus, the winding strait
that separates Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea
of Marmara. Now, as in ancient times, it is a maritime vital link between
the countries bordering the Black Sea and those in the rest of the world.
Today we take a leisurely cruise northward along this historic waterway.
Along its shores are ranged palaces great and small-Topkapi, Dolmabahçe,
Beylerbeyi, Küçüksu, Hünkar Iskelesi. Four
great fortresses rise on the hills, reminding us that to control the
Bosphorus was to control the destinies of nations. Our afternoon cruise
of two continents, crossing from Europe to Asia and back, includes visits
to the Military Museum, the Bosphorus Bridge, Çamlica Hill lookout,
and stupendous Dolmabahçe Palace. Complimentary plate
of Turkish Lokoom pastries (Hotel room)
14 - Friday - "Imperial Constantinople in the Belle Epoque"
(late 19th century), the exotic romance of the "Paris of the East:"
Morning walking tour : We start with our guide in Karaköy where
the foreign bankers and shipping companies had their headquarters, then
take the Tünel up to istiklal Caddesi; stop in the whirling dervish
tekke, and walk past the various old embassy buildings (now consulates),
and point out the architecture. Stop for tea (included) at the
famous Pera Palace Hotel.
Walk at least as far as Galatasaray Square, and have lunch in
the Çicek Pasaji (Flower Passage); then walk up to Taksim Square and
be picked up for the afternoon tour.
In the afternoon the tour visit Yildiz Palace Park and the Ihlamur Kasri,
a mini-palace south of Yildiz, and finish up with a visit to the Military
History Museum in Harbiye in time to hear the "Mehter," or Ottoman military
15 - Saturday - ISTANBUL Tokyo(B)
There are many more things to see and do in this fascinating city, but
they will have to wait for your next visit. After breakfast, our representative
escorts you to the airport for your Tokyo bound , overnight across Asia
& the Sea of Japan. Dinner is served on board.
16 - Sunday - Tokyo(B)
After breakfast on board, we arrive
at Narita airport and clear customs and immigration. We've arranged
for transportation to your hotel on the airport limousine bus, just
as arriving Japanese do. You'll appreciate immediately the small marvels
of Japanese urban life: spotless streets, a pace that's fast but always
in control, bicycles left unlocked, vending machines dispensing superb
hot coffee in cans (or whiskey, if you wish). Everything's the same,
but a little bit different. You'll be comfortable in, and fascinated
17 - Monday - TOKYO
This one-day tour of Tokyo puts everything in this busy but orderly
city in perspective. You'll visit the Diet (say "dee-yet")! Japan's
parliament, and the Meiji Shrine. You'll ascend Tokyo Tower for a view
of the metropolis, and walk through the Imperial Palace East Garden,
a tranquil anomaly in the very center of the city. Then, for a total
change, you'll see the throbbing Ginza, where space is in such high
demand that restaurants and stores are on the second and third and fourth
floors of every building. After seeing Kushiage, we'll have our lunch
at Ginza Isomura. The day continues with a drive by the Imperial Palace,
a stop at the Tasaki Pearl Gallery, and a forty-minute boat ride to
Asakusa on the Sumida River. We'll stop at the Asakusa Kannon Temple,
the famous Nakamise shopping street, and Akihabara, the neighborhood
where next year's miniature cell phones, video cameras and avant-garde
electronics are on sale right now. This tour operates daily, so you
may choose to take it on another day while you are in Tokyo (advance
notice is required) : departing at 9 a.m. and returning at 6:30 p.m.
Lunch and entry fee to Tokyo Tower are included.
Extend your stay -Onsen /spa in the shadow of Mt. Fuji
18 -DAY 20 TOKYO : Tuesday
- Wednesday - Thursday
You'll plan your explorations with the help of the options we offer.
Venture to Kyoto or Mount Fuji as well. Pick up a few Japanese words.
You've already learned the essential "arigato" (thank you) on the way
over. But you'll also find that many Japanese are eager to try out their
English and help you toward wherever you're going. And with maps, ticket
machines, and signs that you can read, the subway makes it easy and
inexpensive to get around.
21 - DEPARTURE - Tokyo- Friday
Board the limousine bus , that will take you back to the airport - until
per person in US$,
Greek cruise cabin will be with 2 lower beds
Cruise Cabin Category
Inside cabin Category
Santorini/Athens airfare .
Istanbul /Tokyo airfare
Planet travel guide books
cruise to Greek Isles and Turkey .
accommodation in Santorini, sample villas that are used:
For First Class superior , 4 stars accommodation:
Villa style "Astra Apartments" in Imerovigli, or in
a 1 or 2-bedroom apartment villas.
For 3-star, first class accommodation in the: "Grotto Villas"
in Firostefani in a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment.
accommodation as per itinerary , please note that in Japan we are
using only deluxe hotels.
meals during the cruise .
in Greece, Turkey & Japan.
transfers in Santorini.
Hotel service charges and taxes
local hospitality services
Island Hopping rather than a Greek cruise ? please
airfare from/to USA
Personal expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically listed .
cruise Shore Excursions
cancellation insurance, travel insurance
hotels in Athens :
Deluxe: Divani Palace Acropolis.
First Class : Stanley , Electra Palace.
Villas in Santorini:
Dana Villas, in Firostefani with view of the volcano.
Chromata Apartments, in Imerovigli with a view of the volcano.
those looking for a different experience
Stay at a Ryokan, the traditional Japanese Inn
with the locals, get to see the real true charming Japan Staying
at a Ryokan, the traditional Japanese Inn, is a truly unique experience,
affording you a special glimpse of the age -- old customs manners
and lifestyle of the Japanese community. Besides the luxuriously
refreshing hot springs bathing, dinners at your Ryokan are
the singular most compelling attraction, they are a sumptuously
prepared and lavishly presented festive combination of the finest
Japanese cuisine, intermixed with savory local delights. The typical
menu, brought to you dish after dish, offers an incredible variety
from Sukiyaki and Tempura to grilled fish & sea food, and in some
inns, if you prefer, you may request a Western style substitutes.
You will thoroughly enjoy the room's size, its simplicity and its
aura of tatami straw matting, sliding screens and Spartan
furnishing, all unmistakably Japanese.
32- Day Grand Tour of the Near East and the former Ottoman Empire
dream vacation Includes an in-depth tour of Istanbul and Anatolia.
A one week Nile Cruise on a deluxe Dahabiya, Alexandria , Cairo , Giza
in Egypt .
Petra and even camping with the Bedouins in Wadi Rum in Jordan .