Version . A 14 -Day Grand Mediterranean Tour
Including a Greek Cruise from Turkey to Greece
Anatolia, Cappadocia , The city of the Sultans Istanbul
, Constantinople, Ephesus & Kusadasi
A 14 day Mediterranean escapade . For your honeymoon, anniversary ,
birthday celebration , this is the perfect getaway. Your days are filled
with enough Mediterranean exotic sights, sounds, scenes and scents to
make it seem like weeks. combines the best of travel in Greece and Turkey
, classical Athens, a cruise through the Aegean, including Rhodes, ,
Patmos, Crete , Santorini .
1 - ISTANBUL - Monday - Weekly : March - Nov
You're met at the airport or seaport by our representative, who sees
you to your hotel .
local rep will answer any questions you may have about getting to know
the city. As you ride into the great metropolis from the airport/or
seaport , 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.
2 - ISTANBUL - Tuesday (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. After lunch in a local
restaurant ,we tour the Treasury of the sultans, and the Costume Gallery
, then finish up in the bustling Egyptian Bazaar and walk through the
maze of colors , spices and perfumes. Return to your hotel with sounds
and colors of your first day of touring in Istanbul.
This evening your guide will call on you for a leisurely walk ( if the
hotel is in Sultan Ahmet area, otherwise we will drive of course )to
the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul, with entrance fees included.
The ceremony held in Sirkeci area within an historic Turkish Bath structure,
it will be your choice that we walk both ways or use the tram one way
or even ride the tram both ways ( for guests who are in the Sultan Ahmet
Area) , tram tickets are included and will be purchased by your guide
with our compliments.
will follow the main street passing through the hearth of old city or
using the tram down to Sirkeci station where also legendary final stop
of Orient Express is located. The ceremony starts at 19.30 but we recommend
getting to the place by 18.30, for the introduction ceremony. The Whirling
Dervishes ceremony takes about one hour.
3 - ISTANBUL – air to– CAPPADOCIA
- Wednesday (BD)
In the morning browse the amazing sumptuous Topkapi Palace-official
residence of the Ottoman Sultans-with courts, pavilions, mosques, fountains
and a treasury. Right behind Sancta Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the sultans
seraglio for centuries, is filled with breathtaking exhibits of priceless
jewels, golden thrones, delicate colored tiles, and lavish court costumes.
completing your exploration at Topkapi Palace, you will move on to the
opposite side of Golden Horn, passing the Sirkeci train station, the
last stop of the original Orient Express. Leave your vehicle at Karaköy,
the old commercial harbor of the Ottoman Empire, and get on the underground
train which connects the shores of Golden Horn to the Pera district
on the hill. Opened for service in 1880, this is the second oldest underground
train in Europe. You will leave the train in the Pera district which
houses a wealth of fascinating buildings including churches, historical
buildings, picturesque arcades, old Ottoman Hans, consulate buildings,
and fine cafés. It is the best example of Istanbul's rich cultural
and ethnic mosaic. After a short walk on Istiklal Street, "Grand
Rue de Pera," visit the Pera Palas Hotel. The hotel was opened
in 1896 in Istanbul next to the old American Consulate building, built
in order to host the passengers of the Orient Express train. The train
was designed by the French architect Valloury and was renovated keeping
all the valuable and unique furniture in the original form. The original
Orient Express started its service 120 years ago in 1883. Agatha Christie
authored her famous book "Murder on the Orient Express" in
one of the rooms at Pera Palas Hotel. Afterwards proceed to the Grand
Bazaar for some shopping. Continue drive to the airport for your flight
to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4– CAPPADOCIA - Thursday (BD)
Start out early for a full day’s excursion into the magical lunar
Landscape of Cappadocia’s rocky hills & valleys. Dominated
by Erciyes Dagi, Mt. Argaeus, the region was first settled by ancient
people then home to Romans, early Christians, Byzantines and Seljuks.
Visit Goreme Church Valley, Zelve, Avanos, Ortahisar and Uchisar, and
see some of the many churches carved into the rocks. Return to the hotel
Day 5– CAPPADOCIA – KONYA- Friday (BD)
Visit the underground city of Kaymakli in the morning. So well hidden
, that this Early Christian hideaway wasn't discovered until late 1930's.
After lunch in Aksaray visit the Sultanhan Caravanserai on the way to
Konya. Dinner and spend the night in Konya, early capital of Seljuk
Day 6–KONYA – PAMUKKALE - Saturday (BD)
Morning sightseeing of Konya, visit the Mevlana Mausoleum and Museum,
the founder of the whirling dervishes in the Islamic sect. Proceed to
Yalvac, Pisidian Antioch where St. paul said, "We now turn to the
gentiles" and opened Christianity to the world. Passing by Egridir
Lake arrive at Pamukkale, Hierapolis and overnight.
Day 7– PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI - Sunday (BD)
After a visit to Hierapolis ruins and St. Philip`s martyrdom, drive
to Loadicea. The church at Laodicea was an extension church of the church
at Ephesus, as were the churches of Hierapolis and Colosea. Continue
to Miletos, with one of the largest amphitheaters in Asia Minor. It
was in Miletos that Paul stopped at the end of his third journey and
predicted his imprisonment. Later in the day visit Apollo Temple at
Didyma. Drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
8– KUSADASI – Ephesus – KUSADASI - Monday (BLD)
Morning departure to Ephesus. St. Paul stayed in Ephesus for two years.
The still standing amphitheater is the witness of the riots against
St. Paul. The very first church dedicated to Virgin Mary was built in
Ephesus after visiting Hadrian Temple, Celcus Library, St. John`s Basilica,
House of Virgin Mary and Temple of Diana.
After lunch at a charming local restaurant , visit the Ephesus Museum
in Selchuk and see the Temple of Artemis, one of the wonders of the
ancient world. View Basilica of St John and Isabey Mosque. En-route
to Kusadasi enjoy the scenery and the local arts , enjoy shopping opportunity.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
9 - Kusadasi - Board your Greek Cruise -Tuesday
Morning at leisure , enjoy this sea-side town and the waterfront . In
the afternoon , our local rep will assist with your transfer to the
pier to board your cruise late in the afternoon .
ship will leave port around 8 PM . ( Cruise shore excursions are always
10 - Rhodes - Wednesday (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 ( all optional tours
when on board the cruise ) 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. The cruise also offer an optional excursion to the Acropolis
of Lindos and the Valley of the Butterflies. We'll set sail again in
the evening. Heading for Crete.
11 - HERAKLION (CRETE), SANTORINI
- Thursday (B)
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. Leave
Santorini around 9 PM
12 - Piraeus -Athens
- Friday (B)
arrival at Piraeus, where we'll assist with your transfer to Athens
and your hotel.
The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish. Stroll, browse for
curios and treasures .
13 - ATHENS -Saturday
This morning you'll tour Athens and get to know the high points of the
city, especially the towering Acropolis
and its museum, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch,
the Theater of Dionysus.
The Acropolis hill, so called the "Sacred
Rock" of Athens, is the most important site of the
city. During Perikles' Golden Age, ancient
Greek civilization was represented in an ideal way on the hill and some
of the architectural masterpieces of the period were erected on its
The first habitation remains on the Acropolis date from the Neolithic
period. Over the centuries, the rocky hill was continuously used either
as a cult place or as a residential area or both. The inscriptions on
the numerous and precious offerings to the sanctuary of Athena (marble
korai, bronze and clay statuettes and vases)
indicate that the cult of the city's patron goddess was established
as early as the Archaic period (650-480 B.C.).
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.
14 - Athens Departure- Sunday (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 homeward flight--until next time!
per person in US$
Double Occupancy Cabins with 2 lower beds
Cabins with 2 lower beds Cat B
Cabins with 2 lower beds Cat A
Cabins with 2 lower beds Cat TC
Cabins with 2 lower beds Cat TB
Hotel accommodation , with tax & continental breakfast daily.
Mediterranean cruise of the Greek Islands as per itinerary.
sightseeing as per itinerary. In Athens seat in coach
meals on board the cruise.
All airport/hotel/cruise transfers as per itinerary.
Hotel service charges and taxes .
Deluxe: Divani Palace
First Class : Stanley , Electra Palace.
Deluxe: Inter.Continental , Arena for the Ottoman Mansion
category or similar .
For the Four Seasons , please add : $ 350 Per person in double
Istanbul First : Aygun Plaza or Divan.
If you prefer to stay in an Ottoman Mansion boutique hotel in Istanbul,
please let's know in advance
: Cave Suites - Special Category ( Used for Deluxe & First
Konya : Rixos - 5 Star
Pamukkale : Colassae - 5 Star
Kusadasi : Kismet Hotel - Special Category
: Astra . Chromata. Dana . Cliffside Suites
Island Hopping Version without the cruise .
airfare between USA and Athens.
Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
Personal expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically listed
Visa Fee : In cash upon arrival,
or from any of the Turkish Consulates
Private Cruise ship Shore excursions in Greece & Turkey
cruise regular shore excursion are generally a good introduction to
the city, most of the seasoned cruise travelers prefer to go sightseeing
with a private guide.
difference between ship organized and private tours is best described
as "package versus tailor-made." Some people may feel all
right joining a large tour group whereas sometimes it is difficult to
hear the guide and the group moves only as fast as its slowest participant.
may not get their questions answered at all as there may be twenty other
people in the group trying to do the same.
contrast, a small tour group with tailor-made program is way more enjoyable
and ensures personal attention for everyone. You will spend as much
time as you want.
if you want to maximize your limited time, the private escorted tour
tailored to your unique wishes and interests is an ideal solution.
our private shore excursions tours are carefully designed to give you
the best possible experience. Our knowledgeable, friendly and qualified
tour guide and driver will ensure that your visit ashore is truly memorable.
When you tour with us in Turkey as part of a private shore excursion
, your tour guide will get you into sites without waiting in lines that
is especially valuable given the limited time you have to spend in Turkey.
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