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Best of Turkey & Greece - 11 Days / 10 Nights

This 11-day tour offers the perfect combination of some of Turkey's most historic sites and a Greek Island cruise. After being amazed at the wonderful mosques, palaces and bazaars of fabulous Istanbul, find yourself reliving the fierce battles fought in WWI in Gallipoli. Once across the Dardenelle Straits, plunge into the early Greek era as you walk among the ruins at Troy with its legendary Trojan Horse and visit the first medical centre of Asclepion at Pergamum. There is time to marvel at the perfection of the Greco/Roman ruins at Ephesus and visit the Mary House as well as relax by the sea, shop for Turkish carpets or take an optional excursion. From Kusadasi board your ship for a 3-day cruise through the Aegean with stops in Rhodes, Crete and Santorini before arriving in Athens for the grand finale.

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Departures

Join in Istanbul on selected dates:
Apr. 7, 14, 28; May. 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul. 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11,18, 25; Sep. 1,8,15, 22, 29; Oct. 6,13, 20, 27; 2016


Itinerary

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Day 1 Thu: Istanbul

Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing. Overnight at Radisson Blu Sisli Hotel or similar (2 nights).
Accommodation: Radisson Blu Hotel, Sisli

Day 2 Fri: Istanbul

Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with
belly dancing entertainment.
Included Meals: B

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale

Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight at Kolin Hotel or similar.
Accommodation: Kolin Hotel
Included Meals: BD

Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Izmir

Today we visit Troy with its famous wooden horse. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight at Swissotel, Izmir or similar (2 nights).
Accommodation: Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir
Included Meals: BLD

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s cottage. Optional: Dinner at local restaurant.
Included Meals: B

Day 6 Tue: Ephesus – Greek islands Cruise

After breakfast transfer to pier and embark on a cruise ship at Kusadasi for 3 days in the Greek Islands. Cruise: Louis Cruise Line.
Included Meals: BD

Day 7 Wed: Cruise – Rhodes

A morning arrival in Rhodes, the island of roses, you have a full day to explore on your own; you may join an optional sightseeing tour, or simply take a taxi to one of many nearby beaches for a swim in the crystal clear Aegean waters.
Included Meals: BLD

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 Atlantis.
Included Meals: B

Day 9 Fri: Athens

After disembarking from the cruise, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. The rest of the day is yours. Overnight at Herodion Hotel, Athens or similar (2 nights)
Accommodation: Herodion Hotel
Included Meals: B

Day 10 Sat: Athens

A morning city tour of the famed Acropolis with its dominating view and site of the renowned Parthenon, followed by a visit to the Acropolis Museum. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Athens.
Included Meals: B

Day 11 Sun: Depart Athens

Begin a Classical Tour of mainland Greece or transfer to the airport for the flight home.
Included Meals: B


Dates & Pricing

Start in Istanbul on: Per Person Sharing Twin
(from)
Single Room Supplement
(from)
Local Fee

Price varies by season. Contact us with your specific travel date.


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Departures

Join in Istanbul on selected dates:
Apr. 7, 14, 28; May. 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Jul. 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 4, 11,18, 25; Sep. 1,8,15, 22, 29; Oct. 6,13, 20, 27; 2016


Accommodations


Radisson Blu Hotel, Sisli

Kolin Hotel

Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir

Herodion Hotel

Included

- First Class hotels with private facilities
- Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
- Licensed guides throughout Turkey
- Private air-conditioned transportation
- Luggage handling
- Local taxes and service charges
- Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days. Pre or post stay transfers are not included
- Private arrival transfer from Lavrion port to Athens Hotel
- 2 nights’ accommodation in standard room on BB basis
- Athens city tour
- Private departure transfer from Athens hotel to
Athens airport

Not Included

- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Customary tips to guide, driver and assistant driver
- Port taxes & Turkey embarkation fee total $189
- International airfares and departure taxes
- Meals not indicated on itinerary
- Alcoholic beverages, soft drink and bottled water
- Items of personal nature
- Turkey entry visa
- Travel insurance



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