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Glories of Turkey & Greece - 16 Days / 15 Nights

There can be few countries in the world that are so steeped in history as Turkey and Greece, and on this 16-day tour, you have the chance to discover the rich legacies of the past in this beautiful part of the world. Not only does Turkey offer stunning antiquities such as Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus along with the fascinating remnants of two great Empires, the Byzantine and the Ottoman, it will also dazzle you with spectacular scenery of mountains, fertile countryside, and coastal regions along the Aegean and the Mediterranean. From the exotic riches of Istanbul to carefree seaside resorts, Turkey never fails to impress its visitors. To add depth to this journey, your stay, first in the lovely Greek islands of Rhodes, Mykanos and Santorini and then in iconic Athens, gives you a taste of its lively culture, its delightful people as well as its ancient heritage that formed the basis of Western culture. This is a journey for the ages.

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Departures

Departure 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

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 Covered 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 Swiss Hotel 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: Izmir – Pamukkale

Drive through fertile valleys to Pamukkale (white lime cascades) visit Hierapolis and enjoy the thermal pools of our hotel. Overnight at Colossae Thermal Hotel or similar.
Accommodation: Thermal Colossae
Included Meals: BD

Day 7 Wed: Hierapolis – Marmaris

Morning transfer to south, to the resort city of Marmaris, afternoon is free. Overnight at Anemon Hotel, Marmaris or similar.
Accommodation: Anemon Marmaris Hotel
Included Meals: BD

Day 8 Thu: Marmaris – Rhodes

Morning transfer to port for hydrofoil trip to Rhodes, Greece. Arrive and transfer to hotel for overnight at Mediterranean Hotel, Rhodes or similar.
Accommodation: Hotel Mediterranean
Included Meals: B

Day 9 Fri: Rhodes

A day of leisure; you may visit Old Rhodes or take an optional tour to Lindos.
Included Meals: B

Day 10 Sat: Rhodes – Santorini

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Santorini. Arrival and transfer to your hotel for overnight at El Greco, Santorini or similar (2 nights).
Accommodation: El Greco
Included Meals: B

Day 11 Sun: Santorini

A free day to visit one of the many villages of Santorini, perched on top of the volcano, or enjoy a sun-soaked afternoon on the beach.
Included Meals: B

Day 12 Mon: Santorini – Mykonos

Transfer to the pier for a hydrofoil or ferry ride to Mykonos. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the nightlife of Mykonos. Overnight at Petasos Beach Hotel, Mykonos or similar (2 nights)
Accommodation: Petasos Beach
Included Meals: B

Day 13 Tue: Mykonos

Explore the many beaches of Mykonos and absorb the ambiance of this Cycladic Island during this day at leisure.
Included Meals: B

Day 14 Wed: Mykonos – Athens

Morning is free. Board on a ferry to Athens. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an Optional: dinner with folklore dancing or visit the quaint Plaka area. Overnight at Herodion Hotel, Athens or similar (2 nights)
Accommodation: Herodion Hotel
Included Meals: B

Day 15 Thu: Athens

Tour Athens’ famed Acropolis with its breathtaking view and renowned Parthenon, followed by a visit to the Acropolis Museum. On your own, explore the Plaka with its open-air taverns and traditional shops.
Included Meals: B

Day 16 Fri: Athens – Return

A representative escorts you 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

Departure 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

Herodion Hotel

Hotel Mediterranean

El Greco

Petasos Beach

Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir

Kolin Hotel

Thermal Colossae

Anemon Marmaris Hotel

Included

- Meet and greet on arrival
- First Class hotels with private facilities
- Meals as indicated by BLD
- 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
- Hydrofoil ticket from Santorini to Mykonos and Mykonos to Piraeus
- Athens city tour

Not Included

- Flight from Rhodes to Santorini
- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Customary tips to guide, driver and assistant driver
- 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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