JEWELS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN

 

Day

Destination

Day Highlights

Overnight

1

Arrive Istanbul

Transfer to your hotel

Istanbul

2

Istanbul

Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque. Byzantine Hippodrome, Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, German Fountain,

Istanbul

3

Istanbul – Canakkale

War Memorial Museum

Canakkale

 4

Canakkale – Kusadasi

Troy, Pergamum, Acropolis, Asclepion

Kusadasi

5

Kusadasi

Ephesus-House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis

Kusadasi

6

Kusadasi- Pamukkale

Hierapolis, Cotton Castle

Pamukkale

7

Pamukkale - Marmaris

Transfer to Marmaris

Marmaris

8

Marmaris - Rhodes

Ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes

Rhodes

9

Rhodes

Free Day, Optional: H/D City tour

Rhodes

10

Rhodes - Santorini

Ferry from Rhodes to Santorini

Santorini

11

Santorini

Free Day, Optional: Akrotiri with Sunset in Ia

Santorini

12

Santorini - Mykonos

Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos

Mykonos

13

Mykonos

Free Day, Optional: H/D Island Tour

Mykonos

14

Mykonos – Athens

Ferry from Mykonos to Athens

Athens

15

Athens

H/D Tour, Constitutation Square, the Memorial to a unknown Soldier, the Presidental Palace, Acropolis, the Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathenaic Stadium,

Athens

16

Athens Return home

Transfer to the airport

 
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Itinerary

Day 1, Saturday: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you are met by name board and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2, Sunday: Istanbul – F/D Old City Tour
Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the ancient city with highlights to include: Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet 1 built in 1616 that is famous for unequalled ceramic tiles. You walk across the famous Byzantine Hippodrome where gladiators had fought and chariots had raced. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. You will be guided through Topkapi Palace, the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 15th-19th centuries. The 6 million square foot palace, the oldest and largest remaining in the world, housed more than 10,000 people and is loaded with extraordinary gold, silver and gem collections, a jeweled throne room and the remains of a 400-room harem pavilion… (Harem section is not included in the program; if requested extra entrance fee is due) and Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)


Day 3, Monday: Istanbul – Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
After breakfast head to Gallipoli. The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and Kabatepe Gallipoli. Then you will pass over the Dardanelles by ferry and you will proceed to Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 4, Tuesday: Canakkale -Troy - Pergamum-Kusadasi
After breakfast you will drive to Troy. Your guide will show you the immortal city of the legendary Helen of Troy and of the Trojan horse which was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. After the visit you will proceed to Pergamum. The ancient town of Pergamum was one of the most important centers of culture and artsof its time. Your guide will escortfirst to the Acropolis, and see the Temple of Athena, the library, the Royal Palaces, the Temple of Trojan, the steepest theater of the world, the Temple of Dionysos, the Altar of Zeus which was referred to in the Bible as "Satan's Seat." Pergamum was a great center of scholarship and learning. Anthony took the library with its 200,000 rolls and transferred it to Alexandria as a present for Cleopatra. Then you visit Asclepion, an amazing ancient medical center. The ruins here are so complete that walking among them one can relive the methods employed in this health center, from sacrifice to psychodrama… Travel along the Aegean coast to Kusadasi and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)


Day 5, Wednesday: Kusadasi -Ephesus- Kusadasi
After breakfast, you head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where you spend a busy day visiting the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, recently excavated monuments, the temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library and hillside palaces. Then you will visit the House of Virgin Mary. Mother Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI declared the site authentic and each year a traditional service is held for the pilgrims. Next visit is to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 6, Thursday: Kusadasi-Pamukkale
After breakfast proceed to Pamukkale “the Cotton Castle”, once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal-mineral baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls”. You will admire the view of pure-white enormous basins and stalactites created by millions of years of mineral-rich hot spring waters spilling down the hillside. After lunch, visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil's Hole, and the Masterpiece Theater. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 7, Friday: Pamukkale-Marmaris
After breakfast transfer to Marmaris. Rest of the day is free in Marmaris. Overnight in Marmaris. (B,D)

Day 8, Saturday: Marmaris-Rhodes departure.
After breakfast transfer to the Marmaris Port for Rhodes with ferry. At arrival in Rhodes, you will transfer to the hotel. You will have free time for the rest of the day. Overnight in Rhodes. (B)

Day 9, Sunday: Rhodes – free day
Today you can enjoy your free day at the Island or you can join our optional tour. Overnight in Rhodes. (B)

Optional Tour : H/D Rhodes City Tour
The excursion includes a licensed English-speaking Guide and deluxe motor coach and commences with a Panoramic Drive through the New Town, past Mandraki Port, the Post Office, Town Hall, Evangelismos Church and continues to the Monte Smith Hill which offers a magnificent view of the Aegean and the City. The drive continues past the ancient Rhodes Acropolis dedicated to Zeus Polieus, Athena Polias and Pythian Apollo. Four columns of this Acropolis have been reconstructed. The final drive-by is past the 2nd century ancient Stadium and Theatre, of which both have been restored. From there the excursion continues to the D’ Amboise Gate where the guests disembark and on foot enter the Medieval City to visit the Grand Master’s Palace, the most imposing building of medieval Rhodes. It was originally built in the 14th Century, but demolished by an explosion in 1856. It was restored in 1939, during the Italian occupation. The excursion continues down ‘The Street of the Knights,’ which, in spite of the restoration of its buildings, has remained untouched by the passage of 500 years, since it was originally built in the 14th century. The Gothic order predominate the entire street. The Inns of the various ‘Tongues’ stand in a row, with impressive arched doorways, their emblems carved above them. The final visit is to the Archaeological Museum, which is housed in the restored building of the 15th century Hospital of the Knights.

Day 10, Monday: Rhodes –Santorini
You will drive to the port for your transfer to Santorini by the regular ferry. At arrival in Santorini, you will transfer to the hotel. You will have free time for the rest of the day. Overnight in Santorini. (B)

Day 11, Tuesday: Santorini – Free Day
Today you can enjoy your free day at the Island or you can join our optional tour. Overnight in Santorini. (B)
Optional Tour: FD Akrotiri with Sunset in Ia
Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement on the volcanic island of Santorini (Thera). The settlement was destroyed by a huge eruption during the 17th century BC buried under volcanic ash, which reserved the whole city in perfect conditions so as to bereferred often as “Prehistoric Pompei). You will proceed to the Red Beach, where you will have free time for photos or for a walk at the famous beach, well known for the unique colour of the sand and the hill behind it. After then, you will drive to the Perivolos Black Sand Beach; the best beach in Santorini, where you will have time at leisure for lunch or swimming. At afternoon you will enjoy a walk through Megalochori; one of the most beautiful traditional villages of the island, with its typical cycladic buildings. After a small wine tasting stop, you will continue to Oia, for the wonderful sunset view.
Day 12, Wednesday: Santorini-Mykonos
You will drive to the port for your transfer to Mykonos by the regular ferry. At arrival in Mykonos, you will transfer to the hotel. You will have free time for the rest of the day. Overnight in Mykonos. (B)

Day 13, Thursday: Mykonos- free day
Today you can enjoy your free day at the Island or you can join our optional tour. Overnight in Mykonos. (B)

Optional Tour: Half Day Island Tour
Starting the City-and Island tourby walking the small and narrow streets, we have many possibilities to take nice photographs in the early morning, quiet city. We get orientation and information in the labyrinth of the old town as well as impressions of the small port and the churches in town. Of course we will see the famous wind-mills and find Petros The Pelican, the mascot of Mykonos. After this, we are exploring the island with a bus, visiting some of the most famous beaches and the inner land-scape. We see fishermen and kaikis, small private chapels and houses built in typical cycladic style. In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, an idyllic place 7km from town, where the guests have enough free time for a stroll around the traditional square and they can visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani built in the 16th century. Next stop is Kalafatis beach were there is time to relax a little and have a coffee or a refreshment (not included in the price), before going back to town and to reach a place witha fantastic viewall over the town and neighboring islands.

Day 14, Friday: Mykonos-Athens:
Today you go by ferry to Athens. After check-in in your hotel in Athens, you will enjoy your free time in this beautiful city. Overnight in Athens. (B)
Day 15, Saturday: Athens - H/D City Tour- Athens
This tour gives you on opportunity to observe the striking contrasts, that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your guide will take you to see the center of the city; Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to a unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down the Atticus Street, you will see the Presidential Palace. On your way to Acropolis, you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. Overnight in Athens. (B)

Day 16, Sunday: Athens Departure
Today, you will drive to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

Rates in 2014 in USA Dollar, valid from June 07 – August 30, 2014

Hotel Category 4****

Departure Dates

Per person in Double Room

Single Room

Mid Season

June  07,21

$ 3065

$ 4000

High Season

July  05,19

$ 3290

$ 4370

August 02,16

Mid Season

August  30

$ 3065

$ 4000

Rates Include
• Hotel accommodations in 4* / 5* Hotels
• 2 nights in Istanbul
• 1 night in Canakkale
• 2 nights in Kusadasi
• 1 night in Pamukkale
• 1 night in Marmaris
• 2 nights in Rhodes
• 2 nights in Santorini
• 2 nights in Mykonos
• 2 nights in Athens
• All meals as written in theitinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)
• (15 x breakfast / 5 x dinner)
• English speaking professional tour guides
• Transportation by modern vehicles with A/C
• Alltransfers written in the itinerary
• Entrance fees
• Parking fees
• Ferry tickets; Marmaris-Rhodes / Rhodes-Santorini / Santorini-Mykonos /
• Mykonos-Athens

Rate does not include
- International flight tickets
- Visa fees
- Optional tours and activities
- Personal expenses
- Customary tips to guide and drivers
- Any kind of drinks in meals

Hotels
Istanbul Momento Hotel (http://www.hotelmomento.com/index.html) or similar hotel
Canakkale Hotel Tusan (http://tusanhotel.com/ind-en.htm) or similar hotel
Kusadasi Marina Hotel (http://www.marinahotelkusadasi.com/) or similar hotel
Pamukkale Colossae Hotel
(http://www.colossaehotel.com/colossae/lang/2/en/english.aspx) or similar hotel
Marmaris Anemon Hotel (http://www.anemonhotels.com/en/hotel-mugla/anemon-marmaris.aspx) or similar hotel
Rhodes Semiramis Hotel (http://www.semiramis.gr/home/en) or similar hotel
Mykonos Pelican Bay Art Hotel (www.pelicanbay-mykonos.com/)‎ or similar hotel
Santorini - Santorini Palace Hotel (http://www.santorinipalacehotel.com/) or similar hotel
Athens Titania Hotel (www.titania.gr) or similar hotel

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