RUBIES OF MEDITERRANEAN

 

Day

Destination

Day Highlights

Overnight

1

Arrive Istanbul

Transfer to your hotel

Istanbul

2

Istanbul

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

Istanbul

3

Istanbul – Kusadasi

Flight to Izmir, Transfer to Kusadasi

Kusadasi

 4

Kusadasi

Ephesus-House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis

Kusadasi

5

Kusadasi - Pamukkale

Hierapolis, Cotton Castle

Kusadasi

6

Kusadasi - Cruise

Patmos

On Cruise

7

Cruise

Rhodes, Heraklion, Crete

On Cruise

8

Cruise

Heraklion,Crete, Santorini

On Cruise

9

Cruise

Arrive Athens

Athens

10

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

11

Athens Return home

Transfer to the airport

 
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Day 1, Thursday: 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, Friday: Istanbul – F/D Old City Tour
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. Your guide will take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leather ware and souvenir. 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, Saturday: Istanbul – Izmir - Kusadasi
Earlymorning flight to Izmir. Meet in Izmir and transfer to Kusadasi. At the rest of the day, you can enjoy your free time. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 4, Sunday: 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 5, Monday: 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 Kusadasi. (B,D)


Day 6, Tuesday: Kusadasi – Patmos
After breakfast transfer to Kusadasi Port for Cruise. Start Cruise tour and to Patmos. Ship departs at 09:00 pm for Rhodes. Overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7, Wednesday: Rhodes – Heraklion Crete
Arrive Rhodes at 07:00 am and departs at 06:00 pm to Heraklion Port in Crete Island. Overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Day 8, Thursday: Heraklion Crete – Santorini
Arrive to Heraklion Port in Crete Island 07:00 am and departs at 11:30 am for Santorini. Arrive Santorini at 04:30 pm and departs 09:00 pm for Piraeus Port in Athens. Overnight on board. (B,L,D)


Day 9, Friday: Athens
Arrive to Piraeus Port in Athens at 06:00 am and transfer to your Hotel. Free time for the rest of the day and overnight in Athens. (B)

Day 10, Saturday: Athens - H/D City Tour-
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 11, Sunday: Athens Departure
Today, you will drive to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

Hotel Category 4****

Departure Dates

Per person in Double Room

Single Room

Season

April 03,10,17,24

$ 2900

$  4200

May 01,08,15,22,29

June 05,12,19,26

July 03,10,17,24,31

August  07,14,21,28

September 04,11,18,25

October 02,09,16

Rates include
- Hotel accommodations in 4* Hotels
2 nights in Istanbul
3 nights in Kusadasi
2 nights in Athens
- 3 night accommodation in Cruise Ship (Outside Standart Cabin – XB Kamara) with Louis Cruise Lines
- http://www.louiscruises.com/en/index.html
Cruise Included
• Cabin Accommodation
• Full Board
• Gala Evening and shows, entertainment on board
• Port charges
• Swimming pool & fitness center

- All meals as written in the itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)
(10 x breakfast / 3 x lunch/ 6 x dinner)
- English speaking professional tour guides
- Transportation by modern vehicles with A/C
- All transfers written in the itinerary
- Entrance fees
- Parking fees
- Flight ticket : Istanbul-Izmir

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

4*Hotels
Istanbul Momento Hotel (http://www.hotelmomento.com/index.html) or similar hotel
Kusadasi Marina Hotel (http://www.marinahotelkusadasi.com/) or similar hotel
Athens Titania Hotel (www.titania.gr) or similar hotel

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