SAPHIRES 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 – Cesme

Flight to Izmir, Pergamum, Acropolis, Asklepion

Cesme

 4

Cesme

Free Day

Cesme

5

Cesme – Cruise

Embarking to Louise Cristal, Bodrum

On Cruise

6

Bodrum – Kos

Kos Island

On Cruise

7

Kos – Santorini

Ios – Santorini

On Cruise

8

Santorini – Mykonos

Athens – Mykonos

On Cruise

9

Mykonos - Istanbul

Arrival in Kusadasi

Ephesus-House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis – Flight to Istanbul

Istanbul

10

Istanbul Return home

Transfer to the airport

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

Day 2, Saturday: 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, Sunday: Istanbul – Pergamum – Cesme
Early morning flight to Izmir. After arrival to Pergamum. The ancient town of Pergamum was one of the most important centers of culture and arts of its time. Your guide will escort first 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. After the tour, you will proceed to the famous sea side town Cesme. Overnight in Cesme. (B,D)

Day 4, Monday: Cesme – Free day
Today you can enjoy your free day and relax at a wonderful beach of Cesme. Overnight in Cesme. (B,D)


Day 5, Tuesday: Cesme– Bodrum
After breakfast you will drive to Cesme for embarking to the Cruise Ship Louise Crystal. Start Cruise tour and arrive at 10:00 pm to Bodrum port. Overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6, Wednesday: Bodrum – Kos
The ship departs at 5:00 am from Bodrum to Kos. You will stay from 7:00 am until 6 pm in Kos. Overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Day 7, Thursday : Ios – Santorini
You will arrive about 6:30 am in Ios and start from there to Santorini at 2:30 pm. From Santorini you will start at 9:00 pm to Athens. Overnight on board. (B, L, D)

Day 8, Friday : Athens – Mykonos
After arrive to the Pireus Port about 6:30 am, you will start from there at 2:30 pm to Mykonos. In Mykonos you will stay from 6:00 pm to midnight. Overnight on board
(B,L,D)

Day 9, Saturday: Mykonos – Ephesus - Istanbul
Today you will arrive in Kusadasi and head for nearby Ephesus. Explore the ruins of 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, the Trajan Fountain and hillside palaces. See the Great Theater, where Paul preached to the Ephesians. 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. After the tour you will proceed to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 10, Sunday : Istanbul Departure
Today you will drive to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

Rates in USA Dollar, valid from July 04 – August 22, 2014

Hotel Category 4****

Departure Dates

Per person in Double Room

Single Room

Season

July 04,11,18,25

$ 2815

$ 3930

August  01,08,15,22

Rates include
- Hotel accommodations in 4* / 5 * Hotels
3 nights in Istanbul
2 nights in Cesme
- 4 nights 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)
(9 x breakfast / 4 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 ticketss: Istanbul-Izmir / Izmir - Istanbul

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 4 star Momento Hotel (http://www.hotelmomento.com/index.html) or similar hotel
Cesme 5 star Boyalik Beach Hotel (http://www.boyalikbeachcesme.com/) or similar hotel

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