Istanbul 3 - Kusadasi 2- Greek islands Cruise 3- Athens 2 Tour

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3 nights Istanbul, 2 nights Kusadasi, 3 nights Greek islands Cruise and 2 nights Athens

 

with Louis Olympia Cruise from Kusadasi

10 nights / 11 days

 

Itinerary

 

DAY 1 THURSDAY: ISTANBUL
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul

 

DAY 2 FRIDAY: ISTANBUL GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR
A full day guided tour exploring the ancient city includes Topkapi Palace,(Closed on Tue) main residence of Ottoman Sultans , the Saint Sophia Basilica(Closed on Mon), ancient seat of Byzantine Church, The Blue Mosque, then Roman Hippodrome once used for Chariot races; finally the Grand Bazaar.(Closed on Sunday) . Overnight in Istanbul

 

DAY 3 SATURDAY: ISTANBUL
Free day to explore this wonderful city

 

DAY 4 SUNDAY: ISTANBUL / KUSADASI
At the indicated time we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Izmir. upon arrival you will be transferred to Kusadasi. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi

 

DAY 5 MONDAY: KUSADASI / EPHESUS GUIDED TOUR
Explore the most exciting ancient site Ephesus. Admire the Great Amphitheatre where Saint Paul preached,, the library of Celsius, a gymnasium, and Hadrian’s Temple. Visit the Virgin Mary’s stone cottage located on Bulbul mountain. Overnight in Kusadasi

 

DAY 6 TUESDAY: EMBARK ON CRUISE / PATMOS
After breakfast transfer to the port to board your cruise ship, Louise Olympia.
Afternoon call to the island of Patmos, where participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the book of the Revelation.

 

DAY 7 WEDNESDAY: RHODES
A full day in the beautiful island of the Roses. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises and ancient Acropolis. Below lies the bay of St. Paul. The crusading knights of St. John left the medival city of Rhodes behind when they were defeated by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The presence of the Ottoman Turks is marked with their minarets, mosques and Turkish bath. An optional tour not to be missed.

 

DAY 8 THURSDAY: HERAKLIO (CRETE) / SANTORINI
First port of call is the Cretan port of Heraklion. Take the opportunity to participate in the optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, to visit the center of the Minoan Civilization. Continue in the afternoon to most breathtaking island, Santorini. The town of Fira’s white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes, cling to a steep cliff accessible by cable car or mule. To the south, Akrotiri with its recent Minoan excavations which support the theories that Santorini might be the lost continent of the Atlantis.

 

DAY 9 FRIDAY: ATHENS / DISEMBARK CRUISE
Early morning arrival in Lavrios (Athens) port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

 

DAY 10 SATURDAY: ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum (closed on Monday’s), a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

 

DAY 11 SUNDAY: ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport. End of our services.

 
 
What is included?
3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
2 nights hotel accommodation in Kusadasi
4 day / 3 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey (all meals included)
2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
Full day guided Istanbul sightseeing tour
Full day tour of Ephesus and house of Virgin Mary
Half day Athens guided sightseeing tour
Air tickets Kusadasi to Izmir
All transfers as mentioned
Daily breakfast
Entrance fees during guided sightseeing
24 hour assistance phone number
All taxes

 

What is not included?
All items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, personal insurance etc.).
Optional tours, any tips to staff.
Beverages of any types
Shore excursions on board
Gratuities
Visas to Greece or Turkey (if needed)
International flight tickets.

 

Dates
Starting Dates in 2014:

April: 03, 10, 17, 24
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

 
Price of this program will be calculated according to your travel dates, number of participants and category of accommodations/ cabin you would like to stay in.
If you have a certain budget, you can also tell us the approximate amount you would like to spend on this program and then we will try to match the program details per your budget.