Turkey & the Greek Isles Cruise

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We will offer Turkey only if purchased with Egypt. ( for USD $ 1347 )            

Istanbul, Cappadocia , Santorini, Mykanos

26 April - 11 May 2022

A unique Country, set at the crossroads of Continents, Turkey offers the exotic allure of the Orient, enhanced by the luxurious
Comforts of the West.

A potent blend of ancient and modern, Turkey's history stretches back 9000 years, almost to the beginning of time itself. Home to many of our best-loved myths and legends, a visit to Turkey will bring to life such evocative names as Halicarnassus and Constantinople.

Yet Turkey is a young dynamic Country, cosmopolitan and eclectic with stylish hotels, state of the art technology and sophisticated restaurants.

Tues - Arrive Istanbul . - At the crossroads of Europe and Asia Meet and Assist Transfer to Hotel - Remainder of the day at leisureto catch up on jetleg .
Dinner and Overnight Istanbul
 
Wed-  ( Passengers arriving from Egypt early morning )

Highlights -
am - Soak up the opulence of Topkapi Palace 
The Topkapi Palace (Turkish:Ṭopḳapu Sarāyı), in Istanbul, is one of the oldest historical palaces in the world. It served as the main place of residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly four centuries ( between the 15th and 19th ) It was turned into a museum in 1924. The jeweled turban
crests, silken caftans , priceless Chinese porcelains of the palace and approximately 300.000 archive documents, bear witness to the grandeur of a bygone era. Topkapi Palace is an interesting attraction point for tourists from all around the world with a huge impact on visitors who want to discover the history of Ottoman Empire
pm - At leisure Evening – Dinner at Kumkapi
Overnight Istanbul

Thur -  -- Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Istanbul


Highlights - - am - Blue Mosque , Hagia Sophia The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, popularly known as the Blue Mosque, was completed in 1617 just prior to the untimely death of its then 27-year old eponymous patron, Sultan Ahmet I. The
architect Mehmet dedicated the mosque to Sultan Ahmet 111. The Mosque dominates Istanbul's majestic skyline with its elegant composition of ascending domes, six slender soaring minarets and
21,043 pieces of blue tiles 
The Hagia Sophia, whose name means “holy wisdom,” was built
by Justinian. It is a domed monument originally built as a Cathedral in Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) in the sixth
century A.D. It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above. The magnificent St. Sophia, with its massive dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century - architects still marvel at the building's many innovations, once considered the greatest church in Christendom. It was
proclaimed a Mosque soon after the conquest of the city by the Ottomans in 1453, that later was converted to aMuseum You can witness Christian Mosaics with Islamic Scrolls throughout.

pm - Enjoy Cruising the Bosphorus

In the afternoon, take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. View humble fishing villages, wooden Ottoman villas and contrasting suspension
bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait 
Shopping at Spice Market Afterward, visit the lively Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas and shop till you drop ( for nuts, herbs ,Turkish Delight etc)
Dinner at a Gallata Restaurant
Overnight Istanbul
 

Fri - Istanbul to Canakkale


Drive and Board the ferry to cross the Strait of Dardanelles.
Dinner and Overnight Canakkale 
Sat Post breakfast drive to Kusadasi .Sightseeing en route

Highlights - Visit, Troy or Ilion was an ancient city, known as the setting for the Greek myth of the Trojan War. It was located at Hisarlik in present-day Turkey, ... Visit Pergemum on Cable Car to see the magnificent Acropolis ,a former political powerhouse.Time permitting, we will visit the ancient medical centre Asclepion Evening Dinner and Overnight Kusadasi

Sun - Sightseeing Tour of Kusadasi


Highlights Visit the Cottage of Virgin Mary ,Ephesus St. Mary, mother of Jesus, supposedly spent the last years of her
life in Ephesus. According to this tradition, Mary arrived at Ephesus together with St. John and lived there until her
Assumption (according to the Catholic doctrine) or Dormition (according to the Orthodox beliefs). The House of the Virgin Mary (Meryem Ana Evi in Turkish) which can still be visited today. It is a place where, according to the beliefs of many people, Mary, the mother of Jesus, spent the last years of her life. 
Visit to Ephesus, a stunning preserved ancient city
followed by visit to the Temple of Artemis, which was then one of the seven wonders of the World Enjoy a display of latest leather fashion show
Dinner and Overnight Kusadasi

Mon  - Post breakfast Drive to the legendary site of Pamukkale with its fascinating chalky terraces


Highlights
Visit the old greco roman city of Hierapolis , a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its famous Necropolis, the Theatre Agora , the Martyrium of St. Philip and last but not least the Pools of Cleopatra presented to her by her beloved Marc Anthony as a wedding gift. Sightseeing of the Cotton Castles continue -. Here spectacular natural hot springs with high calcium bicarbonate content cascade over the edge of the cliffs, leaving white terraces (the ‘cotton’). It's been used as a spa since the 200 BC. Though you won;t be able to bathe in these travertines, you can take a walk through them (after removing your shoes). 

Dinner and Overnight Pamukkale

Tue - - Post breakfast,drive to Konya

Konya, the old biblical city Iconium, where St. Pavlus stepped, was also the capital of Seljouk Kingdom. We arrive Konya after visiting the Caravanserai Sultanhani built on X111e century on Silk Road.When we arrive Konya, we visit the
Monastery of Whirling derwishes and the Mausoleum of Mevlana Celalledini Rumi Mevlana Celalludini Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, an Islamic dervish and a Sufi mystic. He is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects. Born in 1207 AD, he belonged to a family of learned theologians. He made use
of everyday life's circumstances to describe the spiritual world. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings 
pm - After visit, drive to Cappadocia for overnight with en route visits to the Carpet Factory , Pottery and Textile Shops as well as a Jewellery shop
Dinner and Overnight
Cappadocia

Wed - Full day Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour , with its incredible fairy chimneys


am - Option Hot Air Balloon Ride over the fairy chimneys

Highlights -
Today, embark on a full day exploration of Cappadocia with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. .Visit Gerome
Valley, a magical little village set amid the surreal Cappadocia landscape with its open air Museum containing spectacular frescoes with vibrant colors still luminous after standing for centuries. Drive to the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses and onyx. Then proceed to the Pasabag Valley with its remarkable earth pillars in the midst of a
vineyard also called Monks Valley. Continue sightseeing by visits 
to the Uchisar Castle and Urgup Town with wonderful views of the City Our journey continues with visit to the Rose and Red valley, Cavusin old cave village and the Basilica of
St. John.We then explore the underground city of Kaymakli, where the early Chritians escaped the presecution of the Romans by hiding in the intricate network of caves. Marvel at the ingenuity of the early  settlers who hand-carved their homes into a volcanic rock
Evening - Dinner at Hotel followed by famous Turkish Folklore Show and Drinks Overnight
Cappadocia

Thur - Post breakfast checkout and board flight to Istanbul

pm - Visit to the Wrld Famous 15th century Grand Bazaar

End the day at the Grand Bazaar, in the Old City, a favorite place for shopping. You can wander the labyrinth of streets and
passages with more than 4,000 shops displaying jewelery, leather goods, carpets and more. Enjoy the art of bargaining and shop to your heart's content!

Evening - Farewell Dinner at a Restaurant in Sultanahmet Overnight Istanbul

Fri – Depart for Airport to board your flight to your onward
journey Or to Kusadasi ( if you are taking the Greek Cruise )
Dinner and Overnight
Kusadasi

Sat - Board your 3 Night Greek Cruise - Celestyal Olympia Iconic Aegean

Sun - On Cruise

Mon - On Cruise

Tue - Deboard Cruise

Fly to Istanbul for Dinner and
Overnight

Wed - Post breakfast Check out and head to the airport for
onward journey

ITINERARY DETAILS ( GREEK CRUISE )

Cruise Price includes:


Cabin accommodation
Full board (Breakfast – Lunch –Dinner)
All inclusive drinks package

Shore excursions on sharing basis ( Piraeus- Heraklion) *
Rho-01 Classic Athens and its Monuments   
Her -02 Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1 st
European civilization   
*included shore excursions cannot be removed or replaced  
Complimentary shuttle bus service in Mykonos
Entertainment on board
Port charges security and other services (gratuities)

Option - Recommended Santorini Excursion - usd $ 86 pp

Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim
First, you head up to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive
architecture and character. We will continue on to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and
Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate

architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved.

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Hotels Envisaged

Price From - USD $2547 / Person ( 10 Nights Turkey - double occupancy )

5 nights ( 3 Nights Greek Cruise, Pre and Post Hotel, Domestic flights, Meals)
 

Istanbul - Crown Plaza Old City

Canakkale - Akol Hotel

Kusadasi – Korumar Deluxe
Pamukkale - Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal

Cappadocia - MDC Cave Hotels

Morning - Fly Cappadocia to Istanbul

Istanbul - Crown Plaza Old City

Those going back home will board a flight
Those Taking the Greek Cruise will board the flight to Izmir for one-night accommodation.