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Travelers with limited time yet with a desire to cover as much as possible without compromising on value, this
10-day tour is for you.


Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale - Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara
General Features

Your Advantages

o Before the tour, extend your stay in Istanbul
o After the tour, extend your stay in Athens
o After the tour, enjoy the "Inland Greece Extension"
o English assistance 24/ 7
o Arrival/departure transfers.

ESSENTIAL TURKEY & GREECE
Day 1IstanbulSunday
 
Upon arrival, meet TurkeyVision representative and transfer to your hotel. Attend briefing about your journey at 7pm there. Dinner is on your own.
 
Day 2IstanbulMondayBreakfast, Lunch
 
ESSENTIAL TURKEY & GREECE 2After breakfast, visit the Suleymaniye Mosque (the culmination of Ottoman architecture), as well as the Rustem Pasa Mosque with its beautiful Iznik (Nicea) tiles and the Spice Market with its exotic aromas. After lunch, visit treasure-filled Topkapi Palace (15th - 19th c. residence of the Ottoman sultans) with its terraces overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus, and the Golden Horn. End the day at the historic Grand Bazaar. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 3Istanbul - BoluTuesday162 miBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
In the morning, visit the Blue Mosque, recognizable by its six minarets. Built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmet I, the interior is decorated with some 21, 000 blue Iznik tiles. Visit the Hippodrome, where political, cultural, and athletic activities took place during Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times. Visit the imposing Hagia Sophia, which marked the apogee of Byzantine Emperor Justinian's reign. Thereafter there is the possibility of an optional Cruise on the Bosporus, separating Asia from Europe and connecting the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. Relish the best views of the city and its historical monuments. Discover beautiful marble palaces (Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi), wooden Ottoman villas (yalis), and medieval fortresses. Enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant along the Bosphorus. In the afternoon, drive to Bolu. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 4Bolu - Ankara - CappadociaWednesday293 miBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
In the early morning, drive to Ankara, the nation's capital since 1923. Explore The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its rich collection from the Hittite, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman periods. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. After lunch, continue to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5CappadociaThursday30 miBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
ESSENTIAL TURKEY & GREECE 5Take a full day to discover Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Valley, an open-air museum with rock-hewn churches (7th-13th c. ) adorned with biblical frescoes. At a handicraft center, learn about the arts of rural Turkey and watch a demonstration of rug weaving. Tour an Underground City. Marvel at the cavedwellings and fairy chimneys of the Avcilar Valley and the Kiliclar Valley. Take photos at the best vista points en route to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 6Cappadocia - Konya - AntalyaFriday330 miBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
After breakfast, drive to the holy city of Konya. En route, stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai, Anatolia's largest staging post for merchants during the Seljuk period in the 13th c. In Konya, visit the Museum of Mevlana honoring the famous mystic poet and founder of the Sufi Order of the Whirling Dervishes. After lunch, continue to Antalya. Dinner and overnight
 
Day 7AntalyaSaturday55 miBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Visit two magnificent sites: Aspendos, a treasure with the world's best-preserved Roman Theater, and Perge, a spectacular Greco-Roman city. On the return to Antalya, discover the tradition of jewelry-making by visiting one of the largest jewelers of Turkey. Later in the afternoon, visit Old Antalya - Kaleici and stroll through the picturesque streets of the old port. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 8Antalya - Sagalassos - PamukkaleSunday209 miBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
ESSENTIAL TURKEY & GREECE 8Leaving Antalya, travel over the Taurus Mountains to the Greco-Roman city of Sagalassos, a recently excavated archeological gem. After lunch, drive to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 9Pamukkale - SelcukMonday143 miBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
In the morning, admire the unreal landscape at the "Cotton Castle" of Pamukkale with its white terraces of limestone deposited by thermal waters through the ages. See the ancient spa still used today at Hierapolis. Discover the necropolis, one of the largest cemeteries from antiquity to the present. After lunch, drive to Aphrodisias, the ancient site dedicated to the goddess of beauty, love, and fertility. Appreciate Anatolia's bestpreserved stadium. At this site which drew artisans to its school of sculpture, enjoy the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, and the Theater. Continue to Selcuk. Dinner and overnight.
 
Day 10Ephesus (30 mi) - Cruise: Patmos (Greece)TuesdayBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
After breakfast, discover one of the world's best places to visualize an ancient Roman city, Ephesus. Transfer to Kusadasi to board cruise ship. Visit Patmos (4-9 pm) with its landmark Monastery of St. John. OVERNIGHT on board.
 
Day 11Rhodes (Greece)WednesdayBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
Explore celebrated Rhodes for a full day. (7 am - 6 pm). OVERNIGHT on board
 
Day 12Cruise: Heraklion - Santorini (Greece)ThursdayBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
In the morning (7-11: 30 am), discover fascinating Heraklion. Relax during the afternoon sail to Santorini (Thira) before investigating the village perched on the rim of an ancient volcano (4: 30 - 9 pm). OVERNIGHT on board.
 
Day 13Cruise: Piraeus (Greece)FridayBreakfast
 
Around 7 am, arrive in Piraeus and transfer to your hotel. Delve into the treasure that is Athens according to your own preferences and pace. Overnight in Athens.
 
Day 14Athens (Greece)SaturdayBreakfast
 
In the morning, join half day the city tour for an introduction to the highlights of Athens, with an extensive visit to the Acropolis. Spend the rest of your time on or off the beaten path as you see fit. Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 15DepartureSundayBreakfast
 
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
 
Special Features
Included
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles.
Escort by a professional guide-lecturer in
Turkey.
Entrance fees according to the itinerary.
Accommodation in shared-twin rooms in
stated or similar hotels.
Inside Cabin (Louis Cruise Lines) for 3-night
cruise.
Arrival and departure transfers.
Meals
14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 10 dinners.
One bottle (1/2 lt. ) of water per person during
lunch in Turkey.
Hotels
First Class
 
Istanbul - XX Aziyade Hotel - 4 stars
Bolu - Koru Hotel - 4 stars
Cappadoce - Mustafa Hotel - 4 stars
Antalya - Khan Hotel - 4 stars
Denizli - Pamukkale - Pam Thermal Hotel - 4 stars
Bodrum - Cruise (Bodrum - Yunan Adalari ) - Special Cat.
Yozgat - Amalia Hotel - 4 stars
 

 
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