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Turkey Greece Highlights
   
Holiday Length: 11 days
Departs: Selected Thursdays
Start City: Istanbul (Turkey)
End City: Athens (Greece)
Type of Holiday: Coach Tour & Cruise

  A wonderful combination of group travelling in Turkey and cruising through the Greek Islands. Visiting two countries of infinite cultural heritage, this truly is a magnificent travel experience. On this journey of discovery the hospitality of the people will delight you, the beauty of the land will enchant you and the history of its ancestors will captivate you.

ITINERARY  
Day 1 - Thursday

Istanbul
Arrival transfer to your hotel.  Welcome briefing.
                           
 
Day 2 - Friday


Istanbul
Full day city sightseeing including visits to the stunning Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), St. Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque & the Grand Bazaar. (B)
Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment.
   
Day 3 - Saturday


Istanbul - Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
Morning drive to Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair before crossing the Dardanelles to Canakkale for your overnight stay. (B,D)

   
Day 4 - Sunday



Canakkale - Troy – Pergamum - Izmir
This morning visit Troy, renowned for it's epic wars and Trojan horse.  Before arriving into Asclepion enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional village.  Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Centre in Asclepion before continuing to Izmir for your overnight stay. (B,L,D)
   
Day 5 - Monday




Izmir - Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Izmir
Tour the ancient capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. You will see the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian and the magnificent Celcius Library. Also visit the House of the Virgin Mary. (B)
Optional: Dinner at a local restaurant.

   
Day 6 - Tuesday


Ephesus – Greek Island Cruise
After breakfast transfer to the pier and embark on a Louis Cruise Line cruise ship at Kusadasi for 3 days in the Greek Islands.  (B,L,D)
                                 
 
Day 7 - Wednesday



Cruise - Rhodes
A morning arrival in Rhodes, the island of roses, gives you a full day to explore on your own.  You have the option to join in a sightseeing tour, or simply take a taxi to one of the many nearby beaches for a swim in the crystal clear Aegean waters.  (B,L,D)
   
Day 8 - Thursday


Cruise – Santorini & Heraklion
This morning's first port is Heraklion in Crete where you have time to explore at leisure, or join an optional sightseeing tour/cruise excursion. (B,L,D)

   
Day 9 - Friday


Athens (Cruise Ends)
After breakfast and disembarking from your cruise ship you will be transferred to your Athens Hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to discover this ancient city. (B)
   
Day 10 - Saturday



Athens
A morning city tour includes the famed Acropolis with it's stunning views of the city and the site of the world famous Parthenon, followed by a visit to the Acropolis Museum. This afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Athens. (B)
   
Day 11 - Sunday

Athens departure
Departure transfer to the airport (B)

   
Holiday inclusions:










  •  First class hotels with private facilities
  • Category LA standard inside cabin with Lois Lines (upgrade available to Category XA standard outside cabin - on request)
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary
  • A/C transport with professional guides in Turkey
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days.
  • Private arrival transfer from Lavrion Port to Athens hotel.
  • Private departure transfer from Athens hotel to Athens airport
  • Travel notes
   
Holiday exclusions:

Personal expenses, optional tours, tip to guide & driver in Turkey, Port taxes and Turkey embarkation fee

   

 

 

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