Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Full day coach tour includes a visit to St.Sophia Museum (except Mondays), the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace (except Tuesdays), Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar (except Sundays). In the evening you will be transferred to the port to embark on your cruise boat. The ship will remain docked in Istanbul overnight.
After breakfast transfer to the port to board your cruise ship. Free day in Istanbul. Overnight on board in Istanbul.
ISTANBUL / SAIL TO IZMIR
A full day in Istanbul with the graceful minarets of countless mosques. Istanbul's blend of East & West has resulted in some of the most magnificent architecture in the world, including the Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. Explore this ancient city by participating in one of the optional tours and bargain for your own treasures at one of the 5.000 shops of the famous Grand Bazaar. Sail for Izmir at 05:00pm.
Arrive early afternoon in Izmir. At leisure till the evening departure. Visit the port city otherwise known as SMIRNI, or take an optional tour to Ancient Ephesus. One of the most complete ancient cities ever excavated, where St. Paul was arrested and then banished.
PATMOS / MYKONOS
Early morning 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. In the afternoon, arrival at the famous island of Myconos. An international "jet-set" known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life.
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: 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.
ATHENS / DISEMBARK CRUISE
Early morning arrival in Athens port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
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.
ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.
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- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
- 6 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey (all meals included)
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens)
- Full day tour of Istanbul)
- Half day Athens sightseeing tour
- All transfers as mentioned
- Daily breakfast
- Entrance fees, during guided sightseeing