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Istanbul, 7 Churches, Greek Island Cruise & Mainland

TRY 1018 - 14 days / 13 nights
Notes:

Tour available April through October

Itinerary can be adjusted to suit your preferred start dates

Day 06 of itinerary needs to fall on a Tuesday to fit with cruise start

Same itinerary can be arranged on private guided basis for individuals and/or groups

Tour Itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival:
Arrival to Istanbul Airport and meet for transfer on to the hotel. Rest of the day is then at leisure (as per your flight arrival time). Overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 02 - Historical Sights in Sultanahmet (regular group or private):
Breakfast at hotel then meet to join on regular group tour (private guided available on request) to explore some of the most important sights in the historical area. Visit the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). After the tour, return to hotel with evening at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul **Additional days & tours in Istanbul can be added.


DAY 03 - Izmir & Pergamum (private basis):
Breakfast at hotel, check out and transfer to Istanbul Airport for the morning flight to Izmir. On arrival meet with thetour guide to begin your 7 Churches of Revelations Tour. Drive to Izmir and visit St Polycarp Church and Kadifekale (translated meaning Velvet Castle) for panoramic views over the bay and city. Then depart to Bergama and ruins of Pergamum, previously a renowned cultural and political center used by the Romans as an administrative center for the province of Asia. Here visit the ruins of the Acropol and the Asclepion with its theatre. Overnight in Bergama.
Smyrna Biblical Reference - Revelation: 2:8-11
Pergamon Biblical Reference - Revelation: 2:12-17


DAY 04 - Thyatira, Philadelphi, Sardes & Pamukkale (private basis):
After breakfast and check out, time to depart on to visit the ruins of Thyatira which was founded by the Lydians. Then to magnificent Sardes which was the wealthy capital of the Lydian Empire. Enroute to Pamukkale also stop to visit the church in Philadelphia which was important for the spreading of thought patterns and activities of the Hellenistic civilisation and Christian faith. Our day will end on arrival to Pamukkale with a visit to the natural formation of the travertens (Cotton Cliffs) and the ruins of Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Thyatira Biblical Reference - Revelation: 2:18-29
Philadelphi Biblical Reference - Revelation: 3:7-13
Sardes Biblical Reference - Revelation: 3:1-6


DAY 05 - Laodicea, Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary (private basis):
Breakfast, check out and depart to visit the ruins of Laodicea which is mentioned in Revelations as the "City of Compromise". Next then drive to Selcuk and visit the Ancient City of Ephesus which represents many different facets of Ancient Greek and Roman culture. Last by not least, visit the House of Virgin Mary where she is said to have spent the last of her days. ***Choose your own ending: stay another night in Kusadasi, travel on to Greece, travel back to Istanbul or continue on to other areas of Turkey. Choice is yours - just let us know your preferences in the enquiry form.
Ephesus Biblical Reference - Revelation: 1:11:2:1-7 and Acts 18:19-28:19
Laodicea Biblical Reference - Revelation: 3:14-22


DAY 06 - Cruise Kusadasi to Patmos:
Breakfast, check out and transfer to Kusadsi port to embark on cruise. The cruise departs at noon sailing for the Greek Island of Patmos. It was to this island that St. John the Theologian was exiled and inspired to write the Book of Revelations. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. There are various shore excursions on offer for sightseeing. Overnight in cabin onboard cruise.


DAY 07 - Cruise to Rhodes:
The cruise arrives early morning of the wonderful island of Rhodes. Here you have a full day to explore the medieval "Old Town" of Rhodes or join on one of the cruise shore excursions that go to the nearby town of Lyndos where you find the "Bay of St Paul" where he landed during one of his voyages. The cruise departs from Rhodes early evening heading towards the island of Crete, the largest in Greece. Overnight in cabin onboard cruise


DAY 08 - Cruise to Heraklion and Santorini:
Early morning arrival to the city of Heraklion in Crete. Here you have around four hours to explore on your own or take the optional shore excursion to visit the Knossos Palace ruins. The cruise then departs for the famous Greek island of Santorini with arrival in the late afternoon. Here you have the chance to explore the town of Fira, take a cable car ride or even a donkey ride. Late evening begin the voyage on to Athens. Overnight onboard cruise.


DAY 09 - Arrival Athens & City Tour:
Arrival early morning to Athens and after breakfast it is time to disembark. Meet for transfer to the city centre and then join on the half day morning tour which takes you see the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma Square), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On the way to the Acropolis, you also see the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. At the Acropolis visit its Museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Propylaea, Temple of Athens Nike, Erechteion and finally, the monument that puts order in the mind, the Parthenon. The afternoon is at leisure for you to relax and/or further explore around other areas of Athens such as the Plaka on your own. Overnight in Athens. (Note: If you do not wish to include the 04-day mainland tour section of the package as noted below, your tour can end here in Athens and/or include a half day morning tour to Ancient Corinth the following day.)


DAY 10 - Mycenea, Epidauros, Naphlion (regular group basis):
Breakfast, check-out and depart on a tour to visit some of the mainland highlights. Leave Athens by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion (short stop) & drive on to Mycenae to visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Depart for Oympia, "cradle of the Olympic Game" through the Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia.


DAY 11 - Olympia (on regular group tour):
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the new magnificent bridge which crosses the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea until arrival to Delphi. Overnight in Delphi.


DAY 12 - Delphi (on regular group tour):
Morning visit to the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Delphi. Then depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora. Overnight Kalambaka.


DAY 13 - Meteora Monasteries (on regular group tour):
Visit Meteora and enjoy a unique and impressive scenery with ageless Monasteries, containing priceless historical and religious treasures, standing between Earth and Sky atop huge rocks. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia and Thermopylae (stop to see from across the road the Leonida's Monument). Arrival back to Athens in the early evening. Overnight in Athens. (For the visit to the Monasteries ladies need to wear a skirt, gentlemen long trousers)


DAY 14 - Departure:
Breakfast, check-out and as per your international flight departure time meet for transfer to Athens Airport.

What's included?

Hotel & Cruise accomodation (mostly on HB basis)

Full day regular group Istanbul City Tour

03 day private guided 7 Churches Tour

Half day regular group Athens City Tour

04 day regular group Greece Mainland Tour

Main entrance fees to sights visited

Taxes and handling services

Average Package Rates:

(for reference only - depends on season, number of persons, hotels, etc)

2* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

3* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

4* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

5* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)

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