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13 - Days Ancient Monuments & Biblical Sites

Mainland Greece-Troy– Pergamum-Efessus-Istanbul- Santorini

* *(April - May and June & Sept./Oct.)

map for 17day western civ tourDay 1: USA. Depart for overnight flight with destination to Athens, Greece.

Day 2: ATHENS . Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner in Greek tavern . Overnight at Hotel Philippos or Parthenon, in double room with A/C, TV and balcony - centrally located near the Acropolis and Plaka.

Day 3: ATHENS - CRETE. Optional independent guided tour to the National Museum and Acropolis. ( Rate: $ 65 p.p. including coach, admission fees and guide). Afternoon free or optional trip to Corinth, including guide, coach, and admission fees (Rate: $75 p.p.). At 6:00 pm depart for Crete by overnight ferry in first class cabins. Overnight on board.

Day 4: CRETE. Arrive at 6:15 am. Transfer to your centrally located hotel for breakfast. Tour of Knossos Minoan Palace and the Archaelogical Museum. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Hotel Atrion or Lato in Heraklion.

Day 5 : CRETE-SANTORINI. Optional full-day excursion by boat to Santorini. Depart from Crete at 7:30 am–arrive in Santorini at 11:30 am. Excursion to excavations of Akrotiri (plus cable car included) – (Rate:$125 p.p). Depart Santorini at 5:30 pm and return to Crete at 9:00. Dinner on board. Overnight in Heraklion.

Day 6: CRETE. Fullday tour to Phaestos, Gortys, Ag.Triada and Matala. Evening sail by first ferry at 6:30 pm to Piraeus .Overnight in First Class cabins aboard.

Day 7: ATHENS-SAMOS. Arrive early morning. Transfer to airport for flight to Samos and tour of the island including museum, Temple of Hera and overnight in First Class hotel in Samos, Ionia Maris Hotel (or similar).

Day 8: SAMOS-KUSADASI. Transfer to port for departure to Kusadasi/Turkey. Upon arrival, meet your Turkish guide and transfer to hotel in Kusadasi.

Day 9: IZMIR-EFESSOS. Transfer to Izmir. En route visit of House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Archeological site of Ephessus, Basilica of St.John, short orientation tour of Izmir. Overnight / dinner in Hotel Grand Efes or Hotel Kalehan in Selcuk.

Day 10 :PERGAMUM-TROY. Drive to Canakkale. En route visit of the Acropolis and Asclepion of Pergamum. Visit Troy’s archaeological site before arriving in Canakkale. Overnight Hotel Akol (First Class).

Day 11: TROY-ISTANBUL. Early morning visit the battleground in Gallopoli. Transfer to Istanbul. Visit the Topkapi Palace and Museum and transfer to Hotel Spina (Four-Star Hotel), located near the Topkapi and within walking distance of all major sites.

Day 12: ISTANBUL. Full-day sightseeing tour, visiting the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St.Sophia, Cisterns, Suleyman Mosque and Grand Bazaars. Overnight.

Day 13: ISTANBUL-USA. After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure to the U.S.

RATE $ 2,395 p.p. (for min. 30 participants + 2 free)

Includes:

* Accommodation in 2-bedded rooms with private facilities, all amenities and fully air-conditioned in selected Superior Tourist Class hotels in Athens & Crete and First Class hotels in Samos and through out Turkey

* Daily breakfast buffet

* All sightseeing tours as per itinerary by local English-speaking guides (except for optional sightseeing or tours) & all admission fees

* Transportation by a/c motorcoach and experienced drivers

* Roundtrip ferry tickets from Piraeus to Crete in First Class, twin berth cabins with private facilities ( taxes included)

* Airline ticket from Athens to Samos ( incl. taxes)

* Guided tour of Samos including all visits and admission fees, guide

* Boat ticket from Samos to Kusadasi (Greek and Turkish port) (taxes $35,- not included)

* All transfers in Athens, Crete, Samos and Turkey

* Tour-escort in Turkey and local guides in Crete and Samos

* Service by our local representatives in all cities and on the islands (in Greece and Turkey)

Supplement: Additional overnight including breakfast in Crete and Samos: $85 p.p.

Optional boat trip to Patmos (from Samos) including visit to John’s Monastery: $95 p.p.

Group airfare : USA-Athens , Istanbul-USA: $1250 p.p.(plus airport taxes)

That is subject to confirmation and month/day of departure. part from the US to Athens

 

*Rates for 2016/17 are based on the current exchange rate of the Euro to the Dollar (1 Euro = $1.16) and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

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