DURATION 13 Days – 12 Nights
STANDARDS 4 star hotels with breakfasts and fully guided
HIGHLIGHTS Turkey – Istanbul, Izmir – Smyrna , Pergamum, Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale Laodicea , Ephesus – Kusadasi, Greece – Athens, Corinth Canal, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Olympia, Rion, Nafpaktos, Delphi, Meteora, Thermopylae, Kammena Vourla, Athens
DEPARTURE Every Saturdays
INCLUDED 4 star Hotel Accommodations including breakfast
Meals given in the program
All transportation by private a/c tour coach,
Meals as stated on the itinerary,
Istanbul – Izmir – Athens flight ticket,
Welcome cocktail,
All entrance fees to the sites and to the museums mentioned on the above program,
Comprehensive sight-seeing as itinerary,
Special pre-departure information pack,
English speaking professional guide throughout,
Tips to the hotels and restaurants,
NOT INCLUDED  Personal expenses
Any drinks
Tips to the guide and the driver
1

Day 1

Istanbul (Dinner)
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. After check into the hotel, meet at the lobby for welcome and info cocktail. Overnight in Istanbul.
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Day 2

Istanbul (Breakfast, Dinner)
our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. We visit the Topkapi Palace including the Harem, St. Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul
3

Day 3

Smyrna – Pergamum (Breakfast, Dinner)
Transfer from hotel to Istanbul airport for flight to Izmir. Arrival in Izmir .Drive to ancient Smyrna, was the second one of the seven Christian churches in Asia Minor to which St. John the Divine wrote (Revelation l-11). In the afternoon proceed to Thyatira, another one of the Seven Churches. See the remains of a Basilica and other ruins from the Roman Period. Drive to Pergamum for overnight
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Day 4

Pergamum (Breakfast, Dinner)
Pergamum (Bergama). Visit the Acropolis with its pagan temples and Altar of Zeus. Continue to the healing center, Asklepion. Overnight in Pergamum
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Day 5

Sardis – Philadelphia – Pamukkale (Breakfast, Dinner)

After breakfast depart for Sardis, another one of the Seven Churches mentioned by St. John. Continue to Philadelphia to, another one of the Christian congregations, and a city built in 2 BC by King Eumenes. Continue to PAMUKKALE (Hierapolis). Watch the sunset over the petrified waterfalls. Overnight in Pamukkale

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Day 6

Laodicea – Ephesus (Breakfast, Dinner)
Visit HIERAPOLIS and then Laodicea before continuing to Ephesus. See the final abode of the Virgin Mary where she spent her last years. Tour through ancient Ephesus to see the old synagogue, the theatre where St. Paul preached (Acts 10), the Library of Celsus and other sights. Overnight in Kusadasi
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Day 7

Kusadasi – Izmir – Arrival to Athens (Dinner)
transfer to airport for flight to Athens. Arrival to Athens. Welcome to Greece. Upon your arrival in Athens Airport our representative will meet and assist in your transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Athens
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Day 8

Half Day Athens Tour (Breakfast, Dinner)
after breakfast enjoy a tour of Athens, combining many of the cities principal modern and classical sights. Visit the Acropolis and drive by the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Panathenian Stadium (site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Presidential Palace and the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Athens
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Day 9

Athens – Corinth Canal – Epidaurus – Mycenae – Olympia (Breakfast, Dinner)
Depart from your hotel at 08:45 am. CORINTH Canal (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus (visit the archaeological site and the theatre, famous for its remarkable acoustics) and then on to Nauplius (short stop). Drive to MYCENAE where you visit the archaeological site, then depart for Olympia, though he central Peloponnese area passing the cities of MEGALOPOLIS and TRIPOLIS. Dinner & overnight in OLYMPIA
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Day 10

Olympia – Rion – Nafpaktos – Delphi (Breakfast, Dinner)
in the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via PATRAS to RION, across the channel to ANTIRION on the state of the art new suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in NAFPAKTOS, then continue to DELPHI. Dinner & overnight in DELPHI
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Day 11

Delphi – Kalambaka (Breakfast, Dinner)
in the morning visit the archaeological site and museum of DELPHI. Depart for Kalambaka. Drive through AMPHISSA, LAMIA and TRIKALA. Arrive in KALAMBAKA for dinner and overnight at hotel
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Day 12

Meteora – Thermopylae – Kammena Vourla – Athens (Breakfast, Dinner)
In the morning, visit the breathtaking rocky formations of METEORA and in the early afternoon start the drive back to Athens passing via THERMOPYLAE (visit) and KAMMENA VOURLA. The most outstanding classical sites are visited on this tour, giving the visitor a full view of glorious ancient Greece. After the tour transfer back to your hotel. Overnight stay in Athens
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Day 13

Home (Dinner)
after breakfast transfer to the Airport for your flight back
Tour Date Tour Rate
Every Saturdays 2.399-$US per person in double room

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