Day 1: Depart US for IstanbulDepart US for Istanbul
Day 2: IstanbulUpon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: IstanbulFollowing breakfast, enjoy your full day tour of Istanbul’s highlights. Visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and its six minarets. Continue to the Hippodrome of Constantinople and St. Sophia, one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of the world. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, the seat of government of the Ottoman Empire. The last stop is the bustling Grand Bazaar. It is the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, and leatherwear. Overnight in Istanbul. *Sites will be substituted on specific days due to site closings.
Day 4: IstanbulEnjoy a day exploring this fabulous city! There is much to do. Visit the Chora Museum, Dolmabache Palace, Spice Bazaar or any of the other sites, or take a cruise on the Bosphorus. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5: Istanbul / Izmir / KusadasiTransfer to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir, transfer to Kusadasi. After check-in, enjoy exploring this port city. The shopping is terrific for leather goods and ceramics! Don’t forget to bargain! Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: EphesusVisit Ephesus, the best preserved ancient Greco-Roman city in the world. Visit the Arcadian Way, the Marble Road, the Great Theater, the Library of Celsius, St. John’s Basilica and the Shrine of the Virgin Mary. See this historic city come to life! You will be amazed at how little life has changed! An authentic Turkish lunch is included at a country house. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7: Kusadasi / MarmarisAfter breakfast, transfer to your Marmaris hotel. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in this sea side town. Overnight in Marmaris.
Day 8: Marmaris / RhodesTransfer to the Marmaris port for your hydrofoil to Rhodes. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.
Day 9 & 10: RhodesTwo days on your own to enjoy the Island of Rhodes, known as “the Island of Roses”. Stroll through the old town of the Knights of the Order of St. John and the Medieval Castle. Visit the charming town of Lindos with its ancient Acropolis dedicated to the goddess, Athena. Below lays the Bay of St. Paul, where the Apostle landed during his voyages. Overnight.
Day 11: Rhodes / AthensTransfer to the airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Day at leisure to explore this fabulous city.
Day 12: AthensAfter breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Athens including the Acropolis and its Museum. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 13: Athens / HomeTransfer to the airport for your return flight.
Two nights at a selected Athens hotel including tax, service fees and breakfast
Three nights in Istanbul, two nights in Kusadasi and one night in Marmaris including service fees, VA tax and breakfast
Three nights at a selected Rhodes hotel including service fees, taxes and breakfast
Round trip air fare New York / Istanbul / Athens / Istanbul / New York
Full day tour of Ephesus & the House of the Virgin Mary
Full day tour of Istanbul
Flights Istanbul to Izmir & Rhodes to Athens
Hydrofoil from Marmaris to Rhodes
Athens city tour including the Acropolis and its new Museum
Private transfers in Turkey and Greece
24-Hour Emergency Number
All transfers are performed between 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Transfers outside these hours are at a supplement.
Visa needed for American Citizens traveling to Turkey which can be obtained online (http//www.evisa.gov.tr)