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- Italy, Greece and Turkey with 3 Day Cruise -21 day tour

Program

– Sunday - Day 1 - Arrival in Rome
BENVENUTO! - Welcome to Italy. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Rome on your own. Overnight in Rome.
Rafaello Hotel.

– Monday - Day 2 - Rome - (B)
Hotel pick up time 09:30 am
You will start the day with a half day tour and will visit Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, where you will see the world famous Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment.
After that we will continue on to monumental St. Peter's Square and Basilica, then we will visit Coliseum and the Roman Forum. After the tour you will have a free afternoon to relax and explore this magical city on your own.
Overnight stay in Rome. Rafaello Hotel

– Tuesday - Day 3 - Rome - (B)
Hotel pick up time 07:00 am ))
After breakfast you will have a full free day to explore Rome on your own, Overnight stay in Rome.
( Today would be good day to visit Pompeii, we can set you up with a day tour from Rome to Pompeii
the Roman city both destroyed and preserved by a volcanic eruption in 79 AD. On your full-day tour from Rome you'll travel along the Highway of the Sun, crossing the area known as Castelli Romani dotted with enchanting medieval villages. During the journey you will pass the ruined Abbey of Monte Cassino, destroyed during the Second World War. After a photo stop at Naples' impressive Castel dell'Ovo (Egg Castle), you'll continue across Naples' historic center. You'll pass Naples' historic sights, including the Royal Palace, Basilica of San Francesco di Paola, San Carlo Opera House, Gallery of Umberto I and imposing Castel Nuovo. Leaving Naples, you will cross the valley of Mount Vesuvius, passing through the villages of Ercolano (Herculaneum), Torre del Greco and Torre Annunziata before arriving in Pompeii for lunch. After lunch, you will take a two-hour walking tour of the ancient city of Pompeii with a local guide. A thrilling archaeological journey unfolds as you walk through the ancient ruins which were buried in ashes after Mount Vesuvius erupted almost 2000 years ago. You'll discover the everyday life of Rome's Imperial age at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and imagine the panic felt by the people in those last few minutes before the city was so disastrously buried. After the tour we will return to Rome where you will spend the night.
Overnight stay in Rome. Rafaello Hotel

– Wednesday - Day 4 - Rome to Florence - (B)
In the noon time we will provide a transfer from your hotel to Rome train station & you will depart from Rome to Florence on a 1 hour 35 minute scenic train ride to Florence, After arrival we will meet you at Florence Train station and transfer to your hotel, you will check in the hotel and have a free day to relax and explore Florence.
Overnight in Florence - Balestri Hotel

– Thursday - Day 5 - Florence - (B)
Today we will take you on a another 4 hour tour to Pisa, you will start the day driven through scenic roads and after arrival we will explore Pisa Tower, Cathedral, which is an amazing masterpiece of Roman art then we will continue on to Piazza Dei Cavalieri. After visiting these sites then we will return to Florence.
Overnight in Florence - Balestri Hotel

– Friday – Day 6 – Florence - (B)
Today you we will take you on a 4-hour walking tour of Florence
Florence is known as the "cradle of Renaissance" or its monuments, churches and buildings. The best-known site and crowning architectural jewel of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo. The magnificent dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The nearby Campanile (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery buildings are alsohighlights. Both the dome itself and the campanile are open to tourists andoffer excellent views; The dome, 600 years after its completion, is still the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world This will be a wonderful walking 4 hour walking tour exploring some of the important sites.
Overnight in Florence - Balestri Hotel

– Saturday - Day 7 - Florence to Venice - (B)
Around afternoon time we will provide a transfer to Florence train station and put you on a 2 hour 45 minute train to Venice, After arrival you will check in the hotel & have a free day to relax and explore Venice on your own.Overnight stay in Venice. Hotel Antique Figure

– Sunday - Day 8 - Venice - (B)
After breakfast we will take you on a walking tour of St. Mark's Square the Doges Palace and then we will take you on a traditional Gondola ride. Overnight stay in Venice. Hotel Antique Figure

– Monday - Day 9 - Venice to Athens - (B)
In the Morning we will provide a transfer to Venice Airport and put you on a flight from Venice to Athens,
(will be going via Istanbul) Welcome to Greece. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour you will have the afternoon free to rest andexplore Athens on your own. Overnight in Athens. Jason Inn

– Tuesday - Day 10 - Athens - (B)
After breakfast around 08:30 am we will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and take you on a guided tour of Athens. You will explore Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium ( where the first Olympic Games took in1896, After that will drive by the Prime's Ministers residence, Ex Royal Palace, (guarded by colorful Evzones) Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), National Garden, Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schlieman's House (Nomismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, ACROPOLIS, (the you will visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion and Museum of the Acropolis).
Early afternoon we will provide a transfer to your hotel or we can also drop you at Plaka so you can wonder around and explore more of Athens. Overnight stay in Athens. Jason Inn

_ Wednesday – Day 11 – Athens to Santorini - (B)
After breakfast you will depart from Athens on a ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival you will be met at the ferry port and transferred to your hotel. After check in you will have a free day to relax and explore Santorini. Overnight stay in Santorini
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Santorini is one of those places in the world that will be permanently etched in your mind. Everywhere you turn you will find another photo opportunity. Essentially, the land is the remains of an enormous volcanic explosion, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island. The aftermath of the explosion created what you see today, acaldera. All of the whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs of the rim, while the deep blue Aegean Sea wraps around the geological masterpiece, hundreds of feet below. Its spectacular physical beauty, along with a dynamic nightlife, have made the island one of the tourist hotspots for Europe.
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- Thursday - Day 12 - Santorini - (B/L)
After breakfast we will take you on a guided tour of Santorini. Overnight stay in Santorini.

- Friday - Day 13 - Santorini to Rhodes then to Marmaris- (B)
After breakfast you will have a full free day to relax and explore Santorini on your own. Many take this opportunity to relax and tan on one of Santorini's famous beaches, such as Red Beach, or return for some more sightseeing in Oia.
At night you will depart from Santorini on an over night ferry to Rhodes Island.
Overnight on board.

- Saturday - Day 14 - Marmaris to Fethiye -
Early arrival in Rhodes, change the ferry to Marmaris, upon arrival in Marmaris Harbor you will be met and transfered to Fethiye, after check in you will have a free day to relax, swim and enjoy your day in Oludeniz - Fethiye.

- Sunday - Day 15 - Oludeniz - Fethiye - (B)
After breakfast time we will meet you in your Fethiye or Oludeniz Hotel and transfer you to the Fethiye port for your departure. Check in the Gulet ( Yacht ). Departure from Fethiye Harbour between 11 and 12 a.m. to Samanlik Bay for swimming & lunch. Butterfly Valley is our next stop for a swim and to visit this natural reserve. Afterwards you will cruise to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon). Overnight stay at St-Nicholas Island.

- Monday - Day 16 - Fethiye to Kas - (B/L/D)
An early start for Yesilköy where you will have breakfast and time to swim in this quiet bay surrounded by olive trees. Then we will journey on to Kas, a small harbour town with a charming Bohemian atmosphere. You'll spend the night in Kas's harbour.

- Tuesday - Day 17 - Kas to Kekova - (B/L/D)
A short cruise to the ruins at Kekova, Kalekoy, Ucagiz (the Sunken City). Lunch is at Tersane Bay where you'll see the ruins of a Byzantine church, ancient Roman ruins under the water and along the beach. As you sail on to Gökkaya for the night, the underwater ruins of ancient Gökkaya are also visible.

- Wednesday - Day 18 - Kekova to Demre then to Istanbul - (B/L/D)
After breakfast in Demre, it's time to say good bye to your shipmates, gulet & crew. Then we will transfer you to Antalya airport and put you on a 1 hour flight to Istanbul.
Upon arrival you will be met and transfered to your hotel, Overnight stay in Istanbul.

- Thursday - Day 19 - Istanbul - (B/L)
After breakfast around 08:30 am, we will meet you at your hotel and continue on the full day tour of Istanbul.
This will be a full day of exploring the historical sites of Istanbul.
Sites you'll see today
* Blue Mosque--World renown for it's architecture and focal point for worshipping Muslims.
* Haghia Sophia--1,400 year old supreme church from Byzantium times which houses famous Byzantine Mosaics.
* Byzantine Hippodrome-The focal point of the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Constantine. Within it's center you will see the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column.
* Topkapi Palace--the residence and leadership center of the Sultans during the Ottoman Empire. It was built in 1459-1465 shortly after the conquest of Constantinople. You will see the Treasury that includes the Topkapi Dagger, the 86 carat Spoon Maker's Diamond, and the jewel encased bones of St. John the Baptist's skull and arm bone.
*Grand BazaarThe Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapal?çar??, meaning Covered Bazaar) in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 covered streets and over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and half a million visitors daily.
The grand bazaar began construction in 1455 and opened in 1461. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. Many of the stalls in the bazaar are grouped by the type of goods, with special areas for leather coats, gold jewelry and the like.
The bazaar contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration following an earthquake.
Today, the grand bazaar houses two mosques, two hamams, four fountains, and multiple restaurants and cafes. The sprawling complex consists of 12 major buildings and has 22 doors. After the tour, return to the hotel. Overnight in ISTANBUL.

- Friday - Day 20 - Istanbul - (B)
After breakfast around 08:30 am, we will meet you at your hotel and continue on the full day tour of Istanbul.
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), Mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish etc.
Bosporus Cruise, thorough the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential of luxurious apartments.
After the tour we will leave you at the grand Bazaar and give you free time to explore and some souvenir shopping. Overnight stay in Istanbul

- Saturday - Day 21 - Istanbul to Home - (B)
Gule, Gule! It is time to go home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Turkey and all of us in your hearts, and hoping that our paths cross again in this life!

Program ends

Total cost will be ________ per person in a double room &_____ in a single room for both of you in a double room

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Includes
* Centrally located, distinctive hotels with breakfast
* All of the Train and ferry tickets
* All of the train station, airport & ferry port transfers
* All of the guided tours in Italy, Greece and Turkey
* Flight tickets from Venice to Athens
* Flight tickets from Antalya to Istanbul
* 3 night 4 day blue cruise charter on a traditional gulet.
* All of the tax and service charges

Excludes
* International air fares to Rome and out of Istanbul to your next destination

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