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14 Days
Istanbul
Athens
Min Age : 6
Max People : 24

One Trip, Three Continents, Five Countries

This is a truly epic voyage. Not only do we visit Europe, Africa and Asia, but also take a long step back in time. Our odyssey will bring us to the sites of three of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, at Cairo, Rhodes and EphesusStart your adventure in Greece where you’ll visit the iconic sights of Athens from its colorful cafes, street bazaars and beautiful gardens to a powerhouse of historical monuments including the Acropolis, Parthenon, and Propylea. Then, board your cruise ship, the stunning Celestyal Crystal, and set sail! Stop in Egypt for a chance to uncover the mysteries of an ancient world as you visit the sand-covered tombs, great pyramids and towering temples. Visit Ashdod, Israel, the gateway to the Holy Land where you can explore this beautiful Mediterranean coast city or take off on a pilgrimage of your own to Jerusalem & Bethlehem or Jaffa & Tel Aviv.
Head to the sun-soaked island of Cyprus where you can discover medieval ruins and pristine forested mountains offering a wealth of unique opportunities. Arrive on the island of Rhodes which well known for the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Lindos and its Medieval Old Town. And last, but not least, stop in Turkey where your expert guide will show you around the impressive Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian era relics of ancient Ephesus. and you will continue to a discover wonderful Istanbul and amazing Cappadocia.
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Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Athens to Istanbul

Pick-up and Drop off Time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • 2-night 3*** Hotel accommodation in Athens Center with daily breakfast
  • 5-night Celestyal Oceanic Cruise with Full board with classical drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks in Inside Cabins type IB Please ask for upgrade during your booking. 
  • 3-night 4**** Hotel accommodation in Istanbul Old city center Ramada Grand Bazaar or similar
  • 1 Night 5***** hotel accommodation in Ankara Holiday Inn Cukurambar or similar
  • 2 Night 4**** hotel accommodation in Cappadocia Hotel Dinler 4**** or similar
  • 13-Night accommodation in hotel and cruise
  • Domestic flight Cappadocia to Istanbul is included (economy class with 15 kg baggage allowance per person) 
  • English or Spanish speaking tour guide during visits according to your request
  • 13 Breakfasts – 7 Lunches – 8 Dinners
  • All transfers and transport per itinerary with an A/C vehicle
  • Entrance fees to the museums which are mentioned in the program.

Price Excludes

  • Before and after flights
  • Meals other than mentioned.
  • Drinks (water , beverages etc) except for mentioned during cruise
  • Personal expenses (mini bar, shopping etc)
  • Tips to the guide and driver ( suggested as 3 euro por person per day for the guide and 2 euro per person per day for the driver ) 
  • Port Taxes and Cruise gratuities (Mandatory) 365US$ per person
  • Sales Tax (4.75%)
  • Athens stay-over tax to be paid directo to the hotel (2€ per person per night)
Important Notes for Cruise
 
Cruise itineraries are subject to change or to be cancelled by the shipping company with or without prior notice. The shipping company reserves the right to substitute the cruise vessel with a similar one & also to amend the departure/arrival port at any time with or without prior notice.  Please make sure your identification cards, passports and multiple entry Schengen visas are valid and up to date. 
Cabins available at the Celestyal Olympia: (Your initial cabin will be either IA or IB)
  • Interiors: IA, IB, IC 
  • Exteriors: XA, XB, XC 
  • Suites: Junior Suite (SJ),  (very limited and reserved at least 6 months ago) 
All staterooms are equipped with: shower, WC, air conditioning, radio, TV, hair dryer, safety deposit box, All Suites have refrigerated mini bar.  
Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Athens, Greece

 
Welcome to Athens, the land of myths and legends, gods and goddesses, philosophers and politicians. Athens is your springboard to an exciting cruise adventure to three continents – Europe, Africa and Asia. In anticipation of your epic journey, spend the day exploring the sights on your own before joining your fellow travelers We will meet and greet you at Athens Int’l Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Athens Meals: Not Available

Day 2Athens

After breakfast we meet you at your hotel or close by, in order to start the morning Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour. Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast
 
Detail:
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, home to the first Olympic Games of the modern era, where we will make a short stop. As we continue our trip, we will pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace), guarded by the Evzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, the University, the National Library and the Constitution Square (Syntagma). One cannot take a tour of Athens without visiting the Acropolis, one of the world’s most prominent sites and a symbol for democracy in the Western world!
Temple of Olympian Zeus

 

It is there that you will explore architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Pericles. From the Propylaea, to the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and of course the Parthenon, a place where ‘there is harmony between material and spirit’, a the monument that ‘restores order in the mind’, as ancient Greeks used to say. Your last stop will be the modern Acropolis Museum, with nearly 4,000 exhibits of Hellenism housed inside.
Departure approximately at 08:45 – Return approximately at 13:30

Day 3Sail to Egypt

 
Sail on the calm waters of the Aegean past the Greek Isles towards the North African coastline. Settle into your comfortable accommodation, stroll along the ship’s expansive promenade or sit back in one of the elegant bars and lounges and watch the world float by. You’ll have a full day at sea to recover from all of yesterday’s sightseeing in Athens.
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4Cairo

The head of the Giza Sphinx – Cairo

 

As the sun rises we arrive in Port Said, your gateway to Egypt’s astounding pyramids and the modern capital of Cairo. Sitting on the coast of the Mediterranean, the city was established in 1859 during the construction of the Suez Canal. It flourished for decades but its glory is a little faded. It still has an allure but the main attraction is the Suez Canal, with a raised pedestrian boardwalk running along the waterfront. If you want to travel a little further please join us on a complimentary excursion to Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza, the only one of Seven Great Wonders still standing.

 
Details:
Depart from Port Said in luxury air-conditioned motor coaches en-route to Africa’s largest city, the teeming metropolis of Cairo. Your fi rst stop will be at Giza Plateau where the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza still stand. Your coach will park at the base of Chephren’s pyramid and time will be allocated to explore the site on your own. Continue down the valley where the guardian of this mortuary complex, the mighty Sphinx lies watching the passage of time and men in eons of silence its expression an enigma yet to be unraveled.
 
 
Take time out to relax and enjoy a delicious lunch buffet at a leading 5* deluxe hotel. After lunch drive to Tahrir (Liberty) Square, the heart of down town Cairo. Visit the National Archaeological Museum and acquaint yourself with Egypt’s ancient history, spanning a period of over 50 centuries. The Museum is the repository of the world’s largest and richest collection of Egyptian Antiquities amongst them the priceless collection of King Tutankhamun. Visit a Papyrus Institute where the art of paper making from reeds discovered by the Ancient Egyptians will be demonstrated for you. Limited time for souvenir shopping will also be allocated before you commence the drive to Port Said.
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5Ashdod

Sailing east, we arrive in Ashdod, the gateway to Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Today is a fleeting visit to the Holy Land. Diverse, modern-day Ashdod covers the land of two ancient twin towns, it’s the largest port in Israel and one of the oldest cities in the world. It was inhabited by the Philistines in Biblical times and when they captured the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites, they brought it here (although they had to give it back.) Ashdod is only 33 miles from historic Jerusalem so a trip to see the Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, the Wailing Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Via Dolorosa and more of the most celebrated sites and buildings anywhere, can be arranged on board.

Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
 
Optional Excursion 1 Jerusalem and Bethlehem ……135€
OR
Optional Excursion 2 Jaffa and Tel Aviv 90€

Day 6Limassol

 
This bustling tourist heart of Cyprus is full of character and history, not least the centuries-old Limassol Castle, home to the Cyprus Medieval Museum and its collection of pottery and tombstones. A short drive away is iconic Aphrodite’s Rock and the striking Crusader castle at Kolossi. The centre of Limassol buzzes with cafes, bars and restaurants that are as popular with locals as with visitors. You can take an excursion to Pafos to visit the UNESCO archaeological site and Aphrodite’s Rock
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
 
Optional Excursion 3 Pafos 90€
OR
Optional Excursion 4 : Curium the Wine village of Omodos and Limassol city bus tour 120€
OR
Optional Excursion 5 : Panoramic Limassol & Curium 90€

Day 7Rhodes

We arrive on the scenic shores of Rhodes, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece with its beautiful beaches and centuries-old history. You’ll have free time to relax or choose an Optional Experience exploration of the ancient Lindos Acropolis and Citadel of the Knights perched high above the coast and the quiet village of Lindos below. Or join a walking tour through the medieval heart of the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Rhodes. Rejoin your cruise in time for dinner.

Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
 
Optional Excursion 6 : Acropolis of Lindos and The Citadel of Knights 90€ pp
OR
Optional Excursion 7 : Walking Tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes 60 € pp

Day 8 Kusadasi - Ephesus - Izmir - Istanbul

 
We arrive in Kusadasi, your gateway to the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. Join an included excursion to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Stroll alongside the marble colonnades to Hadrian’s Temple and the Great Theatre, carved into the side of Mt. Pion. Later consider spending some time exploring the Turkish seaside setting with a stroll along its seafront promenade, before driving to Izmir for a domestic flight to Istanbul
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 9Istanbul

 
After breakfast , free day at leisure in Istanbul. Having an hotel in the old city mean that you are so close to old bazaars or main tourist attractions.
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast
 
Optional Tour 7: Çemberlitaş Historical bath Experience 60€ pp

Day 10Istanbul

 
Breakfast at the hotel . Drive from your hotel to Spice Market for shopping . Free time. Then meet and proceed to take 1,5 hrs Bosphorus Cruise excursion along the Bosphorus , that is dividing the 2 continents Asia & Europe . During the excursion you will enjoy the beauty of Istanbul , with its forest , Palaces and wooden old houses built on both continents . Lunch at local restaurant . After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) , Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia . Free time at Grand Bazaar .
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 11Istanbul - Ankara (by road) or Istanbul Cappadocia (by flight)

 
Breakfast at the hotel . Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace ( harem section entrance free is not included ) the house of the ottoman sultans . Departure from the hotel to Ankara – the capital of Turkey . Arrival to Ankara in early evening
 
Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
 
Please note : Depending on weather we may replace Istanbul Ankara and Ankara to Cappadocia steps with a direct flight to Cappadocia. In that case there will be one more night in Cappadocia instead of Ankara.

Day 12Ankara - Cappadocia

Ankara Anitkabir

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the capital of Turkey with the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with an exhibition of Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Hittite, Phrygian Urartu etc … remains and the Ataturk Mausoleum, dedicated to the founder of the Turkish Republic. Departure for Cappadocia (290 km). Along the way, visit the underground city built by Christian communities to protect themselves from Arab attacks. The underground city preserves the stables, common rooms, meeting room and small rooms for families. Arrival in the Cappadocia region.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13Cappadocia

 
Breakfast at the hotel. Day dedicated to visiting this fantastic region with its spectacular fairy chimneys, unique in the world Goreme Valley (UNESCO Site) , with its cave churches, with paintings from the 10th and 11th centuries; stop at the trogloyta village of Uçhisar, visit Avcilar which has a spectacular landscape, the Derbent valley with its curious natural rock formations and time for artisan workshops such as carpets and onyx-stones mounted on silver jewelry. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Tour 8: Fly Over Cappadocia with Hot Air Balloon 180€ pp

Day 14Cappadocia - Istanbul Departure

 
After breakfast (if flight time allows) transfer to Cappadocia airport for a domestic flight to Istanbul End of our services.  Please note that you may want to add post accommodation in Istanbul or Cappadocia. Please refer to sales advisor during your booking. Also to connect your international flight please ask it during your booking.

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