Enjoy some Mediterranean sun !
DAY 1 - ISTANBUL Thursday
Our staff greets you at Istanbul's airport and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Turkish metropolis as you like.
DAY 2 - ISTANBUL Friday (B)
Welcome to the City of the Sultans! We visit the top sights in an all-day tour, including the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum with its collection of priceless oriental carpets, and legendary Topkapi Palace Museum, the imperial residence of the sultans for centuries.
DAY 3 - ISTANBUL & ATHENS Saturday (B)
Today we fly south and west across the Sea of Marmara and the deep blue of the Aegean to fabled Athens , international airfare is included in the tour rate: Istanbul Athens in economy class . Upon arrival, our staff meets you and escorts you to your hotel in the Greek capital. The rest of the day is yours: Athens awaits you!
DAY 4 - ATHENS Sunday (B)
A half-day city tour shows you this great city's layout: we visit Syntagma Square, the heart of Modern Athens, drive by the parliament, and climb up to the Acropolis. The afternoon is yours to explore Athens as you like. Take in some shopping, or relax at a real Athenian cafe in the Plaka.
Day 5 -Greek Cruise Monday (BL)
Cruising to Antiquity Epidaurus – Mycenae – Aegina Islands
After an early breakfast at the hotel , we'll assist with your transfer to Piraeus to board a luxurious cruise boat and enjoy an unforgettable journey by crossing the Saronic gulf and visiting the temple of Aphaia in Aegina island - explore the Mycenaean civilization – meet with the perfection of the acoustic and harmony of dimensions at the unique ancient theater of Epidaurus and feel the smell of Mediterranean sea, relax under the sun in the golden sandy beaches of Aegina below the temple of Aphaia or swim on the magical scenery of patricianly sunken ancient port of Epidaurus.
Sail: 08:15 Sailing from Piraeus
to the Argolis ancient port of Epidaurus, arriving at this lovely fisherman
village, with patricianly sunken ancient city, the picturesque valley with olive
and orange trees and the well-preserved small Roman theater on the side where
concerts and drama still performance.
Things to do:
1. Swim on a clear blue water of the ancient port and relax in one of the beaches with typical Greek restaurants and cafes.
2. Choose one of the optional guided tours with air-conditioned coaches to
a) The unique well-preserved Ancient Theater of Epidaurus (built 2.500 years ago) where famous artists give performances. a perfection in the acoustic and harmonious dimensions .
b) The ruins of the famous palace of the Mycenaean King Agamemnon-the leader of Greek army during the Trojan War with the Cyclopean Wall, the Lion’s Gate was (built 3.300 years ago), and the well-preserved tomb of King Agamemnon.
At 14:00 we leave from the ancient
port of Epidaurus ,enjoying lunch onboard while being entertained with Greek
music, we arrive at the picturesque port of Aegina Island, famous all over the
world for the excellent quality of peanut production.
Things to do:
Strolling in the narrow streets of the port, tasting Greek coffee or peanuts and shopping or taking an optional tour at the top of the hill to the famous Temple of Aphaia to admire the infinity view of the Saronic Gulf discovering the mystery of the equilateral triangle with Parthenon (at the Acropolis of Athens) and the temple of Poseidon in Sounio (God of the sea).
Back on board we'll enjoy a Greek folklore show before heading back to Piraeus and on to your hotel.
DAY 6 - GREEK ISLANDS CRUISE/ Tel Aviv Tuesday (BLD)
We drive to the Marina Trocadero and board a boat for a tour of the Saronic Gulf and its islands Aegina, Poros and Hydra. After our delightful day at sea, the evening brings us traditional Greek dancing and entertainment, after which we drive to Athens airport for our evening flight to Lod airport, near Tel Aviv ; international airfare is included in the tour rate Athens / Tel Aviv .Upon arrival in Israel, we drive up into the Judean Hills to our Jerusalem hotel.
DAY 7 - JERUSALEM & BETHLEHEM Wednesday (B)
The Holy City is at our feet: we visit the Western Wall, Temple Mount, the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Roman Cardo, fabled Mount Zion, and King David's Tomb, then drive to biblical Bethlehem to visit Rachel's Tomb and the Church of the Nativity, returning to our Jerusalem hotel in the evening.
DAY 8 - JERUSALEM Thursday (B)
Today fabled Jerusalem is yours to explore as you like, guidebook in hand. Go at your own pace, fulfilling your own interests. See the renowned Israel Museum, probe the labyrinth of the Old City with its bazaars and scents of spices, or just relax in a cafe in modern West Jerusalem-the choice is yours.
DAY 9 - DEAD SEA & QUMRAN Friday (B)
We drive down below sea level to the Dead Sea for a visit to one of its mineral spas. Try a swim in the Dead Sea's saline waters, where you'll be as buoyant as a cork! On the drive back up to Jerusalem, we stop at Qumran, the Essene community where the precious Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
DAY 10 - ISRAEL ON YOUR OWN Saturday (B)
Today is yours to plan as you like. Come with us on an optional excursion ($98) by Jeep into the Judean desert to see its wildlife, plant life, and the age-old Mar Saba monastery; or plan your own adventure within Jerusalem, to its suburbs, or to another city, perhaps nearby Tel Aviv. The decision is yours.
DAY 11 - DEPARTURE Sunday (B)
Our staff escorts you to Lod airport near Tel Aviv for your flight home. Bon Voyage .
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