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Turkey, Greece and Italy Tour

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Turkey, Greece and Italy Tour (17 Days) Itinerary

Tour Code: APN-TRGRIT17
City: Istanbul – Cappadocia – Izmir (Smyrna) – Pergamon – Thyatira – Kusadasi – Ephesus – Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Laodicea – Sardes – Athens – Delphi – Piraeus – Mykonos – Santorini – Rome – St. Peter’s Square
Duration: 17 Days / 16 Nights

An Escorted Tour for Groups of Minimum 25 People

A Biblical Pilgrimage to Holy Lands

Day 1: Istanbul Arrival – Kayseri – Cappadocia

Arrival to Istanbul Airport as per your flight. Continue to take your flight to Kayseri. Kayseri arrival. Meet and greet. Transfer to your hotel. After welcome dinner; a very brief information about the layout of the whole itinerary.

Overnight at Cappadocia. (D)

Day 2: Cappadocia

After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for a tour of Cappadocia. Visit to Goreme Open Air Museum with Byzantine Cave Churches and beautiful frescoes including Dark Church. Visit Chavushin to see how people lived in the caves. Then visit Monks Valley (Pashabaglari) and Devrent Valley to see unique fairy chimneys. After visiting Avanos for a local pottery demonstration of an ancient Hittite technique have lunch and visit to Kaymakli Underground City where locals could hide in safety throughout history. Finally, visit to Pigeon Valley where you can enjoy the panoramic view. Return to your hotel after the tour.

Overnight at Cappadocia. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Cappadocia – Kayseri – Izmir

(Optional early morning hot air balloon tour) After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for a full day tour of Cappadocia. Drive to Derinkuyu Underground City with dwellings, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches and vineries which were used by the Christian Communities. Then visit Ihlara Valley, carved by nature out of the ashes of the volcanic Mount Hasan. After hiking through the valley, which is watered with Melendiz River via Belisırma, proceed to Selime with hollowed out citadels and churches where fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside. Continue to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Izmir. Izmir arrival and proceed to your hotel.

Overnight at Izmir. (B, L)

Day 4: Izmir (Smyrna) – Pergamon – Thyatira – Kusadasi

After having breakfast at the hotel, early departure to visit the Church of St. Polycarpe which is the oldest church in ancient Smyrna (Smyrna Revelation 2:8-11), symbolized the community of the Seven Churches of the Apocalypse. Then proceed to visit Pergamon (Pergamon Revelation 2:12-17), the Acropolis, the Asclepion and the Red Basilica. Then drive to Akhisar to visit the Church of Ancient Thyatira (Thyatira Revelation 2:18-29 Acts 16:14) which was a commercial and agricultural center on the highway between Troy and Sardes.

Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Pamukkale

After having breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit the unforgettable remains of Ephesus (Ephesus Revelation 1:11:2:1-7 Acts 18:19-28:19), the House of Virgin Mary, the Archaeological Museum and the Basilica of Saint John.

Continue to Pamukkale for dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Hierapolis (Pamukkale) – Laodicea – Philadelphia – Sardes – Izmir – Istanbul

After having breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to see Hierapolis, The Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle is here and Eskihisar, ancient Laodicea (Laodicea Revelation 3:14-22). Continue to Alasehir where the ancient Philadelphia Church (Philadelphia Revelation 3:7-13) is located. After lunch proceed to Sardes (Sardes Revelation 3:1-6), the ancient capital of the Lydians and visit the Church of Sardes. Return to Izmir after the tour. Drop off at Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Istanbul arrival and continue to your hotel.

Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Istanbul

After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for a full day Historical Istanbul Tour. Discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul. Visit the Royal Topkapi Palace (home of the Ottoman Sultans), the Blue Mosque (unique with six minarets), the Roman Hippodrome Square and the St. Sophia Church which is considered one of the world’ s greatest architectural marvels. Then visit the Grand Covered Bazaar with over 4.000 tiny shops. return to your hotel after the tour.

Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Istanbul

After having breakfast at the hotel, depart for a full day Bosphorus and Asia Tour. Visit the Egyptian Spice Market, and then embark on a Bosphorus Boat Tour viewing the beauty of the European and Asian shorelines on either side. After lunch, visit the gorgeous St. Chora Museum with its marvelous mosaics and frescoes depicting scenes from the Bible and which dates back to 14th century A.D. Return to your hotel after the tour.

Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Istanbul – Athens

After having breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Athens. Athens arrival. Meet and greet. Depart to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your tour will take you see the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), The House Of Parliament, The Memorial To The Unknown Soldier and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to Acropolis you will see the Adrian arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit its Museum and the Architectural masterpieces of the the golden age of Athens: the Propylea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtion, and finally the «harmony between material and spirit», the monument that «puts order in the mind», the Parthenon. Continue to hotel after the tour.

Overnight in Athens. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Athens – Delphi – Athens

After having breakfast at the hotel, drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the Towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus, Levadia and Arachova. Arrive at Delphi, the center of the Ancient world the navel of the earth – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World. On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the treasury of the Athenians, The temple of Apollo and the museum containing such masterpiece of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Lunch in the modern village of Delphi, return to Athens by the same route. Continue to hotel after the tour.

Overnight in Athens. (B, L, D)

Day 11: Athens – Piraeus – Mykonos

Early morning breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Piraeus Port for your departing ferry to Mykonos. 09:35 arrival to Mykonos Island (is a Greek Island, part of the Cyclades, lying between Tinos, Syros, Paros and Naxos. Mykonos’s nickname is “The Island of the Winds“. Tourism is a major industry and Mykonos is well known for its vibrant nightlife). Transfer to hotel. Afternoon is free for leisure.

Overnight at Mykonos. (B, D)

Day 12: Mykonos – Santorini

Early morning breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Mykonos Port for departing ferry to Santorini. 11:40 arrival to Santorini Island (is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago, which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera). Start our Santorini tour making our way to Firostefani. The highlights here will be the visit to the Blue Domed Church – the iconic church that has adorned the cover of so many brochures and guidebooks. Continuing to the northwest of Fira, we reach Imerovigli. At about 300 meters above sea level, Imerovigli is very often referred as the “balcony of the Aegean” and it definitely lives up to this name by offering a most spectacular view of the Aegean sunset. Continue to hotel.

Overnight at Santorini. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Santorini – Athens – Rome

After having breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Santorini Airport for your flight to Athens which will connect you to your flight to Rome. Rome arrival. Meet and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon is free for leisure.

Overnight at Rome. (B, D)

Day 14: Rome – Vatican City – Papal Audience – Rome

After having breakfast at the hotel, continue to the Basilica of St. Paul. Outside the Walls for a visit and Mass. We head to Vatican City for the Papal Audience with His Holiness Pope Francesco (subject to Holy Father’s schedule). We take some time on our own for lunch and the rest of our day is at our leisure.

Overnight at Rome. (B, D)

* Important note: Papal audience takes place only on Wednesday around 09:00 am, so it is necessary to be there earlier. So, it is no possible to attend to a local mess before papal audience. St. Peter’s Necropolis doesn’t accept groups bigger that 15 pax and they release group tickets just one month before. So, we won’t be able to confirm it until one month before.

Day 15: Rome

After having breakfast at the hotel, we begin with a visit to the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the nearby Scala Santa, the legendary stairs which Christ climbed prior to His condemnation before Pontius Pilate. For centuries, pilgrims have made this penitential climb on their knees. Then we proceed to the sites of Ancient Rome, viewing the Forum, the Coliseum and the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains as well as Piazza Navona and Pantheon. Tonight we gather for a festive dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight at Rome. (B, L, D)

Day 16: Rome

After having breakfast at the hotel, we begin with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and then we have a visit of the Scavi excavations beneath the Basilica of St. Peter’s. Then we make our way to the Vatican Museum to view Michelangelo’s masterworks, including the Last Judgment and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. After visiting the Museum, our guide will take us to visit St. Peter’s Basilica. Here we will view Michelangelo’s famous Statue of Mary holding her crucified Son. The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

Overnight at Rome. (B, D)

Day 17: Rome Departure

After having breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Rome Airport for your flights back home. Drop off at the airport.

End of our services. (B)

Legend – B: Breakfast // L: Lunch // D: Dinner

  • Minimum Fully 25 Paying Pax with Bus Transportation
  • Per Person in Double Occupancy: 2.915.-USD
  • Single Supplement: 1.504.-USD
  • Per Person in Triple Occupancy: 2.845.-USD

Cappadocia – Seraphim Cave Hotel
Izmir – Kaya Prestige Hotel
Kusadasi – Derici Hotel
Pamukkale – Richmond Thermal Hotel Pamukkale
Istanbul – Germir Palas Hotel
Athens – Titania Hotel
Mykonos – Harmony Hotel
Santorini – Santorini Hotel
Rome – Cicerone Hotel

  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary.
  • All escorted transfers in Turkey, Greece and Italy.
  • Transportation by A/C non smoking bus.
  • 16 nights hotel accomodation at the above mentioned hotels or similiar category regarding availability by the time of definite reservation.
  • All meals as per indicated in the itinerary.
  • All the entry fees to sites and museums.
  • English speaking government licensed professional tour guide.
  • Porterage at hotels.
  • Service charges & local taxes.
  • All international and domestic flights.
  • All drinks and any other meals which are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All personal expenses.
  • Turkish, Greek and Italian Visa Fee (if applicable for your country).
  • Any port or disembarkation fees.
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver.
  • Everything which is not particularly mentioned in ‘Includes’ section.

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