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Greece & Turkey Experience

> DAY 1: Athens

Arrival in Greece, the land of the mythical Gods and ancient civilization. At Athens International Airport you will be welcomed by your private driver and taken to your five-star hotel. Enjoy your afternoon and evening exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Modern Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their favorite Athens restaurants, cafes and entertainment.

> DAY 2: Athens - Half Day Athens Walking Tour

After breakfast, your licensed English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel lobby. Begin your tour at the new Acropolis Museum and then visit the Acropolis itself and its timeless temples of Parthenon, Erectheion and Athena Nike. A short climb up to the Hill of Philopappus brings you to the imposing Roman period funeral monument and extensive views of Athens and Piraeus. You then descend to the hill of the Pnyx, the area used in Classical Athens as the meeting place for the democratic assembly. You enter the historical Plaka area close to the Thiseion temple, dating back to the 5th century BC, meandering past the ancient Agora with the impressively restored Stoa of Attalus, Hadrian’s Library, and the picturesque Tower of the Winds. The route back leads up over the Areopagus, or Hill of Mars, directly below the Acropolis. Here, in 54 AD, Saint Paul preached his Sermon on an unknown God, as recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Finally, you pass the Roman period Odeion of Herodes Atticus, which is still used as a summer venue for open-air concerts and theatrical performances. Your tour will end at Syntagma Square where you can enjoy the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (B)

> DAY 3: Athens, Santorini

After breakfast, meet your private transfer to the Athens airport where you will board a flight to Santorini. Upon arrival in Santorini, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and taken to your five-star hotel. Spend your afternoon and evening at your leisure taking in the spectacular views of the caldera and the stunning colors of the sunset. Enjoy dinner at one of the numerous restaurants while sipping wine from one of the local wineries. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultants for their favorite restaurants in Santorini. (B)

> DAY 4: Santorini

Explore the island at your leisure or enjoy an optional Semi-Private Sunset Catamaran Cruise. The cruise begins from Vlihada Marina and sails past the red and white beaches, and on to Akrotiri and the ancient light house. The first stop will be at the volcano and the hot springs a quick swim. Next, you will proceed to a beautiful and secluded bay for a swim and snorkeling, while the onboard chef prepares your lunch of seafood and steak barbeque. Following lunch, continue sailing through the caldera past the islands of Thirassia and Aspronissi and back towards Vlihada. (B)

> DAY 5 and 6: Santorini

Enjoy your day at leisure. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for their personal tips of favorite activities and excursions while in Santorini. (B)

> DAY 7: Santorini, Istanbul

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Santorini airport for your flight to Istanbul. After clearing customs and immigration, your representative will meet you and assist you to your private transfer to your luxury hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in Istanbul. (B).

> DAY 8: Istanbul – Istanbul Classics Tour

After breakfast enjoy a half-day tour of the classical sites of Istanbul. Begin at the magnificent Hagia Sophia. This marvelous Byzantine basilica was built in the sixth century and today is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the best examples of classical Turkish architecture, this 17th-century Ottoman mosque is famed for being the only in the world with six minarets. You will visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Your tour will end at the Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. (B)

> DAY 9: Istanbul

Spend a day at leisure exploring the amazing sites and vibrant atmosphere of Istanbul or take an optional Bosphorus Cruise. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant about their favorite sites and activities in Istanbul. (B)

> DAY 10: Istanbul, Cappadocia

Enjoy a morning at leisure in Istanbul to take in the last of the city’s sites. In the afternoon you will be transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri in Cappadocia. Upon arrival, transfer to your luxury Cappadocia hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure or take an optional tour. (B)

> DAY 11: Cappadocia – Goreme Tour

After breakfast your half-day private tour begins by visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia's most famous attraction, a complex of several painted cave-churches carved out by Orthodox monks between 900 and 1200 A.D. The paintings and decoration represent the flowering of a uniquely Cappadocian artistic style. Afterward, you will visit the small villages of Cavusin and Ortahisar, admiring their rock-cut dwellings and stone houses that have long since been abandoned. After the tour you can either return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon or extend your day with an option tour of Kaymakli Underground City. (B)

> DAY 12: Cappadocia

Enjoy a day of leisure admiring the breathtaking landscape of Cappadocia. There are many wonderful things to experience such as an optional hot-air balloon ride or an option tour of the Cappadocia region, including Uchisar, the regions highest spot, Soganli Valley, with churches dating back to the 9th to 13th centuries, and Ihlara Valley, known for its rock-cut underground dwellings. (B)

> DAY 13: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Kayseri Airport for your morning flight to Istanbul where you will connect to your international flight. (B)

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