8 Days Delights of Turkey & Greece Land & Cruise

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8 Days Delights of Turkey & Greece Land & Cruise

 


DAY 1 Friday

DAY 1 Friday

ISTANBUL

Following our arrival in Istanbul we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. Optional half day sightseeing tour in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay at our hotel. (D)


DAY 2 Saturday

ISTANBUL / IZMIR / KUSADASI / PATMOS (CRUISE)

After breakfast we will drive to Ataturk Airport to catch our morning flight to Izmir. Upon our arrival in Izmir we will be transferred to Kusadasi to embark on 3 nights Cruise of the Aegean Islands. Our first stop in the cruise will be Patmos, this island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the island’s highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury. Dinner and overnight on board.
*** Included Shore Excursion in Patmos as “Religious visit to St. John's Monastery & Grotto of the Apocalypse” (B-L-D)


DAY 3 Sunday

DAY 3 Sunday

CRETE - HERAKLION / SANTORINI (CRUISE)

This morning we arrive to Heraklion, is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The next island that will visit will be Santorini perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands, with its white washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques. Dinner and overnight on board. *** Included Shore Excursion in Heraklion as “Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization” (B-L-D)


DAY 4 Monday

DAY 4 Monday

SANTORINI / ATHENS / MYKONOS (CRUISE)

We arrive to Piraeus, the port city of Athens, cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western Civilization, Athens is a vibrant city where old and new co-exist. The majestic Parthenon rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the time-worn Stone. The last island of the cruise will be Mykonos, hundreds of tiny chapels dot this blue and white-washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbor. Dinner and overnight on board. *** Included Shore Excursion in Santorini as “Spectecular Oia Village perched on the Caldera rim”


DAY 5 Tuesday

MYKONOS / KUSADASI / PAMUKKALE

Arrival to Kusadasi at 07:00. We will proceed to the vast ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. After lunch continue to Pamukkale “the Cotton Castle” with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. Visit the ruins of Hierapolis with its famous Necropolis, the Basilica, Theatre and Plutonium. We will have dinner and overnight at our hotel in Pamukkale. (B-L-D) 


DAY 6 Wednesday

PAMUKKALE / KONYA / CAPPADOCIA

After an early breakfast we set off for Cappadocia, with a visit to the Sultanhan Caravansarai on the way. Following Lunch in Konya we will visit the Mausoleum, Museum and Monastery Complex dedicated to Mevlana Celalettin Rumi, the founder of the mystical order often referred to as the “Whirling Dervishes”. Setting out once again we will enjoy our panoramic view of Cappadocia as we reach that strange and mystifying landscape. We will check into our hotel in Cappadocia where we will dine and spend the night. (B-L-D)


DAY 7 Thursday

DAY 7 Thursday

CAPPADOCIA / ISTANBUL

After breakfast we set off on a full day excursion that includes lunch. We begin our explorations of the famous and intriguing valley of Cappadocia, a unique region in which Nature has created an incredibly strange and colorful world of cones, columns and needles that were shaped by the wind and water erosion of the area’s volcanic tuff. Some of these strange shapes are as tall as 100 ft. But it is not only the Natural landscape that is unique here. Our forefathers used the soft features of the stone to carve out this fantasy-like environment into homes, stables, shops, churches, hospitals, etc. etc. Many early Christians painted the walls of their chapels with their own renditions of Bible stories. Some of these frescoes are incredibly beautiful, attesting to the skills and religious fervor of the faithful. Among the places we will visit are Goreme Open Air Museum, Castle of Uchisar, Underground City, and Pasabag. After the tour we will continue to Kayseri Airport to catch our flight to Istanbul. We will have dinner and overnight at our hotel in Istanbul. (B-L-D)


DAY 8 Friday

ISTANBUL

After breakfast we set off on half day of sightseeing in Istanbul. The tour will start with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry and carpets. From here we continue to Egyptian Spice Market, an arched complex of shops that have long and traditionally specialized in spices, herbs, vegetables, and fruits. After lunch we will continue to Ataturk Airport for our return flight. (B)


Dates & Rates


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28 Mar 2019 29 Mar 2019 05 Apr 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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11 Apr 2019 12 Apr 2019 19 Apr 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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25 Apr 2019 26 Apr 2019 03 May 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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09 May 2019 10 May 2019 17 May 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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23 May 2019 24 May 2019 31 May 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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06 Jun 2019 07 Jun 2019 14 Jun 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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20 Jun 2019 21 Jun 2019 28 Jun 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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04 Jul 2019 05 Jul 2019 12 Jul 2019 $1390
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18 Jul 2019 19 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019 $1390
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$626 (before Mar 31)
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01 Aug 2019 02 Aug 2019 09 Aug 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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15 Aug 2019 16 Aug 2019 23 Aug 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
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$626 (before Mar 31)
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29 Aug 2019 30 Aug 2019 06 Sep 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
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$626 (before Mar 31)
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12 Sep 2019 13 Sep 2019 20 Sep 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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26 Sep 2019 27 Sep 2019 04 Oct 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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10 Oct 2019 11 Oct 2019 18 Oct 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
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$626 (before Mar 31)
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24 Oct 2019 25 Oct 2019 01 Nov 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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07 Nov 2019 08 Nov 2019 15 Nov 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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21 Nov 2019 22 Nov 2019 29 Nov 2019 $1390
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$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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05 Dec 2019 06 Dec 2019 13 Dec 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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19 Dec 2019 20 Dec 2019 27 Dec 2019 $1390
$1251 (before Mar 31)
$1740
$1566 (before Mar 31)
$695
$626 (before Mar 31)
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* All prices in USD

Inclusions


INCLUDING

• Hotel accommodation throughout the tour at selected 5 star hotels
• Sightseeing tours as per above itinerary (Except the shore excursions during cruise)
• Entrance fees of the specified museums in the itinerary
• Domestic Flight (Istanbul – Izmir on day 2nd and Kayseri - Istanbul on day 7th.)
• Shore excursions in Patmos, Santorini and Heraklion
• Specified meals (10 breakfasts & 8 lunches & 9 dinners)
• 3 nights Greek Islands Cruise with Celestyal Cruises with the respective cabin type
• Beverage package during the Cruise consisting of: 2 soft drinks / 2 coffees or tea / 2 alcoholic beverages or 2 glasses of wine or 2glasses of beer / 2 small bottles of water, above are per adult / per day.
• Transportation by A / C deluxe 46 seater motor coach
• Professional tour guide throughout the tour
• Tips to hotels, restaurants and on board of the cruise vessel
• Port, Service and local taxes for all the tour

 

EXCLUDING

• Flight tickets (International)
• Drinks and meals which are not listed in the itinerary
• Shore Excursions unless specified
• All personal expenses
• Tips to the tour guide and driver.

 

HOTELS
ISTANBUL

Wyndham Old City Hotel Istanbul, 5 Star or similar
PAMUKKALE
Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal, 5 Star or similar
CAPPADOCIA
Avrasya Hotel, 4 Star or similar

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Testimonials

We recently returned from a IBMT Tour for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we all agree that it was the best vacation that we have taken to date.  The tour was well organized and the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.  The events that they include in the tour include everything “must see” in Israel and activities that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  The tour allows for activities for all ages and accommodates anyone who wants to do more or less than they have planned.  It is ...

Michael Rodney, Toronto, Canada

To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a ...

Chana Pulvermacher, Brooklyn, NY - 2017

Dear Sheryl,

The visit to Israel was better than advertised. All of us had an awesome and inspiring vacation or as I call it, an education. Danny is one of the nicest and smartest men I have had the pleasure of meeting. He made the trip so special and I cannot imagine any other person showing us Israel but Danny.

Hotels were great but for Eilat, but no big deal. Food in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv restaurants were delicious. Sheila in Tel Aviv was extraordinary. Dinners at hotels just “so so”. Loved Mitzpe ...

Craig Savage,

Ornan,

Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

Thanks again

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Sara / Ornan,

I had a fabulous time on this tour and highly recommend it to anyone interested.  We had an especially knowledgeable guide with us Doron Hoffman who as a history major added so much more information and had a great demeanor.  I was part of an international group and made some new friends.   

Regards,

 

 

Janie Carpenter, US Embassy Moscow

Hi Ornan,

"Opting to celebrate our son's bar mitzvah this summer with IBMT is one of the best decisions we've ever made.  The itinerary took us to places around the country that I've never experienced on previous trips to Israel.  Experiencing our son's bar mitzvah atop Masada as opposed to a more rushed, crowded experience at the wall truly sets IBMT apart from other tour companies.  The professionalism of the IBMT staff both in North America and Israel was superb...everything was incredibly well organized and we were heartened ...

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