Every Friday guaranteed departure from Istanbul
We transfer to our hotel in Istanbul, Turkey for the next two evenings. Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey is a thriving seaport and commerce center with a marvelous Bazaar and Spice Market allowing for a perfect opportunity to pick up those souvenirs and unique gift items.
The tour today will be an unusual combination of Greek Orthodox, Roman, Ottoman and modern day Islam including entrance into the famed Blue Mosque and St. Sophia Church. After lunch we visit the fascinating Topkapi Palace housing the many priceless treasures and colorful stories of Ottoman Sultans. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY-3 Archaeological Museum, Sea of Marmara
This morning our guide will walk us through the wonderful exhibits at the Archaeological Museum. Treasures include the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, mosaic remnants depicting the times of Nebuchadnezzar, tablets of the Treaty of Kadesh known to be between Ramses II and the Hittites during the 13th century BC and many other wonderful items. Departing Istanbul, we travel west across "Trace," the European portion of Turkey. The summer homes along the Sea of Marmara will provide the scenery as we travel. Views of the bunkers on the hillside and the ocean going vessels give clear understanding to the commentary of the British major losses and World War I defeat in the Dardanelles Strait. Our bus boards a large ferry for the scenic crossing of the Dardanelles to our lodging this evening in picturesque Çanakkale.
DAY-5 Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale
A stop will be made in Thyatira to view the ancient roadway and period columns en-route to Sardis. Sardis was berated by John for its facade of strength when in reality, it was weak (Rev. 3:1-6). Here coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated. We'll visit the gymnasium and synagogue. Our next stop is nearby Philadelphia from where we are challenged to “hold fast” and look forward to the coming of the "new Jerusalem" in the Book of Revelation. Not much is left of the city except for the ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica in the modern city of Alasehir. Our lodging this evening will be in a lovely spa hotel in Pamukkale.
DAY-6 Hierapolis, Laodicea & Colossae
Hierapolis, meaning "Sacred City," was an ancient center for pagan cults until it was transformed into a Christian center in the first century. According to tradition, the Apostle Philip lived and was martyred in Hierapolis. It was likely the hot springs of Hierapolis in contrast to the cold mountain springs near Colossae that combined to bring application to the "luke warm" Laodiceans (Rev 3:14-22). This connection between the cities lies behind Paul’s reference to Hierapolis and Laodicea in his epistle to the Colossians (Col 4:13). Laodicea contains many acres of ruins to visit including a stadium and remnants of a sophisticated water system. Nearby Colossae is well-known throughout Christian circles as the receiver of Paul's letter to the Colossians. Today, the town has fallen into obscurity and nothing remains. We spend the remainder of the day traveling through the Turkish countryside arriving in the port city of Kusadasi where we spend two nights. The day will not be complete without a visit to a local Turkish Rug cooperative.
DAY-8 Isle of Patmos
DAY-9 Crete and Santorini
Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take an optional tour to Heraklion and 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. This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. You may choose to take an optional panoramic bus tour viewing some of the most spectacular scenery of the Aegean. Travel through countless villages and settlements with delicate architecture and beauties eventually arriving in Oia. During your time in Oia, visit the many narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques. Upon returning to the ship, we view the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea, & Nea Kameni. We arrive at the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.
DAY-10 Disembark Cruise – Corinth & Mycenae
DAY-12 Homeward Bound
2.600 2,400 USD Per Person /For children under the age of 12 680 USD
Inside cabin (category D)
First class (4 Star) lodging
Breakfast and dinner daily
Sightseeing as listed.
Beginning in 2017 Celestyal Cruises is requiring the following compulsory items be included with purchase of their cruise departures: 3 Port Tour Package ($205.00), Non-alcoholic Beverage Package ($37), Port Tax and Onboard Gratuities ($149), for a total of $391 per person.
Flight departures (low cost fares available nationwide), transfers (not included unless airfare is purchased from Turco Travel), travel/cancellation insurance, optional port tours, gratuities, cruise port taxes & service fees($131.00), *Turkey visa fee (U.S. $30.00 / Canada $60.00 USD) See information below.
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Guest reviews are written by our customers after their tour of Greece & Churches Of Revelation Tour & Cruise 12 Days Tour/Cruise.
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Patricia W. Villanueva
The trip was wonderful. Our travel company did an excellent job of asking our needs and then meeting them.
Catherine E. Johnson
Our trip was exactly as we had planned it. Every tour scheduled was exactly as described by our travel agent.
Veronica H. McMurtry
This trip could never have been done without the efficient planning and responses of the travel agent.
William T. Stallworth
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