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MUMBAI – ISTANBUL : VISIT BLUE MOSQUE AND HAGIA – SOPHIA MOSQUE

Dep. 06.40Hrs to Istanbul by Turkish Airlines flight no. TK-721 (from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport) Arr.10.35Hrs Istanbul. Transfer and Check In the Hotel, Lunch, then visit to Hippo Drome where chariot races were held in Roman period. See Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Roman period, Fountain gifted by a German King – Kaiser Wilhelm. Visit Blue Mosque - One of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from 17th century. The architecture is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul, also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Hagia-Sophia - The magnificent Byzantine Church of all times; one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world. It has been nominated to be the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. NOTE - All these 3 places are in one area and 10 minutes walk from each other Visit Golden Horn – You will drive along the Golden Horn in AC Coach and see the Roman Land walls and Churches of Byzantine Period. Then enjoy Turkish Night Cultural program of Turkey with Belly Dance. Dinner & Overnight at Istanbul. (L, D)
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ISTANBUL CITY SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast. Morning start Istanbul City Tour. See wonderful The Basilica Cistern - underground water storage system having 336 columns. Also see Topkapi Palace - the former Imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled, today it is a spectacular museum that has one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and the very famous treasury of the Royal Family. After Lunch visit Dolmabahce Palace, one of the richest palace of Asia, having more than 30 richly ornate Reception Lounges, a Grand Ceremonial Durbar Hall with 3-D paintings on roof, 7 tone mind blowing chandelier. Then reach Istiklal Caddesi Street - the heart of Istanbul, Visit Galata Tower and Galata Bridge. Visit the famous Spice Market if time allows. Evening Enjoy Launch ride in Bosporus at approx. 18.30 hrs (90 minutes ride) See famous Bosporus Bridge connecting Asia and Europe continents. Dinner and Overnight at Istanbul. (B, L, D)
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ANKARA SIGHTSEEING AND ANKARA TO CAPPADOCIA

Breakfast. Morning Dep. 10.45Hrs. to Ankara by flight. Arrive 11.45Hrs. Ankara. Visit Mausoleum of Ataturk – The Father of the Nation. Spend time in the huge Museum dedicated to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Also visit Ankara Museum. Afternoon transfer to Cappadocia (Nevshehir). On the way visit salt lake. Check in the Hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Cappadocia. (B, L, D)
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CAPPADOCIA SIGHTSEEING (Optional – early morning Hot Air Balloon Ride)

Breakfast. In the morning enjoy the first meeting with the Lunar Landscape of Cappadocia, Rock formations are beyond belief in Devrent valley. Visit Pasabag "Fairy Chimneys" where the voice of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies". Visit Avanos - centre of terracotta work of art since 3000 BC and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum - Goreme was an important Christian centre in the early years of the middle ages. There are vast number of monasteries, churches and chapels. It is the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Visit Uchisar Rock-Castle (Outside) to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia and Argus Mountain. Also visit Kaymakli or Derinkuyu underground cities. These magical underground cities have eight floors, although not all are open to the public. Approximately population of 20,000 was leaving here in Ottoman period. Dinner and Overnight at Cappadocia. (B, L, D)
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CAPPODOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE

Breakfast, Dep. 08.30Hrs for transfer to Pamukkale (530kms—approx 08.30Hrs) Enroute visit to Konya. Konya is home to the Mevlevi or Sufi who are better known as the whirling dervishes. Visit Mevlana Museum, which was once a dervish lodge. Arrive and check in Hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Pamukkale (B, L, D)
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PAMUKKALE SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast, Dep. 09.00Hrs for sightseeing (2.30Hrs) of Pamukkale which means cotton castle in Turkish, is a remarkable natural site. Castle has been fashioned by the natural hot water, rich in calcium carbonate that gushes out of the mountain at a temperature of 53 degrees Celsius and flows towards the plain. The flow of this calcareous water down the mountain has sculpted a gigantic series of cuplike turquoise pools, the sides of which are ribbed with startlingly white stalagmites. Also visit the Ancient City of Hierapolis which was founded by Eumenes II - The King of Pergamum in 190 BC. In 129 BC, Hierapolis was under Roman control and later it was destroyed by earthquakes. Visit gigantic Amphitheatre.

Rest day free to enjoy resort activities and hot water swimming pool. Dinner & Overnight Pamukkale (B, L, D)
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PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI – EPHESUS

Breakfast and check out. Dep. 08.30Hrs Transfer to Ephesus (185 km –3.30Hrs). Lunch enroute. Check in hotel. Afternoon visit the House of Holy Mother Mary, where she had stayed during her exile. It is a very important religious place for Christians. Visit the Ephesus City - showpiece among all the antique cities of the world and best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. See astonishing Agora, Odeon & Basilica, Curates Street, Monument of Memmius, Trajan’s Fountain, the Temple of Hadrian and famous Library of Celsius. Later visit Ephesus Museum. Dinner and Overnight at Kusadasi (B, L, D)
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KUSADASI - FETHIYE

Breakfast. Dep. 09.00Hrs for transfer to Fethiye (206kms – 4Hrs). Enroute Visit Oludeniz - the ‘dead’ or ‘calm’ sea, located on coast line encircled with mountains - famous for Paragliding, surfing and sailing. Arrive at Fethiye. Lunch. Check in Hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Dinner and Overnight at Fethiye. (B, L, D)
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JOURNEY TURKISH RIVIARA - FETHIYE - ANTALYA

Breakfast. Start your unforgettable road journey - The Blue Voyage or Turkish Riviera alongside Mediterranean Sea and small towns (total 330 km—6.30 hrs). Visit Kaputas Beach for a view straight from a post card, Ancient Myra City and St. Nicholas Church at Demre. St. Nicholas, famously known as the mythical Santa Clause was father of Christmas and served as bishop of Myra. Arrive at Antalya. Check in Hotel. This beautiful harbor city situated in front of Mediterranean Sea and is a major tourist attraction for its fresh Mediterranean climate and many international cultural activities. Dinner and Overnight at Antalya. (B, L, D)
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ANTALYA SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast. Start a short Antalya City Tour — Visit Hadrian’s Gate and Clock Tower, Kursana and Duden Water Falls. Also enjoy the boat ride in the Mediterranean Sea. Evening transfer to Istanbul by flight. Dinner & Overnight stay at Istanbul. (B, L, D
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ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING – ISTANBUL - MUMBAI

Breakfast. In the morning you can have Turkish Hamam at Chamberletish (Optional). This Hamam was built in Ottoman period. Dep. 08.00 Hrs. and travel by famous Tram - travelling between busy streets of old Istanbul, then visit Grand Bazaar - in addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even the non shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, Jewellery, porcelain potteries, leather goods, etc. It is having more than 4000 shops under one roof. Transfer to Istanbul airport. Dep. 19.30Hrs. to Mumbai by Turkish Airlines flight no. TK-720. (B, L)
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ISTANBUL - ATHENS

Breakfast. Morning transfer to Istanbul by flight. Arrive at Istanbul. Travel by famous Tram - travelling between busy streets of old Istanbul, then visit Grand Bazaar - in addition to its historical importance, it's a bazaar that will tempt even the non shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, Jewellery, porcelain potteries, leather goods, etc. It is having more than 4000 shops under one roof. Afternoon transfer to Istanbul airport. Dep. 19.15Hrs. to Athens by Turkish Airlines flight. Arrive Athens at 20.45Hrs. Transfer and check in hotel. Dinner & Overnight at Athens. (B, L, D)
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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast & proceed for Cape Sounion Tour - Drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion. Dinner & Overnight at Athens. (B, D)
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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING - VISIT CORINTHAN CANAL

Breakfast. Morning start for a half day Tour of Athens --Visit Constitution Square (Syntagma), House of Parliament, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, Evzones in their picturesque uniform, the Presidential Palace and Hadrian’s Arch, visits to the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896, the World famous Acropolis (Temple of Athena, Nike, Erechtheion and Parthenon) along with the Museum of Acropolis. Afternoon free at leisure. Evening proceed for Athens by night tour - panoramic drive through central Athens over to Acropolis, which you will see lit up against the night sky. Visit to the Museum of Ancient Greek Musical Instruments, where you will discover the Greece’s vibrant musical history. Browse over 60 artifacts and reconstructed musical instruments from Ancient Greece. Continue through the narrow pedestrian street of Plaka in the old city of Athens. Here you will dine in a typical Greek restaurant and enjoy a folklore show with live music, ballet and dancers in traditional Greek dress. Dinner & Overnight at Athens. (B, D)
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ATHENS - SANTORINI

Breakfast. Morning transfer to Santorini Island by Launch. Arrive at Santorini. Santorini is island of lost civilization of Atlantis. Check in Hotel. Enjoy town of Fira with its white washed houses, narrow streets, open air restaurants etc. Enjoy magnificent Sunset of Santorini. Dinner & Overnight at Santorini. (B, D)
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SANTORINI ISALND SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast, embark on traditional boat to visit active craters of the volcano on the top of the Island of Nea Kameni. Then sail to Pala Kameni, where thermal springs provide natural warm water bathing. Also visit Thirassia a typical Cycladic village with way of life as used to be before invasion of Tourism.Dinner & Overnight at Santorini. (B, D)
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SANTORINI-ATHENS - MUMBAI

Breakfast & transfer to Athens by flight. Dep. 11.40Hrs. Arr. at 12:25Hrs by Aegean airlines A-3355. Dep. 15.25Hrs. from Athens. Arr. 16.45Hrs at Istanbul by Turkish Airways flight no. TK-1850. Dep. 19.35Hrs from Istanbul by Turkish Airways flight no. TK-720. (Breakfast).
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Arr. 04.30Hrs. at Mumbai.