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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - MYSTICAL CAPPADOCIA

PRE - MYSTICAL CAPPADOCIA

Tour the icons of Istanbul and Turkey's enthralling Cappadocia region, a bizarre landscape of volcanically formed rock chimneys, houses carved out of sheer cliffs and sprawling underground cities.

DAY 1

Upon arriving at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, you will be met and transferred to the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel in Istanbul for check-in. The remainder of the day will be spent at leisure, allowing time for you to settle in or explore the city on your own.

DAY 2

After an early breakfast at the hotel and then check out, you will drive through Istanbul to one of its marquee attractions. Depending on the day, it may be the former mosque and now museum Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque and adjacent Hippodrome.

Following your visit, you will transfer to the airport for a short flight to Kayseri, which lies in the Cappadocia region. The landscape here is stunningly surreal, almost lunar-like. Created by volcanic eruptions and shaped by thousands of years of erosion, the terrain features soaring fairy-tale rock chimneys and ancient dwellings carved out of the rocks. Few places on earth are so visually arresting.

You will then tour two towns in the region, beginning with Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. Avanos lies nearby and, as you will discover, is known for pottery making. The clay has a beautiful reddish hue and comes from the banks of the Kizilirmak River that flows through town.

After visiting, you will check in to the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel in nearby Nevsehir, where you will dine and spend the evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day, all-encompassing tour of the area. A scenic drive brings you to the Derinkuyu underground city, a massive living complex beneath the surface that includes churches, stables, wineries and storage rooms. It is the deepest of the 36 underground cities in the Cappadocia region and has airshafts carved at least 300 feet into the rock. Although the city was probably never used for long stays, it served as an excellent defensive hideout during the early Christian period. There are approximately 600 doors leading into the underground city, all of them hidden in courtyards on the surface.

After Derinkuyu, you will continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum, which contains the best-preserved examples of cave churches. You will notice that the frescoes adorning the walls are still brightly colored, even after centuries of exposure. More cave architecture awaits you in nearby Zelve, which was an important settlement and religious area between the 9th and 13th centuries. The now abandoned settlement is spread over three valleys, which also contain numerous pointed chimneys with large stems.

Then, it's on to Derbent to see its unusual Three Sisters rock chimneys and to shop for a bit. By evening, you will return to the hotel for dinner and spend the rest of the night at leisure.

DAY 4

Following breakfast, you will drive to the Nevsehir airport for your return flight to Istanbul.

Upon arriving in Istanbul, enjoy a full-day tour, starting with the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey's sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. Then, you will visit the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque, according to which site you didn't visit on Day 2.

Finally, you will have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the largest and the oldest covered market place in the world. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

Afterwards, you will transfer to the pier and embark on your cruise.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and times indicated are only approximate and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive in Istanbul via your international flight and transfer to the hotel.

Check-in time is at 2:00pm; early check is not guaranteed.

Overnight at the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel in Istanbul or similar

Dinner on own

DAY 2

9:00am-9:30am Depart for Istanbul's Old City (SultanAhmet area)

9:30am-10:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome or Hagia Sophia

10:45am-11:15am Transfer to the Ataturk airport

12:15pm-1:45pm Fly to Kayseri (TK2012 IST-ASR HK20), flight subject to change

1:45pm-2:00pm Drive to Kayseri for lunch

2:00pm-3:00pm Lunch at Elmac?o?lu restaurant

3:00pm-3:45pm Transfer to Cappadocia

4:00pm-4:30pm Visit Uchisar

4:45pm-5:30pm Orientation tour of the area

5:30pm-6:15pm Visit Avanos

6:45pm Drive to the hotel for dinner and to overnight

Overnight at the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel or similar

DAY 3

9:00am After the breakfast, depart for the Derinkuyu underground city

9:30am-10:30am Visit the underground city

10:30am-10:50am Drive to the Goreme Open Air Museum

10:50am-12:30pm Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

12:45pm-2:00pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

2:00pm-2:20pm Drive to Zelve and Pa?aba?

2:15pm-3:00pm Visit the Zelve Museum (Byzantine Monastery)

3:15pm-4:00pm Panoramic tour of Derbent and the Three Sisters chimneys

4:15pm-5:30pm Shop in the area

6.00pm Return to the hotel / dinner at hotel

Overnight at the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel or similar

DAY 4

7:00am-7:45am Depart for Nevsehir airport

9:05am-10:25am Fly back to Istanbul (TK2007 NAV-IST HK20), flight subject to change

10:45am-11:15am Drive to Old Town

11:15am-1:15pm Visit Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque

1:30pm-2:30pm Lunch at Nar restaurant

2:45pm-3:30pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

4:00pm Embark on the ship

Expected Weather: Expect significant temperature differences between day and night in Cappadocia. Spring begins in March and lasts until May, and the average temperature for this season is approximately 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). This is also when the region gets most of its rainfall. However, the rain usually comes in short intervals and lasts on average for only two hours. Summer is between June and August. Summers in Cappadocia are very hot, with daytime temperatures approaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). However, nighttime temperatures fall into the 20's Celsius (in the 70's Fahrenheit). Autumn starts in September and ends in November, and is the high season for Cappadocia travel. Average temperature at this time is in the 20's Celsius (in the 70's Fahrenheit).

What to Bring: Due to the uneven walking surfaces, sport shoes are highly recommended. Also, pack sunscreen, light comfortable clothing and shoes, and a light jacket for the evenings. Please ensure suitable clothing is worn in the mosques. Shoulders and legs should be covered.

Currency: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

Electricity: 220 Volt AC/50 Hz throughout Turkey.

Luggage: For the domestic flights, the luggage allowance is 15 kilograms (33 pounds) per person. We advise you to pack a smaller bag for the extension, allowing your main luggage to be stored in a secure office in Istanbul until your return.

Accommodation:

Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel or similar

Cappadocia Lodge Hotel in Cappadocia or similar.

We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Closed days of attractions:

If an attraction is closed on one of the dates, it will be replaced in the following manner:

o Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi

Palace.

o Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays. It will be replaced with the Chora Church.

o Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with the Spice Bazaar.

Program includes:

" All airport transfers

" Porterage at the airport

" Service of an English-speaking tour guide throughout the program or local guide depending on the number of guests booked on the package.

" Service of an air-conditioned vehicle

" Entrance fees to the visited sites and museums

" Two lunches and dinners in Cappadocia and one lunch in Istanbul

" Accommodations, including breakfast

" Domestic flights

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests: Alcoholic beverages on the tours, gratuities, personal expenses, meals not listed above, and hotel incidentals.

Accommodations:

Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel

Cappadocia Nev?ehir, 48 Nev?ehir/Cappadocia, Turkey

Tel: +90 384 213 9945

Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel

Asker Ocagi Cad. No.1 Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: 90 212 368 4444

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$1,599 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - ICONIC ISTANBUL - STD

PRE - ICONIC ISTANBUL - STD

Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you'll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

Day 1:

Arrive at the airport in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm, leaving the remainder of the day to do as you please. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might shop or dine nearby before spending the evening at the hotel.

Day 2:

Today, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

Then, it's on to the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it's a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

Following lunch, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul's principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and the oldest covered market place. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

After returning to hotel to freshen up, it's off to a dinner show at the Kervansaray Night Club. You can expect to see belly dancers, musicians and singers in folkloric performances while dining on traditional Turkish cuisine. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3:

After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Chora Museum. Like the Hagia Sophia, it was first a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. However, Byzantine mosaics are its most significant feature. Most of them describe the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the colors are still vivid despite being centuries old.

Following the Chora Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it's difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it's always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it's wonderful.

Finally, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you'll never forget.

Afterwards, you will drive to the pier and re-join the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of the sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Radisson Blu Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Fly into Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm; early check-in is not guaranteed. Evening at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

12:15pm Lunch

1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

4:45pm Return to the hotel

5:30pm Departure for the Kervansaray Night Club

8:00pm Enjoy dinner and show at the Kervansaray

11:00pm Return to the hotel

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:15am Departure from the hotel

9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

9:45am Visit the Chora Museum

10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

11:30am Visit the Spice Market

12:30pm Lunch

2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

4:00pm Transfer to the ship

4:30pm Arrival at the ship

Please note:

The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

2. Hagia Sophia Museum: closed on Mondays; Chora Museum visit substituted.

3. Chora Museum: closed on Wednesdays; Hagia Sophia Museum or Archaeological Museum

visit substituted.

4. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

Order of the sites visited may change to avoid overcrowding at the sites.

Standard Program Includes:

" Two overnights at a 4-star-plus hotel in the Pera District of Istanbul closer to the old part of the city - Radisson Blu Hotel or similar hotel (Superior Golden Horn view room)on bed and breakfast basis

" All transfers (as group transfer)

" Two full-day tours as described above

" Two local lunches with soft drinks

" One dinner with limited local drinks

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Not included:

" Gratuities for guides and drivers, hotel incidentals, and meals not listed above.

Expected Weather: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

What to Bring: In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

Clothing: Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

Currency: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

Electricity: 220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. (Industrial 380 V) Plug: European round / 2-prong plug.

Luggage: Luggage will travel with the guests during transfers between the hotel and the airport. A luggage truck will be used during transfers between the hotel and the ship.

Accommodations: We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

STANDARD - Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera or similar:

Evliya Celebi Mah. Refik Saydam Cad. No : 19 Tepebasi , Taksim 34430 Istanbul Phone : (0212) 377 2500

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$799 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - ICONIC ISTANBUL - DLX

PRE - ICONIC ISTANBUL - DLX

Experience the joys of Istanbul through its most memorable landmarks: the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and the legendary Bosphorus, which you'll enjoy on a leisurely cruise.

Day 1:

Arrive at the airport in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm, leaving the remainder of the day to do as you please. Depending on the time of your arrival, you might shop or dine nearby before spending the evening at the hotel.

Day 2:

Today, you will visit the true icons of Istanbul, the must-sees that define the city, beginning with the phenomenal Blue Mosque. One of the few mosques with six minarets, the Blue Mosque was constructed in the early 17th century under the direction of Sultan Ahmet I, who was only 19 years old at the time. The exterior of the mosque is notable for its cascade of domes that seem to spill down from the central dome. Inside, the ceiling is lined with the 20,000 blue tiles for which the mosque is named.

The Hippodrome is also here, partially excavated to reveal some of the seats, columns, statues and obelisks that were once part of this arena. Chariot races, coronations and parades all took place at the Hippodrome, which first appeared in 203 A.D. About 130 years later, Constantine the Great expanded and reshaped the arena so it could hold approximately 100,000 spectators.

Then, it's on to the 15th-century Topkapi Palace, which was expanded under the reign of almost every sultan over the next 400 years. Today, it's a maze of lavishly decorated buildings and courtyards that reflect its most glorious years as the political center of the Ottoman Empire.

Following lunch, you will see the Hagia Sophia, a former Byzantine church and Ottoman mosque that is now a museum. Although the earliest two versions were destroyed, this Hagia Sophia dates from 537 A.D., and is considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It served as Istanbul's principal mosque for nearly 500 years and became a model for the Blue Mosque.

You will also have the opportunity to browse through the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and the oldest covered market place. It contains more than 5,000 shops selling an absolutely amazing range of merchandise. Jewelry, carpets, antiques, old coins, furniture, prayer beads and copperware are only a few of the items in the bazaar, which has been operating since the 15th century.

After returning to hotel to freshen up, it's off to a dinner show at the Kervansaray Night Club. You can expect to see belly dancers, musicians and singers in folkloric performances while dining on traditional Turkish cuisine. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3:

After departing from the hotel, you will enjoy a brief but enlightening tour of Istanbul on the way to the Chora Museum. Like the Hagia Sophia, it was first a church, then a mosque and is now a museum. However, Byzantine mosaics are its most significant feature. Most of them describe the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and the colors are still vivid despite being centuries old.

Following the Chora Museum, you will visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, which was built in 1561 and has since survived fires and earthquakes. Thousands of brightly colored Iznik tiles are the allure here. They are all original 16th-century pieces of art and cover the walls, columns and niches, lending the interior a spectacularly serene ambiance.

In contrast, you will then tour the Spice Market, a locale so energetic and bustling that it's difficult to know where to look first. Aromas waft through the air, the cacophonous sounds are constant, and it's always crowded with shoppers haggling for the best possible prices. In a word, it's wonderful.

Finally, you will embark on a boat for a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus, the famed strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and perhaps even more important serves as a boundary between Europe to the west and Asia to the east. Passing palaces, wooden mansions and even modern villas along the way, you will experience Istanbul from an entirely different perspective, one you'll never forget.

Afterwards, you will drive to the pier and re-join the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of the sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Divan Istanbul Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Fly into Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm; early check-in is not guaranteed. Evening at your leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Visit the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

10:30am Visit the Topkapi Palace

12:15pm Lunch

1:45pm Visit the Hagia Sophia

2:45pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

4:45pm Return to the hotel

5:30pm Departure for the Kervansaray Night Club

8:00pm Enjoy dinner and show at the Kervansaray

11:00pm Return to the hotel

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

9:15am Departure from the hotel

9:15am Orientation tour of Istanbul

9:45am Visit the Chora Museum

10:45am Visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque

11:30am Visit the Spice Market

12:30pm Lunch

2:15pm Cruise the Bosphorus Strait

4:00pm Transfer to the ship

4:30pm Arrival at the ship

Please note:

The museums are closed on certain days and substitutions will apply as follows:

1. Topkapi Palace: closed on Tuesdays; Beylerbeyi Palace visit substituted.

2. Hagia Sophia Museum: closed on Mondays; Chora Museum visit substituted.

3. Chora Museum: closed on Wednesdays; Hagia Sophia Museum or Archaeological Museum

visit substituted.

4. Grand Bazaar: closed on Sundays (no substitution)

Order of the sites visited may change to avoid overcrowding at the sites.

Deluxe Program Includes:

" Two overnights at a 5-star hotel on a Bed and Breakfast basis - Divan Istanbul Hotel or similar (standard room)

" All group transfers

" Two full-day tours as described above

" Two local lunches with soft drinks

" One dinner with limited local drinks

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

Not included:

" Gratuities for guides and drivers, hotel incidentals, and meals not listed above.

Expected Weather: Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging 25-30C (78-88F) from June to August, occasionally rising beyond 35C (104F). In spring and autumn, the days are temperate and the evenings mild.

What to Bring: In the summer, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Light coats are recommended for the autumn, as it may be chilly, especially in the early morning and after 5:00 p.m.

Clothing: Proper attire is required when visiting mosques. Female visitors are required to cover their heads, shoulders and arms. Shorts above knee length are not allowed in the mosques.

Currency: Turkish Lira (TL). One U.S. dollar is worth approximately 1.8 TL.

Electricity: 220 Volts AC/50 Hz. throughout Turkey. (Industrial 380 V) Plug: European round / 2-prong plug.

Luggage: Luggage will travel with the guests during transfers between the hotel and the airport. A luggage truck will be used during transfers between the hotel and the ship.

Accommodations: We will only source different hotels in unforeseen circumstances. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

DIVAN ISTANBUL HOTEL

Address: Asker Ocagi Caddesi No: 1 34367 - Sisli / Istanbul

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$999 Per Guest


Overland Tours



JERUSALEM ON OWN - STANDARD

JERUSALEM ON OWN - STANDARD

The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the centre of the world.

For those travellers who prefer independence and flexibility, this is your opportunity to see the sights you want to see at your own pace with the convenience of having the transfers and centrally located accommodations taken care of for you.

DAY 1

Disembark the ship in Haifa and travel by minibus to Jerusalem. On the 2 hour drive to Jerusalem, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will provide information and answer any questions you may have. He or she will also advise you of your meeting time and place for the return transfer on the following day.

Once you arrive in Jerusalem, check-in at your hotel and the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Any meals are on your own.

Overnight at Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem or similar

Note: Depending on the number of guests booked on each option (Standard / Deluxe), your transfer may include a drop off at each hotel and pick up at each hotel the next day.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel

Check out is at 11:00am

Transfer back to the ship in Haifa

Expected Weather:

Average temperatures: 19 to 29C (66-84F). It can get quite hot during the day. Please remember to stay hydrated and wear light, loose clothing.

What to Bring: sunscreen, comfortable, non-slip walking shoes and change of clothing including a light jacket in case of rain. Remember that when visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered.

Currency: The official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS).

US$ 1 = approximately NIS 3.93. Currency can be exchanged at your hotel.

Electricity: The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, travelling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country and check visa regulations with the Israeli Consulate in their country of residence.

Accommodation:

Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem

47 King George Street Jerusalem, 91076, Israel

Phone: +972 2-629-8666

The Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem welcomes you in a very central location right in the heart of Jerusalem. The Independence Park is right across and shares its magical beauty with the hotel. The Old City and the Western Wall is just a short 15 minute walk away. Both business and leisure travellers benefit from the hotel's fantastic location. Explore the exciting history of Jerusalem and discover the numerous attractions such as the Temple Mount and Western Wall, Tower of David Museum, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Israel Museum and Dead Sea Scrolls, Via Delarosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, City of David or Biblical Zoo.

What's Included:

One night at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel Jerusalem or similar (if similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards)

English-speaking guide on the way to Jerusalem

Air-conditioned mini-bus

Breakfast at the hotel on Day 2

Not Included:

All other meals and beverages not listed above

Gratuities for drivers and guide

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

Transportation and any entrance fees while in Jerusalem

*This program can also be requested as an Executive Collection/Private Arrangement. Please contact our Reservations Department to obtain a quote.

$449 Per Guest


Overland Tours



JERUSALEM ON OWN - DELUXE

JERUSALEM ON OWN - DELUXE

The capital of Israel, Jerusalem is famous for its timeless beauty and was once considered the centre of the world.

For those travellers who prefer independence and flexibility, this is your opportunity to see the sights you want to see at your own pace with the convenience of having the transfers and centrally located accommodations taken care of for you.

DAY 1

Disembark the ship in Haifa and travel by minibus to Jerusalem. On the 2 hour drive to Jerusalem, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will provide information and answer any questions you may have. He or she will also advise you of your meeting time and place for the return transfer on the following day.

Once you arrive in Jerusalem, check-in at your hotel and the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Any meals are on your own.

Overnight at the David Citadel Jerusalem or similar

Note: Depending on the number of guests booked on each option (Standard / Deluxe), your transfer may include a drop off at each hotel and pick up at each hotel the next day.

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel

Check out is at 11:00am

Transfer by minibus back to the ship in Haifa

Expected Weather:

Average temperatures: 19 to 29C (66-84F). It can get quite hot during the day. Please remember to stay hydrated and wear light, loose clothing.

What to Bring: sunscreen, comfortable, non-slip walking shoes and change of clothing including a light jacket in case of rain. Remember that when visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered.

Currency: The official currency of Israel is the New Israeli Shekel (NIS).

US$ 1 = approximately NIS 3.93. Currency can be exchanged at your hotel.

Electricity: The Israeli power supply is single phase 220 volts at 50 Hertz. Most power sockets in Israel have three pin holes, but many of them will work with double-pin European plugs. Visitors who want to use shavers, travelling irons and other small appliances may need both transformers and adaptor plugs.

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: All visitors to Israel must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they enter the country and check visa regulations with the Israeli Consulate in their country of residence.

Accommodation:

David Citadel Jerusalem

7 King David Street

Jerusalem 94101, Israel

Phone: +972.2.6211111

The David Citadel Hotel on King David Street commands a prime site at the most desirable location in Western Jerusalem, across from Alrov Mamilla Avenue and overlooking the ancient walls of the Old City, the historical Tower of David and Jaffa Gate. The city's holy sites and cultural attractions are just minutes walking distance from the hotel.

The David Citadel Hotel has everything that one could dream of by way of location and views, quality of design and amenities, unrivalled facilities and a staff that prides itself on providing the best service to our guests from around the world.

The exquisite Lobby Lounge offers a light dairy menu and panoramic views of the Old City. Our large seasonal terrace overlooking the hotel swimming pool and Jaffa Gate offers a wide variety of cuisine.

Scala chef kitchen & bar offers elegant fine dining, a tapas lounge and an extensive bar featuring boutique wines, fine spirits and cocktails.

The Seasons Restaurant offers a rich Mediterranean style breakfast buffet every morning as well as sumptuous meals during the weekend and holidays. The Pool Grill Bar, operating during the summer months, offers a meat menu and a range of snacks.

What's Included:

One night at the David Citadel or similar - Superior Room (if similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards)

English-speaking guide on the way to Jerusalem

Air-conditioned mini-bus

Breakfast at the hotel on Day 2

Not Included:

All other meals and beverages not listed above

Gratuities for drivers and guide

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

Transportation and entrance fees while in Jerusalem

*This program can also be requested as an Executive Collection/Private Arrangement. Please contact our Reservations Department to obtain a quote.

$549 Per Guest


Overland Tours



ENDLESS SHADES OF PETRA AND WADI RUM

ENDLESS SHADES OF PETRA AND WADI RUM

Drive deep into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle for a traditional Bedouin lunch under a tent, and later to experience Petra by day and night, an astounding city that was carved out of red-hued rock thousands of years ago.

DAY 1

After disembarking from the ship in Aqaba, you will drive north into the desert, a timeless land of towering monolithic rocks that T.E. Lawrence described as “vast, echoing and god-like.” At Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, you will stop briefly in the Visitors Center before getting in a 4x4 vehicle to drive deep into the desert. Local Bedouins own and operate these simple vehicles, which are made specifically for the terrain.

After approximately three hours of driving, you will arrive at a Bedouin tent in the desert, where you will enjoy a lunch that is representative of the cuisine in this area.

Then, continuing on, you will drive to Petra and check in to the luxurious Petra Movenpick Resort. Over the next few hours, you may settle in as you please until dinner at the resort.

More wonderment awaits you later in the evening, as you will see Petra by night. Be sure to dress warmly, as the desert cools considerably in the evening. The walk to Petra is about 2 kilometers (1.25 miles), the path illuminated by thousands of candles in paper bags. You will travel through the Siq gorge, the main entryway to Petra, passing eerily eroded cliffs and dramatic looming walls. The experience is stunning and absolutely unforgettable.

In time, you will arrive at the Treasury, which was carved out of solid rock around the first century B.C. Although its purpose remains a mystery, it is thought to have been a temple or royal tomb. Here, you will be treated to traditional Bedouin music as you are served tea while relaxing on a mat.

Following this spectacular glimpse into the desert culture, you will walk back to the hotel to spend the evening.

DAY 2

After checking out of the Petra Movenpick Resort, you will spend the day touring Petra by day. There is much to be seen, and it involves walking five or six miles on uneven ground with gravel.

Known as the “Rose City” because of the hue of its buildings, Petra was carved out of the sheer rock thousands of years ago. Besides the Treasury, the attractions in this World Heritage Site include a Roman-style theater that seats 3,000 people, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. High above, overlooking the valley, lies the Ad-Deir Monastery, which can only be reached by walking up 800 steps cut into the rock.

Following the tour of Petra, you will enjoy a buffet lunch at the Petra at Basin Restaurant before driving back to Aqaba to re-join the ship.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here only for general reference purposes and subject to change.

DAY 1

8:45am Disembark at the Aqaba port

9:00am Begin the drive to Wadi Rum

10:00am Arrive at Wadi Rum Visitors Center and restroom facilities

10:15am Begin the 3-hour drive into the desert in a 4x4 vehicle

1:15pm Buffet lunch in a Bedouin tent. (Includes 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water. No alcoholic drinks are available here.)

2:45pm Begin the drive to Petra

4:15pm Arrive at the Petra Movenpick Resort and check in

Time at leisure until dinner

7:00pm Buffet dinner at the hotel. (Includes 2 beers or 2 glasses of local wine or 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water)

8:00pm Brief 5-minute walk to the Petra Visitors Center

8:30pm Begin Petra by Night experience

10:30pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at Petra Movenpick Resort or similar hotel

DAY 2

6:30- 8:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Check out from the hotel

8:30am Tour Petra

1:00pm Buffet lunch at the Petra at Basin Restaurant. (Includes 2 beers or 2 glasses of local wine or 2 soft drinks and bottled mineral water)

2:00pm Explore the site and walk back to the main entrance

3:30pm Drive back to the Aqaba port

5:30pm Arrive at the ship

Expected Weather:

Approximately 21° Celsius or 70° Fahrenheit

What to Bring:

Weather-appropriate clothing such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Also, bring sunscreen, a swimming suit, and a jacket or a sweater, as it may be cooler at night. Additionally, bring a bottle of water from the bus or the hotel during the visit of Petra.

Local Currency:

Jordanian Dinar (JOD) U.S. dollars are also widely accepted.

Electricity

The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two-prong wall plugs. Visitors from the United States will need a transformer; most hotels can provide one if you don’t have one.

Luggage information

No limitation on luggage. However, as you will be staying only one evening and there are no porters at the port, it is recommended that you take only a handbag for the night.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Valid passport. Certain nationalities require a visa to stay in Jordan. Please consult with your local embassy prior to booking this program.

Hotel address:

Petra Movenpick Resort

P.O. Box 214, Wadi Mousa – Petra 718101

Phone: + 962 – 3 – 2157111

Please Note:

This overland program involves extensive walking over uneven surfaces, and is not suitable for guests with walking difficulty or if you utilize a wheelchair. There are a very limited number of horse carriages available for an additional cost to carry guests through the Siq to the Treasury. These cannot be pre-booked. They are first-come first-served and are operated by independent locals. Any sightseeing within the site is on foot.

The 4x4 vehicles used at Wadi Rum are simple 4x4 vehicles owned and operated by local Bedouins through their cooperatives. The drive can be bumpy.

Program Includes:

• Hotel accommodations at the 5-Star Petra Movenpick Resort or similar hotel (ROH rooms)

• All meals as mentioned in the above itinerary

• Drinks as mentioned in the above itinerary

• All transfers in air-conditioned buses

• English-speaking guide throughout the tour

• Entrance fees to Wadi Rum and Petra

• 4x4 drive at Wadi Rum for 3 hours

• Mineral water on board the bus

• Porterage at the hotel

• Petra by Night experience

Program Excludes:

• Gratuities for guides, drivers and hotel staff, restaurant staff, or horse boy at Petra

• Horse carriage at Petra

• Drinks other than those mentioned in the above itinerary

• Personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

$799 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST  - OPULENT CITIES- Sofitel

POST - OPULENT CITIES- Sofitel

Dubai is the second largest of the seven Emirates and is considered the commercial capital of the UAE and the Middle East. Popularly known as the 'City of Merchants' for its long history of trade, the city continues to be the hub for the transport of commodities in the region and one of the fastest growing cities in the world . Its unique blend of the East and the West creates a potpourri of oriental charm and western modernity.

Day 1: November 22nd, 2014

Disembark the ship and begin your “Modern Dubai” City Tour. The tour starts with a drive to the Jumeirah Beach area with photo stops at the Jumeirah Mosque, a magnificent example of modern Islamic architecture, followed by a stop to photograph the landmark of the city, the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel which is built on a manmade island.

From here you drive to the Marina and take a 10-minute break to walk through the Marina overlooking the lagoon. Thereafter, you drive through the Jumeirah Beach Residence area onto the Emirates Hills, The Springs and Meadows, which are today the most sought after residence areas. Next, drive onto the Palm Jumeirah, which is the most talked about project of the new Dubai.

Continue on to Sheikh Zayed road and arrive at the Dubai Mall which is the largest shopping mall in the world. The Dubai Mall is the region's premier shopping, lifestyle and entertainment destination. With more than 1,200 stores and a host of world-class attractions, The Dubai Mall is revolutionizing the modern shopping experience.

Finally walk to Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) and enjoy a moment at the viewing gallery at a top floor of the building.

Following your city tour you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in and to enjoy some time at leisure.

Later in the afternoon depart for an Ancient Dubai City Tour. The tour starts with the Al-Bastakia area in Bur Dubai, which dates back to the early 1900’s, with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers (barajeels) giving the place a very distinct character. It’s a step back in time to see the traditional courtyard homes, bedecked with wind towers, which in the pre electricity days was the only means of cooling the them.

Drive further down to the Museum, housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort. Complete with sound effects, the museum depicts various scenes that provide a fascinating glimpse of the historical links of the city with trading and pearl diving.

This is followed by a visit to the Aromatic Spice Souq and the extensive gold souq where you can buy exquisite gold jewelry at prices lower than anywhere else in the world.

Dubai’s skyline at night is enchanting, and the best way to get a glimpse of both the modern structures as well as the older traditional buildings, is to take a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow (Arabic boat) in Dubai Creek. The slow pace of the boat, the light music and the cool breeze create a romantic

evening. Your two hour cruise will remind you of the spirits of adventure of yester years. Dinner will be served on board the boat. (Non exclusive boat)

Day 2: November 23rd, 2014

After breakfast you will drive to the city of Abu Dhabi - the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. The city is situated on a small peninsula surrounded by a cluster of islands and this tour covers a variety of interesting highlights such as The Grand Mosque, The Masdar City (photo stop) and the Corniche Area. The drive takes you past the beautiful corniche and interesting sights around the city of Abu Dhabi. The city is popularly referred to as the “Manhattan of the Gulf” because of the profusion of ultra-modern skyscrapers. A photo stop will be made in the corniche area and also in front of the Emirates Palace Hotel.

You will also have a panoramic tour driving past the new developments of Yas Island such which include Ferrari World and the Yas Marina Circuit.

You will have the opportunity to visit Manarat Saadiyat which is located on Saadiyat Island. This exciting artistic venue showcases all of the new developments of Abu Dhabi. This interactive experience centre will bring alive the historical and cultural vision behind Saadiyat Island as well as its future plans.

Following your return to Dubai you will enjoy dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening at your hotel.

**Note: The Grand Mosque will no longer provide ladies a headscarf or abaya free of charge and there is no shop on sight to buy them. Ladies please come prepared with something to cover you head or entrance will unfortunately be denied. For men and women: no transparent clothing, no shorts or skirts, no sleeveless shirts, no clothing with profanity and no tight clothing (including leggings) or beachwear.

Day 3: November 24th, 2014

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

Check-out and transfer to Dubai airport according to your departure flight schedule.

Check out time is 12:00noon. For anyone with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

10:00am Disembark and begin the “Modern Dubai” tour

1:00pm Visit “At the Top” Burj Khalifa – Observation deck

3:00pm Arrival at your hotel and check-in

5:00pm Old Dubai City Tour

8:00pm Dhow Dinner Cruise

10:00pm Return to your hotel

Overnight at the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at hotel

8:30am Transfer to Abu Dhabi

10:30am Panoramic tour of Abu Dhabi City

1:00pm Leisure time will be given at the Marina Mall for lunch or shopping (at your own expense)

3:15pm Transfer to Yas Island

4:15pm Head to Saadiyat Island

4:30pm Visit Manarat Saadiyat

5:00pm Return drive to Dubai

7:00pm Expected arrival at hotel

8:00pm Diner at your hotel

Overnight at the Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar hotel

DAY 3

Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check-out

Transfer to Dubai Airport based on your flight schedule.

For guests with late flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 12:00 noon. Any meals as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Expected Weather: Warm and Sunny (Average temperature - 26 degrees Celsius /78.8 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring: Summer wear, Comfortable shoes, Sun glasses, hats etc.

For the visit of Grand Mosque -

• Modest, conservative, loose fitting clothing, long sleeves, and trousers

• No transparent (see-through) clothing

• No shorts for men

• No shorts or skirts for ladies

• No tight clothing including leggings, no swimwear and no beachwear.

• Shoes will be removed before entering the mosque, so we recommend slip off shoes

• Headscarf for ladies is essential (these are no longer provided at the mosque – please bring your own)

Currency: UAE Dirham (1 U$D = 3.65 AED)

Electricity: 220 volts

Accommodation: 5 Star deluxe hotel – Sofitel Downtown Burj Hotel or similar (Classic Room) We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Address:

Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel (newly built in May 2014)

Sheihk Zayed Road,Downtown Dubai

Tel: :(+971)43387521

Program Includes for guests:

• 2 Nights’ accommodation at the Sofitel Dubai Burj Downtown Hotel or similar including breakfast

• All transfers using a luxury air conditioned coach with English speaking tour guide on board

• 1 full day tour of Abu Dhabi and all entrances per the itinerary.

• 1 full day tour of Dubai and all entrances per the itinerary.

• Dhow dinner cruise on Day 1 including soft drinks, mineral water, tea/coffee.

• Dinner at your hotel (location TBA and depends on the size of the group) on day 2 including soft drinks, mineral water and tea/coffee.

• Entrance fees to the Observation deck of Burj Khalifa

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Meals other than specified above

• Any alcoholic beverages during the Dinner Cruise on Day 1 or dinner Day 2

• Any gratuities of personal nature or portage at the airport / hotel

• Any personal expenses and hotel incidentals including mini bar

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,199 Per Guest



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