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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 Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel (formerly known as 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 Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel (formerly known as 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 Intercontinental 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

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 Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar

Dinner on own

DAY 2

9:00am Depart for Istanbul’s Old City (SultanAhmet area)

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

10:45am Transfer to the Ataturk airport

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

1:45pm Drive to Kayseri for lunch

2:00pm Lunch at Elmacioglu restaurant

3:00pm Transfer to Cappadocia

4:00pm Visit Uchisar

4:45pm Orientation tour of the area

5:30pm Visit Avanos

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

Overnight at the Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel or similar

DAY 3

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

9:30am Visit the underground city

10:30am Drive to the Goreme Open Air Museum

10:50am Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

12:45pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

2:00pm Drive to Zelve and Pasabag

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

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

4:15pm Shop in the area

6.00pm Return to the hotel for dinner

Overnight at the Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel or similar

DAY 4

7:00am Depart for Nevsehir airport

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

10:45am Drive to Old Town

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

1:30pm Lunch at Nar restaurant

2:45pm 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:

Intercontinental Istanbul Hotel or similar

Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel or similar in Cappadocia

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:

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

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

• 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:

Kapadokya Lodge Inn Hotel

Cappadocia Nevsehir, 48 Nevsehir/Cappadocia, Turkey

Tel: +90 384 213 9945

Intercontinental Istanbul 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. 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.

$1,599 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


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



EXTRA NIGHT - ICONIC ISTANBUL - STANDARD

$249 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



EXTRA NIGHT - ICONIC ISTANBUL - DELUXE

$349 Per Guest


Overland Tours



DRACULA'S HAUNTS & BEST OF BUCHAREST

DRACULA'S HAUNTS & BEST OF BUCHAREST

NOTE: Due to the terrain, steps and lack of elevators at certain sites, this tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties and the program is not wheelchair accessible.

Explore Transylvania’s notorious Dracula Castle and surrounding countryside, followed by a day in Romania’s enchanting Bucharest, whose grand architecture earned it the nickname “Little Paris.”

Day 1

After departing from the pier in Constanta, you will drive inland to Transylvania, a beautiful part of Romania bounded by the Carpathian mountain range and often defined by the legend of Dracula.

Following lunch at the traditional Vatra Neamului Restaurant , you will continue driving into the mountains, through the bucolic Prahova Valley and on to Bran Castle. Built in the 14th century on a steep cliff with exceptional views of the surrounding land, the castle once offered protection from invading Turks.

A century later Vlad Tepes, known as Vlad the Impaler stayed in the castle. Known for his cruelty, Dracula (his family name) later became associated with the namesake, blood-thirsty vampire in the 1897 novel “Dracula.” A legend was born, which continues today.

While touring the infamous castle, you may see secret passages, walk through the enclosed courtyard, take in the view from the balcony, and explore the surrounding gardens. It’s a memorable experience, enhanced by the story of Dracula.

Continuing on, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the four-star “Hotel New Montana” in the Sinaia Resort, where you will have dinner and spend the evening.

Day 2

Following breakfast, you will drive to Romania’s capital of Bucharest, known for its wide tree-lined boulevards and Belle Epoque buildings. It’s the country’s wealthiest, most elegant city and it shows most everywhere.

Your first visit will be to the Palace of the Parliament, the world’s second largest building after the Pentagon.

Built in the 1980s to be the headquarters of the country’s Communist government, the 12-story, more than 1,000-room building, now houses the Romanian Parliament. As you will discover, there is no end to the extravagance of materials and furnishings. There is even a nuclear bunker inside, and one of the rooms features a sliding roof large enough for a helicopter to fly through.

Leaving the impressive Parliament, you will drive to Old Town where you will enjoy a delightful lunch at “Caru ce Bere” which translates to “the Beer Wagon”. This is a famous Bavarian style restaurant in the very heart of Bucharest, built in 1879. One hundred years ago it was the place where the old aristocracy of Bucharest gathered. Over the years, its sparkling environment and reputation has been preserved. Lunch will be accompanied with live music allowing you the opportunity to become familiar with the true Romanian spirit.

Following lunch, you will leave the city and drive through the scenic Muntenia region. Pass the famed Danube River on the return to Constanta, where you will re-board the ship.

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

Day One

8:30am Depart from Constanta

12:30pm Lunch including tea/coffee, mineral water, a glass of wine or beer

3:30pm Visit Bran Castle

5:30pm Depart for Sinaia Resort

6:30pm Arrive at your hotel

7:30pm Dinner at the hotel including tea/coffee, mineral water, a glass of wine or beer

Overnight at the Hotel New Montana or similar hotel

Day Two

7:00am Breakfast

8:00am Depart for Bucharest

11:00am Tour the Parliament Palace – passports required

12:45pm Lunch at the Caru ce Bere restaurant including tea/coffee, mineral water, a glass of wine or beer

2:30pm Depart for Constanta

5:30pm Re-board the ship in Constanta

Expected Weather: Summer in Romania is typically hot and sunny, although you can expect cool evenings in the mountains. At Sinaia Resort it will be cooler, from14°-16° C (57-60 °). The average high temperature in Bucharest in July and August is 29° Celsius (84.2 °Fahrenheit). Please pack accordingly.

NOTE: due to the cooler temperatures at Sinaia Resort in the mountains, the hotel is not air-conditioned.

Walking Information:

Comfortable walking shoes are a must because of the cobblestones and asphalt sidewalks in Bran. There are stairs at Bran Castle and the Parliament Palace, but no elevators. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties and the program is not wheelchair accessible.

Restroom Information:

Restrooms are available in the restaurants, hotel, Bran Castle and the Parliament Palace.

Shopping Information:

You will find shops in Bran Castle and the Parliament Palace.

Luggage: One overnight bag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: A valid passport is necessary.

Accommodation:

Hotel new Montana (standard room) or similar hotel

Bd.Carol 1 nr 24, 106100 Sinaia

Phone: +40 244 312 751

Program includes:

*Transportation in modern coaches with A/C and restrooms

*English-speaking guide throughout

*Accommodation (standard room) as listed above

*Touring and entrance fees per the program details

*Meals listed above

Program does not include:

*Any meals or beverages not listed in the itinerary

*Gratuities to the drivers and guides

*Video and camera fees at sites

*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 such as hats, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$749 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - SACRED TREASURES-GREECE

POST - SACRED TREASURES-GREECE

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience some of the most sacred sites in pristine Greece. After a scenic drive, you will find yourself in Delphi, the shrine of Apollo and considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual center of the earth. Visit the Meteora, one of the largest and most important monastery complexes in Greece. Built on sandstone rock pillars, the six monasteries appear to be suspended in the air. Explore the new Acropolis Museum in Athens, built to house the more than 4,000 artifacts found on the site of the Acropolis.

PLEASE NOTE: This is an extensive 2 day program that covers a lot of ground by luxury coach, there is a lot of driving involved but guests will have this unique opportunity to visit two of the most precious and sacred sites which lie in the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of Northern Greece.

Day 1

Upon disembarkation from your cruise ship board your coach for the scenic drive to Delphi. Delphi was considered by the ancients to be the physical and spiritual centers of the earth. This shrine of Apollo, set nearly 2.000 feet up on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Here was the most respected oracle of antiquity. Even the most intelligent men, who lived during the brilliant civilization of Athens, believed implicitly in the responses of the god. These were given by the inspired priestess, the Pythia, and were interpreted, usually with an ambiguous touch, by the priests. Delphi grew fabulously rich with offerings, and though they have almost all disappeared now, you can admire the ruins and try to picture it as it was during its 1.000 prestigious years.

Walk up the Sacred Way past the beautiful small Treasuries to the Temple of Apollo, location of the oracle; continue to the Museum with its superb collection of votive offerings and statues, including the world famous Charioteer.

Following your visit to the site enjoy a traditional country lunch which will be served at the picturesque village of Arachova.

After lunch sit back and relax and take in the scenery of your drive to Kalambaka. Kalamaba is the picturesque town that sits at the foot of Meteora. After check-in your dinner will be served at the hotel and the evening will be at your leisure.

DAY 2

Once breakfast is completed you will board your coach for the visit of the Meteora Monasteries, admire the extraordinary rocks of Meteora which were formed as a result of the force of the nature and they appear to be suspended in the sky, crested with the celebrated monasteries. Today only six monasteries are inhabited, two of which have become nunneries. You are invited to delve into two of these remarkable phenomena, seemingly floating in the sky and serving as an example of the post-Byzantine era. Please be respectful of the dress code in the monasteries and nunneries, no shorts are permitted and ladies are required to wear long skirts, some are available on site.

After the visit of the Monasteries you will commence your drive to Athens, a lunch stop will be made along the way. Arriving in Athens you will proceed directly to the hotel to check-in and a quick rest before your visit of the New Acropolis Museum.

The impressive building was completed and opened in 2009 and has an exhibition space of more than 14,000 square meters. Thanks to its particular architecture and the huge window fronts, you will get the impression to cross the ancient settlements on the slopes of the Acropolis. After your visit you will proceed to the historical center of Athens for your dinner.

Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Check out is 12:00nn. You will be transferred to the Athens International Airport per your flight schedule. Luggage storage is available at the hotel for guests with late flights.

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

7:00am Vessel arrives in Piraeus port

7:30am Disembarkation at Piraeus port

8:00am Depart pier for Delphi

11:00am Guided visit of Site & Museum – Restrooms at the Museum

1:30pm Depart for lunch venue.

1:45pm Lunch in Arachova – Restrooms at Lunch Venue

3:15pm Depart Arachova for Kalambaka

7:15pm Arrive in Kalambaka

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Divani Meteora Hotel or similar

DAY 2

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

8:30am Depart for Meteora Monasteries, visit Monasteries.

11:00am Depart for Athens, comfort stop & lunch en route.

4:00pm Check-in at the Hotel, some relaxation.

5:30pm Depart for Acropolis Museum, guided visit and dinner in Plaka.

8:30pm Return to Hotel and check in

Overnight at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar

DAY 3

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel

12:00nn Official check-out time

Transfer to Athens International 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 12:00nn. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Important Note: The Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays therefore guests will visit Acropolis instead, on July 8th and on September 16th.

The Monasteries scheduled to visit are:

The Monastery of the Great Meteron "Megalo Meteoro" (closed on Tuesdays)

The Nunnery of St. Stefanos "Agiou Stefanou" (closed on Mondays)

We will substitute a monastery that is closed with the: Moni Varlaam (closed on Thursdays)

Expected Weather: Sunny

What to Bring: Sunglasses, Hat, Comfortable walking shoes. Dress code is applicable at the Meteora Monasteries (knees and shoulders must be covered for the females)

Currency: EURO

Electricity: 220V

Luggage: Guests can leave luggage in Athens if they wish or take it with you on the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements: Passport is required

Accommodation - We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards

Athens:

Divani Caravel Hotel

2 Vas. Alexandrou Avenue, Athens

Tel: +30 210 720 7000

Kalambaka:

Divani Meteora Hotel or similar

National Road, Trikala Ioannina

42200Kalambaka, Greece

Tel. +30 2432023330

Program Includes for guests:

Transfer from the hotel in Athens to the airport

Deluxe Chartered Coach,

Professional and fully qualified English speaking guide,

Accommodation in Athens at the Divani Caravel Hotel or similar (standard double room)

Accommodation in Kalambaka at the Divani Meteora Hotel or similar (standard double room)

2 Dinners

Lunch in Delphi and at Lamia

Entrance fees to all sites visited (Acropolis Museum, Arch. Site & Museum of Delphi & Meteora Monasteries)

All applicable taxes

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: Gratuities for Guide and Driver, any meals not listed above, personal expenses and hotel incidentals

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; caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$999 Per Guest



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