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Shadows of the Ancients





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ROME TO ISTANBUL
12 Days aboard Nautica | Fares from $4,299 per guest
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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME

PRE - CHERISHED RELICS OF ROME

Marvel at the true icons of Rome, including the Vatican Museums, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum and the pope’s summer residence, often enjoying private access to areas off limits to the public.

DAY 1

Upon arriving at Customs in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check in is at 2PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

The hotel enjoys a prime location in Rome’s celebrated Piazza della Repubblica, providing easy access to an abundance of shops and restaurants.

**SPECIAL NOTE:

Due to hotel unavailability, guests booking this program for the following sailing date will stay at the BOSCOLO ALEPH located on Via San Basilio 15 instead of the Hotel Boscolo Exedra:

Nautica – May 16, 2014 sailing

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will tour the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. The museums contain some of the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Caravaggio. Besides seeing the most well-known exhibits, you will also visit areas usually closed to the general public, including the tomb of Pope Pius XII and the Niccoline Chapel, which features gold that Columbus brought from the New World.

Next, you will drive to the Piazza Navona, a lovely square constructed in the 15th century and lined with cafes and Baroque palaces. Following lunch at one of the restaurants, you will walk to San Crispino’s near the famed Trevi Fountain for a cup of what is touted to be the best gelato in Rome.

Your afternoon is devoted to two more icons. First, you will be treated to an inside visit of the Colosseum, an enduring symbol of ancient Rome that once held 55,000 spectators. Afterwards, you will explore the treasures that lie beneath San Clemente Basilica, which include a 4th-century church, a 2nd-century pagan temple and a 1st-century house. The farther down you go, the more ancient the structures, until you reach the foundations which date from the Roman Republic.

In time, you will return to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra for dinner on your own and to spend another relaxing evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive southeast from Rome toward Lake Albano, where you will find Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. During your tour of the castle, you will be granted privileged access to the Vatican Observatory, one of the world’s oldest active astronomical observatories and laboratory.

Around midday, you will drive to a nearby farmhouse for a hearty lunch and an olive oil tasting. You will also learn also how to make pasta at the farmhouse. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon at your leisure.

The evening ends in style with a special Roman farewell dinner served at an extraordinary restaurant in the Via Veneto area near the hotel.

DAY 4

Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will transfer to the ship to begin your cruise.

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, and are subject to change.

Extra nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met when your flight arrives and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check-in time is 2:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and transfer to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra hotel (or similar), where you will spend the evening.

DAY 2

From 7:00am Breakfast

8:30am Start tour of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica

1:30pm Lunch in Piazza Navona

2:30pm Walk to the Trevi Fountain

3:30pm Drive to the Colosseum

4.00pm Inside visit of the Colosseum

5:00pm Walk to the San Clemente Basilica

5:30pm Visit the San Clemente undergrounds

6:15pm Drive back to the hotel

Dinner at leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 3

From 7:00am Breakfast

8:00am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

10:30am Visit the Vatican Observatory and laboratory

11:30am Explore Castel Gandolfo

12:00pm Drive to the farmhouse

12:30pm Lunch in the farmhouse and olive oil tasting

3:30pm Drive back to the hotel

8:30pm Farewell dinner

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 4

From 7:00am American breakfast

10.00am Hotel check out

1:15pm Transfer to the ship

2:45pm Arrive at the ship for embarkation

Expected weather:

April — 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius)

May/June/September — 78° Fahrenheit (28° Celsius)

July/August — 86° Fahrenheit (30° Celsius)

November — 59° Fahrenheit (15° Celsius)

What to bring:

Dress is generally casual, although when visiting churches your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Local currency:

The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.

Electricity:

220 volts

Hotel address:

Hotel Boscolo Exedra

Piazza della Repubblica, 47 00185 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 489381

* If a hotel is substituted due to an unforeseen situation, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

**SPECIAL NOTE:

Due to hotel unavailability, guests booking this program for the following sailing date will stay at the BOSCOLO ALEPH located on Via San Basilio 15 instead of the Hotel Boscolo Exedra:

Nautica – May 16, 2014 sailing

Program includes:

• Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

• Transfers

• Lunch on Day 2

• Lunch on Day 3

• Farewell dinner on Day 3

• A bottle of water during the tours on Days 2 and 3.

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

Program excludes:

• Meals or services not mentioned above

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

• 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, 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.

$2,199 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE - CULINARY CREATIONS: ROMA

PRE - CULINARY CREATIONS: ROMA

Delve into the culinary delights of Rome through inspired wine and food tastings, a country meal at a rural farmhouse, and at a chef’s home, where you’ll be treated to a private cooking lesson.

DAY 1

Upon arriving at Customs in the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra . Check in is at 2PM, and the rest of the day is yours to settle in at your leisure.

The hotel enjoys a prime location in Rome’s celebrated Piazza della Repubblica, providing easy access to an abundance of shops and restaurants.

**SPECIAL NOTE:

Due to hotel unavailability, guests booking this program for the following sailing date will stay at the BOSCOLO ALEPH located on Via San Basilio 15 instead of the Hotel Boscolo Exedra:

Nautica – May 16, 2014 sailing

DAY 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive southeast from Rome toward Lake Albano, where you will find Castel Gandolfo, the pope’s summer residence. The castle has been in the church’s domain since 1596, when Pope Clement VIII received it from a local family in lieu of unpaid debts.

After a brief tour of the castle, you will pass by the lovely village of Nemi and several surrounding lakes on the way to a traditional farmhouse. Here, you will enjoy a hearty lunch and a tasting of distinctive, locally produced wines. To complement your culinary immersion, you will also learn how to make pasta from scratch, a staple of nearly every farmhouse meal.

Another wine tasting awaits you on the return drive to Rome, as you stop at Castel de Paolis or a similar winery. The wines produced in this area south of Italy’s capital have long been admired and Castel de Paolis is one of the most respected winemakers, as it strictly adheres to organic principles of production.

By late afternoon, you will return to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra for dinner on your own and to spend another relaxing evening.

DAY 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will accompany an Italian chef to a local farmer’s market to select fresh, seasonal ingredients for the cooking lesson that follows. The menu will be dictated by which ingredients look best, but you can expect it to encompass everything from traditional appetizers through indulgent desserts. To enhance the experience and authenticity, the cooking lesson will be in the chef’s home. Best of all, after the food is perfectly prepared, you will enjoy it during a leisurely lunch.

Then, after a few hours of free time back at the hotel, you will be treated to a walking tour of Trastevere, one of the oldest sections of Rome. As you meander through the labyrinthine streets, you will stop for as many as ten tastings that may include wine, pizza, pasta dishes, cheeses, cookies and gelato. It’s a sampling that reveals a traditional Roman diet and gives you great insight into daily life in this historical neighborhood.

Afterwards, you will return to the hotel for an evening at your leisure.

NOTE: On the RVA140901 (Riviera September 1st) sailing, due to restaurant unavailability in Trastevere, the dinner program will be replaced with a guided traditional Roman dinner that offers participants an opportunity to sample and learn all about traditional Roman cooking (what it includes, how it has evolved, how it differs from other parts of Italy) The meal will feature a sampling of antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci, and wine along with explanations and stories about the history and preparation of the dishes. Participants will be provided with recipes of some of the dishes that were tasted.

DAY 4

Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the ship to begin your cruise.

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, and are subject to change.

Extra nights: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met when your flight arrives and transferred to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra. Check-in time is 2:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport and transfer to the Hotel Boscolo Exedra (or similar), where you will spend the evening.

DAY 2

From 7:00am American breakfast

9:00am Drive to Castel Gandolfo

10:30am Visit Castel Gandolfo

12.00pm Drive to the farmhouse

12:30pm Wine tasting and lunch

3.00pm Drive to a nearby winery

3:30pm Wine tasting at the winery

5:00pm Drive back to the hotel

Dinner at leisure

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

DAY 3

From 7:00am American breakfast

9:00am Drive to the market

9:30am Visit the market

10:30am Cooking lesson and lunch

2:00pm Drive back to the hotel

2:30pm Afternoon at leisure

5:30pm Walking tour of Trastevere with food and wine tastings

Overnight at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra or similar hotel

NOTE: On the RVA140901 (Riviera September 1st) sailing, due to restaurant unavailability in Trastevere, the dinner program will be replaced with a guided traditional Roman dinner that offers participants an opportunity to sample and learn all about traditional Roman cooking (what it includes, how it has evolved, how it differs from other parts of Italy) The meal will feature a sampling of antipasti, primi, secondi, dolci, and wine along with explanations and stories about the history and preparation of the dishes. Participants will be provided with recipes of some of the dishes that were tasted.

DAY 4

From 7:00am American breakfast

10.30am Hotel check out

1:15pm Transfer to the ship

2:45pm Arrive at the ship for embarkation

Expected weather:

April — 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius)

May/June/September — 78° Fahrenheit (28° Celsius)

July/August — 86° Fahrenheit (30° Celsius)

November — 59° Fahrenheit (15° Celsius)

What to bring:

Dress is generally casual, although when visiting churches your knees and shoulders must be covered. Bring good walking shoes, a hat, weather-appropriate clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Local currency:

The Euro is the local currency, but U.S. dollars and travelers checks are also accepted.

Electricity:

220 volts

Hotel address:

Hotel Boscolo Exedra

Piazza della Repubblica, 47 00185 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 489381

* If a hotel is substituted due to an unforeseen situation, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

**SPECIAL NOTE:

Due to hotel unavailability, guests booking this program for the following sailing date will stay at the BOSCOLO ALEPH located on Via San Basilio 15 instead of the Hotel Boscolo Exedra:

Nautica – May 16, 2014 sailing

Program includes:

• Standard room accommodations for three nights, including breakfasts

• Transfers

• Lunch on Day 2 and tastings

• Lunch on Day 3

• Walking tour and tastings on Day 3

• A bottle of water during the tours on Days 2 and 3.

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

Program excludes:

• Meals or services not mentioned above

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

• 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, 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.

$2,199 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - ICONIC ISTANBUL - STD

POST - 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:

After disembarking the ship, 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 at a local restaurant, 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 spend the evening at your hotel.

Day 2

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 return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3:

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have until 12:00/noon to check out. Your transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

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.

Day 1

9:00am Depart from the ship

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 2

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 Return to the hotel

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out from the hotel (or earlier according to your flight time)Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport based on your flight

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.

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)including breakfast

" 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 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.

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


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - ICONIC ISTANBUL - DLX

POST - 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:

After disembarking the ship, 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 at a local restaurant, 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 spend the evening at your hotel.

Day 2

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 return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3:

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will have until 12:00/noon to check out. Your transfer to the Istanbul Ataturk airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

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.

Day 1

9:00am Depart from the ship

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 2

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 Return to the hotel

Day 3

AM Breakfast at hotel

12:00pm Check out from the hotel (or earlier according to your flight time)

Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport based on your flight

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.

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 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

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


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - MYSTICAL CAPPADOCIA

POST - 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

Following breakfast onboard the ship, you will disembark for a full-day tour of Istanbul, starting with the Hagia Sophia, which was originally built as a church. In the 15th century, it became a mosque. Today, the Hagia Sophia (meaning "Holy Wisdom") is a museum containing phenomenal mosaics, Christian and Muslim religious art and remnants of the church that stood here until 532 A.D., when it was burned in a riot.

You will also tour the famed Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, and 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.

Finally, there's the opulent Topkapi Palace, where Turkey's sultans lived from 1453 until the middle of the 19th century. It's an extraordinary residence with beautiful courtyards, a harem, sacred relics and a treasury full of exquisite jewelry from the Far East, India and Europe.

Following your exploration of Istanbul, you will drive to the airport for your flight to Nevsehir. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel for the evening.

DAY 2

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full-day tour of 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 venture toward the town of Uchisar, whose natural rock citadel is the highest point in Cappadocia and visible from a great distance. You will also visit nearby Pigeon Valley, named for the thousands of pigeon houses that have been carved into the rock cliffs since ancient times.

Then, it's on 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 usual rock formations await you near Derbent at the fairy chimneys at Urgup.

The town of Avanos lies ahead 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 return to the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel, 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 Sinasos, a former Greek village, and then 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 and the remains of a monastery.

Later in the afternoon, you will drive to the airport for your return flight to Istanbul, where you will spend the evening at the Ceylan Inter-Continental Hotel in Istanbul or similar

DAY 4

Following breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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.

DAY 1

9:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Istanbul's Old City

9:30am-10:30am Visit the Hagia Sophia

10:45am-11:45am Visit to Blue Mosque and Hippodrome

12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:45pm-2:30pm Visit the Grand Bazaar

2:45pm-3:45pm Visit Topkapi Palace

4:00pm-4:30pm Transfer to the airport

5:40pm-6:55pm Fly to Nevsehir airport (TK2008 V IST-NAV HK20), flight

subject to change

7:10pm-8:00pm Transfer to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel or similar

DAY 2

9:00am After breakfast, depart for a full-day tour in Cappadocia

9:15am-9:45am Visit the Uchisar area

9:45am-10:30am Drive for panoramic tour includes Pigeon Valley

10:45am-12:15pm Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum

12:30pm-1:45pm Lunch at Ala Turca restaurant

2:00pm-2:45pm Panoramic tour includes Derbent and fairy chimneys at Urgup

3:00pm Visit Avanos

4:00pm-5:30pm Shopping in the area

6:00pm Return to the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at the Lykia Cappadocia Lodge Hotel or similar

DAY 3

9:00am Depart for Derinkuyu underground city

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

10:45am-11:15am Drive to the Sinasos area

11:15am-Noon Visit Sinasos and the Kemal Pasha village

Noon-1:00pm Lunch at the Old Greek House restaurant

1:15pm-1:45pm Drive to Zelve and the Pasha ba? area

1:45pm-2:30pm Visit Zelve (monastery)

2:45pm-4:00pm Transfer to Kayseri airport

5:20pm-6:50pm Fly back to Istanbul (TK2015 ASR-IST HK20), flight subject

to change

6:50pm-7:15pm Transfer to the hotel. Dinner on own

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

Day 4

Check out is at 12:00 noon, but if you have a late flight you may keep your luggage in the hotel's storage room until needed. Your transfer to the airport will be arranged according to your flight time.

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 4.

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 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: 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



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