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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


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



EXTRA NIGHT - MYSTICAL CAPPADOCIA

$399 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


Post-Cruise Land Tours



POST - SPAIN'S CAPITALS

POST - SPAIN'S CAPITALS

Embrace the opportunity to explore two of Europe's most vibrant cities. In the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, buildings date from medieval times, while the modern architect Gaudí has left a contemporary impression across the city's architectural landscape. In Madrid, visit the Royal Palace and the Puerta del Sol, the heart of the city. Take in the vast collection of the Prado Museum, one of the most important art galleries in the world. Meander the famous streets and plazas of Madrid as you build up an appetite for Spanish tapas and an authentic flamenco performance.

NOTE: This program ends in Madrid therefore departing flights must be out of the Madrid Barajas (MAD) International Airport.

Day 1

After disembarking the ship in Barcelona, accompany your English-speaking guide for the transfer to the elegant Hotel NH Calderón in the center of the city.

At the hotel, you will receive a ticket for the Barcelona Hop on, Hop off Tourist Bus and a map noting the city's must-see attractions. The ticket is valid for 24 hours.

You will have the remainder of the day to explore Barcelona on your own, and there is plenty to see and do. You might wander about the narrow streets of the Gothic Quarter, behold famed architect Antoni Gaudi's unfinished and controversial Church of the Holy Family, and stroll tree-lined La Ramblas, a long, wide avenue lined with extraordinary shops and restaurants. For a spectacular view of Barcelona, take the funicular to the Tibidabo hilltop and ride the glass elevator to the observation tower's top.

Day 2

After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and drive to Sants train station. Here, you will board the AVE high-speed train for a picturesque, 3.5-hour journey to Madrid. Your guide will be waiting to accompany you to the Tryp Madrid Ambassador.

Located in the historic heart of Madrid, the elegant hotel is close to landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Almudena Cathedral, Theatre de la Opera and the Senate. In fact, the hotel is a landmark itself, as it was built within the 19th-century palace of the Dukes of Granada de Ega.

After settling in, you may wish to explore on your own, especially the attractions within easy walking distance such as the Royal Palace. Although it hasn't been a royal residence since 1931, the palace is historically important and often used for state business. It's the largest palace in Western Europe.

In the evening, enjoy a wonderful welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 3

After breakfast, your English-speaking guide will meet you for a half-day city tour that begins with an exploration of the revered Prado Museum. Inside the 18th-century neoclassical building, some of the world's most acclaimed and famed art is displayed. Masterpieces from Spain's Velázquez and Goya, Italy's Raphael, and Germany's Dürer are always on exhibit, including thousands of other key works.

Afterwards, you will have time to explore Madrid on your own. Located atop a plateau, Madrid has the distinction of being Europe's highest capital and offers plenty to do. Attractions include the Parliament House, the Gran Via thoroughfare, which is lined with early 20th-century architecture, and Puerta del Sol, Madrid's historical and geographical heart. The plaza is named for the city's 15th-century eastern gate, where the rising sun bathed the city in light.

Madrid also shines at night, as you will discover at Las Carboneras (or a similar venue), where you will be treated to an authentic tapas dinner, accompanied by a passionate Flamenco performance. (Please note that Flamenco venue is not exclusive). Afterwards, you will transfer back to the hotel for the evening.

Day 4

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

Land Program Step by Step:

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

DAY 1

Transfer from ship to your hotel in Barcelona

Check in at the hotel and receive Tourist City Bus tickets

Rest of the day at your leisure

Dinner on own

Overnight at the Hotel NH Calderon or similar

**For guests with more than one suitcase each - due to limited space on the train as well as the fact that there is no porter assistance at the train stations, our local ground operator will collect 1 piece of luggage from each guest in the cruise terminal upon disembarkation. These bags will be delivered to the hotel in Madrid the next day. Please pack accordingly for this.

DAY 2

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast at the hotel (included)

9:00am-9:30am Transfer to Sants train station

9:30am-1:00pm AVE high-speed train to Madrid (subject to change)

1:00pm-1:30pm Transfer from Atocha train station to hotel in Madrid

1:30pm-2:00pm Check in at hotel

Lunch and afternoon at leisure

8:00pm-9:00pm Welcome dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Tryp Ambassador Hotel or similar

** Train departure time to be confirmed. There is one train each hour from Barcelona to Madrid.

DAY 3

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast at the hotel (included)

9:00am-1:00pm Half-day city tour in Madrid

1:00pm-7:00pm Lunch and afternoon at your leisure

7:00pm-7:30pm Transfer to Las Carboneras or similar venue

7:30pm-8:30pm Tapas Dinner at Las Carboneras or similar venue

8:30pm-9:30pm Flamenco show at Las Carboneras or similar venue

9:30pm-10:00pm Transfer back to the hotel

Overnight at the Tryp Ambassador Hotel or similar

DAY 4

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast at the hotel (included)

12:00pm Check out

Morning and lunch at your leisure

Transfer from hotel to the Madrid 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 4.

Expected Weather:

April: average temperature 12º C

May: average temperature 15º C

June: average temperature 20º C

September: average temperature 22º C

October: average temperature 15º C

November: average temperature 10º C

What to Bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, sun protection, umbrellas, cameras, etc.

Currency: Euro

Electricity: 220 Volt. Remember to bring a converter.

Luggage: All luggage will travel with guests on the train.

Documents and Visa Requirements: Valid passport.

Accommodations:

Madrid: Tryp Madrid Ambassador or a similar centrally located hotel.

Barcelona: Hotel NH Calederón or a similar centrally located hotel.

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

Program Includes for guests:

All services and meals listed above

Standard seating on the AVE High Speed Train

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:

Personal expenses, extras at the hotel, food and beverage services where not specified, porterage at the hotels.

*Barcelona is evaluating the possibility of introducing a city tax, which would have to be paid by each guest directly at the hotel.

NOTE: This program ends in Madrid therefore departing flights must be out of the Madrid Barajas (MAD) International Airport.

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.

$1,399 Per Guest


Post-Cruise Land Tours



EXTRA NIGHT - SPAIN'S CAPITALS

EXTRA NIGHT - SPAIN'S CAPITALS

$349 Per Guest



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