Homeric Explorer



14 Days from $2,432 - Land Only,

2 Nights Istanbul, 6-Day Greek Islands Cruise, 2 Nights Athens, 3 Nights Tel Aviv

Day 1, Thu: ISTANBUL:
Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
Day 2, Fri: ISTANBUL:
After breakfast board the motor coach for a tour of Istanbul. Visits include St. Sophia Church, now a museum, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Evening at leisure. (B,L)
Day 3, Sat: ISTANBUL:
Transfer to the pier and board your cruise ship, where you will spend the night. Enjoy dinner and entertainment on board. (B,D)
Day 4, Sun: kUSAdasi:
This morning, enjoy the shipboard activities before a mid-afternoon arrival into Kusadasi. From Kusadasi, you can take an optional excursion to the ancient city of Ephesus, the most sublime ancient city in Asia Minor. (B,L,D)
Day 5, Mon: Santorini:
You will spend the majority of today in Santorini, the volcano island, one of the most unforgettable places in the world. Walk around the narrow streets of the town of Thira or visit the beautiful village of Oia, perched on the rim of the caldera offering panoramic views of breathtaking beauty. (B,L,D)
Day 6, Tue: Crete (agios Nicolaos):
Early morning arrival into Agios Nicolaos, one of Crete's resort areas. A highlight of this visit is an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos, which was the center of the Minoan civilization and home of the mythical Minotaur kept by King Minos. (B,L,D)
Day 7, Wed: RHODES / symi:
Arrive in the island of Rhodes this morning. Opt to take an excursion to the city of Rhodes and the rocky Acropolis of Lindos to visit the Temple of Athena. Sail on to the scenic island of Symi, with its precipitous cliffs and small bays, where you will spend the afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 8, Thu: chios / Mykonos:
Morning visit to Chios, the fifth largest island in Greece. This island, known for its production of a special type of resin, is home to more than30 monasteries and many medieval villages. Sail on to Mykonos where you will enjoy the whitewashed houses, picturesque windmills and lively town with its many restaurants and chic boutiques. (B,L,D)
Day 9, Fri: LAVRION / Athens:
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to your hotel in Athens. Rest of the day at leisure or explore this fascinating city on your own. (B)
Day 10, Sat: Athens:
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. Spend the afternoon at leisure or you may take an optional tour to Cape Sounion, driving along the Athenian Reviera. (B)
Day 11, Sun: Athens / tel aviv:
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Israel. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Tel Aviv. Rest of the day is as leisure (B)
Day 12, Mon: jerUSAlem / bethlehem:
After breakfast, drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian Quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue to Bethlehem* and visit to the Church of Nativity. Drive back to Tel Aviv.
* You must carry your passports on tis day. Note: This full day tour can be substituted with a Jerusalem tour that visits Jerusalem's New City (Knesset, Israel's parliament, Holocaust memorial) instead of Bethlehem. Please inquire. (B)
Day 13, Tue: massada / dead sea:
Depart Tel Aviv via the Judean hills to the Dead Sea and Masada. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod. Continue to the Dead Sea. Enjoy the unique opportunity to swim and float in the Dead Sea. On the way back, view Qumeran caves, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Return to your hotel for overnight. Note: This full day tour can be substituted with a tour to Nazareth and Tiberius or a tour to Caesarea, Acre and Rosh Hanikra. Please inquire. (B)
Day 14, Wed: tel aviv/ USA:
You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
Triple occupancy and children prices are available upon request.
Homeric Tours will provide competitive airfares from USA in conjuction with your tour request.
The flight between Athens and Tel Aviv is additional (airfare will be determined at the time of the reservation).