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TOUR OVERVIEW

Delve deep into the history and mythology of Greece with your tour escort, who will make the tales you were told in school come alive. This small group fully escorted tour combines the ease of having everything planned for you and still leave time for you to explore on your own. Learn the secrets of the Parthenon, admire the temple of Poseidon in the waning light of sunset and enjoy a traditional Greek dinner at a local taverna. Visit the wonders of Mykonos, and marvel at the ancient archeological site of Akrotiri in Santorini, which some believe to be the lost city of Atlantis. We’ll let you decide.

Itinerary Homeric Jewels starts on Monday.

  • DAY 1, MON

    MYKONOS

    Upon arrival, you will be met by Homeric Tour Escort and transferred to your hotel for a glorious, fun-filled four night stay on the island. For several decades, Mykonos has been the favorite destination of jet setters from around the world. Tonight, begin your trip with the welcome dinner at the hotel with your fellow travelers.
    Dinner included
  • DAY 2, TUE

    MYKONOS

    Today, enjoy this beautiful whitewashed island at leisure. Spend your day relaxing on one of its many beautiful beaches, strolling the town's whitewashed streets and chic shops, or sipping a drink on the waterfront. Tonight is a great opportunity to dine at a local tavern in Mykonos town. Your Tour Escort will be happy to make the arrangements
    Breakfast included
  • DAY 3, WED

    MYKONOS

    Your day today is at leisure. Opt for a tour to the nearby island of Delos, located just 2 miles from Mykonos. Delos, a UNESCO world heritage site, was considered by the ancient Greeks to be one of the holiest of sanctuaries, where the god Apollo and goddess Artemis were born according to Greek myth. Here, you can visit an impressive archaeological site hosting many monumentalantiquities from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic periods.
    Breakfast included
  • DAY 4, THU

    MYKONOS / SANTORINI

    Today, transfer to the Mykonos port for your ferry ride to the breathtaking island of Santorini, where you will spend three days at leisure. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Dinner is included at the local restaurant.
    Breakfast and Dinner included
  • DAY 5, FRI

    SANTORINI

    Today, after breakfast, we will visit the Minoan archeological site of Akrotiri and stop by one of the local wineries to sample local wines. Afternoon is at leisure to visit one of the famous red or black volcanic beaches.
    Breakfast included
  • DAY 6, SAT

    SANTORINI

    Enjoy today at your own pace. Walk the narrow streets of Fira or stroll the quaint village of Oia, the best place to catch the island's famous sunset.
    Breakfast included
  • DAY 7, SUN

    SANTORINI / ATHENS

    Transfer to the Santorini airport for your flight to Athens. Upon arrival, transfer to your Athens hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
    Breakfast included
  • DAY 8, MON

    ATHENS

    After breakfast, commence your morning sightseeing tour of Athens. Visits include the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. Spend the afternoon at leisure or explore this fascinating and historical city on your own. Our farewell dinner is at a local restaurant, where in addition to delectable food you can admire the views of the Acropolis.
    Breakfast and Dinner included
  • DAY 9, TUE

    ATHENS

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
    Breakfast included

Package Includes

  • 3-night accommodation in Mykonos
  • 3-night accommodation in Santorini
  • 2-night accommodation in Athens
  • Breakfast daily
  • Three dinners
  • Tour of Akrotiri and wine tasting in Santorini
  • Sightseeing tour of Athens
  • Ferry from Mykonos to Santorini
  • One way flight from Santorini to Athens
  • Services of the dedicated Homeric Tours local Tour Leader
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Porterage of one suitcase per person
  • 24/7 Support from a Homeric Representative
  • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

 

Dates & Prices

Homeric Jewels - DOUBLE PRICES

Mykonos San Marco Hotel
SantoriniEl Greco
Athens Athenian Callirhoe / Titania
APR 20, 2020 $2,149
MAY 11, 2020$2,349
JUN 1, 2020 $2,599
JUN 22, 2020 $2,599
JUL 13, 2020$2,699
AUG 17, 2020 $2,699
SEP 14, 2020$2,599
OCT 5, 2020 $2,399
OCT 26, 2020 $2,149

Homeric Jewels - SINGLE PRICES

Mykonos
San Marco Hotel
Santorini El Greco
Athens Ahenian Callirhoe / Titania
APR 20, 2020$2,836
MAY 11, 2020$3,250
JUN 1, 2020$3,431
JUN 22, 2020$3,811
JUL 13, 2020 $4,005
AUG 17, 2020
$4,005
SEP 14, 2020
$3,621
OCT 5, 2020$3,351
OCT 26, 2020 $2,861

HOTELS

Mykonos

San Marco Hotel Luxury Hotel & Villas★ ★ ★ ★ ★
San Marco Luxury Hotel & Villas - Just 4 km from the town of Mykonos , and 1.5 km from the new harbor of Tourlos, lies the exclusive area of Houlakia Bay – and the San Marco Hotel . Right on the natural beach (a preserved archaeological site), the hotel hugs the gently sloping hill that overlooks the bay and the small isle of Delos. There is a mini bus leaving from the Hotel’s entrance that brings you in five minutes to Mykonos capital “Chora” where one may enjoy the shopping opportunities and the famous Mykonos nightlife. The San Marco Hotel is built in authentic Cycladic style with traditional whitewashed walls, deep blue wooden shutters, wooden pergolas and over-hanging balconies. The hotel consists of 4 independent and individually architectured buildings that house the 86 newly renovated rooms, maisonettes and suites. The rooms are exceptionally spacious and are equipped with all modern conveniences. All rooms have private balconies or verandas that overlook the hills surrounding Houlakia bay, the gardens or the Mythical Aegean Sea.
  • Hotel Address:Houlakia Bay, 84600, Mykonos, Mykonos - Greece
    Phone:(+ 30) 22890 27172, Fax:(+ 30) 22890 25376, Email:sanmarco@sanmarco.gr

Santorini

El Greco★ ★ ★ ★
The El Greco Resort & Spa welcomes you to a place that combines simplicity with beauty and can make your stay a truly unforgettable experience. The El Greco is the largest hotel in Santorini and is located just minutes away from the center of the magnificent town of Fira, the capital of Santorini. the hotel offers an adult-only spa center, 5 outdoor swimming pools and one indoor pool. It operates under the strictest of standards in order to satisfy even the most demanding guest. As a contemporary establishment, the hotels blends the heritage and love for Santorini island with a component of luxury to create a memorable stay.
  • Hotel Address:Fira, Santorini - Greece

Athens

Athenian Callirhoe★ ★ ★ ★
The Athenian Callirhoe Exclusive Hotel is a 4-star superior property located in the heart of Athens, where style and comfort are happily coupled to offer a pleasant stay with the finest accommodations and delightful culinary experiences. At the Athenian Callirhoe hotel, guests will discovery a distinctive building with an elegant urban interior design, enjoying the very best in luxury and service while be spoiled with the 'little things' a guest needs to make one feel at home. Visit the roof garden restaurant to savor refreshing cockails and delicious cuisine creations enjoying the breathtaking views of both the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. The Athenian Callirhoe is a short walk from all of the city's cultural highlights and attractions such as the Kallimarmaro Stadium, Plaka, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.
  • Hotel Address:32 Kallirois Avenue & Petmeza, GR-117 43, ATHENS - Greece
    Phone:(+30) 210-9215353, Fax:(+30) 210-9215342,

BROCHURE

Brochure Name:

GREECE 2020

Homeric Jewels Tour Page:

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Optional Tours

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Ancient Corinth

Half Day (morning)

$84 

Starting from Athens we drive westwards along the scenic coast, until we reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop). Shortly thereafter we reach the ancient town of Corinth (visit) where St. Paul lived and preached for two years. Back in the ancient times Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge agora (market place) and Apollo's Temple (6th C.B.C) brief stop at the site of the ancient port of Kechreai where St. Paul disembarked.

 

Athens By Night

city: Athens/(Greece) Nightly 

$82

Your evening dinner/tour begins with a pleasant scenic drive through the illuminated boulevards of Athens, as far as Piraeus, Greece's principal commercial port. Continue to Marina Zea, one of the busiest yacht harbors in the Mediterranean and home port to many luxury pleasure yachts belonging to Greece's ship owning and international jet-set communities. From here, a short drive to Mikrolimano, another picturesque yacht and fishing boat harbor, home to the ex Royal Yacht Club and many fine waterfront seafood restaurants. We finally return to Athens and the renowned "Plaka" district, located around the base of the Acropolis, for dinner with live floor show at a typical Greek taverna

Classical Tour

Athens/(Greece) Three days (on Halfboard Basis)

$515

DAY 1: Starting from Athens, drive westward along the scenic coast until reaching the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (short stop). Drive to Epidaurus (visit the archaeological site and the Theatre famous for its remarkable acoustics) and then on to Nauplia, the first capital of Greece (short stop). Drive to Mycenae, where you will visit the archaeological site and then depart for Olympia through the central Peloponnese area passing the cities of Megalopolis and Tripolis. Arrive in Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia. (D) 
DAY 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to ANTIRION on the "state of the art" suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos and then continue to Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi. (B,D) 
DAY 3: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Two hours at leisure before starting the drive back to Athens. (B.) 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Classical Tour with Meteora

 Four days (on Halfboard Basis)

$719

DAY 1: Starting from Athens, drive westwards along the scenic coast, until reaching the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (Short Stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa. Continue along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Epidaurus for a visit. On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then depart for Nauplia, the first capital of Greece (Short Stop). Next, drive to Mycenae for a visit. Mycenae, the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon which was first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization. In the afternoon depart for Olympia. Dinner & Overnight in Olympia. (D) 
DAY 2: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Olympia. Drive via Patras to Rion, cross the channel to Antirion on the "state of the art" suspended bridge considered to be the longest and most modern in Europe. Arrive in Nafpaktos and then continue to Delphi. Dinner & Overnight in Delphi. (B,D) 
DAY 3: In the morning visit the archaeological site and the museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka. Drive through Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala. Arrive in Kalambaka for dinner and overnight (B,D) 
DAY 4: In the morning, visit breathtaking Meteora and in the early afternoon start the drive back to Athens passing via Thermopylae (visit) and Kammena Vourla. (B)
The most outstanding classical sites are visited on this tour, reminding the visitor of the glory that was Greece. 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

One-Day Cruise Excursion to Hydra, Poros & Aegina

Lunch Included 

$107

7:45am - Transfer by motorcoach from Athens to Piraeus Port and embark on the cruise ship. 
8:15am - Sail for the island of Hydra, where you will have time at leisure for strolling, shopping or swimming. In the early afternoon sail for the island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros.. Upon arrival in Aegina you can either join the excursion to the Temple of Aphaia (extra cost ) or walk around the main town. Lunch is served on board. 
Sail to Poros for a short visit before reembarking for the sail back to Piraeus Port. 
7:15pm  Arrival at Piraeus Port and transfer to Athens

One-Day Delphi

Delphi Full Day (Lunch Included)

$122

Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets). Arrive in Delphi the ancient sanctuary of Apollo. Visit the Museum where one can see among other archaeological treasures, the unique bronze Charioteer, then proceed through the sacred way to the Athenian treasury. Visit the Temple of Apollo. Return to Athens by the same route.

One-Day Mycenae & Epidaurus

Athens/(Greece) Full Day

$122

Drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae (Visit) . Mycenae 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon that was first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization

Then drive through Argos on the way to Nauplia, the 1st capital of Greece in 1829. After lunch depart for Epidaurus for a visit.

On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.

 

Sounion

Half Day (afternoon) 

$56

Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour, Cape Sounion is dominated by the spectacular Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Three-Day Delphi & Meteora

     Three Days (on Halfboard Basis)

$515

DAY 1: Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and arrive in Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit of the archaeological site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the "severe" Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in Delphi. (D)
DAY 2: Morning at leisure. Drive by the Central Greece towns of Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala to arrive into Kalambaka. Overnight. (B,D)
DAY 3: In the morning visit the breathtaking Meteora and then start the drive back to Athens, passing through Thermopylae (visit) and Kamena Vourla. (B)
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Two-Day Delphi

Delphi Two Days (On Halfboard basis)

$210

DAY 1: Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and arrive into Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. 
Visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum where one can see among other archeological treasures, the unique bronze statue of the Charioteer dedicated to Apollo by Polyzalos, the tyrant of Gela, in 478 B.C. when he won the chariot-race at the Pythian Games. This incomparable statue is a representative example of the ''severe'' Attic style, certainly the work of a major artist. 
The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in Delphi. (D). 
DAY 2: Day at leisure to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of Delphi's landscape, before the afternoon drive back to Athens. (B) 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Two-Day Meteora

Athens/(Greece) Two Days (On Halfboard basis)

$227

DAY 1: Drive through Levadia and Arachova (famous for its bright multi colored carpets) and arrive in Delphi. At the foot of Mount Parnassos, within the angle formed by the twin rocks of the Phaedriades, lies the Pan-Hellenic sanctuary of Delphi, which had the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. Delphi was regarded as the centre of the world. According to mythology, it is here that the two eagles sent out by Zeus from the ends of the universe to find the navel of the world met. The sanctuary of Delphi, set within a most spectacular landscape, was for many centuries the cultural and religious centre and symbol of unity for the Hellenic world and seat of the Pythian Games, the second most important games in Greece after the Olympics, which were held every four years. Visit of the archaeological site (Museum not included). 
After visit depart to Kalambaka through the towns of Central Greece  Amphissa, Lamia and Trikala - crossing the Thessalian Plain, the granary of Greece. Dinner & Overnight in Kalambaka. (D). 
DAY 2: Morning visit of the breathtaking Meteora and its monasteries built on the top of high rocks. Then start the drive back to Athens passing through Thermopylae where Leonidas was killed (visit) and Kamena Vourla. (B) 
Accommodation during tour in 1st class hotels

Two-Day Mycenae & Epidaurus

Athens/(Greece)  Two Days (on Halfboard basis)

$210

DAY 1: Starting from Athens, drive westwards along the scenic coast, until you reach the Corinth Canal with its breathtaking views (Short Stop). The Corinth Canal is a junction of international sea transport and serves ships coming from the western Mediterranean and Adriatic en route to eastern Mediterranean and black sea ports and vice-versa. 
Continue along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae for a visit. Mycenae, 'Rich in Gold', the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon that was first sung by Homer in his epics, is the most important and richest palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. Its name was given to one of the greatest civilizations of Greek prehistory, the Mycenaean civilization. Then depart for Nauplia, the first capital of Greece. After lunch, afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Nauplia. (L) 
DAY 2: After a morning at leisure, depart for Epidaurus for a visit. On the headland called "Nesi" at Palaia Epidaurus, the theatre of the ancient city is quite well-preserved, in the shape it acquired during the latter years of its function. The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of unamplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 12,000 spectators, regardless of their seating 
In the afternoon drive back to Athens (B).

Important Tour Info

PACKAGE RULES – HOMERIC JEWELS

  • A Greece tax of up to 4 euros per person per night is additional and will need to be paid directly to the hotel upon check-out.
  • Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Triple occupancy and children prices are available upon request.
  • Hotels featured above may be substituted according to the availability.
  • Homeric Tours can provide competitive airfares from USA in conjunction with your tour request.
  • Tours can be extended as desired, please inquire directly.

ITINERARY INFO – HOMERIC JEWELS

Homeric Jewels   starts on Monday. 

If purchasing air on your own, please note approximate arrival time at Pireaus port when scheduling international air departure time

 

INCLUDED FEATURES INFO – HOMERIC JEWELS

* The new Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays

BOOKING INFO – HOMERIC JEWELS

Homeric Tours will provide affordable airfare from USA in conjunction with the tour upon request.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Prepare for the Unexpected

Homeric Tours highly recommends that all our passengers purchase travel insurance. We offer a cost-effective, comprehensive insurance plan that protects you in cases such as having to cancel your trip for medical reasons, leaving your trip early due to an emergency, getting reimbursed in case your baggage arrives late, and so on.

We offer two separate plans: one for passengers who purchase only air tickets from us and the other for passengers who purchase land-only services (hotels, cruises, transfers, etc.) or land-and-air packages.

TRAVEL TIPS – GREECE & TURKEY

GREECE

PASSPORT/VISA: (It is recommended that your passport have at least six months of validity whenever you travel abroad to avoid unintended travel disruptions. Because rules and regulations frequently change, please inquire about passports validity and visas from the consulate of the foreign country you will visit. Participants with valid U.S. and Canadian passports do not require visas. If you hold a passport of a foreign country, please contact the Greek Consulate in your area for information on whether or not you need a visa. 
Important: Passengers requiring a Schengen Visa must have a multi-entry Schengen Visa if visiting more than one country.) 
CLIMATE: (The temperature in Athens ranges from 55F in January to 92F in July and August. Seasonal breezes called meltemia moderate the summer heat. The country averages more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year.) 
CLOTHING: (Dress tends to be casual, but there are limits. Sleeveless dresses and shorts may not be worn in monasteries and churches, and women should be sure that arms and shoulders are covered. Jackets for men and cocktail dresses for women are required in the posher of restaurants and in the casinos.) 
EXCURSIONS: (Visiting the Greek ruins often means traversing over irregular stony terrain that can present a double hazard. Thus, shoes worn on such excursions should be sturdy and absolutely comfortable. Do not wear high heel shoes on these excursions.) 
CURRENCY: (The unit of currency is the Euro. Coinage is available in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents with 1 and 2 Euros. Bank notes come in units of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros. It is not necessary to exchange your money prior to your arrival in Athens.
There are two banks open where you can exchange your money at the baggage claim area in Athens airport. There are also banks at the hotels.) 
TIPPING: (The Greek restaurants automatically include a 15% service charge. If that is the case, the custom is to leave small change on the plate for the waiter and an equivalent amount on the table for the bus boy. In restaurants without a service charge or in the case of room service, 15% is the norm.) 
SHOPPING: (The favorite buys in Athens are furs, leather goods (especially shoes), hand-woven and hand-embroidered clothing and linen, ceramics, handbags, jewelry and flokati rugs. The most elegant shopping area is the Kolonaki district where you will find the latest European styles.) 
ELECTRICITY: (The standard electrical current throughout Greece is 220AC and the outlets are made for 2 round poles.) 
BANKS & CREDIT CARDS: (All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and cosmopolitan boutiques. However, they are not used as extensively as they are in the U.S. Traveler's checks are widely accepted throughout Greece. They can be exchanged easily at almost all banks and post offices.) 
TIME: (There is a seven-hour (+7) difference when New York is on the Eastern Standard Time. Greece, along with the rest of the European Community, observes daylight savings time from April to October.

 

TURKEY

PASSPORT/VISA: (It is recommended that your passport have at least six (6) months of validity whenever you travel abroad to avoid unintended travel disruptions. Because rules and regulations frequently change, please inquire about passports validity and visas from the consulate of the foreign country you will visit. Participants with a valid U.S. passport must also obtain a visa from the Turkish Consulate. If you hold a passport of a foreign country, please contact the Turkish Consulate in your area for information on whether or not you need a visa. Important:Passengers requiring a Schengen Visa must have a multi-entry Schengen Visa if visiting more than one country.) 
CURRENCY: (The unit of currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Coinage is available in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Kurus with 1 Lira. Bank notes come in units of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 New Lira. It is best to consult your bank or newspaper for the current exchange rate before you leave the country. In Turkey, banks offer more favorable exchange rates than hotels. 
Travelers checks and major U.S. credit cards are widely accepted in major cities and resort areas. Sometimes payment in U.S. dollars can help you in bargaining for a special price. 
Banks are open weekdays from 8:30am to noon and from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Branches are major cities offer additional hours.) 
TIME: (Turkey standard time is 2 hours ahead of GMT, 1 hour ahead of mid-European time and 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard time.) 
ELECTRICAL CURRENT: (The electrical current in Turkey is 200 volts AC in all parts of the country. Most major hotels in the main cities have adapters and converters available for guest use.) 
WHAT TO PACK: (The dress code in Turkey is informal. Men will find that a jacket and tie may be appropriate for top restaurants and hotel dining rooms. While on tour and when visiting holy places of different faiths, dress should be conservative (no shorts or sleeveless shirts for men and women). The general rule is: the smaller the town, the more casual and conservative the dress.) 
SHOPPING: (Shopping is great in Turkey especially at the bazaars. The best buys in Turkey are leather and suede, copper, brassware, porcelains, jewelry, embroideries and the famed Turkish carpets. Remember to bargain that's part of the pleasure!) 
SHOPPING HOURS: (Shops are generally open from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm Monday through Saturday. Shops are closed on Sundays. However, in resort areas, shops are open daily until 9pm and on Sundays.) 
TIPPING: (Service charges are included but it is customary to show appreciation to hotel personnel and to your guide and driver. Service charges are included but it is customary to show appreciation to hotel personnel and to your guide and driver.) 

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