2022 The Highlights of the Greek Civilization

Dates September 20 - October 3, 2022
Destination Istanbul, Turkey; Cappadocia, Turkey; Konya, Turkey; Pamukkale, Turkey; Kusadasi, Turkey; Athens, Greece; United States
Duration 12 days 11 nights
Price From 3,850

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Morris Murdock Escorted Tours and our host Carlos L. Fida are excited to offer this brand-new itinerary for this coming September. It is a land tour, not a short visit offered by cruise lines when they dock in a couple of places in Turkey and Greece.

The highlights of the Greek Civilization are an introduction to the glories of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, visiting palaces, churches and mosques. Added to this we walk through ancient ruins of the most important civilization in the world, in Turkey and Greece.

Join Carlos in this unique tour, exploring the highlights of old Constantinople and the Greek civilization in Turkey and Greece. 

TOUR ID: 9222i22

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165

Day 1: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

USA to Istanbul, Turkey

Today we will depart the states and fly overnight to Istanbul, Turkey.

Meals : In-flight
Day 2: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Istanbul

Upon arrival in Istanbul our bilingual guide will meet us and escort us to the hotel. In the afternoon we will cruise the Bosporus Strait to see the palaces, mansions, houses, and other historical buildings along the Bosporus. Later, we will have a welcome dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Istanbul and return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kent Hotel (or similar). 

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Thursday, September 22, 2022

Ottoman & Byzantine remains

Today, we will explore the Ottoman and Byzantine remains of Istanbul. Our day will start with visiting the Blue Mosque. We will also visit Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Water Cisterns. Dinner and overnight at Kent Hotel or similar in Istanbul 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Friday, September 23, 2022

Cappadocia

Check out from our hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, you will notice the changes in the landscape in the region and start to see beautiful natural formations called “Fairy Chimneys.” We will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum and see houses, living areas, and some of the most ancient churches carved in the fairy chimneys. The natural rock citadel named Uchisar is one of the wonders of the world. Check in at our hotel in Cappadocia before going to one of the terraces in the valley to take fascinating sunset photos. Dinner and overnight at Burcu Kaya Hotel (or similar) in Cappadocia. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Saturday, September 24, 2022

Cappadocia

Early in the morning we will have an optional* balloon ride to get the best sunrise photos in the valley. After meeting back at the hotel, we will drive to Kaymaklı - a breathtaking underground city with amazing ventilation systems, storage areas, bedrooms, and living rooms. In the afternoon, we will visit Derbent Valley and will do some hiking in Zelve, which was an important Christian center during 9th and 13th centuries. We will again end our day with breathtaking sunset photos of Cappadocia from another view. Dinner and overnight at Burcu Kaya Hotel in Cappadocia. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Sunday, September 25, 2022

Konya

This morning we depart from our hotel in Cappadocia and drive to Konya. Konya is the home of whirling dervishes and was visited by Paul on his journeys back when the city was known as the ancient Iconium. Upon arrival, we will visit the Rumi Museum and learn about whirling dervishes. Dinner and overnight it Dedeman Hotel (or similar) in Konya. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Monday, September 26, 2022

Pamukkale

Morning bus to Pamukkale. Pamukkale is nicknamed “white castle,” famous for white travertines and the natural thermal springs in the area. We will tour the white travertines as well as the ruins of ancient city Hieropolis. Later, we view the area of Collosae and make a visit to the ancient city of Laodecia which John mentioned in the Book of Revelation. Once we check into our hotel in Pamukkale, we have time to enjoy the local thermal water pools to relax and bask in the ancient culture of the area. Dinner and overnight at Richmond Hotel (or similar) in Pamukkale.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Tuesday, September 27, 2021

Kusadasi

This morning we check out from the hotel and drive to Kusadasi, which is a port many cruise ships use to visit Ephesus. On our way, we visit the ancient city of Aphrodisias which is known for its Aphrodite cult and festival as well as the famous sculpture school of the Roman period. We will check into our hotel in the afternoon and have a great time swimming in the Aegean Sea by our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi Ramada Hotel.  

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Kusadasi

Today we arrive in the Ephesus, once a home for Paul, John, and perhaps Mary. Our visits here will include a visit to Mary’s House, an ancient site in Ephesus which is one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world. We will conclude our day with a visit to the Basilica of St.John. Dinner and overnight at Ramada Hotel in Kusadasi. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Thursday, September 29, 2022

Athens

Check out from our hotel in Kusadasi and drive to Izmir airport to take our flight short flight to Athens. Arrival in Athens and meeting with our guide at the airport. Transfer to central Athens and check in at our hotel. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Titania in Athens. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Friday, September 30, 2022

Athens

Arrive in Athens and meet with our guide at the airport for a tour of the city. Following the sightseeing tour, we will visit the Acropolis and the March Hill where Paul preached about the unknown God. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Titania in Athens. 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Athens

Today we will leave our hotel and drive to the countryside outside of Athens heading to ancient Corinth, famous for its Corinthian Temple. We stop at the Corinth canal and later visit the ancient city where the apostle Paul also stayed. Our optional lunch will be by the Corinth Canal. We will return back to our hotel in the afternoon. Those who would like to join us, will have a short walk from our hotel to Syntagma Square and see the changing of the guard and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Our dinner and overnight will be at Hotel Titania in Athens.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Sunday, October 2, 2022

Athens

On our final day before departure, we will see the highlight of Greece, the Acropolis!  Our day will start in the morning with a short bus ride, taking us to visit the Acropolis and the Marsh Hill, where Paul preached about the unknown God.  Our farewell dinner and overnight will be at the Hotel Titania in Athens.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Monday, October 3, 2022

Athens to U.S.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals : In-flight

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • English speaking professional guides
  • Advance timed entry tickets to attractions included = less time waiting in lines
  • Luggage handling, tips to porters
  • Private boat ride on Bosporus 

Included:

  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Local Licensed guides & experienced Tour Manager
  • 4-Star Hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all noted sites
  • Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Document package
  • Digital tour App

Not Included:

  • International Airfare to Istanbul, returning from Athens ($ 1,150 pp approximately)
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary during free time
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35)
  • Meals not included in tour outline
  • Hot Air Balloon ride (optional and subject to weather conditions)

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement/Private room $ TBD

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit due at time of booking
  • Final Payments are due July 21, 2022

TOUR ID: 9222i22

To Book This Tour, Contact:

Carol Alegre, Tour Manager
Tel: (801) 483-6165