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BYZANTIUM, PHILADELPHIA & PETRA

14 Days / 13 Nights
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Istanbul, Cappadocia, Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra and much more.

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Guaranteed departures on Sundays all year round, from Istanbul.

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Istanbul.
  • Tour through Inland Turkey with local English-speaking guides on Half Board basis.
  • 2-night accommodation in Cappadocia in 4* or 5* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Pamukkale in 4* or 5* hotels.
  • 1-night accommodation in Izmir in 4* or 5* hotels.
  • 4 nights of accommodation in Amman, on half board basis.
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Petra, on half board basis.
  • Full-day Istanbul city tour with an official English-speaking guide and lunch.
  • Entrance fees included to the sites visited.
  • 2-hour tour in a 4x4 Jeep in Wadi Rum.
  • All necessary transfers, as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • Air ticket Istanbul-Cappadocia (15 kg + 8 kg).
  • Air ticket Izmir-Istanbul (15 kg + 8 kg).
  • Air tickey Istanbul - Amman.
  • All transfers as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • 24/7 emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Local taxes.

Not included & Optionals

  • Personal expenses & Gratuities (optional).
  • International air tickets.
  • Book more nights in Istanbul and/or Amman by clicking on "Customize your Program" or during step 1 of your reservation.
  • Travel with absolute peace of mind by adding our cancellation and/or health insurance in step 1/3 of your booking.
  • Check our FAQ section for more information on selected hotel categories and properties.
  • 10% discount for groups of 10 travelers or more.

Important:

  • Please note that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is closed on Sundays.
  • From 01/01/2023 the "Blue Mosque" will remain closed for repairs, so we will visit its gardens and have the opportunity to see the exterior of this magnificent monument.
  • It is mandatory, at the time of entering your reservation, to send us a copy of your passport, in order to manage the free visa, otherwise you must pay it at destination. Passengers with Colombian, Cuban or Belizean citizenship must request their visa at their consulates or submit the visa application one month before the start of the program.
  • The Departure is guaranteed with a minimum of 02 participants, in case you travel in Single and there are no more participants, you must pay the Mandatory Solo Traveler supplement.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Byzantium, Philadelphia & Petra

ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
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ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL

After your arrival in the city that was once Byzantium (and later Constantinople), your English-speaking assistant will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in one of our private vehicles.  He will help you with the check-in, inform you about all the details of your trip, offer a brief presentation of the city and its day to day life and answer your questions. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and start enjoying this stunning city.

Alternatively, you can join the Night Cruise on the Bosphorus with Dinner & Show or enjoy an hour's pampering at the Hamam Cimberlitas.

Greca Tip: You can also head to Ortaköy, the area for upmarket chic, where you will find a strip of stands serving kumpir, Turkey's answer to the jacket potato. Pick your spud and toppings and savor the seaside views while you eat on your feet.

FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
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FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

After your breakfast, at the agreed time, we will pick you up from your hotel, or the nearest pick-up point, to begin a full-day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central city restaurant and a visit to the most resplendent monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman empires have handed down to future generations: Hagia Sophia, Constantinople Racecourse, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores.

At the end of the visit, you may linger some more in the old city, enjoying the amazing atmosphere, and finally you will make your own way to your hotel.

Greca Tip: Visit Camilca Hill on the Asian side of Istanbul and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

ISTANBUL - ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA
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ISTANBUL - ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA

In the morning, your English-speaking assistant will pick you up to transfer you to Istanbul airport in order to board your flight to the capital of Turkey, Ankara. In Ankara you will visit the important Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, a national hero and the first president of the Turkish Republic. In the afternoon, you will head towards the magical region of Cappadocia, with its fairytale scenery and fascinating cavern architecture. On the way to your hotel, you will stop at one of the biggest underground cities scattered in the region.  Later on you will check in at your hotel, have dinner and enjoy a good rest.

Greca Tip: Consult with your guide about the possibility of joining in an unforgettable hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia (subject to weather conditions).

CAPPADOCIA
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CAPPADOCIA

This day will be fully dedicated to the beautiful region of Cappadocia.  After a filling breakfast you will start by visiting the Göreme Valley, its open-air museum with the villages of prehistoric cave dwellers and underground cities.  It is here where the ideas of Christianity were unified by St Basil the Great and his Christian brothers. You will visit the churches, chapels and monasteries, with their ancient frescoes painted on the walls.

Your next destination will be the troglodyte village of Uçhisar and the valley of Avcilar, which has a spectacular landscape.

You will continue through the Devrent valley, also known as Imaginary Valley, with its pointed, mushroom-like structures, many of which are said to resemble animal shapes. Finally, you will visit local artisan workshops, such as carpet-making or jewelry shops with the popular translucent onyx stones.

You will return to your hotel, where you will enjoy dinner and spend the night.

Greca Tip: At sunrise fly over the historic cave dwellings of Goreme Town in a hot-air balloon or watch the balloons from the rooftop garden of your hotel.

FROM CAPPADOCIA TO PAMUKKALE
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FROM CAPPADOCIA TO PAMUKKALE

Early in the morning, and after a delicious breakfast, you will depart for Pamukkale, meaning 'cotton castle' in Turkish. On your way there you will stop at the Old Palace and Medieval Fort of Caravanserai, built along the trade route that once lead to Persia. Here, in former times, merchants from the east and west used to rest, stock up on supplies and socialize.

Upon your arrival, you will have free time to familiarize yourself with the city and maybe visit Pamukkale's travertine terraces or white calcium cascades formed by the activity of the hot thermal springs in the area. You will enjoy dinner and a good rest at your hotel.

Greca Tip: You may use your free time to take a dip in the thermal pool of your hotel.

PAMUKKALE - EPHESUS - IZMIR
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PAMUKKALE - EPHESUS - IZMIR

Breakfast at your hotel and, at the agreed time, you will visit the archaeological site of Ephesus, the vast and beautiful Greco-Roman city, a vibrant and rich metropolis. In Ephesus you will visit the ruins of the Odeon, a small roofed theatre for plays and concerts, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus, which once held nearly 12,000 scrolls, the Greco-Roman theater as well as the Agora and the Basilica of Saint John, built during the reign of the the emperor Justinian in the 6th century.

A major tourist attraction is Maryemana, the house, which is believed to be the last resting place of Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Afterwards, you will stop at a leather production center, where you can pick the 'silk leather' item that you like at much reduced prices.  You will then continue to Izmir, have dinner and rest.

Greca Tip: You can also visit the brilliant Ephesus museum with the finds from the ancient city, including an exquisitely carved Artemis statue and the Gladiator Room.

IZMIR - ISTANBUL
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IZMIR - ISTANBUL

You will enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then we will transfer you to Izmir Airport to board your flight to Istanbul or to the port of Kusadasi to join your cruise in the Aegean sea. 

Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel, where you will have a good rest. 

Greca Tip: Don't forget to stock up on packets of delicious hazelnuts, lokums and Turkish coffee somewhere along your trip.

GOODBYE TURKEY! HELLO JORDAN!
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GOODBYE TURKEY! HELLO JORDAN!

After a delicious breakfast and at the indicated time, one of our vehicles will accompany you to the Istanbul International Airport to check in your luggage and, if necessary, process any tax refund on "tax free" products that you have purchased.

After their arrival to, what was the capital of the Iron Age kingdom of Ammon, later it became a Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine city, in the heart of the Umayyad province of "Al-Balqa", a field of ruins Abandoned and an Ottoman village from the late 19th century. Today it is the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and known as the city of Amman.

Greca Tip: Check out the best dining options in Amman with our assistant.

AMMAN - JERASH -  AMMAN
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AMMAN - JERASH - AMMAN

After a tasty breakfast you will make a panoramic visit to the modern and ancient city of Amman, the capital of Jordan and the commercial, industrial and administrative center of the country. You will visit the center of the modern area and enjoy the views from the Citadel.

Next you will visit the Roman Theater, built in the 2nd century and with a capacity for 6,000 people, the Traditional Markets, a place where you can find anything you can imagine, churches, mosques, and residential neighborhoods.

Next you will go to Jerash, one of the best preserved cities of the Roman Empire outside of Italy where you will travel back in time through its streets, theaters, temples and squares. Among its monuments, the Great Colonnade, the Arc de Triomphe, the Oval Square and the Temples of Zeus and Artemis stand out.

Return to Amman for overnight stay and dinner.

Greca Tip: Don't forget your camera.

AMMAN - DESERT CASTLES - DEAD SEA - AMMAN
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AMMAN - DESERT CASTLES - DEAD SEA - AMMAN

After an exquisite breakfast you will go to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea and the Moab desert, the first natural spa in the world. the world´s fisrt natural spa known for the concentration of salt, You will have free time to take a bath in its healing waters, an inexplicable experience.

Return to Amman to stay and have dinner at the hotel.

Greca Tip: Do not forget to bring sunscreen and a swimsuit to enjoy this day.

AMMAN - MADABA - MOUNT NEBO - KARAK OR SHOBAK - PETRA
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AMMAN - MADABA - MOUNT NEBO - KARAK OR SHOBAK - PETRA

After a fabulous breakfast you will depart for Madaba the "City of Mosaics", you will visit the Orthodox Church of Saint George whose floor is covered by the map of the Holy Land made in the year 571 AD. You will continue to the top of Mount Nebo (817 meters), the place where Moses died and from where you will see an unforgettable view of the Jordan Valley. Then you will go through the Way of the Kings (trade route that linked the Nile with the Euphrates) towards the fortresses of Karak and Shobak, very well preserved and built by the Templars between the 11th and 12th centuries AD. at the time of the crusades, which were later conquered by the Muslims, more precisely by Saladin.

Your final destination will be Petra, where you will have dinner and stay.

Greca Tip: Don't forget sunglasses and a good hat or cap.

PETRA
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PETRA

After a tasty breakfast at the hotel you will begin the full day visit to the city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the seven wonders of the modern world and the setting for the famous movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Created on pink rock more than 2000 years ago and rediscovered to the world in 1812. you will go from the main entrance to the narrow gorge, and from there to the Treasury (the most famous building in Petra). You will visit the Theater, the Royal Tombs, the Altar of the Sacrifice and the Street of the Columns.

Finally and on your own, that is to say without a guide, you can go up to the monastery.

After the excursion you will return to the hotel to stay and have dinner.

Greca Tip: Don't forget to bring extra batteries for your camera to last you the whole day.

PETRA - WADI RUM - AQABA - AMMAN
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PETRA - WADI RUM - AQABA - AMMAN

After a nutritious breakfast you will visit the Wadi Rum desert, one of the most incredible places in the Middle East, a desert valley of red sand, located in a mountainous region made up of granite and sandstone. It has been the scene of films such as "Lawrence of Arabia" or "Episode IX of Star Wars".

You will then take a two-hour 4x4 tour through these dreamy landscapes that you will never forget, after which you will go to Aqaba, the southernmost city in Jordan and its only port for a panoramic tour with free time in the city or on the beach. (Remember that the beaches in Áqaba are private and the entrance is not included in the excursion. It is worth mentioning that there is only one public beach with basic services).

Return to Amman for overnight stay and dinner.

Greca Tip: Don't forget your sunglasses.

GOODBYE JORDAN
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GOODBYE JORDAN

You will enjoy the breakfast and, at the indicated time, transfer to the Amman airport to board your departure flight.

From Greca we hope to see you again to enjoy some wonderful moments that will remain forever in your memory.

Good trip!, or as you will say: "neesiá tova"

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