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  1. Day 1
    Arrive Dublin
    Check-in to your hotel this evening in dynamic, down-to-earth Dublin.
    Meet up with your Tour Manager and fellow travellers and discover Dublin’s fascinating heritage. Your Tour Manager will show you Trinity college, the 120m high Monument of Light, Parnell Square and St Stephen’s Green, once the site of Dublin’s public floggings and hangings.
    Afterwards, make the most of the night and head to the cultural hot spot of Temple Bar, where pubs, bars and cafes spill out onto cobbled lanes.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Dinner (1) day

    Day 2
    Dublin to Londonderry
    We slide by Belfast, former hotspot of the Troubles (political conflict in Ireland) and learn about the city’s difficult past. Our Local Guide will introduce Belfast’s iconic political murals and Victorian buildings, while telling you the story behind the city’s history.
    Later on you have the opportunity, with our ME Time Optional, to be amazed by the natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site - the Giant’s Causeway. With approximately 40 000 rock columns packed together, reaching heights of 12m (36ft), this unbelievable rock formation will give you goose bumps.
    Next up: riverside Londonderry. With loads of artistic activity, it’s the central point of Northern Ireland’s cultural renewal.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 3
    Londonderry to Galway
    Your Tour Manager will show you the city’s famous 17th century walls. They’ve got a rep for a reason – standing at 8m high and 9m long, no enemy has ever succeeded in getting through them.
    Explore more of Londonderry with our Local Guide in a fascinating optional tour around the historic city. Learn about epic battles of the past before taking a step back in time with the People’s Gallery in Bogside. Our Local Guide will explain how the colourful murals sum up and commemorate key events from the Troubles.
    Cruise on to the traditional town of Galway. Loaded with Irish soul and packed with lively pubs, Galway gives you a chance to experience the typically Irish. Get a feel for this pretty town’s atmosphere, where street performers, magicians and traditional musicians busk outside colourfully painted buildings.
    Make the most of your free night, round a group of friends and head to the pub. Listen out for locals speaking Irish as you try out traditional Irish stew or order some of the region’s famous oysters.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 4
    Galway
    Get out there and discover this quintessential Irish town where Gaelic is still spoken on the streets. You also have the option to jump on a ferry and cruise out to the stunning Aran Islands for a day away from it all. With rugged cliffs, wild flowers and pounding seas, the Aran Islands are all about natural beauty.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 5
    Galway to Cork
    Continue on, past the vertical Cliffs of Moher, through the moors and woodlands. See the medieval Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the magical Blarney Stone if you’re keen – your Tour Manager will fill you in on the legend.
    Later, we pull into colourful Cork, set on the banks of the River Lee. Make the most of your free time and enjoy some shopping. Rummage through the lively markets, bustling with friendly locals. There’s the rowdy Coal Quay street market where you’ll find local produce or the historic English Market, operating since 1785.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 6
    Cork to Kilkenny
    Visit portside Cobh and its Heritage Centre, and get the background on the Titanic and her last port of call. Also find out about how 2.5 million people left Ireland from this spot during the famine.
    En route for Kilkenny, you’ll see the Rock of Cashel. The former seat of power to the region’s kings is now a striking green hill topped with ancient ruins. Afterwards, discover Kilkenny’s medieval charm and its signature sites, Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day, Dinner (1) day

    Day 7
    Kilkenny to Dublin
    Back into buzzing Dublin, you’ve got time to explore more of this charismatic capital.
    Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Guinness Storehouse and get the low down on Ireland’s national drink. Find out how the “black stuff” is made and how to pull a pint the Irish way. You’ll even get to satisfy your taste buds with a Guinness at the end.
    Dublin has it all shopping-wise so get some pointers from your Tour Manager and hit the shops on Grafton Street or poke around Dublin’s many bookstores. For a bite to eat, head to the open air food and fresh produce markets and live a bit of the local lifestyle.
    Cap off your tour with a night out with the group and opt for authentic Irish experience, complete with a traditional meal and Irish dancing in one of Dublin’s most popular pubs.
    Accommodations: Hotel
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Day 8
    Depart Dublin
    The tour ends after breakfast & it's time to say farewell to your new friends.
    Accommodations:
    Meals: Breakfast (1) day

    Dublin
    See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square and St. Stephen's Green
    Belfast
    City tour of Belfast with a Local Guide
    Galway
    See this old fishing town
    Londonderry
    See the 17th century city walls of Londonderry
    Blarney
    Visit Blarney, home of the Blarney Stone
    Cliffs of Moher
    Visit the Cliffs of Moher
    Cobh
    Entrance to the Cobh Heritage Centre, last port of call for the ill-fated Titanic
    Cashel
    See the Rock of Cashel
    Kilkenny
    See Kilkenny Castle & St. Canice's Cathedral
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  3. Day 1
    LONDON – STRATFORD-UPON-AVON – YORK – HARROGATE
    A scenic drive through beautiful countryside brings you to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Visitor Centre and see Anne Hathaway’s cottage. Later in the Viking town of York, enjoy a walk along its historic streets. View the cobbled Shambles, the ancient city walls and the magnificent York Minster. Later enjoy a Welcome Drink at a typical English pub before enjoying dinner at your hotel in the spa town of Harrogate. Welcome ReDrink,Dinner

    Day 2
    HARROGATE – LAKE DISTRICT – GLASGOW (2 NIGHTS)
    From quaint villages around the Yorkshire Dales National Park to the scenic glory of the Lake District, your journey north is impressive. Travelling along the shores of England's largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald's Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would make their vows over the anvil. This afternoon, your orientation tour of Glasgow includes views of the Cathedral, the magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, former heart of the shipbuilding industry.Full Breakfast

    Day 3
    EDINBURGH EXCURSION
    Today, visit Edinburgh. Your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. En route back to Glasgow this afternoon, visit the Falkirk Wheel Visitor Centre to see this modern technological marvel in action. This evening you will enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant in Glasgow.Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Day 4
    GLASGOW – BELFAST – DUBLIN (2 NIGHTS)
    Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island of Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Ireland to Scotland, to board the ferry to Northern Ireland. View City Hall, Queen's University and the dock where the Titanic was built with your Local Expert.Upon arrival in Dublin enjoy a Unique Insight during your included visit to the Guinness Brewery for a Storehouse tour and pint-pulling demonstration. Full Breakfast

    Day 5
    DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
    See Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Expert. Spend the rest of the day as you please, why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers. This evening consider joining an optional experience to an Irish cabaret.Full Breakfast

    Day 6
    DUBLIN – KILDARE – KILKENNY – WATERFORD
    This morning gain an Unique Insight into rearing world-class thoroughbreds when visiting the Irish National Stud Farm established in 1946. After a guided walk through the farm, take some time to stroll through the tranquil Japanese Gardens, regarded as the best in Europe. In Kilkenny, see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon enjoy a Local Speciality when you visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom.Full Breakfast

    Day 7
    WATERFORD – CARDIFF
    Cross the Irish Sea to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel. Tonight, join your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.Farewell Dinner,Be My Guest Dining

    Day 8
    CARDIFF – BATH – STONEHENGE – LONDON
    Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Enjoy an included visit to the Roman Baths from which the city derives its name. In Wiltshire, visit the mysterious monolithic stone circle at Stonehenge. Later, return to London where your holiday in Britain and Ireland comes to an end.Full Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    City tour in Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin.
    Orientations of York, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bath.
    See the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.
    View York Minster, Glasgow Cathedral and George Square, Kilkenny Castle and gardens.
    Visit Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh Castle, the town of Gretna Green, the Falkirk Wheel, the Irish National Stud farm and Japanese Garden, the Waterford Crystal showroom, the Roman Baths in Bath and the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge.
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  5. Day 1
    ARRIVE ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)
    Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception

    Day 2
    ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING
    Visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent St. Sophia’s Basilica built by Constantine the Great. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 3
    ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE
    In Gallipoli, see the Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Day 4
    CANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMON – IZMIR
    Explore the legendary city of Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Admire the archaeological excavations revealing nine separate periods of settlement, plus the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed in the 13th century BC. Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon. This afternoon, enjoy a unique Be My Guest Luncheon. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner

    Day 5
    IZMIR – EPHESUS – VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE – PAMUKKALE
    Your fascinating walking tour of the ancient city of Ephesus includes the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still in use today. Later, relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale! Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Day 6
    PAMUKKALE – HIERAPOLIS – BURSA
    Visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis at Pamukkale, which is also famous for white ‘Cotton Castles’ formed by limestone-laden thermal springs. Finish your day in the city of Bursa. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Day 7
    BURSA – ISTANBUL
    Wander through the old silk market and visit the Green Ottoman Complex. Continue to Istanbul and spend time haggling for souvenirs in the vast, bustling Grand Bazaar! Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of your holiday.Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Day 8
    EMBARK ISTANBUL – AT SEA
    Explore the fascinating city of Istanbul today before joining your cruise ship.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 9
    AT SEA – KUSADASI – AT SEA
    Cruise to Kusadasi where you can shop for bargains or join an optional experience to ancient Ephesus.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 10
    AT SEA – SANTORINI – AT SEA
    Embark in Santorini and explore this spectacular volcanic island.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 11
    AT SEA – CRETE – AT SEA
    Discover the unique beauty of Crete.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 12
    RHODES – SYMI
    Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an optional experience to the charming village of Lindos. Continue to Symi.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 13
    CHIOS – MYKONOS
    Enjoy spending time in Chios and continue to Mykonos.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 14
    DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS (2 NIGHTS)
    This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 15
    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING
    Today your walking tour includes view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Free time this afternoon.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 16
    DISEMBARK IN ATHENS
    After breakfast, transfers are available to Athens Airport.Buffet Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    City Tour in Istanbul.
    See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli and the ruins of the ancient city and Wooden Horse at Troy.
    Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary’s House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Green Ottoman Complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa.
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  7. Day 1
    ARRIVE TOKYO (3 NIGHTS)
    Welcome to Tokyo! Upon arrival at Narita New Tokyo Airport, transfer to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy some free time this evening to begin your exploration or take time to relax and recharge. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception drink and local appetisers at 8 p.m.Welcome Reception

    Day 2
    TOKYO SIGHTSEEING
    Embark on a city tour of Tokyo. Visit the Imperial Palace, formally known as Edo Castle, surrounded by its original innermost moat and star attraction, the Meiji Shrine, located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square meters, consisting of 365 different species of tree. It is a picturesque Shinto shrine where cherry blossoms bloom in springtime. During lunch, enjoy a cooking class where you will learn how to make sushi, a Local Speciality, in the famous Ginza district. Continue to Sensoji, the Asakusa Kannon Buddhist temple. It is one of Tokyo's most colourful and popular temples. The temple was completed in 645, making it Tokyo's oldest temple. Visit Nakamise, a shopping street over 200 meters long that stretches from the outer gate to the temple's second interior gate. Alongside typical Japanese souvenirs such as yukata and folding fans, various traditional local snacks from the area are sold. This evening, enjoy a Japanese-style dinner at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow travellers.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 3
    MT FUJI AND HAKONE SIGHTSEEING
    After breakfast depart on a full day of sightseeing, beginning at the Five Lakes District dominated by majestic Mt Fuji. At 3776m, it is Japan's highest mountain and most recognisable icon. Ascend to the 5th Station of Mount Fuji to enjoy some spectacular views at 2,300m (weather permitting). After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant continue to the Owakudani Valley where you will see volcanic activity and enjoy black eggs boiled in the geysers. Continue on to the beautiful town on Hakone, where the cherry blossoms are noted sights in this area, in the Spring this is known as (sakura) and in autumn the (susuki). You have the option to take a cable car ride over the crystal-clear blue waters of Lake Ashi, where you'll see the rising volcanic fumes of Owakudani and enjoy the spectacular grandeur of Mount Fuji (weather permitting). After an enjoyable day of sightseeing return to your hotel for a restful evening.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

    Day 4
    TOKYO - MATSUMOTO – TAKAYAMA (2 NIGHTS)
    Drive north this morning to visit Matsumoto Castle one of the most complete and beautiful of Japan's original castles, with its unique timber and stone structure. Later, head to the Matsumoto Folkcraft Museum to see wooden crafts, bamboo wares, glassware, china and porcelain. Matsumoto is also famous for its wasabi cultivation, cherished for decades in the East for its unique flavour and healthful influences. Wasabi is best known as an age-old food pairing with sashimi or sushi dishes that include raw fish. Wasabi is also served as a garnish with soba noodles and made into pickles, jams, wine and other foods. Today you learn all about the production of wasabi, a Unique Insight, before enjoying a lunch of soba noodles with wasabi. Continue your journey through the breath-taking Japanese Alps to the beautiful hill town of Takayama. A city in the mountainous Hida region of the Gifu prefecture, it has retained a traditional touch like few other Japanese cities, especially in its beautifully preserved old town with Edo-style streets. Takayama gained importance as a source of high quality timber and highly skilled carpenters during the feudal ages. The Takayama festival, held in spring, is considered one of Japan's best festivals.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

    Day 5
    TAKAYAMA SIGHTSEEING
    Begin your walking tour of Takayama, known as ‘little Kyoto', filled with amazing attractions. Explore the Old Town, stopping at some of the traditional houses and delightful local museums and wander through a vibrant Asaichi open-air flower and fruit market. Later enjoy a Highlight Lunch of Japanese Hida beef at a local restaurant. Hida-gyu (Hida Beef) is the specific name given to beef from a black-haired Japanese cattle breed, it is known as one of the finest quality varieties of beef. After lunch, continue to Takayama Jinya. Takayama Jinya was a former government outpost that was established in order to bring the Hida Province under the direct control of the Edo Bakufu (Shogunate) in 1629. The Takayama Jinya served as the local government office, headed by the officials dispatched from Edo. The present building complex includes various rooms for administrative purposes: kitchens, residential space, a court room and storehouses. It was in official use until 1969, and is now open to the public as a museum. Continue to the Kami-Sannomachisu District where you will find skillfully renowned local artisans. Take time to sample Sake, a Local Specialty, a delicious rice wine. Walk through the narrow streets and admire the ancient Japanese wooden architecture. This evening is free for you to explore the many restaurants in this picturesque town.Buffet Breakfast,Highlight Lunch

    Day 6
    TAKAYAMA – SHIRAKAWAGO – KANAZAWA
    Take a step back in time with a Local Expert during a visit to the peaceful mountain village and UNESCO World Heritage site of Shirakawago. Here you'll will find the Gasshozukuri houses built of wooden beams combined to form a steep thatched roof that resembles two hands together. Walk around this wonderful outdoor exhibition of farmhouses and other traditional buildings typical of the region. Later continue towards the coast to Kanazawa, a historic castle town which boasts beautifully preserved samurai districts. On arrival, take time to see the Nagamachi District with old Samurai houses. Stop to visit the Normura house, an elegant Samurai mansion with beautiful small gardens belonging to a high-ranked samurai family. Later check in to your centrally located hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

    Day 7
    KANAZAWA – KYOTO (2 NIGHTS)
    Begin the day with a short walk through the Omicho market to see the local fish catch and enjoy an insiders view of everyday life in a busy coastal town. Continue to the gardens of Kenrokuen, rated as one of the top 3 most beautiful landscaped gardens in Japan and enjoy an optional Japanese tea ceremony. Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan's high-quality gold leaf, discover the secrets of golf leaf painting, a Local Speciality, during a visit with a local artist before travelling to Kyoto by train. Kyoto is home to some of Japan's most important works of art, its richest culture and most refined cuisine. On arrival at your centrally located hotel, you are free to explore this historic town  for the rest of the day. Later enjoy a traditional Japanese Kaiseki Highlight Dinner and dance performance featuring Geisha.Buffet Breakfast,Highlight Dinner

    Day 8
    KYOTO SIGHTSEEING
    Explore Kyoto today. This delightful city has an abundance of fine architecture in its shrines and temples, gardens, and variety of art and craft shops. See Nijo Castle, the old Shogun residence, the Kinkakuji Temple famous for its Golden Pavilion. The Kinkakuji history dates back to 1397, when the villa was purchased by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. When Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen temple by his son. This afternoon, enjoy a special Be My Guest farewell lunch at a traditional Ryokan nestled in the peace and quiet of Mt. Yoshida. The Ryokan was originally built by master craftsmen to serve as the second residence of the uncle of the current Japanese emperor, Akihito. The land lady and her daughter invite you to experience the true essence of Kyoto, Japan's noble capital of grace and culture, and learn about the Japanese custom of Omotenashi Hospitality. Enjoy the pleasures of a truly flavorful and unique dining experience of kaiseki cuisine, crafted from the very freshest of seasonal delicacies. Later continue on to Heian Shinto Shrine with its beautiful inner garden and Nishikikoji market to purchase last minute souvenirs with hundreds of local shops to explore. The evening is free to enjoy Kyoto as you wish. Relax at the hotel, explore the town or join an optional trip to the Gion Corner for a cultural performance. This local theater's programs introduce visitors to Japanese customs like traditional arts, tea ceremonies, flower arrangement, Bunraku puppet plays, Kyomai dance, music and gagaku (court music).Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Day 9
    KYOTO - FREE TIME
    Today is free for you to relax at your centrally located hotel or choose one of many optional activities this culturally rich city has to offer. In the evening take time in sampling some of the local restaurants at your own leisure. Buffet Breakfast

    Day 10
    KYOTO – MT. KOYA
    To access Koyosan and Hiroshima you will be taking a mountain tramway and bullet train. Therefore before departing Kyoto you must pack a lightweight overnight bag for 2 days of your journey. Transfer onto a mountain tramway to reach Koyosan, the centre of Shingon Buddhism, the sect introduced to Japan by Kobo Daishi in 805. Visit the site of Kobo Daishi’s mausoleum set in an enchanted forest of ancient towering cedar trees. Later enjoy a Japanese style lunch before transferring to your Authentic Accommodation, a delightful Monastery Inn, one of the best places to experience simple temple lodging (shukubo) in Japan. This evening enjoy a traditional kaiseki Highlight Dinner dining on vegetarian cuisine, or shojin ryori. Tonight you rest ‘Japanese style’ on a futon mattress and tatami matted floors with the option to bath in the traditional Monastery onsen baths.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Highlight Dinner

    Day 11
    MT. KOYA - HIROSHIMA
    Early this morning, you have the option to attend a Buddhist service in the Temple, a Unique Insight, followed by a harty Japanese breakfast at your Monastery Inn. Travel back to Osaka, (with your lightweight overnight bag) to transfer onto the JR super express Bullet train to Hiroshima. On arrival, take a city tour visiting the Peace Memorial Park, Atomic Bomb Museum and Shukkeien Garden before checking into your hotel to relax for the evening.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

    Day 12
    HIROSHIMA – OSAKA
    Begin your journey at Miyajima Port, where you catch a ferry over to Miyajima Island, otherwise known as Itsukushima, or Divine Island. On arrival, admire the elaborate gate and Itsukushima Shrine, rising majestically out of the sea, and spend time strolling through the park. This afternoon leave Hiroshima for Osaka by JR super express train. On arrival transfer to check into your hotel before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Farewell Dinner

    Day 13
    DEPART OSAKA
    Transfer by Airport Bus service to Kansai International airport, Osaka for your onward flight home.Buffet Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    Bullet Train Travel by JR Super Express bullet train.
    Hiroshima Visit Itsukushima Shrine, Atomic Bomb Museum and the Peace Memorial Park.
    Kanazawa Visit an elegant Samurai mansion; see the beautiful gardens of Kenrokuen.
    Kyoto Visit the Gold Pavilion, Nijo Castle, the Heian shrine and gardens.
    Matsumoto Visit the striking Matsumoto Castle and Folkcraft Museum.
    Mount Fuji See Japan's most recognisable landmark and highest mountain at 3376m.
    Mt Koya and Koyosan Visit the centre of Shingon Buddhism.
    Shirawakago Stop at this peaceful mountain village and see traditional Gasshozukuri houses.
    Takayama Explore the Old Town and wander through the vibrant open-air flower and fruit market of Asaichi.
    Tokyo Tour the most exciting metropolis in Asia. See the Imperial Palace; visit the Ginza and Asakusa districts and visit the Buddhist temple, Sensoji.
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  9. Day 1
    ARRIVE ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)
    Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception

    Day 2
    ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING
    Visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent St. Sophia’s Basilica built by Constantine the Great. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 3
    ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE
    In Gallipoli, see the Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Day 4
    CANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMON – IZMIR
    Explore the legendary city of Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Admire the archaeological excavations revealing nine separate periods of settlement, plus the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed in the 13th century BC. Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon. This afternoon, enjoy a unique Be My Guest Luncheon. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining,Dinner

    Day 5
    IZMIR – EPHESUS – VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE – PAMUKKALE
    Your fascinating walking tour of the ancient city of Ephesus includes the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still in use today. Later, relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale! Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Day 6
    PAMUKKALE – HIERAPOLIS – BURSA
    Visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis at Pamukkale, which is also famous for white ‘Cotton Castles’ formed by limestone-laden thermal springs. Finish your day in the city of Bursa. Dine tonight at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

    Day 7
    BURSA – ISTANBUL
    Wander through the old silk market and visit the Green Ottoman Complex. Continue to Istanbul and spend time haggling for souvenirs in the vast, bustling Grand Bazaar! Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of your holiday.Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Day 8
    EMBARK ISTANBUL – AT SEA
    Explore the fascinating city of Istanbul today before joining your cruise ship.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 9
    AT SEA – KUSADASI – AT SEA
    Cruise to Kusadasi where you can shop for bargains or join an optional experience to ancient Ephesus.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 10
    AT SEA – SANTORINI – AT SEA
    Embark in Santorini and explore this spectacular volcanic island.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 11
    AT SEA – CRETE – AT SEA
    Discover the unique beauty of Crete.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 12
    RHODES – SYMI
    Explore the Old Town of Rhodes or join an optional experience to the charming village of Lindos. Continue to Symi.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 13
    CHIOS – MYKONOS
    Enjoy spending time in Chios and continue to Mykonos.Buffet Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner

    Day 14
    DISEMBARKATION – ATHENS (2 NIGHTS)
    This morning, disembark from your cruise ship and transfer to your hotel.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 15
    ATHENS SIGHTSEEING
    Today your walking tour includes view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. Free time this afternoon.Buffet Breakfast

    Day 16
    DISEMBARK IN ATHENS
    After breakfast, transfers are available to Athens Airport.Buffet Breakfast

    Sightseeing Highlights
    City Tour in Istanbul.
    See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli and the ruins of the ancient city and Wooden Horse at Troy.
    Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary’s House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Green Ottoman Complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa.
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