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Arrival at Madrid Airport. Stay at Hotel Preciados (http://us.preciadoshotel.com/index.html) The Hotel Preciados is located in the heart of Madrid, in an exclusive area near all the cultural attractions (Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and Royal Theater, the Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen Museums...) shops (El Corte Inglés, Fnac...) musicals (main theaters, cinemas, restaurants...).

Day 1: Rest at the hotel. Evening take a walk to the nearby cultural attractions.

Day 2: Avila and Segovia Day Trip from Madrid.

On your day trip from Madrid, you'll stop at hilltop Los Cuatro Postes to admire superb panoramic views before visiting Avila's San Vicente Basilica. Tour also includes a visit to Avila's cathedral.

Ancient hill-top Avila has been declared a UNESCO "Heritage of Mankind" city, and is famous for its intact city walls and 90 towers dating back to the 11th century. The city was the birthplace of the mystic writer Saint Teresa of Jesus (1515-82) and is an important pilgrimage site.

Next, it's on to Segovia to see one of the best Roman-era monuments on the Iberian Peninsula - Segovia's incredible aqueduct. Built in the time of Augustus, the aqueduct has 118 arches and is 10 miles (16 kilometers) long, although just a fraction of its length remains visible today.

Segovia is also famous for its Alcazar, a beautiful 11th-century medieval fort that inspired the design of the Disney castle. Step back in time and imagine the medieval tournaments that once took place and the heroic knights who fought here.

On this day trip you have the option of including a tourist-style lunch or superb gastronomic lunch featuring local Segovian specialties.

Day 3: Toledo Full Day Trip from Madrid.

Spend full day in Toledo, Spain's medieval capital and a treasure trove of El Greco artworks. You'll discover a glorious city filled with amazing medieval architecture, and take a walk into the past along its cobblestone alleyways.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour of Toledo from Madrid
  • Admire masterpieces by El Greco, including The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the church of St. Tome
  • Walking tour through Toledo's atmospheric cobbled backstreets
  • Choice of half-day or full-day tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • A highlight of any visit to Toledo is seeing the famous paintings by the 16th-century master, El Greco. Toledo was the setting for many of El Greco's artworks, and a tour highlight is The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the church of St. Tome.
  • Toledo is a National Monument to Spain's art and history, combining Arabic, Mudejar Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Surrounded by the River Tajo, the atmospheric walled town is crammed with churches and museums.
  • Tour highlights include the amazing 13th-century cathedral, the medieval castle and Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue. You'll also visit St. Tome Church, San Juan of the Kings and the Victorio Macho Museum. Your visit includes a panoramic tour of Toledo.

Arrival at Istanbul. Pickup and drop to hotel

Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour: Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar

This comprehensive sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this one day sightseeing tour you will see how old meets new when you visit Istanbul's four "must-see" historic sites.

Highlights

  • Full-day eight-hour tour of Istanbul and its four main attractions
  • Superb Blue Mosque
  • Historic Hagia Sophia and its Byzantine mosaics
  • Ottoman architecture and museums of Topkapi Palace
  • Shopping in the Grand Bazaar
  • Lunch included
  • English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Formally called Constantinople, Istanbul was the capital of the Roman Empire and Europe's wealthiest metropolis, and is now the largest city in Turkey.

Blue Mosque:

One of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmet Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb creation in the classical Ottoman style. The mosque has six towering minarets and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Hagia Sophia:

Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was built in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian, and was one of the largest basilicas in the Christian world. After the Ottoman conquest, it was converted to a mosque and is today one of the most magnificent museums in the world. Take a moment to linger here to admire the fine Byzantine mosaics. (closed on Monday)

Topkapi Palace:

The largest and oldest palace in the world, Topkapi is the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire. With its treasury and exotic buildings overlooking the Golden Horn, your visit to Topkapi promises to be a truly fascinating experience. (closed on Tuesday)

Grand Bazaar:

In operation since the 14th century, the Grand Bazaar is one of the world's largest covered markets, with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (closed on Sunday additional time will be spent at the other locations

Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar

Breathe in the heady mix of spices and herbs in the Egyptian Bazaar, then take an invigorating cruise on the Bosphorus for superb views of the magical city of Istanbul. You'll cruise past the famous Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi palaces, and see the historic European and Asian shores.

Highlights

  • Combined four-hour Bosphorus sightseeing cruise and Egyptian Bazaar tour
  • Shop for bargains in the Egyptian spice bazaar
  • Cruise the Bosphorus past the famous Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi palaces
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tours
  • English-speaking guide
  • Pickup and drop off from central Istanbul hotels
  • You begin your adventure with a visit to the 17th-century Spice Bazaar one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Breathe in the heady mix of spices and herbs in the Egyptian Bazaar, Next you'll take an invigorating cruise on the Bosphorus for superb views of the magical city of Istanbul.
  • You'll cruise past the famous Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi palaces, and see the historic European and Asian shores, you can also admire the mosques, fortresses, 19th-century masions and Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges. Your cruise will pass the 15th-century Rumelihisar Fortress.

Egyptian Bazaar:

Built in 1660 with the taxes collected from the trade of Egyptian herbs and spices, the exotically domed bazaar is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and thyme. Browse the stalls and compare the prices!

Gallipoli Day Trip from Istanbul

A visit to Gallipoli is a moving experience for all visitors to Turkey, particularly for those from the ANZAC nations of Australia and New Zealand. If you are short on time but do not want to miss out on visiting this famous part of the country, a day trip from Istanbul is the perfect option for you.

Depart Istanbul in the early morning for the drive to Gallipoli (approx. 5 hours). On the way your English speaking guide will tell you the history of the ANZACs and prepare you to make the most of your time during your visit. Visit ANZAC Cove, the site of the famous battle between Allied and Turkish troops where heavy casualties were suffered on both sides. See the Turkish and Allied Trenches at Johnston's Jolly. See The Nek, a narrow stretch of ridge in the battlefield on the Gallipoli peninsula and the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair, site of one of New Zealand's epic stands on the Gallipoli peninsula in August 1915.

There will also be a visit to Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial named after the solitary pine tree that grew here. The beautiful landscape and quiet atmosphere of the site hides its horrific past. On the memorial you will find the names of 4221 Australian and 709 New Zealand soldiers who have no known grave.

At around 6:00pm you will board your bus for the return journey to Istanbul

Ephesus and St. Mary's House Day Trip from Izmir

No trip to Turkey is complete without exploring the ancient ruins of Ephesus - the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. You will also visit the final resting place of the Virgin Mary on this day trip from Izmir.

On your way to Ephesus, you will stop at St Johns Basilica atop Ayasuluk Hill built in honor of the Saint who wrote his gospel on this very hill. See the 4th-century tomb where his remains are said to be housed.

The ancient city of Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. In the book of Revelation, Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision. It is here that you will find the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your guide will also show you the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsus and many temples.

After enjoying some authentic Turkish cuisine at lunch, you will visit the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last days of her life. Authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the cottage is a place of pilgrimage for many believers.

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  • Cancellation as per the hotel rules at Malaysia and Bali.
  • Any change in Itinerary may cost higher.

 
 
 
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