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GREECE- ROME- TURKEY TOUR THIS AUGUST

1st DAY:   KENYA (NAIROBI)-ATHENS

Early flight arrival at El. Venizelos airport and transfer to central Athens then to your hotel. After some time for relaxation depart for a sightseeing tour around the most beautiful and interesting spots of Athens, the capital city of Greece, relating also to the biblical itinerary. Visit the sacred hill of Acropolis to see the ruins of Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylae. We shall also ascend Mars Hill, view the Agora. Lunch at a nearby tavern. Continue with the centre of the city to see the House of Parliament, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Hadrian s Arch. Time permitting, visit the New Acropolis Museum of Athens with some of the most exquisite exhibits from the prehistoric until the classical era.Dinner and accommodation in Athens

2nd DAY:  ATHENS-KEHREES-CORINTH-ATHENS  

Breakfast and departure for a short day visit to Kehrees , the ancient port of Korinth and the ruins of  ancient Korinth, the rich city-state  on the Isthmus, the narrow stretch of land that joined the Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece. Corinth is known from the two letters of Saint Paul in the New Testament (First Corinthians and Second Corinthians). Here he lived for two years and founded a vigorous church in 50 A.D. visit the ancient site with the Agora, the fountain of Peirene, the Temple of Apollo and  the “Bema. Lunch in nearby tavern. We continue with a short cruise of one hour, crossing the Isthmus of Corinth.Dinner and accommodation in Athens

3rd DAY: ATHENS- OSIOS LUKAS MONASTERY-METEORA-KALAMBAKA

Breakfast, departure for Viotia and the rich in byzantine mosaics monastery of Osios Lukas, built in 946 A.D. continue tour of the mainland with the impressive massive rocks  of Meteora which have rightly been called the second  in importance only to Mount Athos. Visit the most important monasteries which are  included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Lunch at a near by restaurant. Free time in the city centre of Kalambaka.Dinner and accommodation in Kalambaka

 4th DAY: KALAMBAKA- VERIA-VERGINA-THESSALONIKI

After breakfast, depart for Veria, a city in northern Greece. It is an old city where Apostle Paul famously preached during his coming to the mainland and its inhabitants were among the first Christians in the Roman Empire. From here optionally visit the extensive and famous archaeological site of Vergina. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing the tomb of Philip II of Macedon. Lunch at a near by tavern. continue and arrive at Thessaloniki, late in the afternoon. Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments as well as several Roman, Ottoman and Sephardic Jewish structures. The city’s main university, Aristotle University, is the largest in Greece and the Balkans. We propose a walk around the vivid city centre of the second largest capital of the country. During the walk you will see the church of Hagios Demetrios, the Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest churches and one of several monuments in Thessaloniki included as a World Heritage Site in the UNESCO list and finish with the large two-terraced Roman forum and the imperial palace complex of the Roman emperor Galerius, located at Navarinou Square, right in the centre of the city. Free time afterwards.Dinner and accommodation in Thessaloniki

5th DAY: THESSALONIKI-AMFIPOLIS-KAVALA-ANCIENT FILIPPI- THESSALONIKI

After breakfast depart for the ancient city of Amphipolis. It is a municipality in the Serres regional unit of Greece and was a rich city  in ancient Macedonia. It was famous for events such as the battle of the Spartans and Athenians in 424BC, and as the place where Alexander the Great prepared for campaigns leading to his invasion of Asia. We visit the Archaeological site and museum and see the unique and beautiful “Lion of Amphipolis” monument nearby which is a well-known destination for visitors. We continue with the town of Kavala, the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia which was built on the military Roman road Via Egnatia that passed through the city helped commerce to flourish. Here we stop for lunch and a nice stroll by the promenade and the busy marina. Lunch at a near by tavern. Our next visit is the archaeological site and museum of Philippi, a city in eastern Macedonia, established by Philip II of Macedon in 356 BC and abandoned in the 14th century after the Ottoman conquest. From the Acts of the Apostles and the letter to the Philippians, early Christians concluded that Paul had founded their community. It is believed to have preached for the first time on European soil in Philippi. The prosperity of the city in the 5th and 6th centuries was attributed to Paul and to his ministry. We return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight

6th  DAY: ROME (ITALY)

Breakfast and transfer to the airport to take the flight to Rome, Italy. Transfer to our hotel, short time for relaxation and have a pick up to  go to the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls (Basilica Papale di San Paolo Fuori le Mura), one of the 4 major basilicas of the Roman Catholic Church. According to Christian tradition, the church was built over the tomb of St. Paul, the apostle, not far from the site of his martyrdom. Next, go to the site of the martyrdom of St. Paul at the Abbey of Tre Fontane. Today it’s a peaceful monastery in the heart of Rome, and one of the most venerated places for pilgrims. We end with the Mamertine Prison (Carcere Mamertino) where the Apostles St. Paul and St. Peter were imprisoned for 9 months. Free time in the city centre.Return to hotel, dinner and accommodation in Rome.

7th DAY: ROME (ITALY)

Breakfast and departure for sightseeing tour of the Eternal city of Rome. First we visit the Sistine Chapel which is part of the Vatican Museums. The expansive St. Peter’s Square is located within Vatican City in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and is the heart of the Catholic Church, located on Vatican Hill. The location has long been considered holy as the Apostle Saint Peter is believed to have been buried here in 64AD.  Next visit the Castel Sant’Angelo, a cylindrical colonnaded building covered with lush planted gardens and trees, on the edge of the River Tiber. The lively and popular Piazza Navona ,  with the three fountains built on the former Stadium of Domitian, was paved in the 15th century and used as a market place and a venue for special events. We continue with the impressive Pantheon, built on the orders of Hadrian between 118AD and 125AD and functioned as a temple to all the Roman Gods. The symmetry and mathematical skill used to create the Pantheon has been admired by artists and architects for centuries and remains an inspiration to artists and designers! Finally we visit the Colosseum, the most recognizable and iconic monument of Rome, used for official events and various public forms of entertainment. Today the amphitheatre is still the largest in the world and is the model on which the amphitheatres are based.Return to hotel, dinner and accommodation in Rome.

8th DAY: ROME–ISTANBUL (TURKEY)

Breakfast and transfer to airport for the flight to Istanbul, Turkey. Upon arrival we settle in our hotel and depart for a sightseeing tour of the city. We will see the Blue Mosque, one of the most famous monuments of both the Turkish and Islamic worlds. Built in classic Ottoman style, the mosque has 6 towering minarets, 260 windows in its main chamber, and is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles, making it a truly breathtaking structure.
After the Blue Mosque, you’ll visit the great Greek Orthodox Byzantine basilica of Hagia Sophia, built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Following the Ottoman conquest, the building was converted into a mosque, and now lives on as one of the world’s most magnificent museums, housing beautiful Byzantine mosaics. We will continue with the Basilica Cistern. Built in the 6th century this huge ancient cistern is most noted for the carved Medusa columns, but it s very size will take your breath away.
Next we visit one of the largest and oldest palaces in the world, Topkapi, the crown jewel of the Ottoman Empire which overlooks the Golden Horn. Lunch break at one of the many restaurants of the city. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, a covered market featuring 58 streets and more than 4000 shops. While there, take in the sights and smells of the jewellery, leather, spices and carpets on sale.

Return to our hotel, dinner and accommodation in Istanbul

9th DAY: ISTANBUL-IZMIR

After arrival, day spent at leisure. Dinner and accommodation in Istanbul

10th DAY: Old City Tour

After your breakfast I the hotel, your will be Picked up from hotel and Depart for full day Old City Tour. You will visit places like Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Covered Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque. Transfer back to hotel by the end of tour. Overnight in Istanbul

11th DAY:Bosphorus Tour 
early Breakfast at the hotel followed by Pick up from hotel and Departure for full day Bosphorus Tour. You will visit places like Golden Horn, Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Costal Line, Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Place, Bosphorus Bridges and Camlica Hill.Transfer back to hotel by the end of tour. Overnight in Istanbul

12th DAY: Turkish Night Show

Early Breakfast at the hotel followed by free day at leisure in Istanbul.in the evening, you will be Picked up from hotel and transfer to Turkish Night Show. Later, Transfer back to hotel by the end of show. Overnight in Istanbul

13TH DAY: IZMIR- ISTANBUL – KENYA

Return back home

The package includes;

  • Return flights from Nairobi
  • Accommodation in 4 and 5 star hotels
  • Daily lavish breakfast in the hotel
  • Entrance fees to all areas of interests as per the program
  • All transfers and ground transport
  • Visas