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Adventure Tour – An itinerary for the young and young at heart (12 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Tel Aviv

 

DAY 2 – Tel Aviv – Galilee
Depart hotel and visit Jaffa, an ancient port city and picturesque artists’ quarter. Drive along the coastal road to Caesarea and view the ruins of this Roman and Crusader stronghold. Continue to the Habonim Beach Nature Reserve and begin an exciting off-the-road bike tour. Along the way visit a kibbutz, an ancient quarry, fish ponds and ruins of the ancient city of Dor. Re-board the bus and travel to a Druze Village for home hospitality. Later drive too quiet coastal area where expert guides will give paragliding instructions followed by an actual flight.
Dinner and overnight stay in a Kibbutz Guest house, Galilee

 

DAY 3 – Galilee
This morning drive to the Upper Galilee and try white river rafting down the Jordan River. Once you have regained your land legs, drive to Mt. Arbel. Reach the topby foot o by donkey. The view from the observation point is spectacular – the Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights, Mt. Hermon and the Galilee Mountains. Descend on foot on a more adventurous trail using pegs fixed into the rock for this purpose. Drive to Safed for a tour of this quaint artist’s village high in the mountains.
Dinner and overnight stay in a Kibbutz Guest House, Galilee

 

DAY 4 – Galilee – Jerusalem
Begin the day with a jeep tour of the Golan Heights ending at Gamla, an ancient Jewish city first inhabited in the Bronze Age. Hike through the ruins and see vulture nests in the cliffs, domens (basalt stone tables) dating back to the Bronze Age and the highest waterfall in Israel. After the hike, continue to Beit Shean, where excavations have revealed 18 levels of history. Drive to Gan Hashlosha (Sachne) and swim in the warm, natural spring waters.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

 

DAY 5 – Jerusalem
Today we start with Jerusalem, beginning on the Mount of Olives for a breath taking view of the entire city. Drive via the Kidron Valley to Mt. Zion and take a walking tour of the Walled City. In the Jewish Quarter see the Cardo, Herodian Mansions and Western Wall. Take part in a special seminar with archaeologists exploring ancient Old City water systems and Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Continue through the winding streets of the market and visit the Tower of David Museum. Later this afternoon, take a panoramic flight over Jerusalem. See the entire city at a glance from Bethlehem to the Judean Hills and the Judean Desert.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem

DAY 6 – Jerusalem – Dead Sea – Jerusalem
This morning visit the Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum. Continue to Yad Vashem Memorial to the Holocaust. After lunch descend the Judean Hills and take an exhilarating jeep tour through the Judean desert.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Dead Sea

 

DAY 7 – Dead Sea
Today’s program will include one of the highlights of the tour – a walk up the snake path that leads to Masada. Visit the impressive ruins including Herod’s palace, residential and storage buildings, a synagogue and bath house. After coming back down from the mountain continue by bus to a nearby site to try rappelling. Experts will give instructions and assist. The instructor will also teach the skills necessary for rock climbing.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Dead Sea

 

DAY 8 – Dead Sea – Sde Boker – Avdat – Eilat
Drive through the Negev Desert to Sde Boker and Ein Avdat. Hike through this canyon where the springs feed the vegetation uncommon in the Negev. Drive through the mountaintop city of Avdat and explore the ruins of this 4th century BC city. Continue to the Ramon Crater. A special desert guide will explain the geological structure. Take a short walking tour and see the many giant fossils that lived in the ancient sea some 80 million years ago.
Dinner and overnight stay in Eilat

 

DAY 9 – Eilat
Enjoy a day of water sports in the Red Sea. Introductory scuba diving lessons are available as well as the opportunity to take a swim with the dolphins. Additional sports offered include para-sailing, water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, pedal boating, ocean kayaking as well as sailing in small boats and catamarans. If you prefer to relax, then take a glass bottom cruise.
Dinner and overnight stay in Eilat

 

DAY 10 – Eilat – Desert
Depart Eilat by jeep and spend the day in the nearby mountains. Drive past carved creeks and ever changing scenery and hidden springs. Ladders and ropes will be provided for a descent into a beautiful gorge. Return to the jeeps and continue through the Arava to Ma’ale Shacharut Desert centre located on a mountaintop. In an authentically decorated Beduin tent, learn abouth desert customs, traditions and hospitality. Participate in a traditional coffee and handwashing ceremony followed by a desert feast. Beduin musicians will entertain.
Overnight stay in the Desert.

 

DAY 11 – Desert – Tel Aviv
Today’s activities will start with a camel trek paced for a comfortable and tranquil ride. Stop en-route to learn about desert plants and their uses – cosmetic, medicinal and spices. Lunch will be picnic style. Return to the Khan where the buses will be waiting to take you back to Tel Aviv
Dinner and overnight stay in Tel Aviv

DAY 12 – Israel – UK
Leave Tel Aviv and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

 

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Jerusalem or Tel Aviv experience (5 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Israel
Arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, where our local representatives, Diesenhaus – Unitours will help you with formalities. Transfer to hotel for overnight stay in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

 

DAY 2 – Jerusalem – Bethlehem
After breakfast, leave the hotel for a full day tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Enter the Old City on foot and walk to the Western Wall, the only section which remains of the Second Temple. View the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount then walk along the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. End the Old City tour with a wander through the colourful ‘shuk’. After lunch drive to Bethlehem, the birth place of David and later Jesus. Visit the Byzantine Church of Nativity at Manger Square which is built over the grotto where Jesus was born.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

 

DAY 3 – Dead Sea
Descend the Judean Wilderness and drive along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to Masada, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Jewish History. Ascend by cable car and tour this famous fortress including King Herod’s palace, a roman bath house with its frescoes and mosaics as well as residential and storage buildings and a synagogue. After descending drive to a nearby oasis for an unforgettable afternoon in one of the fabulous spas. Try some beauty treatments or perhaps have a float in the magical healing waters of the Dead Sea. Later this afternoon return back to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem or Tel aviv

 

DAY 4 – Galilee
Depart for a full day tour of the Galilee. Drive to Megiddo, where archaeologists have unearthed the remains of 20 cities. Continue to Nazareth and visit the Church of Annunciation, the largest Church in the Middle East and the on to Tiberias. After a traditional lunch of St. Peters Fish drive around the lake to visit Tabgha and the Mount of Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount took place. Continue to Capernaum to view the remains of the second century synagogue.
Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv

 

DAY 5 – Israel – UK
Leave Tel Aviv and transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your flight home to the UK.

 

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Wonders of Western Poland (8 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Krakow
On your arrival to Krakow you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel in central Krakow. After lunch a guided tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant Krakow sights. Discover the Wawel Hill, a former seat of Polish dukes and kings, Wawel Cathedral – Gothic Basilica, where royal coronations took place and where kings and other distinguished Poles have been buried. You will also visit the largest Market Square in Europe with its Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica. During a stroll through Planty Park you can admire the Barbican and St. Florian Gate, precious examples of medieval defensive architecture encircling Krakow. Innumerable pubs and restaurants, often with live music create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere of Krakow.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow.

 

DAY 2 – Krakow – Czestochowa – Wroclaw
After breakfast we depart for Wroclaw with a stop in Czestochowa. This city lies among the picturesque Jurassic rocks, topped with the ruins of medieval castles. But for the majority of Poles, Czestochowa is associated with the Jasna Gora Monastery and the icon of the Black Madonna, credited with many miracles. The sanctuary is famous as one of the world’s greatest places of pilgrimage, but its imposing architecture also lures many tourists. After lunch we depart for Wroclaw en-route we will visit Kluczbork, a small town with a picturesque Old Town and impressive churches.
Dinner and overnight stay in Wroclaw

 

DAY 3 – Wroclaw
After breakfast we begin a half day of sightseeing in Wroclaw. Of all the cities in Poland, Wroclaw possesses perhaps the most convoluted and turbulent history of them all. Known under dozens of different names as it was passed repeatedly between four countries and numerous kingdoms that preceded them, Wroclaw was one of the most culturally and architecturally diverse cities in central Europe. The first place we visit is the Old Town, with the restored Market Square at its centre and its maze of cobbled streets, canals, bridges and church spires. Essentially bound by the Odra River to the north and the Fosa Miejska – or city moat – to the south, this area that was once encircled by the cities medieval defensive walls this is where you will find the majority of Wroclaw’s historical monuments and museums, as well as many beautiful university buildings, soaring churches and the cities infamous gnomes. The Old Town also includes the ‘District of Mutual Respect’ a unique neighbourhood southwest of the market square which includes almost side by side the places of worship for four different denominations including the cities only surviving synagogue. The Old Town may be the heart of Wroclaw, but its soul is in Ostrow Tumski. This ‘Cathedral Island’ within easy walking distance northeast of the market square was the first part of Wroclaw to be settled by Slavic tribes in the significance, and home to the city’s most important Cathedral. Finally no visit to Wroclaw is complete without a trip east of the Old Town to centennial Hall, the city’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. This outstanding piece of architecture turned 100 in 2013 and is surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens, including Wroclaw’s zoo and a spectacular multimedia fountain. After the city tour the rest of the day is free.
Dinner and overnight stat in Wroclaw

DAY 4 – Wroclaw – Swidnica – Jawor – Ksiaz Castle – Jelenia Gora
After breakfast we depart for the Valley of Garden and Palaces. On the way you will visit the marvellous Church of Peace in Swidnica, rightly earning its place on the UNESCO World Heritage site. You will visit the Ksiaz Castle, one of the largest castle sin Europe and the third largest castle in Poland. The history of the castle is very interesting, colourful and full of unsolved mysteries. Lying in Ksaiz Landscape Park and being an essential element of the Piast castle Trail, Ksaiz offers visitors numerous attractions in addition to the majestic Castle and its impressive and richly decorated halls and parlours. After lunch you have the rest of the day free.
Dinner and overnight stay in Karpacz

 

DAY 5 – Karpacz – Piechowice – Szklarska Poreba – Swieradow – Karpacz
After breakfast we have a guided bus tour to Piechowice, Julia Glassworks, where tourist routes leads through numerous departments, among other places where experienced glass blowers blow and form hot glass mass and literally conjure up crystal glass products. During a thematic tour of the glassworks entitled “The secrets of glass” a guide will talk about the history, technology and interesting facts related to crystal glass and its production process. In Jadniatkow you will visit the House of Gerhard Hauptmann (a German novelist) in Szklarska Poreba you will see the Szklarki waterfall and in Swieradow Zdjor you will go up to the top of the mountain via cable car and see the beautiful panorama of Sudety.
Dinner and overnight stay in Karpacz

 

DAY 6 – Optional sightseeing
1 – Sightseeing tour in Kowary with miniature park –
Perfectly made models of castles, palaces, monasteries and city halls from the region and to the former uranium mine (walking tour)

2 – Guided walking tour to Wang church and Samotnia –
Take a cable car to Sniezka 1601m the highest mountain in Karkonosze Range. On the way back visit the local highlight – the wooden Wang Chapel, originally built in the first half of the 13th century in Norway, and one of the oldest mountain huts in Poland

3 – Sightseeing tour to Boleslawiec –
A tour of one of several pottery making factories. It still prides itself in hand crafted products using sponge stamps and brushes to apply unique patterns to each piece.

4 – Day at the spa

5 – Hiking and sport activities

 

DAY 7 – Karpacz – Klodzko – Zloty Stok – Krakow
After breakfast we depart for Krakow. On your way we will stop at Klodzko we stop and see the impressive 18th century military fortress overlooking Klodzko’s Old Town. In Zloty Stok you will enjoy a visit in the underground tourist route with underground waterfall in the old gold mine, meeting with the gnome on the Death Pavement.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

 

DAY 8 – Krakow – UK
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home

 

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Wonders of Eastern Poland (8 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Krakow
On your arrival to Krakow you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel in central Krakow. After lunch a guided tour will give you an overall impression of the most significant Krakow sights. Discover the Wawel Hill, a former seat of Polish dukes and kings, Wawel Cathedral – Gothic Basilica, where royal coronations took place and where kings and other distinguished Poles have been buried. You will also visit the largest Market Square in Europe with its Cloth Hall and St. Mary’s Basilica. During a stroll through Planty Park you can admire the Barbican and St. Florian Gate, precious examples of medieval defensive architecture encircling Krakow. Innumerable pubs and restaurants, often with live music create a magical and unforgettable atmosphere of Krakow.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow.

 

DAY 2 – Krakow – Czestochowa – Lublin
After breakfast depart for Lublin with a short sightseeing tour in Czestochowa where you will visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its icon that is associated with alleged miracles.. Next visit Kielce, a lively city with surprisingly elegant core, centred on the Cathedral the remarkable Palace of Krakow Bishops, and a pretty expanse of parkland surrounding them both. Before arriving in Lublin we will visit Kazimierz Dolny which is a small town in eastern Poland, on the right eastern bank of the Vistula River nestled on a forested hill overlooking the Vistula, it was home to the Jewish people for centuries. Jews lived mostly in the Small Market Place and were mostly engaged in trading and crafts, but some of them were ferrymen, guides and surgeons. Finally we arrive in Lublin where you will have a short tour.
Dinner and overnight stay in

 

DAY 3 – Lublin – Chelm – Zamosc – Rzeszow
After breakfast we start with Lublins main attractions which are located in the Srodmiescie district of the city. However there are several points of interest that are out of the city core and worth attention, Lublin Castle and the Old Town, Po Farze Square, Crown Tribunal, Jeszywas Chachmej Synagogue and New and Old Jewish cemeteries, Arch Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, Dominican Basilica and Monastery of St. One. After lunch we will have a short to the Small Synagogue and Cemetery of Chelm and visit the Old Town and Synagogue of Zamosc.
Dinner and overnight stay in Rzeszow

 

DAY 4 – Rzeszow – Lancut – Lezajsk – Przemysl – Rzeszow
After breakfast we start a full day sightseeing tour. History of Rzeszow as a fortified settlement on the Wislok River started in the 14th century, but for centuries it was just a small viallge until 1944 when it became a provincial capital and began to bloom very fast. During our city tour you will see the Old City centre with its Main Market and Town Hall from the late 19th century as well as dominant building of the Gothic Church of St. Stanislaw and Wojciech and remains of the old castle of Ligez family. We will also visit Old Town Synagogue from the turn of the 17th century and New Town Synagogue, both reconstructed after Wold War II. After lunch we depart for sightseeing in the Galicia Region. We visit Lancut a charming town marked with Jewish culture. You will find there probably the most beautiful synagogue in Poland. It was built in Baroque style and richly decorated. We visit the magnificent aristocratic residence which is located just a few steps from the synagogue. We then proceed to Lezajsk once a typical Galician shtetl town and one of the centres of Hasidism. This is where the famous Zaddik Elimelech is buried. An ohel built over his grave is visited every year by thousands of Chassids and other people interestd in Jewish culture. We will continue on to Przemysl the provinces capital and an important city, it is one of the most attractive centres in the south-east of Poland in terms of tourism and economy. It is located 12km from the Polish – Ukrainian border crossing Medyka at the gateway to the Bieszczady mountains and has directed its development strategy towards the town becoming a trade and tourist centre. The Market Square, the Greek Catholic Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Royal Casimir Castle, Baroque Churches, the Museum of Bells and Pipes and visit one of the forts of Przemysl Fortress.
Dinner and overnight stay in Rzeszow

 

DAY 5 – Rzeszow – Zakopane
After breakfast we depart for Zakopane where we would like you to get acquainted with the local traditions and life of a highlander. We will show you the beautiful landscape and drink local drinks and eat local food.

Optional –
– Spa afternoon
– Polish food making
– Meeting local people
– Folklore music lessons

 

DAY 6 – Zakopane
After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zakopane. The city’s wooden architecture blends with the natural landscape. This style is copied in other parts of Poland and is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane. Later we drive to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane in appreciation to the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope’s life after an assassination attempt. Admire breath taking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Hill and shop for souvenirs, arts and crafts of the Highlanders. After lunch the rest of the day is free.
Dinner and overnight stay in Zakopane.

 

DAY 7 – Zakopane – Krakow
After breakfast depart for Krakow. On our way we stop at the Salt Mine set in XIII century was one of the world’s oldest operating salt mines till 2007, when an official output was closed. Now, the museum attracts over 1 million tourists every year, and is also listed at the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tourist route is complex of about 20 chambers, narrow tunnels, galleries, chapels and lakes. Arrive in Krakow for a bit of free time.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krkow

DAY 8 – Krakow – UK
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight home

 

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Turkey – The footsteps of St.Paul (13 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel. After check – in our tour guide will give a briefing about the tour.
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 2 – Istanbul
After breakfast, we will set off on a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We will start with a visit to the renewed Sultanahmet Mosque, known popularly as The Blue Mosque and incredibly beautiful mosque known for its blue Iznik tiles are unique for the fact that it has six minarets. We continue on to the Hippodrome, once the vast arena that functioned as the heart of sporting events and political activities of the old city. We continue our tour with the visit to the Topkapi Palace. This visit to the imperial palace of the Ottoman Sultans will include tours of the imperial treasury, the Chinese porcelain section, the calligraphy section and many more. Visit Hagia Irini Church built on the site of a Pagan temple to Aphrodite, Constantin the Great in 324 AD dedicated it to peace. The tour will ned with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4,000 shops of antiques, jewellery and carpets.
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 3 – Istanbul
After breakfast, we set off on a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We continue on to the Holy Saviour In Chora, originally built as the primary structure of a Byzantine monastery complex, and is a fascinating exploration of the only church dedicated to Jesus Christ the Saviour. Today, visitors flock to see its exquisitely beautiful frescoes and breathtaking mosaics. From here we go on to the Egyptian spice market, an arched complex of shops that have long and traditionally specialized in spices, herbs, vegetables and fruit. Continue our tour with a cruise on the Bosphorus on a private boat. We’ll cruise up Istanbul’s winding straits and relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent yalis. You’ll see Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ottoman summer mansions, the Ortakoy Mosque, one of the world’s largest suspension bridges all while passing fishing boats, yachts, huge cargo ships and tankers. The tour will end with a visit to the Hagia Sophia – the Church of Devine Wisdom. Ranking as one of the greatest marvels of world architecture, this awe-inspiring building was constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian.
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 4 – Istanbul – Nicea – Bursa
After breakfast, we drive to Nicea. The importance of Nicaea in Christian history is in the two major Christian meetings that were held here – the first Ecumenical Council of 325 and the seventh Ecumenical Council of 787. In this fascinating town we will visit the museum that was formerly the Church of Divine Wisdom. We leave Nicea to drive to the old silk market in the covered bazaar.
Dinner and overnight stay in Bursa

DAY 5 – Bursa – Canakkale – Ayvalik
After breakfast, we drive to Canakkale. We visit the legendary Troy. We continue our journey to Alexandria Troas, which was visited at least twice by St. Paul. In his third journey we know that St. Paul also travelled by land from Alexandria Troas to Assos. In Troas we visit the theatre, the Temple of Athena and the agora.
Dinner and overnight stay in Ayvalik

 

DAY 6 – Ayvalik – Pergamon – Thyatira – Izmir
After breakfast, we will drive to Pergamon to visit the Asklepion and the Acropolis, the theatre, the temple of Athena and the Alter of Zeus, which St. John denounced to Pergamon church members as a ‘Throne of Satan’. We continue our drive towards Thyatira, whose church members were commended for their steadfastness against libertarianism, which was views as a constant threat to the Christian church.
Dinner and overnight stay in Izmir

 

DAY 7 – Izmir – Ephesus – Miletus – Kusadasi
After breakfast, drive up to a scenically wonderful coastal road before you reach the ancient city of Ephesus. Our first stop will be the House of Virgin Mary. The belief is that Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus. Short drive to Ancient Ephesus, which was the trade centre of the ancient world, a religious centre of early Christianity. Our next stop will be the St. John Basilica. It is believed that the evangelist St. John had spent his last years in the region around Ephesus and buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. From here continue our drive to the Ancient City of Miletus, which is considered the greatest and wealthiest of Greek cities.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kusadasi

 

DAY 8 – Kusadasi – Sardis – Hierapolis – Pamukkale
After breakfast, we continue our drive on to Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia which also ranked as one of the Seven Sister Churches and as a centre of importance for various religious groups. Here we visit the temple of Cybele and Diana (which later became a church) the beautiful synagogue and the gymnasium. From Sardis we continue on to Laodicea where we visit its theatre, Odeon and gymnasium. The day will end with visit of Hierapolis with its necropolis, baths, theatre and the site of the martyrdom of St. Philip.
Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale

 

DAY 9 – Pamukkale – Pisidian – Konya
After breakfast, we drive to Konya (ancient Iconium) a city in which St. Paul and St. Barnabas used the synagogue as their forum. We will visit the museum complex of the Whirling Dervishes. Which is also the site of the Mausoleum of Mevlana (Rumi). Continue our tour to the Antioch of Pisidia, the city where St. Paul preached his first recorded sermon and was later expelled. Among the ruins we also visit the remains of two basilicas.
Dinner and overnight stay in Konya

DAY 10 – Konya – Lystra – Derbe – Cappadocia
After breakfast, we begin our drive to Cappadocia. On the way we stop at Lystra, also a place that was visited several times by St. Paul. From there we continue on to Derbe, where St. Paul and St Barnabas preached and won many converts. Arrive in Cappadocia and check into the hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 11 – Cappadocia
After breakfast, we begin our explorations of the famous and intriguing valley of Cappadocia, a unique region in which nature has created and incredibly strange and colourful world of cones, columns and needles that were shaped by the wind and water erosion of the area’s volcanic tuff. Some of these strange shapes are as tall as 100 ft. But it is not only the natural landscape that is unique here. Our forefathers used the soft features of the stone to carve out the fantasy – like environment into homes, stables, shops, churches and hospitals. Many early Christians painted the walls of their chapels with their own renditions of Bible stories. Some of these frescoes are incredibly beautiful, attesting to the skills and religious fervor of the faithful. Among the places we will visit are Open Air Museum of Goreme, Underground City of Kaymakli and Zelve Valley.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 12 – Cappadocia
After breakfast, we will have a private mass at one of the oldest churches in Cappadocia dating back to the 4th century A.D. Continue our tour with a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy – chimneys. Then drive onto Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon we will continue our visit to the Uschisar, a pretty village situated at the highest point in Cappadocia. Visit Uchisar Castle which offers magnificent panoramnic views surrounding area with Mount Erciuyes in the distance. The castle features many rooms hollowed out from the room connected to each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. Today most of the rooms on the north side of the castle have become home to flocks of pigeons End the day with a visit to a historic cave house and experience how the inhabitants use to live.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia,

 

DAY 13 – Cappadocia – Istanbul – UK
After breakfast, departure transfer from our hotel to Kayseri Airport for our departure flight to Istanbul. Continue onto connection flight from Istanbul to UK

 

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The magic of Poland (9 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Warsaw
After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at the castle square for a short walk through the Old Town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 2 – Warsaw
After breakfast we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw with a half day tour including Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after World War II, with the impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here the May 3rd Constitution was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution after the USA. You will admire some of its 300 rooms and visit the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knights Hall with 6 large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble Room with its 22 portraits of Polish kings and the largest and most impressive of all the castles chambers – the Ballroom. After lunch you have the rest of the day free to explore Warsaw.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 3 – Warsaw
After breakfast we start the day at the royal palace located in the Wilanow district of Warsaw. Wilanow Palace survived the Poland’s partitions and both World Wars, and also serves as a reminder of the culture of the Polish state as it was before the misfortunes of the 18th century. It is one of Poland’s most important monuments. The Palace’s museum, established in 1805, is a repository of the countries royal and artistic heritage. The palace and park in Wilanow host cultural events and converts, including Summer Royal Concerts in the Rose Garden and the International Summer Early Music Academy. Wilanow Palace was built for King John III Sobieski in the last quarter of the 17th century and later was enlarged by the owners. It represents the characteristic type of baroque suburban residence built entre cour et jardin (between the entrance court and the garden). Its architecture is original, a merger of generally European art with distinctively Polish building traditions. After lunch the rest of the day is free.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 4 – Warsaw – Lublin – Kazimierz Dolny – Warsaw
After breakfast we leave for Lublin the largest city in south-eastern Poland with its long history and historic buildings. Population of the city suffered heavily during the 2nd World War, nearby Nazis opened concentration camp Majdanek which was one of the largest in Europe. You will have an opportunity to see the Old Town with its impressive Krakow Gate dating back to the 14th century. One of the most important historical artefacts to be found in Lublin is the priceless set of Russo-Byzantine frescoes in the Holy Trinity Chapel, located within the fortified walls of Lublin Castle. After lunch we continue to Kazimierz Dolny which is a picturesquely situated on the right bank of the Vistula River in the hills, valleys and gorges. For years it fascinated with its unique atmosphere attracting many tourists. According to the legend – the local synagogue was founded by King Casimir the Great as a gift for his beloved Esther. Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

DAY 5 – Warsaw – Krakow
After breakfast we spend the morning driving to Krakow. After lunch we have a half day sightseeing tour starting with Wawel Castle, home to three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestries is unmatched. You will also visit Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St. Jadwiga, Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell, Zygmunt from 1520, ranks with the worlds largest. This is the place where Polish kings were crowned and buried. Drive to Old Town with its restored Main Square surrounded with magnificent houses and palaces. Here, we will visit St. Mary’s Basilica, originally built in the 14th century with its foundations dating back to as early as the 13th century, to see the magnificent wooden alter by wit Stwosz. The renaissance Cloth Hall, originally built before 1349, is the focal point of the Market Square.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

 

DAY 6 – Krakow – Kazimierz – Auschwitz – Krakow
Kazimierz has been a major historic centre of Jewish culture since the 16th. Its sole perished during the traumatic events of the 2nd world war, but many of the district’s buildings, some still with Yiddish Inscriptions have survived. Today Jewish life and culture is undergoing a revival in Kazimierz. Many buildings have been restored and the district’s fashionable cafes, restaurants and bars are nowadays full of tourists from all over the world curious to learn more about Jewish Culture. The district’s main attractions are Szeroka Street where “Schindler’s List” was filmed, Isaac, High and Old Synagogues, Remuh Synagogue and its Cemetery, and the “Pod Orlem” Pharmacy. After lunch we continue to Oswiecim with Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum which provides one of the most memorable lessons in Modern European History. The visit includes a film showing the camp’s liberation, the flower strewn death Wall, national memorials, the railway line and ramp, the remains of hundreds of barracks, all of which constitute a moving testimony to the number of lives lost through Nazi atrocities across occupied Europe.
Return back to Krakow for dinner and overnight stay

 

DAY 7 – Krakow – Zakopane – Krakow
After breakfast, drive to Zakopane, beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, in the valley between Gubalowka Hill and Mount Giewont. Zakopane is the most popular resort in Poland. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zakopane. The city’s wooden architecture blends with the natural landscape. This style is copied in other parts of Poland and is known as Zakopianski style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane. Later we drive to Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane in appreciation to the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope’s life after an assassination attempt. Admire the breath taking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Hill and shop for souvenirs, arts and crafts of the Highlanders in the local shops. After lunch you will have free time before leaving for Krakow
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

DAY 8 – Krakow – Warsaw
After breakfast drive back to Warsaw and stop at Lodz en-route. A post-industrial city of contrast and hidden treasure “the Manchester of Poland”. See how the textile industry changed the city through the centuries. Discover why people call it “the Promise Land” and get to know about rich ethnic variety, especially Jews. Get awed by the gigantic 19th century factories, Art Nouveau buildings, palatial mansions and a world famous film school. Lodz is an unusual city. Without kings and knights but with charming red brick factories and great benefits of industrial revolution. Explore the new symbol of Lodz, the Manufaktura, a huge factory converted to a cultural, commercial and social centre. Discover the city where members of the Polish, German, Jewish and Russian cultures lived and made business together. Discover how to become a millionaire being a bootblack and follow the traces of 19th century factory owners. To get the best walking tour around Lodz, you must have a visit to Manufaktura – former factory which was renovated a few years ago. Nowadays this complex, located in the city centre, is a shopping mall. It is also a centre, trade and entertainment. One of the gate remains triumphal arch of old mill. See Poznanski Palace belonging to the most famous factory magnate in Poland. Currently this building houses City Museum of Lodz where you can admire Neo-Baroque façade, staircase, dining room and ballroom. Then have a walk along the longest European trading route – Piotrkowska Street. This pedestrian street is in the heart of the city, full of clubs, restaurants, bars and a wide range of cultural sites. Admire old buildings, renovated factories and Lodz speciality – Rickshaws. Finish the day with a visit to the White Factory which is the home of the Textile Museum. This museum gathers a number of looms, old material and examples of weaver’s art. After lunch the rest of the day is free.

 

DAY 9 – Warsaw – UK
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for the return flight to the UK

 

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Poland – Primeval Forest and Land of 1000 Lakes (7 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Warsaw
Arrival in Warsaw, the capital and biggest city in Poland.
Dinner and overnight in Warsaw

 

DAY 2 – Warsaw and Holy Mountain
City sightseeing tour including the most important tourist attractions. Totally destroyed during the 2nd World War, the Old Town and the Royal Castle were reconstructed and places on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Along the Royal Route, you will find many old churches and palaces, including the church with the urn with Frederic Chopin’s heart. The tallest building in Warsaw, the Palace of culture and Science, a gift from the former Soviet Union, is also worth a visit. In the afternoon drive to Bialowieza, heart of Bialowieski National Park. On the visit the Holy Mount of Grabarka, the most important Orthodox sanctuary in Poland.
Dinner and overnight stay in Bialowieza.

 

DAY 3 – Bialowieza National Park
After breakfast a sightseeing tour of Bialowieza, located in the middle of Bialowieza Forest – in the past a favourite hunting place for Lithuanian princes, Polish kings and Russian tsars. You visit the Orthodox Church and Parish, which is famous for its iconostas made of Chinese porcelain, a unique monument of this kind in Poland. The highlight of the day is a guided walking tour through the strictly protected reserve which was entered on UNESCO’s list of World Biosphere Reserves and of Cultural Heritage. You will admire Europe’s oldest primeval forest, where the trees have been growing without human interference. In the afternoon visit the European Bison Breeding Reserve, where you will see a European bison, in the close natural conditions.
Dinner and overnight stay in Bialowieza

 

DAY 4 – The Kingdom of Beaver and Elk
After breakfast drive to the Masurian Lakes District through the Backwater of Biebrza, a wildlife refuge and a park of Biebrza National Park, which encompasses Europe’s most extensive natural bog area. The fauna is diverse and dominated by water and mud birds with some extremely rare species. The park is also Poland’s largest habitat of the elk and beaver.
Dinner and overnight stay in Masuria

 

DAY 5 – Wolf’s lair and Pisz Forest
Today you will admire the highlights of the northern and southern part of Masurian Lakes District including Wolf’s Lair – Hitler’s headquarters at Gierloz, which is one of the most sinister places in the region. The Jesuit monastic complex of Swieta Lipka is considered the most beautiful baroque construction in Poland. Worth a visit is Poland’s summer capital Mikolajki in the middle of large lakes in a beautiful landscape with its yatch harbour. In the afternoon, drive through Pisz Forestto reach the Krutynia River, where you can enjoy a boat cruise admiring a unique aquatic fauna and flora.
Dinner and overnight stay in Masuria

DAY 6 – Olsztyn
Drive to Warsaw for a city sightseeing tour of Olsztyn, the biggest city and capital of Warmia and Masuria region. Olsztyn is famous for its nice Old Town and the gothic castle of Warmian Bishops that once serves as a home for Nicolaus Copernicus.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 7 – Warsaw – UK
After breakfast departure to airport for return flight home

 

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Panorama of Poland (14 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Warsaw
After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 2 – Warsaw
This morning, we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw. A half day sightseeing tour includes the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after the 2nd World War, with its impressive Royal Castle, seat of the kings of Poland. Here, the May 3rd constitution was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution in the world, after the USA. You will admire some of its 300 rooms and visit the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with 6 large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble Room with its 22 portraits of Polish Kings and the largest and most impressive of the castle’s chambers – the Ballroom. After lunch we continue our tour with a drive to the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. En-route you will see the building of the National Opera House and the Town Hall.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 3 – Warsaw – Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Krakow
En-route to Krakow, Poland’s unique, medieval, open air museum, we will make a stop in Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine with its icon that is associated with alleged miracles. Before we reach Krakow, we will drive to Auschwitz to visit the Martyrdom Museum of the former Nazi concentration camp, the infamous factory of death.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

 

DAY 4 – Krakow
The morning sightseeing tour will start with the Royal Wawel castle, home of three dynasties of Poland’s monarchs. Its stately halls and exquisite chambers are filled with priceless art, valuable period furniture and rare ancient objects. The collection of monumental 16th century tapestries is unmatched. You will also visit Wawel Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanislaw and St, Jadwiga, 14th century Queen of Poland. Its 18 chapels are true architectural masterpieces. The giant bell, Zygmunt, from 1520, ranks with the world’s largest. This is the site where Polish Kings were crowned and buried. Following a short break for coffee we visit the Old Town with its restored Man square surrounded with magnificent houses and palaces. Here, we will visit St. Mary’s Basilica, originally built in the 14th century, to see the magnificent wooden alter by Wit Stwosz. The Renaissance Cloth Hall, originally built before 1349, is the focal point of the Market Square. The afternoon is at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Krakow

DAY 5 – Krakow – Wieliczka – Zakopane
After breakfast, we drive to Zakopane, beautifully situated at the foot of the Tatra Mountains, in the valley between Gubalowka Hill and Mount Giewont. Zakopane is the most popular resort in Poland. En-route, we stop in Wieliczka to visit the Royal Salt Mine, an unforgettable tourist attraction with underground chambers, grottoes and chapels carved in salt rock. After lunch we continue on to Zakopane. Once a small mountain village, it has become a fashionable winter resort for artists since the beginning of the 20th century.
Dinner and overnight stay in Zakopane

 

DAY 6 – Zakopane
After breakfast, a sightseeing tour of Zakopane. The city’s Highlander architecture blends with the natural landscape. This style is imitated in other parts of Poland is known as Zakopianski Style. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of wooden architecture in Zakopane. Later we drive to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptowki built by the people of Zakopane in appreciation to the Lady of Fatima for saving the Pope John Paul II’s life after an assassination attempt. Admire the breath taking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Hill, and shop for souvenirs, arts and crafts of the Highlanders in the local shops. After lunch you will have free time.
Dinner and overnight stay in Zakopane

 

DAY 7 – Zakopane – Wadowice – Wroclaw
Today we depart for the historic city of Wroclaw located in western Poland. Wroclaw, also known as “Venice of the North” is one of the oldest cities in Poland with a beautiful location along the Odra River. En-route, we will visit the small town of Wadowice, the birth place of Pope John Paul ll. We will see the house where he was born and grew up. In the Basilica of Wadowice, where Karol Wojtyla, later Pope John Paul ll, was baptized, you can view the special plaque that commemorates this fact, as well as a stone font where the Pope prayed during his first pilgrimage to Poland in 1979. After lunch we will continue on to Wroclaw. Today Wroclaw, with its array of beautiful buildings and monuments, including the magnificent Gothic Town Hall structure. This is recognised as a gem of urban Gothic Renaissance architecture in Poland and elsewhere.
Dinner and overnight stay in Wroclaw

 

DAY 8 – Wroclaw – Churches of Peace – Poznan
After breakfast, we visit Churches of Peace in Swidnica and Jawor, the largest timber framed religious buildings in Europe and a symbol of religious tolerance from the 17th century. After the Peace of Westphalia (1648) the Protestants in Silesia were allowed by the Habsburg Roman catholic emperor to build three churches. Restrictions were that they had to be constructed outside the city walls, made of wood or clay and built in less than a year. The architect responsible for all three was Albrecht von Sabish. The churches had to be big enough to be a true place of refuge for the Protestant population. He designed wooden buildings that had never been seen before in complexity and size. Back to Wroclaw and take the train to Poznan.
Dinner and overnight stay in Poznan

 

DAY 9 – Poznan – Torun
Today we have a morning visit to Poznan, one of the oldest Polish cities. The first settlement here can be traced back to the early 9th century. The first ruler of Poland, Mieszko I who, through the act of his own baptism in 966, put his country in the cultural sphere of Western Christianity, founded his church right here. In the 15th century, it took on a Gothic shape. The most interesting part of the city is its Old Town with the famous Renaissance Town Hall, now housing the Historic Museum. In the middle of the attic, above the clock, you can watch two metal goats butting their horns 12 times every day at noon. After lunch we continue on to Torun.
Dinner and overnight stay in Torun

 

DAY 10 – Torun – Gdansk
In the morning, we will enjoy the highlights of Torun. The city is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, and it is considered one of the most magnificent historic cities of Poland. Its Old Town is included on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and historic streets preserving Torun’s past glory. After lunch we drive to Gdansk. On arrival we will take a short walk through the Old Town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Gdansk

 

DAY 11 – Gdansk – Gdynia – Sopot – Gdansk
Today we start the tour of Gdansk at the Upland Gate, a fragment of the city’s former fortifications and one of its main gates. Just behind it we pass by a baked brick construction consisting of the Prison Tower and the Torture House, relics of the 15th century Gothic defensive walls. The Golden Gate, situated next to the Prison Tower, opens onto Long Market, a magnificent street with late Renaissance and Baroque grand houses and palaces. It is here that the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived. The Artus Court was the site of important Hanseatic League meetings. It is considered the most beautiful court among all of the Europe’s Hanseatic cities. Just behind this is the tower of St. Mary’s Basilica, a part of the most precious and largest red brick Gothic church in Gdansk. On our way back, we pass by Mariacka Street with its gabled terraced houses and elegant boutiques. Now we drive to Gdynia, the youngest tri city complex. After lunch we continue our drive to Sopot, the famous and fashionable seaside resort. Here you can see the oldest and the longest wooden pier in Europe. On our way back to Gdansk, a stop at Oliwa Cathedral to enjoy its monumental 18th century organ. The rest of the day is free for shopping for Baltic arts and crafts and of course unique amber jewellery which in itself is a major tourist attraction.
Dinner and overnight stay in Gdansk

 

DAY 12 – Gdansk – Malbork – Olsztyn
After breakfast, we drive to Olsztyn. En-route, we stop at the 14th century Teutonic Knights Castle in Malbork. It is the largest brick castle in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions. After lunch we continue on to Olsztyn, a town located in a region of lakes and forests. The most attractive part of the city is its old town, encircled by a ring of fortified walls.
Dinner and overnight stay in Olsztyn

 

DAY 13 – Olsztyn – Olsztynek – Lowicz – Warsaw
After breakfast, we return to Warsaw. En-route, we visit the Ethnographic Park in Olsztynek, the site of the Museum of Folk Architecture, one of the oldest open air museums in Europe. The Museum contains many interesting examples of folk architecture including houses, barns, windmills and other traditional buildings. Other attractions of the Ethnographic Park are the interiors of old houses, the Evangelical church, a smithy, a pottery stand, a Dutch windmill as well as various temporary displays representing items of traditional craftsmanship and modern folk art. The main objective of the Museum is to preserve the legacy of the past for future generations and to encourage the study of the rich cultural and spiritual values of days gone by. As we continue our drive to Warsaw, we stop in Lowicza typical Mazovian town famous for folk art, colourful costumes and beautiful paper cut outs.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 14 – Warsaw – UK
After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for the return flight to the UK

 

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Panorama of Poland (7 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Warsaw
After arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the heart of the city. Drive along the beautifully renovated Royal Route with its historical monuments and residences. Stop at the castle square for a short walk through the Old Town.
Dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw

 

DAY 2 – Warsaw
This morning, we introduce you to the highlights of Warsaw. A half day sightseeing tour includes the Old Town, beautifully rebuilt after the 2nd World War, with its impressive Royal Castle, seat of the Kings of Poland. Here, the May 3rd Constitution was proclaimed in 1791, the second oldest constitution in the world, after USA. You will admire some of its 300 rooms and visit the Canaletto Room with 23 of his paintings, the Throne Room, the magnificent Knight’s Hall with six large paintings by Marcello Bacciarelli, the Marble Room with its 22 portraits of Polish Kings and the largest and most impressive of the castle’s chambers, the Ballroom. After lunch we continue with a drive to the area of the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto. To end the day, you will see the building of the National Opera House and the Town Hall.
Dinner and overnight stat in Warsaw

 

DAY 3 – Warsaw – Masury Region – Mikolajki
Transfer to Mikolajki the most famous Masurian village with a beautiful marina, visit the Luknajno Lake Reserve often called Swan Lake. Enjoy a boat trip on Sniardwy Lake – the biggest lake in Poland.
Dinner and overnight stay in Mikolajki

 

DAY 4 – Elblag – Malbork – Gdansk
Start the day with a totally unique experience in Elblag – half day boat trip to Maldyty up the Elblag – Ostroda canal, the main attraction of the region and the only one in the world with this kind of canal with technical devices from mid of XIX century and still functioning without electricity, the system of slipways carries the ships on the land up and down and helps them overcome almost 100m difference of water levels “sailing” on the land. In the afternoon we drive to the 13th century Teutonic Knights castle in Malbork. It is the largest brick castle in Europe and one of Poland’s greatest tourist attractions.
Dinner and overnight stay in Gdansk

 

DAY 5 – Gdansk – Gdynia – Sopot – Gdansk
Today, we start the tour of Gdansk at the Upland Gate, a fragment of the city’s former fortifications and one of its main gates. Just behind it, we pass by a baked brick construction consisting of the Prison Tower and the Torture House, relics of the 15th century Gothic defensive walls. The Golden Gate, situated next to the Prison Tower, opens onto Long Market, a magnificent street with late Renaissance and Baroque grand houses and palaces. It is here that the richest burghers of Gdansk once lived. The Artus Court was the site of important Hanseatic cities. Just behind it is the tower of St. Mary’s Basilica, a part of the most precious and largest red brick Gothic church in Gdansk. On our way back, we pass by Mariacka Street with its gabled terraced houses and elegant boutiques. Now we drive to Gdynia, the youngest tri-city complex. After lunch we continue our drive to Sopot, the famous and fashionable seaside resort. Here you can see the oldest and the longest wooden pier in Europe. On our way back to Gdansk, a stop at Oliwa Cathedral to enjoy its monumental 18th century organ. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Dinner and overnight stay in Gdansk.

 

DAY 6 – Gdansk – Torun – Warsaw
In the morning, drive to Torun. The city is the birthplace of Nicolaus Copernicus, and it is considered one of the most magnificent historic cities in Poland. It’s Old Town is include don the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list for its impressive 13th century Town Hall, superb churches and historic streets preserving Torun’s past glory. After lunch begin the drive back to Warsaw.
Dinner and overnight stay In Warsaw

 

DAY 7 – Warsaw – UK
After breakfast the departure transfer will take you to the airport for your return flight home.

 

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Jewels of Turkey and Greece – Land and cruise (11 days)

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DAY 1 – UK – Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 2 – Istanbul – Izmir – Kusadasi – Patmos (cruise)
After breakfast, we will drive to Ataturk airport to catch our morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival in Izmir we will be transferred to Kusadasi to embark on a 3 night cruise of the Aegean Islands. Our first stop will be Patmos, this island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Devine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse. The Monastery of St. John, built on one of the highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury
Dinner and overnight stay on board

 

DAY 3 – Patmos – Crete-Heraklion – Santorini
This morning arrive in Heraklion which is three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The next island will be Santorini perhaps the most breath taking of all the Greek Islands, with its white washed housed, narrow streets, open air cafes and glittering boutiques.
Dinner and overnight stay on board

 

DAY 4 – Santorini – Athens – Mykonos
We arrive at Piraeus, the port city of Athens, cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western Civilisation, Athens is a vibrant city where old and new co-exist. The majestic Parthenon rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the time worn stone. The last island of the cruise will be Mykonos, hundreds of the tiny chapels dot this blue and white washed island with its beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset in the picturesque harbour.
Dinner and overnight stay on board

 

DAY 5 – Mykonos – Kusadasi – Pamukkale
Arrival to Kusadasi at 07:00. We will proceed to the vast ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this ancient Roman city and visit the library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. After lunch continue to Pamukkale ‘the Cotton castle’ with its snow white terraces formed by famous Necropolis, the Basilica, Theatre and Plutonium.
Dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale

 

DAY 6 – Pamukkale – Konya – Cappadocia
After an early breakfast we set off for Cappadocia, with a visit to the Sultanhan Caravansarai on the way. Following lunch in Konya we will visit the Mausoleum, Museum and Monastery complex dedicated to Mevlana Celalettin Rumi, the founder of the mystical order often referred to as the Whirling Dervishes. Setting out once again we will enjoy our panoramic view of Cappadocia as we reach that strange and mystifying landscape.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 7 – Cappadocia
After breakfast we set off on a full day excursion. We begin our explorations of the famous and intriguing valley of Cappadocia, a unique region in which nature has created an incredibly strange and colourful world of cones, columns and needles that were shaped by the wind and water erosion of the area’s volcanic tuff. Some of these strange shapes are as tall as 100 ft. But it is not only the natural landscape that is unique here. Our forefathers used the soft features if the stone to carve out this fantasy like environment into homes, stables, shops, churches and hospitals. Many early Christians painted the walls of their chapels with their own renditions of Bible stories. Some of these frescoes are incredibly beautiful, attesting to the skills and religious fervor of the faithful. Among the place we will visit are Goreme Open Air Museum, Castle of Uchisar, Underground city and Pasabag.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia

 

DAY 8 – Cappadocia – Ankara
After breakfast we drive to Ankara. On the way we will take a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake pass by the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Upon arrival to Ankara visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum at which numerous remnants from the Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display.
Dinner and overnight stay in Ankara

 

DAY 9 – Ankara – Istanbul
After breakfast, we make our way back to Istanbul for a half day sightseeing tour including a visit of the renewed Sultanahmet Mosque also known popularly as the Blue Mosque, this exquisite mosque built in the name of Sultan Ahmet is famous for its blue Iznik tiles and is unique for having six minarets. It was built from 1606 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. We continue on to the Hippodrome, once the vast arena that functioned as the heart of sporting events and political activities of the old city. The tour will end with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market this is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4,000 shops of antiques, jewellery and carpets.
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 10 – Istanbul
After breakfast, we set off on a half day of sightseeing in Istanbul. We will start with a visit to Topkapi Palace. This visit to the imperial palace of the Ottoman Sultans will include tours of the imperial treasury, the Chinese porcelain section, the calligraohy section and many more. We continue on to the Hagia Sophia, the church of Divine Wisdom. Ranking as one of the greatest marvels of the world architecture, this awe inspiring building was constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian.
Afternoon at leisure
Dinner and overnight stay in Istanbul

 

DAY 11 – Istanbul – UK
After breakfast we drive to Ataturk Airport for our flight back to the UK.

 

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