Itinerary and Inclusions
TURKEY & GREECE : USD 3188 per person
EXTENSIONS TO FRANCE & ITALY : USD 2048 per person
September 23 – October 14, 2016
SEPT 23/DEPARTURE MANILA Depart from Manila to Istanbul. Enjoy your flight amenities while on board.
DAY 01: SEPT 24/ARRIVAL – ISTANBUL (BLD) Early morning arrival in Istanbul airport. Meet and assist by a local guide. Transfer to hotel for breakfast before we proceed for a tour. Mass at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and then proceed for a visit to Chora museum. At last we will browse around the exciting Grand bazaar, a maze of over 4000 tiny shops selling gold, jewelry, leather work and fine carpets. Rest is free for leisure. Dinner and overnight
DAY 02: SEPT 25/ ISTANBUL (BLD) Breakfast at hotel and then continue for Istanbul tour, we will see its unusual combination of Greek Orthodox, Roman Ottoman and modern day Islam. We will visit the St. Sophia Church, one of the great architectural marvels of the ancient world, we continue on to the Hippodrome, the sportive and political center of the Old City and the famed Blue Mosque, facing St. Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. We will also visit the fascinating Topkapi Palacehousing the many priceless treasures and colorful stories of Ottoman Sultans. Mass at Church of St. Anthony of Padua, drive to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 03: SEPT 26/ ISTANBUL – ADANA – ANTIOCH (BLD) Flying to Adana transfer to Antioch (Hatay) the place where St. Paul started to his first second trip to tell the good news. Proceed for a Mass at St Pierre Church in Hatay. Visiting Hatay Museum, St. Simone Monastery, St. Pierto Grave, Holy House in Antioch, Selucia Piera (Samandag). Lunch will be served en-route. Back to hotel in Antioch for dinner and overnight.
DAY 04: SEPT 27/ANTIOCH – TARSUS – CAPPADOCIA (BLD) After breakfast, mass at hotel; Check out and departure to Nevsehir, visiting on the route Tarsus, a secret place which presented a giant as St. Paul to earth and to history of humanity, Donuktas, Lustinianos Bridge, Derinkuyu. Lunch will be served en-route. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia.
DAY 05: SEPT 28/CAPPADOCIA– KONYA – (ICONIUM) (BLD) After breakfast drive for a visit Cappadocia region, in order to see early Christians who has looked for good living quarters and shelter from their persecutors, carved innumerable dwelling, Churches, Monasteries and even entire towns deep into the rock, some of them descending six or seven stories into the earth who has escaped from Romans torture. Morning mass at Deryaman Church (Cave Church). Lunch will be served in a local, authentic restaurant. Then visit to Gerome open air museum. Departure Iconium (Konya). Visit on the way derbe, Lerende (Karaman), Binbir Church Madensehir. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 06: SEP 29 / ICONIUM – PISIDA – COLOSSAE – HIERAPOLIS (BLD) After breakfast, check out of hotel. Continue for a mass at Konya Catholic Church, afterwards drive to Pamukkale, visit on the way Church of St. Michael at Sille, Antioch in Pisida (Yalvac), Colossae (Honaz), and Hierapolis the holy city. Lunch in a local restaurant on the way, dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Pamukkale
DAY 07: SEP 30 / PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI (BLD) After breakfast, visit Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), most fascinating landscape of the world white formations of travertine cascades in which the mild water flow, create a radiant scene when mixed with sunlight. Ladocia the impressing city embraces you with its honorable and historical past. We travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a lunch and then visit the House of the Virgin Mary on top of Mt. Coressos, Mass at a chapel of House of Virgin Mary. Then see the Basilica of St. John, housing an immersion baptismal and believed to be resting place of John. From here, we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus Harbour and The Temple of Artemis, completed in its most famous phase around 550 B.C. and listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
DAY 08: OCT 01/ KUSADASI – CRUISE – PATMOS (BLD) Breakfast at hotel, check out transfer to port. Embark the cruise ship at the Turkey port of Kusadasi. Depart sailing for the island of Patmos. Arrive in the afternoon on Patmos. Take the optional tour to visit the Monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation and the Grotto of St. Anna or, relax in the main town. Depart sailing in the evening. Dinner on board. In the evening, enjoy the live entertainment program.
DAY 09: OCT 02/CRUISE – CRETE (HERAKLION) – SANTORINI: (BLD)
Breakfast on board. Cruise ship arrives early morning at the port of Heraklion, the capital of Crete and the largest of the Greek islands. At own leisure to visit the charming town or, take the optional tour to visit the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos, believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos (Legend of the Minotaur) and the seat of the Minoan civilization. In the afternoon, the amazing island of Santorini (formed by the eruption of the volcano 1600 BC). The sight is the most breathtaking of all Greek islands and perhaps of the world, you may take an optional tour. Enjoy the last night on board live entertainment, disco. Overnight on board.
DAY 10: OCT 03/CRUISE ARRIVAL ATHENS – ATHENS TOUR – DEPARTURE ATHENS (BL)
After breakfast on board, disembark. Meet at the Athens port of Lavrion and with an official English Speaking Guide, proceed on your Half Day Athens tour. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament and the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones in their traditional costume. See the Athens Academy, the University and the National Library. Stop at the Pan Athenaic Olympic stadium, (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896). See the archaeological site of the Temple of the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. Completing the tour, transfer for lunch to a local restaurant (starters, salad, main course, dessert). After lunch, free
salad, main course, dessert). After lunch, free time for shopping in Plaka and Syntagma Square. In the evening transfer to the Athens airport for your flight back home or extend to France and Italy.
DAY 11: OCT 04/ ARRIVAL MANILA
Home Sweet Home!
EXTENSION TO FRANCE and ITALY
DAY 10: OCT 03/CRUISE ARRIVAL ATHENS – ATHENS TOUR (BLD)
After breakfast on board, disembark. Meet at the Athens port of Lavrion and with an official English Speaking Guide, proceed on your Half Day Athens tour. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament and the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones in their traditional costume. See the Athens Academy, the University and the National Library. Stop at the Pan Athenaic Olympic Arch. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. Completing the tour, transfer for lunch to a local restaurant (starters, salad, main course, dessert). After lunch, free time for shopping in Plaka and Syntagma Square. Spend another night in Athens.
DAY 11 OCT 04 / ATHENS – TOULOUSE – LOURDES (BD)
Early breakfast at hotel, check out at your hotel and then transfer to airport for flight to Toulouse. Depart from Manila to Istanbul. Enjoy your flight amenities while on board Arrival in Toulouse, drive to Lourdes and transfer to your hotel for check in. Remainder of the day to be spent on leisure, in the evening you may participate the Torch Rosary Procession. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes
DAY 12: OCT 05 / LOURDES (BD)
Breakfast at the hotel, and then you may continue to bathe in the miraculous water. You’ll be immensely inspired by the humble life of Saint Bernadette. Perhaps watch a movie or visit a museum on her life. Pray collectively the life-size Stations of the Cross in its most magnificent setting. Now meditate at the Grotto for a close communication with God. Dinner and overnight
DAY 13: OCT 06 / LOURDES – PARIS (BD)
Breakfast at hotel, check out. Board your coach and transfer to the train station, to take the train ro Paris. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. Remainders of the day to be spend on leisure.
DAY 14: OCT 07 / PARIS (BD)Breakfast at your hotel. Afterwards, meet your local guide and enjoy a full day guided city tour. You will see all the highlights such as Cathedral of Notre Dame, one of the greatest Gothic Churches in the world with its magnificent stained glass windows, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Opera and much more. Visit to the Seine River Cruise. Afterwards enjoy a walking tour with your guide in the Montmartre area. This is the artist area of Paris. When you walk through this neighborhood you get the feeling you are in a picturesque village. Here you can also find a daily art market! Enjoy a visit to the Montmartre, the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur. Also enjoy view over Paris. Group dinner in Montmartre and Overnight
DAY 15: OCT 08 / PARIS – NEVERS – PARAY LE MONIAL (BD)
Breakfast at your hotel, check out. Board your coach and proceed to Nevers to visit St. Cyr and St. Judith Cathedral. Proceed to Paray Le Monial for a visit to the famous Basilica of Paray-Le-Monial. The rest of the day is for leisure. Dinner and check in at hotel
DAY 16: OCT 09 / PARAY LE MONIAL – TURIN (BD)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Turin.
Explore and enjoy Turin on your own free time. Dinner and check in. in Turin to include entrance to Chapel of the Holy Shroud inside the Cathedral of St. John (Domo San Giovanni). The Shroud of Turin, one of the world’s most famous relics. There have been few expositions of the shroud in the 20th century. The Shroud, a piece of herringbone twilled linen cloth measuring 14.5 feet by 3.9 feet, is believed by many Roman Catholics to be the cloth in which Christ’s body was wrapped after his crucifixion. It bears the faint imprint of a man and the apparent signs of wound marks that correspond to those Christ sustained during his crucifixion. Dinner and overnight hotel.
DAY 17: OCT 10 / TURIN – PISA – ASSISI (BD)
Morning transfer to Assisi with a short stop to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. Drive to Assisi, the most loved St. Francis. Half day guided tour, Commune in the Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity and love for all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and view priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church. Nearby is the Church wherein lies the incorrupt body of St. Claire. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
DAY 18: OCT 11 / ASSISI – CASCIA – LANCIANO – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (BD)
Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, check out and then up to Cascia for a guided visit at the Monastery of St. Rita of the impossible meditation. Leave for Lanciano to visit the church of Eucharistic Miracle. The story behind is heartwarming Eucharistic celebration. And then drive to San Giovanni Rotondo. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.
DAY 19: OCT 12 / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – ROME (BD)
Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast have a Eucharistic Celebration at the shrine of St. Pio at the Basilica of our Lady of Grace. Meditate on the life of the miraculous saint, most beloved of confessors who receive the stigmata the five words of Jesus Christ. Drive to Rome. Upon arrival check in at your hotel. Remainder of the day to be spend on leisure. Group dinner and
Group dinner and overnight in Rome.
DAY 20: OCT 13 / DEPARTURE ROME (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and check out and proceed to Santana Maria Maggiore for participate at the Tridium. Continue with a guided visit to the Vatican, at the museum where you might want to visit the underground tomb of the Popes and the newly restored Sistine Chapel with its magnificent frescoes depicting the “LAST JUDGEMENT” by Michael Angelo and the beautiful paintings of the masters. Then to St. Peter‘s Basilica, the most magnificent church in Christendom. Pray at the tomb of Pope John Paul II. And drive to airport to catch flight back home
DAY 21: OCT 14 / ARRIVAL MANILA
Home Sweet Home!!
Roundtrip International Airfare in Economy Class via Turkish Airlines
Meet and Assist at Airport and Seaport
07 nights Hotel Accommodation on twin sharing using local 4* hotels
02 nights Celestyal Cruise on twin sharing Inside Cabin (From Kusadasi to Athens)
Standard local Meals as specified (B-breakfast, L-lunch, & D-dinner)
Tours and Sightseeing with English speaking guide (as per itinerary)
Air Conditioned coach for transfers and during tours per itinerary
Applicable entrance fees per program
Souvenir bag & other giveaways
Accompanied by an escort
Cost of passport and Visa documentation (Turkey Visa – Php 4000.00 per applicant & Schengen Visa – Php 5500.00 per applicant), Insurance of any kind, all applicable Taxes approx USD 180.00 per person – Subject To Change), cruise fuel supplement (USD 8.00 pp/day) (only if Cruise line impose), Tips to Guide and Driver (USD 10.00pp/day), Cost of Optional tours / Shore Excursions (Patmos – USD 61.00 per person , Crete – USD 66.00 per person, and Santorini – USD 71.00 per person), Porter at airports, seaport, and hotels, Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary, Beverages during meals and sightseeing, Cost of Excess Luggage, and Telephone Calls & other items personal in nature
Non Refundable / Non Transferable deposit of USD 500.00 pp upon booking
Full Cancellation will be applied to any cancellation made 3 weeks before departure.
If the group fall below 30 your travel Agent has the right to cancel or reschedule the tour, otherwise a supplement may apply.
Minimum of 30 passengers to run this program.
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