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SOUTH AFRICA 9 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 12:27 pm
Cape Town - Oudtshoorn - Knysna - George -Johannesburg - Sun City - Kruger

Day 01 :   Cape Town

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, a Travcare representative meets you for a transfer to your pre-booked hotel.

Cape Town is one of the most popular long haul destinations in the world. Due to its unique topography, it is also one of the easiest places in which to orientate oneself as long as you remember that with Table Mountain behind you and Robben Island before you; you are facing north, looking across Table Bay and up the west coast of Africa. Overnight at Hotel

 Day 02 :  Cape Town - City Tour                                       

After breakfast leave on a half-day Mother City tour.

You will go for a scenic coastal drive through Clifton & Sea Point & later tour passes the Houses of Parliament, the Castle, the SA Museum, and a few other historical sights – District Six, Bo-Kaap, Slave Lodge & ending at the bustling Greenmarket Square.  A cable car ride, takes you up the Table Mountain (weather permitting otherwise Signal Hill) for a breathtaking view over the city (entrance is included) Return to your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

 Day 03 :  Cape Town - Peninsula Tour                             

Breakfast is taken at the hotel. Depart on a full day Peninsula tour

This comprehensive tour shows you the best of the spectacular Cape Peninsula and why it is it's called the Fairest Cape. Travel past Sea Point and Camps Bay, past the famous beaches of Clifton and Llandudno towards Hout Bay. Drive along the Atlantic Seaboard. Pass through Noordhoek and Scarborough. Later you will take to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy the funicular ride aboard the “Flying Dutchman” and enjoy the unforgettable spectacular views. Later get the photo opportunity to take some pictures at the second southern most tip of the African continent. Visit the beautiful Boulders Beach, and have the option to sit among the famous colony of Jackass Penguins. Thereafter we enjoy a short stop at the naval port of Simon's Town and know about the legend of “Able Seaman Just Nuisance” the Great Dane Dog that was inducted in Royal Navy. Return to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel

 Day 04 :   Cape Town – Oudtshoorn                                            

After breakfast, check and transfer to Oudtshoorn. It is known as the ‘Feather Capital of the World’ thanks to its huge ostrich industry.

Arrive and in the afternoon enjoy a tour of the Wildlife Ranch where you will visit a crocodile Park where you have opportunity to take pictures with Cheetah.

Check into hotel and spend rest of evening in the comfort of your hotel. Overnight at Hotel

 Day 05 :   Oudtshoorn - Knysna

After breakfast leave for a tour of the Cango Caves - In Oudtshoorn you go underground to marvel at the icy formations in the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders

Later enjoy a tour of the Ostrich Farm before your transfer to Knysna. Arrive in Knysna, later you will go on a cruise on the vast Knysna Lagoon. Enjoy an amazing view of the imposing sandstone ‘Heads’ which guard the sea entrance to Knysna’s huge tidal lagoon, and the forests, marshes and pristine beaches surrounding it. Evening, you check into the hotel. Overnight at Hotel

Day 06 :   Knysna – George - Johannesburg - Sun City 

 After breakfast transfer to George airport to board a flight to Johannesburg. On arrival you are met by a Travcare representative for a transfer to Sun City.

The Sun City complex is surrounded by two championship golf courses, numerous swimming pools and a huge man made lake offering various water sports. Optional activities include Hot Air Ballooning. Enjoy lunch at the Raj Indian Restaurant (own account). Then you could relax at the Valley of the Waves, or take a walk through the gardens of the Lost City. This magical city knows no limits - you have the chance to win a fortune at the Casino and Entertainment Centre, there are lavish extravaganzas and a multitude of restaurants to cater for every taste. Overnight at Hotel

Day 07 :  Sun City                                                  

After breakfast you will enjoy your day at leisure. Optional game drives to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve to see the Big 5 (cost of the game drive is not included) Overnight at Hotel

Day 08 :  Sun City - Kruger                                                   

After breakfast transfer to Kruger National Park.
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the oldest and largest reserves in Africa. The park boasts a tremendous variety of game – The Big 5 and bird life in its numerous habitats.  You should see: elephant, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, warthog, lion, spotted hyenas, baboon, hippo, impala, kudu, vervet monkey, waterbuck, Tsessebe, wildebeest, bush baby, mongoose, duiker, steenbok, klipspringer, genet, bats.  You may see: leopard, wild dog, cheetah, roan antelope, sable antelope, bat-eared fox, rhino, honey badger, porcupine, rebook, aardvark, aardwolf, civet, and caracal and serval suni.

Arrive and check in the lodge. Overnight at Hotel

 Day 09 :  Kruger National Park                                          

Enjoy a full day game drive. Overnight at Hotel

Day 10 :  Kruger National Park - Johannesburg                         

After breakfast, transfer to Or Tambo International for flight back home

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, South Africa
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NEW ZEALAND 12 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 12:22 pm
Auckland - Paihia - Rotorua - Waitomo - Queens Twon - Milford Sound - Wanaka - Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch

DAY 1: ARRIVAL - AUCKLAND

We are here in Auckland! Auckland is proud to be one of the TOP 10 Cities to Live. Transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Auckland. Stay relaxed, get over the jet lag, prepare your back pack for day trip tomorrow and Have a good relaxing night!

DAY 2: AUCKLAND - PAIHIA

Auckland City Tour and Beach Day Out – Sounds interesting isn’t it? start the day with iconic Mt. Eden Hill, Take a drive through Tamaki drive and see a spectacular view of Bastion Point. You will be amazed how beautiful Auckland is from the height of Sky Tower when we visit. Now move towards Bay of Islands (Paihia). Be comfortable at your stay in Paihia tonight.

DAY 3: PAIHIA

After early morning Breakfast, we will board on to a cruise for Hole in the Rock attraction – Yes, you heard it right; there is a hole in the rock in the middle of the ocean and Cruise will sail through it if weather is good enough. Enjoy rest of the evening, free for leisure on your own. No rush at all because overnight Stay in Paihia.

DAY 4: PAIHIA - ROTORUA

After breakfast leave for Rotorua, a Geothermal City of New Zealand which is rare and unique. check-in to the hotel and enjoy rest of the evening at Geothermal City, Rotorua. Overnight Stay will be at Rotorua.

DAY 5: ROTORUA

Today after the Breakfast, we will explore Rotorua by our sightseeing tour. We will visit

Agrodome show – a fun loving insight of NZ's sheep myth. Later on we will be amazed with Visit to Te Puia Thermal Reserve to witness world famous bubbling mud pools, Pohutu Geyser and Maori Cultural Show to enjoy local traditions, culture, songs and dance. After the busy day, we have booked a Rotorua Polynesian Spa for evening. Where relax in a Unique MUD Bath or pamper yourself at Polynesian Spa. Overnight stay will be in Rotorua.

DAY 6: ROTORUA - WAITOMO - AUCKLAND

Leave Rotorua to Auckland. On our way we will visit Waitomo Caves – A wonder of its own. Visit includes boat ride in a real dark cave where everyone will stay QUIET and enjoy the STARS of the CAVE – GLOWWORM. We will then proceed to Auckland, check-in and quickly off to City Tour. We will visit Sky Tower a truly captivating experience as main locations in a very dynamic – City of Sails Auckland. We are now done with North Island of your Dream Holiday. Next morning we will y to Queenstown so pack your bags before bed. Overnight Stay in Auckland.

DAY 7: AUCKLAND - QUEENSTOWN

Early morning after breakfast we will leave for Queenstown the gateway to Heaven by air. After check in hotel at Queenstown we will start our journey to Gondola. See Queenstown from birds eye view. Enjoy the Luge Rides. Take a few snaps of amazingly beautiful view of so-called heaven on the earth city Queenstown from the TOP. Overnight stay in Queenstown

DAY 8: QUEENSTOWN LEISURE DAY

Today Leisure Day at Queenstown. explore beautiful Queenstown by your own. Do some shopping for your loved ones before you go home. Book any Leisure Activity Shot over Jet or Sky Dive for you. Overnight stay will be in Queenstown.

DAY 9:   QUEENSTOWN - MILFORD SOUND – TE ANAU

Off to Milford Sound, one of the highly enjoyed road trip by millions of visitors. Few stops for your lovely pictures and amazing sightseeing and then Milford Sound Cruise in the afternoon. stop at half way to Queenstown in a little gem city named Te Anau for overnight stay. You will realize why we not going back to Queenstown when you will have a relaxing evening to memorize the wonderful day you had. sit and relax at beautiful Te-Anau Lake at your convenience.

DAY 10: TE ANAU - WANAKA

Leave for Wanaka. Don't forget shopping on the way in Queenstown, honestly all holiday purpose defeats if women with you can’t do SHOPPING! Later pass by Crown Range Scenic Drive and when at Wanaka, let’s challenge you at Puzzling World – Be Brave enough to test your IQ with sense of humor. If time permits it’s a good idea to take a walk at beautiful Wanaka Lake and then have a relaxing night at Wanaka.

DAY 11: WANAKA - FRANZ JOSEF

Off we go to Glacier Country via Haast Pass. At Glacier Country (Franz Josef & Fox Glacier) visit Glacier Lookout Point. Overnight stay at little chilly Franz Josef/Fox Glacier, keep yourself warm. By the way, you may book a Helicopter Ride at Glacier Country – a must recommended activity.

DAY 12: FRANZ JOSEF - GREYMOUTH - CHRISTCHURCH

We will leave for Christchurch. Till now, you have seen New Zealand- by road, leave new Zealand without TranzAlpine Train (optional) Journey from Greymouth till Christchurch.

– It says’ seeing is believing, so you need to experience this and believe us. Overnight Stay in Christchurch – The Garden City of New Zealand.

DAY 13:

Leave for Christchurch International Airport with great holiday memories.

 

Auckland, New Zealand, Newzealand
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KENYA WILDLIFE SAFARI – 8 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 12:18 pm
Nairobi - Amboseli - Lake Naivasha - Masaimara

DAY 1:  NAIROBI

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met and assisted by our representative. After a brief introduction, proceed to your hotel for leisure. Overnight.

DAY 2:  NAIROBI – AMBOSELI (Approximately 4 hours drive)

After breakfast, drive through the rugged landscape of the Kenyan plains to the Amboseli National Park situated in the north at the foot hills of Mont Kilimanjaro (19430 ft) the highest Mountain in Africa. Amboseli is famous for its vast herds of elephants and stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro. Be sure to have your camera ready this afternoon 1600hrs game drive in search of elephants, giraffes, buffaloes and much more. Overnight.

DAY 3:  AMBOSELI

You will spend a full day in Amboseli with morning 0630hrs and afternoon 1600hrs game drives. Overnight to the 392 sq km Amboseli National Park lies due south of Nairobi, within clear sight of Mt Kilimanjaro. The waters of the mountain feed the seasonal swamps and marshes on which the game and birds, which live in the park, rely. It is here that photographers will hope to shoot the classic picture of the elephant or giraffe standing against the dramatic backdrop of the snow capped mountain.

DAY 4:   AMBOSELI - LAKE NAIVASHA (Approximately 6 hours drive)

After breakfast, travel into the Great Rift Valley to Lake Naivasha a beautiful fresh water lake, fringed by thick papyrus. Arrive in time to check in and later have lunch.  The lake is almost 13kms wide, but its waters are shallow.  The lake and its surroundings are rich in natural beauty, and the fertile soils and water supply have made this one of Kenya’s prime agricultural regions. The waters of the lake draw a great range of game to these shores.  Giraffes are often seen wondering among the acacia, buffalo wallow in the swamps and Colobus monkeys call from the treetops while the Lake’s large hippo population sleeps the day out in the shallow waters. Sunsets are stunning; with the haunting call of a Fish Eagle high over the lake bringing the day to a perfect end. Overnight.

DAY 5:  LAKE NAIVASHA – MASAI MARA (Approximately 5 ½ hours drive)

After breakfast, depart for the world famous Masai Mara National Reserve. Arrive at your lodge for check-in and have lunch. The accent here is on the Masai people and the wealth of wildlife, birdlife, and natural flora to be found in the fabled Masai Mara Game Reserve. Enjoy an afternoon 1600hrs game drive around the world famous Mara. Overnight.

DAY 6 & 7:  MASAI MARA

Full day spent in the Mara with early morning 0630hrs and afternoon 1600hrs game drives or a full day game drive in search of wildlife with picnic lunch boxes. Overnight. Masai Mara offers an absolutely unique variety of animals. The reason is that this hilly region is both humid and fertile, and is crossed by the Mara and Talek rivers, full of crocodiles and hippos. The abundance of water and excellent availability of food are the reasons why the Masai Mara, which in fact is a continuation of the Tanzanian Serengeti National Park, has the greatest population of wild animals in the whole of Africa. There is a particularly dramatic “spectacle” from July to October, the annual migration of huge herds of Gnus and zebras. Predators such as Hyenas, Jackals, Leopards and Lions of course, closely follow these herds. Gigantic herds of over 200 buffaloes can also be observed. Plenty of food is available for elephants, giraffes, and the many species of antelopes.

OPTIONAL (hot air balloon taking off in the beautiful early morning, you drift above the browsing game and have tremendous opportunities for unusual photographs. What could be more uplifting than an early morning safari in a hot air balloon flying over the vast plains of Africa? Witness an African sunrise as a plethora of wildlife roam the land beneath you. At the end of the flight you land on the plains, in the midst of this enchanting savannah a champagne breakfast is laid out with the mouth watering aroma of sausages, eggs, and bacon, sizzling over a charcoal fire. Drive in a leisurely fashion with game viewing on your way back to your camp).

DAY 8:  MASAI MARA - NAIROBI (Approximately 6 hours drive)

Have breakfast at the camp and depart to Nairobi. Kenyans most colorful city, from here you proceed to your hotel for leisure. Overnight.

DAY 9:  NAIROBI – DEPARTURE

After breakfast a transfer will be arranged to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your onward flight.

Nairobi County, Kenya, Kenya
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GREECE 6 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 12:16 pm
Athens - Mykonos - Santorini

Day 1: Athens & the Archaeological Parkway

Settle into your hotel, then go for a walk along the Archaeological Park, which runs from Syntagma Square around the Acropolis; the new Acropolis Museum; past ancient Athens's shopping and civic center, the Agora; and into the Plaka, the heart of old -- and touristy -- Athens. Do what the Athenians do and stop for cappuccino, pastries, cheese, or yogurt at Oraia Ellada, a Plaka shop with a restaurant that offers a drop-dead-gorgeous Acropolis view. Browse through the old and new Greek folk art on view before continuing your walk past, endless shops selling T-shirts, olive oil soap, and refrigerator magnets and night lights in the shape of the Parthenon. For lunch, sit under the plane tree as you enjoy roast lamb at Platanos Taverna, or grab a souvlaki at Thanasis. Feeling revived? Stop at the little Museum of Popular Greek Musical Instruments, just a few feet away. Listen to recordings of Greek music and enjoy the peaceful garden. The slumbering tortoises there may remind you it's siesta time. Go to your hotel for a nap before you head out again for a nighttime stroll back to the Acropolis (even if it's closed, it's great at night when it's usually illuminated). For dinner, if you had a big lunch, you could just have a bite at one of the many fast-food cafeterias on Syntagma Square. Point to what you want and leave your phrase book in your pocket. If you're feeling energetic and missed it at lunch, head into the Plaka to eat at one of our suggestions for old-time "authentic" tavernas above.

 Day 2: Museums & Mount Likavitos

Visit the National Archaeological Museum to see sculptures, gold, and other impressive artifacts and -- if you get there just as the doors open -- as few tour groups as possible. Then head to the Acropolis, but first grab a snack at one of the kiosks on the slopes (fresh orange juice and a cheese pie anyone?). Spend the rest of the day enjoying the sprawling National Gardens and watching elderly women feeding stray cats, courting couples, and children chasing each other along shady paths. Then have dinner at Aegli. Or ride the cable car up Mount Likavitos before walking back down for drinks in Kolonaki Square. Try dinner a short walk away at To Kafeneio, a great place to enjoy the bustle of Athens's most fashionable neighborhood.

 Day 3: Mykonos & Paradise

By plane or ship, go to Mykonos. Settle into your hotel, then take a bus to one of the beaches outside town. Paradise attracts partiers who love loud music with their sun and sand, while Ornos is a quieter beach preferred by families. There are plenty of cafes on either beach for lunch. Back in town, get lost along winding streets and ogle the window displays of jewelry, cutting-edge clothes, and sling-back shoes. Perhaps end up at Caprice in Little Venice for a dry martini and good people-watching. Before dinner, walk to Mykonos's three waterside windmills. You won't be alone, but even with a crowd, this is a great spot to take in the view back across the harbor. You'll see Little Venice's chic, chicer, and chicest bars, perched vertiginously over the sea. If you want to alternate chic with casual, try the fish at Kounelas on the harbor, where you'll vie for a table with locals -- and longtime Mykonos visitors.

 Day 4: Mykonos & Delos

Take an early boat from Mykonos to Delos. Remember to bring sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat so you can spend several hours admiring the acres of marble ruins in this ancient religious site and market. There's a snack bar by the museum, but you'll do better bringing your own food and picnicking in a patch of shade cast by the ancient monuments. When you get back to Mykonos, enjoy some shopping. Don't miss the fabulous jeweler's LALAoUNIS shop here. For dinner, sample the mezedes and grilled fish (or meat) at the Sea Satin Market, past the windmills at Kato Myli, overlooking the sea. If you want to see the sun come up, there are lots -- and lots -- of bars, cafes, and hangouts where you can spend the hours until dawn.

 Day 5: Santorini & Akrotiri

Head to Santorini next, by plane or ship. If you go by ship, you'll sail into the deep harbor with its high cliffs streaked with lava from the volcanic eruption that tore the island in half around 1450 B.C. -- this is one of the world's great travel experiences. Check into your hotel and rent a car, or sign up for a tour of the ancient site of Akrotiri, often called the "Pompeii of Greece," if it has reopened. If not, go to ancient Thira, perched on a mountaintop . Then take in the Boutari Winery, where the tour usually includes enough snacks and samples of local wines for a light lunch. In the evening, do what everyone does in Fira: Wander along the narrow streets before having drinks and dinner. For an inventive, memorable meal in a beautiful setting, make reservations at one of the best restaurants in all of Greece: Selene.

 Day 6: Ancient Thira & Kamari

Explore the island by car, tour, or the extensive local bus system. See the cliff-top site of ancient Thira before heading down to the famous black-sand beach at Kamari for a swim and lunch at Camille Stefani taverna. Back in Fira, see the reproductions of the beautiful Minoan wall paintings of Akrotiri in the Thira Foundation. In the evening, while tour buses take hordes of tourists to see the sunset at Oia, head to the village of Imerovigli and watch the sunset over a medieval fortress. Then, head on to Oia and try Katina's an excellent fish place in Ammoudi, Oia's minuscule port.

 Day 7: Athens.

Return early by plane or hydrofoil to Athens.

Athens, Kentrikos Tomeas Athinon, Greece, Greece
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BHUTAN – 6 NIGHTS
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February 6, 2017 12:13 pm
THIMPHU (02 NTS) – WANGDI (02 NTS) – PARO (02 NTS)

DAY 01                        ARRIVAL AT PARO AIRPORT – THIMPHU

On arrival at Paro Airport and after completing your Visa / Permit formalities you will be received by our Bhutan representative who will assist you in boarding your vehicle for transfer to Thimphu (2320Mts / 7656Fts, 65 Kms / 01½ to 02 Hrs), Thimphu is the capital town of Bhutan and the centre of government, religion and commerce, Thimphu is a unique city with unusual mixture of modern development alongside ancient traditions. Although not what one expects from a capital city, Thimphu is still a fitting and lively place. Home to civil servants, expatriates and monk body, Thimphu maintains a strong national character in its architectural style. On arrival in Thimphu, Check in to the hotel. Evening free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 02                        THIMPHU

After breakfasts go for Thimphu sightseeing covering Memorial Chorten,  Tashichho Dzong, Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodong),Changangkha Lhakhang (Monastery), Motithang Takin Preservation Centre, Drupthob Goemba / Zilukha Nunnery, National Library (Closed on Saturday , Sunday & National Holiday), Institute for Zorig Chusum (Traditional Art & Craft School-Closed on Saturday , Sunday, National Holiday & During Summer & Winter Vacations), Textiles Museum (Handicrafts Shops - Closed on Saturday, Sunday & National Holiday), Zangthopelri Lhakhang (Monastery). Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 03                        THIMPHU – PUNAKHA / WANGDI

After breakfast drive to Punakha (1200Mts / 3936Fts, 77 Kms / 03 to 3½ Hrs)  / Wangdi (Wangdiphodrang) (1350Mts / 4430Fts, 70 Kms / 03 to 3½ Hrs). Punakha / Wangdi is the last town on the highway before entering Central Bhutan. The drive is over Dochu La pass (3080Mts / 10102Fts) which is very scenic with fascinating view of mountains of Bhutan. Stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the Chorten, Mani wall, and Prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. If skies are clear, the following peaks can be seen from this Pass (Left to Right): Mt. Masagang (7,158Mts / 23478Fts), Mt. Tsendagang (6,960Mts / 22829Fts), Mt. Terigang (7,060Mts / 23157Fts), Mt. Jejegangphugang (7,158Mts / 23478Fts), Mt. Kangphugang (7,170Mts / 23518Fts), Mt. Zongphugang (7,060Mts / 23157Fts), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana - Finally Mt.Gangkar Puensum (7,497Mts / 24590Fts), the highest peak in Bhutan. Visit Punakha Dzong, If time permit visit the  Suspension Bridge and then proceed to  Chimi Lhakhang (Monastery). Overnight at the Hotel in Wangdi.

 

DAY 04                        PUNAKHA / WANGDI - GANGTEY EXCURSION – PUNAKHA / WANGDI

Today the day start early for full day excursion to Gangtey & Phobjikha Valley (3000Mts / 9845fts , 85Kms / 3 to 3½ Hrs One way ) The valley of Gangtey is one of the most beautiful spots in Bhutan. The surprise of finding such a wide, flat valley without any trees after the hard climb through dense forests is augmented by an impression of vast space, and extremely rare experience in Bhutan where most of the valley’s are tightly enclosed. A few kilometers beyond the Gangtey Monastery, on the valley floor lie’s the village of Phobjikha. This place is the winter home of black necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climate. Phobjikha, at an altitude of 2900 m, falls under the district of Wangdiphodrang and lies on the periphery of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley boasts two beautiful meandering rivers, Nakay Chhu (Chhu Naap-black water) and Gay Chhu (Chhu Karp-white water). According to a local legend, the two rivers actually represent a snake and a boar. The two animals once raced each other with an agreement that if the snake (Nakay Chhu) won, Phobjikha valley would be able to grow rice, but if the boar won, then rice could never be cultivated in the area. The snake lost since it had to meander all the way during its journey. Rice cannot be cultivated in the valley even today. Black Necked Crane Information Centre , Gangtey Goempa (Monastery),Back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 05                        PUNAKHA / WANGDI – PARO

After breakfast transfer to Paro (2134Mts / 7000Fts, 135 Kms / 05 Hrs). Enroute Stop at Lamperi to visit Royal Botanical GardenOn arrival Paro, check in to the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 06                        PARO               

After breakfast go for Paro Sightseeing covering Ta Dzong (National Museum-Closed on Saturday, Sunday & National Holiday), Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang (Monastery), Back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

 

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PARO - FULL DAY HIKE TO TAKTSANG LHAKHANG (TIGER`S NEST)

Start the day early for a day hike to Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest Monastery)(Tuesday Closed) - The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through pine forests. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley. It is one of the most famous of Bhutan's monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery and hence it is called "Tiger's Nest". This site has been recognized as a most sacred place and visited by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 and now visited by all Bhutanese at least once in their lifetime. On 19 April, 1998, a fire severely damaged the main structure of building but now this Bhutanese jewel has been restored to its original splendour. Afternoon at leisure for go for shopping in the market. Overnight at Hotel.

 

DAY 07                        PARO - ONWARD CONNECTION

After breakfast transfer to Paro Airport for taking onward connection.

 

We trust you will find the above in order and look forward to your doing & reply. In case of any further assistant required, please feel free to be in touch with us.

 

Paro, Bhutan, Bhutan
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TURKEY 10 DAYS
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February 6, 2017 10:11 am
Istanbul -Izmir - Kusadasi - Antalya - Cappadocia

Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day

Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.

Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour 

Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.

Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.l. Overnight in Istanbul.

Please Note: Hagia Sophia is closed on mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of Hagia Sophia and Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.

Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi 

After breakfast visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour 

08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince`s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all Original with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour 

At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 6 - Pamukkale and Antalya Old City Tour 

After breakfast, we depart for Antalya. After 2 hour we will have coffee break, After coffee break then continue to Antalya. Upon arrival in Antalya we have lunch break around 13:30pm. After lunch visit to Old city Kaleici, Clock Tower and Alexander the Great gate. After the tour, drive to your hotel for checking. Overnight in Antalya

Day 7 - Antalya Perge Aspendos Tour 

After breakfast we will depart for Perge and Aspendos.

PERGE: According to the geographer Strabon. Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. In the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprise that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After Perge, we will depart for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.

ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn`t stay for long). During the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theatre, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight in Antalya.

Day 8 - Antalya - Konya – Cappadocia 

After breakfast early in the morning at 08:00 drive to Konya. 2.5 hour later we have break for coffee and after some rest drive to Konya for lunch at 13:00pm and after the lunch visit the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia around 18:30pm and check into your hotel. If you wish to join our optional activity of Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning .Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 9 - Cappadocia Tour 

Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximately 09:30 from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 10 - Cappadocia to Istanbul 

After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing us for Turkey.

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