Pre & Post Cruise Programme cruise "Athens - Istanbul"

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Panoramic tour and transfer to the pier in Piraeus


June 11, 2012





Price per person: €40




Meet and greet at the airport, outside arrivals area Hall B - Airport Information Desk No 6, at 2:45pm. Look for Compagnie du Ponant sign. Panoramic tour of Athens en route to the pier. Embarkation.


Rate includes :


  • Transfer by coach
  • English speaking guide







Istanbul: Gateway to the Orient


June 21, 2012



Price per person : €75




After disembarkation procedures have been completed, you will spend the morning visiting the Chora Church and Rustempasha Mosque. The Chora Church contains the oldest and best preserved mosaics in Turkey, and is one of the most remarkable of the Byzantine monuments to survive in Istanbul today. Although it is hailed as an example of the Byzantine capital’s last golden age before it fell, Chora Church is one of the oldest in the city. It was later converted into a mosque. The frescoes and mosaics on a gold background date back to the Byzantine Renaissance (14th century). From Chora you will make for the walls of former Constantinople, by way of the Adrianopolis (Edirne Kapi) gate to go down to the Golden Horn and the Rustempasha Mosque. This is an exceptional work by the famous architect Sinan. Rüstem Pacha, Grand Vizier and husband of the daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent, Mihrimah, had the mosque built in 1561. It is above an arcade of shops and overlooks streets lined with caravanserai. At the end of the morning, enjoy time at leisure to explore the Spice Bazaar. Also known as the Egyptian Bazaar it is the oldest covered market in Istanbul after the Grand Bazaar and is in the Eminonü district opposite the Galata Bridge at the very beginning of the Golden Horn. Dating back to 1665, the bazaar is in the shape of an L with six entrances including two main ones, and has around a hundred stalls extending across some 5,000 m2. After lunch, you will be taken fter to the airport where you will arrive at 13:15. We recommend you choose your flight at least 2 ½ hours after scheduled arrival time.


Your program includes:


  • Transfers, visits and lunch as per program
  • Drinks during lunch: mineral water + 1 glass of wine or beer or 1 soft drink + 1 tea or 1coffee
  • English speaking guide


An appropriate dress code is required when visiting the Church (knees and shoulders should be covered).

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