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Turkey and Greece – 14 Nights/15 Days
Day 1: Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2: Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour
Pick up from your hotel to visit the Hagia Sophia a 5th-century church, once the greatest in all the world. The next stop is at the Blue Mosque renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Afterward, visit the ancient Roman Hippodrome. Visit the Imperial Palace of Topkapi from which Ottoman Sultans ruled their grand empire for over 400 years, and visit the Suleymaniye Mosque.
Overnight in Istanbul
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour
Visit Spice Market and followed by a boat cruise through the Bosphorus, the strait dividing the European and Asian continents, Then visit the luxuriously opulent Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the sultans. A drive to the Asian part of Istanbul crosses the Intercontinental Bosphorus bridge to visit Camlica Hill The highest point where you can overlook Istanbul and take nice pictures. Return back to Hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Cappadocia Tour 1
Transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight to Kayseri / Nevsehir. On arriving transfer to hotel in Cappadocia.
After brief rest, depart from your hotel to visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. Drive toPasabag (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uchisar.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5: Cappadocia Tour 2
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley (Rose valley). Then visit Cavuşin village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of Christian clergymen. In the afternoon visit Kaymaklı underground city. Where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar.
After the tour transfer to Kayseri / Nevsehir Airport for the flight to Izmir then transfer to your Hotel in Kusadasi (Ephesus).
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour
Transfer to Kusadasi Airport for your flight to Denzil. On arriving transfer to hotel in Pamukkale/ Canakkale.
Depart for Gallipoli which is 5 hours drive from Istanbul. We will visit; Kabatepe Museum, which contains relics from the campaign including original diary extracts and letters, and Brighton Beach, the intended landing place. Lunch, Beach Cemetery on the southern tip of Anzac Cove, the landing place of the first wave of Australian and New Zealand troops and home to up to 30.000 troops during the campaign, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, site of the successful attack and capture of Turkish trenches by the Australians during the August offensive, Johnston’s Jolly where you will visit the original Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels, The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, captured by the New Zealanders during the August offensive.
Overnight in Canakkale.
Day 7: Troy and Pergamum Tour
Drive to Pamukkale and visit; Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis with the Temple of Apollo, the breathtaking Theater, the fascinating necropolis, and the last the great baths of Hierapolis antique city, where St. Philip was martyred. St. Philip is connected with the early church in Hierapolis and played an important role in Pamukkale the history of the city. Finally, we visit the calcium terraces and pools. After the tour transfer to Denizli airport then flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival in Istanbul, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: Istanbul to Athens
Transfer to Airport for your onward journey to Athens.
Upon arrival at the Athens International Airport and transportation to your hotel. Overnight at Athens.
Day 9: Athens
Half Day city tour with Acropolis and Museum.
Start the half-day tour to Athens. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Presidential residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). 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 monument that “Puts the order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Return to the hotel for a free afternoon.
Your evening begins with a short panoramic drive through the city center and at the slope of the sacred hill, you will be able to see, admire and photograph the illuminated Acropolis.
Then a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you to a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your Dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes.
Day 10: Athens – Piraeus (Embarkation) – Mykonos
Transfer to Piraeus port for your ferry embarkation to Mykonos Island.
Mykonos sits amidst the Aegean Sea like a unique Jewell handcrafted by time, the Greek sun, and an anonymous local craftsman. All that can be said or written about Mykonos would be just too little. For centuries Mykonos existed under the shade of the religious center of Delos and it had to wait until the 20th century to reach its international status and win a place on the world tourist map. Mykonos, famously called ‘the island of the wind due to the constant wind that blows, is the most popular and cosmopolitan island of the Cyclades and is considered one of the most famous islands in the world. The sunlight of Mykonos from its first sunshine of dawn all the way to its last of the sunset is astonishing and supplements an atmosphere of images that seem to have sprung out of a painting. Arrive in Mykonos and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free in order to explore the island.
Overnight stay in Mykonos.
Day 11: Mykonos
City-Walk and Mykonos Island Tour – A half-day trip with a lot of impressions and useful information! A pearl in the Aegean Sea–blue sky, beautiful snow-white houses, lovely beaches everywhere.
Starting the City tour by walking through the small and narrow streets, we have many possibilities to take nice photographs. We get orientation and information in the labyrinth of the old town as well as impressions of the small port and the churches in town. Of course, we will see the famous windmills of Mykonos. After this we will explore the island by bus, visiting some of the most famous beaches and the inner landscape. We will see fishermen and their boats ‘kaikis’, small private chapels, and houses built in typical Cycladic style.
In the second main village of Mykonos, Ano Mera, an idyllic place 7km from town, will have enough free time to stroll around the traditional square and visit the monk monastery Panagia Tourliani, built in the 16th century.
The next stop is Kalafatis beach with time to relax a little and have a coffee or a refreshment, before driving back to Mykonos town and stopping en route to a place with a fantastic view all over the town and neighboring islands. Overnight stay in Mykonos.
Day 12: Mykonos – Santorini
Transfer to the port of Mykonos for your ferry trip to Santorini Island. (Highspeed boat Dep. 14.55 Arr. 17.45).
A thousand sunsets, a thousand memories, a thousand heartbeats, colors of blue red & gold streaking the sky this is Santorini island Poets have written about it, and artists attempt to capture its beauty. Nothing can quite describe the unsurpassed magic of Santorini. This tiny Greek island in the Aegean sea, rich in history & steeped in myth, is situated on the southern east tip of the Cyclades Cluster. Once famous for its seafaring captains & thriving trade from Russia to England, France & Italy & even further back in time the biblical volcanic catastrophe of 1500 BC, today Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations worldwide. Arrival in Santorini and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend in order to explore the island and admire the breathtaking view.
Overnight at Santorini hotel.
Day 13: Santorini
Morning at leisure for shopping or individual activities. Sunset in Oia & traditional Santorini villages – This tour will take you first to the oldest church on the island Panagia Episkopi, built during the rule of Emperor Alexios Komninos (11th century AD). Next, we visit Mesa Gonia, the ghost village, where you will be offered one tomato ball and one glass of wine, and then drive to the village of Pyrgos. A traditional village with Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches, and a Venetian castle.
On our way to Oia, we stop at the village of Imerovigli to enjoy the most wonderful view of the caldera. There we also find Skaros, a grand rock, the remnant of the most important castle.
Our last stop is the breathtaking Oia village. Oia is famous for being the place of gathering artists, who are inspired by the beauty of the landscape and the magnificent purple sunsets.
The tour ends after the sunset with Dinner at the local tavern. Return to your hotel.
Overnight stay in Santorini.
Day 14: Santorini – Flight to Athens
Morning at leisure. Transfer to the airport of Santorini for your short flight to Athens. Upon arrival in Athens transfer to your Hotel in Athens.
Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 15: Athens – Departure
On this day, you will be transferred to the Airport for your return journey.