Highlights of Greece and Turkey

Wonderful 10 day tour,  exploring highlights of Athens and Santorini in Greece,  Istanbul and Cappadocia in Turkey.

  • Enjoy 3 night stay in Athens, experience local culture, dine in
    local restaurants and visit popular tavernas.
  • Go on a educational tour to explore ancient sites of the city and
    learn a lot about ancient Greek history and Mythology.
  • Santorini Island then  enjoy walking through the streets and
    admire whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs
    of the rim... Enjoy a boat trip to Volcano and get lots of photo opportunities.
  • Visit Istanbul, experience local culture, dine in
     local restaurants,  visit the most important ancient sites.
  • Explore Cappadocia with its fairy chimneys and otherworldly geological formations, landscape sculpted and carved by
    millions of years of the sheer force of nature.
    See its underground cities and scenic valleys.


Daily tour program

 

- Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

KALOS ORISATE! Welcome to Greece!

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Athens on your own.

Overnight in Athens.

 

- Day 2 - Athens - (B)

After breakfast around 8:30 AM, we will meet you at your hotel and continue on the guided tour of Athens.  Start with the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium (where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896). After that, we will drive by the Prime's Minister's residence, the Royal Palace, (guarded by colorful Evzones), Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), National Garden, Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schlieman's House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square, and the impressive Russian Orthodox Church.

At the ACROPOLIS, you will visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion and the Museum of the Acropolis.

In the early afternoon, we will provide a transfer to your hotel, or we can drop you at Plaka district if you like to wander and explore at your own pace. Overnight in Athens.

 

- Day 3 - Athens to Santorini -

05:30 am is the hotel pick up time - ( Please be ready at the lobby with your luggage's 10 minute before this time)

Early In the morning, we will provide a transfer to Athens ferry port for a ferry to Santorini Island.

Athens - ATH 7:20am --- Thira ---- JTR 8:05am ---- 0 h 45 m ---- Aegean 352

After arrival, you will check in at your hotel.

After check-in, you will have a free day to relax and explore.

In the early afternoon, meet up with your English-speaking driver and enjoy 2 hour introductory tour of the Island.

Enjoy a good panoramic tour of the island from different angles and visit small some of the villages and get a good knowledge of the island from your friendly driver.

Overnight in Santorini.

 

- Day 4 - Exploring Santorini - (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a boat trip to Volcano

11:00 am Meet up at the Athinios Harbor, depart on scenic sail to Volcano,

Upon arrival have free time to explore and hike to the top of the volcano and have glens on the active parts, lots of amazing photo opportunities of the volcano and from Volcano to the different angles of Magnificent Santorini Island.

Get back to the boat for a short sail to hot Springs (Palea Kameni ) Enjoy swimming, then onto Thirassia where you can eat,

relax or swim and visit the traditional village of Manola.

After that, sail to back to the Island and enjoy a quick stop at Armeni, then back to Athinios port.

Tour finish time will be around 17:30 pm. Enjoy rest of the day and evening at leisure

Overnight in Santorini.

- Day 5 - Santorini to Istanbul (via Athens) - (B)

In the morning we will provide a transfer to Santorini Airport for your departure to Athens then on to  Istanbul. (Short lay over in Athens)

HOS GELDINIZ!
Welcome to Turkey! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check in enjoy rest of the afternoon free to rest and explore Istanbul on your own.

Overnight in Istanbul.

 

- Day 6 - Istanbul - (B/L)

After breakfast we will continue on the full day tour, including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace.

After the tour you will return to your hotel, or enjoy the rest of the day exploring Istanbul at your own pace.  Overnight in Istanbul.

 

- Day 7 - Istanbul - (B)

After breakfast we will continue our exploration of Istanbul, including the Spice Bazaar and a cruise on the Bosphorus, which takes you though the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Along its shores, you will enjoy many photographic opportunities: the marble palaces and antique wooden Ottoman-era villas that sit beside luxurious modern residences.

You will also see Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Ortakoy Mosque from the sea.

Overnight in Istanbul.

- Day 8 - Istanbul to Cappadocia - (L)

Early in the morning we will meet you at your hotel and provide a transfer to Istanbul domestic

airport and put you on a short domestic flight to Cappadocia.

Upon arrival, we will take you on a guided of Cappadocia.

Today will be devoted to exploring more of Cappadocia's unforgettable sites.

Sites you'll see today:

* Goreme Open-Air Museum,  * Fairy Chimneys, * Devrent Valley  * Uchisar Castle

We'll also visit local crafts people and learn the special art of making dolls and traditional pottery.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

 

- Day 9 - Cappadocia - (B/L)

(If you have purchased the optional hot-air ballooning tour, please note that you'll need to rise very early in the morning to go to the balloon-launch site. After the trip has concluded, we'll come back to the hotel for breakfast and have a rest before setting out in later in the morning to see the rest of the sites listed below.)

Today, we'll stroll through an amazing subterranean city where ancient Christians once hid from Arab invaders; we'll then wander through the Ihlara Gorge and spend time in a classic Anatolian village.

* Underground City of Derinkuyu - Ihlara Gorge - Traditional Anatolian villages.

After the tour we will provide a transfer to Cappadocia Airport and put you on a short domestic flight back to Istanbul.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

- Day 10 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - (B)
After breakfast, we'll provide transfer to Cappadocia Airport and put you on a 1 hour flight back to Istanbul.

Upon arrival, walk to the international airport and wait for your outbound flight to your next destination.

 

Program ends

Total cost $_________________________
Contact us for price informations.

 

Price includes

* All hotels (Superior class centrally located hotels)

* All land transfers in comfortable vehicles

* Flight tickets from Athens to Santorini
* Flight tickets from Santorini to Istanbul .  (via Athens)
* Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia
* Flight tickets from Cappadocia to Istanbul

* All meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)

* Professional, English-speaking tour guides

* Admission to sites during the tours

* Cruise on the Bosphorus

* All taxes and service charges

 

Excludes

* Optional tours listed on the 3 rd day in Athens

* International flight tickets to Athens and from Istanbul onto your next destination

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