GREECE AND TURKEY TOUR
Duration : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destinations : Athens - Thermopylae - Meteora - Kalambaka - Delphi - Santorini - Mykonos - Istanbul - Cappadocia - Izmir - Kusadasi
Day 1 Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens. Welcome and assistance upon arrival by your local English-speaking Guide. Later, transfer to hotel with your airport guide. In the evening enjoy Athens’ illuminated nightlife. With a local guide learn how Athenians relax, eat, drink, and party. Enjoy drink and welcome dinner at a local restaurant with Greek music and dance. Overnight in Athens.
Day 02 Athens
After breakfast at the hotel, depart tour of Athens showing ancient and world famous archeological monuments, such as the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the Olympic Stadium. Also visit Acropolis & the National Archaeological Museum – that houses world’s most significant collections of Greek artifacts. Overnight in Athens.
Day 03 Athens - Thermopylae - Meteora - Kalambaka
After early breakfast, depart by your coach to Thermopylae to see the monument of Leonadis. This is where the battle of Thermopylae took place in 480 AD between the Persians King Xerxes and the 300 Spartans of King Leonidas. Continue drive to Meteora with its Byzantine Monasteries where over 600 years ago Byzantine monks constructed these monasteries on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air. Dinner at local family run small tavern for typical Greek cuisine. Overnight in town of Kalambaka.
Day 04 Kalambaka – Delphi
Today’s excursion takes you to central Greece to explore the ancient site of Delphi. Located between twin cliffs on a slope of Mount Parnassus and the Sacred Plain, Delphi is Greek God Apollo ruled over the ancient world. Visit the archaeological sites of the Sanctuary of Apollo; walk on its marble Sacred Way and climb up to the 4th-century BC theatre. We will also visit Delphi’s museum to see its bronze “Charioteer,” one of antiquity’s greatest statues. Later check at your hotel for overnight in the Delphi area.
Day 05 Delphi – Athens - Santorini
Early morning drive back to Athens to take your ferry to Santorini. Arrive in Santorini and check in at the hotel. In the evening enjoy the cruise to view the sunset. Overnight at hotel in Santorini.
Day 06 Santorini
After your breakfast at the hotel you will begin tour to the archaeological site of ancient Akrotiri, one of the most important prehistoric settlements of Greece. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age city on the south of Santorini which was destroyed in the volcanic eruption of Thera. It is covered by volcanic ash, and is preserved in perfect conditions and often called the Prehistoric Pompei. Continue drive through a amazing landscape of vineyards, whitewashed chapels and volcanic cliffs to the beautiful town of Oia, where the best views of the crater are found. Overnight at the hotel in Santorini.
Day 07 Santorini - Mykonos
In the morning enjoy your free time in Santorini before you transfer to seaport for ferry to the island of Mykonos- the pure whitewashed of the Cyclades Islands. Enjoy the magnificent views as you cruise on Aegean Sea to this paradise Island. Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Mykonos.
Day 08 Mykonos
After breakfast, visit the picturesque town of Mykonos including the Windmills of Mykonos. From the 16th century one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos have been the windmills. Due to its geographic location on the world map, Mykonos was situated on major sea trade-route in olden times and at one time joined Venice, the gateway of Europe, to Asia. Overnight at hotel in Mykonos.
Day 09 Mykonos - Athens- Istanbul, Turkey
Early morning transfer to seaport for ferry to Istanbul. Arrive in Athens and transfer to airport for flight to Istanbul, Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul. Welcome and assistance upon arrival at the airport. Later transfer to hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 Istanbul
After Breakfast, Proceed on Full Day Tour of Istanbul Visiting Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Taksim District. Topkapi Palace, Which Served as The Palace of The Ottoman Sultans Between The 16th And 19th Centuries. Haghia Sophia (St. Sophia’s Basilica) Built By Constantine The Great And Reconstructed By Justinian In The 6th Century With One Of The Biggest Dome In The World. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camii), Famous For Its Six Minarets, Its Beautiful Blue Iznik Tiles, Unique Architecture And Marble Lattice Work. Byzantine Hippodrome, The Center of Byzantine Life For 1000 Years. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 11 Istanbul - Cappadocia
After breakfast, check out and transfer to airport for flight to Cappadocia. Arrive and transfer to hotel. In the evening enjoy the famous Swirling Dervish show at a local theatre. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 12 Cappadocia
Optional Balloon ride over Cappadocia (subject to weather condition. Cost $ 125 per person). After Early Breakfast explore The Lunar Landscape of Cappadocia Visiting the Pasabag Valley, with Its surreal Mushrooming Pinnacles and Avanos. Visit the stunning valley Of Goreme and The Open Air Museum. Begin your discovery of Cappadocia with Goreme’s “Caves of God”, A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Monasteries and Churches hewn into Volcanic Rock between 7th And 13th centuries.
Day 13 Cappadocia - Izmir
Transfer to airport for flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and proceed on tour of Izmir. Izmir is an ancient Jewish town. Welcome to Turkey's dazzling Aegean Coast, and the port city of Izmir. Thousands of years of history make this a fascinating region to explore - from modern-day bazaars to ancient Greco-Roman ruins, there is no shortage of adventure. Take a private Izmir tour with a local guide and experience the best Izmir has to offer - plus a warm dose of Turkish hospitality. Your day in Izmir begin with Kadifekale castle, where you can enjoy sweeping views of the town and bay below. After the tour continue drive to Kusadasi for overnight.
Day 14 Kusadasi (Ephesus)
After Breakfast, City Tour of Kusadasi. Visit the Premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world- Ephesus. Explore the Temple of Hadrian, the famous Celsus Library, Great Theatre, Temple of Artemis and other Roman sites. Then Visit the House of Virgin Mary and the impressive Collections at The Ephesus Museum.
Day 15 Izmir – Istanbul
Transfer to airport for flight to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to hotel. In the visit Grand Bazaar - one of The World’s biggest and The oldest shopping Bazaar. You will also have the chance to see the New City - Taksim District and enjoy the walk through the famous streets of Istanbul.
Day 16 Istanbul – Onward Journey
Transfer to airport for your onward journey.