Istanbul, Aegean coast of Turkey 4 days tour and 4 days cruise to famous Greek islands, short stay In Mykonos and in Athens is what you are getting participating in this Vacation Package.
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods.
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is an early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here for the first time in the history.
SATURDAY: ISTANBUL – CANAKΚALE
Afternoon departure to Canakkale, located in the Straits of the Dardanelles and where he place the Battle of the Dardanelles on the peninsula Gallipoli in 1915 during World War World.
Arrival to Canakkale for dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Out to Troy, a name that alone evokes a series Character and places full of adventures, heroes and destruction of the mystical city. Visit their ruins and the reconstructed famous timber”Horse”. Continue to Pergamum. Pergamum, was an ancient Greek city in Aeolis that played a very important role in the ancient times. Pergamum is mentioned in the Book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia. Three kilometers south of the Acropolis was the Sanctuary of Asclepius (also known as the Asclepium), the god of healing.
Continue towards Kusadası known as the “Bird Island”. Dinner and overnight.
In the morning, we will enjoy Pamukkale, spectacular place unique in the world, for the dazzling white waterfalls and natural pools. On the way to Kusadası, we will visit the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis containing more 150,000 graves. Lunch and continuation to Ephesus. Visit the best preserved ancient city of
Asia Minor which during the first and second centuries had a
population of 250,000. This city monopolized the wealth of the Middle East. During this tour will visit the Temple of Hadrian, the Romans Baths, the Library, the Odeon, the Theater of Ephesus as
well as the House of the Virgin Mary and the Artemisium famous column, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the afternoon return to Kusadasi and overnight.
After breakfast transfer to the port to board the 3-night cruise around the Greek Islands and Turkey. Afternoon arrival to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto (the Cave of the Apocalypse) of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.
Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
The included tour, will take you to visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times.
We will spend this morning to explore this beautiful city, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
With the included tour you will visit the ruins of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete and are located within close proximity or the archaeological Museum of the city, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
One of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs. Santorini’s capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.
The included panoramic tour will show you a big part of the island and the town of Oia
FRIDAY: PIRAEUS – MYKONOS
Early morning arrival at the port of Piraeus. After breakfast, check out of the cabin and stay on board. Following the trip to
to Mykonos. Arrival, disembarkation and transfer to hotel.
Day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy the sun, sea & the beauties of this unique island.
Mykonos is known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination of the Mediterranean. An international “jet-set” known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. It’s easy to get lost in its maze of gleaming white walls dotted with blue domes and windows and balconies full of flowers. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences.
Do not miss the visit to the shrine of Delos in honour of the Greek god Apollo, which can be reached after a delightful boat ride.
SUNDAY: MYKONOS – ATHENS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferryboat to Piraeus. Upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in 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 Prime Minister’s 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, theNational 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 order in the mind”, the Parthenon.
Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.
TUESDAY: ATHENS – AIRPORT
According to your departure time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home
STARTING POINT: Istanbul, Every Thursday March to October
TRAVEL PLAN: 13 DAYS/ 12 nights
* 2 nights accommodation in Istanbul
* Full day Istanbul city tour with lunch
* 3 nights/4 days tour to Canakkale, Pamukkale and Kusadası on full board 4* or 5* hotels
* 3 nights/ 4 days Cruise for the Greek islands and Turkey on full board (based on the minimum inside category) with embarkation in Kusadası
* 3 Shore excursions during the cruise as per itinerary
* Unlimited drinks package during the cruise
* Trip Piraeus – Mykonos on board the 3 day cruise ship (no cabin)
* 2 nights accommodation in Mykonos
* Ferryboat tickets Mykonos – Piraeus
* 2 nights accommodation in Athens
* Half day city tour of Athens
* Entrance fees to historical sites during guided tours
* All transfers as per itinerary
* Daily breakfast
* All meals during the cruise. Not the drinks
* Hotel taxes