Greece and Turkey, Archaeology and Pleasure.
Athens to see Acropolis and important sites of the city and continue to Mykonos, known worldwide for its fantastic nightlife. Full-day Istanbul tour, 3 days Cappadocia tour to see important sites in Ankara and Cappadocia.
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The balance of day at leisure.
This tour is 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 (shortstop).
Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful 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 the 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 – MYKONOS
Morning transfer to the port in order to embark the cruise ship, which will take you to Mykonos. Arrival, disembarkation & transfer to your selected hotel in Mykonos.
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 nightlife. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great nightlife. 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 a 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.
THURSDAY: MYKONOS – ATHENS
Morning free. In the afternoon transfer to the port to embark the ferry boat to Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.
FRIDAY: ATHENS – ISTANBUL
According to departure flight transfer to Athens airport for the flight to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your selected hotel in Istanbul. 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 principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to the 6th century. It is an early domed-basilica architectural plan of the famous Agia Sophia which was applied here for the first time in history.
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Ankara. Arrival and transfer to the city to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. On the way to Cappadocia visit the Caravanserai “Sultanhan”. Continue to Cappadocia, dinner and overnight.
Full day visit of the spectacular Cappadocia region, unique for its fascinating and unique landscape formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago.
Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Goreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved).
Pass by and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and in the afternoon, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys and Gόvercinlik Valley (Pigeon Valley).
Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Serhatli, one of the 36 underground cities of Cappadocia that served as a refuge for Christians.
Return to hotel and dinner. Dinner and accommodation.
TUESDAY: CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA – ISTANBUL
After breakfast, transfer to the airport of Ankara for the flight back to Istanbul. Arrival at Istanbul and transfer to the hotel
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.
STARTING POINT: Athens, every Sunday, April to October
TRAVEL PLAN: 11DAYS/ 10 nights
* 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
* Half day Athens sightseeing tour
* 2 nights accommodation at Mykonos
* 3 nights accommodation at Istanbul
* Full day Istanbul sightseeing tour with lunch
* 2 nights/3 days tour to Cappadocia, on full board basis.
* Ferryboat tickets Piraeus – Mykonos – Piraeus
* Air ticket Istanbul – Ankara + Kayseri – Istanbul
* Entrance fees during guided sightseeing in Turkey
* All transfers as mentioned
* Daily breakfast
* Hotels’ taxes in Turkey
* Government hotel taxes in Greece
* Special overnight tax of €4 for 5* hotels, €3 for 4* hotels, €1,5 for 3* hotels and €0,5 for 2* hotels per person per night to be paid by clients directly to the hotels in Greece.
* Air ticket Athens – Istanbul not included