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Classical Turkey & Greece Tour

Duration 16 Days / 15 Nights (Private Guided & Group Escorted Tours)
Tour Highlights Istanbul
Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
Troy – Pergamon – Kusadasi
Ephesus - & St.Mary’s House - Kusadasi
Izmir – Athens
Athens – Nauplia – Olympia
Olympia – Delphi
Delphi – Kalambaka
Meteora – Athens

Day 1: Istanbul Arrival

Arrive in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Meet and greet at the Airport and transfer to your Hotel in Istanbul. A Welcome briefing will be given by Tour Guide on the first day of the holiday giving an overview of the tour. (-)

Day 2: Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast meet your guide at the lobby for a full day tour of visiting St Sophia Museum, the pride of the Byzantine architecture, Byzantine Hippodrome, where once chariot races were held; The Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles; and enjoy shopping in the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, is known as Grand Bazaar. After lunch visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included in the tour) Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 3: Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Istanbul – Ankara (By Coach

Stroll through the Spice Market also called Egyptian Bazaar, be filled with the atmosphere of the exotic East. Enjoy the magnificent shores of the Bosphorus, a narrow strait which separates Europe from Asia. Cruise along the Bosphorus by seeing Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Ottoman Summer palaces, Rumeli & Anadolu fortresses, forested hills, Bridges and shore villages with Ottoman architecture. After visits you will be transferred to the airport to take a flight to Ankara. Arrive in Ankara and transfer to your hotel for Dinner and overnight stay. (B&D)

Day 4: Ankara – Cappadocia (By Coach)

After breakfast, you will be picked up from the Hotel and drive to visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous artifacts from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; then visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. After visits, continue to Cappadocia. Pass by the Salt Lake and visit the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to the hotel in Cappadocia for Dinner and overnight stay. (B&D)

Day 5: Highlights of Cappadocia (B,D)

In the morning, explore the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent Valley- also known as the "Valley of the Fairy Chimneys". Visit the conical tufa formations capped with basalt that are still used as storage units today in Pasabag. After lunch in Avanos, you will visit a cave pottery atelier where you will observe some of the local pottery creations. Our last stop will be Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, you'll view the ancient rock-hewn churches sculpted in the hillsides almost 1,000 years ago. Medieval Christian monks established a community of monasteries by carving their churches out of the soft volcanic stone that is part of this terrain. On the stone walls of the caves, they depicted the New Testament with paintings and vibrant frescoes. Dinner & overnight stay in Cappadocia (B&D)

Day 6: Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride & Highlights of Cappadocia

An early start for an optional Hot Air Balloon Flight (one hour), this is truly a once in a lifetime experience and there is no better way to see the distinctive landscapes of Cappadocia than by gently floating overhead in a hot air balloon. Your skillful pilot will skim the basket across fruit trees and rise up over the fairy chimneys, before ascending to great heights for breathtaking views. Upon landing, you will celebrate your flight with a champagne toast! Return to your hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, you will visit the vast Uchisar Kale (Fortress) that dominates the skyline for miles. Continue to the underground city of Kaymakli, once a refuge from Arab, Roman, and Mongolian aggressors. Our last stop will be Cavusin Village where we will see frescoes dating back to 11th century. After lunch break, you'll enjoy an informative discussion on the Turkish tradition of hand-looming at a carpet workshop. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B&D)

Day 7: Cappadocia – Pamukkale via Konya (By Coach)

After an early breakfast, depart for Pamukkale via Konya. Stop in Konya to visit The Mausoleum of Jalal Ad-Din Muhammad Rumi also known as Mevlana or Rumi the founder of Theological Scholl of Whirling Dervishes. Lunch break is enroute, drive to Pamukkale. Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale (B&D)

Day 8: Pamukkale & Hierapolis (World Heritage Site)

After breakfast, check out from your Hotel and visit the ruins of Hierapolis and Necropolis, whose name means "sacred city,", the ancient Greco-Roman city on top of hot springs and it was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians. You will be amazed by travertines, and the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing spring water. Enjoy walking with bearfood on a cotton castle. The great (12,000-seat) Roman amphitheater of Hierapolis lies just above the travertines and swim with roman ruins in a large natural swimming pool located just past the topmost travertines which should not be missed. Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale. (B&D)

Day 9: Highlights of Ephesus

After breakfast you will be driven to the Ancient City of Ephesus the best preserved Greco-Roman City in the world. After lunch, visit the House of Virgin Mary, a pilgrimage site for many people of all denominations. The belief that the Virgin Mary had spent her last days in the vicinity of Ephesus and that  where she had lived to the end of her life.  At the end of your tour you will be transferred to your Hotel in Kusadasi for Dinner and Overnight. (B&D)

Day 10: Izmir-Athens

After breakfast , transfer to Izmir Airport and flight to Athens. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Athens. (B)  

Day 11: Athens– Nauplia – Olympia

Head west from Athens to the amazing Corinth Canal (brief stop) then wind down the forested north eastern coast of the Peloponnese to the ancient theatre of Epidaurus with its remarkable acoustics. The next brief stop is the charming waterfront town of Nauplia, the first capital of Greece after the Ottoman occupation. Visit the archeological site of Mycenae, Agamemnon’s kingdom then pass through Megalopolis and Tripoli and over the western mountains to overnight in Olympia. (B)  

Day 12: Olympia - Delphi

After breakfast you will explore Ancient Olympia and the museum where the famous Hermes of Praxiteles is on display. Drive up the coast through Patras to the ultra-modern Rion-Antirion suspension bridge, the longest in Europe. You will then follow the southern coast of the mainland through the charming and historic town of Nafpaktos, then overnight in Delphi. (B&D)

Day 13: Delphi - Kalambaka (B,D)

After breakfast admire the famous bronze Charioteer and many other treasures in the Delphi Museum then follow the sacred way past the Athenian Treasury to consult the Oracle of Delphi at the Temple of Apollo. Drive through Amfissa, Lamia and Trikala then overnight in Kalambaka. (B&D)

Day 14: Meteora – Athens

After breakfast you will gaze in wonder at the unique rock formations of the prehistoric Meteora Canyon and travel back in time at the working monasteries perched upon the rocky pedestals. The route back to Athens will carry you through the historic Thermopylae (Gates of Fire) where Leonidas and his 300 Spartan Warriors made their stand against the Persians (photo stop). The relaxing return drive winds down the eastern coast of the Greek mainland through the beautiful Kamena Vourla area. Overnight in Athens. (B)

Day 15: Athens

A sightseeing tour of Athens is an adventure of Historical, Architectural and multi-cultural interest: a journey through the old and new world and the many periods of influence between them. An animated combination of modern life and traditional values presents itself as you observe the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Hellenic Parliament on Constitution (Syntagma) Square.The Panathenaiko Stadium (site of the 1896 revival of the Olympic Games) looms impressively at a busy central intersection. Surprises wait at every turn as you discover structures from classical Greek and Roman antiquity, the Byzantium and the neo-classical boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. No visit would be complete without a visit to the Acropolis with the magnificent Parthenon, the imposing Propylea and the famous Porch of Maidens of the Erechtheion. The New Acropolis Museum exhibits the grandeur that was Ancient Athens.Overnight in Athens. (B)

Day 16: Departure from Athens

After breakfast, Say "Goodbye" to Athens. We hope to see you again, check out from your Hotel and transfer to the Airport for your return flight home. End of our services. (B)

 

Including

  • 15 Nights Accommodation @ 4 or 5 Star Hotels
  • International flight from Izmir to Athens
  • Transfers from/to Hotel/Airport/Hotel in Turkey
  • English Speaking Tour Guide throughout Turkey
  • Transportation in A/C & non-smoking vehicle during tours
  • Entrance fees to the sites and museums
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local Taxes and Service Charge

Excluding

  • International Flight
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional Tours
  • Tips to the Driver, Guide and Hotel Staff
  • Beverages with Meals
  • Portrages at Hotels&Airports

NOTE:
* We can also custom design a private tour to fully meet your aspirations.
* For Group and Escorted Tours please require available dates.
*Greece portion is locally hosted.