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Wonders of Greece and Turkey Tour - 16 days

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Accommodation in Superior Hotels and Louis Cruise
 Istanbul (2) • Ankara (1) • Cappadocia (2) • Pamukkale (1) • Kusadasi (2) • Greek Islands Cruise  (2) •  Athens (1) • Olympia (1) • Delphi (1) •  Athens (2)


Category: Cultural group tour, Comprehensive, Scenic Land / Sea Journey

Itinerary

 

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul (Friday)
Arrive at Ataturk airport in Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Overnight: Istanbul

 

Day 2: Istanbul City Tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel and begin full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul. We’ll visit
Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), ancient Roman Hippodrome (center of the chariot races). We will continue our Sultanahmet tour with the Blue Mosque and finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar.

 

Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara (B, D)

Today you can join the optional Hagia Sophia and Bosphorus cruise Tour. Departure for Ankara around 15.00 hrs and late arrival at Ankara. Overnight: Ankara

 

Day 4: Ankara - Cappadocia (B, D)
After breakfast we will visit the Ataturk Mausoleum and Anatolian Civilizations Museum. (selected Best European Museum of the Year in 1997) Then we depart to Cappadocia. We will visit 13th century caravanserai; caravanserais are inns built by Seljuk Turks to ensure travel and trade safety of the merchant caravans traveling on the Silk Road. Before arriving Cappadocia visit Sarhatli underground city. Overnight: Cappadocia

 

Day 5: Cappadocia (B, D)
Today we will begin our tour on this magical land; the unique landscape of cone-shaped volcanic formations called fairy chimneys. After breakfast, visit Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

 

Day 6: Cappadocia – Pamukkale (B, D)
After breakfast we will drive to Pamukkale, ancient spa center and the unique natural site of white limestone terraces cascading down the mountain slope. En-route we will pay a visit to Konya, city where Mevlana Rumi is buried, founder of the most well-known Sufi order, Mevleviye. They are also known as the “Whirling Dervishes” due to their famous practice of whirling ceremony called Sema which represents a spiritual journey through mind and love to "Perfect”. In Konya, we will visit the Mevlana Museum and then continue to Pamukkale for overnight. Overnight: Pamukkale

 

Day 7: Pamukkale – Kusadasi (B, D)
Today early morning we’ll visit Hierapolis, the ‘Sacred City’, it is a World Heritage Site, and a "must-see" location with the largest Necropolis. Then departure to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Kusadasi

 

Day 8: Ephesus & St. Mary tour (B, D)

After breakfast we’ll begin tour of glorious Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, one of the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean dated back to 2000 years. Later we will drive to the hilltop where we visit the miraculously discovered Virgin Mary’s House. Return hotel for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 9: Louis Cruise - Patmos (B, D)

You will be transferred to the pier to embark on a 2-night Greek Island cruise. First stop is Patmos. This island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St. John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. Cruise to Heraklion (Crete)

 

Day 10:  Crete - Santorini (B, L, D)

Arrive in Crete at 7 am and free time until 11:30am to explore the island. Cruise to Santorini. Here you can explore the land of the fabled Atlantis on your own or join a guided tour to the volcano. Overnight cruise to Piraeus.

 

Day 11: PiraeusAthens (B)

Early morning (at 7:00 am) arrive in Piraeus and disembark the ship. You will be transferred to your Athens hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 12: Athens - Olympia (B, D)
After breakfast transfer to terminal to join your group.  We’ll drive to Corinth Canal (short stop). Then drive to Epidaurus and visit the Ancient theatre, world famous for its outstanding acoustics. Proceed to Nayplia (short stop) and through the plain of Argos arrive to Mycenae. Visit the archaeological site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon (optional stop for souvenirs) depart for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games, through the cites of Tripolis and Megalopolis (short stop).
Overnight stay in Olympia.

 

Day 13: Olympia - Delphi (B, D)
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient

Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the

magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque

towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Overnight: Delphi

 

Day 14: Delphi - Athens (B)
In the morning visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum. A couple of hours free time in Delphi

before departing and drive through the village of Arachova, renowned for its colorful rugs and carpets.

Return to Athens via Levadia and Thebes. Arrive in Athens early in the evening.

 

Day 15: Half Day Athens City Tour with new Acropolis museum (B)
After breakfast transfer to terminal to join your group. 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, the National 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. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Afternoon at leisure.  Overnight: Athens

 

Day 16: Athens Departure (B)
Morning transfer to Athens Hellinikon International airport for departure. Thank you for visiting Turkey & Greece.

 

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