Greece and Turkey are fascinating countries with a long history and many fascinating traditions. This vacation features the major sites, starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafÃ©s and archaeological findings. visit the site of the Battle of Gallipoli before crossing the Dardanelles between Greece and Turkey. Take time to visit the remains of Homerâ€™s legendary Troy, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Yalova, famous for its thermal hot springs. Istanbul a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame.
Meet and greet at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Transfer to the hotel (early check-in subject to availability, but we will do our best to arrange it). Afternoon at around 13:00hrs hotel pick-up for half-day tour. Visits to City Walls, Golden Horn and cable car to Pierre Loti Hill. Then, Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat, no interior visit) and Leander’s Tower (from the boat, no interior visit). Lunch and dinner excluded. Overnight at Hotel / Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel. Hotel pick-up at around 07:50am for half-day city tour. Visits to St.Sophia (closed on Mondays), Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Afternoon free at leisure. If desired we can leave the clients at Bazaar, and they can return to their hotels by their own. Lunch and dinner excluded. Overnight at Hotel / Istanbul.
After breakfast at hotel transfer to Ataturk Apt for early morning flight to Kayseri (TK2010 IST/ASR domestic flight). Upon arrival meet with assistant and drive to Cappadocia. Arrival visit to Red Valley which is one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hiking for 5km through the valley. After hiking, resting in Old Cavusin Village where is one of old Greek Villages in Cappadocia. The village is known with its houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch at local restaurant visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Finally visit to Pigeon Valley. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Cappadocia.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visits to Dervent Valley which has various types of fairy chimneys. Pasabaglari (Monk’s Valley) with some other types of fairy chimneys. Avanos Region, known with its pottery, a craft dating back to Hittite period. After lunch at local restaurant visits to Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Stop at Citadel of Uchisar and Esentepe for beautiful view of Cappadocia. You will also have chance to take photo in these places. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Cappadocia.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer (anytime between 07:00am-22:00hrs) to Kayseri Airport to take a domestic flight to Izmir via Istanbul. Upon arrival at Izmir Apt transfer to hotel in Kusadasi (early check-in subject to availability). Rest of the day free at leisure. Lunch excluded. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Kusadasi.
Breakfast at hotel. Full-day tour to Ephesus. First, visit to House of Virgin Mary. Then, continue to Ephesus Ancient City. Visit to Fountains of Trojan, Polio, The Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Private House, The Library of Celcius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24.000 spectators in Ephesus Ancient City. After lunch at local restaurant take a fashion show in leather shop. Then, continue to Temple of Artemis before the Turkish Carpet demonstration. In the late afternoon check-in to hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Kusadasi.
Breakfast at hotel. Morning drive to Pamukkale for full-day tour. Arrival visits to Pamukkale Cotton Fortress with its travertine and ancient City of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Lunch at local restaurant during the tour. After the tour transfer back to hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Kusadasi.
Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Hotel check-out latest at 12:00hrs. Transfer to Izmir Airport to take a domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Apt directly taking international flight back to India. Lunch and dinner excluded. Meet and assist at International Athens Airport and transfer to your hotel. Accommodation in Athens. Overnight at your hotel.
Today after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and start the half-day tour to 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 Presidential 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, the Parthenon and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the New Acropolis Museum. Return at your hotel. Free evening. Overnight at your hotel.
Today after breakfast, you will check out from your hotel in Athens and transferred to Piraeus port for your ferry embarkation to Mykonos Island. Mykonos sits amidst the Aegean Sea like a unique jewel handcrafted by time, the Greek sun and an anonymous local craftsman. All that can be said or written about Mykonos would be just too little. For centuries Mykonos existed under the shade of the religious centre of Delos and it had to wait until the 20th century to reach its international status and win a place on the world tourist map. Mykonos, famously called 'the island of the winds' due to the constant wind that blows, is the most popular and cosmopolitan island of the Cyclades and considered as one the most famous islands of the world. The sunlight of Mykonos from its first sunshine of dawn all the way to its last of the sunset is astonishing and supplements an atmosphere of images that seem to have sprung out of a painting. Arrival in Mykonos and transferred at your hotel. Rest of the day is free in order to explore the island. Overnight at your hotel.
Today, after breakfast the day will be free in order explore the island. Among the cobbled streets, next to the churches, behind the freshly painted shutters, through the delivery of island living, the heavenly beaches and the liveliness of the night, Mykonos still keeps its secrets: The happiest different moments for everyone, here, on the most famous island in the world, each one of us makes each moment UNIQUE. Mykonos retains full beauty through the passage of time, and is and always will be a perfect host to visitors, offering unlimited vacation and great expectations. Overnight at your hotel.
Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Mykonos port for your ferry embarkation to Santorini Island. A thousand sunsets, a thousand memories, a thousand heartbeats, colours of blue red & gold streaking the sky ... this is Santorini island ... Poets have written about it, artists attempt to capture its beauty. Nothing can quite describe ... the unsurpassed magic of Santorini. This tiny Greek island in the Aegean sea, rich in history & steeped in myth, is situated on the southern east tip of the Cyclades Cluster. Once famous for its seafaring captains & thriving trade from Russia towards England, France & Italy, & even further back in time the biblical volcanic catastrophe of 1500 BC, today Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations worldwide. Arrival in Santorini and transferred at your hotel. Rest of the day is yours to spend in order to explore the island and admire the breathtaking view. Overnight at your hotel.
Today, after breakfast you will be picked up for a cruise at the caldera and its hot springs. During this tour, you will have the unique chance to visit the active volcano of Santorini, walk on dried lava up to its peak, feel the heat underneath your feet and see the steam of sulphuric gases emerging from the earth bowels. Next, you will sail to the thermal springs where you can dive or step down into the blue waters in order to swim towards the springs (35-36 C). Last you will visit the traditional sister island of Santorini, Thirassia, where you can either swim, go up to the village or simply relax and have something to eat. Return at your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
Today, after breakfast you will be transferred to Santorini port for your way back to Athens. Arrival at Piraeus port and transferred to your hotel. Free time to fresh up and settle at your room. Overnight at your hotel.
Today, after breakfast you will be transferred to Athens airport for your international departure flight.