GREECE AND TURKEY CLASSICAL

2849 EURO

GREECE AND TURKEY CLASSICAL

Itinerary
Start in Athens and end in Istanbul! With the discovery tour Classic Turkey & Greek Islands, you have a 14 days tour package taking you through Athens, Greece and 10 other dest..

Itinerary
Start in Athens and end in Istanbul! With the discovery tour Classic Turkey & Greek Islands, you have a 14 days tour package taking you through Athens, Greece and 10 other destinations in Europe. Classic Turkey & Greek Islands includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Introduction
This tour combines ancient Athens and visits to Greece's beautiful Aegean islands with some of Turkey's most impressive and important highlights. Among others, you'll see the extensive Roman ruins at Ephesus, Pamukkale's calcium travertines, underground cities and surreal landscapes in Cappadocia and the bustling city of Istanbul. We start in Athens with plenty of time to visit the famous ancient sites like the Acropolis and Parthenon, before heading out to the picturesque island of Santorini for plenty of sun, sea, and sand. We island-hop to Mykonos and Samos for more beach time before arriving at Kusadasi in Turkey. We'll visit the nearby Roman ruins at Ephesus before heading inland to enjoy the rejuvenating thermal waters and limestone Travertines at Pamukkale and Hierapolis. We continue east to spend time in the fairytale landscape that is Cappadocia and ventures underground to explore the fascinating underground cities. From here we head back to Istanbul, via the capital Ankara, and spent our final days visiting famous sites like Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Aya Sofya.

Day 1: Arrive in Athens, transfer to hotel
This tour starts in the ancient city of Athens. On your arrival at Athens airport (ATH) our representative will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in the center of the city. The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and have a first look around.

Day 2: Athens, half-day Acropolis tour
We include a half-day tour this morning to visit the ancient Acropolis which sits on top of a rocky hill overlooking the city, providing great views. You'll see the temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch, which formed a symbolic entrance to the city. You'll also tour the Temple of Nike, the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon, and see the original home of the marble sculptures removed by Lord Elgin that are now held in the British Museum in London... At the Acropolis, you'll also visit the impressive museum, the towering entrance of Propylaea and the Temple of the Athene Nike. You'll also stop at the Panathenaikon (Kallimarmaro) Stadium and learn about the first Olympic Games of the modern era which were held here in 1896. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Athens yourselves; whether you'd like to concentrate on more history, see the modern center or find a cafe in a square to relax is up to you.

Day 3: Ferry from Athens to Santorini, free time
We'll leave Athens this morning and take to the sea for the fast ferry crossing to the volcanic island of Santorini (approx. 5 hours). The present shape of the island was formed after a huge volcanic eruption around 3600 years ago at the time of the height of the Minoan civilization. Subsequent caldera collapses have left a large central lagoon with high cliffs surrounding it on three sides. The land then slopes down to some lovely beaches, formed of different colored sand and pebbles, including the Black Beach White Beach and Red Beach. The weather here is consistently good through the summer months and you can spend your free time here relaxing on the beaches or perhaps exploring the picturesque capital, Fira.

Day 4: Santorini, free time & optional tours
Your day is free to spend on Santorini today. You could relax on the beach, or take an optional boat trip into the volcanic lagoon to see the surrounding crater walls. You can also visit the active volcano, take a relaxing and therapeutic mud bath, and swim in the warm waters.

Day 5: Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
You head to sea again today and take the ferry from Santorini to Mykonos (approx. 3 hours), another of the Cyclades group of Greek islands. Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, and for good reason. Mythology suggests that the island was formed by the bodies of petrified giants, killed by Hercules. Today it is a cosmopolitan island that attracts tourists from Greece and around Europe who come to enjoy the great weather, historic towns and whitewashed and colorful buildings, busy shopping streets, great cafes and restaurants, and a thriving night-time clubbing scene. Known as the 'Island of the Winds', Mykonos also is a great place for watersports with some excellent windsurfing and surfing beaches. Also popular are sailing trips and diving or snorkeling. Your time is free here to take advantage of whatever aspects of the island's attractions most suit you. Your tour leader will assist with any arrangements you may like to make.

Day 6: Mykonos, free day & local options
Your day is free to relax or explore Mykonos today, again with the assistance of your tour leader. You could chill on the beach or visit some of the small villages on the island which can feel like a large open-air museum. Worth seeing are the rows of windmills built above Chora by the Venetians in the 16th century; 'Little Venice' - the most picturesque and colorful quarter of the capital Chora; the Neolithic site at Ftelia in the north of the island; several interesting museums and churches, and of course the famous beaches. Late this evening we transfer to the ferry port to catch the overnight ferry to Samos

Day 7: Samos to Kusadasi
You arrive on the Greek island of Samos early this morning. Samos is the southernmost island of the Aegean and sits just off the Turkish coast. Later in the day we will transfer you via ferry to Kusadasi on the Turkish coast. Depending on the ferry schedules, you'll have time to explore the towns of Samos or Kusadasi during the day. You'll be welcomed in Turkey by our team there and meet your professional Turkish tour guide who will accompany you for the rest of the trip.

Day 8: Kusadasi, Ephesus Roman ruins tour
After breakfast, we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best-preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine-growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey.

Day 9: Drive to Pamukkale and Hierapolis
You can see a display of locally handcrafted leather goods this morning before we travel east to Pamukkale, site of the famous white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as ‘cotton castles’ and the naturally occurring geology here has created cloud-like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the adjacent ancient city of Hierapolis where you can enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers.

Day 10: Drive the Silk Road to Konya
Travel back in time today as we follow the ancient Silk Road towards Konya. We learn more about the history of this important trade route with a stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arriving in Konya where we include a visit to the Mevlana museum – the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes.

Day 11: Cappadocia, full-day
Today we set out to explore the beautiful and surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Unlike anywhere else on earth, this bizarre setting creates a fairytale view full of improbable rock formations and underground villages. Often described as the jewel of Turkey we have a full tour here to explore the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy chimneys, and we'll also explore an underground city full of subterranean churches, living areas, schools and shops used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago.

Day 12: Cappadocia, drive to Ankara before returning to Istanbul
We leave early this morning for the drive to Ankara, Turkey’s modern-day capital city. We visit Anitkabir – the mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before returning to Istanbul by road. This is a long day's drive, and we can arrange an upgrade to an internal flight from Kayseri in Cappadocia if you prefer (please ask for current times & prices).

Day 13: Istanbul, Old City tour
Today's tour of the old city of Istanbul provides an introduction to the history and some of the most important sites in this fascinating city. Straddling two continents Istanbul (or Constantinople as it was previously known) played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We'll visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.

Day 14: Istanbul, departure transfer to the airport
Your time is free today for some last-minute sightseeing and shopping in Istanbul before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Optional tours are available locally to see more of Istanbul, and we can also add extra nights in the Istanbul hotel if you'd like to spend more time exploring the city.

Includes in Greece:
- Arrival transfer with escort Athens International Airport / Athens Hotel (private) - 2 nights’ accommodation at Athens Tiare 4* Hotel  BB basis
- Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis & Acropolis Museum (shared)
- Professional English Speaking guide during the tour
- Entrance fees to Acropolis & Acropolis Museum
- All transfers during the tour
- Departure transfer Athens Hotel / Piraeus port (private)
- Ferry tickets Piraeus – Santorini (deck)
- Arrival transfer Santorini Port / Santorini Hotel (private)
- 2 nights’ accommodation at El Greco 4* Hotel on BB basis
- Departure transfer Santorini Hotel / Santorini Port (private)
- Fast ferries Santorini – Mykonos (economy)
- Arrival transfer Mykonos Port / Mykonos Hotel (private)
- 2 nights’ accommodation at Petinos 4* Hotel 
- Departure transfers Mykonos Hotel / Mykonos Airport or Port (private)
- Ferry tickets Mykonos – Samos (deck)
- Arrival transfer Samos Port / Samos Hotel (private)
- 1 night accommodation at Doryssa 5* Hotel or similar in Samos on BB basis
- Departure transfer Samos Hotel / Samos Port (private)

Includes in Turkey:

This tour offers Jain, Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Kosher food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.

Excludes:
- Anything that is not specified as included
- “Overnight stay tax”, Tips
- Handling fee is 56,00€ per person in total for all days & services
- Ferry Tickets Samos – Kusadasi (tba)
Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price. You can organize your flights separately at any point.
- Personal expenses
- Drinks 
- Dinner not mentioned in tour
- Medical insurance