Greece and Turkey Itinerary 2 weeks
Our new Greece and Turkey Itinerary with or without Cruise option for 2 weeks will intoxicate you with its deep historical legacy and famous landmarks such as Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Mykonos, Santorini and much more. We offer daily departures for this itinerary individually but cruise departures are only on Sundays. If you need any modification to make it perfectly match for you and your family just send us an email and let’s make it a dream holiday for all.
Day 1-Welcome to Istanbul
Reception with name in the airport according to your time of arrival and private transfer your selected hotel. Depending on your schedule, we can additionally arrange a dinner cruise on the Bosphorus to relieve tiredness of your journey and take a glance at the city before you have a deep sleep before midnight. Have some rest by now, tomorrow will be long day in the old city of Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2-Full Day Private City Tour of Istanbul
Savour your breakfast at the hotel and get ready to be in mood of discovering the marvels of Istanbul with its thousands year of history and unique monuments with the narrations of your local guide. We will cover a decent amount of distance today so please be advised to wear comfortable shoes with you. First head out to paramount Hippodrome Square which is surrounded by many important monuments such as Sultanahmet Mosque also known as Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum. Lunch will be offered in a local restaurant and proceed to Topkapi Palace and finalising our long day with an meander in the labyrinth streets of 500 years old Grand Bazaar with its almost 3000 boutique stores. Make our way back to your hotel. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3-Free Day in Istanbul-Optional Cruise on the Bosphorus
Breakfast at the hotel. Please check-out from your room and leave the luggages to your hotel reception as we will be travelling to Cappadocia tonight. You can enjoy the city’s limitless activities at your own pace or participate a half day trip to Egyptian Bazaar and scenic boat cruise on the Bosphorus that devides Asia and European continents. Transfer to airport at 18h00 from your hotel and flight to Cappadocia. Arrival and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the region. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4-Day Balloon Ride and Tour of Cappadocia with Local Expert Guide
Rise and shine after sleeping like a baby in an original cave room of your hotel(Regular stone rooms are also available on application for those having claustrophobia). If you want you can wake up early before to snapshot the balloons over the sky before we admire the landscape from sky on the following day. To make the most of your stay, every morning bright and early hot air balloons are flying over Cappadocia. You can take part in an optional Hot Air Balloon Tour in Cappadocia that enables you to admire land forms and mushroom shaped chimneys of Cappadocia with stunning panorama of the Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos and surrounding area with bird’s eye view. We will stay more or less one hour in the air depending on the weather conditions. Return transfer will be around 07h30-08h00 back to our hotel depending on the seasonal time change of sunrise. You will have enough time to have a quick shower and breakfast. You can pack up your luggages and leave them in the reception
Departure for our tour at 09h30 with our guide in small group and visit Monks Valley where you can admire some of the most striking shaped and sculptured uniquely by nature, Avanos (Vanessa) by Red River and Pottery Workshop for enjoying demonstrations by a craftsman on a 3000 years traditional Hittite style kick wheel. Lunch will served in a local Turkish Restaurant. Drive to underground city of Kaymaklı and visit the lifestyle of Hittites almost 3000 years ago. Our next stop will be legendary official Goreme Open Air Museum. Return to our hotel to pick up our luggage and transfer to airport and flight to Antalya. Arrival and transfer your selected hotel.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5- Free Day in Antalya / Optional Excursions
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel and start wandering through the old city of Antalya which is also famous with architecture in Ottoman quarter. There are many things to do here in old city but we can also offer you some more action trips or cruises like Daily Boat Tour to Kalkan or heritage tours such as Perge Aspendos Tour if requested. Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6-Free Day in Antalya / Travel to Pamukkale
Breakfast at the hotel. Free morning in Antalya and check-out from our hotel around at noon. Pick up from your hotel and private transfer to Pamukkale. Our journey will take more or less 3 hours with beautiful scenery along the way. We will stop in a roadside facility to have a quick lunch. Arrival in our thermal hotel with a lot of hot spring pools and facilities. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7- Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis Antic City / Travel to Kusadasi
If you want, wake up early in the morning and jump to thermal pool for a refreshment. We will arrange the departure a bit late so you can benefit the facility a little bit more before you check-out from the hotel with your luggages. Enjoy a nice breakfast before you start off another day full of fun and history at 10:00. Pamukkale and Hierapolis is located on a hilltop. This remarkably well-kept remains of Greek-Roman era with full of supreme combination of human-made structures and natural wonders. Its strictly forbidden to walk with your shoes or slippers to avoid damage over this delicate white deposits but this is a really good thing as you let this surface message your soles while walking its warm healing waters grazing your toes. If you are not willing to swim, you can simply rollup your pants but its recommended to wear your swim suits to splash its mineral waters during your hiking and you may also succumb to your childlike instincts and jump to these natural infinity pools to the best of your ability. Your guide will give you some free time to linger on these White terraces made of limestone deposites and take some pictures for making your family and friends jealous.
The original Hellenistic constructions had been devastated by earthquakes in the first century so majority of the historical artifacts we will visit today are from the Roman era. The antique pool of Cleopatra(additional cost applies) offers us a rare opportunity to swim in warm healing water amongst the collapsed marble columns of Apollo (divine founder of the city) Temple which was toppled into the water after many successive earthquakes.
At the end of the tour you will be treated a late lunch before we set off on a journey to Kusadasi. Check-in your hotel in Kusadasi. Free time and overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8-Tour of Ephesus and Embark the Cruise Ship (Sunday)
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel with your luggages and start the day trip in ruins of Ephesus. Imagine a place that has so much to offer from the ancient history. Ephesus allowing thousands years of architectural monuments that has been carefully preserved and maintained. Some restored relics still displays historical power and majesty. The ancient roman capital of Asia Minor, the Ephesus whom we can call as the Pompeii of Turkey. Because many civilisations lived here and fell into oblivion until it was rediscovered by archaeologists in the late 1800s. Visit major highlights and ruins like Temple of Hadrian, Library of Celsus which is considered as the most important image that looks like temple more than a library. Theatre with the capacity of almost 24.000 people during its time. If you would like to have a general idea of the site and how big is the theatre, you can climb up the stairs and admire the landscape and city’s magnitude with a bird’s eye view. Transfer to Cruise port to embark our 7 days all inclusive cruise to Greek Islands. Your passport will be kept in the reception of the ship until the end of the cruise and they will provide you a plastic card that you can use when you are disembarking and reembarking the ship in the islands. Settle in your cabin. We will set sail for Mykonos at 17h00. Take your place in the Riviera of the ship and watch Turkey leaving behind while you sip your drinks. Dinner onboard. You can enjoy the full range of shows and activities such as language learning, Greek dances, Cooking Greek Foods and much more within the cruise ship.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9-Free Time in Athens-All Inclusive
Have your breakfast onboard and disembark the ship and meet your driver for your private tour of Athens and Acropolis for half day. After the tour, you can spend more time in Plaka at your own pace and meet your driver at mentioned meeting point and return back to Piraeus port to embark the cruise. Dinner and overnight onboard.
Day 10-Free Time in Mykonos-All Inclusive
We will arrive in Mykonos around 06:30 in the morning. Have your breakfast onboard and get to center of Mykonos also known as little Venice whenever you want as you may see very little people in the streets at this time of the day. Everybody is still sleeping as they are late night party people. But its the best time to get oriented in this vibrant Island. Grab your swim suites and towels and rent a motorbike or a car to get to remote beaches around the island famous with crazy parties to savour the sun and fun all day. You can return to ship anytime you want for lunch and dinner. While you are out of ship, you need to pay for your expenditures. In the evening, all those who is scattered around the Island will be flocking to Chora. Wander through these narrow streets full of tiny shops, boutiques, cafes, restaurant and bars. You have time to enjoy this atmosphere until 6 a.m in the morning. Please try to be onboard right on this time.
Day 11-Mykonos to Milos Island-All Inclusive
Departure from Mykonos:07:00 a.m
Arrival in Milos:13:00 p.m
Departure from Milos:23:59
This little known island of Greece has some of the best white sandy beaches amongst other due to its volcanic background. You can simply take a taxi and get to one of the famous beaches and enjoy the day at sea or explore the island center. Overnight onboard.
Day 12-13 -Santorini Island-All Inclusive
Breakfast onboard. We have two full days in this legendary island. Oia Village guided tour for 3 hours is included in the package but you can continue to explore Santorini on your own. There are numerous activities to do in Santorini but sitting in cafe overlooking the calm caldera is the best of all. You can return to ship anytime you want by cable car(additional fee) or walking down the hundreds of stairs and ride the tender boat to your ship.
Day 14-Crete(Heraklion)-All Inclusive
Early breakfast onboard and departure for the guided excursion of Palaces of Knossos. Return to city center and free time until our departure. Crete Island is the largest island of Greece so if you would like to make the most of it, you can either walk or rent a motorbike to discover the beauties of Heraklion which is one of the four main cities of the island. Overnight onboard.
If you have a return flight from Athens, we can disembark the cruise in Crete and arrange a flight to Athens.
Day 15-Return to Turkey- Flight to Istanbul
Arrival in Kusadasi before noon and transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. End of our services.
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