Yet another unique combination of Greece Turkey Tours ! You can either start from Athens or Istanbul as you wish as this is an independent tour package. If you would like to combine your holiday with a short trip to Jerusalem, we can change the order of the program and arrange a direct flight at the end of the package.
Day 1- Arrival in Istanbul-Free Time
Our team will be waiting for you at the exit gate of Istanbul airport and transfer to your selected hotel. Settle in to your room and freshen up. Your tour consultant will visit you at the hotel at the appointed time for delivering your travel documents and receive the rest of the payment. Free time and overnight in Istanbul.
Note:Additional activities can be added to your program after having a quick nap and shower in the hotel such as dinner cruise on the Bosphorus or dance show of whirling dervishes.
Day 2-Private Walking Istanbul Old City Tour
Ready to enjoy a full day walking tour of Istanbul right after having your open buffet Turkish breakfast? You will have an opportunity to see the fascinating contrasts of past and present, which makes Istanbul a unique place for numerous emperors since the very early ages. Commence our trip from the Hippodrome Square where sport competitions used to take place during Romans and where present day tourists are getting oriented. Continue to 17th century Ottoman Mosque with its unusual number of six minarets touching to skies also known as Blue Mosque by non-muslims due to its blue Iznik tiles within. Right across the Blue Mosque we will visit legendary monument of Byzantine era the St.Sophia Museum. Lunch in a Turkish Restaurant and afterwards we will pay a visit to the last residence of Ottoman Dynasty in Istanbul, Topkapi Palace and finish our day wandering the labyrinth streets of Grand Bazaar. Return to our hotels. Overnight in Istanbul
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 2-Cruise on the Bosphorus Strait and Visit Dolmabahce Palace
After having a delicious open buffet breakfast in your hotel, be ready at your hotel lobby at time indicated and join in with other fellow travellers to explore the beautiful city of Istanbul thoroughly. Today we will have a 1,5 hour cruise on the Bosphorus Strait and admire numerous million dollar seafront villas, mansions belongs to elite society of Istanbul. Once we finish our cruise back in the pier we have a short walk to visit Spice Bazaar with its vividly coloured spices, candies and fruit stalls since Ottoman era. Lunch in a restaurant and continue to the last residence of Ottoman Sultans, Dolmabahce Palace and drive up to Camlica where you can admire the whole city from one of the seven hilltop of Istanbul. Return to our hotels at 17h00-18h00 depending on the traffic conditions. Transfer to airport and flight to Cappadocia. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3- Hot Air Balloon Tour and Tour of North Cappadocia
Early in the morning pick up from your hotel and transfer to launch area. Until the preparations and inflations are prepared you will have some appetisers along with some complimentary coffee, tea or fruit juices. Fly over Cappadocia about one hour. After delivery of commemorative certificates with a small party with other participants, return back to hotel with unforgettable scenery of a fairytale. You will have enough time to take a quick shower and breakfast at the hotel. We will commence the day trip around 09h30-10h00 and start to explore this colourful and pictorial terrain along with our guides’ epic narrations. We will admire the excessive beauty of nature and architecture of the ancients in Monks’s Valley, Devrent embodied with incredible landscape full of interesting shapes. Continue to Avanos(ancient Vanessa) for joining a traditional kick-wheel demonstration of clay pottery. Lunch in a restaurant and visit official Goreme open air museum. We will bring the day to end by sipping our Turkish tea overlooking the valley of Cappadocia from a hilltop. Drop off the hotel. Free evening and dinner on your own. Hotels are located in the heart of Goreme so you can easily find a restaurant at your sweet will. Try to sleep early tonight because we will have to wake you up early in the morning again. Overnight in Goreme.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast and departure to the second day tour of Cappadocia with our guide in small group. Explore and Witness the lifestyle of human race a few thousands years ago in an underground city and take some pictures while you hike in some beautiful red or rose valley of Cappadocia. At the end of the day, transfer to airport and take the flight Izmir. Arrival and transfer to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4-Tour of Ephesus and Visit to Cottage of Mother Mary
After breakfast, pick up from the hotel 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. Also visit House of Mother Mary, believed spent her last days having been brought here by St. John from the Jerusalem that is located on a hill near Ephesus, still has an important role in the history of humanity. On the way back to our hotel we will stop by the Basilica of St. John that was built on his tomb. Transfer to bus terminal and travel to Fethiye by public bus. Upon your arrival you can simple take a taxi from bus terminal to your hotel in the heart of Fethiye. Overnight in Fethiye.
Day 5- Daily Boat Tour in Fethiye 12 Islands
Breakfast at the hotel and pick up. Transfer to port to embark your day cruise. You will have fun and swim all day long in different bays of this area. Return to our hotel before evening. Free time in Fethiye on your own. Overnight in Fethiye
Day 6- Travel to Rhodes from Fethiye by Ferry
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to port and travel to Rhodes Island. Upon your arrival our local team will pick up from port and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Rhodes Island, the old town. You can have a short walk in the neighbourhood of your hotel to get oriented and treat yourself a greek food. Overnight in Rhodes.
Day 7-Free Time in Rhodes-Optional Sightseeing Tour to Lindos
Breakfast at the the hotel. You can either explore the island self-guided or participate one of sightseeing tours to make the most of your stay. Rhodes is full of history and nice beaches and ideal for history buffs as well. Overnight in Rhodes.
*If you would like to spend more time in Rhodes, please kindly inform our sales during your enquiry. We can easily extend some more days as this is a very important spot and the biggest island of the Dodecanese.
Day 8- Travel to Santorini by Plane
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to airport and flight to Santorini via stopping in Athens. Arrival in Santorini and transfer to your hotel viewing the caldera. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 9-Free Day in Santorini
Day at leisure at your own pace. Your hotel may be in Imerovigli or Fira depending on your selection. Overnight in Santorini
Day 10-Free Day in Santorini
Day at leisure at your own pace.
Day 11-Travel from Santorini to Athens by Plane
Transfer to airport at noon and travel to Athens. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Athens
Day 12- Tour of Athens and Acropolis-Full Day
Breakfast at the hotel and depart at time indicated for a full day tour of Athens center and Acropolis. Overnight in Athens
Day 13- Free Day and Transfer to airport-End of our services
Depending on your international flight schedule, transfer to airport 3 hours before. End of our services.
*** This package can be extended in each spot as you wish. We can also arrange Delphi and Meteora 2 Days Trip as an extension to this package.
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