Tour Turkey and Greece 10 Days
Day 1- Arrival in Istanbul-Private Tour of Istanbul
Our team will be waiting for you at the exit gate of Istanbul airport and transfer to your selected hotel. We will leave our luggages in the hotel reception as we can not check-in rooms until 2 p.m. But we will try to offer you breakfast in somewhere outside or hotels depending on availability.
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-Free Day in Istanbul(Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel and free time on your own. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 3-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 thorougly. 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 colored 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. Pick up our luggages and flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4- Balloon Tour and Tour of North Cappadocia
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). 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. Pick up from hotel and start the day trip. During this trip the more you visit Turkey the more you believe you should come again and again every year to explore more of this country with fascinating contrasts. Our driver will drop you off at the entrance of the terminal as parking is not allowed in the area. You can continue and pass through the security point and following this procedure make your check-in for your flight. Until boarding the plane, you will have to pass through 2 or 3 layers of security. During this 1h20 minutes flight you will be treated a complimentary breakfast box and beverages. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, our local team will meet you in the airport on your name and transfer to the region. If time permits we will unload our bags to our cave hotel which is set down in the heart of the Goreme Town. Departure for the 1st day excursion at 09h30 with our guide in small group and visit Devrent Valley, Monks Valley, Avanos (Vanessa), Pottery Workshop for enjoying demonstrations by a master on a Hittite style kick wheel. Lunch will served in a local Turkish Restaurant. Our next stop will be legendary official Goreme Open Air Musem. We will finish the day by sipping our tea overlooking the fabulous panorama of Goreme from a hilltop. Return to our hotels. Evening free at your own pace and mingle with locals and other international tourists in Goreme and have your own dinner to savour some more delicious Turkish food. Overnight in Goreme
Day 5- Tour of South Cappadocia
Breakfast at the hotel. You can pack up your luggages and leave them in the reception. Departure from the hotel and start our day trip with a 3 km hiking in red valley. You would leave no stone unturned on this journey through Cappadocia. During this slow hiking you will have a chance to see many hidden cave dwellings and natural formations while ending up our trail in Cavusin Village where you can picture the oldest church in the region dedicated to St.John. Lunch in a local restaurant and continue paying a visit to underground city of Kaymakli which is considered as the architectural masterpieces of Hittite people dug in the ground almost 3000 years ago. These Groundscapers were the ideal residential areas to the contrary of today’s world skyscrapers. We will see their ventilation shafts, round stone doors for protection from enemy attacks, winery and much more. Photo and Tea break in panoramic point over pigeon valley to say goodbye. Returning our hotels and pick up our luggages and continue to airport for our flight back to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 6-Free Day in Istanbul-Flight to Santorini via Athens
Transfer to airport for your flight to Santorini via Athens. Arrival and transfer to your hotel located in the heart of Oia or Fira depending on your selection. The capital of the Santorini is Fira and distance between them is 11 kilometers. After settle in your hotel and get ready to stretch your legs and Treat yourself an iced coffee called Frappe and deploy yourself at a nice spot to watch the sunset. There are also numerous famous restaurants to taste some Greek meals. Evening at leisure for wandering through the narrow trails overlooking the Caldera. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 7- Free Day in Santorini
Breakfast at the hotel. Its best to rent a motorbike to explore the island from any local rent a bike office in the center. If biking is not your thing, then you can ride on public bus to reach to different parts of the islands. There are a lot of interesting beaches some with sand and some with pebble stones as well as mud.Kamari, Perissa are the famous one. You can also visit other parts Imerovigli with its artistic heritages, Akrotiri and Archaeological Museum of Santorini. Day at leisure at your own pace. Overnight in Santorini.
Day 8- Free Day in Santorini / Fast Ferry to Athens
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time until for your transfer to port and travel to Athens by fast ferry for about 5 hours. Along the way, you can watch the relaxing crystal clear waters of the Aegean. Arrival in the evening and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Day 9-Tour of Athens Iconic Sites
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide and start full day trip of Athens. During the day you will have an opportunity to observe this fascinating city that dates back to early ages with the narrations of your expert guide. However its a very old settlement, there are very limited places worth seeing what we consider as historical remnants nowadays such as Syntagma known as Constitution square, House of Parliament and National Library. On the way to the Acropolis we get a glimpse of Evzones, Presidential Palace, Hadrian’s Arch and Panathenaic Stadium. Afterwards we will start to discover the most important spot of Athens Acropolis which is located on hilltop overlooking the City. There are architectural monuments such as Erechtheion that was build in 420 BC to accommodate the rituals with its delicate forms, right before the Athens fell to the Spartans. We will continue visiting the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and finalising our trip with an in depth narration of the Parthenon. Return to our hotel after a long and tiresome day. Evening at leisure on your own. Overnight in Athens.
Day 10-Free Day & End of Tour Program
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out from your room before noon and transfer to airport for your international flight. End of our services.