Istanbul & Athens tour 09 days

08 Night / 09 Days
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DAY 01 : Arrival to Istanbul      (Meals: No)
Upon arrival in Istanbul (Istanbul Airport), our representative will meet you & transfer to the hotel.(Check-In after 13:00pm), where you will be briefed by your travel consultant. Overnight in Istanbul. 

DAY 02 : Historical Istanbul Tour ( Walking tour)       (Meals:Breakfast+Lunch)
Breakfast, visit to the ancient Byzantine Hippodrome where you will tour the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Fountain of Wilhelm II, the elegant Blue Mosque  and the Hagia Sophia Museum, built during the reign of Emperor Theodosius and burned down in the fire of Nika Revolt in 532 A.D. . After lunch visit the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), residence and administrative center of the Ottoman Sultans. Day tour will finish with the visit of Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul. 

DAY 03 : Bosphorus Cruise & Dolmabahce Palace Tour       (Meals:Breakfast+Lunch)
Meet your guide at hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Then embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After lunch break, day tour will continue with driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers 360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Driving back to Europe over the Bosphorus Bridge, you will visit Dolmabahce Palace (excluding harem), the imperial residence of the last six Sultans, with more than 340 rooms & 8 Turkish baths. Overnight in Istanbul. 

DAY 04 : Princess Islands Tour       (Meals:Breakfast+Lunch)
Breakfast, start the day by boarding a ferry bound for the charming Princes' Islands, your destination, Buyukkada, the largest of the island chain, passing by four other islands during the trip. The islands are famous for their mild climates, lush vegetation, ornate Ottoman houses and for being vehicle-free. The preferred means of transport is the charming horse-drawn carriage known as the Phaeton, which you will use on your trip around Buyukada, passing by elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvilleas. Feel as though you have stepped back in time . Overnight in Istanbul. 

Day 05 : Istanbul  / Athens       (Meals:Breakfast)
Breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to airport for an afternoon flight to Athens at 15:00pm.
16:20pm, Arrival to Athens, meet and transfer to hotel with remaining day is leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Day 06 : Athens Sightseeing      (Meals:Breakfast)
Breakfast, depart on the Half day morning Athens Sightseeing Tour which includes a visit to the Acropolis, its museum and the Parthenon. Also view the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, National Library, Evzones in their picturesque uniform, the Presidential Palace, the Panatheanic Stadium (where first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. Afternoon day at leisure and Overnight in Athens.

Day 07 : Athens  / Hydra - Poros - Aegina       (Meals:Breakfast+Lunch)
Breakfast at the hotel 07:40 Meet in hotel lobby for transfer to Piraeus for embarkation on the Saronic Island excursion cruise boat. Sail for the island of Hydra where you have time (around 1 hour) for a stroll, shopping or swimming. Then sail for Poros, the smallest of the three islands, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town. Your time at leisure in Poros will be about 60 minutes. Lunch will be served during the voyage. On board again and after a two hour trip arrive to the last port of call, the island of Aegina. Here you once again have some free time at leisure to stroll around or swim. Embarkation for the voyage of return. Overnight in Athens. 

Day 08 : Athens / Delphi        (Meals:Breakfast+Lunch)
Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus – Levadia and Arachova (short stop on the way back).  Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient World – the "Omphalos" (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.  On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.  Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias.  Lunch in the modern village of Delphi. Overnight in Athens.  

Day 09: Athens / Airport      (Meals:Breakfast)
Breakfast, check-out from hotel transfer to Athens airport as per your flight departure time. 

The Package Includes

  •  04 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  •  02 day Group Istanbul tour includes guiding in english, entrance fees, lunch, transport 
  •  01 day Group Princes tour includes guiding in english, entrance fees, lunch, transport
  •  04 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  •  Half day Athens sightseeing Tour including the Acropolis
  •  01 Full day Cruise to Hydra, Poros, Aegina (with lunch)
  •  01 Full day Tour to Delphi (with lunch)
  •  Entrance fees to the sites, during guided sightseeing tours
  •  All transfers as mentioned
  •  Daily breakfast
  •  Hotel taxes in Turkey



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