Turkey and Greece Historical tour - 18 days

15 Nights / 16 Days
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Daily departure from April to October 2020

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       (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 famous with its heavenly six minarets 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. Overnight in Istanbul. 

DAY 03 : Morning Bosphorus cruise / Fly to Cappadocia  (Meals:Breakfast)
Breakfast,  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 and back to hotel. 14:00pm Transfer to airport for flight to Kayseri at 17:25pm. 
18:45 pm, Arrival to Kayseri, meet at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 04 : Cappadocia Tour including Goreme    (Meals: Breakfast+Lunch)
Breakfast, 09:45 am, visit Goreme Open Air Museum consisting of five Byzantine Orthodox churches. Visit also Uchisar to take pictures of "The Castle" and sightseeing. Lunch in Goreme and then visit Avanos which is famous for its potteries. You can see their demonstration and you can try to make it. After that a visit to the valley of fairy chimney, the name is Pasabagi then we continue to see Cavusin (Rose Valley) which has amazing beautiful red rock formations. Next is the Devrent Valley and Urgup afterwards.  Following that a panoramic view point to observe the fairy chimneys. Overnight in Cappadocia.

DAY 05 : Cappadocia Tour /Overnight coach to Pamukkale    (Meals:Breakfast+Lunch)
(OPTINAL:This morning an hour hot-air balloon ride available with extra cost of 210.00 EUR Per person)
Breakfast, 09:45am,  depart to visit Ortahisar we can have good photo opportunity of Ortahisar rock castle. Mustafapasa which was old Greek Village once called Sinasos. There are old Greek churches in this town. After that we drive through Sahinefendi and then visit a roman ruins of Sobesos which is recently excavated that has very nice ground mosaics.  Soganli Valley We walk 2 km in the valley and visit famous cave churches.  Lunch in Soganli Village then Kaymakli Underground City that is the deepest underground city.  20:00pm Depart on Intercity overnight coach to Pamukkale.. 

DAY 06 : Visit Pamukkale  then to Kusadasi   (Meals: Breakfast+Lunch)
06:00 am Arrival Pamukkale, meet and transfer to hotel and check in for half day with breakfast. 
09:30 am depart to Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side. Walk along the Hierapolis ancient city ruins, see the huge Necropolis, and feel the warmth of the natural spring as you go barefoot on the Travertens. Then If you like to swim in the Ancient Pool  they charge extra entrance fee.  Overnight in Kusadasi.

DAY 07 : Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary tour    (Meals: Breakfast+Lunch)
Breakfast, depart for sightseeing tour First stop, Ephesus Ancient City - Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan. The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest theatre is antiquity with capacity of 24.000 seats. Next we will visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis . Lunch and then we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary's. Overnight in Kusadasi. 

DAY 08 : Ferry from Marmaris to Rhodes  (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast, transfer from Kusadasi to Marmaris.
On arrival to Marmaris, check-in at the port,pass through customs & take the afternoon ferry for  to Rhodes.
Arrival & transfer to hotel. Overnight in Rhodes. 

DAY 09 : Free day in Rhodes   (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast at hotel and a full day free at leisure for you to explore the old town of Rhodes, spend time relaxing on the beach or visit other villages such as Lyndos. Overnight in Rhodes 

DAY 10 : Flight  from Rhodes to Crete (Heraklion)     (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast,  and as per flight time (morning or evening) transfer on to Rhodes Airport for departure. On flight arrival, around one hour later, to Heraklion, meet for transfer to hotel and rest of the day or evening at leisure.Overnight in Heraklion. 

DAY 11 : Free day in  Heraklion      (Meals: Breakfast)
A Today you have a full free day at leisure to explore this city which is the capital of Crete. Highly recommended is to visit the Knossos Palace and the Archaeological Museum which houses artefacts from the Minoan era. Overnight in Heraklion.

DAY 12: Heraklion to Santorini/ By Ferry    (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast check out and transfer to the port 
08:10 am depart on ferry to Santorini.
10:20 am Arrival Santorini, meet and transfer to hotel.
Remaining of the day at leisure. Overnight Santorini.

DAY 13: Free day in Santorini  (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast at the hotel, A free day at leisure to relax and sunbathe on one of the many different beaches of Santorini or explore the capital town of Fira. There are also excursions available, by bus & boat, which will take you to visit the ruins and tour the volcano. Overnight in Santorini 

DAY 14: Santorini to Mykonos/ By Ferry     (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast, check-out and free at leisure till transfer hotel to port
10:45am Depart on ferry to Mykonos
13:05pm, Arrival to Mykonos, meet at the port and transfer to hotel.
Remaining of day is leisure and Overnight in Mykonos.

DAY 15: Free day in Mykonos   (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast and a full day free at leisure for you to explore Mykonos Town and other areas of the island. Dont forget about the famous nightlife which is on offer. Overnight in Mykonos.

DAY 16: Mykonos to Athens / By Ferry  (Meals: Breakfast)
Breakfast, check-out and free at leisure till transfer hotel to port
14:00 pm Departure on Fast ferry to Athens
17:00 pm Arrival to Athens, meet and transfer to hotel, 
Remaining day is leisure and overnight Athens

DAY 17 : Half day morning tour of Athens
This morning, meet in the hotel lobby to 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.  Overnight in Athens. 

DAY 18 : Tour Ends 
Breakfast, check out and as per your international flight time transfer on to Athens Airport .


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