This tour gives you the opportunity to visit the most important places of Greece and Turkey with visits to Athens and the nearby islands, the Classical Greece 4 days tour, Istanbul, the Cappadocia area, ancient Ephesus and Izmir all in 15 days.
MONDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis.
Afternoon free to visit the old Athens city (Plaka) with lots of restaurants, taverns and souvenir shops.
TUESDAY: ATHENS – HYDRA – POROS – AEGINA: In the morning, transfer to Piraeus port to embark and start a full day cruise through the islands Hydra, Poros and Aegina. Lunch on board and return to your hotel late afternoon.
WEDNESDAY: ATHENS – OLYMPIA: Today we drive towards the Corinth Canal where we will make our first stop. Then visit the famous theatre of Epidaurus, world famous for its acoustics and the Museum of Aesculapius (father of medicine). Passing through the city of Nauplion we go to Mycenae where we can discover the prehistoric acropolis, with the Lion Gate and the Tomb of Agamemnon. In the afternoon we come across the central Peloponnese to Olympia. Dinner and overnight in Olympia.
THURSDAY: OLYMPIA – DELPHI: In the morning we will visit the premises of the former Olympic stadium, where were held the first Olympic Games. Visit the Museum of Olympia. In the afternoon, passing by the new suspension bridge, the largest in the world, we come to Delphi. Dinner and overnight in Delphi.
FRIDAY: DELPHI – METEORA: At Delphi, a city renowned as the centre of the world, visit the local museum with its famous statue “The Bronze Charioteer” and the archaeological site. Departure to Kalambaka. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.
SATURDAY: METEORA – ATHENS: In the morning visit to Meteora, which combines the natural beauty of the region, with the eternal monasteries located on the rocks. Departure to Athens, via Thermopylae, where the statue of Spartan King Leonidas . Return to your hotel in Athens, in the afternoon.
MONDAY: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. Visits to the outstanding monuments of Ottoman & Byzantine Empires, the Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays), Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque and Grand Bazaar with over 4000 stores. (closed on Sundays). Lunch at local restaurant & back to the hotel at dusk.
TUESDAY: ISTANBUL – ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA: In the morning, transfer to airport for flight to Ankara. Arrival in Ankara and then to town to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Lunch and continue to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.
WEDNESDAY: CAPPADOCIA: Full day dedicated to this wonderful region, starting with a visit to the Vila of Uchisar and the underground city of Kaymakli. Lunch and continue the tour visiting the valley of Goreme & the Open Air Museum. The last places to be visited will be Pasabag Valley and Avanos. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY: CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE: Morning departure to Konya. En route visit the Caravanserai of “Sultanhan”. Arrival in Konya, visit Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of the Dervishes. Lunch & then to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight.
FRIDAY: PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI: In the morning visit to Hierapolis, the ruins of the necropolis and the Roman Baths. Continue to Aphrodisias and after lunch visit to this ancient Greco – Roman city, dedicated to the Goddess of Love Aphrodite. Departure for Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.
SATURDAY: KUSADASI – IZMIR – ISTANBUL: Departure in the morning and visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, the Roman capital in Asia Minor, to visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Arch, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the Greco-Roman Theatre. After lunch, visit to the Basilica of San John and then to Smyrna. Arrival at the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrival & transfer to hotel.