Istanbul is a unique city in that it actually is in both Europe and Asia as it straddles the Bosphorus Strait. This major Turkish city is filled with historical landmarks that remind us of times gone by, from the Roman invasion to the Byzantine era.

When you are in Istanbul, make an itinerary that takes you through the city to see the amazing historical landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine mosque from the 6th century featuring rare Christian-inspired mosaics.

Before heading out to explore this impressive city, find a luggage storage locker and leave your belongings for safekeeping. The city is very crowded, so why not lighten your load?

Hagia Sophia

Officially called the Holy Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, this unique mosque was originally the Church of Hagia Sophia and was designed by Anthemius of Tralles and Isidore of Miletus, two Greek geometers, in 537. 

It was once the biggest Christian church within the Eastern Roman Empire. It was later converted to a mosque in 1453 once the Ottoman Empire took control of the city. Then, in 1935 it was converted into a museum by the Turkish Republic.

Hagia Sophia was converted back into a mosque in 2020 where services are regularly held. Visitors are still welcome to explore the mosque but are asked to be respectful of worshippers and to only visit at certain times. 

Topkapi Palace Museum

Construction of this museum began in 1460 and was completed in 1478. Fatih Sultan Mehmet requested the palace to be built. Topkapi Palace Museum opened as a museum in 1924 and is a great place to spend an afternoon. 

The Topkapi Palace is located in one of the oldest historical regions of the city on the Istanbul Peninsula. The entire palace was not all built at the same time, instead, certain wings and towers were added later during the 19th century. 

It was originally the administration, art, and education center for the Turkish empire for around 400 years. Wander through the museum and learn more about the sultans that ruled from Fatih Sultan Mehmet to Sultan Abdulmecid. 

The Blue Mosque

Construction on The Blue Mosque began in 1609, opened in 1616, and was designed by architect Sedefkar Mehmed Agha. In Turkish, it is called Sultanahmet Camii and is best known for the blue tiles on the interior walls. 

Inside the mosque is the Tomb of Sultan Ahmed I, who ruled as sultan when the mosque was completed. The Blue Mosque also has a madrasa which was where orphans and poorer children were given training and education.

The Blue Mosque is still an active mosque, therefore, it is closed to non-worshippers during the five daily prayers. Visitors are asked to exit the mosque prior to the beginning of each prayer time.

Basilica Cistern

When you are searching out historical landmarks in Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern should be on the list. There are hundreds of cisterns underneath Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern is one of the biggest cisterns that is beneath the city.

In Turkish, the Basilica Cistern is called Yerebatan Sarnici which means Subterranean Cistern, or Yerebatan Saray meaning Subterranean Palace. Located just less than 500 feet from the Hagia Sophia, you can see both in the same afternoon.

The Basilica Cistern was built during the 6th century during the rule of Emperor Justinian I as one of the main water sources for the city. Today, the cistern is kept drained low so the public can go down below and see the inside. 

Grand Bazaar

When you are in Istanbul checking out the top historical landmarks, you have to stop by the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and biggest covered markets in the entire world. There are over 4,000 shops in the bazaar spread out over 61 covered streets. 

The Grand Bazaar started as a small market in 1455 and grew into a larger covered market and officially opened in 1461. There are between 250,000 and 400,000 daily visitors and was listed as the most visited tourist attraction in the world. 

Many people consider this bazaar to be the first shopping mall in the world. You can find several amazing gifts and souvenirs when you explore the Grand Bazaar. Grab a cup of coffee and spend the morning checking out the amazing shops. 

Galata Tower

This 205-foot tower was designed by architect Köksal Anadol and has nine floors to explore. The Galata Tower opened in 1348 and is one of the most iconic historical landmarks in Istanbul.

Originally built to be part of the Galata walls by the Genoese, the Galata Tower has been used as a fire watchtower and a dungeon. The tower eventually fell into disrepair and had been repaired several times during the Ottoman period. 

In the 1960s the Istanbul Municipality restored the tower and opened it for visitors, complete with a cafeteria and museum. You can climb to the top floor of the tower to look out over the city for great views and photo ops. 

Kariye Mosque

One of the newer mosques in Istanbul, the Kariye Mosque was built in the Byzantine architectural style. Originally, the mosque was the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, a medieval Greek Orthodox church.

Located in the Edirnekapi neighborhood of the Fatih district, the Christian church was converted to a mosque during the 16th century. In 1945, the Kariye Mosque was turned into a museum but President Erdogan converted it back to a mosque in 2020. 

The mosque is not active, but worshippers are welcome to come during the five prayer times. The interior of the mosque has some of the finest and oldest surviving mosaics and frescoes from the Byzantine Christian church

Istanbul is a unique city filled with historical landmarks that pay homage to its very storied past. Locals get to experience these amazing landmarks on a daily basis but if you are only in the city for a few days you will want to pick the most important ones.

Plan your itinerary and soak up the history of this wonderful city. We know the place and our official multilingual guides will take you past and through several of the historic landmarks.

Resources:

https://ayasofyacamii.gov.tr/
https://www.millisaraylar.gov.tr/saraylar/topkapi-sarayi/

http://www.bluemosque.co/

http://yerebatansarnici.com/ 

https://www.kapalicarsi.com.tr/
https://muze.gov.tr/muze-detay?sectionId=GLT04&distId=MRK
https://www.diyanet.gov.tr/tr-TR

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Just came back from Greece ??. We (me, my sister and my 5-year-old niece) did 2 nights in Athens in the beginning, 3 nights Santorini staying at Kamari Beach Hotel, 2 nights Mykonos staying at Giannoulaki Hotel and another 2 nights in Athens at Crystals City Hotel. Mr Apostolos organized all trips and we loved it. The visit to wine vineyards and Oia in Santorini. A visit to Delos while in Mykonos on a private boat was worth it and we also liked Acropolis and Delphi while in Athens. We loved the Black Beach in Santorini and White Beaches in Mykonos. Tickets for Ferries were well organized, drop and pick up was all in time. We recommend Mr Apostolos and his Team highly.. Virgo, Lisa and Sonia
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Celestyal Cruises, the award-winning, number one choice for travelers to the Greek Islands and the Eastern Mediterranean,  has announced the further suspension of its sailings until the already announced 2021 season commencing March 6, 2021. 

Celestyal was one of the first cruise lines worldwide to take an immediate decision to temporarily suspend  cruise operations out of the abundance of caution for our guests, crew and local communities in mid-March. This decisive action resulted in no COVID-19 cases on our ships and were able to repatriate our guests and crew safely home before international air travel and borders globally shut down.

Leslie Peden, chief commercial officer for Celestyal Cruises, said, “As the core of our season runs from Spring through the Autumn, we were optimistic that we would be able to resume our cruise operations later this summer. However, given the prevailing uncertainty regarding travel restrictions through the balance of our operating season from our largest international source markets coupled with the continuing discussions at the European Union level regarding the enhanced health protocols that will apply to EU cruise operations, we made the difficult but prudent decision to postpone resuming cruise operations until the scheduled start of our normal spring season next year. We felt that as a company, we have already put our travel partners and guests through enough date changes on when cruising could return safely. By voluntarily pausing operations until our scheduled departures of next year, Celestyal will be better positioned to offer more clarity and certainty to our valued partners and guests, as well as peace of mind. We will now shift our full attention to developing both 2021 and 2022 business where we are seeing encouraging signs of pent-up demand and be well prepared to implement all enhanced health protocols that will ultimately be established by the EU and the countries where we operate. Whilst we appreciate and share in the disappointment this decision has on our guests, their wellbeing, as well as that of our loyal crew and the local communities we visit is always top of mind.”

For all named and paid individual guests impacted by this suspension, Celestyal Cruises is offering a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) valued at 120 percent of original booking value. Guests will have until the end of December 2021 to redeem their Future Cruise Credit against any of Celestyal Cruises’ itineraries through end of December 2022. To provide additional peace of mind, should guests choose not to redeem their FCC by end of December 2021, they will automatically receive a full refund equal to the original amount paid to Celestyal upon the voucher’s expiration. Celestyal is providing unique confidence to both guests and travel advisors through the welcomed assurance of their FCC’s supported by enhanced consumer rights and underlying guarantees, as the case may be.

Celestyal Cruises will automatically send the Future Cruise Credit voucher directly to guests or their travel advisors, so there will be no need to call the Contact Center other than to rebook.

Celestyal Cruises recently launched their 2021 and 2022 digital brochure supported by the generous early booking promotional campaign ”Escape To The Future”, and a comforting “Peace of Mind” policy that allows newly booked guests to change any cruise that sets sail through December 31, 2021. This applies to new bookings made until August 31, 2020. As long as the booking is changed at least 30 days before the sail date, a future cruise credit for 100 percent of the value received by Celestyal will be issued. The credit can be used toward any cruise that sets sail through December 31, 2022.     

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????? ??????????, ?????????? ??? CLIA ???? ????????? ????????

Positive prospects for the resumption of cruise operations in Greece by August were raised during discussions between CLIA and the Greek Minister of Tourism, Greek Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, and experts of the National Public Health Organization, according to Maria Deligianni, CLIA Regional Representative, East Mediterranean.

“All parties agreed on the need for national and industry coordination, and a clear timeline, in order to achieve a smooth resumption of cruise operations” Mrs Deligianni says. 

Cruise lines are looking at a gradual, phased resumption with potentially a limited number of cruise trips initially. We informed Greek officials that cruise lines are interested to include Greece in their itineraries in coming August, an aspiration which was positively received by the Government.  For its part the Government indicated its intention to develop a national protocol as key to resumption of operations based on guidelines being prepared by the European Commission, specifically the EU Health Gateways guidance and the European Maritime Safety Agency”. 

“While we stressed the need for all stakeholders to work intensively so that everything is ready by August, the safety, health, and well-being of passengers and crew is the industry’s number one priority” says Mrs Deligianni and concludes: “Our discussions focused on the development of framework protocols, highlighting a holistic approach which includes the whole cruise trip, from the booking process until the departure home. Emphasis was given on the strict pre-boarding measures and onboard procedures as well as the measures that will be taken at the embarkation and disembarkation ports, and transit calls”.

The economic contribution of the cruise industry in the Greek economy is close to 1 billion euros per year, with almost 12.000 jobs depending on cruising. In the discussions with the government, CLIA highlighted that it is not only the cruise lines experiencing economic losses from the suspension of operations but also the cruise destination countries such as Greece, looking too for the resumption of cruise operations. The suspension of operations which has exceeded the 90 days has led to a total national economic impact at least of 200 million euros while more than 1.700 jobs can be lost. Cruising is an important part of the tourism flows by bringing more than 15% of the total 33 million visitors in the country every year. 

Source: https://news.travelling.gr

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DAY 1: ATHENS

Your Athens Milos Santorini Mykonos vacation starts. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel in Athens.  The balance of the day at leisure.

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DAY 2: ATHENS – HALF DAY CITY TOUR

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop).

Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, theNational Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts an order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.

Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.

DAY 3: ATHENS – MILOS

Early morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark the ferryboat to Milos. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

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DAY 4: MILOS

A free day in Milos. Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group.

The island is famous for the statue of Aphrodite (the “Venus de Milo”, now in the Louvre), and also for statues of the Greek god Asclepius (now in the British Museum)

Milos was a source of obsidian (natural glass used for razor sharp “stone tools”) during the Neolithic ages for the Aegean and Mediterranean as early as 13,000 years ago.

There are about 70 beaches on Milos Island. Also an interesting Archaeological Museum.

DAY 5: MILOS – SANTORINI

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferryboat to Santorini. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

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DAY 6: SANTORINI – VOLCANO CRUISE

Today enjoy a half day cruise to the small islands of Nea Kameni & Palea Kameni located inside the caldera, the Hot Springs with the green and yellow waters (with free time for swimming) and the island of Thirassia.

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Vlyhada marina.
Orientation with the boat and sailing on the south coast of the island.

We will pass near the red and white beaches and continue sailing the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea to the Caldera. Near the Nea Kameni (volcano island) we will see the old port and then go to Palea Kameni and Thirasia. We will see the hot springs with green and yellow waters and have time for swimming here or in another place depending on the season of the year.

We continue sailing below Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira towns and will arrive in Vlyhada marina.
Transfer to your hotel

DAY 7: SANTORINI – MYKONOS

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferryboat to Mykonos. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel

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DAY 8: MYKONOS

A day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy the sun, sea & the beauties of this unique island.

Mykonos is known around the world as the Ibiza of the Aegean, the most popular destination of the Mediterranean. An international “jet-set” known for its beautiful sandy beaches, hundreds of tiny white chapels and incredible nightlife. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great nightlife. It’s easy to get lost in its maze of gleaming white walls dotted with blue domes and windows and balconies full of flowers. Have a coffee or a cocktail in one of the famous bars and promise to return for longer stay and more experiences.

Do not miss the visit to the shrine of Delos in honour of the Greek god Apollo, which can be reached after a delightful boat ride.

DAY 9: MYKONOS – ATHENS

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your ferryboat to Piraeus. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Athens

DAY 10: ATHENS – AIRPORT

According to your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.This is the end of your Athens Milos Santorini Mykonos vacation that we hope gave you a good taste of Greek Islands. We are waiting for your in your next Greece Vacation.

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Thank you for bringing us to many beautiful sights in Greece. We had a wonderful time because of you.
Our tour leader/driver was very warm and friendly and helpful. Also very generous and kind.
We will strongly recommend you to all our friends who wish to visit Greece.
Thank you
Angela, Benedict, Genevieve, Alexandrea
Singapore

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Classical Greece Epirus Meteora Santorini private tour will give you a complete view of the famous sites of Classical Greece and a view of the unspoiled Epirus zone, Visit Meteora Monasteries and a short visit to Santorini island, famous for its beauty and the best sunset of the world.

DAY 1: ATHENS

Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

If you like tonight we can take you to a nice restaurant outside of Athens at the mount Pendeli for dinner or to a restaurant in Plaka area to have dinner and enjoy a program with folk music and dances (food not included) and return you to your hotel.

Cape_Sounion_Temple_of_Poseidon

DAY 2: ATHENS – HALF DAY CITY TOUR – CAPE SOUNION TOUR

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop).

Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts an order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.

After the city tour, we will meet and take you to a very pleasant afternoon tour 65km out of Athens. Drive along the coastal road, pass by the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza to the most southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, located on the edge of the peninsula, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion or have refreshment at the nearby cafeteria

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DAY 3: ATHENS – EPIDAURUS – MYCENAE – ANCIENT OLYMPIA

Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (shortstop). Drive on and visit Epidaurus which was a small city in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary, the cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC.as well as its theatre, which is once again in use today.

The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is a UNESCO world heritage site.

The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits almost perfect intelligibility of non-amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.

Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion ( short stop) drive on to Mycenae. and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Departure for Olympia Through Central Peloponnese Overnight in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games at the selected hotel.

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DAY 4: OLYMPIA – WINE TASTING – IOANNINA

In the morning we will visit the archaeological site and the Museum of Ancient Olympia. Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece, known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history.

The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. The Hippodrome and later stadium were also to the east.

To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city-states.

Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon.

After that, we will visit a famous winery to see how the wine was made the old times and how they make it in nowadays. We will have the opportunity to taste some of the local wines together with local Greek meze. Will have lunch in a nice restaurant in Amaliada and then travel to Ioannina passing from the new bridge of Rion – Antirion.

We arrive in Ioannina for overnight at the selected hotel.

Papigo Epirus Greece Panoramic View

DAY 5: IOANNINA – PAPINGO VILLAGES – VRELIS MUSEUM

We will spend the day visiting Vrelis Museum of Greek History and Wax Effigies with impressing figures like being alive and ready to talk to you.

The village of Papingo proper is surrounded by snowcapped mountains in winter, and also has provisions for lodging as well as tavernas serving up traditional Greek food, coffee, and spirits.

We will take photos and feel like being very close to the sky as we see the area from this very high point. Every place and every moment seems to be unique and also welcoming you.

We will also visit the neighbouring Vikos Gorge that attracts many hikers and mountaineers from around the world. The Vikos Gorge is the largest canyon in Greece and (disputably) in all of Europe: it has the greatest depth to width ratio – as shown in the Guinness Book of Records 1997.

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DAY 6: IOANNINA – PAMVOTIS LAKE – PERAMA CAVE – METSOVO – METEORA

After breakfast, we will take a small drive to lake Pamvotis commonly also known as Lake of Ioannina, the largest lake of Epirus.

We say goodbye to Ioannina and drive to Perama Cave located 4km outside the city on your way to Metsovo. It is the first cave in Greece to undergo touristic development. The cave extends over 14.000 sq. m. Here scientists found teeth of cave bears. The cave has stalactites and stalagmites and was dedicated to Pluto and Persephone.

The touristic route goes downhill at its beginning and uphill at its end and covers a distance of 1.100 m. The tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. The guides of the cave will welcome us at its entrance and will make sure to give us complete information about this exhibition of natural artwork.

After that, we will drive to Kalambaka with a stop in Metsovo for lunch. We arrive in Kalambaka for overnight at the selected hotel. Tonight we will admire the sunset on the top of Meteora rocks and have dinner in a local taverna.

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DAY 7: METEORA – DELPHI

After breakfast, we will visit the famous Meteora Monasteries. Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and the Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Following our visit, we will drive to Ancient Delphi passing from the town of Trikala and Amfisa. We arrive at Delphi for accommodation at the selected hotel.

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DAY 8: DELPHI – ATHENS

After breakfast, we will visit the archaeological site of Ancient Delphi and the museum.

Delphi was the centre 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.

Then we will drive back to Athens via Levadia city. We arrive in Athens early in the evening for overnight at the selected hotel

DAY 9: ATHENS – SANTORINI

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the Athens airport for your flight to Santorini or to Piraeus port for your ferryboat to Santorini. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel hotel

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DAY 10: SANTORINI – VOLCANO CRUISE

Today enjoy a half day cruise to the small islands of Nea Kameni & Palea Kameni located inside the caldera, the Hot Springs with the green and yellow waters (with free time for swimming) and the island of Thirassia.

Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Vlyhada marina.
Orientation with the boat and sailing on the south coast of the island.

We will pass near the red and white beaches and continue sailing the deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea to the Caldera. Near the Nea Kameni (volcano island) we will see the old port and then go to Palea Kameni and Thirasia. We will see the hot springs with green and yellow waters and have time for swimming here or in another place depending on the season of the year.

We continue sailing below Imerovigli, Firostefani and Fira towns and will arrive in Vlyhada marina.
Transfer to your hotel

Santorini_Island_Greece

DAY 11: SANTORINI

A day at leisure to enjoy and know this unique island. One of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands is undoubtedly Santorini. Santorini was created due to a volcanic eruption culminated in the explosion of a volcano caldera, therefore, its rugged landscapes dotted with huge cliffs.

Santorini’s capital, Fira, with white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes that cling to a steep cliff, is at the top of the beautiful island where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the bay. Discover Santorini villages that retain their authenticity, with beautiful blue and white buildings and barren volcanic rocks. It is a very fascinating and picturesque island. A magical place that has nothing to do with the rest of the Greek islands, a place to spread the peaceful and hospitable nature of its people.

Not to miss the sunset from the Caldera nor the Greek and Mediterranean food in the island’s restaurants and taverns.

DAY 12: SANTORINI – ATHENS

At the indicated time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Athens or to the port for your ferryboat to Piraeus. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to the selected hotel in Athens

DAY 13: ATHENS – AIRPORT

According to your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flights back home

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Travel Plan – Inclusions

STARTING POINT: Athens, daily January to December
TRAVEL PLAN: 13 DAYS/ 12 nights
What’s Included

4 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
1 night hotel accommodation in Ancient Olympia
2 nights hotel accommodation in Ioannina
1 night hotel accommodation in Meteora
1 night hotel accommodation in Delphi
3 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini
Half day Athens city tour with the Acropolis Museum with a professional Guide (group tour)
Afternoon tour to Cape Sounion
Air tickets Athens – Santorini – Athens or Boat tickets Piraeus – Santorini – Piraeus
Half Day Santorini Volcano Cruise
All transfers as per program
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites during guided sightseeing
The services of an English speaking driver-tour leader while out of Athens in Mainland Greece
Daily breakfast
Government Hotel taxes
A special overnight tax of €4 for 5* hotels, €3 for 4* hotels, €1,5 for 3* hotels and €0,5 for 2* hotels per person per night to be paid by clients directly to the hotels in Greece.

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Epirus_Papingo

Thank you for the wonderful time in Greece. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Besides all the nice restaurants you brought us to with those amazing Greek cuisine, we appreciate very much the additional ‘extras’ you did for us. Looking after us so well during the entire trip. We have learned much about Greek culture and way of life, not just the magnificent history.

Thanks to our guide Apostolos, we tasted some of the best cuisines in Greece. Every meals was enjoyable, and the Greek wines were great and inexpensive.
Greece is truly beautiful with spectacular scenery.

We would certainly recommend you and destination Greece to our friends.

Best regards from
Jeff, Dixie and Linda

Singapore

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