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Cappadocia Ephesus Classical Greece the most important places of Turkey and Greece.
With this package you will visit Istanbul, the Cappadocia area, ancient Ephesus and Izmir, Athens, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Ancient Olympia, Delphi and the Meteora Monasteries. Also you take a taste of the Greek Islands by visiting Aegina, Poros and Hydra.

SUNDAY: ISTANBUL: Arrival in Istanbul, meeting and assistance and then transfer to your selected hotel in Istanbul. Balance of the day at leisure.


MONDAY: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour Istanbul_Turkey_Hagia_Sophiafrom the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods.
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


Ankara_Turkey_Opera_HouseTUESDAY: 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: Departure for a full day tour of the extraordinary and Cappadocia_Turkey_High_Chimneysfascinating Cappadocia starting with a visit to the underground city Kaymakli or Ozkonak, originally excavated by Christian communities, with a depth of 7 to 12 stories underground. Then we will go to Valley Güvercinlik (Pigeon Valley) and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows. In the afternoon, visit the open air museum of Göreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continued, visiting the vineyard where Pasabag are so-called “fairy chimneys”. Dinner and accommodation.


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.


Pamukkale_Turkey_Hot_Springs_LakesFRIDAY: 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 Ephesus_Turkey_Augustus_Gatethe 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 Juan and then to Smyrna. Arrival at the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and  transfer to hotel.


SUNDAY: ISTANBUL – ATHENS: At the appropriate time transfer to airport for flight to Athens. Rest of day free. Overnight at hotel.


Karyatides_Acropolis_Athens_GreeceMONDAY: 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: This small cruise will take you Hydra_Island_Greece_Boy_on_dolphinto Hydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.
Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.
On the return trip you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.


Olympic_Flame_Lighting_Olympia_GreeceWEDNESDAY: ATHENS – NAUPLION – OLYMPIA: Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). 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 theater, 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 permit 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 and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.


THURSDAY: OLYMPIA – DELPHI: Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece, Delphi_Greece_Tholos_Athina_Proneaknown 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.
Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi . Dinner and overnight.


Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Great_MeteoronFRIDAY: DELPHI – METEORA: 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.. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight.


SATURDAY: METEORA – ATHENS: Meteora is one of the largest and most important Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Rousanou_01complexes 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 north western edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece. The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.


SUNDAY: ATHENS – AIRPORT: At the indicated time according to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Morosini_Fountain_in_Heracleion_Crete_island_GreeceTurkey, Greece, Greek Islands vacation and more…
Visit Istanbul and the most important places of Turkey joining the 5 days tour to West Anatolia to Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi and Izmir and continue to Famous Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini joining our luxury 4 days cruise!

SUNDAY: ISTANBUL: Arrival in Istanbul, meeting and assistance and then transfer to your selected hotel in Istanbul. Balance of the day at leisure.


MONDAY: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour Istanbul_Turkey_Hagia_Sophiafrom the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods (Closed on Sundays).
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans (closed on Tuesdays).
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


Ankara_Turkey_Mausoleum_of_AtaturkTUESDAY: ISTANBUL – ANKARA – CAPADOCCIA: Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Ankara, arrival and transfer to the city to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mauloseum of Kemal Ataturk. Lunch at noon. Continue to Capadoccia, dinner and overnight.


WEDNESDAY: CAPADOCCIA: Visit the spectacular Cappadocia region, unique for its Cappadocia_Turkey_Hot_Air_Ballonfascinating and unique landscape formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago. Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Goreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved). Pass by and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and in the afternoon, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys and G?vercinlik Valley (Pigeon Valley). Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Serhatli, one of 36 underground cities of Cappadocia served as a refuge for Christians. Return to hotel and dinner.


Konya_Turkey_Mevlana_MuseumTHURSDAY: CAPADOCCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE: Early departure for Konya. On the way, visit the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai “Sultanhan”. Then on to Konya, which is famous for the Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of Whirling Dervishes. Lunch en route & drive on to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight


FRIDAY: PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI: Morning visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis, Pamukkale_Turkey_Hot_Springs_Lakesthe ruins of the Necropolis Graveyard, Roman Baths, Bazilica and Calcium cliffs. Drive on to Aphrodisias. After lunch, visit the Greco-Roman settlement, an ancient city is dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Drive on to Kusadasi, dinner and overnight.


Ephesus-Turkey-The-House-Of-Vergin-MarySATURDAY: KUSADASI – IZMIR – ISTANBUL: Drive to Merye-mana and visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephessus, the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Handrian, the Library, the Agora and the unique Greco-Roman Theatre. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. John and then drive to Izmir airport for the flight back to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul.and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.


SUNDAY: ISTANBUL – ATHENS: After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Athens. Arrival in Athens, meeting and assistance and then transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.


MONDAY: ATHENS – MYKONOS: Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark your Mykonos_Myconos_Island_Greeceselected cruise ship. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 3 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
In the afternoon we arrive in Mykonos, 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 night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. 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.
In the evening return to the ship for overnight travel to our next destination.


Patmos_Island_Greece_Library_St._John_MonasteryTUESDAY: KUSADASI – PATMOS: Kusadas? a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. In ancient time settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century who made Kusadasi a centre of art and culture. In the early years of Christianity. St John the Evangelist and (according to Roman Catholic sacred tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) both came to live in the area.
Take the opportunity to visit Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, purported to have been the last home of Virgin Mary, based on the visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes.
Then on to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto (the Cave of the Apocalypse) of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.


WEDNESDAY: RHODES: Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights Rhodes_Greece_Palace_of_the_Grand_Master_of_the_Knightsand Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times.


Santorini_Island_GreeceTHURSDAY: HERAKLION(CRETE) – SANTORINI: We will spend this morning to explore this beautiful city, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
You can participate in one of the optional tours and visit the ruins of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete and are located within close proximity or the archaeological Museum of the city, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
We will then sail to and spend the afternoon in the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis, one of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands. 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.


FRIDAY: SANTORINI – ATHENS: Early morning return to Piraeus port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your selected hotel in Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.


SATURDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous Athens_Greece_The_Parthenonmonuments: 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 and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. On Mondays the new Acropolis Museum is closed.
Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.


SUNDAY: ATHENS – AIRPORT: According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Istanbul_Turkey_Bosporus_Houses_03Istanbul Athens Vacation Package, balanced combination of Turkey and Greece.
Visit Istanbul and all of its famous monuments in one full and two half day sightseeing in the greater area. Get to know Athens, get a taste of the Greek Islands with visit to the nearby Islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra.
Visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Ancient Delphi in a full day tour.

DAY 1: ISTANBUL: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.


DAY 2ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Istanbul_Turkey_Topkapi_PalaceSultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


Istanbul_Athens_Vacation_Turkey_Bosporus_HousesDAY 3: ISTANBUL – BOSPORUS:  Half day cruise through Bosporus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges Disembarkation at the European part of Turkey and transfer to your hotel.


DAY 4ISTANBUL – TWO CONTINENTS:  Early departure for the intercontinental Istanbul_Turkey_Sultan_Mehmet_Bridgebridge of Bosporus, to continue to the Camlica hill at the Asiatic part of Turkey which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, Marmara Sea, Princes’ Islands and magnificent Istanbul. Then visit the Beylerbeyi Palace on the shore of the Bosphorus, one of the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces and boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls. and a typical fish village along the coast of Bosporus with time at leisure for shopping.


DAY 5: ISTANBUL – ATHENS: According to departure flight we will transfer you to Istanbul airport for the flight to Athens. Arrival in Athens and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.


Acropolis Museum Athens GreeceDAY 6: 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 and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. On Mondays the new Acropolis Museum is closed.
Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.


DAY 7: ATHENS – AEGINA –  POROS – HYDRA:  This small cruise will take you to Hydra Island GreeceHydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.
Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.
On the return trip you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.


Delphi_Greece_The_Museum_The_CharioteerDAY 8: ATHENS – DELPHI: Full day excursion to the Archaeological site of Delphi, once known as the centre of Earth. This tour will show you the ruins of ancient Delphi and also a big part of mainland Greece full of green places and beautiful villages. Ancient Greece was full of religious places like Delphi, also connected with athletics and medical services.
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.
You will have your lunch in a local restaurant and will return to Athens in the evening


DAY 9: ATHENS – AIRPORT: According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Delphi_Greece_Tholos_Athina_ProneaBalanced combination of Greece Turkey vacation.
Visit Athens with all the ancient monuments like the legendary Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum.
Visit the nearby Islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra and get a taste of all the Greek Island. Visit the Oracle in a full day tour to Delphi.
Visit Istanbul and all of its famous monuments in one full day tour to all the famous monuments.
Visiting the two continents and cruising the Bosporus  you have a full vision of the Istanbul greater area.

DAY 1: ATHENS: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.


DAY 2: ATHENS:Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: Acropolis Museum Athens GreeceHouse 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 and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. On Mondays the new Acropolis Museum is closed.
Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.


Hydra Island GreeceDAY 3: ATHENS – AEGINA – POROS – HYDRA: This small cruise will take you to Hydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.
Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.
On the return trip you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.


DAY 4: ATHENS – DELPHI: Full day excursion to the Archaeological site of Delphi, Delphi_Greece_The_Museum_Kourionce known as the centre of Earth. This tour will show you the ruins of ancient Delphi and also a big part of mainland Greece full of green places and beautiful villages. Ancient Greece was full of religious places like Delphi, also connected with athletics and medical services. 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.
You will have your lunch in a local restaurant and will return to Athens in the evening


DAY 5: ATHENS – ISTANBUL: According to depar-ture flight transfer to Athens airport for the flight to Istanbul . Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your selected hotel in Istanbul. Balance of the day at leisure.


DAY 6: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Istanbul_Turkey_Hagia_SophiaSultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


Istanbul_Turkey_Bosporus_HousesDAY 7: ISTANBUL – BOSPORUS: Half day cruise through Bosporus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges Disembarkation at the European part of Turkey and transfer to your hotel.


DAY 8: ISTANBUL – TWO CONTINENTS: Early departure for the intercontinental Istanbul_Turkey_Sultan_Mehmet_Bridgebridge of Bosporus, to continue to the Camlica hill at the Asiatic part of Turkey which affords panoramic views of Istanbul, Marmara Sea, Princes’ Islands and magnificent Istanbul. Then visit the Beylerbeyi Palace on the shore of the Bosphorus, one of the most elegant of the late Ottoman palaces and boasts six sumptuously furnished reception halls. and a typical fish village along the coast of Bosporus with time at leisure for shopping.


DAY 9: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT: According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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Antaly Beach Turkey

If you are the beach lover the most beautiful beaches can offer you Turkey. It has few wonderful beaches that can be placed on the list of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you choose one of the beaches in Turkey, you can play sports, enjoy and sunbath at the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black sea. In the cities at the coast you can find rich history, natural beauties and tasty traditional kitchen. Here are the most beautiful beaches because mentioning just one of them wouldn’t be enough. All you have to do is to get Turkey visa and to choose the right spot for you and start your vacation.

Oludeniz (blue lagoon)

Although Oludeniz is one of the most popular beaches in Turkey, because of its simple Oludeniz_on_the_Turquoise_Coast_Turkeyshape regulating of the crowd doesn’t represent any problem.- This peninsula is placed on the south eastern end of the Aegean sea.- Warm and shallow water, great restaurants and refined sand are more than enough for enjoying.- Average temperature is not high even during the warmest months of the summer.- It has beautiful panorama because it’s surrounded with mountains.- Oludeniz has the official blue flag, that means that satisfies environmental standards.

Alanya

Alanya_Panorama_Turkey  It is placed on the south coast of the Mediterranean sea.- In the first place Alanya was the secret of the local population, but now is the one of the most popular Mediterranean beaches.- Stone beaches are very warm during the warmest moths of the summer, but if you swim in the deep cold water of the Mediterranean sea, that is the great way to cool yourself while you are getting the bronze tan.- Alanya is the multicultural place where live people from all around the Europe and which visit people from all around the world, so it is a great place for meeting other cultures.- Alanya is on the ideal place, because near are Antalya, Cappadocia and Anatolya, that makes Alanya one of the best choices for vacation.- Alanya has the similar climate as Olideniz.

Antalya

Antalya is one of the most popular Turkish cities and a lot of people choose to spend Antalya_Beach_Turkeytheir vacation exactly at this beach.- Beaches are here from pebble instead of the sand, that is usual for the beaches of the Mediterranean sea.- The most popular from all beaches is Cleopatra’s beach. – Old part of Antalya is placed at the crossroad of the hotels, beaches and other complexes. It is named Kaleici.- You can also visit isolated and hidden beaches where you can get just by the boat.- Water is clear and beautiful and you can paddle and dive or you can sunbath at the abandoned beaches.

Bodrum

Bodrum_Turkey  It is called Turkish Saint Tropez. – In Bodrum are probably most visited and the most  popular beaches. – It is estimated that population in Bodrum raise four times during the summer.- Bodrum is place where come movie stars and its popular tour destination of the ship The Blue Voyage. – Water around Bodrum is shallow and warm under which you can find little colourful stones. – Bodrum beaches offer also you the great night life.

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Take a taste of Athens and enjoy the luxury of 4 day cruise package.
Athens city tour with visit to Acropolis and its Museum, four days cruise  Greek Islands and Turkey to Mykonos, Patmos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Heraklion and Santorini offering you unforgettable days and nights in these famous islands.

SATURDAY: ATHENS Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.


SUNDAY: ATHENS Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous Academy_of_Athens_Greecemonuments: 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 and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. On Mondays the new Acropolis Museum is closed.
Afternoon free to visit Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.


Mykonos_Myconos_Island_Greece   MONDAY: ATHENS – MYKONOS Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark your selected cruise ship. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 4 full days of fun and experiences with our Cruise Greek Islands and Turkey program. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
In the afternoon we arrive in Mykonos, 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 night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. 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.


TUESDAY: KUSADASI – PATMOS Kusadasi a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean coast. Ephesus_Turkey_Celsus_LibraryIn ancient time settlers include the Aeolians in the 11th century BC and Ionians in the 9th century who made Kusadasi a centre of art and culture. In the early years of Christianity. St John the Evangelist and (according to Roman Catholic sacred tradition) Mary (mother of Jesus) both came to live in the area.
Take the opportunity to visit Ephesus, an ancient Greek city and later a major Roman city, on the coast of Ionia. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
You can also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, purported to have been the last home of Virgin Mary, based on the visions of Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich. It is a popular place of Catholic pilgrimage which has been visited by three recent popes.
Then on to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto (the Cave of the Apocalypse) of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.


Rhodes-Rodos-Island-GreeceWEDNESDAY: RHODES Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.
Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times.


THURSDAY: HERAKLION – SANTORINI We will spend this morning to explore this Heraklion_Crete_Island_Greece_The_Cathedralbeautiful city, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
You can participate in one of the optional tours and visit the ruins of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete and are located within close proximity or the archaeological Museum of the city, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
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.


FRIDAY: PIRAEUS – AIRPORT After breakfast on board disembarkation & transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Turkey Greek Islands vacation package visiting the Aegean coast of Turkey and many famous Greek Islands in a 4 days cruise. You see Istanbul, Athens and Mykonos with short stays.

Istanbul_Turkey_Hagia_Sophia THURSDAY: ISTANBUL: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.


FRIDAY: ISTANBUL After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from   Istanbul_Turkey_Bosporus_Housesthe Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods. Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


Canakkale-Castle-Turkey  SATURDAY: ISTANBUL – CANAKKALE: Afternoon departure to Canakkale, located in the Straits of the Dardanelles and where he place the Battle of the Dardanelles on the peninsula Gallipoli in 1915 during World War World. Arrival to Canakkale for dinner and overnight in the hotel.


SUNDAY: CANAKKALE – TROY- PERGAMUM – KUSADASI : Out to Troy, a  Ephesus-Turkey-The-House-Of-Vergin-Mary name that alone evokes a series Character and places full of adventures, heroes and destruction of the mystical city. Visit their ruins and the reconstructed famous timber”Horse”. Continue to Pergamum. Pergamum, was an ancient Greek city in Aeolis that played a very important role in the ancient times. Pergamum is mentioned in the Book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia. Three kilometers south of the Acropolis was the Sanctuary of Asclepius (also known as the Asclepium), the god of healing. Continue towards Kusadasi known as the “Bird Island”. Dinner and overnight.


Ephesus_Turkey_Augustus_Gate  MONDAY: PAMUKKALE – EPHESUS – KUSADASI: In the morning, we will enjoy Pamukkale, spectacular place unique in the world, for the dazzling white waterfalls and natural pools. On the way to Kusadasi, we will visit the ancient Hierapolis, the Necropolis containing more 150,000 graves. Lunch and continuation to Ephesus. Visit the best preserved ancient city of Asia Minor which during the first and second centuries had a population of 250,000. This city monopolized the wealth of the Middle East. During this tour will visit the Temple of Hadrian, the Romans Baths, the Library, the Odeon, the Theater of Ephesus as well as the House of the Virgin Mary and the Artemisium famous column, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the afternoon return to Kusadasi and overnight.


TUESDAY: KUSADASI – PATMOS: After breakfast transfer to the port to board the  Patmos_Island_Greece_The_Castle 3-night cruise around the Greek Islands and Turkey. Afternoon arrival to the island of Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Patmos is a destination for Christian pilgrimage. Participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery & the Grotto (the Cave of the Apocalypse) of St. John, where he lived and recorded the Book of Revelation.


Rhodes_Greece_Palace_of_the_Grand_Master_of_the_Knights  WEDNESDAY: RHODES: Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Rhodes was famous worldwide for the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The medieval Old Town of the City of Rhodes has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times.


THURSDAY: HERAKLION (CRETE) – SANTORINI: We will spend this morning to Heraklion_Crete_Island_Greece_Knossos_Palace    explore this beautiful city, the capital of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands. Archaeological treasures, magnificent ruins and museums, glorious beaches and fabulous restaurants make Crete a complete vacation spot.
You can participate in one of the optional tours and visit the ruins of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete and are located within close proximity or the archaeological Museum of the city, one of the greatest museums in Greece and the best in the world for Minoan art, as it contains the most notable and complete collection of artifacts of the Minoan civilization of Crete.
We will then sail to and spend the afternoon in the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis, one of the jewels of small volcanic archipelagos five islands. 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.


Mykonos_Myconos_Island_Greece  FRIDAY: PIRAEUS – MYKONOS: Early morning arrival at the port of Piraeus. After breakfast, check out of the cabin and stay on board. Following the trip to to Mykonos. Arrival, disembarkation and transfer to hotel.


SATURDAY: MYKONOS: Day at leisure in Mykonos to enjoy the sun, sea & the  Mykonos-Island-Greece-Little-Venicebeauties 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 night life. Stroll around the streets of the capital that are considered the most beautiful of the Greek islands and enjoy the great night life. 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.


Academy_of_Athens_Greece  SUNDAY: 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.


MONDAY: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous Karyatides_Acropolis_Athens_Greecemonuments: 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 – AIRPORT: According to your departure time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home

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Cappadocia Classical Greece all together. In 15 days you have 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.

 

SUNDAY: ATHENS: Arrival in Athens, meeting and assistance and then transfer to  Academy_of_Athens_Greeceyour  selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.


Karyatides_Acropolis_Athens_Greece  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 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.


TUESDAY: ATHENS – HYDRA – POROS – AEGINA: This small cruise will take you Hydra_Island_Greece_Boy_on_dolphinto Hydra, Poros and Aegina and bring you back in the evening full of fun and with the taste of the Greek islands.
Morning transfer to the pier of Piraeus, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Good opportunity to know a little bit of Greek Islands and visit a small part of Ancient Greece in the optional tour to the temple of Aphea Athina in Aegina.
On the return trip you enjoy a program with Greek music and songs and join the dancers on Greek folklore dancing. Included is the transfers to and from the port, port taxes and lunch on board.


Olympic_Flame_Lighting_Olympia_GreeceWEDNESDAYATHENS – NAUPLION – OLYMPIA: Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). 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 theater, 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 permit 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 and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.


  THURSDAY: OLYMPIA – DELPHI: Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece,  Delphi_Greece_Tholos_Athina_Proneaknown 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.
Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi . Dinner and overnight.


Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Great_MeteoronFRIDAY: DELPHI – METEORADelphi 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.. Depart for Kalambaka, a small Town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight.


   SATURDAY: METEORA – ATHENS: Meteora is one of the largest and most Meteora_Greece_The_Holy_Monastery_of_Rousanou_01important 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 north western edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.  The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.


SUNDAY: ATHENS – ISTANBUL: At the appropriate time transfer to airport for flight    Istanbul_Turkey_Hagia_Sophia  to Istanbul. Upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of day free. Overnight at hotel.


Istanbul_Turkey_Dolmabahce_Palace    MONDAY: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods (Closed on Sundays).
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans (closed on Tuesdays).
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.


TUESDAY: ISTANBUL – ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA: In the morning, transfer to   Ankara_Turkey_Mausoleum_of_Ataturkairport 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.


Cappadocia_Turkey_Hot_Air_Ballon   WEDNESDAY: CAPPADOCIA: Visit the spectacular Cappadocia region, unique for its fascinating and unique landscape formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago. Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Goreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved). Pass by and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and in the afternoon, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys and G?vercinlik Valley (Pigeon Valley). Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Serhatli, one of 36 underground cities of Cappadocia served as a refuge for Christians. Return to hotel and dinner.


THURSDAY: CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE: Morning departure to Pamukkale_Turkey_Travertine_hot_springsKonya.   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.


Pamukkale_Turkey_Hot_Springs_Lakes   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    Ephesus-Turkey-Celcius-Library  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.


Istanbul_Turkey_Bosporus_Houses_02  SUNDAY: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT: At the indicated time according to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

 

 

 

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Meteora-Monasteries-GreeceAncient Greece, Greek Islands, Athens and Fabulous Istanbul all in one.
Mini cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina, 4 days Classical Greece Bus Tour with visits to Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora, full day Istanbul sightseeing, Bosporus mini cruise, 2 continents tour and get back with lot of memories from two different cultures

DAY 1: ATHENS:Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.


DAY 2: ATHENS: Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Acropolis Museum Athens GreeceParliament, 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 and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content. On Mondays the new Acropolis Museum is closed.
Afternoon free to visit  Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and taverns.

Hydra_Island_Port_Greece  DAY 3: ATHENS-HYDRA-POROS- AEGINA: Morning transfer to the Trocadero marina, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina-Poros-Hydra. Lunch on board, evening return to the hotel.

DAY 4: ATHENS-NAUPLION-OLYMPIA: Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive Olympia_Greece_Temple_of_Zeuson and visit the Theatre of Epidaurus famous for its remarkable acoustics. 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, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.

Delphi_Athena_Pronaia_Sanctuary  DAY 5: OLYMPIA-DELPHI: In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion and then to Delphi . Dinner and overnight.

DAY 6: DELPHI-METEORA: Visit the Archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi. Depart for Kalambaka,  Meteora_Holy_Monastery_of_Holly_Trinityat the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora. Dinner and overnight.

Acropolis Athens Greece   DAY 7: METEORA-ATHENS: Visit Meteora, , perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantive Art. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.

DAY 8: ATHENS-ISTANBUL: According to depar-ture flight transfer to Athens airport for the flight to   Bosporus Istanbul TurkeyIstanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.

Chora Church Istanbul Turkey    DAY 9: ISTANBUL: A full day tour to Istanbul city, including the most famous monuments like the Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Roman hippodrome. After lunch visit the Topkapi Palace and the famous Grand Bazaar.

DAY 10: ISTANBUL-BOSPORUS: A cruise through Bosporus, the strait that separates Europe from Asia.  Bosporus Istanbul TurkeyEnjoy the view of the wooden villas, the marble palace and the fortresses. Disembarkation at the European part of Turkey and transfer to your hotel.

Top Kapi Istanbul Turkey   DAY 11: ISTANBUL-TWO CONTINENTS: Early departure for the intercontinental bridge of Vosporos, to continue to the Cam-lica hill at the Asiatic part of Turkey and view the magnificent panoramic view of Istanbul. Then visit the Beylerbeyi Palace and a typical fish village along the coast of Bosporo with time at leisure for shopping.

DAY 12: ISTANBUL-AIRPORT: According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

Hagia Sophia IstanbulCultural,  historical and  religious wealth spots in Turkey offer all the major beliefs of the world as Islam and Christianity a great opportunity for visiting the country.
Religious tourism or pilgrim tourism in Turkey is growing in popularity. These tours are perfect for people who want to trace back the history of their religion, visit Biblical places and hear the legends related to the apostles. Many luxurious or even cheap holidays in Turkey include the following hot spots of religious tourism.

Hagia Sophia Church, Istanbul
Located in Istanbul, it is a legacy made for both Christian and Muslim culture. It was originally a church converted into a mosque by Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. Here, you will see one of the most beautiful architectural designs. The magnificent dome will take your breath away as it is almost 56 meters high and 31 meters in diameter. It was included in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage.
Ephesus, Izmir
Located near the Aegean Sea, it is one of the greatest cities of the Greeks in Asia Minor. It Ephesus Turkey is a sacred site for Christians due to its strong association with biblical figures such as Apostle Paul, John the Baptist and Mary. It is also a tourist attraction for travellers on Mediterranean cruises. It used to be home of the Temple of Artemis which is included in the Seven Wonders of the World.
Chora Church, Kariye Müzesi
Just like Hagia Sophia, Chora Church was also a church that was converted into a mosque. Chora Church Istanbul TurkeyIt is one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. Inside the building is a beautiful interior covered with fine mosaics and frescoes. These paintings are of religious figures such as Mary, Joseph and Moses.
Church of St. Peter, Antakya
Church of Saint Peter Antakya Turkey  Antakya or Antioch is the place where Peter lived. This small cave church is regarded as the world’s first church where saints named the new religion Christianity. It is believed to be carved by Peter himself. The church also includes pieces of floor mosaics and frescoes.
Pool of Sacred Fish, Urfa
Known as the place where King Nimrod attempted to murder Abraham by throwing himPool_of_Sacred_Fish_Urfa_Turkey into a furnace. It was believed that with God’s will, fire turned into water and wood turned to carps. Here, you can enjoy the scenic beauty and appreciate the infrastructures that surround it.
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