GREECE & TURKEY
DAY 01: ATHENS
The city of the Olympic idea, of artists, culture. A city filled with contrasts and surprises. Arrival at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. Our transfer will be waiting for you at the airport. After boarding our luxurious air-conditioned vehicle, sit back and relax as the driver transports you safely, smoothly, and efficiently at your hotel.By check in, you will receive our representative's pack with your return voucher, her name and contact information, date, time, and location of your transportation back to the airport on your departure date. Free time at leisure. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 02: ATHENS- CITY TOUR
Get up early for your first breakfast in Athens, ask for a strong traditional Greek Coffee and get ready for the most amazing city tour through history that choose for you and gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city!!!!!First stop, the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896. Then we will 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). Next stop, Acropolis with 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 order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Transfer back to the hotel for relaxing. Overnight at Hotel.
DAY 03: ATHENS – MYKONOS
Check out from the Hotel in Athens. Today you will be transferred from the hotel to the port, where by boat we will reach Mykonos the world famous island of the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea. The capital of the island, Hora or Mykonos Town is particularly charming and considered as one of the most beautiful little cities of the Cyclades. It is representative of the island's architecture which is typically Cycladic with whitewashed cubic houses with flat roofs, blue doors and windows, narrow paved streets, flowered balconies and a picturesque and magical atmosphere. Arrival pick up and transfer to the hotel.Spend 2 magnificent relaxing days walking through the narrow streets in Mykonos town, lye on the beach and try amazing cocktails & fruit punches. Enjoy the night life in many bars and clubs in Mykonos town.
DAY 04: MYKONOS
After breakfast, Day is at leisure or you can choose an optional tour to Delos or City and Island tour Tour to Delos “the island of light”, birthplace of Apollon and Artemis: Only a 45 minute boat ride away from Mykonos is Delos. Delos was the centre of the Cyclades of the ancient world, home to the first multicultural civilization and trade. Having been inhabited between 2500 and 69 B.C. Delos boasts of many treasures remaining from these times. What we will see: The ancient market place “Agora”, The famous terrace of the “Naxos lions”, The “Holy lake”, the ancients living quarters and theatre that give you a lively vision of the daily life then; especially the houses of Dionysos and Kleopatra, the Trident, the Masks, the Dolphins with their mosaics are a fantastic experience of art not to be missed. Furthermore there are the Temple of Isis, the Egyptian goddess, the Roman water system and cisterns and the wonderful museum with plenty of breathtaking mosaics, statues and many more objects found during the excavations. On our guided tour we depart at 10pm from the old pier in Mykonos Town and we return at 2.30 pm. If you wish to remain a little bit longer you can also take the last boat back at 3 pm in order to have some time at leisure or maybe climb on Mount Kynthos to enjoy the view over all the surrounding Cycladic islands .
Jeep safari. See the hidden corners of the island of Mykonos many of them inaccessible unless by jeep. Enjoy breathtaking views, rural areas, beautiful beaches and the unique feeling of driving in a jeep! Meeting point at the Yacht Club / Old Port of Mykonos at 9:30 a.m. Our tour takes us first along the coast to Houlakia beach and from there up to the light house. From there we drive through the area of Marathi past the dam and Panormos beach to the bay of Agios Sostis. Then we drive to the area of Ano Mera where we have a stop at Paleokastro, the ruins of a Venetian Castle. We explore the area around Ano Mera with its agriculture and the nearby old abandoned mine. Lunch stop in a picturesque place (not included in the price). Then we continue along the south coast and drive past Kalafatis and Kalo Livadi through the green area of Halara. Our next stop is at Agrari Beach where we have time for a coffee and a swim. From there we head back for Mykonos town having as the last high light of the tour a photo stop at the old castle above the city. The tour ends at the Old Port at 6pm. Don't forget to take beach equipment, sun protection, water and good shoes. Overnight at Hotel
DAY 05: MYKONOS – SANTORINI
Santorini the most romantic island of the Cyclades with the famous Oia sunset Departure from Mykonos and transfer to Santorini, Arriving by sea is the best way, as the full impact of the cliffs and Caldera are best seen from a boat. Check in at the hotel. Free time at leisure.
DAY 06: SANTORINI
After breakfast, Day is at leisure or you can choose an optional tour to Volcano tour Volcano tour (half day). The tour starts by bus from the pick- up point which brings you to the port of Athinios, where you will board the boat Manolios. Starting the tour you will set sail to the Volcanic Island of Nea Kameni, there you will stop and have the opportunity to walk up the ascending soil path and approach the crater of the still active Volcano. After seeing the crater you walk back down the dirt path to the boat which will bring you to the second lava island Palea Kameni, where you find the hot Springs. The boat makes a stop and you can swim in the green sulphur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet or just enjoy the view. The tour ends in Athinios port where we board the bus to bring you back to the point you started from. (Kindly note that there is a entrance fee to the volcano, by local Authorities collected on the spot).
OR CALDERA & OIA SUNSET AT SANTORINI Caldera & Oia sunset. Starting by bus from the pick-up point we arrive at the port of Athinios where we board the boat King Thiras. Our first stop will be the Volcanic Island of Nea Kameni where we walk up the ascending soil path and approach the crater of the still active Volcano to reach the crater. After reaching the crater you walk down the dirt path to the boat to continue our journey to the Island of Palea Kameni where the boat will stop around 50 meters from the opening and you can swim in the green sulphur waters of the hot springs, wet your feet or just enjoy the view. The journey continues after the hot springs to Thirassia Island which was once part of Santorini before the big Explosion of the Volcano. There you will stay for two hours and you will have the opportunity to do some activities like swimming on the beach of Thirassia, have lunch next to the Sea or just explore the Village of Manolas with its winding steps and traditional houses. Our boat “King Thiras” brings us then to the port of Amoudi underneath Oia where you will walk up the steps to reach Oia in order to enjoy one of the most amazing sunsets in the world. The tour ends 30 minutes after the sunset when you will gather at the pickup point in Via where the bus will be waiting to bring you back to the point where you started from. (Kindly note that there is a entrance fee to the volcano, by local Authorities collected on the spot). Overnight at Hotel
DAY 07: SANTORINI - ATHENS
After having your last breakfast with the magnificent "Caldera" overview you will have some free time for taking last pictures and shopping souvenirs. Departure from Santorini and arrival at Piraeus – Athens. Transfer to hotel. Check in at the hotel. Overnight.
DAY 08: ATHENS – ISTANBUL
After breakfast, Check out from the hotel. Get transferred to airport and board the flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul, get transferred to hotel. Check in to the hotel rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay is at hotel. Turkish Night (optional).
After a short drive you will be taken to an exclusive night-club where you will sample the delights of Turkish cuisine. A four course dinner including drink will be served while a spectacular Oriental Show is performed by belly dancers and folk groups from various regions of Turkey.
DAY 09: ISTANBUL
Have breakfast in hotel. Proceed for Istanbul City Tour with Bosphorus Strait Sightseeing Cruise. Start your morning with a hotel pickup, or alternatively, meet your guide at a central location on the way to the Yenkapi neighborhood. Travel by luxury coach around the Golden Horn – the inlet of the Bosphorus Strait that splits the city onto two continents – and then pass through the Jewish quarter of Balat. See the intriguing Church Of St Stephen of the Bulgars – made entirely of cast iron – and then admire the Byzantine Walls of Constantinople.
Head through the Greek neighborhood of Fener to see the Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarchate – a church compound where the ceremonial head of the Greek Orthodox Church is based – and then stop at the city’s legendary Spice Bazaar for a stroll. Also known as the Egyptian Bazaar, this colorful little market sells a concoction of wares – spices, tapestries, food and pretty much everything else in between!
Return to your coach and travel the short distance to the port for your sightseeing cruise. Then, all that’s left to do is sit back and enjoy the ride! Relax with your camera poised, ready to capture top Istanbul attractions like Rumeli Fortress – an impressive structure that looks out over the narrowest part of the Bosphorus – and the Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace.
Pass underneath Bosphorus Bridge, and see marble palaces sitting alongside Ottoman-era wooden villas on both sides of the water. Watch the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life taking place on the Bosphorus’ banks as you return to the port side, and then disembark your boat for the short trip back to Taskim Square where this tour finishes.
Overnight stay is at hotel.
DAY 10: ISTANBUL
Have breakfast in hotel. Proceed for Istanbul Byzantine and Ottoman Tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar. Start your experience with a pickup from your centrally located Istanbul hotel. Settle into your luxury Mercedes minivan with your guide and drive into the UNESCO-listed district of Sultanahmet, home to a glorious array of mosques, palaces and relics from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods. Visit the Hippodrome, a former chariot race arena in Ottoman and Byzantine times. Imagine the clatter of chariot wheels as you wander around this city park and hear fascinating facts about the races and events held here centuries ago. Continue to the Blue Mosque, whose six minarets are a fixture of Istanbul’s skyline. Admire the 17th-century edifice, and marvel at the thousands of bright blue Iznik tiles that coat its interior.
Next, head for the Topkapi Palace, the opulent palace-turned-museum that was home to the Ottoman emperors between the 15th and 19th centuries. Hear anecdotes about the sultans and their entourages, and wonder at the riches of its courts and pavilions, including the jewel-stuffed treasury and priceless displays of Oriental porcelain. Move on to the Hagia Sophia, built as a basilica in the 6th century before the Ottomans turned it into a mosque in the 15th century. Behold the dome and stunning Byzantine mosaics of this architectural gem as your guide recounts its turbulent history.In-between sightseeing visits, stop for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant or cafe and refuel for your explorations in the afternoon. Finish up at the spellbinding Grand Bazaar. This chaotic, covered bazaar dates from the 15th century, and bursts with stalls peddling carpets, spices and trinkets. Bag some bargains with tips from your guide, and return to your minivan for a hotel drop-off, when your tour ends. Overnight stay is at hotel.
DAY 11: DEPARTURE
Have breakfast in hotel. Check out from the hotel and get transferred to airport for final departure.