Classical Greece and Istanbul
4 nights Athens, 1 night Olympia, 1 nights Delphi, 1 night Kalambaka and 3 nights Istanbul

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    Athens Acropolis, Greece city break holidays
  • Athens Acropolis museum
    Athens Acropolis museum
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    Athens, Greece Lucury Vacation
  • Ancient Olympia
    Ancient Olympia
  • Delphi
    Delphi
  • Meteora
    Meteora
  • Hydra
    Hydra
  • Poros Island
    Poros Island
  • Aegina
    Aegina
  • Istanbul Hagia Sofia from Galata Bridge
    Istanbul Hagia Sofia from Galata Bridge
  • Istanbul Hagia Sofia
    Istanbul Hagia Sofia
  • Istanbul, Turkey Vacation
    Istanbul, Turkey Vacation

Overview:

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Combine Classical Greece with Istanbul-Turkey with this all-in-one vacation package.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • 4 day / 3 night Classical Greece coach tour (Olympia, Delphi and Meteora)
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • Full day cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina (including lunch)
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Air tickets Athens to Istanbul
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul
  • 3 dinners (Olympia, Delphi and Meteora)
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Entrance fees during guided sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast
  • 24 hour assistance phone number
  • All taxes

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:
  • Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities



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Itinerary

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DAY 1. ATHENS
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 2. ATHENS MORNING GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR
The tour begins inside the Syntagma metro station where your guide will show you shortly (in 10 minutes) the archaeological exhibits that came to light during the construction of the metro. You will then continue on to the House of the Greek parliament, the Monument to the Unknown Soldier and watch the changing of the guards.
Your tour continues towards the National Gardens passing by the Anglican church of S. Paul and on to the beautiful neoclassical Zappeion Hall, in front of which tower the surviving columns of the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch, both of which you will have to opportunity to visit.
From there you enter the famous Plaka district where you see the portrait of Melina Merkouri and we head towards the beautiful pedestrian walk way of Dionyssiou Areopagitou until we reach the Acropolis where we will begin our ascent while taking in the spectacular views of the city below. Your guide will give you a detailed explanation of the glorious monuments of the Acropolis such as, the Parthenon, Erection, Propylaia, Nike Temple and the surrounding monuments as well (Dionysus sanctuary, Philopappos Hill, Mars Hill, Observatory, Pnyx Hill, Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Ancient Agora). Balance of day at leisure.
DAY 3. ATHENS - AEGINA / POROS / HYDRA
Morning transfer to the pier, Trocadero, to embark your cruise ship for your full day cruise to the islands of Aegina-Poros-Hydra.
DAY 4. ATHENS / OLYMPIA
This morning we depart for Corinth to start our 4-day Classical Tour. Stop at the Corinth Canal. Drive to Epidarus to visit its theatre, known for its remarkable acoustics and then on to  Nauplia (short stop). Continue on to Mycenae to visit the beehive tombs and the citadel. Then depart for Olympia through the central Peloponnese area, passing the cities of Tripolis and Megalopolis to arrive in Olympia for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5. OLYMPIA / DELPHI
In the morning visit the ancient home of the Olympic Games and the fascinating Museum. Then drive via Patras and Rion, take the new bridge to Antirion to continue to Delphi through Nafpaktos. Arrive in Delphi in early evening. Dinner, overnight.
DAY 6. DELPHI / METEORA
This morning visit the Archaeological site and the Museum of Delphi.  Walk the Sacred Way, visit the temple of Apollo, the theatre and the stadium on the mount Parnassos and then on to the Museum housing some masterpieces of the Greek sculpture such as the famous bronze statue of the "Charioteer". Depart for Meteora. Drive through Lamia, Trikala and arrive in Kalambaka in early evening. Dinner, overnight.
DAY 7. METEORA / ATHENS
In the morning, visit the breathtaking site of Meteora. Visit of two Monasteries.  After lunch drive to Athens via Thermopylae (short stop). Arrive in Athens in early evening. Overnight Athens.
DAY 8: ATHENS / ISTANBUL
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul Turkey. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel
DAY 9: ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
Full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul to include a visit to St.Sophia Museum (except Mondays) the Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace (except Tuesdays), Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar (except Sundays). This comprehensive sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this one day sightseeing tour you will see how old meets new when you visit Istanbul's four "must-see" historic sites. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
DAY 10: ISTANBUL
Free day to explore the city. Experience the comforts of modern Turkey in its malls, galleries and clubs, and the delights of traditional Turkish bazaars, palaces, taverns and mosques. Istanbul’s natural beauty, with pleasant Mediterranean climate, completes its glorious appeal. In this gleaming modern mega-city you can immerse yourself in nearly 3,000 years of history, from Roman ruins to Byzantine marvels, Ottoman treasures and modern amusements.
DAY 11: ISTANBUL / AIRPORT
Transfer from your hotel to Istanbul airport. End of our services.

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Optional Tours

ATHENS BY NIGHT
Night Life
From Nov 1st to Mar 31st - Every Thu & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 8:30pm - Ret.: around midnight

 
Starting our evening tour with a pleasant panoramic drive through illuminated city center and we will approach the slope of the sacred hill to admire the illuminated Acropolis.
Then we will visit the museum of Ancient Greek musical instruments and discover the music history of Greece. Explore the greatest and only collection with 60 reconstructed Ancient Greek Musical instruments.
Next we will walk through the narrow pedestrian street of Plaka, the old city of Athens, to dine in a Greek typical restaurant with floor folklore show with live music, ballet with dancers in traditional costumes
N.B. Drinks at the taverna are not included.
 

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