Aegean Spirit "D"
2 nights Istanbul, 6 nights Greek island & Turkey cruise and 2 nights Athens

  • Istanbul Agia Sofia, Istanbul hotels
    Istanbul Agia Sofia, Istanbul hotels
  • Istanbul Sunset
    Istanbul Sunset
  • Mykonos town
    Mykonos town
  • Kusadasi, Turkey vacation
    Kusadasi, Turkey vacation
  • Rhodes Grand Master Palace
    Rhodes Grand Master Palace
  • Crete - Heraklion Port
    Crete - Heraklion Port
  • Santorini Oia, luxury Greek islands
    Santorini Oia, luxury Greek islands
  • Athens Acropolis
    Athens Acropolis
  • Athens Acropolis museum
    Athens Acropolis museum

Overview:

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Combine your stay in Istanbul and Athens with a cruise to the Greek islands.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  • 6 nights cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey (all meals included)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • Full day Istanbul sightseeing tour
  • Half day Athens sightseeing tour
  • All transfers as mentioned
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance fees, during guided sightseeing
  • 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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THURSDAY: ISTANBUL
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
FRIDAY: ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING 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.
SATURDAY: ISTANBUL / CRUISE / KUSADASI
After breakfast transfer to the port to board your cruise ship. Free day in Istanbul. Sail in the evening for Kusadasi.
SUNDAY: KUSADASI (EPHESUS)
Afternoon arrival in Kusadasi (Ephesus, Turkey). Renowned for its beaches and attractive view of the Aegean, Kusadasi is near to several historical sites including Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, and the House of the Virgin Mary.
MONDAY: SANTORINI
Arrive this morning in Santorini, and enjoy a full day on this beautiful and unique island (10:00am to 6:30 pm). Known for its breathtaking caldera, Santorini is also famous for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs.
TUESDAY: CRETE (AGIOS NIKOLAOS)
In the beautiful town of Agios Nikolaos you will experience the warm Cretan hospitality and have the chance to visit the scenic villages of the prefecture of Lasithi, the monasteries and the famous islet of Spinalonga.
WEDNESDAY: MORNING IN RHODES / AFTERNOON IN SYMI
Early morning arrival in the beautiful island of the Roses. On a hill above the charming town of Lindos rises and ancient Acropolis. Below lies the bay of St. Paul. The crusading knights of St. John left the medival city of Rhodes behind when they were defeated by Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. The presence of the Ottoman Turks is marked with their minarets, mosques and Turkish bath. An optional tour not to be missed. Afternoon arrival in the charming islet of Symi, whose capital resembles a theatrical stage. A stage filled with traditional settlements, mansions and a rich maritime history.
THURSDAY: MORNING IN CHIOS / AFTERNOON IN MYKONOS
Early morning arrival in Chios island, the fifth largest of the Greek islands. Chios, which is allegedly the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, Homer and many others, is the most divinely fragrant island of eastern Aegean, with the mastic trees and the vineyards, the well preserved medieval villages and the lovely, secluded, pristine beaches. In the afternoon, arrival at the famous island of Mykonos.
Mykonos is one of the temples of the holiday in the Mediterranean, no other island is also atypical. Cubist houses, typical of the Cycladic architecture, dozens of mills, numerous chapels and long sandy beaches, Mykonos is a delight. Departure at 23:59.
FRIDAY: ATHENS / DISEMBARK CRUISE
Early morning arrival in Lavrios (Athens) port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
SATURDAY: ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens. Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square. See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum (closed on Monday’s), a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure.
SUNDAY: ATHENS / AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport

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Optional Tours

CAPE SOUNION
Half-Day (Afternoon)
From Nov 1 to Mar 31 - Every Mon-Wed-Fri & Sat
From Apr 1st to Oct 31st - Daily
Dep.: 3:00pm – Ret.: 7:00pm

Driving along the coastal road past the wonderful beaches of GLYFADA, VOULIAGMENI, VARKIZA and countless coves, one has a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf. A crowning feature of the tour Cape SOUNION, dominated by the spectacular Temple of POSSEIDON overlooking the Aegean sea.(Oct 1 to Mar 31 - ½ hour earlier)

 
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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