Istanbul to Athens Delight
3 nights Istanbul, 2 nights Kusadasi, 3 nights cruise and 2 nights Athens

  • Istanbul, Istanbul city breaks
    Istanbul, Istanbul city breaks
  • Istanbul Agia Sofia
    Istanbul Agia Sofia
  • Kusadasi, Turkey
    Kusadasi, Turkey
  • Ephesus
    Ephesus
  • Ephesus
    Ephesus
  • Rhodes Grand Master Palace
    Rhodes Grand Master Palace
  • Santorini Caldera
    Santorini Caldera
  • Athens Acropolis, luxury Greece
    Athens Acropolis, luxury Greece
  • Athens
    Athens

Overview:

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Visit Istanbul and Kusadasi and then take a cruise to the Greek islands. End your vacation package in the historical center of Athens.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kusadasi
  • 4 day / 3 night cruise to the Greek islands & Turkey with embarkation in Kusadasi (Turkey) with M/V Celestyal Nefeli or Olympia  (cabin accommodation, full board, Unlimited Drink Package ( description in our offer), Gala evening and shows, Entertainment on board, port and other charges, service charges and below mentioned shore excursions . Additional please note that Mykonos shuttle bus service is offered complimentary
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • Full day guided Istanbul sightseeing tour
  • Full day tour of Ephesus and house of Virgin Mary
  • Half day Athens guided sightseeing tour
  • Air tickets Istanbul to Izmir
  • 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 GUIDED 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. (B)
SATURDAY: 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.
SUNDAY: ISTANBUL / KUSADASI
At the indicated time we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Kusadasi. Balance of the day at leisure.
MONDAY: KUSADASI / EPHESUS GUIDED TOUR
Explore the most exciting ancient site Ephesus. Admire the Great Amphitheatre where Saint Paul preached,, the library of Celsius, a gymnasium, and Hadrian’s Temple. Visit the Virgin Mary's stone cottage located on Bulbul mountain.
TUESDAY: EMBARK ON CRUISE / PATMOS
After breakfast transfer to the port to board your cruise ship.
Afternoon call to the island of Patmos, where participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the book of the Revelation.
WEDNESDAY: RHODES
A full day 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.
***** Excursion in Rhodes (Greece):
RHO-01: Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights (approx 5hrs)
Lindos  is situated 55 km (40 miles) from the city of Rhodes and “bears” above it the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C.
Here and there you will come across the captains’ mansions, built between the 16th and 18th century. In the centre of the village lives and breathes the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century.
Ascend to the Acropolis of Lindos. Here lies the Temple of Athena, of Doric order, which was erected on the location of an older monument. The ancient city-state of Lindos was for many centuries the most important on the island. It reached its heyday in the 6th century B.C.
At the old city of Rhodes you will go through D’Amboise Gate to walk on the Street of the Knights. Along this street you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, which bear until today their corresponding crests.
THURSDAY: HERAKLIO (CRETE) / SANTORINI
First port of call is the Cretan port of Heraklion. Take the opportunity to participate in the optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, to visit the center of the Minoan Civilization. Continue in the afternoon to most breathtaking island, Santorini. The town of Fira's white-washed houses, narrow streets and open air cafes, cling to a steep cliff accessible by cable car or mule. To the south, Akrotiri with its recent Minoan excavations which support the theories that Santorini might be the lost continent of the Atlantis.
***** Excursion in Santorini (Greece):
SAN-01: Santorini – Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim  (approx 3hrs)
First you head up to Megalochori village, one of the most authentic and unspoiled villages of the island with its distinctive architecture and character.
We will continue on to the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera… After your curiosity has been sated of the area which is characterized as being of “exceptional natural beauty”, your return begins …
FRIDAY: ATHENS / DISEMBARK CRUISE
Early morning arrival in Piraeus (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, 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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