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 (all meals included)
  • 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 Kusadasi 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.
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.
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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