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:



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

Departures on Thursday (mid March to November)

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  Olympia  (cabin accommodation, full board, All  Inclusive Drink Package ( description in our offer), Gala evening and shows, Entertainment on board, port and other charges, service charges and below mentioned 2 shore excursions .
  • 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



Itinerary



THURSDAY: ISTANBUL
Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
FRIDAY: ISTANBUL FULL DAY GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR (LUNCH NOT INCLUDED)
A guided tour exploring the ancient city includes Topkapi Palace,(Closed on Tue) main residence of Ottoman Sultans, the Saint Sophia Basilica(Closed on Mon), ancient seat of Byzantine Church, The Blue Mosque, then Roman Hippodrome once used for chariot races; finally the Grand Bazaar.(Closed on Sunday)
Remarks: • At any closure day of museum, Underground Cistern Museum is the correspondent.
Overnight in Istanbul.
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 / FULL DAY EPHESUS GUIDED TOUR (LUNCH NOT INCLUDED)
Start the day visiting The Great ancient site of Asia Minor, Ephesus with its temples, library, market, and spectacular. Theater continue to the Virgin Mary's cottage and the Temple of Diana. Transfer back to your hotel.
TUESDAY: KUSADASI 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: FULL DAY IN RHODES
Enjoy a full day on the island of Rhodes (Greece), the largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago. Explore the island`s medieval Old Town, preserved in and around the walls of a Venetian castle, built by the 14th-century Knights of St. John. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Citadel of Rhodes is located at the far northern end of the island and is considered one of the best preserved medieval towns in the Mediterranean.
***** Excursion in Rhodes (Greece) is :  Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the knights
RHO-01Rhodes & 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.
***** Excursion in Crete (Greece) is :   Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization
HER-02: Heraklion of Crete – Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization (approx 3hrs)

The ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans.
The first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos.
The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron in the east.
Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.
We will stop in Heraklion on the way back to the ship.
Heraklion was founded in 824 and is an important homeland of many contributors to Literature and Art, some examples of which are the Nobel winning poet Odysseas Elytis, the Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis.
Heraklion is also endowed with some wonderful edifices: the “Koules” fortress, the award winning Venetian structure of the Loggia, the Morosini Fountain, the Basilica of Saint Mark, and the Church of Agios Titos. Starting the walk from Liberty square of Heraklion guests will pass by the shopping streets of Dedalou and 25th August and see the aforementioned sights along the way.
At noon, cruise to Santorini known for its breathtaking caldera, Santorini is also famous for its sandy beaches, colorful sunsets, and whitewashed buildings along the sea-cliffs.
Departing Santorini around 21:00hrs
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 .
 

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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