Explore two enthralling countries where traces of antiquity and mythology are woven into a colorful, modern tapestry.
Known for its incredible ancient ruins, labyrinthine streets punctuated by neoclassical architecture, and a baffling coastline of superb beaches, Greece never fails to inspire visitors. Equally inspiring are Turkey’s domed mosques, chaotic bazaars, and ochre-colored plains of ancient Mesopotamia. Surrender to history and take an unforgettable journey back in time. In the evenings, return to the present and unwind in comfortable accommodations that offer modern amenities.
Tour Athens and visit Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. At the Acropolis visit The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally, The Parthenon. Drive along the scenic coastal road to Sounion and take in one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world. Continue on to the Homeric city of Atreides and glimpse the Cyclopean Walls and the Royal Tombs. In Istanbul, visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles, the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were held, and the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4,000 dazzling shops and vendors. Toast your incredible journey with a visit to a winery in the Red valley of Cappadocia. As you sip your glass of crisp Öküzgözü, the sun setting behind a honey-colored rocky landscape, you’ll wish your journey through history never had to end.
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This tour is only available from April to October.
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A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, ferry tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure as you relax at your hotel or enjoy the city sites.
Offering comfortable accommodation and convenient facilities, the Plaka Hotel (3*) Athens is an excellent choice for a demanding client, in a terrific location. Situated in the heart of Athens, the Plaka Hotel is located close to the Syntagma square, Acropolis, museums, Parliament, shopping area of Plaka and Cathedral. The hotel has cozy guestrooms that are well furnished and equipped with a host of modern amenities. For dining pleasure there is a small restaurant onsite, which is attractively furnished and offers a variety of cuisine. Conference facilities are available for people travelling on business purposes. The minimalist decoration, the friendliness of the staff and the cleanliness of the hotel are promising an unforgettable stay in Athens.
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Expert guides take you to see the centre of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the Parliament, The Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arch. At the Acropolis we visit the Museum and the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and, finally, the monument that 'puts order in the mind', The Parthenon.
This enchanting evening tour commences with a scenic drive to Piraeus, 'the place over the passage', inhabited since the 26th century BC. Visit its natural harbors, such as lively Zea with its busy yacht marina and tiny Mikrolimano, one of the most picturesque corners of Piraeus. Journey to Plaka, the charming historical neighborhood of Athens, clustered around the northern and eastern slopes of the Acropolis, incorporating labyrinthine streets and neoclassical architecture. The ideal atmosphere for your traditional dinner, enjoy the rest of your evening in a vibrant Greek tavern alive with traditional folk music and dancers.
Enjoy a half day tour to Sounion. Drive along the scenic coastal road which affords a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens' most beautiful suburbs (Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to Cape Sounion where you will visit the 5th century B.C Temple of Poseidon with one of the most breathtaking panoramic views in the world (on a clear day you can see at least seven islands).
Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean Sea with the Ionian Sea, (short stop). Drive to Mycenae, the Homeric city of Atreides, the city “rich in gold” of the ancient poets. Visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs e.t.c. Depart for Nauplion through the fertile plain of Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress (short photo stop), leave for Epidauros, to visit the Theatre (4th century B.C.) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Return to Athens by the National road connecting Epidauros with Corinth. Lunch in Mycenae.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Airport transfer with your private car and driver.
A theme hotel, the Antik (4*) features four floors each representing a different period of Istanbul's history. Each floor of the hotel carries a name of the city as it was known at different times throughout the ages. Floors and rooms were designed to reflect the culture and art of their named civilization while providing all modern ammenities expected of a fine hotel.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul with other travellers and see the most important sights. Visit the St. Sophia Church, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture (excluding the Gallery floor); the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles; Byzantine Hippodrome, where once chariot races were held; and the Grand Bazaar, world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. After lunch (included in the tour price) visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included in the tour). The tour ends at your hotel.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia. The flight duration is about 1 hour.
Enjoy a full day tour in a group setting in Cappadocia. Drive to Devrent valley and then to Pasabagi valley, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From here you will be driven to Avanos, the famous pottery town, to have lunch. After lunch depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the churches of Goreme Open Air Museum. Then be driven to Uchisar castle, the highest point of the region, where we have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia, finally a visit to the Pidgeon valley. The tour starts and ends in your hotel.
Perissia (3*) is located in a World Heritage Site and home to many natural wonders such as the Fairy Chimneys, underground cities and cave churches in this region of early Christianity. You can enjoy many activities such as Ballooning, Hiking, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking as well as sightseeing during the day and join the lively nightlife while tasting the famous Cappadocian Wine in the evening.
Enjoy a full day tour in a group setting in Cappadocia and visit the Ortahisar a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit Subterrenean City of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several floor levels. Drive to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until mid 20th century. After lunch a visit to the Red valley, finally a visit to a Winery, Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area. The tour starts and ends at your hotel.
Enjoy a direct flight from Kayseri airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour.
Depart from Istanbul airport - end of itinerary.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Greece for the most up to date visa information.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Turkey for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/turkey.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Ankara. Government: Republic since 1923. Language: Turkish. Kurdish is also spoken by a minority in the southeast. French, German and English are widely spoken in major cities and tourist areas. Religion: Muslim, mostly Sunni, with a very small Christian minority. Turkey is a secular state which guarantees complete freedom of worship to non-Muslims. Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +90. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in some rural areas in eastern Turkey. Internet: Internet cafes exist in main urban areas. Some restaurants and hotels have Wi-Fi Internet access.
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