Watch the sun set over the ornate Ottoman palaces, water-side mansions and modern villas that line the European and Asian banks of the Bosphorus while you dine on local delicacies aboard a luxury yacht for a dinner cruise.
That’s just the beginning on this premium trip that delivers a wide range of lavish experiences. You’ll also take a private tour of Istanbul and its divine collection of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture; visit the Byzantine Hippodrome where chariot races were once held; and stroll among the 4000 stalls that make up the world’s largest covered bazaar. In Athens, visit the architectural masterpieces of the ancient empire including the Parthenon and Temple of Olympian Zeus, and depart for Santorini where you’ll encounter ancient volcanoes, panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and charming villages adorned with white-washed houses and steep cobble-stoned streets.
From indulging in an aroma massage in a private spa suite to dining in a typical Greek tavern among dancers and folk musicians deep in the old town of Athens, this trip expertly contrasts the best of modern-day luxury with an authentic taste of the old world. You’ll stay in an impeccable collection of world-class hotels and your team of expert local guides and private drivers will ensure a seamless experience.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a Bosphorus River cruise with dinner on a private yacht this evening. You will cross the Bosphorus by driving on the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to go over to the Asian side of Istanbul. While sailing up the Bosphorus, you will see Ottoman palaces, waterside mansions, and modern villas that line the European and Asian coasts. The panoramic view of Istanbul by the Bosphorus at night will both be memorable. After the cruise you will be brought back to your hotel.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul and see the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, and the Grand Bazaar, the worlds largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Afterwards, visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans.
Enjoy a gourmet lunch (included in the tour cost).
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Bodrum. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Enjoy a full day tour of Ephesus with a private vehicle, driver, and guide. Your private guide will take you to Selcuk, to visit the world-famous Antique City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Bodrum and dropped off at your hotel. Lunch and entrance fees are included.
Enjoy a one hour flight from Bodrum to Istanbul.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
An airport transfer with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Your evening will start with a panoramic tour of Athens. Then, proceed for dinner in Plaka, the old city, in a typical Greek tavern with folk music and dancers.
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides take you to the city centre to see Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see Hadrian's Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and have a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis you will visit 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 mind', the Parthenon.
Enjoy a private port transfer in Athens with private vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a transfer by high speed ferry to Santorini. The trip takes approximately 4 hours.
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
An optional tour that you may be interested in doing is going to Thira and Oia villages. Driving along the road you will have the unique opportunity to admire the panoramic views of the Aegean sea and the neighbouring islands. Enjoy the unique layers of lava that can be seen on the face of the rock. Each layer is another phase in the life of this active volcano. Built on the Caldera rim, Oia Village is an excellent example of Cycladic architecture. Accompanied by your guide, explore the village, walk along the cobble-stoned streets adorned by white washed houses and blue shutters. The tour will then proceed to the town of Thira, an attractive town perched on the Caldera rim. Here, you will have time to stroll along the lanes of the little town or relax over a coffee as you gaze down upon Kamenes, the two black volcanic islets in the Caldera bay. A short cable car ride will take you down to the pier to rejoin the ship. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to add this tour to your itinerary.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
A transfer between the airport and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
The Levni Hotel (4*) is easy to reach on foot from the train station Sirkeci. The hotel's major touristic places like the SultanAhmet area, Blue mosque, Seaport, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Place, and the Hagia Sophia are all close by. This luxury hotel has a total of 75 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Enjoy your leisure time in the indoor swimming pool or fitness room. All kinds of delicacies are available to savour in the hotel's restaurant, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics as well. In the evening there is the hotel bar or the cozy wine and beer pub. The hotel also has its own bistro that provides light snacks.
The Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay is far enough for solitude and close enough that you can have just as much civilization as you want. Kempinski Hotel Barbaros welcomes sophisticated travellers to the most untouched part of the peninsula; sprawling on the 70.000 square meters of a picturesque land on the shores of Gokova Bay. Each and every one of the rooms and suites has its own balcony or terrace to enjoy the magnificent views of the Aegean Sea. The Spa, one of the largest spas in the Mediterranean, the biggest infinity pool in the region, and the finest service are some of the signature details of this glorious property.
Hotel Grande Bretagne (5*) is located in a prime location, opposite Constitution Square and the House of Parliament. The hotel boasts luxurious rooms and stunning city views from its magnificent rooftop terrace. The lavish rooms are appointed with the finest furnishings. Some rooms have balconies facing the Acropolis and the daily changing of the guard at the parliament building. The historic GB Corner is recognized as one the capital’s most famous hotspots. From Grande Bretagne’s rooftop you can see the original Olympic Stadium, the Acropolis, and the Parthenon.
Dana Villas (4*) is a group of studios and apartments perched on the rim of a cliff in Firostefani. The villas are located close to the capital of the island, yet, are away from the noisy city centre. The attractive studios and apartments are furnished in Santorinian décor with great attention to quality and detail. The complex also offers a swimming pool with a pool bar, restaurant, café, buffet breakfast, an outdoor heated Jacuzzi, and the most breathtaking views of the ocean, the volcano, and the sunset from the rooms. All rooms offer a guaranteed ocean view.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
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April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
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November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
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November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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