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15 days Greece and Turkey Combined Tour

Tour Code: GRTRCOMB230 | Combined Tours | Duration: 15 days / 14 nights | Departure: From mid April to mid October everyday

Highlights: Istanbul - Cappadocia - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Athens - Santorini - Mykonos

itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul (no meal)
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Full-Day Istanbul Classic City Tour (breakfast-lunch)
Pick-up from your hotel. You will visit the main attractions of Istanbul (the capital of the Ottoman Empire until 1923) on this full-day tour. The museum of St.Sophia (today's main mosque of Istambul); magnificent Byzantine church and the unique sample of Byzantine architecture, Blue Mosque; one of the biggest mosques in the Istanbul from 17th century and famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets, The Ancient Hippodrome; the square in front of the Blue Mosque covers the site of the Ancient Hippodrome where once chariot races were held. The main monument left today is the impressive granite obelisk, carved in Egypt around 1,500 BC and brought to Constantinople in 390 AD. Our tour will continue with a visit to Topkapi Palace; it was once the residence of Ottoman sultans and their harem. We will finish the tour with a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays and Feast days). The oldest and largest marketplace in the world with a unique collection of handmade carpets, jewelry, leathers, and souvenirs. End of the tour return to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3: Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise (breakfast)
Even if you are a short-term or long-term visitor to Istanbul, a Bosphorus cruise is a good way to experience what Istanbul looks like and its diversity. You will visit Rustem Pasa Mosque first then walk through the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market) (Closed on Feast days). You will find here mystical smells of different aromas of various spices and many shops selling vegetables, fruits, fish, and flowers. The Bosphorus cruise takes about 1.5 hours. The Bosphorus Strait connects the sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia. During this excursion, you will see the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maidens Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli and Anadolu fortresses, and Ottoman Residences. End of the tour return to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4: Istanbul/Cappadocia – Cappadocia Tour 1 (breakfast-lunch)
Early in the morning; around 4:00 am; Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Arrive at Kayseri or Nevsehir airport and transfer to Cappadocia for your tour. Visit Devrent Valley was under the water 20 million years ago, it rose above the water after volcanic eruptions. After years and years, the rocks formed in a variety of different shapes. Then we will go to Pasabagi, also named Monks Valley (Rahipler Vadisi), where you can see some special housing and living areas here which can also only be found in this area. After lunch in Avanos, we will visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum. Then we will continue to Esentepe where you can see the panoramic view of Goreme Valley and Goreme Village with fairy chimneys, different rock formations, and cave houses. Finally, we will visit the natural rock castle in Uchisar, with many rooms connected to others with stairs, tunnels, or passages. End of the tour transfer to your hotel at Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5: Cappadocia Tour 2 (breakfast-lunch)
Depart from your hotel to visit Red Valley, explore the famous rock-cut churches, and walk 4-5 km through the Gulludere Valley. Then visit Cavus village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of Christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit Ozkonak the underground city where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Optional tour: Hot Air Baloon Ride - Please ask for the price!

Day 6: Cappadocia/Izmir (breakfast)
Depart from your hotel and transfer to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Izmir. Arrive at Izmir airport and transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 7: Hierapolis / Pamukkale tour (breakfast-lunch)
In the morning you will visit the Hierapolis; Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1,200 graves, the Roman Bath, the Domitian Gate, the Main Street, and the Byzantian Gate. Then, you walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. A swim in the effervescent waters of the Sacred Pool should be at the top of the list on any travel itinerary. In addition to a high level of natural radioactivity, the water contains calcium bicarbonate, calcium sulfate, magnesium, and carbon dioxide and after a swim, you should simply dry off and let the minerals do their magic. Then we will proceed to the Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 8: Ephesus and Virgin Mary Tour (breakfast-lunch)
During the Ephesus Full-day tour, you will see the ruins in the ancient city of Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis, the Ephesus Archeology Museum, and the House of the Virgin Mary. Ephesus was once the most important commercial center of western Anatolia. After lunch visit the House of the Virgin Mary (reputed to be where she spent her final days). Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 9: Izmir / Athens (breakfast)
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the Izmir airport for your flight to Athens. Arrive in Athens and transfer to your hotel, overnight in Athens.

Day 10: Athens sightseeing tour & Ferry to Santorini (breakfast)
Check out the hotel. You will visit one of the oldest cities in the world and see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens during this comprehensive tour. Our first stop will be in the center of the city, Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldiers, and the National Library. After that, we will continue to the Prime Minister's Residence (Presidential Palace) guarded by the colorful Evzones and Zappion(conference and exhibition hall). Proceed to pass by the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Arc and we will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic games took place in 1896 and finally arrive in ACROPOLIS (visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with it s Porch of Maidens). Continue for the museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theatre to visit the new ACROPOLIS MUSEUM.  Free time till transfer time to the port. You will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to the port for your ferry to Santorini. Arrive in Santorini and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Santorini.

Day 11: Santorini (breakfast)
In Santorini, you will find comfort and relaxation under the incredibly blue sky. You will enjoy refreshing moments under the sun or romantic times under the stars. Overnight in Santorini.

Day 12: Santorini / Mykonos (breakfast)
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the port for your ferry to Mykonos. Arrive in Mykonos and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 13 : Mykonos (breakfast)
Enjoy the beautiful view, the quaint shops, and the little restaurants of Mykonos. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 14: Mykonos / Athens (breakfast)
Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the port for your ferry to Athens. Arrive at Athens port and transfer to the hotel, overnight in Athens.

Day 15: Athens (breakfast)
Pick up from the hotel 4 hours before your flight and transfer to the airport. Have a safe trip back home!

 No extra hidden cost..!

What is included

What’s Included
All mentioned transfers in the program (regular group transfers).
Local group tours as mentioned in the itinerary in English.
(Ask for other language options for groups or private tours in the regions).
All ferry tickets are mentioned in the program.
All mentioned Group tours in the program include transportation with air-conditioned buses, guidance, and entrance fees.
All meals as described in the itinerary.
All local taxes.
14 nights of accommodation in Greece and Turkey according to your selection as 3, 4, or 5 stars.

What’s Not Included
Tips (optional).
International flight tickets from Izmir to Athens via Istanbul. Will be calculated during the booking process.
Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia / Cappadocia to Izmir. Will be calculated during the booking process.
International flight tickets.
Visa (if needed).
Travel insurance.
Personal expenses.
Greece Stayover Tax to be paid directly to hotels per room per night: 3* hotels €1.5 / 4* Hotels €3 / 5* Hotels €4

No extra hidden cost!

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