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17 Day Greece & Turkey Holiday Route: 3

Tour Code: GRTRCOMB277 | Combined Tours | Duration: 17 days / 16 nights | Departure: From Mid-April to Mid-October Everyday

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

itinerary

Day 1 - ARRIVAL IN ATHENS
Arrive at Athens International Airport, pick up, and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens.

Day 2 - HALF A DAY ATHENS CITY TOUR (Breakfast Included)
08:00 am (subject to change) Depart on a half-day morning tour of Athens which includes a visit to the Acropolis, its museum, and the Parthenon. Also view the House of Parliament, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, National Library, Evzones in their picturesque uniform, Presidential Palace, the Panatheanic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896), Temple of the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian`s Arch. After the morning tour, the afternoon is at leisure for you to further explore Athens on your own. (Optional afternoon tour to Cape Sounion to visit the Temple of Poseidon.) Overnight in Athens.

Day 3 - Cape Sounion - In the afternoon – (Breakfast included)
Pick up around 13:00 pm (subject to change) Drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand.
On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion. Overnight Athens.

Day 4 - Ferry to Santorini (Breakfast Included) If there is a discounted flight from Athens to Santorini without price difference, we recommend taking this option. It offers the same departure time as the ferry but is more comfortable and faster.
Breakfast, check-out, and transfer to Piraeus Port for departure by morning ferry to Santorini. On arrival meet for transfer to hotel with rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Santorini. (Flights between Athens and Santorini are also available.)

Day 5 - Santorini (Breakfast Included)
Free day at leisure to relax on one of the many different beaches of Santorini (gold, red, or black sand) or explore the capital, Fira. Overnight in Santorini.

Day 6 - FERRY TO MYKONOS (Breakfast Included)
Breakfast, check-out, and transfer to Santorini Port for departure by high-speed ferry to Mykonos. On arrival meet for transfer to hotel with rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 7 - DAY AT LEISURE IN MYKONOS (Breakfast Included)
Free day at leisure. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 8 – FLIGHT FROM MYKONOS TO IZMIR VIA ATHENS (Breakfast Included)
Flight from Mykonos to Athens via Istanbul or directly based on the flight schedule. Reception at Izmir airport and transfer to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Todays’ flight ticket cost is extra.

Day 9 - PAMUKKALE TOUR (Breakfast & Lunch Included) – 3-hour drive each way.  
Around 08:00 am (may change) pick up from the reception and depart for the tour (3-hour drive). Visiting Pamukkale "Cotton Castle", once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal/ mineral baths and beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls". After lunch, visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil`s Hole, and the Masterpiece Theatre. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 10 - EPHESUS TOUR  & FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Check out the room - 09:00 am (may change) Pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Following this, we will make our way to Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world. Visiting Ephesus ruins, Odeon, Celcus Library, and the Theatre which is still in use today for concerts. As we walk through this ancient site you will notice the streets paved with marble which gives a hint to this city`s great wealth many years ago. Our last stop is the House of the Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and spent her final days. Transfer TO THE Izmir airport for flight to Cappadocia. Reception at the Kayseri airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Todays’ flight ticket cost is extra.

Day 11 – CAPPADOCIA TOUR #1  (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Pick up around 9:30 am; Join the local day tour; visit Devrent Valley, Monk`s Valley (Pasabagi) where you will find the world-renowned fairy chimneys. After lunch break continues to the Esentepe Valley and Avanos town. The tour will end with a visit to Uchisar, a natural rock castle (from outside). Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Hot Air Balloon Ride - Please ask price!

Day 12 - CAPPADOCIA TOUR #2  (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
09:30 am (may change), 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 Cavusvillage. This village is famous for the houses and churches of Christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit OZKONAK (or Kaymakli) underground city where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 13 - FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL (Breakfast Included)
Flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Todays’ flight ticket cost is extra.

Day 14 - BOSPHORUS & TWO CONTINENTS TOUR - ISTANBUL (B-L)
Start the day with a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Market), a lively marketplace built in 1664. Enjoy a 1.5-hour Bosphorus cruise, witnessing impressive sights like Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Maiden's Tower, Bosphorus bridges, Rumeli, and Anadolu Fortresses, and Ottoman Residences. After the cruise, have lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant in the Sultanahmet area. Continue the exploration with visits to Beylerbeyi Palace (or Dolmabahce Palace) and Camlica Hill, providing a panoramic view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Around 6:00 pm, transfer back to your accommodation.

Day 15 - CLASSIC ISTANBUL CITY  TOUR  (Breakfast and Lunch Included)
08:15 am (subject to change) Pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays & feast days), and Topkapi Palace (Closed on Tuesdays). The tour ends around 4:00 pm. Return to the hotel and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 16 – ISTANUL (Breakfast included)
Free day in Istanbul. Seize this opportunity to discover more of Istanbul by exploring the vibrant Taksim district of the city. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 17 - GOODBYE (B)
Pick up 5 hours before your international flight and transfer to the airport. Have a safe trip back home!
 

What is included

What’s Included
All mentioned transfers in the program (regular group or private transfers).
All ferry tickets are mentioned in the program.
All mentioned tours in the program include transportation with air-conditioned buses, guidance, and entrance fees (group tours in English - We offer private tours in various languages).
All meals as described in the itinerary.
All local taxes.
16 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.
Flights in the itinerary. This will be calculated during the booking process because of the volatile price range.
International flight tickets.
Visa (if needed).
Travel insurance.
Personal expenses.
Overnight City tax not included 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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