Day 1 : Arrival in Athens
Arrival in Athens International Airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Day 2 : Half Day Athens City Tour (Breakfast Included)
08:00 am 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 – Classical Tour; Three Days. 1st day: Leave by the coastal road to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive on and visit the Theatre of Epidauros, famous for its remarkable acoustics. Then proceed to the town of Nauplion (short photo stop), drive on to Mycenae and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Then depart for Olympia through Central Peloponnese and the towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Overnight in Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic Games. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 4 – 2nd day: In the morning visit the Archaeological Site with the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum. Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day 5 – 3rd day: In the morning visit the Archaeological Site and the Museum. A couple of hours free time in Delphi before departing and drive through the village of Arachova, renowned for its colorful rugs and carpets. Return to Athens via Levadia and Thebes. Arrive in Athens early in the evening. Overnight Athens. (Breakfast)
Day 6 : Flight to Istanbul
Flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)
Day 7 : Full Day Istanbul Classic City Tour
08:15 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting, Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays and Feast days) and Topkapi Palace. Tour ends around 4:00 pm. Return back to the hotel and overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 8 – FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA / CAPPADOCIA TOUR #1
Today is an early bird by having a 05:00am pick up from the reception of your hotel and having a transfer to the airport where you will either fly into either Kayseri or Nevsehir. On arrival at the airport you will be met with an arranged transfer service where you will go on to depart for the tour around Cappadocia. Todays tour will start with a visit to Devrent Valley – Devrent Valley is also known by the name of ‘Imagination Valley’ this valley has none of the cave churches, Byzantine frescoes or Roman citadel ruins that are famous throughout the rest of Cappadocia; but dont be put off as what it does have is very unique and extraordinary landscape shapes that are formed in many kinds of animals, so let your imagination run away with you and see what you animals you can spot, it will most certainly make you laugh with wonder. Our next visit will be to Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) where you will be able to take a look at the mushroom shaped fairy chimneys, these chimneys are very interesting structures and were formed due to the harder rock material been deposited above. The valley gets the nickname Monks valley because of the ascetic monks who came here as early as the 5th century and lived hermit lifestyles here. It was a so called ‘stylite’ way of living, from the greek work stylos, meaning pillar – the christian monks built dwellings inside the pillars and its where they lived, fasted and prayed. After discovering Pasabag we will then head over to the town of Avanos, Avanos is set on the banks of Kizilirmak which is translated to ‘The Red River’. We will first start with the old village of Avanos that winds up the hills leading away from the town it truely is a beautiful magical maze of old stone houses, some that have been restored over time and some that have been converted to other purposes. In some of the abandoned houses the features oftraditional Ottoman architecture can still be seen along with ancient decorations, motifs and murals. You will also get the chance to participate in a hands-on pottery work shop. We will then take a lunch break ( thats included) for recharge our batteries. After your lunch we will proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, this museum has incredible rock formations and the most fascinating rock-cut churches, you will definately enjoy your time exploring the depth of Goreme and im certain that you will need extra camera film. Our last stop for today will be to Uchisar – which is a village perched on a steep rock formation, this town provides some of the most dramatic panoramas of the astonishing Cappadocia that you will never want to leave. Take a wander into the town as its a very nice place to sit and watch the harmony between nature and human. During the tour today there will be 1 hour free time for you to relax, grab some cold refreshments and just simply soak up the panoramic views that surround you. Our tour for today shall finish around 17:00 to which we will then transfer you back you your hotel for the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 9 – CAPPADOCIA TOUR #2 & FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
Our journey today will start with a 09:30am departure from your hotel to make our way over to see Red Valley and Rose Valley. Red Valley has to be one of the nicest and most beautiful places to go walking in Cappadocia. The two valleys are next to each other and are easily combined. Once in Rose Valley you don’t want to miss the Hacli Church and the Ayvali Church, both of which have astounding painted decorations one the interior. Afterwards we will take a visit to the old Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by a tour to Pigeon Valley, the path through Pigeon valley offers spectacular views of the natural cliffs and the man-made caves, it passes through a few tunnels that have been carved into the rockside. Finally we will visit Kaymakli Underground City and Ortahisar Castle, here in Kaymaklı underground city there is 8 levels of the underground city that date from 6th – 9th centuries and 5 of which are open to the public. The tunnels, cellers, store rooms, stables have all been exacvated from the soft volcanic rock they are absolutely astonishing on your eyes. Castle of Ortahisar is situated at 86 m height cave in the period of Eti and is the most pronounced structure of Nevsehir. During your today today you will have 1 hour free so if you wish you can take some refreshments and take the time to relax. Our adventure through Cappadocia will come to an end around 17:00 pm where you will then be transferred to the airport for flight to Istanbul. One of our staff will meet you in IST airport and you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch)
OPTIONAL TOUR: Hot Air Balloon Ride – (Per person 129.Euros). Last minute bookings may not be available. No show release date : 3 days
Day 10 - END OF THE TOUR(Breakfast Included)
As the sunrises over the magical city of Istanbul its time for breakfast, and afterwards we will then transfer you over to Istanbul international airport accordance to your flight schedule.
From April to October 2018
Every Monday from 2/4 to 29/10
Every Tuesday from 3/4 to 23/10
Every Saturday from 7/4 to 20/10
Thursdays only the following dates : 19/04 - 10/05 - 17/05 - 24/05 - 07/06 - 21/06 - 05/07 - 19/07 - 02/08 - 23/08 - 13/09 - 20/09 - 27/09 & 04/10
November to March Every Monday First Class only
Dep. 08.45 - Ret. 19.00 (4th day)
The above rates do not include the New "City TAX" for overnights in hotels. The accommodation Tax will be payable by the guests prior to their check-out as following: 5* hotel: 4,00 € per overnight per room, 4* hotel: 3,00 € per overnight per room, 3* hotel: 1,50 € per overnight per room.
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3 nights Greek Island Cruise with Louis Cruises.
Services of professionally licensed guides on local tours.
Meals as indicated in itinerary : B breakfasts, L lunch, D dinner.
All domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary.
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours and transfers. (Regular group).
English speaking guided tours mentioned in the itinerary.
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Inbound and outbound airport transfers to/from your hotel. (Regular group).
All taxes, entrance & museum fees, baggage handling. (unless otherwise stated)
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VISA needed for Turkey.
Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff etc.
Items of a personal nature.
Harem and Treasure room entrance fees in Topkapi Palace.
Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
Travel Insurance and medical services.
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