Jewels of Turkey and Greece

Description

Explore the historical and natural highlights of this spectacular region on this 11-day tour

Day 1
Istanbul

Today you'll arrive in Istanbul, to be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Once you've settled in, you have the option of a half-day sightseeing tour, or you can start exploring under your own steam. You'll enjoy dinner tonight in your hotel.

Day 2
Istanbul / Izmir / Kusadasi/ Patmos

After breakfast this morning you'll be driven to Ataturk Airport to catch your flight to Izmir, from where you'll transfer to Kusadasi for your three-night cruise around the Aegean Islands. Your first stop will be Patmos, site of the apocalyptic revelations of St John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. You'll visit the cave where he lived, now part of the Monastery of the Apocalypse, and the fortified Monastery of St John, filled with priceless icons and manuscripts. Afterwards, you'll head back on board for dinner.

Day 3
Patmos / Crete-Heraklion / Santorini

This morning you'll arrive at Heraklion on the Greek Island of Crete, where you'll visit the ruins of the Palace of Knossos, thought to be the mythical labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of the ancient Minoan culture. After leaving Heraklion, your next stop is the beautiful island of Santorini, with its breathtaking views, whitewashed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 4
Santorini / Athens / Mykonos

Today you arrive at Piraeus, the port city of Athens. The Greek capital was the cradle of democracy, birthplace of Western civilization and today is a vibrant city where the old and new co-exist perfectly. Visit the majestic Parthenon which rises above the city, its ancient glory still visible in the time-worn stone. Then it's on to the last island of the cruise, Mykonos, where you will see hundreds of tiny chapels and beautiful windmills. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over the pretty harbour. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 5
Mykonos / Kusadasi /Pamukkale

You'll arrive back at the port town of Kusadasi early this morning, giving you plenty of time to visit the vast nearby ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore this old Roman city and see the Library of Celcius, the Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and the Odeon. After lunch, travel on to Pamukkale, known as the "Cotton Castle", with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. Visit the ruins of Hierapolis with its famous Necropolis, the Basilica Theatre and Plutonium. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Pamukkale.

Day 6
Pamukkale / Konya / Cappadocia

After an early breakfast, you'll set off for Cappadocia, visiting the Sultanhan Caravansarai on the way. After lunch in Konya you'll visit the Mausoleum, Museum and Monastery Complex dedicated to Mevlana Celalettin Rumi, the founder of the mystical order of Whirling Dervishes. You can enjoy the panoramic views as you travel on Cappadocia, where you'll check into your hotel and have dinner.

Day 7
Cappadocia

After an early breakfast, you'll set off for Cappadocia, visiting the Sultanhan Caravansarai on the way. After lunch in Konya you'll visit the Mausoleum, Museum and Monastery Complex dedicated to Mevlana Celalettin Rumi, the founder of the mystical order of Whirling Dervishes. You can enjoy the panoramic views as you travel on Cappadocia, where you'll check into your hotel and have dinner.

Day 8
Cappadocia / Ankara

After breakfast this morning you'll be driven to Ankara via the 13th-century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. In Ankara, you'll visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum to see local archaeological finds dating back to the stone age.

Day 9
Ankara / Istanbul

This morning you'll transfer to Istanbul by bus and enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Sultanahmet Mosque, known popularly as the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and six minarets. You'll continue on to the Hippodrome, once the venue for chariots races and athletics, as well as political events. Finally, you'll visit the vast Grand Bazaar, the biggest souk in the world, with nearly 4,000 shops selling antiques, jewellery and carpets.

Day 10
Istanbul

This morning you'll enjoy another half-day sightseeing tour, beginning with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the imperial palace of the Ottoman Sultans, to see the imperial treasury and the collections of Chinese porcelain and calligraphy, before continuing on to the spectacular 6th-century Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom. This afternoon you're free to explore the city at your leisure and perhaps pick up some souvenirs of your holiday.

Day 11
Istanbul

After breakfast this morning you'll be driven to Ataturk Airport for your homeward flight.

Tour details 11 days

Standard - Inside Cabin fr £1000pp
Valid between: 14/04/2017 - 25/09/2017

Tour Highlights

  • Istanbul
  • Izmir
  • Kusadasi
  • Patmos
  • Crete
  • Santorini
  • Athens
  • Mykonos
  • Kusadasi
  • Pamukkale
  • Konya
  • Cappadocia
  • Ankara

Included:

  • Hotel accommodation at 4-5* hotels
  • Sightseeing tours included as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees included as per itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Specified meals
  • 3 nights Greek Islands Cruise
  • Beverage package during the cruise
  • Transportation by A/C deluxe vehicles
  • English speaking professional tour guide
  • Tips to hotels, restaurants and onboard the vessel
  • Port, Service and local taxes

Not included:

  • International Flight tickets
  • Drinks and meals which are not listed
  • Shore Excursions during cruise
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver
  • All personal expenses

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