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Quick Escapede

Greece and Turkey Tour 7 Days
Tour Overview
Departure : Everyday
Highlights : Istanbul - Cappadocia - Athens

Itinerary

Welcome to Istanbul, the only city in the world to straddle two continents. It’s no surprise that this vast metropolis is home to a beguiling mix of different cultures and traditions, blending the influences of both east and west.

You will meet your driver waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. You will be transferred to your hotel. You have free time for the rest of the day in Istanbul.

Meal Plan: No meal

Breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full day Istanbul tour.

We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Hagia Sophia*. Converted into a mosque in 1453, it is now a museum. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, The Hippodrome and The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

After the lunch we begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world.We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest feature of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees; it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Last but by no means least, we visit the Rüstem Pasha Mosque, completed in 1563.. The large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, arranged in a wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs, as well as the spacious central courtyard, make this mosque a must-see Istanbul attraction.

Early morning you will be transferred to the airport from your hotel in Istanbul by private car and driver. You will take a direct flight from Istanbul to Kayseri, which is about 1 hour. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia, then join the tour starting with visits to Devrent and Pasabagi valleys, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.

Then head to Avanos, which is a famous pottery town. Observe the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations.

Also on the agenda is the Goreme Open Air Museum, home of the world’s most important Byzantine cave churches and the best-preserved cave wall paintings and frescoes.

Finally, visit Uchisar castle, the highest point of the region, which has a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia.

Meal Plan: Lunch

As an optional activity you may choose to take a hot air balloon ride and have a complete view of Cappadocia. Enjoy a full day tour in Capadoccia and visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit the subterrenean city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several levels underground. You will be driven to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the mid 20th century. After lunch a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

You will be transferred to the airport for the flight from Cappadocia to Athens via Istanbul. Welcome to Greece! Our driver will be waiting for you to at the airport of Athens. You will be driven to the hotel in Athens, the capital of Greece. Rest of the day at leisure to check in and relax. Overnight at hotel in Athens.

Meal Plan: No Meal

Enjoy your breakfast at hotel in Athens. Today, pick up for the Organized Athens Sightseeing. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colourful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).

On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

The tour ends with the airport - hotel transfer in Athens. Further arrangements can be provided upon request..


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Included Services
• 6 nights accommodation in 3 Star or 4 Star hotels.
• Airport transfers with air-conditioned vehicles.
• Domestic flight tickets Istanbul to Kayseri.
• International flight tickets from Kayseri to Athens via Istanbul.
• Services of a professional tour guide on sightseeing tours.
• Entrance fees for the sites and museums.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

Excluded Services
• Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
• Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
• International arrival & departure flight tickets.
• Entry visa.