Greece and Turkey Tour 8 Days 7 Nights
Departure : Everyday
Highlights : Istanbul – Ephesus – Athens
Arrive in Istanbul and you will have an English-speaking 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 meals
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.
Breakfast at the hotel and then you will be transferred for the tour. We begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar*, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Next, we travel the Golden Horn on our way to an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus’ wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisarı, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.
After the tour, enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport with your private car and driver. You will take a direct flight from Istanbul to Izmir which is about 1 hour. Upon arrival, you will meet with your driver and driven to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 for full-day Ephesus Ancient City Tour. Visit the premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world, Ephesus. Explore the Temple of Hadrian, Domitian's temple, Hercules gate, famous Celsus Library, Great theater and other Roman sites. We will also visit House of Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last years. On November 29th, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus to be sacred. Give a break to taste delicious,healty and traditional Turkish food. Take your way to the Temple of Artemis, which is the one of the seven wonders of ancient world. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy evening in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for the flight from Izmir to Athens.
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..
• 7 nights accommodation in 3 Star or 4 Star hotels.
• Arrival and departure transfers with air-conditioned vehicles.
• Flight ticket from Istanbul to Izmir.
• Flight ticket from Izmir to Athens.
• Services of a professional tour guide on sightseeing tours.
• Entrance fees for the sites and museums.
• Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Tips to staff, items of a personal nature.
• Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast).
• International arrival & departure flight tickets.
• Entry visa.