Magnificent Turkey and Cruise to Greek Islands

Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights
Exterior view of Hagia Sophia Mosque in Turkey
per person in a triple room From 1871

     This package is a potpourri of amazing travel destinations, each one adding its special bit to a journey of a lifetime. Your journey starts from Turkey, one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. A place that has so much to offer to its guests; breathtaking natural beauties, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices. Turkey is, above anything else, a huge open-air museum, a repository of all the civilizations nurtured by the soils of Anatolia. Enjoy amazing archaeological sites and beautiful landscapes, from which the lunar-like landscape of Cappadocia stands out, ornated with conical rock formations also known as “fairy-chimneys” that could have been plucked out of a child’s imagination.
     Then an island hopping cruise comes to complete your journey experience consisting an ideal way of exploring the sun-bathed and blue water circled Greek islands, including crescent-shaped Santorini. An island with colorful houses of unique architecture and vineyards perched in volcanic cliffs, producing some of the world’s most fine wines. Enjoy dazzling sunsets, overlooking the crystal-blue sea.

Starting every Friday from Istanbul/Turkey

Ending every Wednesday at Athens/Greece

  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Capaddocia
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Pamukkale
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Kusadasi
  • 3 days/ 2 nights cruise to Greek islands (Inside cabin IB in ‘Celestyal Olympia’ cruise ship or Inside cabin IA in ‘Celestyal Nefeli’ cruise ship- Including 3 shore excursions and ‘Blue’ beverage package (cabin upgrade at extra cost is possible)
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
  • All tours, as indicated in the itinerary, with licensed guide
  • All land transfers, as per itinerary
  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Entrance fees during guided sightseeing tours
  • Hotel Taxes and service charge

Not included:

  • Domestic or international flight tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages at lunch and/or dinner (except ‘Blue’ drink package while on cruise)
  • Visa expenses, if necessary
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts

Friday: ISTANBUL 
Upon arrival in Istanbul airport we meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Saturday: ISTANBUL
Full Day tour visiting the Museum of Saint Sophia, Roman Hippodrome. Lunch. Grand Covered Bazaar, Shopping,Topkapi Palace. Transfer back to hotel. (B.L)

Sunday: ISTANBUL-ANKARA–CAPPADOCIA
Early morning we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport on time to catch your flight to Ankara. Upon arrival we meet you and start a half day tour in Ankara including the Hittite Museum & Mausoleum of Ataturk. Drive to Cappadocia, lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B.L.D)

Monday: CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, full day tour of Cappadocia; visit to the underground city of Kaymaklı & Citadel of Uchisar. After lunch continue with the valley of "Goreme" & open air museum. The last sites will be Pasabag Valley and Avanos. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight. (B,L,D)

Tuesday: CAPPADOCIA-KONYA-PAMUKKALE
Departure early in the morning for Konya. On the way visit the 13th century Seljukian caravanserai "Sultanhan". The next stop will be Konya which is famous with Mevlana Museum and the Theological Scholl of Whirling Dervishes.Lunch enroute, drive to Pamukkale for diner and overnight. (B,L,D,)

Wednesday: PAMUKKALE-KUSADASI

Visit the city of Hierapolis and Ancient Necropolis. Optional swim in the hot spring pools of Pamukkale at additional cost and drive to Aphrodissias. Visit the Greco - Roman settlement which is a well preserved city. After lunch drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight. (B.L.D)

Thursday: KUSADASI-EPHESUS
Full day Ephesus tour. After breakfast at the hotel drive to Meryemana and visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, the Agora and fantastic Greco - Roman theatre. After lunch visit the Basilica of St. John. Transfer back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (B.L.D)

Friday: KUSADASI
Breakfast at the hotel. Free Day in Kusadasi.(B.D)
You can enjoy the sandy beaches of Kusadasi or join optional tours.

Saturday: KUSADASI-PATMOS/GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port of Kusadasi for embarkation on Celestyal Cruise to Greek islands. (B, L, D) Full board on the cruise. Departure of the cruise approximately 13:00, bound for Patmos Island with shore excursion to the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto of Apocalypse. (PAT-01)

Sunday: HERAKLION/CRETE-SANTORINI
In the morning arrival in the island's capital, Heraklion Crete - shore excursion to Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization (HER-02). Continuation of the cruise to the island of Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Altantis. Shore excursion to Spectacular Oia village perched on the Caldera (SAN-01). (B,L,D)

Monday: ATHENS/GREECE
After breakfast on board Piraeus port, landing and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights' accommodation with breakfast included (B).

Tuesday: ATHENS/GREECE
Breakfast at hotel. 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 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. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)

Wednesday: ATHENS/GREECE
Breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to airport for international flight. (B)

*(B) Breakfast, (L), Lunch (D) Dinner.

Friday: ISTANBUL 
Upon arrival in Istanbul airport we meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Saturday: ISTANBUL
Full Day tour visiting the Museum of Saint Sophia, Roman Hippodrome. Lunch. Grand Covered Bazaar, Shopping,Topkapi Palace. Transfer back to hotel. (B.L)

Sunday: ISTANBUL-ANKARA–CAPPADOCIA
Early morning we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport on time to catch your flight to Ankara. Upon arrival we meet you and start a half day tour in Ankara including the Hittite Museum & Mausoleum of Ataturk. Drive to Cappadocia, lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B.L.D)

Monday: CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, full day tour of Cappadocia; visit to the underground city of Kaymaklı & Citadel of Uchisar. After lunch continue with the valley of "Goreme" & open air museum. The last sites will be Pasabag Valley and Avanos. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight. (B,L,D)

Tuesday: CAPPADOCIA-KONYA-PAMUKKALE
Departure early in the morning for Konya. On the way visit the 13th century Seljukian caravanserai "Sultanhan". The next stop will be Konya which is famous with Mevlana Museum and the Theological Scholl of Whirling Dervishes.Lunch enroute, drive to Pamukkale for diner and overnight. (B,L,D,)

Wednesday: PAMUKKALE-KUSADASI

Visit the city of Hierapolis and Ancient Necropolis. Optional swim in the hot spring pools of Pamukkale at additional cost and drive to Aphrodissias. Visit the Greco - Roman settlement which is a well preserved city. After lunch drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight. (B.L.D)

Thursday: KUSADASI-EPHESUS
Full day Ephesus tour. After breakfast at the hotel drive to Meryemana and visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, the Agora and fantastic Greco - Roman theatre. After lunch visit the Basilica of St. John. Transfer back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay. (B.L.D)

Friday: KUSADASI
Breakfast at the hotel. Free Day in Kusadasi.(B.D)
You can enjoy the sandy beaches of Kusadasi or join optional tours.

Saturday: KUSADASI-PATMOS/GREECE
Breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the port of Kusadasi for embarkation on Celestyal Cruise to Greek islands. (B, L, D) Full board on the cruise. Departure of the cruise approximately 13:00, bound for Patmos Island with shore excursion to the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto of Apocalypse. (PAT-01)

Sunday: HERAKLION/CRETE-SANTORINI
In the morning arrival in the island's capital, Heraklion Crete - shore excursion to Minoan Palace of Knossos-1st European Civilization (HER-02). Continuation of the cruise to the island of Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Altantis. Shore excursion to Spectacular Oia village perched on the Caldera (SAN-01). (B,L,D)

Monday: ATHENS/GREECE
After breakfast on board Piraeus port, landing and transfer to the hotel for 2 nights' accommodation with breakfast included (B).

Tuesday: ATHENS/GREECE
Breakfast at hotel. 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 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. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)

Wednesday: ATHENS/GREECE
Breakfast at hotel. In time transfer to airport for international flight. (B)

*(B) Breakfast, (L), Lunch (D) Dinner.

Rates per Person for all services outlined in Euros
Group 1
SeasonTripleTwinSingle
March 16-June 30 & Sept 01-Oct 31187120442785
July 01-August 31185620262770
Group 2
SeasonTripleTwinSingle
March 16-June 30 & Sept 01-Oct 31218924063471
July / August 216523703396

ADDITIONAL COSTS :

  • Port Taxes: Euros 133 per person
  • Cruise supplements to the above rates:

- Medium Season Supplement - For cruise departures from May 05 to Sep 01, 2017 (included):

  • Euros 25,00 per person in a triple cabin
  • Euros 25,00 per person in a twin cabin
  • Euros 40,00 for the single cabin

- High Season Supplement - For cruise departures from Sep 08 to Oct 06, 2017 (included):

  • Euros 50,00 per person in a triple cabin
  • Euros 50,00 per person in a twin cabin
  • Euros 75,00 for the single cabin