Greece -Turkey Combo Tour

Med Combo Tour GRTU_2:   

Visit: Europe, Asia continents – Greece, Turkey countries

See: Ancient Greek, Byzantine & Ottoman civilizations.

Duration:11 days / 10 nights

Schedule:Upon request

Operating:All the year round

Included

Hotels 3* - 5*

Transfers with a/c luxurious coach or taxi

Official guides in archaeological sites and museums

Entrance Fees

Not Included

International Flight ticket: Athens – Istanbul or vice versa

Highlights:

·Greece:Athens sightseeing with Acropolis-Corinth Canal-Nafplio-Epidaurus-Mycenae-Ancient Olympia-Delphi–Plaka, Athens old town.  One day 3 Greek islands cruise  

·Turkey: Istanbul sightseeing – Hippodrome – Hagia Sofia – Blue Mosque - Top Kappi Palace – Grand Bazaar – Camlica Hill, Ephesus Pergamon, Izmir(Smyrna), Bosporus canal cruise

TOUR ITINERARY

1st Tour Day:Arrival to Istanbul Airport, meet with our representative, Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

OPTIONAL: Bosporus Dinner Cruise including traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner

2nd Tour Day:Istanbul (Constantinople until 1453) city tour.

Guided tour to old Istanbul city. Visit Agia Sophia built by Constantine the Great in the 4thand reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century,  Topkapi Palace the great palace of the Ottoman sultans, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar with its 4000 shops selling everything. OPTIONAL: Evening show with belly dancing entertainment.

3rd Tour Day: Istanbul Bosporus Cruise and Shopping Tour

Visit to SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas from various herbs and spices. Then Bosporus by boat, a traditional excursion along the canal separating Europe and Asia. On the way we’ll see, from the boat, many palaces and Ottoman monuments and magnificent views from Camlica Hill. SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Walk the streets of Istanbul and enjoy the shopping in traditional silk and carpet shops, handcrafts centre and see jewelry and modern leatherwear show. Overnight in Istanbul.

ALTERNATIVE routing for shorter itineraries:Indeed of Shopping tour in the afternoon, transfer to Istanbul a/p. Flight to Athens. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Athens

4th Tour Day: Izmir Kusadasi Pergamon

Morning short flight to Izmir. After arrival, drive to Pergamonto visit the ancient city dating before the 4th century BC. Visit many impressive sites, including the Athenaeum, the second largest library of the Ancient world. The Acropolis with the beautiful views from the hill-top. The Temple of Trajian and the Sanctuary of Asclepius, an important healing centre/hospital in ancient times, second most famous Aesclepion after the one in the island of Cos. Drive to Kusadasi. Overnight

5th Tour Day: Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary

Morning departure for Ephesus. Guided tour to the largest ancient port-city in Asia Minor. First we will visit the House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John and where she spent her last years of her life. Then we’ll visit the Ephesus Ruins (Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Baths, Celcus Library and the Theatre. Finally, the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Before heading back to Kusadasi we will visit Isabey Mosque and after some free time for shopping we return to Kusadasi Port for our departure by boat to Greek island of Samos. Night ferry Samos to Piraeus. Overnight on board in double cabins.

6th Tour Day: Athens sightseeing

Morning arrival to Piraeus. Guided full day Athens city tour. We’ll visit Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier to see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus st, you and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. Then Acropolis,the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age (5thCentury BC) of Athens, Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and finally Parthenon - a place any civilized person has to visit. We complete the visit with the new Museum of Acropolis. Overnight in Athens

7th Tour Day: Greek islands daily cruise

This day have a daily excursion to Greek islands and get in touch with the Aegean jewelries. Morning transfer to Piraeus port. Embark on boat for 1 day cruise with lunch and show on board to nearby islands of Aegina, Poros, Hydra. Return to Piraeus in the evening. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight Athens.

8th Tour Day: Classical Greece Tour

This day we start our 2 days guided Classical Greece tour where we’ll see the classical sites of ancient Greece. Morning drive to Peloponnesus - Argolida to see the ancient open theater of Epidaurus(16000 seats - 4th century B.C), famous for its acoustics. We’ll visit the Homeric city of Mycenae,(1300 B.C.),home town of King Agamemnon, leader of Greeks in the Trojan war, to see the Lions Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, the Royal Tombs. Then we’ll visit the beautiful Nafplio, the first capital of Greece in its modern history after Greek’s revolution against Turks in 1821. On the way to Argolida we’ll have a short stop at Corinth Canal. Then driving through central Peloponnesus we arrive to Olympia. Overnight at Olympia.

9th Tour Day: Guided visit to Ancient Olympia, the archeological site with the Temple of Zeus, the Temple of Hera, the altar of the Olympic flame, the Olympic stadium of 45,000 seating capacity where the first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C, and the archaeological museum with the famous Hermes sculpture of Praxitelus. Then with driving on west side of Peloponnesus we cross the new bridge of Rio and we arrive to Delphi.

10th Tour Day:  Delphi city considered by the ancients Greeks to be the center (omphalos = navel) of the world and a religious center. This is the place where you might get Pythia’s chrism for your future and the future of the world, as many other Kings and Emperors in the past have done. Even Alexander the Great got her advice before conquering the word. Guided tour to Archeological site, Temple of Apollo, theater, market and the famous Omphalos (navel of the earth) and the Delphi museum with the amazing sculptures. Then we visit the traditional village of Arachova and latter on we start our trip back to Athens. Overnight in Athens.

OPTIONAL Greek folklore night with Greek food and wine in a tavern at Plaka, Athens old town.

11th day: Free time in Athens. Transfer to Athens airport for your departure.

NOTE:Alternative shorter Routings / itineraries – Days nr as described above:

1) Option-1: Turkey 1, 2, 3 – Greece 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Istanbul + Full Greece – 9d/8n)

2) Option-2: Turkey 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – Greece 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 (Full Turkey + Classical Greece - No Greek island cruise 10d/9n)

3) Option-3: Istanbul 1, 2, 3 – Athens 6, 7, 11 (Istanbul + Athens + 1 day 3 Greek islands cruise 6d/5n)

4) Any other tailor made combination.

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