Mediterranean Cities & Islands Tour

Istanbul - Athens – Mykonos - Santorini

Med Combo_02:     Combo Cities: 2 Historical cities Athens, Istanbul  -  2 Famous Greek Islands: Mykonos Santorini

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Schedule: Upon request

Operating: All the year round (recommended April to October)

Included

Hotels 3* - 5*

Transfers with a/c luxurious coach or taxi

Official guides in archeological sites

Entrance Fees

Not Included International Flight ticket: Rome - Athens – Istanbul or vice versa

Highlights:

Continents: Asia, Europe

Civilizations: Ancient Greek, Byzantine, Ottoman

Countries:

  • Greece: Athens sightseeing tour - Acropolis and its new museum, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus Panathenaic Stadium.
  • Classical Greece tour – Daily excursion to Delphi Or Argolida.
  • Greek Islands - Mykonos Santorini
  • Turkey: Istanbul city tour – Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque,  TopKappi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Camlica Hill, Spice bazaar.
  • Vosporus cruise.

TOUR ITINERARY

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

OPTIONAL: Bosporos Dinner Cruise including traditional Turkish entertainment.

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

Guided tour to old Istanbul city. Visit Agia Sophia built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. Toplapi Palace the great palace of the Ottoman sultans with the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury. Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque), Hippodrome the center of Byzantine life for 1000 years, Grand Covered Bazaar with its more than 4,000 shops.  OPTIONAL: Evening show with belly dancing entertainment or Bosporos Cruise with dinner and Turkish style entertainment. Overnight in Istanbul.

3rd Day: Istanbul Bosporos Cruise

Visit to SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas from various herbs and spices. ThenBosporus 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. In the afternoon transfer to Istanbul a/p. Flight to Athens. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Athens

4thDay: Athens sightseeing

Guided full day city tour. We’ll see Constitution Square (Syntagma), House of Parliament, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Evzones in their picturesque uniform, the Hadrian’s Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and 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 with Parthenon - a place any civilized person has to visit. We complete the visit with the new Museum of Acropolis.Overnight in Athens. OPTIONAL Greek folklore night.

5th day: Daily Excursion to Delphi OR Argolida.

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. Guided tour to Archeological site and the museum with the amazing sculptures. Then we visit the traditional village of Arachova and in the afternoon return to Athens.

OR Alternative daily excursion to Argolida - Homeric Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio and Corinth Canal (Isthimos)

Morning drive to Peloponnesus- Argolida to see the ancient open theatre of Epidaurus (16000 seats - 4th century B.C), famous for its acoustic, the Homeric city of Mycenae (1300 B.C.),home town of King Agamemnon, leader of Greeks in the Trojan war, 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. Return to Athens.

6th Day: Mykonos Island

Morning transfer to Piraeus port. Ferry to Mykonos (3,5 hrs). Transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon escorted tour to Mykonos town, Ano Mera village, the monastery of Panagia Tourliani and the famous beaches of Paradise and Super paradise. Return to Mykonos town and walk in the narrow streets, see the little Venice and the windmills. In the night explore Mykonos night life.

7th Day: Santorini Island

Transfer to the port and get the high speed boat to Santorini. Transfer to your hotel. Walk by your own to Fira and have a lunch in a local tavern. Early in the evening depart on tour to Oia with the English speaking escort. Walk around Oia. Enjoy the fantastic volcano views and the amazing sunset. Dinner with wine at Oia in a local tavern with sunset view. Then transfer to your hotel.

8th Day: Boat tour to Caldera - Volcano OR Santorini villages tour

Full day boat tour to see the Volcano, the isle of Thirassia, Caldera views and the famous sun set from Oia OR tour to Santorini Villages with spectacular views and visit to a local winery for wine testing.

9th Day: Santorini Piraeus

Free morning in Santorini to walk around Fira or visit to Akrotiri archeological site, a Minoan settlement as early as 3000 BC. Transfer to port. Early afternoon ferry to Piraeus (8 hrs). Transfer to Athens hotel.

10th Day: Departure

Free morning in Athens. Transfer to Athens a/p for your flight back home

NOTE: Alternative Itineraries:

1) Option 1 (9d / 8n): Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

2) Option 2 (8d / 7n): Days 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10