The itinerary can be done in reverse order (starting Athens ending Istanbul)
The itinerary is flexible so changes can be made to suit your preferences
Daily departures April through October (changes needed if winter months)Tour Itinerary
DAY 01 - Arrival Istanbul:
Arrival to Istanbul Airport and meet for transfer to the hotel. Rest of day/evening then at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 02 - Historical Sights in Sultanahmet:
After breakfast at hotel meet with the guide to depart on the full day regular group tour to explore the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, the Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). After the tour, return to hotel with the evening then at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul
DAY 03 - Bosphorous Cruise, flight to Cappadocia:
Breakfast, check out and depart on morning tour that takes you for a cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores. The tour also includes a visit to the famous Spice Bazaar (except on Sundays when bazaar is closed). After tour a few hours free at leisure until transfer to airport for evening flight on to Cappadocia. Arrival and transfer to hotel, overnight in Cappadocia. ***For those on strict travel budget we can also arrange for travel by overnight intercity bus instead of domestic flight - let us know your preference.
DAY 04 - Cappadocia with Goreme:
Today join on the full day tour to visit Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi) where you can find the world famous fairy chimneys. Break for lunch in Avanos, a village famous for its pottery, then on to visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries where carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. Also view of Uchisar Natural rock castle. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 05 - Cappadocia with Derinkuyu Underground:
Breakfast at hotel, check out then depart on another full day tour this time starting with a visit to the famous Derinkuyu Underground City which was built as a defence and hiding site during the period of spreading Christianity. Then on to Ihlara Valley and a +/- 4km hike (medium grade) exploring rock hewn churches along the stream. On the way back stop for visit of monestary in Selime Valley and 13th century caravanserai. End of tour with some free time before transfer to the bus station for travel by overnight intercity bus to Pamukkale. **Flights are also available, please advise your preference when using the enquiry form.
DAY 06 - Pamukkale & Hierapolis ruins:
Arrival early morning to Pamukkale and meet for transfer to a small hotel where a day room will be provided for you to have a shower and breakfast. Then meet up with the tour visiting the natural formation of the travertens (cotton cliffs/cotton castle) in Pamukkale along with the ruins of Hierapolis. End of day with transfer to the hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 07 - Ephesus Sightseeing Tour:
Breakfast, check out and depart on to visit the Ancient City of Ephesus. Here you have the chance to walk down marble streets, view the magnificent Celsius Library and the Grand Theatre, just a few of the many buildings and fountains that can be found in this open air museum. The day will also include visits to the House of Virgin Mary and the remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 08 - Kusadasi - Marmaris - Rhodes:
Breakfast, check-out and transfer for departure on intercity bus to Marmaris. Arrival and short taxi ride to the port for passport control formalities then depart on the ferry to Rhodes (Greece). Arrival and transfer to hotel with evening free at leisure. Overnight in Rhodes.
DAY 09 - Rhodes at leisure:
The day is free at leisure for you to explore on your own around the Old Town of Rhodes, further along the island to areas like Lindos etc, or simply just to relax. Overnight Rhodes.
DAY 10 - Rhodes to Heraklion (Crete):
Breakfast, check-out and day at leisure for some further exploring until transfer to the airport for direct evening flight on to Heraklion (Crete). Arrival and transfer to hotel. Overnight Heraklion.
DAY 11 - Heraklion at leisure:
Breakfast then a full day for you to explore the city centre with its venetian walls, harbour, museums & restaurants. Highly recommended is to visit the nearby ruins of Knossos Palace. Overnight in Heraklion.
DAY 12 - Heraklion to Santorini:
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to the port for departure on highspeed/seajet ferry to Santorini. Arrival and after transfer to hotel remainder of the day and evening at leisure. Overnight in Santorini.
DAY 13 - Santorini at leisure:
A free day at leisure to relax on one of the many different beaches of Santorini (gold, red or black sands) or explore the capital town of Fira. There are also various excursions available, by bus and boat, to take you to visit the ruins and tour the volcano. Overnight in Santorini.
DAY 14 - Santorini to Athens:
Breakfast, check-out and some free time before transfer to the port for departure on standard/highspeed ferry to Athens (flights are also available). Arrival to Athens Pireaus Port and meet for transfer to the hotel, overnight in Athens.
DAY 15 - Athens City Tour with Acropolis:
Breakfast at hotel then meet to depart on a 1/2 day morning tour to view some of the most important sights in Athens such as Constitution Square (Syntagma), House of Parliament, Memorial to Unknown Soldier, National Library, Evzones in their picturesque uniform, Presidential Palace, Hadrian's Arch, Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Then visit the Acropolis with the Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike and Parthenon along with the New Acropolis Museum.End of morning tour with the remainder of the day and evening free at leisure for you to further explore other areas of Athens on your own. Overnight in Athens.
DAY 16 - Departure from Athens:
Breakfast, check-out and as per your international flight departure time meet for transfer to Athens Airport.
Hotel accomodation in category of your choice, mix of BB / HB basis
All noted sightseeing day tours on regular group (or private guided) basis
Guiding in English, main entrance fees, tour transport, lunches on full day tours
All noted domestic flight, bus & ferry tickets for required routes, economy class
All transfers between hotels/airports/ports on arrivals and departures in each area
Taxes and handling servicesAverage Package Rates:
(for reference only - depends on season, number of persons, hotels, etc)
2* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
3* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
4* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
5* starting from : Euro per person sharing in double/twin (low season)
Please use the Booking / Enquiry Form for any questions you may have regarding this travel package and/or to receive a quote based on your preference of accommodation (2*/3*/4*/5*) and dates/month of travel.