Explore the bazaars of Istanbul and historical sights of the Sultanahmet area then head to Athens, the heart of democracy, with chance to visit the Acropolis, make an excursion out to the ancient city of Delphi and enjoy a one day cruise to the smaller Saronic Islands. Can be easily customized based on your travel dates and requirements.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival:
Meet on flight arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and transfer to hotel (can also arrange airport transfer from Istanbul SAW). Rest of the day / evening is then free at leisure for you to relax or begin exploring the local surroundings. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 02 - Historical Sights of Sultanahmet:
Breakfast at hotel then meet to join on regular group tour (private guided available on request) to explore some of the most important sights in the historical Sultanahmet area. Visit the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 03 - Bosphorous Cruise Sightseeing:
Again meet to depart on full day regular group tour (private guided available on request), this time starting with a morning cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores. After cruise visits to the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorous Bridge and Camlica Hill for panoramic views. Evening free at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 04 - Istanbul to Athens:
Breakfast, check-out and as per chosen flight time transfer to Istanbul Airport for departure to Athens. Meet on arrival for transfer to hotel, rest of day/evening at leisure. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 05 - Athens City Tour:
Breakfast at hotel then join on one of the following regular group excursions (you get to choose):
a) 5hr Coach tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & panoramic drive through city center
b) 3hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis & stroll through the city centre
c) 5hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & stroll through city centre
d) 3hr Athens Food walking tour: visiting specialty food shops with tastings & Varvakeios market
*Other alternatives available, like wine tasting etc, advise your preference in the enquiry form
Afternoon and evening free at leisure for you to further explore on your own. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 06 - Delphi (or Argolis) Sightseeing Tour:
Today you have the choice to join on either the full day Delphi Tour or full day Argolis Tour.
Delphi: Depart on drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing towns of Thebes - connected with tragedy of King Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova. In Delphi visit the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios. Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo and Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the athlete Aghias.
Argolis: Leave by the coastal road along the Saronic Gulf to the Corinth Canal (short stop). Drive to Mycenae and visit the Lion’s Gate, the Cyclopean Walls, and the Royal Tombs etc. Depart for Nauplion the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress. Afternoon, leave for Epidauros to visit the theatre (4th century BC) famous for its astonishing acoustics. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 07 - Saronic Island Cruise:
Transfer to Piraeus for embarkation on the cruise boat. Then sail for the island of Hydra where you have time (around 1 hour) for a stroll, shopping or swimming. Then sail for Poros, the smallest of the three islands, separated from the Peloponnese by a narrow strait and offering a most enchanting view of Poros Town. Your time at leisure in Poros will be about 60 minutes. Lunch will be served during the voyage. On board again and after a two hour trip arrive to the last port of call, the island of Aegina. Here you once again have some free time at leisure to stroll around or swim weather permitting. Optional excursion, by bus, to the fine preserved Temple of Afea Athena. Embarkation for the voyage of return. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 08 - Departure:
Breakfast, check-out and per your international flight departure time transfer to Athens Airport.

A Customer Review

We had a great time at Istanbul and Greece - one of the best holidays that I had. The hotel arrangement, transfer etc were well organised, especially Saint John hotel at Mykonos is magnificant, Dana Villas at Santorini has such breathtaking views, also good view at Marmara Istanbul. Excellent choices. Only issue that SuperJet ferry from Mykonos to Santorini was delayed for 2.5hrs. Anyway overall it was a great arrangement. Thank you and if I plan for another trip around the area, I will definitely contact you and will refer you to any of my friends who is planning to visit the area. Best regards, Sally.


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What's included?

  • Hotel accomodation in category of your choice
  • Breakfasts at hotels throughout (dinners optional)
  • Guided day tours, regular group (private on request)
  • Guiding in English, main entrances, tour transport
  • Lunches during full day tours, drinks extra
  • Flight ticket from Istanbul to Athens
  • Arrival & departure transfers throughout
  • Taxes and handling services


  • Available in reverse order, start Athens end Istanbul
  • Very flexible, can be customized to suit preferences
  • Available on daily basis, year round
  • Please note that this is not a set departure tour with the same persons all travelling together from start to end. What we do is arrange all accommodation & transport per your travel dates and then combine this with the noted sightseeing day tours in each area. This gives you the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to better suit your dates & "wish list".

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