Beautiful Turkey and Athens
You will travel to FILERIMOS up on a hill where you will be able to visit its small monastery sitting amid amazing landscapes. Travel to LINDOS where its medieval fort and Greek Acropolis own the sea. You will be able to take a stroll along the white-washed and commercial downtown streets, rest up at one of its beaches or walk up to the Acropolis. 13 days visiting Athens, Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Ihlara, Konya, Egridir, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris, Rhodes, Night on Board, Athens.
DAY 01 MON. Istanbul.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival. Transfer to the hotel.
Welcome to Europe!!! On arrival at the airport we shall be waiting to transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy free time until your tour starts, information about the meeting place and start time can be found on the information boards in the hotel reception area.
DAY 02 TUE. Istanbul.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Sightseeing tour. Cable car to Pierre Loti viewpoint. Topkapi Palace. Evening transfer to Taksim.
A sightseeing tour of the city. We find ourselves in a city built in two continents. On our tour, we will include a cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti viewpoint and we will enter the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent (the largest in Istanbul). We will see the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and we will admire
the exterior of Hagia Sofia. After the visit, we will offer tickets and a visit to the Top Kapi Palace, which was the administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire, with its magnificent courtyards and its pavilions. At the end of the afternoon we will provide a transfer to the Taksim neighbourhood, the most commercialised and lively area of the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower.
DAY 03 WED. Istanbul.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Boat trip on the Bosphorus.
Today we include a boat trip on the Bosphorus that will last about two hours. We will undertake the trip on a boat exclusively for ours travellers. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. We will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. We will pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and we will admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas. Free time.
DAY 04 THU. Istanbul- Ankara- Cappadocia.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: High speed train. Arrival to the fantastic Cappadocia region. Dinner included.
Today we travel by train: from the station in the Asia district, we take the most modern and fast train in Turkey, a pleasant 4-hour trip through the Anatolian landscapes, perhaps having a coffee in the train café. Arrival in ANKARA. After a time to have lunch in the area of the station, travelling by bus, we will take you to discover the Mausoleum of Ataturk. After that, we will continue en route to Cappadocia. We will pass through the SALT LAKE, with its incredible landscapes. Arrival in AVANOS (CAPPADOCIA), dinner included.
DAY 05 FRI. Cappadocia.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Landscapes of spectacular shapes. Picturesque towns. Dinner included.
Full day in the fantastic region of CAPPADOCIA, with its lunar landscapes, its churches and troglodyte villages. We will discover the GOREME Valley with its open air museum and its churches carved into the rocks, entry tickets included. We will visit UCHISAR, a natural fortress. In KAIMACLI we will visit the underground city that could house 30,000 people. Returning to Avanos we stop at PASABAG, the valley of the fairies, we will walk in this spectacular natural area. Free time and dinner included.
DAY 06 SAT. Cappadocia- Ihlara- Konya.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Ihlara Valley, Caravanserai, Konya. Dinner included.
At the far end of Cappadocia, we will visit the IHLARA Valley; known for the freshness of its waters, its churches and villages excavated in the rock. Then we continue our route, with a stop in an old CARAVANSERAI from the 13th Century before arriving in KONYA where we visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana. Here we will learn about the sect of the Dervishes (entrance included). Dinner included. At night, we suggest that you attend the dance performance of the whirling dervishes in the cultural centre.
DAY 07 SUN. Konya- Egridir- Pamukkale.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Fantastic Cotton Castle at the end of the day. Dinner included.
We take a scenic road between the lakes, and get to know EGRIDIR, a beautiful town next to a large lake, with its walls and mosques. There’s time to have lunch. We then continue to PAMUKKALE-Hierapolis, whose calcareous waters have created the Cotton Castle (entrance included). Dinner included.
DAY 08 MON. Pamukkale- Ephesus- Kusadasi.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Ephesus. Dinner included.
We leave for EPHESUS, the best-preserved ancient city of Asia Minor; 2000 years ago it had a quarter of a million inhabitants. We see the house of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of Saint John and the impressive ruins of Ephesus (entrance included). We then go on to KUSADASI, a popular coastal town with a lot of atmosphere, commercial life and a small castle. Dinner included.
DAY 09 TUE. Kusadasi- Bodrum- Marmaris.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Views over the Aegean. Beautiful Bodrum. Dinner included.
We leave for Bodrum, a very beautiful fortified city of Greek origin. You can visit its castle, stroll through its streets full of life and tourism or go around its sports marina. After lunch, we go on our way to MARMARIS, another very beautiful coastal tourist enclave with its castle, its marina and its fountains. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 10 WED. Marmaris- Rhodes.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Ferry to Rhodes (Greece). City tour of Rhodes.-
We will embark toward Greece first thing in the morning. Express ferry, the journey will last about an hour. Im- migration checks. Arrival in Rhodes. City tour of this in- credible walled city and the old quarter, which bears the imprints of the different cultures that shaped it (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Knights of Saint John, Ottoman, Italian.) Free afternoon. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The timetable for the ferry between Rhodes and Marmaris is frequently modified and doesn’t operate every day (except in the Summer months), this part of the trip’s itinerary may have to be modified accordingly.
DAy 11 THU. Rhodes- Night on Board.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Excursion in Rhodes. Night ferry-boat to Athens.
Today,an excursion around the island of Rhodes is included. We will travel to FILERIMOS up on a hill where you will be able to visit its small monastery sitting amid amazing landscapes. Afterward we will travel to LINDOS where its medieval fort and Greek Acropolis own the sea. You will be able to take a stroll along the whitewashed and commercial downtown streets, rest up at one of its beaches or walk up (on a donkey if desired) to the Acropolis. At the cited time, we will meet up at the port of Rhodes and embark on the ferry to Athens.
DAY 12 FRI. Ferry- Athens.-
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour in Athens- Evening transfer.
Arrival first thing in the morning where a panoramic visit of Athens is included to know the Presidential Palace, the Panathenaic Stadium (where the first modern day Olympic Games were held), the national library, the busy downtown plazas, as well as the new suburbs which appeared at the time of the 2004 Olympic Games. We will wrap up the tour at the Acropolis (entrance not included). A transfer to the PLAKA quarter is included in the evening, a place full of small Greek taverns where you can also experience this country´s folklore.
DAY 13 SAT. Athens.-
After breakfast, end of our services.
- Travel by bus with English speaking guide.
- Basic travel insurance.
- Hotels according to the itinerary.
- Breakfast buffet.
- Arrival transfer
- Boat: Tour of the Bosphorus in Istanbul
- City tour in: Istanbul, Rhodes, Athens
- Evening Transfer: Taksim Square in Istanbul, Plaka Quarter in Athens
- Ticket admission: Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara, Goreme Valley; Valley of Uchisar; Underground city of Kaimacli; Pasabag Valley in Cappadocia, Valley of Ihlara in Ihlara, Caravanserai; Mevlana Mausoleum in Konya, Pamukkale – Hierapolis in Pamukale, house of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Ruins of Ephesus
- Ferry: Marmaris/Rhodes; Rhodes/ Athens
- Funicular: Cableway Viewpoint of Pierre Loti in Istanbul
- High Speed Train: Istanbul – Ankara
- 6 Lunch or Dinner Included in: Cappadocia (02), Konya (01), Pamukale (01), Kusadasi (01), Marmaris (01)
- Dec.20: 07, 14, 21, 28
- Jan.21: 04, 11, 18, 25
- Feb.21: 01, 08, 15, 22
- Mar.21: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
- Apr.21: 05, 12, 19, 26
- May.21: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
- Jun.21: 07, 14, 21, 28
- Jul.21: 05, 12, 19, 26
- Aug.21: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
- Sep.21: 06, 13, 20, 27
- Oct.21: 04, 11, 18, 25
- Nov.21: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
- Dec.21: 06, 13, 20, 27
- Jan.22: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
- Feb.22: 07, 14, 21, 28
- Mar.22: 07, 14, 21, 28
PRICES PER PERSON
SEASON DBL SINGL
High S. $1.373 $1.930
Mid S. $1.470 $2.026
Low S. $1.311 $1.867
- Programme with ferries subject to special changes
- The timetable for the ferry between Rhodes and Marmaris is frequently modified and doesn’t operate every day (except in the Summer months), this part of the trip’s itinerary may have to be modified accordingly.
- It is a general policy in the hotels that may request a deposit of money on arrival at each of the hotels where you will be staying. This deposit is charged at the time of check in and is refunded upon departure if you did not make any expenses at the hotel.
- The space in the holds of the coaches and in the train wagons is limited and this determines the maximum amount of luggage authorized per passenger on our circuits: one suitcase per person and one handbag. Carrying more luggage than allowed can be checked in at destination.