ISTANBUL, EPHESUS and CRUISE TOUR (Partially Tailor Made) - Anker Turizm Travel

ISTANBUL, EPHESUS and CRUISE TOUR (Partially...

  • ISTANBUL, EPHESUS and CRUISE TOUR (Partially Tailor Made): This is an itinerary proposing a short discovery tour in Turkey before boarding a Greek Island cruise with disembarkation in Athens .
  • ISTANBUL, EPHESUS and CRUISE TOUR (Partially Tailor Made): This is an itinerary proposing a short discovery tour in Turkey before boarding a Greek Island cruise with disembarkation in Athens .
  • ISTANBUL, EPHESUS and CRUISE TOUR (Partially Tailor Made): This is an itinerary proposing a short discovery tour in Turkey before boarding a Greek Island cruise with disembarkation in Athens .
  • ISTANBUL, EPHESUS and CRUISE TOUR (Partially Tailor Made): This is an itinerary proposing a short discovery tour in Turkey before boarding a Greek Island cruise with disembarkation in Athens .
This is an itinerary proposing a short discovery tour in Turkey before boarding a Greek Island cruise with disembarkation in Athens .

This is an itinerary proposing a short discovery tour in Turkey before boarding a Greek Island cruise with disembarkation in Athens .

The cruise proposed is a 4 or 5 days cruise from Kusadasi port yet if you check our www.allcruisesfromturkey.com website, you will find a waiver of cruises at choice.


TOUR PLAN

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1.

Days
Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel and free time to recover from travel.

In the event your arrive in the morning and wish to already attend some activity in the afternoon, we propose a sightseeing tour along the Bosphorus and the Byzantine City Walls to end at the Café Pierre Loti from where you can enjoy - as the famous French writer did - a unique view over the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the city both Asian and European shores while sipping a welcome tea or coffee.

An alternative – as introduction to Istanbul – would be to stroll the bazaars and then embark a 2 hours cruise on the Bosphorus…

Overnight in Istanbul


2.

Days
Istanbul or Kusadasi 2 click here for the tour programme

Today we will visit the capital of three empires, the only city spread over two continents, bridge between East and West... a metropolis full of surprises !

The highlights of this city, the must do’s are the Ayasofya Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Sultanahmet (Blue) Mosque, the Hippodrome… ! To better feel, live Istanbul, we propose a walking tour (max. 2km – 1,5Mi) : Our visits will start at the Saint Sophia, a basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. Once the symbol of the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul and reconverted to a mosque, the Saint Sophia is today a museum and one of the architectural marvels of all times. Just opposite the Saint Sophia, the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque : this building of the 16th century is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. The Hippodrome was the scene of chariot races in the Byzantine times. The three monuments in the middle, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine column and the Column of Constantine, are relics of these glorious times. After lunch, we continue with the visit of the Topkapi Palace, the palace of the Ottoman sultans for about 5 centuries which today houses a marvelous collection of crystal, silver and Chinaware, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the imperial jewels, miniatures. Except from these you will also enjoy wandering in the gardens entering imperial rooms and salons.

The Saint Sophia museum is closed on Mondays, official and religious holidays. This tour does not include the visit of the Harem. The Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, official and religious holidays.

Overnight in Istanbul or fly to Izmir, transfer to Kusadasi for overnight

3.

Days
Kusadasi 3 click here for the tour programme

In the morning, we depart for Selcuk and will visit the archaeological site of Ephesus and its area :

Join a morning (only Ephesus archaeological site) or full day tour to Ephesus (also includes the Shrine of Virgin Mary and the Archaeology Museum or the Isabey Mosque)

You also have the option to have a private tour to Ephesus : 

Ephesus, famous in antiquity for its Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - and later the home of St. John. As you arrive at Ephesus, enter the ancient site through the Magnesian Gate, follow your guide as you discover the monuments such as the Forum, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica and the Great Theatre, built in the Greek era and reconstructed in the Roman period, which is still remarkable for its acoustics. Observe the symbols and ancient Greek inscriptions all around which can still be read. As your guided tour comes to an end, leave Ephesus along the Arcadian Way, where once Mark Anthony and Cleopatra rode in procession. Driving back to Kusadasi, just outside Ephesus , you will notice the Basilica of St. John, erected over the grave of St John in the 6th Century AD by the Emperor Justinian. Just downhill, lays the site of the famous Temple of Artemis, today in ruins. Meet at your hotel with your tour guide and driver and depart for the Shrine of Virgin Mary.

After a short visit of this site, we will proceed to the upper gate of Ephesus. The visit of this site is expected to take between 1,5 and 2 hours.

If you wish, you may consider visiting the Terraces Houses (instead of the Shrine of Virgin Mary), an exhibit of several antique mansions representing lifestyle and decoration of the Antique period.

In the afternoon, we propose two alternatives :

1. You proceed with visit of archaeological sites such as the Basilica of Saint John, the Mosque of Isabey and the Archaeology Museum of Selcuk.

2. Take a lighter program and enjoy a tour to the old Greek village of Sirince where - while strolling the streets - you will enjoy fruit wine tasting and / or admire handmade household linen.

Overnight in Kusadasi

4.

Days
4 to Day 6 or 7 : On Cruise 4 click here for the tour programme

In the morning transfer to the Kusadasi port and check-in procedure for the Cruise which will depart at noon.

Two Cruise routes are on offer :

Departure on Tuesday (5 days – 4 nights) :

Tuesday afternoon : Patmos

Wednesday : Rhodes

Thursday morning : Heraklion, Crete

Thursday afternoon : Santorini

Friday morning : Athens – disembarkation

Departure on Saturday (4 days – 3 nights) :

Saturday afternoon : Patmos

Sunday morning : Heraklion, Crete

Sunday afternoon : Santorini

Monday morning : Athens - disembarkation

5.

Days
4 to Day 6 or 7 : On Cruise 5 click here for the tour programme

In the morning transfer to the Kusadasi port and check-in procedure for the Cruise which will depart at noon.

Two Cruise routes are on offer : 

Departure on Tuesday (5 days – 4 nights) :

Tuesday afternoon : Patmos

Wednesday : Rhodes

Thursday morning : Heraklion, Crete 

Thursday afternoon : Santorini

Friday morning : Athens – disembarkation

Departure on Saturday (4 days – 3 nights) : 

Saturday afternoon : Patmos

Sunday morning : Heraklion, Crete 

Sunday afternoon : Santorini

Monday morning : Athens - disembarkation

6.

Days
Day 6 or 7 : Athens 6 click here for the tour programme

Upon disembarkation, transfer to your hotel.

In the morning then join a group to discover Athens…

Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis Museum : 

From Tuesday to Sunday, all year round - Dep: 08:30 - Ret: 13:30

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half-day sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided halfday tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. The Athens half-day tour depart for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, and finally ACROPOLIS (visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon,Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the ACROPOLIS museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.

Free afternoon to stroll the “Plaka” (old town) area. 

Overnight in Athens

7.

Days
Day 6 or 7 : Athens 7 click here for the tour programme

Upon disembarkation, transfer to your hotel.

In the morning then join a group to discover Athens…

Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis Museum :

From Tuesday to Sunday, all year round - Dep: 08:30 - Ret: 13:30

From the Acropolis to Omonia Square, with the half-day sightseeing and Acropolis museum tour you'll see all the famous sites of ancient and modern Athens on this comprehensive morning tour. Offering a perfect overview of the modern city, this guided halfday tour will help you get your bearings if this is your first visit to Athens. The Athens half-day tour depart for a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed, passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus. You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens, the Academy of Athens, and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden, Hadrian’s Arc, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Old Parliament, Constitution Square ,Russian Orthodox Church, and finally ACROPOLIS (visit Propylae, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon,Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens). Continue the expert guided Athens sightseeing and museum tour with a pleasant short walk passing by Herodion and Dionysos Theater, in order to visit the ACROPOLIS museum. Avoid and skip the lines of the new museum. Main attractions such as votives, artifacts of every day life, statues from archaic period, Caryatids, and of course the Parthenon hall with the metopes, the pediments and the frieze will impress you.  

Free afternoon to stroll the “Plaka” (old town) area.

Overnight in Athens

8.

Days
Athens 8 click here for the tour programme

Day at leisure in Athens or possibility to join a one day excursion :

Delphi : Daily service from 01 April to 31 October (except Mondays)

Dep: 08:45 - Ret: 18:45

Depart from our terminal for one day trip from Athens to Delphi to expore one of the most famous archaelogical sites of Greece. Along the way, you will see the plain of Beotia, an agricultural center and you will also pass by the city of Theva, the birthplace of King Oedipus. You will continue your Delphi day tour towards Mt. Parnassos, making a short rest stop outside the town of Levadia.You will drive then to DELPHI, known in ancient times as the navel of the world. Pass by Castalia Spring, visit at the archaeological site and view the monument of the Argive Kings, the treasury of the Athenians, the Athenian Stoa, the Polygonal Wall, the monument of Platea and the Temple of Apollo famous for its oracle. The spectacular exhibits include the frieze of the Treasury of the Sifnians, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinoos the metopes of the Athenian treasury, the famous bronze Charioteer, originally created to commemorate a victory during the 476 B.C. Pythian Games, and many other artifacts. After lunch return to Athens via the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, built on the south slopes of Parnassus, well known for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese (short stop).

OR

Argolis : From 01 April to 31 October :

Monday to Thursday and Saturday - Dep: 08:45 - Ret: 18:45

Explore with this guided one full day trip from Athens the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC and a world heritage monument. Depart from our terminal for one day tour via the coastal National highway for the Corinth canal (short stop). After the Corinth Canal, you enter the region of Argolis, land of Homer’s Golden Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dating back to the second century B.C., Mycenae was one of the major centers of Greek civilization and a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece . Visit the archaeological site, home to the kingdom of mythical Agamemnon. You will see the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Tombs, including Agamemnon Clytemnestra's, and the Treasury of Atreus, a magnificent 14th-century B.C. structure. Time will then be taken for a traditional Greek optional lunch at a nearby restaurant. Before lunch an optional stop in a pottery factory. After lunch through ARGOS proceed to Nauplia the first capital of modern Greece with its Venetian fortress of PALAMIDI and the fortified islet of BOURTZI (short stop). Continue on to Epidaurus and visit the ancient theatre. The UNESCO’S world heritage listed monument is reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo's son Asklepios, the healer and was the most celebrated healing center of the classical world. Epidaurus is probably most famous for its theatre, one of the best preserved classical Greek buildings and still used today due to its amazing acoustics. The Mycenae - Epidaurus day tour returns to Athens in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Athens

9.

Days
Going home full of nice souvenirs ? 9 click here for the tour programme

Time at leisure till transfer to the Athens airport for your home flight.

If you still have a morning free, you may consider to join a morning tour to the canal of Corinth. OR

Possibility to join a 2 or 3 days cultural tour to the Meteora.

INCLUDING:
1. Transfers and Excursions as detailed in the program
2. Accommodation in double room, breakfast included
(Hotels are 3* or 4* or boutique style 3* or 4* equivalent)

EXCLUDED:
1. Transfers and/or Excursions on the Greek islands during cruise
2. Flight Tickets in both countries
3. Meals unless otherwise mentioned under "included"
4. Drinks and other personal expenses
5. Visa fees if / when needed for both countries
6. Any other service not mentioned as "included" above
7. Overnight Taxes in both countries
8. Cruise program


OTHER INFO

Notes

1. Depending the seasonality or some international events (congress, fairs...) prices of the proposed hotels may vary.

2. Due to closure days of some sites and museums, tours may be swapped to ensure the best running of your program. We have endeavored to show these in the program.

Possible program alternatives :

1. Private excursions at any or all destinations (supplement to be added)

2. Higher or lower hotel category (price difference to be reflected)

3. Guide services in other language than English (supplement possible)

4. Possible connection with other tours you have booked with third parties

5. Chauffeur driven rental car (supplement to be added)

6. This is a program proposal. We are open to any additions or reductions you may require. These will be reflected in the new quotation.

ACTIVITY DETAILS
ACTIVITY CODE:
#CO0006
LOCATION:
İstanbul
TRANSPORTATION
Flight    Bus    Sea   

DATES AND PRICES

645

9 Days

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