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TURKEY-GREECE EXPRESS with CAPPADOCIA (Tailor...

  • TURKEY-GREECE EXPRESS with CAPPADOCIA (Tailor made) : You have a limited time yet wish to taste the best of Turkey  and Greece … This program may be fit for you : Istanbul , Cappadocia , Kusadasi  (Ephesus), Athens  and area...
  • TURKEY-GREECE EXPRESS with CAPPADOCIA (Tailor made) : You have a limited time yet wish to taste the best of Turkey  and Greece … This program may be fit for you : Istanbul , Cappadocia , Kusadasi  (Ephesus), Athens  and area...
  • TURKEY-GREECE EXPRESS with CAPPADOCIA (Tailor made) : You have a limited time yet wish to taste the best of Turkey  and Greece … This program may be fit for you : Istanbul , Cappadocia , Kusadasi  (Ephesus), Athens  and area...
  • TURKEY-GREECE EXPRESS with CAPPADOCIA (Tailor made) : You have a limited time yet wish to taste the best of Turkey  and Greece … This program may be fit for you : Istanbul , Cappadocia , Kusadasi  (Ephesus), Athens  and area...
You have a limited time yet wish to taste the best of Turkey and Greece … This program may be fit for you : Istanbul , Cappadocia , Kusadasi (Ephesus), Athens and area...

You have a limited time yet wish to taste the best of Turkey and Greece … This program may be fit for you : Istanbul , Cappadocia , Kusadasi (Ephesus), Athens and area...

TOUR PLAN

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1.

Days

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 : stroll the covered and Egyptian Bazaars and in the evening enjoy a “dinner-cruise” on the Bosphorus or a "Dining Out the Turkish Way" evening program. 

Overnight in Istanbul


2.

Days
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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 surprizes !

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) :

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.

Overnight in Istanbul.

3.

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In the morning, transfer from your hotel to the airport to take the flight from Istanbul to Kayseri.

Explore Cappadocia.

Tour options:

Goreme Open Air Museum : Goreme was known, in the ancient times as Korama. The first references to it are in the early 7th Acts of St.Hieron, a 3rd C. saint, a native of Matianoi, or the modern Maccan. Goreme is an amphitheatre surrounded by steep cliffs leading to a pleasant, verdant valley, which puzzles every single visitor, by the interesting access to the many caves. The place we refer as the Goreme Open Air Museum is located in a small part of the whole valley and right next door to the modern village of Goreme. It is famous for its monastic complex of rock churches and chapel covered with frescoes.

Kaymakli : The underground city is one of the largest underground cities in Cappadocia with eight stories. It covers an area of approximately 4 km2 /1.5SM. Visitors can see only about 10% of the city by going down a maximum of five floors. The population of Kaymakli is thought to have been about 3000. Uchisar Rock Castle: Uchisar is the name of the fortress and the town where it is located (“Uc” is tip, “hisar” is fortress in Turkish). This 60 mt. high (200ft) fortress was not built but carved out of a natural hill dominating the area with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding Cappadocia formations.

Rose Valley: This isolated valley behind Urgup has beautiful rock formations with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area are the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider web. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.

Depending the Kayseri-Izmir flight schedules, overnight in Cappadocia or in Kusadasi .

4.

Days
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In the morning, transfer to the airport and flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, meet with your tour guide for a full day tour to Ephesus :

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.

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.

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 .

5.

Days
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Transfer to the airport of Izmir and direct flight (if operated on this day) to Athens. An alternative – to avoid the international flight via Istanbul – is to take the ferry from Kusadasi to Samos (only possible from April till October) and then fly to Athens. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and free afternoon.

Overnight in Athens.


6.

Days
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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
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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 and Delphi museum, with it's 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 .

8.

Days

Time at leisure till departure to the Airport for home flight.

If you still have a morning spare, why not join the morning tour to Corinth (canal and archaeological site) ?


INCLUDING:
- Group excursions as described in the program, English speaking tour guide and entrance fees included
- Accommodation in double room in 4* hotel, breakfast included
- Transfers in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir and Athens (airport-hotel-airport - weekend and night supplement not included)

Transfers included :
1. Istanbul airport-hotel-airport
2. Kayseri/Nevsehir airport-hotel-airport
2. Izmir Airport-Kusadasi-airport
3. Athens port-hotel-airport (except night and weekend suppl.)

Excursions included :
With cosmopolite English speaking group
1. One full day Cappadocia regular tour (entrance fees and lunch included)
2. Full day Ephesus and area (entrance fees and lunch included)
3. Athens Sightseeing (entrance fees included - no lunch)
4. Athens : Full day tour at choice (entrance fees and lunch included)

On private basis
1. Walking tour in Istanbul (entrance fees and lunch not included)

EXCLUDED:
- Flight Tickets
- Meals unless otherwise mentioned under "included"
- Drinks and other personal expenses
- Visa fee to enter Turkey and Greece if and when applicable
- Travel insurances (theft, loss of belongings, healthcare...)
- Any other service which is not stated as "included" above
- Tips
- Overnight Tax

OTHER INFO

Notes

This program is possible all year round as we propose you fly from Izmir to Athens with the direct flight operated 2-3 times per week depending the season.

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

About the prices :

1. Depending the seasonality or some international events (congress, faires...), prices of the hotels may change.

2. As ferry schedules are never 100% sure more than 15 days in advance, possible last minute program change need to be kept in mind.

3. Due to closure days of some sites / museums, tours may be swapped to ensure the best running of your program. We have endeavored to show these in the programs when possible.

4. Some ferries and flights are not being operated daily. Hence, to adapt the program accordingly, program changes may be needed. We will yet do our best to avoid your losing a precious day waiting for a connection.

5. Regarding the ferry sailings, the hot air balloon rides in Cappadocia and the cruise on the Bosphorus : These services are all weather bound and may be cancelled or delayed without prior notice. Our agency and the organizing agency will accept no responsibility in this case as cancellation is for your own safety !

ACTIVITY DETAILS
ACTIVITY CODE:
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LOCATION:
İstanbul

DATES AND PRICES

947

8 Days

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