Classic Greece Tour from Athens to Istanbul

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Duration 📅

15 Days

Flights ✈️

International flights are NOT included

Airport Transfer 🧳

Drop-Off, Pickup

Accommodation 🛏️

4 Star Hotel

Tour Size 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏻

Private

Language 🌐

English

Visa 🛂

NOT Included

Difficulty 🚥

Easy

Transport 🚍

Airconditioned Vehicle, Cruise Ship, Domestic Flight

Inclusions

Half-day city tour of Athens
Full-day Istanbul city tour with lunch
Half-day Bosphorus cruise
Air tickets Istanbul – Ankara + Izmir – Istanbul
All transfers as per itinerary
Hotel taxes in Turkey
Government hotel taxes in Greece
14xBreakfast
1xLunch

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This is 15 days tour from Athens to Istanbul. After a half-day city tour in Athens, discover Mycenae and Epidaurus historic sites before departing for Olympia known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times,. After spending a day in Olympia, head into Delphi to visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, and the Museum. Explore Meteora which is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Take a flight on day 6 to Istanbul and visit Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, and Pamukkale. Enjoy a Half-day Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul before ending your tour.

 

🏁 Tour Itinerary: Classic Greece Tour from Athens to Istanbul

Day 1: Athens

Arrive in Athens, meeting, and assist, and then transfer to your selected hotel. The balance of the day at leisure.

🏚️ Hotel Option: President or Polis Grand or similar.

 

Day 2: AthensHalf Day City Tour

This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (shortstop).
Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, theNational Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts an order in the mind”, the Parthenon.
Tour will end by visiting the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, “State of the art” in museum construction and very rich in content.
Afternoon free to visit the old Athens city (Plaka) with lots of restaurants, taverns and souvenir shops.

🏚️ Hotel Option: President or Polis Grand or similar.

 

Day 3: Athens

Free day in Athens to stroll around the city and know better the sites and the people. Good opportunity to visit one of the famous museums like the  National Archaeological Museum or the Benaki Museum.
Use the metro not only for your transportation but also to visit the different stations to admire pieces of ancient and modern art. Not to miss the visit to Plaka (The old Athens city) with lots of souvenir shops, restaurants, and taverns.

🏚️ Hotel Option: President or Polis Grand or similar.

 

Day 4: Athens – Mycenae – Epidaurus – Olympia

Leave by the Coastal Road to the Corinth Canal (shortstop). Drive on and visit Epidaurus which was a small city in ancient Greece, at the Saronic Gulf. Reputed to be the birthplace of Apollo’s son Asclepius, the healer, Epidaurus was known for its sanctuary, the cult of Asclepius at Epidaurus is attested in the 6th century BC.as well as its theatre, which is once again in use today.
The Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The theatre is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permits almost perfect intelligibility of non amplified spoken word from the proscenium or scene to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Then proceed to the Town of Nauplion ( shortstop) drive on to Mycenae. and visit the Archaeological Site and the Tomb of Agamemnon. Departure for Olympia Through Central Peloponnese and the Towns of Tripolis and Megalopolis. Dinner and overnight in Olympia, the Cradle of the Olympic Games.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Amalia Hotel or similar.

 

Day 5: Olympia – Delphi

Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece,  known for having been the site of the Olympic Games in classical times, the most famous games in history.
The sanctuary, known as the Altis, consists of an unordered arrangement of various buildings. Enclosed within the temenos are the Temple of Hera (or Heraion/Heraeum) and the Temple of Zeus, the Pelopion, and the area of the altar, where the sacrifices were made. The Hippodrome and later stadium were also to the east.
To the north of the sanctuary can be found the Prytaneion and the Philippeion, as well as the array of treasuries representing the various city-states.
Olympia is also known for the gigantic ivory and gold statue of Zeus that used to stand there, sculpted by Pheidias, which was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Antipater of Sidon.
Then drive on through the plains of Eliad and Achaia until the magnificent bridge which is crossing the Corinthian Bay from Rion to Antirion. Pass by the picturesque Towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea, arrive in Delphi. Dinner and overnight.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Amalia Hotel or similar.

 

Day 6: Delphi – Meteora

Delphi was the center of the Ancient World – the “Omphalos” (Navel of Earth) – whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic World.
On the slopes of Mount Parnassus, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.
Visit the Treasury of the Athenians, the Temple of Apollo, and the Museum containing such masterpieces of Ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated at the foot of the astonishing complex of Meteora, gigantic rocks. Dinner and overnight.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Amalia Hotel or similar.

 

Day 7: Meteora – Athens

Meteora is one of the largest and most important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second only to Mount Athos. Among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air, stand ageless Monasteries, where you can see exquisite specimens of Byzantine art. The six monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pillars, at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and the Pindus Mountains, in central Greece.  The Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae (visit the Leonida’s monument). Arrive in Athens early in the evening.
🏚️ Hotel Option: President or Polis Grand or similar.

 

Day 8: Athens – Istanbul

At the appropriate time transfer to the airport for a flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day free. Overnight at the hotel.

✈️ Domestic flight from Athens to Istanbul is not included.

 

Day 9: Istanbul – Full Day City Tour

After breakfast full-day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the most unexpectedly romantic attraction, the Basilica Cistern, offering an insight into the complicated system that once brought drinking water into Istanbul from Thrace (an area of the south-east Balkans now constituting Turkish land n the European mainland, and a chunk of Bulgaria). Constructed in the sixth century and then forgotten for centuries, the cistern that once stored the water has been fitted with lights and music.
Next, we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods.
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans.
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to the 6th century. It is an early domed-basilica architectural plan of the famous Agia Sophia which was applied here for the first time in history.

🏚️ Hotel Option: The Peak or similar.

 

Day 10: Istanbul – Ankara – Cappadocia

In the morning, transfer to the airport for a flight to Ankara. Arrive in Ankara, the Turkish capital, and then to town to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which has a rich collection of finds from Asia Minor, mainly Hittites. Then we will visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk (founder of modern Turkey). Lunch and Continuation of the trip to Cappadocia passing by the Salt Lake. Dinner and overnight.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Perissia Hotel & Convention Center or similar.

✈️ Domestic flight from Istanbul to Ankara is included.

 

Day 11: Cappadocia

Full day visit of the spectacular Cappadocia region, unique for its fascinating and unique landscape formed by the lava thrown out by volcanoes Erciyes and Hasan, 3 million years ago.
Visit the many monasteries and chapels in Goreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO, dug into the rocks and decorated with frescoes of the tenth century (some of them very well preserved).
Pass by and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows and Avcilar Valley. Lunch and in the afternoon, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its handicrafts and valleys, and Gόvercinlik Valley (Pigeon Valley).
Visit the underground city of Kaymakli or Serhatli, one of 36 underground cities of Cappadocia that served as a refuge for Christians.
Return to hotel and dinner. Dinner and accommodation.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Perissia Hotel & Convention Center or similar.

 

Day 12: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale

Early departure to Konya, capital of the Seljuk sultans in the 11th century. Visit the Caravansarai of Sultanhan, where they used to stop the caravans of camels on the silk route. Visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, poet, and philosopher who founded the mystical and religious sect of the Dancing Dervishes. Lunch in the city and continuation of the trip to Pamukkale. Accommodation and dinner.

🏚️ Hotel Option: Hierapark Thermal & SPA Hotel or similar.

 

Day 13: Pamukkale – Ephesus Istanbul

Pamukkale is a beautiful and spectacular natural site, unique in the world with its fairy-like dazzling white, petrified lime cascades. There you will see the thermal spring water laden with calcareous salt, plunging down the mountainside which has created this natural formation of stalactites, cataracts, and basins. Thermal water has been used since the Roman period for its therapeutic powers.
Next, you will visit the Roman city of Hierapolis, which is not located not on earth or rock, but on solid limestone layers formed by limestone water that flowed for centuries over this raised level plateau. The name means “sacred city”, and according to Stephanus of Byzantium, the city was given this name because of the large number of temples it contained.
After that, you will visit the ruins of the necropolis and the Roman Baths. Continue to Aphrodisias and after lunch visit to this ancient Greco – Roman city, dedicated to the Goddess of Love Aphrodite. Departure for Kusadası and then to Izmir for your flight to Istanbul.
Drive to Meryemana and visit the House of Virgin Mary where she spent the last days of her life. Authenticated by Pope Paul VI in 1967, the cottage is a place of pilgrimage for many believers.
After lunch continue to Ephesus, the Roman capital in Asia Minor
The ancient city of Ephesus was an important center for early Christianity. In the book of Revelation, Ephesus was one of the seven churches addressed by Christ in a vision. It is here that you will find the Temple of Artemis, considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Your guide will also show you the Great Theatre, the Library of Celsius, the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Arch, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, the Agora, and the Greco-Roman Theatre.
Drive to Izmir airport for the flight to Istanbul.
Upon your arrival transfer to your hotel overnight.

🏚️ Hotel Option: The Peak or similar.

✈️ Domestic flight from Izmir to Istanbul is included.

 

Day 14:  Istanbul – Half Day Bosphorus Cruise

Half-day cruise through Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosporus wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest, and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th-century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges  Disembarkation at the European part of Turkey and transfer to your hotel.

🏚️ Hotel Option: The Peak or similar.

 

Day 15: Istanbul – Airport

At the indicated time according to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.

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44-30 Days 20% of the total price
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