Trip to Greece and Turkey

TRIP to GREECE and TURKEY

15 Days-14 Nights
 
Athens (2) – Santorini (2) – Mykonos (2) – 
Istanbul (3) – Cappadocia (2) – Kusadasi (3)  


Destination: 
Greece, Turkey

Trip Type:  Family

Quotation Price :*** USD/person

Inclusions (included in the quoted price)
Breakfast 
Lunch (All lunches with full day tours (in Turkey)) 
English Speaking Guides 
Entrance fee/Museum charges 
Government Taxes/VAT/ Service Charges 
Sightseeing / Tours / Excursions (As per itinerary) 
Transfers (Private transfers in VIP AC Deluxe Minivan 
Private airport-hotel transfers in Athens 
Private hotel-ferry port transfers in Athens 
Private ferry port-hotel-ferry port transfers in Santorini 
Private ferry port-hotel-airport transfers in Mykonos 
Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Istanbul 
Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Cappadocia 
Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Izmir (Kusadasi) 
Tour transfers- seat in coach, special AC Non-smoking tour buses  
Regular SIC tours
                1 Athens sightseeing tour in the morning (half-day) 
                1 Full day Santorini Island Tour 
                1 Full day Tour of Old City Istanbul and Topkapi Palace in Istanbul 
                1 Full day Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace Tour in Istanbul 
                1 Full day Tour of Bursa and Mount Uludag
                1 Full day Tours of Underground City of Kaymakli and Ihlara Valley 
                1 Full day Tour of Cappadocia and Goreme Open Air Museum 
                1 Full day Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis 
                1  Full day Tour of Ephesus and House of St. Mary ) 
Airport Transfer : Arrival
                Private airport-hotel transfers in Athens 
                Private ferry port-hotel  transfers in Santorini 
                Private ferry port-hotel transfers in Mykonos 
                Private airport-hotel transfers in Istanbul 
                Private airport-hotel transfers in Cappadocia 
                Private airport-hotel transfers in Izmir (Kusadasi) 
Airport Transfer : Departure
                Private hotel-ferry port transfers in Athens 
                Private hotel-ferry port transfers in Santorini 
                Private hotel-airport transfers in Mykonos 
                Private hotel-airport transfers in Istanbul 
                Private hotel-airport transfers in Cappadocia 
                Private hotel-airport transfers in Izmir (Kusadasi)
Other Inclusions
                International Flights; Mykonos / Istanbul 
                All domestic Flights ( Turkey + Greece)
                Accommodation as per itinerary 
                Hotel pickup and drop-off during tours and excursions

 

Exclusions:

International flights to Athens / from Istanbul
Lunches and dinners (not mentioned in the itinerary)
Visa (Turkey, Greece (Schengen) – multiple)
Private Tours 
Other Exclusions
          Drinks with meals 
          Private Tours 
          Personal expenses, extra expenses at the hotels
          Tips to the guide and driver 
Extra Tours 
          Dinner Cruise and Bosphorus by Night 75 USD/adult 
          Hot Air Balloon Tour in Cappadocia 195 USD (adult)

Daywise Itinerary of Your Trip to Greece and Turkey

Day 1 : ATHENS ( Homebound International Flight to Athens)
Arrive Athens Airport. Following the passport control and customs, meet and greet by our representative at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel with VIP AC car. Free at leisure rest of the day. Enjoy a leisurely evening by hopping on to some local markets, visiting some local cafes, doing some shopping and trying out local foods and wines. Overnight.

Day 2 : ATHENS (Athens Sightseeing Tour) (B)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel for the Sightseeing tour of Athens. Tour will start with the visits to The Constitution of Greece (Syntagma). The Constitutional history of Greece goes back to the Greek War of Independence, during which the first three revolutionary Greek constitutions were adopted. Continue to the Old Parliament House which housed the Greek Parliament between 1875 and 1932, now turned into National Historical Museum. Then, you will see The National Library of Greece which holds 4,500 Greek manuscripts, one of the greatest collection of Greek scripts Drive to the Presidential Palace, the official residence of the President of the Greek Republic, where you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform. It served as the Royal Palace, until the abolition of the monarchy in 1974. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian's Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium which was refurbished for the 1896 Olympics. Then you will visit Acropolis Museum and see the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the hill and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. This area lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. Also, you will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the Erechtheion. The last stop is The Parthenon, temple in Acropolis, the harmony between material and spirit, the monument that puts order in the mind. You will return to your hotel in the early afternoon. Free rest of the day. 

Day 3 : ATHENS ( Cruise to Santorini Island) / SANTORINI (B)
Morning transfer to the port to embark the ferry to Santorini 07:30 - 15:15 Upon your arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and then you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the stunningly gorgeous Greek isle that it’s rumored in legend to be the lost city of Atlantis. Walk in the paths of Fira, the picturesque capital of Santorini; perched high up on the edge of the Caldera and enjoy the views of the volcano, ocean, white-washed buildings, and blue domed churches. Visit Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli and relax while seeing the most beautiful sunset in the world.

Day 4 : SANTORINI (Full day Santorini Island Tour) (B)
Day at leisure to enjoy the unique and spectacular sights of the island, the most romantic sunset of the world and the beautiful, whitewashed houses. You will enjoy your day with an Oai Sunset Tour . Meet your friendly, English Speaking guide and tour inside your luxury, air-conditioned vehicle for the sightseeing of the island first stop is Pyrgos. Situated at the highest point of Santorini, the village offers an idyllic snapshot of old-world Greece. Follow your guide along the winding paths, past the sugar cube houses and blue-domed churche, and make your way to the hilltop ruins of a medieval Venetian castle. From here, gaze out over the entire island, soaking up panoramic views all the way to the village of Oia. Continue driving to the highest area of the island, Profitis Elias short stop for panoramic pictures. Continue to Oia village passing through villages of Firostefani & Imerovigli. Oia, the quintessential Greek village that’s known for its incredible sunsets. Stroll along the pretty streets with your guide, learning about the village’s history. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 5 : SANTORINI (Cruise from Santorini to Mykonos) / MYKONOS (B)
Morning at leisure. At indicated time transfer to ferry port and board on a ferry from the Santorini to Mykonos. Arrive Mykonos, the most famous island in Greece and, with no doubt the most cosmopolitan in Cyclades islands. Transfer to your hotel. Mykonos has unique beauties with archaeological, natural, recreational and traditional aspects. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure while strolling around in some local markets and trying out some local foods and wines. Enjoy your evening by strolling around the city and take a walking tour to the Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime Museums.

Day 6 : MYKONOS (B)
After a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, free day in Mykonos. Take the chance to explore every sight of the island with the all-white-washed cubic houses with blue windows, charming narrow streets with pebble-stoned pavements and little white chapels with sky-blue cupolas and the famous Windmills. A walk through Chora, the old port, Little Venice and the Castle Pay a visit to the Castle and the Town Hall situated above the harbor and also the Church of Panayia Paraportiani would be an amazing first meeting with the island. 
Return to your hotel and overnight.

Day 7 : MYKONOS ( Domestic Flight to Athens) /ATHENS (International Flight to Istanbul) / ISTANBUL( Extra- Dinner Cruise and Bosphorus by Night) (B)
After the breakfast you will have private transfer to the airport for your flight. Arrive Istanbul Airport. Following the passport control and customs, meet and greet by our representative at the airport. Private transfer to your hotel with VIP AC car. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight. 
In the evening you may join an extra Dinner Cruise and Bosphorus by Night- Watching one of the best silhouettes in the world with Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque and the Leander' s Tower will be your exceptional experience to enjoy this imperial elegance and the unique panoramic view of the Bosphorus waterway which brings the two continents Europe and Asia, face to face…Dinner with a rich variety of specialties from the Turkish and international cuisine including unlimited local drinks on board of a Bosphorus yacht. Belly Dancers and Folklore Show will accompany your dinner program of unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 8 : ISTANBUL (Full Day Tour of Old City of Istanbul and Topkapi Palace) (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a full day tour of Old City Istanbul and Topkapi Palace. Meet you guide at the reception and drive to the Sultan Ahmet Center, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Byzantian and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Visits will start with the Hippodrome, center of sportive (chariot races, athletics) events and political activities of the old city. Obelisk of Theodosius, Serpentine Column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome. Then visit The Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, displaying art collection from different civilizations of Anatolia. Continue with the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque), famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles and then Saint Sophia (Aya Sofya), primarily a church – turned mosque – turned museum, which takes the breath away with the sheer architectural size of its interior and magnificent dome, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Exploration of Istanbul's treasures continues with the visit to the bustling Grand Bazaar (Covered bazaar - Kapalicarsi), biggest “souk” in the World with its more than 4000 shops and stalls. Enjoy shopping for almost anything (jewelry, antiques, carpets, textile, garments, spices, souvenirs, etc.). 
Lunch at a Turkish Restaurant. Following the lunch afternoon visits will continue with the spectacular Topkapi Palace, imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans. Built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex command the views of the Sea of Marmara, The Bosporus, and the Golden Horn. It was the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire for many centuries (1453-1852). Visit the extravagant Imperial Treasury, Sacred Islamic Relics of Prophet Mohammed, Sultan Portraits, Imperial Kitchen, where up to 800 cooks prepared as many as 6,000 meals a day with valuable collection of golden dining sets, the priceless Chinese and Japanese porcelain, Weapons and Armors Section, Calligraphy Section, and the Imperial Harem ( extra) encompassing more than 400 rooms … Tour will continue with the Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 9 : ISTANBUL / BURSA (Full day Tour of Bursa and Mount Uludag) / ISTANBUL (B, L)
After breakfast you will join a Full Day Tour of Bursa and Mount Uludag. Drive to the port for ferryboat to Yalova. Arrive Yalova and drive to Bursa enjoying the lovely countryside. Arrive to Bursa, former Ottoman Capital and one of the most visited tourist sites in Turkey. Lunch at a known local restaurant. Drive to the 600-year survivor Inkaya Plane Tree and coffee break on the way to Uludag. Climb to Uludag, the legendary Mount Olympos, by cable car (if the weather conditions are inconvenient and Uludag is cancelled, extra sightseeing in Bursa will be supplemented), visits to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, the old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Late evening return to İstanbul and transfer to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 10 : ISTANBUL ( Full Day Tour of Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace) (Domestic Flight to Kayseri) / KAYSERI / CAPPADOCIA (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel. Pickup from your hotel and drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 km. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. Pass by Golden Horn, a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines, the residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other minorities. Continue to your excursions with the Spice Bazaar full of mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, etc. Tour will proceed by a memorable boat trip on the Bosphorus, the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residents and luxurious apartments. While passing by, vision the Imperial Gardens of Yildiz Palace, Ciragan Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace from the sea. Disembark at Rumeli Fortress (no interior visit), where you will have a lunch. 
Afternoon visits will start with the beautiful Dolmabahce Palace, on the Bosphorus, recent residence for Ottoman Sultans built by two Ottoman architects on a 110.000 m² area and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Built in Turkish Renaissance style between 1843 and 1856, the palace has 285 rooms, 46 halls, four grand salons, six galleries and six baths, famous with great collection of European antiquity, furniture and 4.5 tons chandelier. Then, drive through the Bosphorus Bridge and pass between continents, a unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) in minutes. See Istanbul from Camlica Hill exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus. 
Return to your hotel. Meet your transferman at your hotel and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Domestic Flights Terminal for your afternoon flight to Kayseri. Fly to Kayseri with Turkish Airlines. Arrive Kayseri and meet your transferman at the airport. Coach transfer to Cappadocia to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 11 : CAPPADOCIA (Full day tour of Underground City and Ihlara Valley) (B,L)
Your daily program begins after breakfast the visits will begin with the underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu which are refuges carved out in the early Christian Era as safe havens from persecutors. Then continue with the Ihlara Valley, famous for its churches decorated with frescoes with a unique style and furthermore its landscape of the canyon... The next visit will be to Avanos which is world famous with pottery making. Return to hotel and overnight.

Day 12 : CAPPADOCIA (Extra Hot Air Balloon Tour ) ( Full day Excursions in Cappadocia , Uchisar , Goreme Open Air Museum)/ KAYSERI (Domestic Flight to Izmir) / IZMIR /KUSADASI (B,L)
If interested an Extra Hot Air Balloon tour will be the start of your day in Cappadocia. A very early wake up for your balloon tour before sunrise. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to the take off site. Snacks and beverage service before the flight. Charmed with incredible panoramic views of the Cappadocia, the stunning volcanic rock formations as you fly up approximately 500-1000m. above the ground. The flight takes between 45-65 minutes. Receive your flight certificate after landing. Transfer to your hotel. 
After the breakfast, our excursions will start with full day tour of Cappadocia where the sights of the Fairy Chimneys are phenomenal especially when seen for the first time. The natural wonder of Cappadocia is a result of volcanic deposits being eroded away by wind and water over millions of years. These soft rocks were hollowed out by early Christians and used as secret dwellings as they were being sought first by their Roman and later by Byzantine persecutors. We will also visit many churches that have been decorated with vivid frescoes which have withstood the corrosive effects of time. The excursions will start with the natural citadel of Uchisar which will enable you to get a panoramic view of the region. And then the Goreme Valley which is the highlight of the day. This valley houses, the Goreme Open Air Museum with its churches hewn out of rock and the colorful frescoes which decorate them. The next stop is Zelve and the caves of this ancient village continuing with the Cavusin Village. Following the tour transfer to Kayseri Airport. Fly to Izmir. Arrive Izmir Airport and meet our transferman for your private transfer to Kusadasi to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 13 : KUSADASI / DENIZLI / PAMUKKALE (Hierapolis Tour) / KUSADASI (B,L)
After breakfast at the hotel drive to Denizli for a Full day Tour of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) where thermal spring waters laden with calcareous salts running off the plateau edge have formed dazzling white travertine cliffs. Continue to where the Romans founded a therapy center. The thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 B.C and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. Highlights include the Roman Baths, the Temple of Apollo and the Nymphaeum... Return to Kusadasi to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 14 : KUSADASI (Full day Ephesus Tour, St. Mary's House Excursions) / KUSADASI (B,L)
After breakfast depart for Selcuk, for a full day excursion to town of Selcuk and ancient city of Ephesus. First visit the Basilica of St. John, who came here with the Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel. To the southwest of the Basilica stands the Isa Bey Mosque and further in the same direction Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. Impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. We will also visit the Museum of Selcuk. Close by is the House of the Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last years. On August 18th. 1961. Pope John XXII proclaimed the House of Virgin Mary at Ephesus to be sacred. You will have a chance to take some of Holy Water from the Sacred Spring... Return to Kusadasi to your hotel. Overnight.

Day 15 : KUSADASI / IZMIR (Domestic Flight to Istanbul / ISTANBUL (Homebound International Flight) (B)
After the breakfast free till you meet your transferman at the hotel. Private transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrive Istanbul airport and continue to International Flights Terminal for your homebound flight. 
Fly back to home with pleasant and unforgettable memories…Thank you for your preference of N&M Tourism and Travel services.


Hotel Details:

Night 1,2, Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens 5*, Athens (or similar)
Booking.com Rating: 7.9 Very Good
Room Type: Superior Deluxe rooms
One of our top picks in Athens. Overlooking Pedion Areos Park, 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria Metro Station. The property boasts sophisticated urban design with elegantly designed accommodation equipped with free Wi-Fi access, mini bar and TV. Bathroom amenities are standard. Most rooms offer views to the park and some to the Acropolis.
A well-equipped fitness centre is available. The hotel's rooftop swimming pool offers stunning views of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill. The Oak Room Café is open daily offering variety of coffees, teas, drinks and snacks, while a buffet breakfast is served daily. The all-day Gallo Nero Restaurant serves Italian dishes during lunch and dinner. St Astra East Rooftop restaurant and bar offers panoramic views of the city lights.
The commercial district of Athens and the Archaeological Museum are close by. Private parking is possible on site. Eleftherios Venizelos Airport is at 36 km.
Web site: www.rbathenspark.com

Night 3,4, Dana Villas 4*, Santorini (or similar)
Booking.com Rating: 8.7 Fabulous
Room Type: Traditional Suite Sea & Caldera Sunset View
One of our best picks in Firostefani, Santorini. Situated in a peaceful area outside Fira’s centre, Dana Villas offer views of the volcano and the famous Santorini sunset. The elegant rooms are decorated in the traditional Cycladic style.
Dana Villas offers a variety of rooms equipped with cable TV, air condition, DVD and CD players, safety deposit box and coffee making facilities. The view of the volcano, caldera and Aegean Sea are guaranteed from all room types and open air premises.
The hotel features a 70-m2 swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers. A hot tub and massage facilities are among the wellness options that Dana Villas offer.Villas Dana's restaurant overlooks the caldera and serves Greek and international specialities. The pool bar offers cocktails and smoothies.Room service is also provided.
Guests have free Wi-Fi access and a 24-hour reception service.. Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.
Web site: www.danavillas.net

Night 5,6, Hermes Mykonos Hotel 4*, Mykonos (or similar)
Booking.com Rating: 9.2 Superb
This property is 18 minutes walk from the beach. Just 500 m from Mykonos centre, the 4-star Hermes Hotel features a swimming pool and free WiFi. The elegant rooms have a furnished balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or the hotel gardens.
Each spacious room at the family-run Hermes is air-conditioned and decorated in light colours and fine dark wood or iron furnishings. A satellite TV and a fridge are included. Marble bathrooms feature luxury amenities.
A buffet breakfast including fresh fruit is served daily in the breakfast room with panoramic sea views. In the evening, the pool bar is a great place to relax with a drink and take in the superb sunset views. Room service is also offered.
The 24-hour front desk can arrange car and bicycle rentals to explore beaches such as Psarrou 4 km away. The hotel offers free transfer from and to the airport and port of Mykonos. Free private parking is possible on site. 
Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 8.9 for a two-person trip.
Web site: https://hermesmykonoshotel.com/

Night 7,8,9, Dosso Dossi Old City Hotel 4*, Istanbul (or similar)
Booking.com Rating: 9.1 Superb
Standard Room 
Located in Sultanahmet district, Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City is within a walking distance from historical sites such as Hagia Sophia Museum, Basilica Cistern and the Blue Mosque. Sultanahmet Tram Station is just a 4-minute walk from Dosso Dossi. Featuring a stylish décor, all rooms at Dosso Dossi Hotels Old City are equipped with air conditioning, an LCD TV with satellite channels, minibar, a safe box, electric kettle and a private bathroom with shower. All rooms are soundproofed.
http://www.dossodossioldcity.com/en/index.as

Night 10,11, Sultan Cave Hotel 4*, Cappadocia (or similar)
Booking.com Rating: 9.3 Superb
Room Type: Deluxe cave room
One of our top picks in Goreme. Placed atop Aydinli Hill, this unique hotel offers cave rooms furnished with antiques from throughout Turkey. It features far-reaching views across Goreme from its panoramic sun terrace. All rooms have a seating area and modern en-suite bathrooms. The picturesque landscapes of Goreme Historical Park are less than 2 km away.
Web site: http://www.sultancavesuites.com/
 
Night 12,13,14, Charisma De Luxe Hotel 5*, Kusadasi (or similar)
Booking.com Rating: 8.2 Very Good
Room type. Standard Room ( sea view)
One of our top picks in Kusadasi. Featuring a 60 m private beach, the 5-star Charisma offers an infinity pool with sweeping views of the Aegean Sea. It is a 15-minute walk from Kusadasi 's shopping and entertainment area, located 20 km from Ephesus and 45 km from Miletus and Priene. All standard rooms have a sea-view balcony and spa bath. LCD TV with satellite channels, and a minibar is standard for each room type. Free Wi-Fi is available in the hotel’s public areas. Relaxation options at the Charisma De Luxe Hotel include a heated indoor pool with a Turkish bath, sauna and a beauty center. Water sports and a diving center are available at the hotel’s beach.
Web site: https://www.charismahotel.com/

Flight Details:

International Flights: (Flight Tickets: not included in the package price) 
     Home to Athens / from Istanbul to Home
International Flight Ticket(included): 
     Mykonos / Istanbul (via Athens)
Cruise Tickets ( included) 
    Athens (Piraeuus / Santorini 
    Santorini / Mykonos
Domestic Flights: (included in the quoted price) 
    Istanbul / Kayseri (Cappadocia) 
    Kayseri / Izmir (Kusadasi) 
    Izmir / Istanbul

Cab Details:

Private transfers in VIP AC Deluxe Minivan 
    Private airport-hotel transfers in Athens 
    Private hotel-ferry port transfers in Athens 
    Private ferry port-hotel-ferry port transfers in Santorini 
    Private ferry port-hotel-airport transfers in Mykonos 
    Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Istanbul 
    Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Cappadocia 
    Private airport-hotel-airport transfers in Izmir (Kusadasi) 
Tour transfers- seat in coach, special AC Non-smoking tour buses


Terms & Conditions:
Payment:
          50 % Advance Payment is required with booking (non-refundable)
          50 % Payment prior to 40 days from tour starting date.

Cancellations (for refundable part):
          100 % refund prior to last 30 days to tour starting date
          50 % refund prior to last 21 days to tour starting date
          Non-refundable within 21 days to tour starting date