Arrival in Istanbul, meeting and assistance and then transfer to your selected hotel in Istanbul. Balance of the day at leisure.
After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. Visits to the outstanding monuments of Ottoman & Byzantine Empires, the Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays), Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays), Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque and Grand Bazaar with over 4000 stores. (closed on Sundays). Lunch at local restaurant & back to the hotel at dusk.
TUESDAY: ISTANBUL - ANKARA - CAPPADOCIA
Morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Ankara, arrival and transfer to the city to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Lunch at noon. Continue to Cappadocia, dinner and overnight.
Full day tour of Cappadocia, visiting the natural Citadel of Uchisar and the underground city of Kaymakili. After lunch, continue to the Valley of Goreme & open-air museum. The last sites will be Pasabag Valley and Avanos. Return to the hotel, dinner & overnight.
THURSDAY: CAPPADOCIA- KONYA - PAMUKKALE
Early departure for Konya. On the way, we will visit the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai "Sultanhan". Then on to Konya, which is famous for the Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of Whirling Dervishes. Lunch en route & drive on to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight.
FRIDAY: PAMUKKALE - KUSADASI
Morning visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ruins of the Necropolis Graveyard, Roman Baths, Bazilica and Calcium cliffs. Drive on to Aphrodisias. After lunch, visit the Greco-Roman settlement, an ancient city is dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. Drive on to Kusadasi, dinner and overnight.
SATURDAY: KUSADASI - IZMIR - ISTANBUL
Drive to Meryemana and visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephessus, the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library, the Agora and the unique Greco-Roman Theatre. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. John and then drive to Izmir airport for the flight back to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul. and transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
SUNDAY: ISTANBUL - ATHENS
After breakfast transfer to the airport for the flight to Athens. Arrival in Athens, meeting and assistance and then transfer to your selected hotel. Balance of the day at leisure.
MONDAY: ATHENS - MYKONOS Morning transfer to Piraeus port to embark your selected cruise ship. Our cruise ship will leave the port of Piraeus at 11:00 for a 4 full days of fun and experiences. We go along the Athens Riviera in the Saronic Golf to the south end of Attica passing close to the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion. This afternoon is a good opportunity to get around and know your ship and the services we provide.
In the afternoon we arrive in Mykonos, the island of the international "jet set", famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and incredible night life. Take a taste of the island and check if you maybe like to return in the future to spend more time. In the evening return to the ship for overnight travel to our next destination
TUESDAY: KUSADASI - PATMOS
First port of call is the Turkish port of Kusadasi. Take advantage of your come back to this interesting & beautiful Turkish port for your last shopping at the Bazaar or enjoy a relaxing morning on board. The cruise continues to the island of Patmos, where participating in the optional tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John, where he lived and recorded the book of the Revelation.
Today we visit the magnificent island of the roses, Knights and Butterflies. Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the old medieval city and the famous Acropolis of Lindos. If you want to be on your own you can swim in one of the many beaches of the island or just stroll in the old city and imagine being one of its inhabitants of the ancient times, Late evening return in the ship.. Participating in one of the optional tours, you can visit the famous Acropolis of Lindos.
THURSDAY: HERAKLION (CRETE) - SANTORINI
New port, new places, new interesting sites in Crete. We will wake up in Heraklion, the biggest city of Crete, the island full of archaeological sites, beautiful beaches and fantastic scenery. Take the opportunity to participate in the optional tour to the Palace of Knossos, the centre of the Minoan Civilization.
We continue and this afternoon we visit the most breathtaking island, Santorini, believed to be the lost continent of Atlantis. You can participate in the optional tours or just relax in one of the famous cafes of the town and admire the sunset on the Caldera, known to be the most famous
FRIDAY: PIRAEUS - ATHENS
Early morning return to Piraeus port. After breakfast on board, disembarkation and transfer to your selected hotel in Athens. Balance of the day at leisure.
Morning sightseeing tour of Athens including all famous monuments: House of Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Adrian’s Arch, Temple of the Olympian Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Academy, the University and the National Library. 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
SUNDAY: ATHENS - AIRPORT
According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.
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