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Ancient Turkey & Greece

Private tour
15 days
6 cities
3nights

Istanbul, Turkey

Being mostly Muslim, mysterious Istanbul attracts tourists with numerous landmarks lying on its European side. The most famous attraction is the Galata Tower that rises dramatically above the same-name neighborhood, founded by Genoese colonists. Plenty of mosques, such as Sultan Ahmet Camii, Hagia Sofia (now known as a museum) and others represent the Islamic heritage of the city. Along with this, no Istanbul tour can be complete without visiting its markets (bazaars) and plunging deep into the fabulous world of colors, flavors, and smells. ...
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    Day 1: Arrival
    Welcome to Istanbul, the city which unites Europe and Asia since the ancient times. It is a city of mosques, tulips and bazars, a city with amazingly rich history, and now you have a great opportunity to discover your own Istanbul!

    Upon arrival, your private driver takes you to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. After check-in, the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the city on your own.

    Day 2: Discovering the Old Istanbul
    In the morning after breakfast, meet your private guide and driver to embark on a half day tour of Istanbul and discover its most iconic sights. 

    You start the day with a visit to the St. Sophia, one of the finest architectural works in the world. It has been nominated as the 8th wonder of the world by many historians. Considered one of the world’s most beautiful buildings, the Hagia Sofia, which means Church of Holy Wisdom of God, is an important surviving example of Byzantine architecture. 

    Then you proceed to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul and is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of Istanbul. It is also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. 

    Next on your itinerary for today is the Hippodrome, the former centre of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you’ll be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Wilhelm II. 

    As a culmination of the tour you visit the famous Grand Bazaar, experience its bustle and meet its unique characters. As a special treat, at the Grand Bazaar you learn to play the ancient game of Backgammon with the locals. 

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the afternoon at leisure.

    Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise, Topkapi Palace & the Flavours of Istanbul
    In the morning after breakfast, meet your private guide and driver and embark on a full day tour to explore the enchanting sights Istanbul has to offer. 

    You start the tour today with a Bosphorus Cruise, an unforgettable experience providing a great opportunity to admire the beautiful city from water, a strait separating Europe from Asia. 

    After the cruise, you visit the Spice Market, where you meet the spice experts that tell you all the secrets and specialties of spices. Here you also smell the various spices, learn how to distinguish them and use them with different meals. 

    You continue your exploration of Turkish specialties with a visit to the Haci Bekir shop, one of the remnants of the Ottoman times. This special little shop was opened in 1777 by a confectioner Haci Bekir Effendi and has sold Turkish delights for more than two centuries. Now the fifth generation in the family business run this shop, which is the country's oldest company and one of 100 oldest companies in the world! 

    Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi was the first company to sell roasted and ground coffee to the public and today, Turkish Coffee is synonymous with Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi both in Turkey and around the world. Today you get to experience this special coffee during the tour! 

    As a culmination of the tour you visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, its Harem and Treasury. In 1465, Sultan Mehmet, The Conqueror of Istanbul, ordered the construction of the first palace; his successors added new pavilions, thus spreading the palace to a total area of 70,000 sqm (7 hectares). The Ottoman Sultans lived in and reined the empire from this palace until the 19th century. 

    After the tour you return to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

    Day 4: Departure
    Following breakfast, you check out, meet your private driver and depart from Istanbul.

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    Yasmak Sultan Hotel
    4-star hotel
    TR, Hoca Paşa, Ebussuud Cd. No:12, İstanbul, 34110
    Yasmak Sultan Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    Enjoy a comfortable stay at the 4-star Yasmak Sultan Hotel while Istanbul sightseeing. The hotel is situated within a walking distance from numerous points of interest in the city, such as the Suleymaniye Mosque and Hagia Sophia. There is a restaurant and a bar on the site, as well as a spa and wellness center for your leisurely time.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Premium Half Day Istanbul City Tour
    • Bosphorus Cruise & Topkapi Palace Full Day Premium Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer
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Connection | Istanbul - Cappadocia
Economy
Istanbul, Turkey
1 h 30 min
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Cappadocia, Turkey
2nights

Cappadocia, Turkey

Delightful Cappadocia is a historic region in central Turkey that is famous for its unusual landscape, volcanic stone pillars, and caves. The journey through Cappadocia valleys resembles a fairy tale mostly thanks to incredible air balloon flights, the main tourist entertainment. Balloon tours are held daily at any season and always start and the crack of dawn. Thus, no one stays indifferent seeing the endless Cappadocia valleys under the first rays of the rising Sun. ...
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    Day 4: Arrival
    Welcome to Cappadocia, known for its otherwordly landscape and rich history. Upon arrival at Kayseri airport, your private driver takes you to your hotel in Cappadocia for check-in. After check-in, the rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy the town on your own.

    Day 5: Full Day Tour of Cappadocia
    In the morning after breakfast, you meet your private guide and driver to explore the spectacular landscapes of Northern Cappadocia. 

    Today you start your exploration of Cappadocia with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, the most famous tourist attraction in Cappadocia. Here you witness ancient cave churches from the 10-12th centuries, cut into the rock by Orthodox monks, decorated by original frescoes. 

    Next on your list is the Zelve Valley, an amazing cave town, honeycombed with dwellings, religious and secular chambers. Zelve is among the earliest-settled and last-abandoned monastic valleys in Cappadocia, which was an inhabited town and a living community up until 1952. 

    Devrent Valley which you visit next, in contract to Goreme and Zelve, also known as Imaginary Valley, was never even inhabited, but boasts incredible pink hued rock formations and geological anomalies that have been formed by centuries of erosion and forma an amazing lunar landscape. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks, it looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. 

    You then proceed to the Cavusin Village, one of the oldest settlements in the area, is famous for its Church of St.John the Baptist that dates back to the 5th century and is the oldest church in the region. The old Cavusin village, which was abandoned several decades ago due to rock falls, was all carved into the hillside. The inhabitants of Cavusin lived in houses which were cut into a massive rock wall. Now the insides of many of the dwellings are exposed due to hundreds and hundreds of years of weathering and erosion. So, now from a distance you can look into a church or what was once someone’s cozy little cave home. 

    As a culmination of the tour you visit the town of Avanos set on the banks of Kizilirmak (Red) river, which supplies the town with clay for pottery, from which the area derives its main livelihood for centuries. It is believed that some of the techniques still used today date back to 2000 BC, and today you have a chance to learn these ancient techniques on a pottery masterclass at a local pottery. 

    After the tour and masterclass, you are transferred to your hotel and have the evening at leisure.

    Day 6: Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride & Departure
    At dawn you have a chance to participate in an amazing hot air balloon experience in this unique location. 

    At midday you check out, meet your private driver and depart from Cappadocia.

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    Fresco Cave Suites Cappadocia
    5-star hotel
    , Eski Kayakapı Girişi Temenni Mahallesi Esat Ağa Sok. No:15, Ürgüp/Nevşehir/Cappadocia, 50400
    Fresco Cave Suites Cappadocia
    Superior Double Room Breakfast Included
    This unique property offers cave accommodation and historic mansion rooms. Walls still have the original frescoes dating back to the 19th century. All rooms have everything to make your stay comfortable: a private bathroom and a seating area with a sofa bed. Located right in the city center, you easily can reach all the main highlights and landmarks.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Northern Cappadocia Full Day Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer
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Connection | Cappadocia - Konya
Private Transfer Sedan
Cappadocia, Turkey
4 h
Konya, Turkey
2nights

Konya, Turkey

Konya is a famous attracting destination for Sufis, wishing to visit one of the most important religious treasures of the country - the tomb of the founder of the Mevlana order. The Mevlana Museum is one of the biggest pilgrimage centers in the country and the building itself counts as one of Turkey's most recognizable sights. Take a chance to spend time in Konya and discover this beautiful city....
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    Day 6: Arrival
    Welcome to the great cultural center of Turkey - Konya! Upon arrival, you are met by your private driver, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

    Day 7: Half Day City Tour & Whirling Dervishes Show
    After breakfast, you meet your guide at the hotel lobby and start exploring Konya city. You begin with a visit to Mevlana Museum, which holds a great collection of Mevlevi musical instruments, calligraphy specimens, and various fabrics and carpets and located in mausoleum dating from 1247. 

    Then you proceed to Karatay Tile museum and Alaaddin Mosque and Palace, the oldest historical building in Anatolia from Seljuk period. 
    This touring day finishes at a local bustling Bazaar, where you stroll through the spices and carpets, teas and fruits, local delicacies and authentic city spirit. 

    As the final touch to delve into the cultural heritage of the region, you visit Whirling Dervishes Show at Mevlana Cultural Center of Konya. This show is the perfect way to understand the story of Sufism, Sufis and the ritual of the Mevlevi.

    After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.


    Day 8: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Konya.

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    Hich Hotel
    4-star hotel
    , Aziziye Mh. Celal Sk. No:6 Karatay, Konya
    Hich Hotel
    King Room with Panoramic View Breakfast Included
    One of the biggest advantages of the Hich Hotel is its location - right in the heart of the city with a walking distance to impressive Mevlana Museum. The property offers accommodation in the 200-year-old building with tastefully decorated in eclectic style rooms, comfortable furniture and all the facilities for making you feel at home: a LED TV, an iPad docking station, free Wi-Fi, an electric kettle with free tea and coffee set up.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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Connection | Konya - Pamukkale
Private Transfer Sedan
Konya, Turkey
5 h
Pamukkale, Turkey
2nights

Pamukkale, Turkey

Incredible Pamukkale beckons visitors from all over the world with its fantastic views as no other place on the planet may boast such landscapes. Day after day people come to the Pamukkale geothermal sources to improve their health and delight their eyes with the so-called "Cotton Fortress". The UNESCO-listed ancient water terraces with cascading sky-blue mineral waters were established as baths for royalty. The plateau over the river is covered with smooth snow-white travertine, making the area a unique natural phenomenon. ...
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    Day 8: Arrival
    Today you arrive in Pamukkale and have a transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

    Day 9: Pamukkale Thermal Springs & Hierapolis Ruins Tour 
    After breakfast you meet your local guide and start exploring the amazing region of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.

    The first stop for today is at the famous white stepped cliffs of Pamukkale, where you have a chance to walk in the warm waters while learning more from your guide. After enjoying the relaxing waters of Pamukkale, you head to visit the ancient ruins and other unique sights located nearby.

    The theatre of Hierapolis is one of the best-preserved entertainment destinations that dates back to the second century, the audience section could hold up to 10,000 and be used to show everything from music, religious ceremonies and even performing live shows. While the theatre isn’t used to put on live entertainment anymore, the seating all around can be explored and used by visitors. Don't hesitate to take as many pictures as you like!

    Next stop for today's itinerary is a historical landmark of Agora, which used to be an ancient market where traders would have come to do shopping or to exchange their goods with other people who traveled.

    Another destination of this tour is the Karahayit Red Springs. Unusual spring waters are found only five kilometers from the Pamukkale and are believed to have a healing effect. The water comes from hot spring that flows out at 56 degrees and is rich in calcium, magnesium and sulphur.

    After your day of exploring ruins and relaxing in legendary healing waters, you will be taken back to your hotel.

    Day 10: Departure
    Following breakfast, you check out from the hotel and depart from Pamukkale.

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    Doga Thermal Health & SPA
    5-star hotel
    , Karhayt Mah., 147 Seyir Sokak 9/1, Pamukkale/Denizli, 20020
    Doga Thermal Health & SPA
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
    This luxury 5-star hotel offers all the facilities for your comfortable stay. All guests have at their disposal: a spacious garden and two pools with free parasols and sun loungers. All rooms have flat-screen satellite TV, a private bathroom, an AC and a balcony. From the rooms you can enjoy a mountain view and a pool view. ... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour
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Connection | Pamukkale - Izmir
Private Transfer Sedan
Pamukkale, Turkey
4 h
Izmir, Turkey
2nights

Izmir, Turkey

One of the three largest Turkish metropolises, Izmir, belongs to the 7 cities that claim to be Homer's birthplace. Even the most curious and sophisticated will get excited seeing the ancient ruins and numerous relics exhibited in the Izmir Archeology Museum. The latter is found at the Konak Square where you may also see the Izmir Clock Tower, a major local highlight. Decorated in the peculiar Ottoman style, the tower is supposed to be Izmir oldest landmark and main symbol....
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    Day 10: Arrival
    Welcome to Izmir, located on Turkey’s Aegean coast! This city was founded by the Greeks, taken over by the Romans and rebuilt by Alexander the Great before becoming part of the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. 

    Upon arrival, you are transferred to your hotel for check-in. After check-in, the rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy the city on your own.

    Day 11: Ephesus Full Day Tour
    In the morning after breakfast, you meet your private guide and driver for a full day tour of Ephesus, located just 1 hour away. 

    Ephesus, a UNESCO site and one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world, is a must for those who are interested in archaeology and culture. Ephesus, once the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia, is one of the top highlights of Turkey. Temple of Artemis, one of the “Seven Wonders of the World" has once been located here as well. Together with your guide you enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. The theater had seating for 25,000 spectators, which was the site where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians, and is used today for a local spring festival. 

    You stop for a traditional Turkish open-air lunch just outside of Ephesus (lunch is not included) before continuing the tour. After a break for lunch, you proceed to the Archeological Museum, where you are escorted through the nine exhibits tracing the religious and chronological history of the ancient city. Filled with attractively displayed mosaics, statuary, and other artefacts, the museum exhibits several marble statues of the Mother Goddess Artemis. The Open Air Museum and the Archeology Museum combined give you a very fulfilling idea of the city of Ephesus and its importance in the ancient times. 

    Today you also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the place where Mary may have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John, who spent several years in the area to spread Christianity. Although this sights has never been officially recognised by the Catholic Church as the home of Mary, a lot of gestures made by the popes authenticated its history in the eyes of the faithful and House of the Virgin Mary became a major place of Christian pilgrimage. 

    Another sight on your list for today is the ruins of St. John’s Basilica. It is believed that the evangelist St. John spent his last years in this region and was buried in the southern slope of Ayosolug Hill. Three hundred years after the death of St. John, a small chapel was constructed over the grave in the 4th century. The church of St John was changed into a marvellous basilica during the region of Emperor Justinian. 

    Please note: The site requires stair climbing at the entrance and walking over uneven ground, stones and gravel walkways. The site has some fallen ruins and some light climbing will be required. 

    After the tour you are transferred to your hotel in Izmir and have the evening at leisure.

    Day 12: Departure
    Following breakfast, you check out, meet your private driver and depart from Izmir.

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    Renaissance Izmir Hotel
    5-star hotel
    TR
    Renaissance Izmir Hotel
    Standard Double Room Breakfast Included
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    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Ephesus Full Day Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer
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Connection | Izmir - Athens
Economy
Izmir, Turkey
1 h 7 min
Athens, Greece
3nights

Athens, Greece

The oldest European capital is an absolute must to include in your Greek itinerary. Athens has been populated for over 4000 years and is known for being the birthplace of democracy and its passion for theatrical plays. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to theatres in the city as Athens boasts the largest number of them in the world. Start or end your trip on a high note by visiting the impressive Acropolis landmark....
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    Day 12: Arrival 
    Upon arrival to Athens, you have a  transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure. 

    Day 13: City Tour 
    Following breakfast in the hotel, meet your guide and driver to make your way to Kerameikos, the biggest and most important necropolis in Athens.

    The walls of Athens, which were constructed in the 5th century B.C. by Themistokles, divided the area into two sections: The Inner Kerameikos which was the potter's quarter of the city and τhe Outer Kerameikos of an important cemetery and numerous funerary sculptures erected along the road out of the city towards Eleusis. 

    After, you will make your way to The Temple of Olympian Zeus & Hadrian's Arch (short visit). This colossal ruined temple was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods. 
    Your next stop is the Panathenaic Stadium, also known as the Kallimarmaro (meaning the "beautifully marbled"), is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Continue on to the highest hill of Athens Lycabettus, which appears in various legends. 

    Witness the Royal Palace and today's Parliament, with the elite unit known as the Evzones in their picturesque uniforms guarding the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier. 
    Drive along Panepistimiou Avenue to get a glimpse of the beauty of the most famous Athenian Neo­Classical buildings before arriving to our next destination the Ancient Agora. 

    After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel.

    Day 14: Tour of Acropolis 
    Following breakfast in the hotel, meet your guide and start a 4­-hour tour with your private guide. 

    Walk through Dionisiou Areopagitou street one of the most impressive streets of Athens, offering an extraordinary view of the southern slope of the Acropolis, where some of the most significant monuments stand. You will enter the archeological area of the Acropolis on the southern slope to avoid the crowds and just to your right is the most ancient theatre of the world, the Theatre of Dionysus. 

    Your next stop is the Odeion of Herodes Atticus and before reaching Acropolis top point, you pass through Beule Gate, part of the Roman fortifications of the Acropolis. See the Temple Of the Athena Victory also known as Temple of Athena Nike, a small, elegant, Ionian, amphiprostyle temple, built by the architect Callicrates in 426 - ­421 B.C. in commemoration of the victory of the Greeks against the Persians.

    Reach The Propylaea one of the masterpieces of classical architecture. Left of the Parthenon lies the Temple of Erechtheion built from 420­ - 406BC at the holiest site of the Acropolis, where the goddess Athena planted the olive tree, her sacred symbol.
    Climbing down the Acropolis hill you will reach the New Acropolis museum one of the most important contemporary works of architecture in Athens. The last level (The Parthenon room) has the dimensions and the direction of the Parthenon and it is been rotated by 23 degrees in relation to the rest of the building so that the visitor would have an immediate view of the monument.

    Day 15: Departure 
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Athens.

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    Electra Hotel Athens
    4-star hotel
    GR, 5 Ermou, Athens, 105 63
    Electra Hotel Athens
    Classic Double Room Breakfast Included
    Enjoy a stay at the 4-star Electra Hotel Athens while exploring the beautiful landscapes of Greece. Situated nearby Syntagma Square, in the heart of the city, the hotel is the perfect starting point for a walk to the Acropolis, which can actually be admired from the on-site rooftop bar. ... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Guided City Tour
    • Half Day Private Acropolis Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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