of Greece and Anatolia
see the wonders of Athens ,Istanbul and Central Turkey in only 10
Ankara, Cappadocia,Ephesus, Konya, Pamukkale, and Ephesus.
a Gulet Cruise to your experience in Turkey :
Start in Dalaman and on to Antalya -
1 - Athens - Tuesday - Weekly : March - Nov
Arrival in Athens, we will meet you at the airport , assist you through
customs and immigration, and escort you to your hotel in the bustling
city center. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you wish.
2 - Athens, Wednesday- Group Tour (B)
Athens group tour : This morning you'll tour the high points of Athens,
most notably the towering Acropolis and the adjacent museum. You'll
visit Syntagma Square, at the very heart of the city, and see the Parliament,
and guards in colorful traditional outfits. Remainder of the day is
at leisure to explore Athens as you wish.
3 - Private
Tour of DELPHI Athens,
Private Air Conditioned Vehicle - Private Chauffeur - Private Guide
Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included at a local restaurant . Bottled
water / tea or coffee : included with your lunch in Delphi or Zemeno
Delphi, site of the famed oracle, at the foot of Mount Parnassus. During the Mycenaean period, the female deity of Earth was worshipped
in the small settlement of Delphi. The development of the sanctuary
and oracle though, began in the 8th century B.C. with the establishment
of the cult of Apollo. Under the protection and administration of the
Amphictyony, the sanctuary continued to be
autonomous after the First Sacred War and, as a result, increased its
and political influence. The Pythian Games
were re-organized, the sanctuary was enlarged and it was enriched with
nice buildings, statues, and other offerings. In the 3rd century B.C.
it came under the domination of the Aetolians
and later, in 191 B.C., was conquered by the Romans. During the Roman
occupation the site was sometimes plundered but was also favoured by
some of the emperors. With the spread of Christianity, the sanctuary
lost its religious meaning and was permanently closed down with a decree
of emperor Theodosius the Great.
tour the ruins of Delphi and
its oracle, sacred to Apollo and Dionysus, then we
stop at the picturesque Greek village of Archova, famous for its hand-woven
rugs and quilts as well as for its cheese (formaella).
Lunch is included at in Zemeno at a typical Greek restaurant.
to Athens in the early evening. The
drive from Athens to Delphi is 2:30hrs each way . The distance is 170
kilometers each way .
Dinner is included at the hotel
4 - Istanbul -Friday (BD)
Fly to Istanbul .Our staff meets your plane and escorts you to your
hotel. Arena Boutique Ottoman Mansion style hotel , the Blue House or
similar . Dinner is included at the hotel. Air fare is included Athens
Istanbul , in economy class, tax included .
5 - Istanbul - Izmir- Saturday (BLD)
Tour the great Ottoman capital, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome,
Hagia Sophia and Topkapi, the palace of the sultans, with its fabulous
Treasury and collections of priceless Chinese porcelains. Late afternoon
flight to Izmir.
6 - PAMUKKALE -Sunday (BLD)
The miraculously revealed House of the Virgin Mary is our first stop,
after which we tour Ephesus, the capital of Roman Asia Minor, and the
Basilica of St. John, said to mark his tomb. Lunch at the small town
of Selcuk, attend a local fashion show, before we head for Pamukkale
to tour the extensive ruins of Roman Hierapolis.
7 - KONYA - CAPPADOCIA -Monday (BLD)
An early morning drive to the mystical city of Konya, birthplace of
the Whirling Dervishes, for a visit to the Mevlana Museum. We continue
to Sultanhani the Seljuk Turkish caravanserai before making the drive
to biblical Cappadocia and our hotel. (BLD) Hotel: Mustafa or similar
for first class . For Deluxe Gamirasu Cave Hotel, Cave Suites Hotel
, Kapadokya Lodge or similar.
8 -CAPPADOCIA -Tuesday (BLD)
We explore the "moonscape" of Cappadocia, visiting the painted churches
in the Göreme and Zelve Valleys, the rockhewn dwellings in Ortahisar,
the pottery-making center of Avanos, and the incredible underground
city of Kaymakl (or Derinkuyu). Afternoon at leisure to allow for shopping.
9 - ISTANBUL -Wednesday (BLD)
Drive to Ankara, visit the Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilization
& Ataturk mausoleum, then its off to the Airport ,we fly back to
Istanbul and our hotel. Senator or similar. Dinner & folk show is
included in Istanbul or Cappadocia
10 - DEPARTURE -Thursday
We escort you to the airport for your flight home.
person in US $
Arena Hotel, Blue House Hotel
transfers in Turkey.
way air fare Athens Istanbul in economy class , tax included
menu meals as indicated (BLD : Breakfast ,lunch, dinner (Preset menu).
sightseeing as per itinerary including all entrance fees.
stars first class or 3 star tourist hotel accommodation with tax.
Planet Travel Guidebook.
air fare in Turkey, in economy class . Tax included
doesn't include :
Fee : $20 in cash upon arrival,
for US citizens, or $45 for Canadians,
or from any of the Turkish Consulates
air fare from JFK (please call for air add on from your home city)
Espanol - Back to Turkey Tour
here for info on
sailing the Mediterranean ( Blue Cruise)
hotels (or similar 4 star - first class hotels)
Istanbul : Senator , Aygun Plaza .
Ankara : Ickale.
Cappadocia : Perissia.
Izmir : Kaya Prestige