Greece will lead you on an epic odyssey where the water glistens three shades of crystal blue and iconic marble temples conjure images of gods and goddesses. Enjoy epicurean feasts in the birthplace of famed legends, renowned mythology, and notable influences to Western Civilization.
Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Athens and the Greek Islands, combining remarkable archaeological sites, magnificent beaches, white washed villages, scrumptious food and great shopping! In Athens – pay tribute to theAcropolis. In Mykonos – stroll through the whitewashed houses and the narrow alleyways and beautiful paradise beaches. In Santorini – enjoy magnificent views and white washed houses perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Aegean sea.
Turkey mesmerizes like a classical orchestra, the conductor weaving an atmospheric spell and a symphony of boutique luxury encasing the experience. Each renowned piece of architectural glory gets its solo, two nights in Istanbul and two in Cappadocia including private guided tours of the country’s most sublime wonders. Rich history, indelible culture, ethereal landscapes; this trip is one that generates a perpetual encore.
Trip at a glance
Your first day on the peninsula sees you in its political and cultural heart, as this morning you touch down upon the mystical city of Athens. Upon arrival transfer to your posh and perfect hotel.
Drop off your bags and take some time to recover from your flight. The remainder day is free to rest or explore the city on your own.
Overnight in Athens.
Experience the essential things to do in Athens aboard this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. You’ll see all the historical and modern sights of Athens in a comfortable and secure environment, with full commentary provided. Stop at all the major attractions dating from both ancient times and the present day, including the Acropolis, Parthenon, New Acropolis Museum, National Archeological Museum and the Plaka!.
Syntagma Square Terminal
Melina Merkouri / Plaka
New Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis and Parthenon
Temple of Zeus
National Archeological Museum
Overnight in Athens
Early morning after breakfast transfer to the port of Athens for your Ferry to Mykonos. On arrival into Mykonos, transfer to your hotel. Mykonos Island, the cosmopolitan jewel of the Aegean Sea, is one of the prime holiday destinations in the world. Magnificent beaches, picturesque whitewashed villages, charming cafés and bars by the seafront, and some of the most beautiful views in the Cyclades Islands, make up this wonderful and unforgettable vacation getaway. Rest of the day is at leisure for you to explore the beautiful beaches of the island.
Overnight in Mykonos.
Our 4-hour tour begins at 10:30 a.m. from your hotel and around the island from a different point of view, full of traditional and authentic images and experiences. Our first stop will be the picturesque small port of St. Ioannis, an area which was named after a small church dedicated to Saint Ioannis and one of great historical significance. We will visit the church along with the Saint’s cell where the annual fair in his name is also being held.
We will depart towards our return to the island’s town, passing the Mykonos’ airport and headed towards the eastern part of the island, through one entirely different scenery, one of the island’s most typical agricultural and stock raising areas. We will then reach the farm of the Mykonian Spiti, where we will be guided through by our escort and the farm’s superintendent. Whoever wishes may also use the farm’s tools and get involved on farming work and tasks in co-operation with the superintendent and glance closer on the domestic animals along with the farm traditional organic cultivation.
Next we will head towards the Ano Mera village’s colorful square, where one of the island’s two monasteries is located, the “Panagia Tourliani” and we will be guided through its chambers. We will also taking a glimpse at the nearby open air market with vegetables and other local produce.
As we continue our tour, we will be passing by some of the most distant beaches of Mykonos, where we will have a short photo stop. Our next destination will be the abandoned establishment of the now inoperative mines of Mykonos. Up next we will reach the beautiful narrow streets of Mau, at the end of which the Mykonos dam is located, constructed to meet the need of the island in water, and visit also one of the most magnificent northern beaches named “Fokos”.
We will depart for our return to Mykonos town and on our way we will stop at the Mykonian Spiti for lunch (optional). After we taste some beautiful flavors we will proceed to a very well-known site, in order to capture a panoramic Mykonos Town photo shooting. Following the picture taking we will drive you back to your hotel or a location of your choice.
Overnight in Mykonos.
Enjoy this day on this Cycladic island known for its great night life, beautiful beaches of Elia, Paradise, Super Paradise, Psarou and the town’s Cycladic architecture. Walk through the narrow alleyways in Mykonos town and visit beautiful churches and the famous windmills. Take an optional cruise tour to the island of Delos the sacred island of Apollo one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in Greece.
Overnight in Mykonos.
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the port of Mykonos for your Ferry to Santorini. On arrival into Santorini, transfer to your hotel. Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean is perhaps the most fascinating and most talked about island of Greece in the Aegean. Only the name of the island is enough to unfold in mind volcanic landscape, gray and red beaches, dazzling white houses, terraces with panoramic sea views, stunning sunsets, wild fun. All this, together with remnants of lost civilizations discovered in the volcanic ash justify the epithets with which visitors identify Santorini and fairly is called, magical, indescribable, astonishing.
Overnight in Santorini.
The excursion starts at 11:30 from the centre of Fira. First stop and an extended visit to the Archeological site of Akrotiri, the well-known Prehistoric town. Akrotiri excavations starting in 1967 at the site called Akrotiri (“Upper Thira”) have made Thera the best-known “Minoan” site outside of Crete, the homeland of the culture. Only the southern tip of a large town has been uncovered, yet it has revealed complexes of multi-level buildings, streets and squares, with remains of walls standing as high as 8 meters, all entombed in the solidified ash of the famous eruption of Thera. This Bronze Age civilization thrived between 3000 to 2000 BC, and reached its peak in the period 2000 to 1580 BC. 1 hour & 20 minutes guidance in the Archaeological site. Entrance fees to the site are not included and are payable directly on the spot.
Continue the tour by visiting one of the most famous black beaches of the island, Perissa beach. Enjoy a swim and/or a lunch right next to the unique black beach. 1 hour & 45 minutes free time. Meal is not included. Next stop is the traditional and quiet settlement of Megalochori. Walk with your guide through this traditional village and enjoy the “virgin” part of the island. 30 minutes walking are enough to explore and take a good glance of the local’s traditional life. Meet the bus which will be waiting for you at the other side of the village. From this excursion couldn’t miss the highest point of the island the Prophet Elias Monastery. It lies 3 Km south to Pyrgos village and this is the highest point of Santorini (567 meters). The monastery was founded in 1711. The history of Prophet Elias is long and very important for the life of the island during the centuries. Please note that the actual Monastery cannot be visited any more. All travelers are visiting the church of the Monastery with the wonderful yard and the amazing island’s panoramic view! The drive to the Monastery of Prophet Elias is really breathtaking. Reach to the top and spend your 15 minutes free time there to capture your best panoramic photo-shoots of Santorini.
Time to relax and enjoy both view and Santorini’s excellent wines. 45 minutes stop in Santo Wines. One of the first modern wineries in terms of design and largest one in terms of capacity. The grapes lying in the sun on the balconies above the caldera to yield the Vinsanto in September, offer a particularly attractive view. Entrance and wine tasting are included in the rate. Lastly, visit the most famous and photographed place on earth, Oia village. The crowning glory of tranquility, boasting the most superb views of the caldera. Take time to stroll around the narrow streets, admire the beautiful, old houses and explore its quaint boutiques of local ceramic art, paintings and semi precious jewels. Enjoy the unique sunset and return with the bus back to your village’s meeting point full of memories.
Enjoy this day at this scenic volcanic island with its breathtaking views and white washed houses draped along the high cliffs of Santorini’s dramatic “Caldera”. Take postcard pictures while walking through the villages of Oia and Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli. Visit the red and black beaches and the numerous villages outside the Caldera such as Perissa, Perivolos and Pirgos. Visit any of the 12 volcanic wineries sampling a variety of whites and reds along with local cheeses and Santorini’s famous tomato paste.
You may choose to sail on a luxurious catamaran ship doing daily excursions to the Active Volcano & the Hot Springs. You can swim, snorkel and enjoy delicious gourmet meals on-board.
Overnight in Santorini.
Get ready to board your flight to Turkey this morning. Land at Istanbul Airport and a connecting flight whisks you off to Antalya, situated on the edge of Turkey’s surreal moonscape. The sky is brushed with the gentle pink and elegant purple of sunrise. You watch the early morning balloons rise into the colorful sky. They decorate the sunrise with an extra colorful glow. The rocky peaks of town continue to twist into the air. The hillside collects the light until the day has begun. After breakfast you are transferred to the airport and arrive in the coastal city of Antalya. The water is sapphire and calm. Antalya is a resort destination in Turkey and gateway to its southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. During the Roman era Antalya was a major port city; today a modern metropolis surrounds ancient fortifications. Beaches are flanked by large hotels, and popular outdoor activities include golfing, diving and hiking the 500km Lycian Way footpath.
The sky is brushed with the gentle pink and elegant purple of sunrise. You watch the early morning balloons rise into the colorful sky. They decorate the sunrise with an extra colorful glow. The rocky peaks of town continue to twist into the air. The hillside collects the light until the day has begun. After breakfast you are transferred to the airport and arrive in the coastal city of Antalya. The water is sapphire and calm. Antalya is a resort destination in Turkey and gateway to its southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. During the Roman era Antalya was a major port city; today a modern metropolis surrounds ancient fortifications. Beaches are flanked by large hotels, and popular outdoor activities include golfing, diving and hiking the 500km Lycian Way footpath.
Today is deliberately left free so you can explore Antalya at your own pace that holds hundreds of treasures. Dotted across the city you’ll find historic baths, places with 500 years of cleansing history. Men and women enter different sections and deep layers of dirt are scrubbed away in therapeutic sessions revealing spa therapy exactly how it was many centuries ago. Benches fill the wide public squares, places to rest and reenergize with a cup of sugary tea from the wandering chai traders. Or perhaps try some coffee, a thick cup of beans served in the indigenous way. Maybe you will try some Turkish delight, the sweet shops lining narrow roads and propelling whiffs of sugar that mingle with the spice emporiums nearby. With glorious architectural odes all around and the intermittent call to prayer reminding everyone of the time, Antalya deserves this extra free day in the itinerary.
Overnight in Antalya.
With this fantastic City Tour and Boat Trip, you will discover Antalya’s historical sites and its amazing scenery, as well as a chance to sail on Turkey’s turquoise-colored South Coast. We depart from the hotel and start with a visit to the beautiful Duden Waterfalls. After we continue to the city center and visit Hadrian’s Gate, the clock tower at Kalekapisi, Republic Square with its Ataturk statue and overlook amazing views of the Mediterranean coast and Olympos Mountains. Descending from the square, you’ll explore the narrow winding streets of historical Antalya (Kaleici), filled with graceful Ottoman-era houses and gardens. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, we will embark on a boat at the Antalya Marina where you will experience the uniqueness of having a chance to travel by a romantic wooden yacht on the turquoise-colored South Coast, passing by the Duden Waterfalls and the Antalya cliff, the Taurus Mountains. This coast is probably the most charming of the Turkish Riviera, where you will have the chance to swim in the clear-blue waters.
Overnight in Antalya.
Wave goodbye to this landscape as you’re transferred to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to your posh and perfect Turkish hotel.
The rest of the day is free to savor Istanbul. Topkapi isn’t the only palace radiating impressions of grandeur, others line the river with their elegant rooms of artistic history. Trams wind through the narrow city streets and over the bridges, the local transport both an easy and charming way to get around. Shops spill tubs of spices onto the street, boutique storefronts have sprung up between the ancient architecture and, as the sun sets on Istanbul day, rooftop restaurants provide feasts of whirling dervish dancing and local flavors.
Overnight in Istanbul.
As the sun rises above the continental divide, Istanbul slowly begins to paint its sensual picture. The call to prayer resonates from the Blue Mosque, each individual call then harmoniously mirrored by the other mosques. Step onto the streets and the scents begin to flicker: fresh catch from the Bosphorus, the whiff of elegance from architectural wonders. Today’s tour starts far back in Istanbul’s history at the Hippodrome. It was the centerpiece of Byzantium, a place for chariot races and Roman celebrations. The Serpentine and Constantine Columns reveal an iconic sight of ancient history, while the Egyptian Obelisk offers a further ode to yesteryear. Yet these sights are hidden and without a guide, it’s easy to miss where you are.
Roaming tea vendors fuel those waiting on park benches in what is the current facade of the Hippodrome. To the right is the Blue Mosque, towering domes and minarets rising like mystical peaks. Barely 500 meters away, to the left, the Hagia Sophia immediately imbues its idolized nomination as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Start the exploration in the 6th century Hagia Sofia; it was the world’s largest cathedral. It later became a mosque and is now a peaceful ode to the religious harmony in Turkey. Islamic calligraphy and Christian murals juxtapose in the same space, huge chandelier candles provide a soft light, and dozens of rooms reveal 1400 years of intricate history. Many world buildings can reveal an artistic religious grandeur. There are virtually none on the same scale as the Hagia Sofia.
Wander past the tea sellers and flag waivers to the Blue Mosque, journeying into the wide outer courtyard and lift your head skyward to appreciate the enormity of the minarets. Your local guide takes you into the inner courtyard, were porticos of columns and domes radiate a simplistic beauty. Now go inside where luxuriant red carpet cushions your shoeless feet (all shoes must be removed before entering) and thousands of Iznik tiles cast their blue glow across the mosque. There’s a peace and serenity to this building, one that seems to demand silence as eyes marvel at both intricate detail and grand design.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Meet your guide at your central Istanbul hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach to the port for your full-day Princes’ Island tour. Hop aboard your boat and cruise to the biggest and most popular Princes Island, Büyükada. During your boat cruise, admire views of Topkapi Palace as the city shrinks behind you. Plus, capture views Kiz Kulesi (also known as Leander’s Tower or Maiden’s Tower) which was shot in the James Bond movie The World is Not Enough.
Disembark in Büyükada and stroll along with your guide enjoying the ambiance of this quiet island. Notice the lack of vehicles here and gain insight from your guide as to why. Then, take the best form of transportation on the island, a horse-drawn carriage. As you relax to the sounds of clip-clopping hooves, learn about the island’s history such as how former royalty and statesmen were once banished here. Plus, hear about the Christian monasteries that resided here during Byzantine-era rule.
Next, see prime examples of Ottoman-era architecture as you pass by elegant wooden mansions. Then, soak up gorgeous sea views and the surrounding landscape that’s highlighted by dazzling blue waters. During free time with your guide, grab a simit (bread with sesame seeds) and have some fun feeding the abundance of seabirds that happily live here.
Take a break at a restaurant for lunch and enjoy tasty seafood before your spend the remainder of your day on your own. After lunch, grab your swimsuit and head to the beach to swim or catch some rays. Or perhaps, duck into a coastal café or craft shop to check out the local scene. Finally, rendezvous with your guide at predetermined time and board your return boat to Istanbul. Once back on land, head back to your hotel where your tour concludes.
Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast depart for the airport to catch your flight back home.