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.
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.
you 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.
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.
After a leisurely morning board your ferry for Athens. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a tour of Athens combining many of the city’s principal modern and classical sights such as Constitution Square Syntagma square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National Library. At the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike and finally the beautiful Parthenon. End the tour by visiting the new Acropolis museum where all remaining treasures from the Parthenon and the Golden age of Greece are hosted! Your afternoon is free to explore the Plaka (old Athens section), Ermou Square for shopping and a taste of a Greek Souvlaki and Monastiraki flea market.
Overnight in Athens.
Get ready to board your flight to Turkey this morning. Land at Istanbul Airport and a connecting flight whisks you off to Kayseri, situated on the edge of Cappadocia’s surreal moonscape. Upon arrival transfer to your boutique cave hotel. The remarkable volcanic landscape of Cappadocia is dotted with chimneys and caves, creating a visual fairytale that’s enhanced by this luxury hotel. You’re sleeping in the landscape, not merely experiencing the beauty from the outside. While this is a cave, boutique touches and modern amenities transform the indelible walls into a paradise of comfort and luxury. Evening is at leisure so sit back, relax, gaze across the surreal landscape and say hello to the elegance of Turkey.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Cappadocia doesn’t look real in the morning light, the chimneys slowly illuminated by the tones of sunrise. Many suggest lunar comparisons to describe this landscape, a suitable simile given both the weird geology and astonishing scale. While photos can provide a glimpse at the ethereal eroded formations, only on a full day do you start to soak up the vast scale. Cappadocia is not one panorama. It stretches over numerous valleys. Every corner is a new photo opportunity and each mile takes you deeper into the baffling topography.
Yet Cappadocia is not merely an aesthetic fancy. Every valley hides surprises, ingenious history cut into the eroding rock. Start today in the Goreme Open-Air Museum where churches are sculpted into the stark towering cliffs. Square doors stand beneath carved balconies and beautiful fresco wall paintings impress with their vitality and tone. Monasteries stand side by side and the rock-hewn wonder continues as you journey through the moonscape to Avanos. This unique village showcases clay as artwork. Then your third stop reveals the artistic beauty of Turkish carpets. The world-renowned carpet factory offers an insight into the hand-made techniques of one of the country’s finest exports. Return to your hotel and spend the evening soaking up the peaceful delights of Cappadocia.
Overnight at Cappadocia.
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.
After breakfast depart for the airport to catch your flight back home.