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Ancient Escape - Turkey & Greece

8D/7N Journey through the mist of time!

Starts from 59999

Travel back in time!

Escape to Istanbul (Turkey) and Athens, (Greece) to explore the heritage of two magnificent countries!

This 8 day tour will let you explore the famous Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Spice Bazaar in Istanbul and a variety of ancient heritage points in the mountainous terrains of Athens.  Enjoy a perfect holiday this season with a twist of 2 cultures!

 

Inclusions

Turkey Tour Includes:

  • Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  • 3 nights at hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 open buffet breakfasts
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
  • Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Greece Tour includes:

  • 4 nights in Athens BB
  • Athens sightseeing tour SIC with English Guide Entrance Fees included
  • Full Day Delphi tour with lunch SIC with English Guide Entrance fees included
  • One day cruise with lunch SIC
  • All airport transfers private
  • Hotel taxes

Exclusions

Turkey Tour excludes:

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry

Greece Tour Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Greece entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
  • Optional land excursions

Package Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Istanbul - Arrival Day
Istanbul, Turkey
  • Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport!
  • Meet with organizer staff, transfer to your hotel and check in at your hotel
  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Day 2
  • Istanbul City Tour
Istanbul, Turkey
(Breakfast included)
  • Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul city
  • ST. SOPHIA: This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all times!
  • TOPKAPI PALACE: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed
  • SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE: Across St. Sophia, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is also known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles
  • HIPPODROME: Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
  • GRAND COVERED BAZAAR: In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand-painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copper-ware, brass-ware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
  • Free evening time and optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Bosphorus Dinner Cruise including traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner
  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Day 3
  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour
Istanbul, Turkey
(Breakfast included)
  • Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour.
  • SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar): The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice
  • BOSPHORUS BY BOAT: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from the boat: See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
  • RUMELI FORTRESS: Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
  • BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE): The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
  • BOSPHORUS BRIDGE: Enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe)
  • CAMLICA HILL: The highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
  • SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise): Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts center and a modern leather-wear show. Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with Murti's Tour's local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul
  • Overnight in Istanbul
  • Day 4
  • Istanbul, Turkey - Athens, Greece
Athens, Greece

(Breakfast included)

 

  • After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart for International airport for fly from Istanbul to Athens, Greece.
  • Upon arrive at Athens, you will meet with the local representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel
  • Once you settle in, you are free to stroll in the old Plaka district
  • Overnight in Athens
  • Day 5
  • Athens - Half Day City Tour
Athens, Greece
(Breakfast included)
  • In the morning, after breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and start the sightseeing tour of the center of Athens, including The Constitution of Greece (Sintagma). It was created by the Fifth Revisional Parliament of the Hellenes and entered into force in 1975. It has been revised three times since, in 1986, in 2001 and in 2008. The Constitutional history of Greece goes back to the Greek War of Independence, during which the first three revolutionary Greek constitutions were adopted.
  • Later, visit Old Parliament House. The Old Parliament building which is located at Stadiou Street in Athens, housed the Greek Parliament between 1875 and 1932. It now houses the country's National Historical Museum. In front of the building stands a large equestrian statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis, cast in bronze. It was sculpted by Lazaros Sochos in Paris in 1900, and erected in its current place in 1904.
  • Continue our tour, we will go to The National Library of Greece which is situated near the center of city of Athens. It holds 4,500 Greek manuscripts which is one of the greatest collection of Greek scripts. There are also many chrysobulls and archives of the Greek Revolution
  • Then we will continue driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the PRESIDENTIAL PALACE which is the official residence of the President of the Hellenic Republic. It previously served as the Royal Palace, until the abolition of the monarchy by referendum in 1974. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian's Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus. and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium which was refurbished a second time in 1895 for the 1896 Olympics, with completion funding provided by the Greek benefactor George Averoff whose marble statue now stands at the entrance, based on designs by architects Anastasios Metaxas and Ernst Ziller.
  • Upon arrive Acropolis, we will visit Acropolis Museum which is focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens. Also, we will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the PROPYLAEA, the TEMPLE of ATHENA NIKE, the ERECHTHEION.
  • The last stop before we back to hotel is The Parthenon. The Parthenon is a temple in Acropolis, the harmony between material and spirit, the monument that puts order in the mind.
  • Early evening we will back to hotel, you can relax in the rest of the day
  • Overnight in Athens
  • Day 6
  • Athens - Daily Delphi Tour
Athens, Greece

(Breakfast included)

  • After pick up from the hotel, drive through the fertile plain of Boeotia, crossing the towns of THEBES which is connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus - LEVADIA and ARACHOVA. A short stop here you can have little time to explore the famous colorful rugs and carpets.
  • Arrive at DELPHI, the center of the Ancient world - the Omphalos (Navel) of the Earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of MOUNT PARNASSUS, in a landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the SANCTUARY of APOLLO PYTHIOS.
  • Visit the TREASURY OF THE ATHENIANS, the TEMPLE OF APOLLO and the MUSEUM containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. Have lunch in the modern village of Delphi.
  • After the tour, drive back to your hotel in Athens
  • Overnight in Athens
  • Day 7
  • Athens - Daily Cruise Tour
Athens, Greece

(Breakfast included)

  • Today, have a cruise tour for visiting the three beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. After breakfast, transfer to the port for embarkation on the one day cruise. The order of visit to the islands is either Poros -Hydra-Aegina or Aegina- Poros-Hydra.
  • After 2 hours, arrive at Poros, explore for around 50 minutes. Poros is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a distance about 58 km south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a 200-metre wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the strait. Its surface is about 31 square kilometre. The town of Poros has 4,102 of these inhabitants. The only other inhabited settlement is Agios. The ancient name of Poros was Pogon. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a popular weekend destination for Athenian travellers. It is an island with rich vegetation as well. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south and center of the island.
  • Later, continue sailing to Hydra (around 1 hour and 15 minutes sailing). It is separated from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. In ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea which was a reference to the springs on the island. You will have around 1.5 hours to explore this island, enjoy the most beautiful walk, a donkey-ride around the town and the crystal clear water.
  • Continue the journey to the last stop, Aegina. Arrive at Aegine after 2 hours of sailing. Tradition derives the name from Aegina, the mother of Aeacus, who was born in and ruled the island. During ancient times, Aegina was a rival to Athens, the great sea power of the era.
  • At the end of the tour, sail back to Piraeus port and transfer you to hotel
  • Overnight in Athens
  • Day 8
  • Athens - End of tour
Check-out

(Breakfast included)

  • After your breakfast, check out from the hotel and transfer to Athens International airport for your flight back home.


We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing us for your travel!

Date, Price & Misc.

  • This tour is operated everyday
  • Discounts on group bookings available
  • OPTIONAL Per Person Price:
  • Dinner EURO 16,00 including transfer
  • Lunch EURO 12,00 Transfer included during the tour
  • 1001 Nights Dinner Show Istanbul EURO 38,00 including transfer
  • Bosphorus Dinner Cruise Istanbul EURO 42,00 Transfer including
  • The package tariff is for per person on double sharing basis
  • The rates are subject to change without prior notice. Please call us for latest rates.

Terms & Conditions

  • Child under 2 years of age will travel free of charge by land. Flight ticket insurance cost will be 20 Euro only
  • Children under 6 years of age are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul
  • Children 7-11 years of age are charged at 75% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul
  • Children above 11 years are full priced adult fares

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