12 DAYS SEVEN WONDERS OF TURKEY AND GREECE CRUISE LINE TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day - Friday
Meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key
and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from
city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer
from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen
airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour - Saturday
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to 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 time. 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 from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet,
is 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. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch
Murtis Tour will then take you to the 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 handpainted ceramic plates, hand - honed copperware, brassware and trays,
water ewers, onyx - ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to
your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on
tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays. If your tour is on one of these days
we would offer you to visit Underground Cistern instead of
Topkapi palace museum, instead of Grand Baazar you will visit Spice Bazaar.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir and Kusadasi - Sunday
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul
Bosphorus Boat Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array
of sites you can see from the boat including: SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar).
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating
Europe and Asia.. Lunh break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart
for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport
and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour - Turkish Village Sirince - Monday
08:30 Departure from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best
preserved ancient sites in the world en - route, visiting the Temple of Artemis,
Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of
the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm. After the lunch, we will visit a
place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet
weaving centre. After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirinces
construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope
are all Orginal with their white paints. Sirince Village also has a fantastic
reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines.
We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with
Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of
making fruit wine. On the way we will visit one of the famous leather production
centers of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory
rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes
bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey. Enabling you to enjoy the
shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Saturday - Kusadasi - Cruise Departure - Tuesday
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and transfer to your cruise ship. The
cruise departs around 12:00pm. Day 5, 6, 7, 8 on the cruise ship and
destinations as mentioned below:
4 DAY CRUISES "ICONIC AEGEAN" "5 GREEK ISLANDS & TURKEY"
DAY PORTS ARR. DEPT.
Day 5 - Tuesday Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey 13:00
Patmos, Greece 16:00 21:00
Day 6 - Wednesday Rhodes, Greece 07:00 18:00
Day 7 - Thursday Crete (Heraklion), Greece 07:00 11:30
Santorini, Greece 16:30 21:00
Day 8 - Friday Athens (Piraeus), Greece 06:00 11:00
Mykonos, Greece 18:00 23:00
Day 9 - Saturday Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey 07:00
Day 9 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale Tour - Saturday
At 08:30 we depart for Pamukkale. We will check at the hotel around 12.00 and we
have a lunch break until 13.30. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces
of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this
natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural
springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 10 - Pamukkale - Denizli to Nevsehir / Kayseri airport and Cappadocia -
After breakfast, we depart for Denizli airport for our domestic flight to
Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the
day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 11 - Cappadocia Tour - Monday
Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the
geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these
formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country
Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land,
enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts,
including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximatley 09:30 from
your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the
highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum,
the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to
10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin,
which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go
to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work
shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three
- headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see
Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is
also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations
looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting.
Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats,
which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and
you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 12 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour - Thuesday
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart
for Kayseri airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future
in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing
12 DAYS SEVEN WONDERS OF TURKEY AND GREECE CRUISE LINE TOUR INCLUDES:
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
- Airport transfer to Denizli airport
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
- Domestic flight from Denizli to Kayseri / Nevsehir
- Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Kusadasi
- 1 night hotel in Pamukkale
- 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
- 7 open buffet breakfasts
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise
- Guided Ephesus tour
- Guided Sirince village tour and wine tasting
- Guided Pamukkale tour
- Guided Cappadocia tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
- Professional English - speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays.