Hopping and a Foray into Turkey
grand 12-Day tour : If you have only a short time, this is
the perfect getaway.
The Greek Isles , Istanbul and the Turkish Riviera
Your days are filled with enough exotic sights, sounds
scenes and scents to make it seem like weeks. Add
Athens, Santorini , Istanbul , Selcuk, and Ephesus
transfers in Greece and Turkey
Private touring in Turkey
1 , Athens. Daily : March - Nov - Choose your own date
Arrive at Athens Airport, where our representative will meet you, and
assist with the transfer to your hotel .
Morning arrivals for guests flying from Europe or the east coast
of the USA may connect same day to Mykonos if so desire and have Athens's
stay at the end or eliminate Athens completely.
2 , Athens- Private Tour (BL)
A morning private guided sightseeing tour takes us to all the high points
: The Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Syntagma Square, The
Parliament and, the new Acropolis Museum and of course the world famous
Acropolis . Lunch is included at a charming local restaurant. Afternoon
leisurely walk of the ancient district of the Plaka with a stop at a
local cafe for tea / coffee and Greek cookies ..
3 , Athens - Santorini (B)
We'll rendezvous in time to take you to your morning flight heading
for Santorini ( economy Class ) . On arrival, we'll see that you're
checked in to your hotel. Santorini
4 , Athens / Santorini (B)
AAAAH , Santorini , a true Mediterranean paradise . Enjoy a full day
on your own to explore the island as you wish.
Day 5 , Santorini (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your lovely hotel and linger for as long as you
wish. The day is your as you please.
Sample optional tours available based
on Private arrangement or Local Group tour
6 , Santorini (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel . You may wish to consider one of the
optional tours such as : optional tour to the archaeological site of
Akrotiri, reputed to be the center of the lost civilization of Atlantis.
is the capital (largest city) while Oia and Firostefani are 2 other
towns. This is a brief description of these 2 places. Firostefani,
a suburb of the capital Fira (less than 1 km from the center), offering
the same stunning views of the magnificent caldera, at a slight distance
from all the action. Firostefani also has a very picturesque square,
and a beautiful church dedicated to St. Gerasimos, that is surrounded
by cypress trees. The stroll from Fira to Firostefani can be completed
in roughly 20 minutes, although it usually takes at least an hour because
of frequent pauses to enjoy the view. Oia is on the northern tip of
the island and is about 11 km from Fira, built on a steep slope of the
caldera. Oia is quieter than Fira, but easy enough to hop a bus or grab
a taxi into town to visit the capital. Its streets are charming
narrow passageways that twist their way along the rim of the caldera,
and down the slope of the cliff. There are plenty of tourist shops,
but they are of a different, more artisan, quality than the more traditional
tourist offerings of Fira, and there rare also a number of beautiful
7 , Departure From Santorini to Istanbul via Athens (B)
We'll pick you up and see you to Santorini Airport, fly to Athens, please
proceed to connect with the flights going to Istanbul ( air ticket is
included in economy class ). Kalo Taxidi!
! Aaaah ISTANBUL , the exotic romance of the "Paris of the East:":
You're met at the airport or seaport by our representative, who sees
you to your hotel. Our local rep will answer any questions you may have
about getting to know the city. As you ride into the great metropolis
from the airport , two thousand years of history are revealed: towering
Roman walls, ancient Byzantine churches, slender minarets framing the
bulbous domes of graceful mosques. These ancient monuments float on
the skyline of a bustling modern metropolis of ten million people. Your
rep. will reconfirm locally the time you prefer for tomorrow tour, we
suggest to meet around 8:30 AM or 9 AM
8 - ISTANBUL (BL)
The center of ancient Constantinople and Istanbul was on Seraglio Point,
framed by the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. We
visit the Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet III to challenge the architectural
primacy of neighboring Sancta Sophia. We then walk next door to compare
achievements in Justinian's great Sancta Sophia. Right behind Sancta
Sophia is our next stop, sumptuous Topkapi Palace, the sultans seraglio
for centuries, filled with breathtaking exhibits of priceless jewels,
golden thrones, delicate colored tiles, and lavish court costumes. After
lunch in a local restaurant ,we tour the Treasury of the sultans, and
the Costume Gallery , then finish up in the bustling Egyptian Bazaar
and walk through the maze of colors , spices and perfumes. Return to
your hotel with sounds and colors of your first day of touring in Istanbul
9 - Izmir and Selcuk (BL)
In the morning , fly to Izmir , we ascend Kadifekale, Izmir's
hill crowned by a fortress built by Alexander the Great, to enjoy the
on to Selcuk . Lunch is included in Izmir or Selcuk in a charming local
restaurant. Sample Hotel : Kalehan
Hotel or similar.
10 - Ephesus - Sirince Village (BL)
Breakfast then it's off to biblical Ephesus to see the Basilica
of St John the Evangelist, who came here with the Virgin Mary. Passing
the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders
of the ancient world, we reach Ephesus, the most impressive ancient
city on the Mediterranean.
After our tour, we continue to the fine Ephesus Museum and the hilltop
House of the Virgin Mary, said to be her last home on earth. Lunch is
included at a local charming restaurant. Sirince
Village: This old Orthodox Village, 30 kilometers from Kusadasi, was
once "Cirkince"(ugly). Indeed its inhabitants gave this name
on the purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor
to share the beauty of their village. Still after years, visitors understood
that the village was not ugly and called it "Sirince" (pretty).
Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture as
of the 1920's; after the Turkish Independence War, people exchange between
Greek and Turks has occurred and all the typical Greek houses, though
they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the
local layout inside. At Sirince Village you will have chance of seeing
the local life at a village and purchasing some small local souvenirs
and handicrafts. The village is also famous for its local grape and
other fruit wines. During the lunch, mingle with the local people of
the village as you will be a guest in their village for a simple cup
of traditional Turkish coffee at the main coffee house of the village.
Depending on the number of guests, a gypsy woman may read your fortune
after you finish your coffee .
11 - Selcuk
, MILETUS - DIDYMA (BL)
A short drive brings us to the well-preserved ruins of Priene, a very
ancient city perched above the aptly-named Meander River. We next tour
Miletus, where the philosopher Thales was born. Finally, we tour the
gigantic oracular temple at Didyma, which challenged the primacy of
Delphi, lunch is included in a charming local restaurant before returning
to your hotel in Selcuk.
12 - DEPARTURE
- Izmir- Istanbul (B)
We escort you to the airport at Izmir , air fare is included back to
Istanbul . End of our services. At Istanbul Airport connect on your
own to your flight home, this tour / rate doesn't included international
air fare, we are happy to help with international air fare from / to
you USA upon request ). Bon Voyage. Compare with the 14 day version
the 16 day version with Capadoccia
extend to : Rhodes, Mykonos and Western Turkey all in 19 days .
Rates per person in double in US $
Person in Triple Occupancy
Person in Double Occupancy
( Group tour in Athens)
( private tour in Athens)
( private tour in Athens)
Children 10 years and younger sharing with 2 adults : % 30 discount
If you prefer resort style hotel then consider : Korumar Hotel
Rates are per person , and are subject to change.
Transfers in Greece and Turkey, always on a private basis, private
air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur .
accommodation, including tax, service charges .
or buffet breakfast daily.
sightseeing in Athens and Turkey as per itinerary including all entrance
and air tickets in Greece and Turkey as well as Athens Istanbul ,
in economy class as per itinerary, with tax included . ( Business
class upgrade is available upon request).
airfare from/to your home country .
for Turkey,$20 USD , please secure prior to arrival, or get it upon
arrival at the airport ( available to most nationalities including
USA, Canadian, Australian, NZ, EU citizens) , please check with the
Turkish Consulate for any question in regard to the visa.
porterage at hotels.
and meals not specifically listed .
Cancellation Insurance. Travel Insurance
Upgrades in Santorini :
Reviews: What other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina
Original Message --------
Sent: Monday, September 24 .2:04 PM
We just wanted to let you know we made it back home after our weeklong
detour through Italy. Athens was fantastic. The tours were very good,
and short of heading out to the islands, I can't think of a single thing
we would have rather done while there.
Although we had an excellent time in Athens, Egypt was by far the highlight
of our entire trip, including Italy. We just can't say enough
about Ahmed, Isis, Ashraf, and all our drivers. We simply could not
have done the trip without their help. Ahmed was very professional,
courteous, and helpful, and always went out of his way to make sure
we were where we needed to be at the right time. Our Egyptologist guides,
Isis and Ashraf, were both very knowledgeable and made our visit so
much better with their endless supply of information. We wore out both
days long before they did. We will definitely try to come back to Egypt
when we have more time to spend.
Thank you so much for arranging the trip, allowing us to customize what
we needed to, and putting us in touch with such good people. And please
find attached pictures of us enjoying a camel ride. :-)
Adrian & Melina
of the most popular restaurants in:
Athens : are Varoulko, Dionissos Zonars (just under
the Acropolis), Strofi (near the Divani Palace)
El Greco and Fanari (has great view) are good restaurants in Fira.
Also Pyrgos is another nice one ... about 4 kilometers further inland