Hopping and a Foray into Turkey
Grand 14-Day Private Mediterranean
Santorini , Istanbul , Selcuk, and Ephesus
transfers and Tours in Greece and Turkey
If you have only two weeks , this is the perfect getaway. Greek
Isles , the Turkish Riviera .
Your days are filled with enough exotic sights, sounds, scenes and
scents to make it seem like weeks.
1 , Athens.
Arrive Daily - Choose your own dates . March - Nov .
Arrive at Athens Airport, where our representative
will meet you, and assist with the transfer to your hotel .
2 , Athens- Private Tour (BL)
A full day private tour of course with your
own air-conditioned private vehicle and private guide : Morning sightseeing
tour takes us to all the high points : The Temple of Olympian Zeus,
Hadrian's Arch, Syntagma Square, The Parliament , The world famous
Acropolis and the new museum .
Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Afternoon leisure walk of
the ancient district of the Plaka which we will conclude with an "
ice cream stop and tea or coffee at one of the local Greek tavernas
before we head back to the hotel.
3 Private Tour Argolis (or Delphi)
Private Air Conditioned Vehicle - Private Chauffeur - Private Guide
Breakfast at the hotel. Lunch is included at a local restaurant .
Bottled water / tea or coffee : included with your lunch. Drive through
Corinth crossing the famous canal to Mycenae where visits are Included
to the Lion Gate, Tombs of Agememnon and Clytemnestra, and the Palace.
Luncheon at the seaside resort town of Nauplion. Afterward, a short
drive to the world famous theater of Epidaurus, known for its perfect
acoustics. Visit the museum and Askelpeion. Return to Athens in the
early evening. For the lunch we will either stop in Mycenae or Nauplion.
detail on your drive today :
- Corinth canal is about 1.15 hours drive (depending on traffic)
distance is 85 kilometers.
canal - Mycenae is around 30 minutes. The distance is 45 kilometers.
- Epidaurus is 45 minutes. This distance is 60 kilometers.
- Athens (via the coastal road) is around 2:15hrs. The distance
is approx. 150 kilometers.
4 - Athens - Markets and BYZANTINE
Churches - (BL)
Ride the new Athens Subway alongside the locals today ( always
escorted with your English speaking Guide) ! We take pride in affording
you this experience, entirely by public transportation, with orientation
by our English-speaking representative. You'll get to tour Athens
fascinating vegetable & fruit markets by subway and/ or taxi.
Enjoy lunch at a charming local restaurant before our afternoon tour
BYZANTINE CHURCHES : Russian
Orthodox Church at Filellinon and Amalias. Then visit the Jewelry
museum (LALAOUNIS) before heading back to your hotel.
5 , 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 Hotel/Apartments/ Villas
Day 6 , Santorini (B)
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
7 , Santorini (B)
breakfast at your hotel . We offer an optional tour to the archaeological
site of Akrotiri, reputed to be the center of the lost civilization
is the capital (largest city) while Oia and Firostefani are 2
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
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 commercial galleries.
8 , Santorini - (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel . Another
day on your own in this Greek Paradise, or ask us for available optional
9 , 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!
Marhaba ! Aaaaah 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.
Please reconfirm locally the time you prefer for tomorrow tour, we
suggest to meet around 8:30 AM or 9 AM
10 - 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
11 - Izmir - Sirince Village and Selcuk (BL)
Transfers are always on a private basis. We head off to Istanbul
Airport, fly to Izmir , from the airport in Izmir , we proceed to
tour Kadifekale fortress built by Alexander the Great, to enjoy the
view , before we head for Sirince Village where you will enjoy lunch
( included) .
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 , Then
on to Selcuk and your hotel .
12 - Ephesus (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.
13 - Selcuk - PRINE
, 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.
14 - DEPARTURE - Izmir-
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 16 day
version with Capadoccia
or the shorter version : 12 days or the 19
day with Rhodes Mykonos and Western Turkey .
transfers in Greece and Turkey , always on a private basis : Private
air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur .
accommodation, including tax and service charges.
or buffet breakfast daily.
guided sightseeing in Athens and Turkey as per itinerary with
a private local guide for all tours listed .
and domestic air tickets in Greece and Turkey , economy class
tax included .
fare between Athens and Istanbul , in economy class with tax as
per person in in US $
in USD $
star hotels :
star hotels :
Star hotels :
Deluxe hotels :
10 years and younger sharing with 2 adults : % 30 discount
Boutique Style hotel : Armada
, Conrad, Hilton Istanbul
Boutique Style Hotels: Arena
airfare from/to your home country .
for Turkey, cash upon arrival , ( available to most nationalities
including USA, Canadian, Australian, NZ, EU citizens) , please
check with the Turkish Consulate for any question in regard to
porterage at hotels.
and meals not specifically listed .
Cancellation Insurance. Travel Insurance
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
(full day) - daily
Drive through the fertile plain of Beotia, crossing the towns of Thebes
connected with the tragedy of King Oedipus - Levadia and Arachova
(short stop on the way back). Arrive at Delphi, the center of Ancient
World - the "Omphalos" (Navel of 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. Lunch in the modern village of Delphi,
return to Athens by the same route.