Athens, the Greek Isles, and Istanbul in two weeks
Private Bungalows are available : $$ supplement applies
mystery of Istanbul . . . the treasures of Athens . . . the romance
of the Greek isles. What's better than a journey with a cherished companion
to one of these prized destination? Why, an interlude that includes
all three, of course.
is a trip tailored to make the most of that special company and unique
occasion, be it an anniversary, a honeymoon, or a singular chance
to be alone and away. We have selected superior and deluxe hotels
notable for their charm, atmosphere, and, of course, fine service.
1 - ARRIVAL ATHENS- Choose your own dates : Daily April Through October
Our Athens-based personnel meets you at the international airport, assists
you with the formalities, and sees you to your charming and comfortable
hotel, Grand Bretagne ( Deluxe Room) or King George ( Deluxe Room, subject
to availability at the time we receive your booking .
Check in, relax, then take a stroll through the lively streets. Browse
for treasures and curios, savor a coffee or aperitif at a terrace café,
or enjoy a fine meal in the old Plaka district.
All transfers are always with a private air-conditioned vehicle, for
couples, it will be a Mercedes sedan or similar. Private Chauffeur.
DAY 2 - ATHENS - Private Tour (BL)
Enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Greek capital,
today we have included a half day tour of Syntagma Square, and the towering
Acropolis. Lunch is included at a charming local restaurant.
Private air-conditioned vehicle . Private Chauffeur. Private guide.
Afternoon walking tour of the Plaka and tea or coffee stop at one of
the local Greek tavernas.
3 - ATHENS , SANTORINI (B)
We'll call for you and see you to the airport for your flight ( business
class) over the blue Aegean to Santorini (Air fare included, Isle of
Ancient " Atlantis ?! .
Your hotel : Dana Villas, Chromata or similar . Always superior rooms.
All transfers are always with a private air-conditioned vehicle.
4 - Santorini (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your lovely hotel , venture out,to explore ON YOUR
Akrotiri,reputedly the site of fabled Atlantis. Then on to Athinios
port to take a boat across to eh dormant volcano, and ascend through
a crater-pocked moonscape to the crater. Visit Thirassia Island and
watch sunset in Oia. Return to your hotel/villa early evening, the decision
is totally yours Sample
optional tours available based on Private arrangement or Local Group
5 - Santorini (B)
To stay in your lovely hotel and enjoy the beach, the service, and the
amenities, or to venture out to explore some of the dramatic cliffs,
coves, and villages . . . that is the question! No doubt, you'll mix
a bit of both; Relax, and revisit a favorite café or shop ,sip an ouzo
or retsina at a waterside café, discover a beach or two, pick up a loaf
of fresh bread and cheese and olives, and picnic on a hillside as you
look out to sailboats at sea. Your days will be filled.
6 - SANTORINI , CRETE (B)
We'll rendezvous in time to take you to your flight to Crete, Heraklion&
your hotel. Elounda Mare top choices as listed below or similar . Flights
operate only on Thursday and Saturday, other days, ferry is 5 hours,
or flights via Athens .
7 - CRETE (BL)
Today in Heraklion. Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur,
private guide :
We visit the the three-story Minoan unique palace of Knossos , enjoy
lunch in a local tavern, return to your hotel late afternoon
8 - CRETE (B)
Enjoy your stay at the hotel or explore one of the beaches. Or explore
on your own the Venetian part of the old town , see below more details
on tours in Crete.
9 - ISTANBUL (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, we'll pick you up and escort you to board
a flight for Athens, and onward travel to Istanbul, always in business
class , tax included . Our personnel will be on hand to greet you upon
arrival and see you to the Ciragan Palace, The Ritz Carlton Istanbul
or one of the Four Seasons Hotels in Istanbul ( Superior Room)
10 - ISTANBUL (BL)
Full day tour : including the Blue Mosque and Aya Sophia, and Topkapi
Palace, with its Ottoman treasures. The Grand Bazaar with its endless
bargains in its 5000 stands, kiosks, and shops. Soak up the atmosphere
of a traditional coffee house, complete with bubbling water pipes. Lunch
will be included in a local restaurant. Private air-conditioned vehicle
. Private Chauffeur. Private guide.
11 - ISTANBUL (BL)
Today we stroll along the restored 19th-century thoroughfare of Istiklal
Caddesi, once known as the Grand Rue de Péra. We'll search for spices
and folk remedies in the Egyptian Bazaar. Admire the medieval
mosaics in one or two of the city's many Byzantine churches ( all tourist
sites do rotate closing one day during the week, we will confirm all
details when you provide us with your dates). We will do some window
shopping exploring the chic boutiques around Taksim Square, then
we climb the Galata Tower, built by the Genoese six centuries
ago, for a panoramic view of Old Istanbul. Lunch is included at a charming
local restaurant before we head back to your hotel.
12 - "Imperial Constantinople in the Belle Epoque"
(late 19th century), the exotic romance of the "Paris of the
Morning walking tour : We start with our guide in Karaköy where
the foreign bankers and shipping companies had their headquarters, then
take the Tünel up to istiklal Caddesi; stop in the whirling dervish
tekke, and walk past the various old embassy buildings (now consulates),
and point out the architecture. Stop for tea (included) at the
famous Pera Palace Hotel.
Walk at least as far as Galatasaray Square, and have lunch in
the Çicek Pasaji (Flower Passage); then walk up to Taksim Square and
be picked up for the afternoon tour. In the afternoon the tour visit
Yildiz Palace Park and the Ihlamur Kasri, a mini-palace south of Yildiz,
and finish up with a visit to the Military History Museum in Harbiye
in time to hear the "Mehter," or Ottoman military band (mid-afternoon).
13 - DEPARTURE (B)
Do your last-minute shopping this morning, or just linger deliciously
in bed, like Turkish royalty. Then we'll call for you and see you to
the airport to begin your journey home. Bon
Voyage. Gule gule
in US $ per person in triple : $ 6805. USD
RATE in US $ per person in double : $ 6911. USD
RATE in US $ per person in single : $ 8254. USD
Katikies Villas and Pantheon in Santorini , please add 20 % supplement
to the listed rate.
transportation within Greece in business class , tax included
transportation from Athens to Istanbul , in business class , tax included.
between airport and hotels in Greece and Turkey, always using a private
air-conditioned vehicle. Private chauffeur.
with breakfast (B) as indicated
below, or at comparable properties, according to availability:
Villas/ Apartments in Santorini:
: Dana Villas with a view of the Caldera & the sea ( Firostefani)
.Chromata Apartments with a view of the caldera & the sea
For Katikies and Pantheon : Please add 20 % to the deluxe rate.
sightseeing as indicated always using
a private air-conditioned vehicle. Private chauffeur. Private
fees for all sites listed in the itinerary.
a Spa and Honeymoon stay in Greece or Italy
Heraklio / Hersonissos Area:
Aldemar Royal Mare
Elounda Area: Hotel Elounda Mare
Hotel Elounda Mare (5 stars) : PRIVATE
BUNGALOW with private pool
airfare from/to your home country
Personal expenses, beverages, and meals not specifically listed .
excursions, such as tours on Santorini, sailing, cruising
meal not specifically mentioned.
fee for Turkey $20 (in Cash) secured upon arrival, or through the
with the Triangle of Ancient Lands : Egypt Greece Palestine and Israel
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