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15 Days
Istanbul
Athens
Min Age : 6
Max People : 24

Best of Greece and Turkey with 3-day Cruise

Best of Greece and Turkey  with 3-day cruise  is a combination of our favorite places in Turkey and Greece in 15 days with a 3-day Ocean cruise to visit Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini.  This 15-day trip starts in Athens and discovers Greek Capitals with its Acropolis and museums. Then we will take you a 3-day cruise to Mykonos-Patmos-Crete and Santorini with all inclusive on board (Meals and classical drinks) . After this dearmy trip to Agean islands we will fly to Ankara , the capital city of modern Turkey then drive to  Cappadocia via Salt Lake to discover land of fairy chimneys with Göreme Valleys. We will continue to  Pamukkale with its white cascades and thermal waters close Hierapolis. Heading west to Kuşadası to visit Ephesus and Temple of Artemis then North to visit Pergamon and Troy. We will also stop at Gallipoli that shaped the world at the beginning of 20th century. This great tour will be concluded to Istanbul to discover the highlights: Topkapı Palace, Bosphorus Strait, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar. We think you will be enchanted with the varied sights, tastes and culture of the region and you will appreciate the nicely paced journey that allows you to discover and enjoy both the best of Turkey and Greece.
Discover with Eskapas , The Mediterranean Specalist. 
Best of Greece and Turkey with 3-day Cruise
Best of Greece and Turkey with 3-day Cruise
Best of Greece and Turkey Tour Details
Best of Greece and Turkey

Departure & Return Location

Athens to Istanbul

Best of Greece and Turkey

Pick-up & Drop-off time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • 2 Nights 3* Hotel Accommodation in Athens , 9-Night 4* hotel accommodation in Turkey , 3-night Ocean cruise accommodation in inside cabin (IA or IB class) with Celestyal Cruise .  Please consult us for outside cabins during your reservation.
  • International flight Athens to Ankara. (Economy class – Standard allowance 20 kg pp)
  • Official English-speaking guides during visits
  • Meals as mentioned in the program : 14 breakfasts , 4 lunches , 9 dinners .Beverage package including alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages during cruise.
  • All transfers per itinerary with AC bus or Minivan according to size of the group
  • Entrance fees to the Museums mentioned in the program 
  • Cruise Excursion – Minoan Palace of Knossos and Ephesus Shore Excursions 

Price Excludes

  • Before and after flights
  • Meals other than mentioned.
  • Drinks (water , beverages etc) except for mentioned during cruise
  • Personal expenses (mini bar, shopping etc)
  • Tips to the guide and driver
  • Port Taxes and Cruise gratuities (Mandatory) 190USD
  • Athens stay-over tax to be paid direc to to the hotel (2€ per person per night)

Important Notes for Cruise

 
Cruise itineraries are subject to change or to be cancelled by the shipping company with or without prior notice. The shipping company reserves the right to substitute the cruise vessel with a similar one & also to amend the departure/arrival port at any time with or without prior notice.  Please make sure your identification cards, passports and multiple entry Schengen visas are valid and up to date. 
 
Cabins available at the Celestyal Olympia: (Your initial cabin will be either IA or IB)
  • Interiors: IA, IB, IC
  • Exteriors: XA, XB, XC
  • Suites: Junior Suite (SJ),  (very limited and reserved at least 6 months ago) 
All staterooms are equipped with: shower, WC, air conditioning, radio, TV, hair dryer, safety deposit box, All Suites have refrigerated mini bar.  
Best of Greece and Turkey Itinerary

Day 1Athens Arrival

Best of Greece and Turkey
Best of Greece and Turkey Itinerary

 

Arrival at the airport and meet & greet with our English-speaking assistant to help you to transfer to city center Hotel CENTRAL 3*** or similar. Rest of the day is free at leisure
Overnight: Athens Meals: Not Available

Day 2Athens

Best of Greece and Turkey
Best of Greece and Turkey : Ecclesion
After breakfast we will meet you at your hotel or close by, in order to start the morning Half Day Athens Sightseeing Tour. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium, home to the first Olympic Games of the modern era, where we will make a short stop. As we continue our trip, we will pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace), guarded by the Evzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy of Athens, the University, the National Library and the Constitution Square (Syntagma). One cannot take a tour of Athens without visiting the Acropolis, one of the world’s most prominent sites and a symbol for democracy in the Western world!
Athens Acropolis 
 
It is there that you will explore architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Pericles. From the Propylaea, to the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and of course the Parthenon, a place where ‘there is harmony between material and spirit’, and the monument that ‘restores order in the mind’, as ancient Greeks used to say. Your last stop will be the modern Acropolis Museum, with nearly 4,000 exhibits of Hellenism housed inside.
 
Departure approximately at 08:45 – Return approximately at 13:30
 
Afternoon is free at leisure in Athens. Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Athens – Mykonos

Best of Greece and Turkey
Best of Greece and Turkey : Wind Mills Mykonos

After breakfast freetime until your transfer to Lavrion Port. We leave at 01:00 pm  the historic and classical capital of Greece and set sail for our first destination, the beautiful island of Mykonos, also known as the Island of the Winds. Take an evening stroll through the atmospheric Old Town with its immaculate whitewashed houses, winding alleys, lovely little churches and delightful restaurants at the water’s edge. You will undoubtedly recognise the picture postcard white windmills sitting side by side, overlooking the sea.

 

Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Full board on board

 

Day 4Mykonos – Kuşadası – Patmos

Best of Greece and Turkey
Best of Greece and Turkey : Patmos
 
We arrive in the colorful Turkish beach town of Kusadasi in the morning. This is the coastal gateway to the Hellenistic ruins of Ephesus, famed for one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Temple of Artemis. A complimentary excursion is included to this iconic site, one of the undoubted highlights of our journey. Patmos, one of northernmost islands in the Dodecanese and one of all the smallest has a charm all its own. It is famous for being the supposed location of the vision to John the Baptist in the Book of Revelations and where it was written. Most scholars say this was probably someone else, but why spoil such a good story?
 
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Full board on board

Day 5Crete - Santorini

 
 
Best of Greece and Turkey : Heraklion Crete
Welcome to Crete, Greece’s largest island, a place of mystery, myths and legends. There’s the chance to take in the bustling city of Heraklion and some of Crete’s extraordinary archaeology and history. You can also learn more of the art and creativity of the Minoans. We have included a complimentary visit to the Palace of Knossos, once the home of Europe’s oldest civilisation and the setting for the legend of Greek hero Theseus and the Minotaur. Our odyssey continues as we spend an evening in Santorini, whose stunning face is instantly recognisable across the world. We’re sure she will take your breath away, with her soaring landscapes, clusters of whitewashed houses in the capital Fira, and of course the iconic blue-domed church at Oia. Don’t forget to try one of the many restaurants jostling for position at the edge of the caldera.
Best of Greece and Turkey
Best of Greece and Turkey: Santorini
 
Overnight: Celestyal Oceanic Cruise Meals: Full board on board

Day 6Athens – Ankara

Best of Greece and Turkey
Best of Greece and Turkey: The capital city of Turkey, Ankara
 
Breakfast and we return to the Greek capital after a whirlwind few days of adventure and discovery. Transfer to Athens International Airport for a flight to Turkey’s capital city Ankara. Upon arrival meet and greet and transfer to your city Holiday Inn Çukurambar or similar 5*****.
Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 7Ankara - Cappadocia

Ankara Anitkabir

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you will see the Neolithic & Paleolithic ruins from Urartu, Hatti, Hittite, Phrygia civilizations, then proceed to Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of Turkish Republic. In the afternoon drive to Cappadocia. En-route visit the Underground city that is one of the biggest underground cities in the region, constructed by the first Christians to protect themselves from the attacks …We continue to proceed to the Dervish House to attend Whirling Dervishes Ceremony which represents the mystical journey of spiritual ascent of man using love, the search for the truth and get to the “Perfection”.

Possibility to upgrade your hotel to a Cave Hotel
Overnight at Hotel Dinler 4**** or similar. Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 8 Cappadocia

Best of Greece and Turkey
Best of Greece and Turkey : Cappadocia
Breakfast. Full day visit at Cappadocia . Visit Göreme Open Air Museum – a UNESCO Heritage site, a fantastic region with its cave churches located on the valley. Then proceed to Uchisar Village and then the spectacular fairy chimneys. Visit Derbent Valley with and explore the natural rock formations and get a chance to attend the workshops of carpets and onyx-stones.
 
 
Optional : Fly Over Cappadocia with Hot Air Balloons
In the early morning departure from your hotel. a chance to live this unique experience, an overlooking to Cappadocia from the sky, see the beauty of the region the rock formations, fairy chimneys, natural formations, lunar landscapes.
Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 9Cappadocia Pamukkale

Best of Greece and Turkey: Pamukkale
After the breakfast at the hotel, drive to Pamukkale. En route visit Sultanhan Caravansarai that was built during Seljuk Empire and used long years as a stopover for the travelers and merchants. Continue to Pamukkale. Visit Cotton Steps – a UNESCO heritage site that has been believed to have healing thermal water.
Dinner and overnight at the Thermal Hotel Ademipira or similar 5*****.

Day 10Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir

Best of Greece and Turkey: Ephesus Celsus Library

 

Breakfast. Drive to Selcuk – Ephesus. Visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city that was dedicated to Artemis I the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora .Then proceed for Virgin Mary House – has been believed it is the final resting place of the mother of Jesus . Then stop at Leather Production Store. Proceed for Izmir . Overnight at Hotel Blanca or similar 4****

Overnight: İzmir Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 11İzmir – Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale

Çanakkale, Turkey – July 19, 2014: The wooden horse used at the movie of Troy. It was given to the city of Canakkale as a present in 2004. Now, it is located and displayed at a public park near the coast of Canakkale city in Turkey.

Breakfast. Drive to Pergamon (Bergama) region and visit the ruins of Asclepion which is the first hospital of Asia Minor in human history. Then continue to Troy , visit the famous city that evokes the poetic name of Homer’s Iliad. Continue to Canakkale. Hotel Akol 4**** or similar.

Day 12Çanakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul

Gallipoli

 

Breakfast. We will cross Dardanelles Strait by car ferry and continue to Gallipoli Peninsula. We will visit one of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli, including Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemorative Site, Respect to Mehmetcik Statue, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, Turkish and Allied trenches and tunnels, 57. Regiment Turkish Memorial,The Nek,Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial.

Overnight:İstanbul Meals: Breakfast

Day 13Istanbul

 
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of Topkapi Palace (harem section entrance fee is not included) the house of the ottoman sultans. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia . Free time at Grand Bazaar.
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 14Istanbul

Wide angle view of the inner courtyard of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (aka the Blue Mosque) at dusk, in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive from your hotel to Spice Market for shopping. Free time. Then meet and proceed to take 1,5 hrs Bosphorus Cruise excursion along the Bosphorus, that is dividing the 2 continents Asia & Europe. During the excursion you will enjoy the beauty of Istanbul, with its forest, Palaces and wooden old houses built on both continents.

Free day at leisure afternoon
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast

Day 15Istanbul Departure

After breakfast free-time at leisure until your departure time. Transfer to the airport and end of our services.
Overnight: Not Available Meals: Breakfast
Hotels

Athens

Hotel Central or similar

Celestyal Oceanic Cruise

Ankara

Hotel Holidan Inn Çukurambar or similar 5*****

Cappadocia

Hotel Dinler or similar 4****. Possibility to upgrade to a Cave Hotel such  as Utopia Cave or Dere Suites Cappadocia or Dedeli Konak Cave 

 

Pamukkale

Adempira Thermal or similar 5***** 

İzmir

Hotel Blanca or similar 4****

Çanakkale

Hotel Akol or similar 4****

Istanbul

2 Reviews
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Elaine A.

Solo Traveller

An absolutely fabulous vacation.

May 23, 2022

Susan D.

Couple Traveller

We absolutely loved this tour! Everything was top notch! We saw so much of Greece and Turkey. The Greek islands were fabulous, Cruise ship Celestyal was wonderful , the weather couldn’t have been better. The guides in Athens and Turkey were very professional we learnt a lot and the best thing about the trip we have been always supported via WhatsApp by Eskapas company from the beginning to the end. We liked this follow-up. Hotel in Athens was 3*** but it was pretty well located in Plaka! In Turkey we had 4 and 5-star hotels. Wi-fi in the bus. We loved Turkish food. It is a vegetarian heaven. We loved every minute! Thanks again. Suzy

June 19, 2021

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