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Istanbul to Athens
Arrival to Istanbul . Meet with english speaking assistant at the airport . Transfer to the hotel for check in . Overnight: Istanbul Meals: N/A
Breakfast at the hotel . Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace ( harem section entrance is not included ) the house of the ottoman sultans . Departure from the hotel to Ankara – the capital of Turkey . Arrival to Ankara in early evening . Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
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 city in the region, constructed by the first Christians to protect themselves from the attacks .
Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast – Dinner
Optional Tour | HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR
After disembarking from the cruise, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. The rest of the day free. Overnight. Athens Meals: Breakfast
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).
Hotel Yiğitalp or Hotel Grand Gülsoy or Hotel Ramada Grand Bazaar or similar 4**** hotel in Old City
Point Hotel or Latanya Hotel or Anadolu Downtown or Holiday Inn Çukurambar or similar 4**** hotel.
Dinler Hotel Ürgüp, Perissia Hotel Ürgüp or similar 4**** Hotel
Colossae Thermal Hotel or Richmond Thermal Hotel Pamukkale or Ademipira Thermal Hotel or similar 4**** Hotel
Hotel Blanca or Hotel Kaya Prestige or similar 4**** Hotel
Hotel İris or Hotel Akol or similar 4**** hotel
3-star tourist class hotel in the city center of Athens
Attalos Hotel or Central Hotel Athens or Philippos Hotel or similar
Best of Turkey and Greece tour of Turkey by Eskapas was one of the best experiences of my life with outstanding, professional service throughout! Before, during, and after booking my tour, Ismail patiently answered all of my questions online usually within an hour of sending my text. Even more impressive was our tour guide, Sükrü. Sükrü is the best guide I’ve ever met and went out of his way to accomodate any wishes I had. For example, when I decided to leave the tour temporarily in order to go paragliding, Sükrü helped me buy my bus ticket and checked up on me until I was safely back with our group the next evening. Sükrü is organized, friendly, patient, flexible, extremely knowledgeable about the history of each site we visited, and above all, very very funny. Simply put, Sükrü has the perfect personality for a tour guide and clearly enjoys teaching people from all over the world about the rich history and culture of his country. Along with Sükrü was our very safe and kind driver, Ömer. One day when I was sick with a terrible cold and skipped an excursion, Ömer stayed with me and made sure the restaurant brought lots of hot tea and honey for my throat. He spoke a little English, but I spoke no Turkish so we ended up talking about our lives using Google Translate for a couple of peaceful hours. I looked forward to Ömer’s cheerful smile every morning when he picked us up at our hotels for another exciting day. Visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale and everywhere else was amazing, but for me Sükrü and Ömer made this trip unforgettable. I give La Plus Belle Tour of Turkey by Eskapas 10/10!!!
It was an excellent tour, our guide was very knowledgeable and nice. The chofer was very good too! One thing I will recommend, Change the hotel in Bursa/ compared with all the other hotels, this didn’t meet the standard for a 3 star hotel… It seems that at one point the itinerary was change, most of the people in the group, including myself, remembered Troy and Gallipoli instead Bursa…even so I enjoy very much the visit to the green mosque and the silk market.
We are very happy with the company, and more specially with the assistance Alexis gave us. All our questions were answered timely and professionally before the trip. All the hotels were well located, comfortable and had lovely rooms. The welcome was the best both in Turkey and Greece and in every location we’ve been and the transfers were always on time. The drivers were waiting on our arrivals and we were taken safely away to hotel/port/airport as applicable. All drivers were courteous, with automobiles that were clean and appeared to be well maintained. We loved this island hopping experience with Celestyal Cruise. It is incredible! As every island we saw was beautiful. Santorini and Crete were amazing! The caldera, the ancient site at Akrotiri, and the black sand beach are our favorite.
Thank you very much Eskapas for this trip and the great job!
I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for organizing such a wonderful holiday for us.
It went like clockwork. Guides, buses were always on time, hotels were great and there was no stress at any stage of our travels.
Thank you again for the professional service you gave us, we are very grateful. The trip with the cruise was beautiful!
We chose Eskapas fr hte second time and we are not disappointed All transfers, ferries and accommodation organized well without problems and people were very helpful by giving us good information. The transfers were on time and were waiting us according to the schedule. Hotels were comfortable with good breakfast. The guides were knowledgeable
The islands were amazing, with nice beaches and good for relaxing. But our favorite was Crete. Nice atmosphere. Celestyal cruise ship!!! Good mix of relaxation and things to do
All in all, everything was organized very professionally. So efficient. Very glad I chose Eskapas