Istanbul to Athens
We’ll greet you at the airport and get you to your hotel – you’ll spend the night in the city that brings together East and West, Istanbul. Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Not available
There may be no city on earth quite as beautiful – join your expert guide on a tour you’ll remember always….Marvel at the jewel encrusted treasures of Topkapi, tributes paid to the sultans for safe passage east and west, the Emperor Justinian’s Hagia Sophia covered in glorious mosaics, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome (the bronze snake statue was a monument set up at Plataea to celebrate the Greek victory over the Persians; it’s traveled from Persia to Greece to Rome to here…). You’ll end the day exploring the fabled Grand Bazaar – under this roof, one can find anything from linens to gold…. Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch
We’ll leave Istanbul very early at 06:30 am (please communicate yhe reception early departure to take a lunch box from hotel) and journey to Gallipoli, site of the tragic WWI battle and a pivotal instance in the creation of modern Turkey. You’ll walk the beach at ANZAC Cove, contemplate the cemetery at Chunuk Bair and see the conflict come to life at the Kabatepe War Museum. From here we’ll cross the Dardenelles for Canakkale and the site of a battle far in the past, Troy. We’ll have dinner and spend the night in Canakkale. Overnight: Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Bergama, enjoy lunch. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Centre in Asclepion or Acropolis and on to Kuşadası for an overnight.
Our destination is Ephesus, home to one of the wonders of the ancient world. That wonder, the temple of Artemis, is fugitive, but the site remains one of the grandest in the eastern Mediterranean – the theatre is thought to have held 24,000 citizens. Overnight: Kuşadası Meals: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
This morning’s port of call is Heraklion, Crete where you may discover the town on your own or join an Optional: excursion to the Palace of Knossos. Your next port of call is Santorini, where you are free to explore the land of the fabled Atlantis. Overnight: Celestyal Olympia Cruise Ship Meals: B, L, D (on the cruise you are all inclusive with beverage package.)
After disembarking from the cruise, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. The rest of the day free. Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast
First of all this trip is very well designed from the beginning to the end in terms of hotel selection, guide’s knowledge as well as the richness of the program. The only thing that I appreciated less was the arrival mess in Istanbul new airport. It was difficult to find the driver. I really appreciated.
Gracias Eskapas Fue un viaje inolvidable. Qspecialmente para la parte del crucero fue impresionante.Los servicios terrestres, las excursiones diarias y los guías estaban muy bien informados.Comparando sus servicios, todo el viaje fue muy económico. Pagamos un poco más para mejorar nuestros hoteles a 5 ***** y nuestra cabina interior a la cabina exterior. Gracias Shiva
We had a really good days with Eskapas guides. (There were many local guides). Excellent commentaries along the way. We are fascinated by Troy. A well excavated and wonderfully organised track around the ruins of the town spanning thousands of years of occupation. The museum is also well worth the visit. We were a little bit tired when we arrived to Kuşadası but then started our cruise. Excellent kitchen, excellent cabins and excellent crew. I liked a lot and recommend to every one who want to visit both Turkey and Greece.