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16 Days
Istanbul
Athens
Min Age : 6
Max People : 24
Tour Details
This 16-day package features an incredible journey starting from cosmopolitan Athens, than will continue by train to the monasteries in Meteora that seem to be suspended in the air. You will have the chance to experience the mainland’s diverse natural environment which gives way to incredible landscape, its traditional villages and vibrant cities. . After discovering Thessaloniki, the second largest city of Greece , you will take a bus to go to directly to Istanbul join a 10 day-tour following all western iconic locations such as Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Izmir, Pergamon, Troy and Gallipoli. 
Join this fantastic adventure now. 

Departure & Return Location

Athens – Istanbul

Pick-up / Drop-off

Flexible

Price Includes

Accommodation: 15 Night hotel accommodation in First class/4**** hotels both in Greece and Turkey

Guide: English speaking guides during visits  and entrances fees 

Meals: 15 Breakfasts – 2 Lunches  – 6 Dinners

All transfers and transport per itinerary
  • Train tickets Athens – Kalambaka – Thessaloniki.
  • Bus ticket between Thessaloniki and Istanbul

Other Included

• 1 bottle of water 0,5 lt on the coach ( between days 9-15 )  
•Free Wi-Fi on the bus ( between days 9-15 ) 
•Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Cappadocia
•Entrance fees and tickets to the mentioned sites
 
 

Price Excludes

  • International flight tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa expenses, travel insurance
  • Customary tips & gratuities during cruise
  • Stayover hotel tax in Greece (to be paid directly to the hotel 2€ per night for 3*** , 3-4€ per night for 4****)
What to Expect

New Health Protocols for Traveling to Greece

No one has remained unaffected by the historically monumental event that was the covid-19 pandemic. We extend our sympathies to everyone that has suffered in his or her own way during these tumultuous times. As life is slowly starting to resume to normal rhythms, we must not throw caution to the wind, but take heed of the lessons we had to learn in the past few months moving forward.
The aftermath of an unprecedented global health crisis, finds the rules of travel vastly changed in a short amount of time. The governments of the countries least affected by this crisis have taken measures to ensure everyone’s safety as they are starting to welcome back travelers. Greece remains one of the safest destinations worldwide, having exceptionally handled a difficult situation and in the same spirit of responsibility has instituted a new public health protocol to retain the status quo.
We are here to help you navigate through the steps you need to take to travel to Greece in a safe and responsible manner. Starting July 1st 2020, the following guidelines have been issued by the Greek authorities:
Passenger Location Form (PLF)
The Passenger Locator Form (PLF) is a key element in the process. All travelers are obliged to complete their PLF at least 48 hours before entering the country, providing detailed information on their point of departure, the duration of previous stays in other countries, and the address of their stay while in Greece.
You can fill out the passenger location form here.
International Flights
The following protocol has been put in place for passengers traveling to any Greek airport via international flights:
Arrival of passengers at the arrival gate.
Transfer to the area where screening personnel are located and check the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed QR form.
Screening personnel direct passengers, depending on their QR code, either to the screening area or to the exit (baggage claim area or passport control). Until the screening results become available, passengers tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Upon completion of the screening, they are directed towards the exit.
All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
Domestic Flights
For domestic flights, all passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
International Sea Travel
The following protocol has been put in place for passengers traveling to any Greek port from abroad:
Arrival of incoming passengers on foot at the main entry gate.
Incoming passengers arriving in vehicles are directed to the special entry gate.
All passengers are transferred to areas where screening personnel are located and check the unique quick response (QR) code each passenger shows on their mobile phone screen or printed QR form.
Depending on passengers’ QR code, screening personnel either direct them to the screening area or allow them to enter the country. Until the screening results become available, passengers who are tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team are obliged to self-isolate at the address of their final destination as declared on their passenger locator form (PLF). Upon completion of the screening they are allowed to enter the country.
All passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
Domestic Sea Travel
As part of the guidelines announced by the Greek Authorities, all passengers must complete a “Pre boarding information” form and submit it to the vessel’s Chief Purser along with their ticket, when boarding, prior to the vessel’s departure. YWe will will send you the appropriate form prior to your departure. In addition, all passengers must comply with all of the necessary preventive hygiene measures (use of masks and physical distancing).
Land Transfers
In alignment with the Greek public health protocols, our fleet of land vehicles for domestic transfers has been equipped with all the necessary equipment to ensure our guests’ safety and comfort. Our personnel is equipped with protective masks and hand sanitizer is provided for passengers. Transfers are conducted at reduced capacity to observe social distancing during your trip.
Hotels
We have always utilized our decades of experience in the travel industry to select the finest hotels for our guests to stay in. In these times, this has become a matter of utmost importance. As a result, and with the safety of our guests at heart, we are only working with hotels from which we have been assured that health protocols are kept in their premises.
What happens with confirmed cases?
It’s always prudent to prepare for the worst, so in case an infection is confirmed, the Greek state will cover expenses related to hospitalization of visitors suffering from Covid-19 symptoms. This includes transfer to a hospital and medical costs as well as stay in a quarantine hotel if needed. In the event of a confirmed infection, close contacts of the case will be transferred to a separate quarantine accommodation at the expense of the Greek state. Remaining guests will continue their holidays.

COVID-19 RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL RULES IN TURKEY

Eskapas is committed to fulfill the following regulations to protect its customers from the risk of Covid-19 :
1 – Eskapas will fulfill all safety rules mentioned in the “Safe Tourism Certification” prepared by Turkish Ministry of Tourism; that plan covers all aspects of the journey from the aircraft to the airport, transfers, touring and hotels (tga.gov.tr/about-safe-tourism-program/ )
2 – Eskapas staff is trained to follow all hygiene rules when in service of our customers; they will respect the social distance
3 –Vehicles will be sanitized regularly as imposed and controlled by Turkish Ministry of Health, 
4 – All hotels used to accommodate our customers are certified by “Hotel Association of Turkey”; they all are committed to use maximum 50 % capacity
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Athens

On arrival you will be met by our assistant and transferred to your hotel by our taxi driver. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Athens Meals: –

Day 2Athens

After breakfast free day at leisure: Possibility of joining one of our optional tour in Athens:
Evening Tour: (Included) In the evening you may join our English-speaking guide in a leisurely but very informative walk through the prettiest areas of Athens, such as Anafiotika, Tiseo, Monastiraki and Plaka
Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast
Optional Tours at extra cost: (please see the details at booking page)
  • Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis and Acropolis Museum (6 Hours)
  • Athens Walking tour (3 Hours)
  • Traditional Meze Dinner in Athens (Can be organized on Day 1-3 Evenings too)

Day 3Saronic Islands Cruise

Pick up 07:30 am for a wonderful full day cruise in Saronic gulf. You will be transferred to the port to commence your full day cruise to three of the most beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf, Aegina, famous for its variety of pistacios, Poros for its scenic beauty and Hydra, the greenest of these islands, where cars and larger vehicles are prohibited. On board the ship, you will also have the chance to enjoy lunch in the accompaniment of traditional Greek dances. At the end of the day you will be comfortably transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast

Day 4Athens - Meteora by Train

The tour begins at Larissa train station in central Athens, where you will board the train at 07:20 in the morning towards Kalambaka (Meteora). Enjoy a picturesque train journey through the beautiful Greek countryside. Around 11:30 am, the train will arrive in Kalambaka and our driver will be waiting for you with a sign showing your name to transfer you to your hotel.
Later in the afternoon, we will pick you up to begin your sunset tour, visiting one of the six operating monasteries of Meteora, Agios Stefanos or Roussanou. We will guide you to the oldest standing monument of the place, the Byzantine church of the Virgin Mary located in the old town of Kalambaka. This church, made in the early Christian period and with ancient marbles embedded in its walls, tells the history of the city spanning 27 centuries. We will go on to visit the ancient hermitages of Badovas, hear about the stories and legends and enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views. As the sun begins to set, slowly descending upon the mountain ridges, we will take you to the top of the Meteora rocks, a magical place, for a pure, joyous and uninterrupted experience. Up there, you will feel the night breeze blowing amidst these cliffs and you will fill your senses with the splendour of nature. This will be the perfect way to end a beautiful day at Meteora. After sunset, you will return to your accommodation.
Dress code in the monasteries: Sleeveless clothing and shorts over the knee for men are prohibited. For ladies skirts and shawls are available at the entrance in case they don’t have such clothing to cover themselves.
Overnight: Kalambaka Meals: Breakfast

Day 5Kalambaka - Palaiofarsalo - Thessaloniki

After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet you at the hotel’s lobby to begin an unforgettable morning tour of Meteora. You will learn which monastery was the first to become established and the reasons behind the monks’ decision to try to climb the steep rocks and build the monasteries there. In the panoramic tour that will follow you will enjoy the incredible views and have the chance to take photos of the incredible scenery. Around 4:45 p.m., our driver will pick you up to transfer you to the train station.
At 17:15 pm, the train leaves Kalambaka to Palaiofarsalo, where you will change and catch the train to Thessaloniki. Upon your arrival in Thessaloniki, at 20:30 hrs, our driver will pick you up to drive you to your hotel.
Overnight: Thessaloniki Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Thessaloniki

Free day to enjoy this magnificent city. Thessaloniki is the largest city in northern Greece and the second biggest one in the country. Famous for its history, the dazzling shops, and vibrant nightlife. This was one of the most important cultural centers in the Byzantine era and one of the most multicultural cities in modern Greek history.
Overnight: Thessaloniki Meals: Breakfast
We recommend taking the boat ride in the Thermaic gulf, which gives you a greater panoramic view of the city itself.

Day 7Thessaloniki - Istanbul

After breakfast, one of our vehicles will drive you to the bus station to take morning bus that will drive to Istanbul (590 km) . Upon your arrival to bus terminal in Istanbul you will be tranasferred to your hotel in Istanbul old city.
Overnight : Istanbul Meals: Breakfast

Day 8Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel . Drive from your hotel to Spice Market . Free time for shopping. 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 . Lunch at local restaurant . After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque , Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia ..
Overnight: Istanbul Meals: breakfast and Lunch

Day 9Istanbul - Ankara

Breakfast at the hotel . Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace ( harem section entrance free is not included ) the house of the ottoman sultans . Free time at Grand Bazaar . ( closed during the first day of the religious holidays ) . Departure from the hotel to Ankara – the capital of Turkey . Arrival to Ankara in early evening Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10Ankara - Cappadocia

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 …We dcontinue to proceed to the Derwish 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”.Overnight at the hotel . Check in to the hotel at Cappadocia . Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11Cappadocia

Breakfast . Full day visit at Cappadocia . Visit Göreme Open Air Museum – a UNESCO Heritage site , a fantastic region with it’s 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 . Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Optional Tour | HOT AIR BALLOON TOUR
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 ..

Day 12Cappadocia - Sultanhanı - 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 stop over for the travellers and merchants.Continue to Pamukkale . Visit Cotton Steps – a UNESCO heritage site that has been believed to have healing thermal water. Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 13Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir

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: İzmir Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 14Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Çanakkale

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 . Overnight:Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast – Dinner.

Day 15Çanakkale - Gallipoli - Anzac Cove - Istanbul

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 16Istanbul Departure

Breakfast . Transfer to airport and fly home .End of our services .
Overnight: N/A Meals: Breakfast ( If the pick up time for departure fligth permits )
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