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

Legends of Greece and Turkey with 3-day cruise

This 15-day legendary trip includes best highlights of two countries : Greece and Turkey. In the first part of the trip, you will take  an Ocean Cruise with Celestyal to explore Aegean Islands. You will be serenaded by the romance of the Aegean islands on this exciting 3 day cruise. You will visit the most enchanting Greek island destinations Mykonos, Milos and Crete, , where culture, history, pristine beaches, and fishing villages suspended in time all await. Before flying to Istanbul you will also discover Athens, the historic and official capital of Greece. In the second part of your trip you will be  discovering Turkey‘ dynamic and lively, boasting culture and customs that are just as rich today as they were thousands of years ago. Add in immense natural beauty and delicious cuisine, and it’s no wonder it is a  popular destination. The IstanbulAnkaraCappadociaPamukkaleEphesusPergamumTroyGallipoli itinerary takes in the best of Turkey , with a variety of sights and activities.

Important Note :

  • This tour can be instantly booked until 46 days prior to departure. After this period please make an enquiry.
  • On day 13, French, German and Spanish departures follows Çanakkale – Bursa – Istanbul itinerary instead of Gallipoli-Istanbul.
Departures :
  • June : 1 (German – Spanish) , 8 (English – Spanish) , 15 (German – Spanish) , 22 (English-Spanish) , 29 (German – Spanish)
  • July : 6 (English-Spanish) , 13 (Spanish), 20 (English-Spanish), 27 (German – Spanish)
  • August : 3 (English – French – Spanish – German) , 10 (German – Spanish), 17 (German – Spanish), 24 (English – Spanish)
Tour Details

Departure & Return Location

Athens to Istanbul

Pick-up and Drop-off time

Flexible

Price Includes

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  • Athens – Istanbul international flight in economic class with 20 kg baggage allowance pp
  • 2-night 3*** accommodation in Athens
  • 3-night accommodation on board at Celestyal Ocean Cruise (based on Cabin IA-IB which are inner staterooms. Advise us to upgrade during your booking)
    • On board entertainments
    • On board gratuities
    • Unlimited classic drinks on board.
    • On board Excursion – Agios Nikolaos
    • On board Excursion – Milos & Plaka
  • 9-night accommodation in 4**** and 5***** Hotels in Turkey part.
  • Official guides during visits in both countries
  • Entrance fees to the museums mentioned in the program
  • 14 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 9 Dinners
  • All visits and entrance fees mentioned in the program
  • Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Cappadocia

Price Excludes

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  • Before / After flights
  • Sales tax
  • Port taxes (189€ pp) (mandatory)
  • Meals and drinks other than mentioned.
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tips to the guide and driver 
  • Athens stay-over tax to be paid directly to the hotel (2€ per person per night)

Health Protocols for Traveling to Greece

https://eskapas.com/help-center/greece-travel-restrictions-may-05th-2021-update/

Health Protocols for Traveling to Turkey

https://eskapas.com/help-center/turkey-travel-restrictions-may-05th-2021-update/

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece

Arrival at the airport and meet & greet with our English-speaking assistant to help you to transfer to city center Hotel Central.  Rest of the day is free at leisure 

Overnight: Athens Meals: Not Available

Day 2Athens Embarkation (Lavrion) - Mykonos

After breakfast we will transfer you to Port Lavrion to embark on Celestyal Cruise for a 4 day- trip to Mykonos – Milos – Crete. Embarkation until 11:00 am and departure is 01:00 pm. We leave the historic and classical capital of Greece from nearby port town Lavrio and begin our adventure. After a few hours of getting to know your new floating home and meeting your fellow explorers, we arrive at island of Mykonos (06:00 pm)

With a full evening to unwind on the Island of the Winds, you have plenty of time to sightsee. There’s no better way to begin than with a stroll through the atmosphere Old Town with its immaculate whitewashed houses, winding alleys, lovely little churches and delightful restaurants.  

Overnight: On board Mykonos Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3Mykonos – Milos

Milos_Island

You have a full day to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Islands of Colors. Explore the capital Plaka, the 2,000-year-old catacombs or simply soak up the sun on the flat rocks of stunning Sarakiniko Beach. The real beauty of this truly gorgeous island is to be found in its stunning landscapes, wind and sea sculptures rock formations, soft sandy beaches, secluded coves and crystal-clear aquamarine waters. The island’s most famous export is the Venus of Milo.

Overnight: On board Milos  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4Milos - Crete (Agios Nikolaos)

The beautiful town of Agios Nikolas embraces the picturesque lake where Athena and Artemis were rumored to have bathed and in more recent times where Germans sunk their weapons when retreating from Crete in WWII.

The town is one that is typically found on the Greek island with neoclassical buildings, restaurants, bars and shops line the lakeside. Wander the streets and marina and soak up the sun in one of the many cafés.

Overnight: On board Crete (Agios Nikolaos) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5Athens

After breakfast, disembarkation at 07:00 am in Piraeus port then you will meet our small group 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. Athens walking tour including entrance to Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.

Afternoon is free at leisure in Athens.  Overnight: Athens Meals: Breakfast

Day 6Athens - Istanbul

Breakfast and transfer to Athens International Airport for a flight to Istanbul.  Upon arrival meet and greet and transfer to your city Hotel Ramada Old City or similar 4****.

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast

Day 7Istanbul Ankara

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from the hotel to visit Topkapi Palace (harem section entrance fee 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 at Hotel Point 5***** or similar.

 

Overnight: Ankara Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 8Ankara Cappadocia

Ankara Anitkabir Mausoleum

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 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”. Overnight at Hotel Dinler 4**** or similar.

Day 9Cappadocia

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.

Overnight: Cappadocia Meals: Breakfast – 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 10Cappadocia 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 Hotel Lycus River or Colossae Thermal 5*****.

Overnight: Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 11Pamukkale – Ephesus - Izmir

Hadrian’s Temple

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 Kaya Prestige or similar 4****

 

Overnight: İzmir Meals: Breakfast – Dinner

Day 12İzmir – 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.

Overnight:Çanakkale Meals: Breakfast – Dinner.

 

Day 13Çanakkale – 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 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 . Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Hippodrome and the famous Hagia Sophia. Free time at Grand Bazaar.

Note : Your guide will help you for PCR test at the hotel instead of taking it at the airport.

Overnight: Istanbul Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Day 15Istanbul Departure

Transfer to the Istanbul airport (any) and fly home. End of our services.

Overnight: N/A Meals: Breakfast (If the pickup time for departure flight permits)

Cruise Ship

Interior Staterooms

Interior Staterooms  (~11 sqm) bathroom with shower, air condition, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box and TV. No windows. 

Type : XB and XC

Exterior Stateroom

Exterior Staterooms  6 (~13 sqm)  bathroom with shower, air condition, telephone, hair dryer, safety deposit box, TV and a window.  As a rule, our staterooms feature single beds that can be pushed together to form one large bed, upon request. Exceptions may apply, even within the same stateroom category. Contact us for more information.

Types of Exterior Rooms :

XBO : Obstructed view

XB and Xc : Normal Sea View

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David B.

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Great tour with tons of history! Amazing sites! Great tour guides.

July 29, 2021

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