Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey
Arrive at airport in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel for overnight
Day 2: Istanbul [B-L]
Visit Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest of the remaining palaces where Ottoman Sultans used to live; admire the gardens, kitchens, the treasury section as well as terraces overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Explore Saint Sophia, one of the marvels of Byzantine architecture. Visit the Blue Mosque covered by more than 20,000 Iznik tiles and the Roman Hippodrome. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, discover the handcrafts of Anatolia and shop in the labyrinth tunnels of the Grand Bazaar. Return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 3: Istanbul – Ankara [B-L-D]
Free time in the historical Spice Market to feel the exotism of the Orient. Enjoy a languorous boat trip along the European and Asian coasts of the Bosphorus. Lunch. In the afternoon, cross the Bosphorus Bridge and proceed to Ankara. Dinner and overnight in the capital of Turkey.
Day 4: Ankara – Cappadocia [B-L-D]
Visit to Archeological museum of Ankara, with its unique collection including Paleolithic, Neolithic, Hattie, Hittite, Phrygian, Urartian and Roman works and Lydian treasures. Short stop in the Mausoleum of Kemal Atatürk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Lunch and proceed to Cappadocia. Visit of an underground city. Check-in to your hotel in Cappadocia, dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Cappadocia [B-L-D]
(You may have OPTIONAL Hot air balloon ride early in the morning)
Entire day to enjoy the natural beauty and the cultural depth of this unique region : explore the frescoed interiors of Goreme Cave Churches, which date from the 8th century, take a walk in Avcilar, Pasabagi and the valley of Dervent where you will admire the chimney like volcanic formations and a brief photo stop at Uchisar. In the afternoon, discover the unique artifacts of Cappadocia such as pottery, onyx etc… Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Cappadocia – Pamukkale [B-L-D]
Drive through the Silk Road to Konya to visit the Whirling Dervishes Convent which is now the Mevlana Museum. Visit a Caravanserail from XII Century. Continue to Pamukkale, dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Pamukkale – Izmir [B-L-D]
Discover the ancient city of Hierapolis and enjoy the unique splendor of its cascading, hot springs in Pamukkale. Proceed to Ephesus and explore the antique city by wandering along its 2,000 year old marble streets to such famous sites as the theatre and the Celsus Library. Stop at a leather factory in Selcuk to attend a fashion show and to learn more about Turkish leather. Visit the Home of Mother Mary. Lunch during the visits. Continue to Izmir, third biggest city of Turkey. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.
Day 8: Kusadasi – Kusadasi Port [B]
Transfer to Kusadasi Port and embarkation. Departure at 1:00pm. In the afternoon visit of Patmos between 4:00pm and 9:00pm (free time). Night on board.
Day 9: Patmos Port – Rhodes (Rodes) Port [B-L-D]
Arriving to Rhodes at 7:00am. Free time until 6:00pm. Night on board.
Day 10: Rhodes (Rodes) Port – Santorini Port [B-L-D]
Possibility of visiting Crete during the morning (7:00am and 11:30am). Free time in the afternoon in Santorini (4:30pm and 9:00pm). Night on board.
Day 11: Athens Piraeus Port – Athens [B]
Arriving to the port of Piraeus. Transfer to the hotel in Athens and accommodation.
Day 12: Athens City Tour [B]
Depart for your Athens Sightseeing tour including the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Our expert guide will take you to see the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National library. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and have a short stop at the Panathinaikos Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon. Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where, at last, the statues have found their home and admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era. Return to your hotel and remaining of your day at leisure. Overnight at your hotel in Athens.
Day 13: Departure from Athens, Greece [B]
Transfer to the Athens Airport for flight back home.