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COLOSSUS ISTANBULIAN

16 Days / 15 Nights
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Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Heraklion and Chania in Crete, Rhodes & Istanbul

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From USD 2,020.18 USD 1,818.17

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What is included in this package

  • 2-night accommodation in Athens.
  • 2-night accommodation in Mykonos.
  • 2-night accommodation in Santorini.
  • 2-night accommodation in Heraklion, Crete.
  • 2-night accommodation in Chania.
  • 2-night accommodation in Rhodes.
  • 3-night accommodation in Istanbul.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour in Athens with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Visit to the Acropolis Museum with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to the archaeological sites as per description.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Full-day city tour in Istanbul with an official English-speaking guide and lunch.
  • Full day visit of Bosphorus and Asian part of the city with lunch.
  • Ferry tickets with numbered seats Piraeus-Mykonos-Santorini-Heraklion.
  • Air tickets Heraklion-Rhodes & Rhodes-Athens (23 kg + 8kg).
  • Air tickets Athens-Istanbul (23 kg + 8kg).
  • Car rental as per itinerary.
  • CDW insurance, excess amount Eur. 750.00.
  • Unlimited kilometers.
  • All transfers as mentioned in this itinerary.
  • 24/7 emergency phone line.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Local taxes.

Not included & Optionals

  • Gratuities (optional), tourist city tax in Greece and Personal expenses.
  • International air tickets.
  • GPS, snow chains, child seat and additional driver upon request.
  • Add extra nights in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and/or Istanbul by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • Add fast ferry tickets by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • Check our FAQs section for more information on hotel categories and properties.
  • 10% discount for Black Friday & Cyber Monday of more than 1 traveler

IMPORTANT: Please note that the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is closed on Sundays.

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Package Tour Itinerary: Colossus Istanbulian

ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
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ATHENS - CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION

After your arrival in the mythical city of Athens, the transfer to your hotel will be conducted in one of our private vehicles. A member of our English speaking team will meet you at your hotel, help you with the check-in, inform you of all the details of your trip, introduce you to the city and its everyday way of life and answer any questions you may have. The rest of the day will be free for you to relax and enjoy Athens at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Extend your stay by adding more nights during Step 1 of 3 of your booking!

ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT
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ATHENS SIGHTSEEING WITH ACROPOLIS, TEMPLE OF ZEUS, TRILOGY & ATHENS BY NIGHT

After your breakfast and, at the agreed time, you will commence the panoramic tour of the Athenian Neoclassical Center: the Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the University, the Library, and National Academy, the Ilion Palace, the Temple of Zeus and Hadrian's Gate, the Panathenaic Stadium, and many other monuments and sites of great interest.  You will learn all there is to know about their history and background from the licensed English-speaking Tour Guide accompanying you on this tour.

Your next stop will be the "sacred rock", the spectacular, unique and magnificent Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum. The entrance fee to both sites is included. At the end of the visit, you can either choose to return to your hotel or set out on your own adventure through the charming and picturesque streets of Plaka.

In the evening, we have included a guided walking tour that will take you through the prettiest districts of the capital, such as Anafiotika, Thissio, Monastiraki, and Plaka.

Greca Tip: In Plaka look for something alluring, like ceramics, musical instruments, handmade jewelry to specialty food shops stacked high with olives and spices.

FROM ATHENS TO MYKONOS - NAVIGATING THE AEGEAN LIKE ODYSSEUS
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FROM ATHENS TO MYKONOS - NAVIGATING THE AEGEAN LIKE ODYSSEUS

Early in the morning, your assistant will pick you up in one of our private vehicles and transfer you to the port of Piraeus, where you will board the ferry to the famous island of Mykonos. The crossing is scheduled at the ideal time of the day so as to enjoy the sun on deck and marvel at the deep blue of the Aegean sea. The name of this cosmopolitan island denotes "heap of stones" or the "rocky place", but a later version links it to the hero Mykonos, son of the king of Delos, Anius. 

Upon your arrival on the island, one of our English speaking representatives will be waiting to welcome you, transfer you to your hotel and introduce you to this famous island.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and immerse yourself in the 'slow' way of life of the islanders.

Greca Tip: You can select a fast ferry in step 1 of 3 of your reservation.

MYKONOS: RELAX, SUN, BEACH AND HISTORY
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MYKONOS: RELAX, SUN, BEACH AND HISTORY

Free day to enjoy this magnificent island. Mykonos is the meeting point of the international "jet set", famous for its wonderful beaches, the dazzling shops and vibrant nightlife.

The island's cuisine is mainly Mediterranean, which means that vegetables and olive oil are an integral part of the daily menu, together with certain spices (oregano, basil ...) as well as fish and seafood dishes.

Just a short distance away by ferry, there is the historic island of Delos, which, according to Greek mythology, was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. This small island, inhabited since 3000 B.C., was one of the most important cultural centers of antiquity.

Greca tip: We recommend hiring a car or a motorcycle to venture out on the island, experience the local customs and feel like a Mykonian, too.

FROM MYKONOS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI
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FROM MYKONOS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI

After a tasty breakfast, appreciating life like a Greek, we will pick you up at the agreed time, in one of our private vehicles, to drive you to the port, where you will continue on to your next destination, the island that is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, Santorini. As the ferry approaches the port, you will admire the capital city of Fira, with its white houses perched on the cliffside and facing the volcano.

Upon disembarkation, one of our English-speaking representatives will welcome you, escort you to your hotel and introduce you to some of the most outstanding features of this picturesque island. The rest of the day is free for you to wander through the narrow streets and become part of this amazing world.

Greca Tip: Sit back and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world from one of the coffee shops in glamorous Oia.

DISCOVERING SANTORINI
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DISCOVERING SANTORINI

Free day to explore, at your own pace, this magical island, considered to be the lost continent of Atlantis. The name of the island was given by the Venetian Giacomo Barozzi due to the presence of a chapel dedicated to Saint Eirini. His descendants remained until 1576, when the island became part of the Duchy of Naxos and until the Turkish conquest by Piyale Pasha.

Optionally, you may choose to go on a dazzling sailboat tour that will take you over to the small islands of the caldera, Nea and Palea Kameni, with the hot springs of green and yellow waters.

Greca Tip: On this free day, we recommend exploring the island, tasting its wine and its excellent local cuisine. We cannot miss tasting the tomatokeftedes (a kind of tomato balls), the fava dishes (a vegetable smaller than a pea) and the cheese called Chloro.

FROM SANTORINI TO HERAKLION, CRETE - HOME OF MINOTAUR
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FROM SANTORINI TO HERAKLION, CRETE - HOME OF MINOTAUR

At the appointed time, we will transfer you to the new port of Santorini, Athinios. There, you will board the ferry bound for the largest island of Greece, Crete.  More precisely you will arrive at the port of Heraklion, the capital of the island and home of the legendary King Minos and his Minotaur.

Heraklion was the most important city of the Minoan civilization and it literally means the glory of the goddess Hera. The Palace of Knossos, the oldest palatial complex in Europe, is located in Heraklion.

Upon your arrival, you will collect your rental car and drive to your hotel.

Greca Tip: To rent a car, please check out the car rental requirements

FROM HERAKLION TO CHANIA
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FROM HERAKLION TO CHANIA

Thanks to the rental car we have arranged for you in this program, you can set out on your adventure the way you have planned it and at your own pace. Chania is located in the western part of this incredible island and on your way there you will drive on well-maintained roads.
We suggest that you make your first stop at the Palace of Knossos, home to the legendary King Minos and the ferocious Minotaur. We also recommended visiting Rethymnon, a city nestled between breathtaking mountains and the deep blue of the Mediterranean. 

During this trip from Heraklion to Chania you will have the chance to explore and get closer to the majestic interior of the island.
Upon your arrival in Chania, you will check in at your hotel and enjoy a good night's sleep.

Total distance: 140 Km

Greca Tip: You can visit the picturesque and traffic-free old town of Chania for some jewelry and pottery, local crafts, traditional Cretan knives, olive wood, natural products made with local herbs, oils and plants. 

CHANIA TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE
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CHANIA TOWN AND COUNTRYSIDE

On this free day we recommend that you make the most of your rental car to discover the wonders and hidden gems that have ranked this city amongst the main European holiday destinations.

Not to be missed are the stunning beaches of Balos, Elafonissi or Falassarna and if you love trekking, then a visit to Samaria Gorge is obligatory.

Greca Tip: Explore the town of Chania, its Venetian Harbor, the narrow shopping streets, waterfront restaurants and discover the "inner Crete" through its mountain villages.  

FROM CHANIA TO HERAKLION, THE RETURN
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FROM CHANIA TO HERAKLION, THE RETURN

Your day in Chania is not over yet!  You still have time to rest, go shopping or continue exploring the places of interest or beaches that you marked as important, but did not quite found the time to visit. In mid-afternoon, you will get ready for your return to Heraklion. You will check into your hotel, enjoy your evening meal and a cool drink in one of the incredible restaurants scattered throughout the Cretan capital.

Greca Tip: You can try Dakos, Paximadi (rusks) with chopped tomato, fresh cheese, herbs and olive oil placed on top.

FROM HERAKLION TO RHODES
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FROM HERAKLION TO RHODES

At the time indicated, you will arrive at Heraklion airport and return your car to the car hire company's station. You will then board your flight to Rhodes, the island, which was the proud host of one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, "the Colossus of Rhodes".

Upon your arrival, one of our English speaking representatives will be waiting for you at the airport to welcome you, escort you to your hotel and comment a little more on the highlights of this beautiful island. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Rhodes at your own pace.

Greca Tip: Visit the Palace of Grand Master, the Street of the Knights, the old port of Mandraki and Hippocrates Square in the medieval Old Town of Rhodes.

RHODES - HOME OF THE COLOSSUS
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RHODES - HOME OF THE COLOSSUS

After a rich breakfast, you will have a whole day to enjoy this incredible island at your own pace.

We suggest a visit to Lindos one of the three major towns of ancient Rhodes, thanks to its great naval power. The remains of the Acropolis of Lindos, a natural watchtower facing the open sea and built on a steep rock 116 meters above sea level, is an eloquent witness to the town's long standing power and wealth. After your visit you can relax in the azure sea at Saint Paul’s Bay.

Greca Tip: You can also visit the Valley of the Butterflies, a habitat of unique value and incomparable beauty with lush vegetation and streams along cleverly laid paths. 

FROM RHODES TO ATHENS - GOODBYE GREECE! - WELCOME TURKEY!
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FROM RHODES TO ATHENS - GOODBYE GREECE! - WELCOME TURKEY!

At the agreed time we will transfer you to Rhodes airport, where you will board your flight back to Athens. Part of the route was also followed by the mythical son of Aegeas, Theseus, after defeating the fearsome minotaur. Arrival at the airport and connection to your flight to Istanbul.

After your arrival in Istanbul, once called Byzantium and later Constantinople, an English-speaking assistant will welcome you, inform you about all the details of your itinerary as well as answer your questions and make a brief presentation of the city and its day to day life. The transfer to your hotel will be carried out in one of our private vehicles and, upon arrival, your assistant will help you with the check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and start enjoying what Istanbul has to offer.

Greca Tip: Do not be afraid to try street food or small Turkish restaurants. Get yourself a kumpir (a baked potato with filling), balik ekmek (fish and bread), tombik (similar to burgers), simit (bread with sesame seeds), and baked chestnuts. And freshly squeezed pomegranate and orange juices!

FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
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FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

After a delicious breakfast and, at the time indicated, we will pick you up from your hotel, or the nearest convenient place, to begin a full day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central restaurant and a visit to the most emblematic monuments that the Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman empires have handed down to future generations: Hagia Sophia, Constantinople Racecourse, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the great Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores.

When your visit ends, you can either choose to be transferred to your hotel straight afterwards or linger in the beautiful Sultanahmed area and make your own way to your accommodation later on.

Greca Tip: Make sure you try the delicious apple tea served hot or cold.

EGYPTIAN MARKET WITH BEYLERBEYI PALACE & BOSPHORUS
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EGYPTIAN MARKET WITH BEYLERBEYI PALACE & BOSPHORUS

Early in the morning, and at the time indicated, you will start your full-day city tour. The first place to visit together with your English-Speaking guide  is the Egyptian Market or Spice Bazaar, one of the largest in the city.  It has been open since the mid-17th century and has fulfilled exactly the same function since then. Istanbul was the last city of the Silk Road and played an important role in the east-west cultural and economic exchange, thus becoming a distribution center for the whole of Europe.

After practicing your bargaining skills and enjoying the aroma of the spices, nuts, dried fruits, cheeses and flowers, your guide will accompany you to the port, where you will continue your adventure by the sea. You will sail in the Bosphorus and have the opportunity to gain a different perspective of the Golden Horn. From your cruise boat you will see at a glance how the continents of Asia and Europe converge in this city.

After the tour, there is the possibility of continuing your adventure by having a classic Turkish lunch in a typical restaurant, by visiting the Asian part of the city with the views offered from the Camlica Hill and, above all, by becoming acquainted with the summer palace of “Beylerbeyi”, which looks its most attractive from the Bosphorus. From here you will also enjoy a good view of its two bathing pavilions, one for the harem (women's only) and the other for the selamik (men's only). It was the residence of Sultan Mahmut II and it literally means "Lord of the Lords."

At the end of the tour you will make your own way to your hotel.

Greca Tip: Instead of returning to the hotel, you can continue the adventure with one of our interesting optional evening activities.

SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!
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SEE YOU SOON ISTANBUL!

You will enjoy your breakfast and, at the time indicated, we will transfer you to Istanbul airport to board your international flight.

From all of us at Greca, we wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again soon to create more wonderful moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

Have a nice trip! Or as the locals say: "Iyi yolculuklar!"

Greca Tip: If you think that your stay in Istanbul was too short, you can add additional nights at the time of your booking.

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