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GREECE AND SPLENDID TURKEY

16 Days / 15 Nights
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Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Istanbul and Cappadocia

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From USD 2,185.73

Guaranteed daily departures from March to October, from Athens

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What is included in this package

  • 3-night accommodation in Athens.
  • 2-night accommodation in Mykonos.
  • 3-night accommodation in Paros.
  • 3-night accommodation in Santorini.
  • 3-night accommodation in Istanbul according to the desired hotel category.
  • 1-night accommodation in Cappadocia in a Cave hotel.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour in Athens with official English speaking guide.
  • Visit to the Acropolis Museum with an official English-speaking guide.
  • Guided evening walking tour through Monastiraki, Plaka and Anafiotika.
  • Full-day city tour in Istanbul with an official English-speaking guide and lunch.
  • Excursion with an English-speaking guide in northern Cappadocia.
  • Entrance fees included to the archaeological sites visited during all guided excursions.
  • Ferry tickets with numbered seats Piraeus-Mykonos-Paros-Santorini-Piraeus.
  • Air tickets Athens-Istanbul (23 kg + 8 kg).
  • Air tickets Istanbul-Cappadocia-Istanbul (15 kg + 8 kg).
  • All necessary transfers as per description.
  • 24/7 emergency phone assistance.
  • Daily breakfast

Not included & Optionals

  • Personal expenses, tourist city tax in Greece & Gratuities (optional).
  • International air tickets.
  • Add fast Ferry by clicking on "Personalize your Program" or in step 1, when you enter your reservation.
  • Add extra nights in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Cappadocia and/or Istanbul by clicking on "Customize your Program" or in step 1 of the reservation.
  • Click on the FAQs for more information on hotels and rates.
  • 10% discount for groups of more than 10 travelers

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

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Package Tour Itinerary: Greece And Splendid Turkey

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 residential districts of the capital, such as Anafiotika, Thissio, Monastiraki, and Plaka.

Greca Tip: In Plaka look for something alluring, like ceramics, musical instruments, handmade jewellery 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 escort you to Piraeus port in one of our private vehicles and you will take the ferry to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. The crossing is scheduled at the ideal time of the day so that you can enjoy the sun on deck and marvel at the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. The name of the island denotes "heap of stones" or "rocky place", but a later version connects it to the hero Mykono, son of the king of Delos, Anius.

Upon your arrival, one of our English-speaking representatives will 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 natives.

Greca Tip: You can select a fast ferry during 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 PAROS - THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
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FROM MYKONOS TO PAROS - THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

After a generous breakfast and at the appointed time, we will transfer you to the port of Mykonos to take the ferry to Paros.

This Cycladic island is a visitors mecca for natives and foreigners alike and is the ideal destination to relax and enjoy its beaches, the numerous small churches and its picturesque villages.

When the ferry docks at the port of Paroikia, the capital of the island, one of our representatives will meet you to transfer you to your accommodation.

The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy this wonderful island.

Greca Tip: Wander in the narrow whitewashed labyrinthine streets of the traditional settlement of Paroikia and try 'Mizithra', the soft white goat cheese, plain with bread or on pasta and meat dishes. For a sweet aftertaste you can have Petimezinia sweets and the local pumpkin pie.

FREE DAY IN PAROS - CRYSTAL CLEAR TURQUOISE WATERS
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FREE DAY IN PAROS - CRYSTAL CLEAR TURQUOISE WATERS
 

In Greek, Paros means beach and it is crystal clear where it gets its name comes from. Famous in antiquity for its white marble and known today for its fantastic beaches, Paros is undoubtedly one of those islands that can assail the senses of all those who choose to travel to it and meet the expectations of the most demanding visitors.

In the island of Paros and at a short distance from its capital Paroikia, there are the remains of an ancient wall and an Ionian temple dating back to the 6th century BC. and dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing. The priest prescribed a cure based on the patient's dreams and for the most part, the cure involved a dip in the therapeutic baths, mud cures or practicing sports.

This day on the island is free for you to relax, explore it at your own pace and immerse yourself in the cycladic culture, even for a few days.

Greca Tip: Visit the Archaeological Museum of Paros, where the history of the island is re-created before your eyes through a vast collection of sculptures, vessels, statues, and other items. Most findings come from the sanctuaries of Apollo and Asklepios, while the most famous exhibit is the statue of the Mermaid Gorgo.

PAROS AT YOUR OWN PACE
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PAROS AT YOUR OWN PACE

Free day to continue enjoying the wonderful beaches of this beautiful island, roaming the stress full of trendy bars and shops in the center of the island as well as its restaurants and patisseries, where you will taste the delicious traditional cuisine.

Greca Tip: You can accompany your meal with a glass of the local indigenous varieties like Monemvasia, Mandilaria, Aidani Black, Vaftra and Karampraimi. 

FROM PAROS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI
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FROM PAROS TO MAGICAL SANTORINI

After an abundant breakfast, utterly enthralled by the Greek way of life, one of our drivers will pick you up at the agreed time and take you to the port. 

You will now board the ferry to your next destination, the island that is an inexhaustible source of inspiration: Santorini.

When you approach the island you will be astonished by the beauty of the city of Fira, with its white houses overhanging the cliff and overlooking the volcano.

Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will welcome you, transfer you to your hotel and introduce you to this picturesque island.

The rest of the day is free for you to wander through its narrow streets and watch one of the most mesmerizing sunsets in the world from the terrace of a coffee shop or a bar.

Greca Tip: You can add more nights in Santorini during step 1 of 3 of your reservation.

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.

SANTORINI AT YOUR OWN PACE
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SANTORINI AT YOUR OWN PACE

You will have another free day on this magical island considered by many to be the lost continent of Atlantis. You can enjoy the beaches of volcanic stones or black sand, dine by the sea and appreciate some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.

Tip Greca: Make sure you try tomatokeftedes, a kind of tomato balls, the fava dishes (a vegetable smaller than a pea) and the cheese called Chloro.  In the evening you can relax with a glass of one of the island's local wines or join the vibrant nightlife.

FROM SANTORINI TO PIRAEUS PORT - THE RETURN
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FROM SANTORINI TO PIRAEUS PORT - THE RETURN

At the agreed time, we will transfer you to the new port of Santorini, Athinios, where you will board the ferry back to Athens.

In the evening, upon your arrival at Piraeus, you will be transferred to your hotel, for a good rest and a rejuvenating sleep that will prepare you for the next day, full of more wonderful experiences and impressions.

Greca Tip: If you want you can buy a fast ferry ticket for this leg of your trip during step 1 of 3 of your reservation.

SEE YOU SOON GREECE! & WELCOME TO ISTANBUL!
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SEE YOU SOON GREECE! & WELCOME TO ISTANBUL!

At the indicated time, one of our vehicles will transfer you to the Athens International Airport to check in your luggage and board the flight to the wonderful Istanbul.

After your arrival in what was once called Byzantium and later Constantinople, an English-speaking person will be waiting for you to assist you, communicate all the details of your itinerary, as well as clear up any doubts or queries you may have while making a brief presentation of the city. The transfer to your hotel will be done by one of our vehicles. Once you arrive at the hotel, your assistant will assist you with your check-in. The rest of the day is for you to relax, and if you like, start enjoying Istanbul.

Greca Tip: Head to Ortaköy, the area for upmarket chic, where you will also find a strip of stands serving kumpir, Turkey's answer to the jacket potato. Pick your spud and toppings and savor the seaside views while you eat on your feet.

FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR
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FULL DAY ISTANBUL CITY TOUR

After your breakfast, at the agreed time, we will pick you up from your hotel, or the nearest pick-up point, to begin a full-day tour of this magnificent city. It includes an official English-speaking guide, tickets, lunch at a central city restaurant and a visit to the most resplendent 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 Grand Bazaar, which houses more than 4000 stores.

At the end of the visit, you may linger some more in the old city, enjoying the amazing atmosphere, and finally you will make your own way to your hotel.

Greca Tip: Visit Camilca Hill on the Asian side of Istanbul and enjoy a panoramic view of the city, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.

FROM ISTANBUL TO THE MAGICAL CAPPADOCIA
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FROM ISTANBUL TO THE MAGICAL CAPPADOCIA

In the morning, after a nutritious breakfast at your hotel, you will have free time to immerse yourself in the fantastic atmosphere of the city of Istanbul.

In the afternoon you will start your trip to the magical and amazing region of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is unique for its incredible landscape and history. You will arrive at your hotel, check in and enjoy a lovely dinner.

Greca Tip: Consult with your guide about joining in a hot air balloon tour and gently drift over the magnificent valleys of Cappadocia.

CAPADOCIA, CENTRAL ANATOLIA & ISTANBUL
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CAPADOCIA, CENTRAL ANATOLIA & ISTANBUL

After a filling breakfast, you will dedicate the whole of this day to this wonderful region.

Starting with the Göreme Valley and its open-air museum, you will visit the churches, chapels, and monasteries, with their ancient frescoes painted on the walls. You will continue to the town of Avanos, known for its pottery-making tradition, an art that dates back to the Hittite period.  Here you will marvel at the use of red clay coming from Kizilirmak, the longest river in Turkey, and taste the delicious Turkish tea.

Later, you will cross the Pasabag valley or "Valley of the Monks", because of the many monk refuges carved into the soft rock, and you will be amazed at the spectacular cone topped rock pillars known as Fairy Chimneys. The tour will continue through the valley of Devrent or "Imaginary Valley" full of unique rock formations, many of which are said to resemble animal shapes. You will also visit the Göreme Panorama, a panoramic viewpoint with fantastic views of the city of Göreme. Finally you will visit the city of Urgüp, famous for its wine production, its fertile vineyards and apricot gardens, where you can take some incredible photos as a momento of your time here.

Late in the afternoon, you will return to Istanbul for your overnight stay.

Greca Tip: If it was not possible to go on a balloon ride on your first day, don't miss out on the opportunity to do it today at sunrise (check with your guide).

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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