8 DAYS TURKEY AND GREECE ESCAPE TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey Istanbul Airport. Meet with TravelShop Turkey staff and
transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the
4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the
architectural marvels of all time. TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the
Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite
collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans
and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the
Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL
MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet,
is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of
blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races,
with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine
Column and the Column of Constantine. Murtis Tour will then take you to the
GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then
4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the
carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates,
hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and
meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Free Evening and
optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Bosphorus Dinner Cruise incluing traditional
Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is
filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and
every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating
Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble,
fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the
magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce
Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On
the coastal edge of this park, is Çiragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble
facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every
Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance
with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of
Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous
Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military
architecture anywhere in the world.
BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its
original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent
gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul. BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a
unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). CAMLICA
HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the
magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens,
landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style. SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise)
Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet
weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education. You will get the
opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show.
Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient
craftsmen, with Murtis Tours local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle
the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 - Istanbul - Athens
After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart by international flight to
Greece. Upon arrive in Athens, you will meet with our local representative at
the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Once you settle in, you are free
to stroll in the old Plaka district. Overnight in Athens.
Day 5 - Athens - Half Day City Tour
In the morning, after breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and shall
start our sightseeing tour of the centre of Athens, including The Constitution
of Greece (Sintagma). It was created by the Fifth Revisional Parliament of the
Hellenes and entered into force in 1975. It has been revised three times since,
in 1986, in 2001 and in 2008. The Constitutional history of Greece goes back to
the Greek War of Independence, during which the first three revolutionary Greek
constitutions were adopted. Afterwards we will visit Old Parliament House The
Old Parliament building which is located at Stadiou Street in Athens, housed the
Greek Parliament between 1875 and 1932. It now houses the country's National
Historical Museum. In front of the building stands a large equestrian statue of
General Theodoros Kolokotronis, cast in bronze. It was sculpted by Lazaros
Sochos in Paris in 1900, and erected in its current place in 1904.
Continue our tour, we will go to The National Library of Greece which is
situated near the center of city of Athens. It holds 4,500 Greek manuscripts
which is one of the greatest collection of Greek scripts. There are also many
chrysobulls and archives of the Greek Revolution
Then we will continue driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the
Evzones in their picturesque uniform and the PRESIDENTIAL PALACE which is the
official residence of the President of the Hellenic Republic. It previously
served as the Royal Palace, until the abolition of the monarchy by referendum in
1974. On your way to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian's Arch, visit the
Temple of Olympian Zeus. and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic
Stadium which was refurbished a second time in 1895 for the 1896 Olympics, with
completion funding provided by the Greek benefactor George Averoff whose marble
statue now stands at the entrance, based on designs by architects Anastasios
Metaxas and Ernst Ziller.
Upon arrive Acropolis, we will visit Acropolis Museum which is focused on the
findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was
built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek
Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological
site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.
Also, we will visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens:
the PROPYLAEA, the TEMPLE of ATHENA NIKE, the ERECHTHEION.
The last stop before we back to hotel is The Parthenon. The Parthenon is a
temple in Acropolis, the harmony between material and spirit, the monument that
puts order in the mind. Early evening we will back to hotel, you can relax in
the rest of the day. Overnight in Athens.
Day 6 - Athens - Daily Delphi Tour
(Breakfast and lunch included)
After pick you up from the hotel, we will drive through the fertile plain of
Boeotia, crossing the towns of THEBES which is connected with the tragedy of
king Oedipus - LEVADIA and ARACHOVA, we will have a short stop here you can have
little time to explore the famous colorful rugs and carpets.
Keep going on our journey, Upon arrival DELPHI, the center of the Ancient world
- the Omphalos (Navel) of the Earth - whose prestige extended far beyond the
boundaries of the Hellenic world. On the slopes of MOUNT PARNASSUS, in a
landscape of unparalleled beauty and majesty, lie the ruins of the SANCTUARY of
Visit the TREASURY OF THE ATHENIANS, the TEMPLE OF APOLLO and the MUSEUM
containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer
and the famous athlete Aghias. We will have our lunch in the modern village of
After the tour, we will drive back to your hotel in Athens. Overnight in Athens.
Day 7 - Athens - Daily Cruise Tour
(Breakfast and lunch included)
Today we will have daily cruise tour for visiting the three beautiful islands of
the Saronic Gulf. After breakfast we will transfer you to the port for
embarkation on the one day cruise. The order in which we shall visit the islands
is either Poros -Hydra-Aegina or Aegina- Poros- Hydra.
Within 2 hours, we will arrive Poros and we will stay around 50 minutes. Poros
is a small Greek island-pair in the southern part of the Saronic Gulf, at a
distance about 58 km south from Piraeus and separated from the Peloponnese by a
200-metre wide sea channel, with the town of Galatas on the mainland across the
strait. Its surface is about 31 square kilometres. The town of Poros has 4,102
of these inhabitants. The only other inhabited settlement is Agios. The ancient
name of Poros was Pogon. Like other ports in the Saronic, it is a popular
weekend destination for Athenian travellers. It is an island with rich
vegetation as well. Much of the northern and far eastern/western sides of the
island are bushy, whereas large areas of old pine forest are found in the south
and center of the island.
Afterward we will continue for sailing to Hydra (around 1hour and 15minutes
sailing). It is separated from the Peloponnese by narrow strip of water. In
ancient times, the island was known as Hydrea which was a reference to the
springs on the island. You will have around 1.5hours to explore this island,
enjoy the most beautiful walk, a donkey-ride around the town and the crystal
Continue our journey, the last stop will be Aegina. Around 2 hours sailing we
will arrive Aegine. Tradition derives the name from Aegina, the mother of Aeacus,
who was born in and ruled the island. During ancient times, Aegina was a rival
to Athens, the great sea power of the era.
At the end of the tour, we will sailing back to Piraeus port and transfer you to
hotel. Overnight in Athens.
Day 8 - Athens - End of the Tour
After breakfast check out your hotel and we will arrange your transfer from
hotel to Athens International airport for your flight back home. We hope your
cruise was a memorable one and we would like to see you in future in one of our
tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop
TURKEY SECTION INCLUDES:
GREECE SECTION INCLUDES:
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 3 open buffet breakfasts
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
- Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- 4 nights in Athens BB
- Athens sightseeing tour SIC with English Guide Entrance Fees included
- Full Day Delphi tour with lunch SIC with English Guide Entrance fees included
- One day cruise with lunch SIC
- All airport transfers private
- Hotel taxes
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Greece entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
- Optional land excursions
Please Note: Hagia Sophia is open on every day, Topkapi Palace closed on tuesdays, Grand Bazaar closed on sundays.
|8 DAYS TURKEY AND GREECE ESCAPE TOUR
WINTER TOUR PRICES IN EURO:
|Winter Season: from 11.11. - 09.03.
|4 and 5 Star
|HOTEL LIST - ISTANBUL:
5 Star Barcelo Eresin Topkapi Hotel
HOTEL LIST - ATHENS:
4 Star Titania Hotel
What are the discounts for children?
Under 2 years of age, your child will travel free of charge by land. Flight ticket insurance cost will be 20 Euro only.
Children under 6 years of age are charged at 50% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul.
Children 7-11 years of age are charged at 75% of a full priced adult tour in Istanbul.
Children above 11 years are full priced adult fares.