Turkey Tour with Greece Island Cruise

Tour from Istanbul and Greek Islands cruise from Kusadasi to Rhodes, Santorini and Crete 

11 Days / 10 Nights

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Travel in Turkey and Greece

Day 1 Thu : Arrival - Istanbul
Individual arrival at the airport. Transfer to your first class hotel, welcome briefing by your guide, free time and overnight.

Day 2 Fri : Istanbul

Full day tour of Istanbul including the most important sites: Topkapi Palace (excluding the harem) the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia's church the largest building in the world during the Middle ages and the symbol of Byzantium, the longest lasting empire in history. Also visit the Grand Bazaar. Optional: dinner with belly dancing evening. (B)

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove and Lone pine cemetery, Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles waterway from the European side to Asia,  Canakkale for Overnight .(B,D)

Day 4 Sun: Troy - Pergamum - Izmir
Morning visit to the legendary city of the Iliad with its famous wooden horse. Before arriving into Asclepion, the oldest known hospital in the world near Pergamon, we will enjoy lunch with locals in a rational village. After tour Pergamum with its ancient hospital and the steepest antique theatre in the world, then continue on to Izmir, the 3rd largest city in Turkey located on the Aegean coast. In Greek times the city was called Smyrna (B,L,D).

Day 5 Mon : Ephesus - Virgin Mary's House-Izmir
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, the largest reconstructed Roman-Hellenistic city in the world with its many public buildings, theaters, Odeons and even original Roman washrooms. Continue on to St. Mary's cottage on the hill and visit the site where the mother of Jesus spent the last years of her life in seclusion. Return to Izmir. Tonight you will have an option to have dinner at a typical restaurant. (B).

Day 6 Tues: Izmir -Kusadasi - Greek Island Cruise.
After breakfast transfer to the pier at Kusadasi and embark on a cruise ship for a 3 day cruise around the Greek Islands. (B,D) If you prefer hydrofoil transportation between islands as an island hopping tour, check out our other Turkey and Greece combination tour.

Day 7 Wed: Cruise to Rhodes
A morning arrival in Rhodes, the island of Roses, Medieval Knights and the famed Colossus of the ancient world. You have a full day to explore on your own. You may join an optional sightseeing tour, or simply enjoy one of many nearby beaches for a swim in the crystal clear Aegean waters. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Thu : Cruise - Santorini, Heraklion
This morning's port of call is Heraklion, Crete where you may discover the town on your own or join an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos. Your next port of call is Santorini, where you are free to explore the land of the fabled sunken Atlantis hiding below the thick lava rock in the depth of the island's caldera. (BLD)

Day 9 Fri : Athens
Morning arrival at Pireaus, the port of Athens. After disembarking from the cruise, you are transferred to your Athens hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this bustling city. (B)

Day 10 Sat : Athens
A morning city tour of the Acropolis with its dominating view and site of the renowned Parthenon, followed by a visit to the Acropolis Museum. Afternoon at leisure for last minute shopping or for visits to the famous museums the metropolis offers. Overnight in Athens. (B)

Day 11 Sun : Athens
Transfer to the airport for the flight home. (B) or if you wish, you can discover the famous ancients sites on Greece's mainland like Delphi, Epidaurus, Mykene and others. 

• Cruise line Louis (Standard Inside cabin Cat LA)
• Supplementary cost for Standard Outside Cabin Cat XA Per person in Double $90 US

2018 Prices in US$  (based on first class hotel accommodation on the tour and and Inside Cabin Category LA on the crusise. To upgrade for Outside Cabin Cat XA 90 US$ extra per person

2018 Departure dates per person in double Single Supplement
Apr 19, 26, June 7,14, 21, 28 and
Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, 2018
2195 979
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Sep 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018 2195 979
Jul 5, 19, Aug 2, 23, 30 2295 979

Port taxes and Turkey embarkation fee :US$ 189 per person

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation in First Class Hotels (see hotel list below)  and cruise standard inside cabin(Cat.LA)  upgrade to standard outside cabin (cat XA) US$ 90 per person based on double
  • Meals as per itinerary (B,D,L)
  • English speaking tour guides in Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned land transportation and cruise of the Greek islands from Kusadasi to Athens
  • Luggage handling,
  • Arrival and departure transfers on the first and last day of the tour in Istanbul and Athens.
  • Transfer from Pireaus port to Athens hotel
  • 2 nights first class accommmodation in Athens with daily brekfasts
  • Athens city tour
  • Transfer fro Athnes hotel to Athens airport based on your outbound flight
  • Local taxes and service charges (port taxes are extra) 

Not included:

  • Personal expenses, optional tours, customary tips to guide and drivers Port Taxes and Turkey Embarkation fees: US$ 189

Hotels used in 2018:
Istanbul: Conrad (DLX)
Canakkale : Kolin Hotel (special first class)
Izmir: Swissothel Grand Efes
Athens: Herodion Hotel (FC)
Cruise: Celestial Cruises 

Pre-tour hotel stay in Istanbul:
US$ 109 per person based on double occupancy
US$ 189 per person based on single occupancy

Extensions are available on request!