package

Aegean Sighs

Location

Turkey, Greece

Duration

16 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 2306.12
Brief

Enjoy 16 days of fun from Turkey to Greece, and explore amazing landscapes, fascinating cultures, and take beautiful pictures. On this trip, you will enjoy a scenic visit of Athens, take a wonderful ferry ride from Mykonos, and enjoy fantastic cable car rides that will show you some spectacular views of Thira! Whatever it is you love doing on vacations, there's something for you in this trip!

Day 1

Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. After checking in, you'll have some free time to rest from your flight, after which you will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2

Istanbul

Go on a sightseeing tour of the city lasting about two hours, taking in the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and Taksim. You will walk around the Topkapi Palace and admire the exterior of Hagia Sophia. Then, enjoy a cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti viewpoint and look around the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent (the largest in Istanbul). At the end of the afternoon, you'll be transferred to the Taksim neighbourhood, the most commercialised and lively area of the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower. 

Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast).

Day 3

Istanbul

Today, enjoy a private boat trip on the Bosphorus that will last about two hours. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. You will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. Pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas.  Afterwards, you'll have some free time during which you can choose to explore the city by yourself or go on an optional tour including visit  and lunch inside the Topkapi Palace will be offered.

Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast).

Day 4

Istanbul - Bodrum

On this day, leave early from Istanbul, and cross the Sea of Marmara by ferry (variable schedules according to seasons and months), after about two hours, you arrive at the port of Bandirma (or Yalova, depending on schedules) and continue through the interior of Turkey. At the beginning of the afternoon, arrive at Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city of Asia; 2000 years ago, it had a quarter of a million inhabitants. Next, head to Saint John’s Basilica, and the house of the Virgin Mary and the archaeological site (tickets included). Continuation later towards the Turquoise coast, of magnificent landscapes, until you reach Bodrum. 

Overnight in Bodrum (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 5

Bodrum - Marmaris

Free morning in Bodrum, a beautiful fortified city of Greek origin. You can visit its castle, walk through its streets which are full of life and tourist activity or its leisure marina. After lunch, continue your route towards Marmaris, another beautiful coastal tourist enclave, with its castle, its marina and its fountains. Have dinner and head to your hotel to relax for the rest of the evening.

Overnight in Marmaris (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6

Marmaris - Rhodes

Early in the morning, board the boat for Greece, a cruise of approximately one hour. Upon arrival in Rhodes, tour the city, with its impressive walled citadel, its old town that shows the traces of the different cultures that inhabited it. You then have the afternoon to yourself to continue exploring the city by yourself.

Note: The ferries that link Rhodes with Marmaris undergo frequent changes in schedules and do not operate every day (except during summer months). The itinerary may be adapted based on the frequencies available during your trip

Overnight in Rhodes (Breakfast).

Day 7

Rhodes

On this day, travel to Petaloudes, known as the Valley of the Butterflies. From the church of Moni Panagias which has impressive views, begin a pleasant walk alongside the stream, which from June to September is visited by thousands of butterflies (entrance to the Natural Park included). After that, we travel to Lindos, whose medieval fortress and Greek Acropolis dominate the sea. You will be able to walk through the white and commercial streets of the centre, relax on its beaches or climb up (by donkey, if you wish) to the Acropolis. After lunch, return to Rhodes. Free afternoon.

Overnight in Rhodes (Breakfast).

Day 8

Rhodes - Chania

Early in the morning, travel to the airport, and board a flight towards the island of Crete. Arriving in Crete, you will travel along the coast towards the west of the island, and reach Rethymno, a beautiful coastal city of Venetian origin dominated by a medieval castle. Then, head to Chania, a captivating city with an impressive fortress and stately mansions; fought over by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Egyptians and Greeks throughout its history. 

Note: The schedules of direct flights between Rhodes and Crete are limited and are subject to modifications. Sometimes the flight can be undertaken on the Thursday afternoon or it can be done with a stopover in Athens. Also, on some occasions, the accommodation will be in Heraklion

Overnight in Chania (Breakfast).

Day 9

Chania - Heraklion

You will depart, following along the coast towards the east of the island, and visit the village of Kritsa, and Panagia Kera, a church dating back to the 13th Century with some of the best frescoes in Crete. After that, visit Agios Nikolaos, and arrive in this picturesque town with its natural harbour. There will be time to walk and have lunch. An outing round Elounda, a place that was a city-state and today is a beautiful tourist enclave. At this point, your trip includes a boat trip and tickets to the island citadel of Spinalonga, an old Venetian fortress that later on was a leprosy colony for a long time. Finally, return by boat and continue to Heraklion where you spend the night.

Overnight in Heraklion (Breakfast).

Day 10

Heraklion - Knossos

Go on a full-day trip to Heraklion, and visit the spectacular Palace of Knossos, which enables you to discover the Minoan culture that gave rise to the Greek culture four thousand years ago. Have the afternoon free in Heraklion, the lively and pleasant capital of Crete.

Overnight in Heraklion (Breakfast).

Day 11

Heraklion - Santorini

Today, there will be an early transfer to the port, so that you can embark on a fast ferry to the island of Santorini, arriving at about 11:00. Travel by bus through beautiful landscapes to Oia, which is without a doubt the most spectacular settlement on the island, with its white streets full of life, immense views from the cliffs, the remains of a castle and windmills. There’ll be time to walk around and have lunch. After that, get to know Thira, the capital of the island. Those who wish can go down by cable car or donkey to the port where the cruise ships arrive (optional). Later, continue on to the ferry port to board a fast ferry that departs around 19:00. Arrival in Athens at midnight, transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Santorini (Breakfast).

Day 12

Santorini - Mykonos

After breakfast, take the ferry to Mykonos. Upon arrival and transfer to the hotel, you'll start discovering the Island. According to mythology, it was on this island that there was the battle between Zeus and the giants. Rest of the day will be free to wander in the little streets, to visit "The Little Venice" and to visit the classical windmills.

Overnight in Mykonos (Breakfast).

Day 13

Mykonos

After a hearty breakfast, have the day free to yourself to enjoy the island. We recommend visiting the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and one of the most sacred places of ancient Greece, or simply visit the famous Paradise and Super Paradise beaches.

Overnight in Mykonos (Breakfast).

Day 14

Mykonos - Athens

This morning, you'll be transferred to the port to embark for the port of Piraeus by ferry. You arrival at night around 23:00, and have the night to yourself.

Overnight in Athens (Breakfast).

Day 15

Athens

Go on a city tour in Athens, and enjoy a scenic visit of this modern city, which includes the Panathinaikos Stadium and the Royal Palace. Then, have free time during the day to walk around and discover, before heading back to your hotel.

Overnight in Athens (Breakfast).

Day 16

Athens

After breakfast, and check-out, your trip will come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your experience!

(Breakfast).

 

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