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Colours of Mediterranean

ITINERARY

Visit: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Konya, Cappadocia, Goreme, Ankara, Istanbul

Day 1 (Wednesday): Athens

Welcome to Greece! You will be transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours, free to explore this ancient city. Tonight a welcome meeting and meet your fellow travelling companions. Overnight stay in Athens.

Day 2 (Thursday): Athens 

This morning you will have half day tour and visit Acropolis, stop at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrians Arch. At the Acropolis visit the museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon. Overnight stay in Athens.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Friday): Athens - Santorini

Early morning departure today for the breathtaking Island of Santorini, where you can soak up the sun and relax on the beach or perhaps explore the picturesque capital, Fira. Overnight stay in Santorini.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Saturday): Santorini

Take an optional boat trip in the world's biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Visit the active volcano, swim in the warm thermal waters and take a therapeutic mud bath. Overnight stay in Santorini.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Sunday): Santorini - Mykonos

Arrive in Mykonos and explore the white-washed town or head for the beach before experiencing the completely outrageous Mykonian nightlife. Overnight stay in Mykonos.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Monday): Mykonos

Free day today. Spend the day on the beach, stroll around the town or take a trip to one of the small villages. This Mecca of Ancient Greece is today an island wide, open-air museum. Overnight stay in Mykonos.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 (Tuesday): Mykonos - Samos

Today you will catch a mid-day ferry heading towards the island of Samos and then another ferry to Kusadasi, Turkey. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Wednesday): Ephesus - Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Thursday): Pamukkale - Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Friday): Silk Road - Konya

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Saturday): Cappadocia - Goreme - Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 (Sunday): Ankara

Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 (Monday): Istanbul Old City

Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 (Tuesday): Istanbul

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Tour Includes:

  • Inbound airport transfers - Athens
  • Outbound airport transfer - Istanbul
  • Transfers between ports and hotels in Greece
  • Transportation by ferries between the Greek islands
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned non-smoking bus in Turkey
  • Services of an English-speaking professional tour guide in Turkey
  • English speaking tour leader for Athens city tour
  • Entrance fees in Turkey
  • 13 nights Accommodation
  • 13 Breakfasts, 5 dinners

 

Not Included:

  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - driver, guide and transfer staff
  • Entrance fees in Greece
  • Any visas, border or port taxes
  • Travel Insurance

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Athens: Polis Grand Hotel / The Stanley Hotel / Zafolia Hotel
  • Santorini: Aegean Plaza Hotel / Rose Bay Hotel
  • Mykonos: Alkistis Hotel
  • Kusadasi: Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
  • Pamukkale: Adem Pira Hotel
  • Cappadocia: Signature Hotel
  • Istanbul: Port Bosphorus Hotel

 Please Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on Greek ferry schedules.

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (fz)

Package Information

  • Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: June - September 2021
  • Cities Visited: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Konya, Cappadocia, Goreme, Ankara, Istanbul
  • Price From: Not Available