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Diamonds of Mediterranean

ITINERARY

Visit: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Fethiye, Kayakoy, Antalya, Kaleiçi, Perge, Aspendos, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara, Istanbul

Day 1 (Monday): 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 you meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions. Overnight stay in Athens.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Athens, Acropolis

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 (Wednesday): 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 (Thursday): 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 (Friday): 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 (Saturday): 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 (Sunday): Mykonos - Samos

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

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Monday): 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 (Tuesday): Pamukkale - Hierapolis

This morning we will head 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 (Wednesday):  Fethiye, Gulet

This morning we drive to Fethiye and board our Gulet. Relax at the pre-cruise information session. Enjoy an onboard dinner while meeting the other passengers. Overnight stay in Fethiye Harbour (Gulet Cabin).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Thursday): Fethiye, Gulet

This morning we drive to Fethiye and board our Gulet. Breakfast is served on deck before continuing the cruise to Dockyard Island, Tasyaka and Bedri Rahmi Bay. Tonight will be spent at a secluded cove or island. Overnight stay in Göcek Bay (Gulet Cabin).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 (Friday): Gulet

Today we cruise to Gocek Island to swim, snorkel or just laze in the sunshine. Overnight stay in Göcek Bay (Gulet Cabin).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 (Saturday): Kayakoy - Antalya - Kaleiçi

This morning we disembark from our gulet after breakfast and head to Kayakoy. The morning light provides excellent photos of this deserted Greek village. Afterwards we drive to the resort town of Antalya. Here we will take a walking tour of the old town area of Antalya known as "Kaleiçi". Amongst other things we'll visit Hadrian's Gate, the Ancient Harbour and Suna-Inan Kiraç Kaleiçi Museum which even has a Greek Orthdox Church in its garden! Overnight stay in Antalya.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 (Sunday): Perge - Aspendos - Side

Full day tour of the ancient ruins of Perge, Aspendos and Side. In Aspendos, you can see the Roman Theatre built in the 2nd century and seating 15,000 people. Side is one of the best classical sites in Turkey with Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins. Overnight stay in Antalya.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 (Monday): Konya - Cappadocia

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 16 (Tuesday): 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 17 (Wednesday): 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 18 (Thursday): 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 19 (Friday): Istanbul

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Tour Includes:

  • Inbound airport transfer - Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH) Piraeus Harbour
  • Outbound airport transfer - Istanbul New Istanbul Airport (IST) Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour in Turkey
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for Athens city tour
  • Transfers between ports and hotels
  • Transportation by ferry within the Greek islands
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned non-smoking bus in Turkey
  • Tips except for driver and guide tips
  • Entrance fees in Turkey
  • 18 nights Accommodation
  • 18 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 8 Dinners

 

Not Included:

  • Suggested optional activities
  • Driver and guide tips
  • Any visas, border or port taxes
  • Entrance fees in Greece
  • 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
  • Fethiye - Harbour: Gulet T.B.A
  • Göcek Bay: Gulet T.B.A 
  • Antalya: Mediterra Art Hotel
  • Cappadocia: MDC Hotel
  • Istanbul: The Marmara Pera

 

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: 19 Days/18 Nights
  • Type: Coach Tour
  • Departures: June - September 2021
  • Cities Visited: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Samos, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Fethiye, Kayakoy, Antalya, Kaleiçi, Perge, Aspendos, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara, Istanbul
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