Scintillating Greece and Turkey
10 Nights / 11 Days
INR 62,999
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  • Overview

    Athens is the historical capital of Greece with a long history starting from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. The city is still dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks including the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum preserves sculptures, vases, jewellery and more from Ancient Greece. 


    Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.


    Mykonos is the great glamour island of Greece and happily flaunts its sizzling St-Tropez-meets-Ibiza style and party-hard reputation. Mykonos' main communities are Chora, the island's port town and capital, and Ano Mera Platys Gialos is a popular tourist resort where small fishing boats transport tourists to the southern beaches of Mykonos.


    Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia straddling the Bosphorous strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical centre lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives on the Asian side. The city's biggest attraction is its historic centre partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city's natural harbour, the Golden Horn in the Beyoğlu district.


    Day 1 : Athens

    Arrive at Athens airport meet with our representative and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.

        


    Day 2 : Athens

    Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy Athens sightseeing along with Acropolis Museum. Begin with a panoramic drive of the city visiting the Panathenaic Stadium (modern Olympic Games), the Prime Minister's residence (ex-Royal Palace) guarded by the Evzones in their colourful uniforms, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's Arch, the Parliament and the memorial of the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the Propylea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon. Then proceed to the new Acropolis museum for a guided visit. Return back to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

        


    Day 3 : Athens - Santorini

    Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning you will be transferred to Piraeus port. Embarkation on your ferry and sail off to Santorini Island. Upon arrival in Santorini transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.

            


    Day 4 : Santorini

    Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the Volcano and Caldera guided tour with hot spring, Thirassia and Oia – boat tour. Sailing from the Old port of Fira to the island of Nea Kameni. There you have the opportunity to climb on the top of the volcano, see the active crater and walk on its rims! Next stop is Palia Kameni, where you can swim in the hot springs created thousand years ago by the underwater power of the Volcano. Right after the boat sails above the underwater craters to Thirassia Island where you can eat in the picturesque small taverns near the port, swim in the crystalline waters or visit the village of Manolas on the top of Thirassia caldera. The last stop of our cruise is the small port of Oia where you have two options: you can visit the village of Oia, enjoy the famous sunset and return at your hotel with the local bus, or you can stay on board, enjoy the view of Oia and return for disembarkation at the old port of Fira where an amazing day finishes. Overnight stay at hotel.

        


    Day 5 : Santorini - Mykonos

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Santorini port. Ferry embarkation and sail off to Mykonos Island. Upon arrival in Mykonos transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure and overnight stay at hotel.

            


    Day 6 : Mykonos

    Breakfast at the hotel. Day free at leisure. You can go and explore some of the many cosmopolitan sandy beaches of the island or shopping. Overnight stay at hotel.


    Day 7 : Mykonos - Athens

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Mykonos port. Ferry embarkation and sail off to Piraeus port- Athens. Upon arrival at Piraeus port transfer to your hotel in Athens. Overnight stay at hotel.

            


    Day 8 : Athens - Istanbul

    Breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Arrive Istanbul Ataturk airport. Meet with our representative and transfer to hotel. Standard check in time is 14:00 hrs. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.

        


    Day 9 : Istanbul

    After breakfast proceed for a city tour of Istanbul. Visit to St. Sophia (closed on Monday), this ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Topkapt Palace (closed on Tuesday), the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, 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, the scene of chariot races with the three monuments i.e. the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After that Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sunday), in this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. Return back to hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

        


    Day 10 : Istanbul

    After breakfast enjoy the Bhosphorous cruise and visit to the Spice Bazaar. In Spice Bazar the air 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 Ciragan Palace. 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 Bhosphorous passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.

    Beylerbeyi Palas (from the boat) 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 local escort full of knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight stay at hotel.

            


    Day 11 : Istanbul – India

    After breakfast, 12:00 hrs check out and free time at leisure till departure. Then transfer to airport for your return flight to home.



  • Highlights :

    •   Athens sightseeing with Acropolis Museum

    •   Ferry ticket from Piraeus to Santorini in economy class Blue Star ferries

    •   Volcano and Caldera guided tour with hot spring Thirassia and Oia boat tour

    •   Ferry ticket from Santorini to Mykonos in economy class Sea jet ferries

    •   Ferry ticket from Mykonos to Piraeus in economy class Blue star ferries

    •   Guided Istanbul city tour (St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Sulyanahmet Imperial Maosque, Hippodrome and Grancd Covered Bazaar)

    •   Guided Istanbul Bhosphorous cruise & shopping tour (Spice Bazaar, Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palas, Camlica Hill)



  • Price starting from INR 62,999 per person on twin sharing basis


    Tour Includes :

    •   Athens airport to hotel transfer

    •   03 nights accommodation in Athens with breakfast

    •   Athens sightseeing with Acropolis Museum

    •   Transfer from Athens hotel to Piraeus port

    •   Ferry ticket from Piraeus to Santorini in economy class Blue Star ferries

    •   02 nights accommodation in Santorini with breakfast

    •   Volcano and Caldera guided tour with hot spring Thirassia and Oia boat tour

    •   Santorini hotel to port transfer

    •   Ferry ticket from Santorini to Mykonos in economy class Sea jet ferries

    •   Mykonos port to hotel transfer

    •   02 nights accommodation Mykonos with breakfast

    •   Mykonos hotel to port transfer

    •   Ferry ticket from Mykonos to Piraeus in economy class Blue Star ferries

    •   Piraeus port to Athens hotel transfer

    •   Athens hotel to Athens airport transfer

    •   Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport to hotel

    •   03 nights hotel in Istanbul with breakfast

    •   Guided Istanbul city tour

    •   Guided Istanbul Bhosphorous cruise & shopping tour

    •   Return transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport


    Tour Excludes :

    •   Round trip airfare with taxes

    •   Visa and insurance

    •   9% service tax applicable on the total invoice

    •   Porterage, meals, which are not a part of the itinerary

    •   Any other item of personal nature (laundry, mini bar, telephone, etc)

    •   Any change in the rate of exchange of USD / EUR / GBP.



    Hotel Details

    Destination

    Hotel

    Category

    Athens

    Best Western Candia Hotel or similar

    3 star hotel

    Santorini

    Nikolas Hotel or similar

    3 star hotel

    Mykonos

    Pelican Art Hotel or similar

    3 star hotel

    Istanbul

    Hotel Hamidiye or similar

    3 star hotel




  • Payment Policy :

    •   20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour. This deposit is non-refundable

    •   75% of the total tour cost to be paid 08 weeks prior to arrival date

    •   100% of the total tour is required 45 days prior departure or within 24 hours of confirmation if travelling within 45 days from departure

    Cancellation Policy :

    •   10 weeks or more prior to arrival date: 25% deposit

    •   09 weeks prior to arrival date: 100% of the total tour cost

    •   Any cancellations must be made in writting


    Important Notice :

    Visas : Please ensure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of return for every country you are visiting. Please also ensure there is sufficient space in your passport to allow for all immigration procedures.

    Travel Insurance: The tour price does not include personal insurance. Travelers are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance upon commitment of the booking in case of force majeure. Travel insurance covers such costs as emergency and medical evacuation, hospital fees, property loss, etc which could possibly happen during the trip.



  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Religion in Greece?

    Religion in Greece is dominated by the Greek Orthodox Church which is within the larger communion of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It represents the majority of the population and is constitutionally recognized as the "prevailing religion" of Greece. Religions with smaller numbers of followers include Islam, Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Hellenic Paganism and Hinduism.


    Currency in Greece?

    Euro


    Plug in Greece?

    220V/50Hz


    Clothing for Greece?

    You should pack shorts, t-shirts and swim suits, but will also need warm sweaters, long trousers and jackets for the evenings. Flip Flops for the beach and comfortable walking shoes for the city.


    Food in Greece?

    Greeks eat bread, grains, potatoes, rice, and pasta nearly every day. Staples of the Greek diet include olives, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, lentils, and other types of beans, lemons, nuts, honey, yogurt, feta cheese, eggs, fish, chicken, and lamb.


    Nightlife in Athens?

    Majority of the nightlife being in central areas like Psiri, Plaka, and Thission and everything else being accessible by the metro.


    Nightlife in Mykonos?

    Mykonos is famous for its nightlife. The rhythm of amusement is frantic without limits during all day. There is a big variety of places such as taverns, bars, clubs and everyone for sure will find something that would suit in his preferences and in his age.


    Nightlife in Santorini?

    There are some great bars and nightclubs definitely worth checking out if you are in a party mood. For the best Santorini nightlife, there are two main party centrals, the Fira scene and the Kamari/Perissa beach scene. The main place for clubbing is in the capital Fira.


    Religion in Turkey?

    99% of Turkey's people today are Muslim and its history is principally that of an Islamic people, their empires, architecture, arts and literature. Istanbul is also the historic seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and still has a number of active Orthodox Christian churches.


    Turkey Currency?

    Turkish Lira


    Turkey Plug in?

    220V/50Hz


    Clothing for Istanbul?

    Light cotton T Shirts and trousers are recommended for the day. Evenings are cooler and a light jacket should be enough.


    Food in Istanbul?

    Istanbul is a goldmine for culinary delight. The Doner, Kebabs, Simit (doughnut) Lahmacun (Turkish pizza), Durum (wraps), kumpir (baked potato) and mouthwatering sweet called baklava.


    Nightlife in Istanbul?

    Istanbul offers a vibrant and immensely variant nightlife. You may enjoy the local music and food at one of the restaurants in Taksim or party hard at Beyoglu on the European side of the Bhosphorous.