Greece, Bulgaria & Turkey

Three countries filled with ancient history, beautiful scenery, and awe-inspiring sights! The cradle of civilisation and the region full of mythology and history, these two countries offer so much to a traveler looking for more than just spectacular sceneries. Step back in history at the Acropolis in Athens and experience Delphi’s archaeological site; browse the market stalls filled with peddlers in Istanbul and relax on the sandy beaches in Kusadasi. Or cruise the Aegean Sea and sail to the Greek Isles and to the fabled coast of Turkey!

Overview

Tour Itinerary

Departure: Every month
DAY 1: ISTANBUL

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. 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.

DAY 2: ISTANBUL

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Istanbul. Comprehensive tour of the city lasting approximately two hours, including the city walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing quarter, Taksim Square, Topkapi Palace and the exterior of the Church of St. Sophia, in this city which was built between two continents. Free time (we recommend an additional visit, including tickets and lunch at Topkapi Palace).

DAY 3: ISTANBUL

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Discover yourself the charms of the city. Free day. Visitor can enjoy the charm of this city, with free time to wander about and discover memorable places.

DAY 4: INTANBUL - ANKARA

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Ferry to Northern Ireland. Belfast. We leave Glasgow for southern Scotland. In Troon we travel by ferry to Northern Ireland. We land at Larne, which is close to BELFAST. Free time in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, a monumental city that is still in the process of overcoming its religious conflicts. Then we continue to EIRE (Ireland) and reach DUBLIN at the end of the day.

DAY 5: ANKARA - CAPADOCIA

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Cappadocia, moon-like landscapes. Admission included to Göreme Valley. Dinner included at Nevsehir. Departure to the fantastic region of CAPPADOCIA, with its moon-like landscapes, churches and troglodyte villages, via the SALT LAKE. Visit to the underground city of KAYMACLI, which once had some 30,000 inhabitants. After passing through a spectacular landscape, we come to UCHISAR, where visitors can take a stroll and enter the natural rock citadel, followed by a tour of GÖREME Valley with its open-air museum and churches carved into the rock (price of ticket included). Then supper at NEVSEHIR (included).

DAY 6: CAPADOCIA - KONYA

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Ihlara Valley and its churches carved into the rock. Visit included to Mevlana Mausoleum in Konya. Supper included. Visit to this incredible region and IHLARA Valley, with its cool waters, churches and villages carved into the rock. Then we continue along our route, stopping at the ancient CARAVANSERAI dating from the 13th century, before coming to KONYA, where we visit the Mevlana Mausoleum, and learn about the Whirling Dervishes sect (price of ticket included). Supper included.

DAY 7: KONYA - EGRIDIR - PAMUKALE

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Lakes landscapes. Visit included to Pamukkale, the cotton castle. Supper included. After travelling along a road surrounded by lakes, we come to EGRIDIR, a pretty town with walls and mosques, where we have lunch. Then we continue to PAMUKKALE-Hierapolis, where the hard waters have carved out the “cotton castle” (price of ticket included). Supper included.

DAY 8: PAMUKALE - EPHESUS - KUSADASI

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Visit included to Virgin Mary’s House, Basilic of St. John and ruins of Ephesuss.Continue to Kusadasi Supper included. We leave for EPHESUS, the best-conserved ancient city in Asia Minor; 2000 years ago, it had a population of one million. Visit to the Virgin Mary’s house, the Basilica of St. John and the impressive ruins of Ephesus (price of ticket included). Our visit then continues to the pleasant coastal city of KUSADASI, where visitors have time to enjoy lunch and free time in the afternoon to wander about and see its many streets filled with stores, castle and beaches. Supper included.

DAY 9: KUSADASI - IZMIR - CESME - CHIOS ATHENS FERRY

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: The jetty of Izmir. Take a boat in Cesme to Greece. Boat in the evening through the Aegean Sea. Night on board. Departure for IZMIR, the third most important city in Turkey, where we visit the jetty. Then we continue to CESME, an attractive city near the sea, with its ancient walls, commercial district and castle. In the afternoon, we take a small boat (variable timetable) to CHIOS, a Greek island near the Turkish coast. Free time in CHIOS to visit its busy centre. In the evening, we embark on a modern ferry to cross the Aegean Sea, with accommodation in double cabins with shower compartments. Note: The ferry lines from Cesme and Chios to Athens are often affected by weather conditions, ferry maintenance, industrial action and other events. In such cases, the programme will be adapted (last minute), and take a fight to Athens.

DAY 10: CHIOS ATHENS FERRY - ATHENS

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Athens. Evening transfer. Arrival early in the morning. Comprehensive tour of ATHENS, including the modern city, Panathinaikos Stadium and the Royal Palace. At night, shuttle to the PLAKA neighbourhood, a place filled with small Greek taverns in which visitors can get a taste of the rick folklore of the country.

DAY 11: ATHENS

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Discover yourself the charms of the city. Free day. Visitor can enjoy the charm of this city, with free time to wander about and discover memorable places.

DAY 12: ATHENS - KAMENA VOURLA - TEMBI VALLEY - THESSALONIKI

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Coastal landscapes to reach Kamena Vourla. Thessaloniki. Supper included. Departure for the north, stopping at KAMENA VOURLA, a pretty tourist town set amidst magnificent coastal landscapes. We continue our journey to the Thermopiles Pass where the Greeks fought the Persians 2500 years ago. Then we pay a visit to Tempi Valley, a narrow gorge at the foot of Mount Olympus, home to the Greek Gods. Arrival at THESSALONIKI in the afternoon, and free time in the second most important city in Greece. Supper included.

DAY 13: THESSALONIKI - MELNIK - RILA - SOFIA

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Landscapes of the Balkans. Bulgaria. Visit Melnik and the World Heritage Site of Rila Monastery. Free time in the centre of THESSALONIKI before continuing our journey to Bulgaria. In the Bulgarian area of Macedonia we stop at MELNIK, a picturesque village-museum surrounded by attractive scenery. Then we visit the beautiful World Heritage Site of Rila Monastery, an impressive structure surrounding by forests. Arrival at SOFÍA in the late afternoon.

DAY 14: SOFIA

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: City tour of Sofia. Comprehensive tour of SOFÍA, the capital of Bulgaria, with a visit to the Alexander Nevski Cathedral (Russian Orthodox Church) and the city’s Stalinist style squares and avenues. Free afternoon.

DAY 15: SOFIA - PLOVDIV - ISTANBUL

TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Large agricultural plains.Plovdiv city tour. Cross border to Turkey PLOVDIV- Visit accompanied by local guide included n this Greek city of origin, with its attractive historic centre and wooden mansions. After lunch, departure for Turkey. After crossing the border, arrival at ISTANBUL in the late afternoon, where our journey and services end.

 

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included in the price (for complete tour)

  • Breakfasts Daily
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Travel by bus with English speaking guide, basic travel insurance, and breakfast buffet.
  • Includes arrival transfer
  • City tour in: ISTANBUL, ATHENS, SOFIA, PLOVDIV

 

 

 

Price

                                                                 Double               Individual

Single Season (May - Oct)                EUR 1610                      2230

 

Hotels Used

MOVENPICK GOLDEN HORN*****
Tel: 2126001600
email: hotel.istanbul.goldenhorn@moevenpick.com
Silahtarağa Caddesi, No. 87 
34050 ISTANBUL
TURKEY

DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON PIYALEPASA*****
Tel: 2123114311
Kaptanpasa Mahallesi, Piyalepasa Bulvari 5
34440 ISTANBUL
TURKEY

HILTON GARDEN INN INSTAMBUL GOLDEN HORN****
Tel: 2123145000
Sutluce Mah. Imrahor Cad, Dutluk Sk No: 3 Beyo287;lu
34445 ISTANBUL
TURKEY

HILTON ANKARA*****
Tel: 3124550000
email: ankara_hilton@hilton.com
Tahran Cad. No:12
06700 ANKARA
TURKEY

SUHAN CAPPADOCIA*****
Tel: 3845116721
email: sales@suhankapadokya.com
Yeni Mahalle Kizilirmak Caddesi 12 Avanos
50500 CAPADOCIA
TURKEY

STONE CONCEPT****
Tel: 3845117107
email: info@stoneconcepthotel.com
Cumhuriyet Mah. Kapadokya Cad. No:6 Avanos Nevsehir
50500 CAPADOCIA
TURKEY

AVRASYA****
Tel: 3845115181
email: info@avrasyahotel.com
Jan. Zakari Cd, 50500 Avanos/nevsehir, Turquía
50500 CAPADOCIA
TURKEY

HILTON GARDEN KONYA****
Tel: 3322216000
Aziziye Mahallesi, Kışlaönü Sokak 4
42030 KONYA
TURKEY

BERA KONYA****
Tel: 3322384242
email: info@bera.com.tr
Kçk 304;hsaniye Mah. Doktor M. Hulusi Baybal Caddesi No:9 Selçuklu
42060 KONYA
TURKEY

TRIPOLIS****
Tel: 2582723333
email: rezervasyon@tripolishotel.com
Denizli Merkez/Denizli
20280 PAMUKALE
TURKEY

SPA HOTEL COLOSSAE THERMAL*****
Tel: 2582714156
email: colossae@colossaehotel.com
Fatih Mh. 112 Sk. No:4 Karahayıt Mevkii
20290 PAMUKALE
TURKEY

MARINA****
Tel: 2566181500
Yat Limanı Karşısı Atatürk Bulvarı No:2
09400 KUSADASI
TURKEY

ROYAL PALACE****
Tel: 2566183370
email: info@royalpalace.com.tr
Turgut Ozal Bulv., No 116 Kusadasi/Aydin
09400 KUSADASI
TURKEY

SEALIGHT*****
Tel: 2566223132
email: info@sealighthotel.com
Hacifeyzullah Mahallesi Boyalik Mevkii
09400 KUSADASI
TURKEY

NOVOTEL ATHENES****
Tel: 2108200700
email: H0866@accor.com
4 Michail Voda Str
104 39 ATHENS
GREECE

TITANIA****
Tel: 103326000
email: titania@titania.gr
52,PANEPISTIMIOU AVENUE
10678 ATHENS
GREECE

DOMOTEL LES LAZARISTES*****
Tel: 2310647400
email: leslazaristes@domotel.gr
Kolokotroni 16
56430 THESSALONIKI
GREECE

PRINCESS SOFIA****
Tel: 29338888
email: reservations.sofia@bgprincess.com
Maria Luiza 131 Blvd, Sofia, 1202 BG
1202 SOFIA
BULGARIA