Estambul y Perlas del Egeo

Duration

13 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Istanbul

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Istanbul; Bandirma; Efeso; Kusadasi; Bodrum; Marmaris; Rhodes; Heraklion; Santorini; Athens

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

Dear Traveler: thank you for choosing us to perform this Tour! We hope you enjoy your trip.

Here we give you a guidance on their tour with the information that we believe may be of your interest. The information is indicative, may exist variations on designated hours.

TRANSFER from the airport, if you have it included or purchasing. Our transfer will be waiting for you with a poster on behalf of Europamundo or its name to the output of the custom (after collecting your luggage)..

Remember to inform us by phone if you lost your connection flight or expected delay of their arrival, in your VOUCHER figure the phone of the transfer.

IMPORTANT: If you had additional nights upon arrival the hotel will have your reservation, but his travel guide normally will not be until the night before the start of the tour.

Day

On arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel. 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.

09.00hrs.- Istanbul.- A  sightseeing tour  of the city taking in the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and Taksim. We will skirt round the Topkapi Palace and admire the exterior of Hagia Sophia. On our tour, we will include a  cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti  viewpoint and we will look round the  Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent  (the largest in Istanbul). We find ourselves in a city built in two continents. Views over the Bosphorus, with its huge mosques and ramparts: the city has magnificent sights. The visit is accompanied by a local guide, and lasts about two hours (admission to the monuments is not included).  
Free time. 

19.30 hrs - At the end of the afternoon we will provide a  transfer 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. 


Today we include a  boat trip on the Bosphorus t hat will last about two hours. We will undertake the trip on a boat exclusively for Europamundo travellers. 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. We will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. We will pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and we will admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas. 

Free time.

Distancia total realizada:  360 km.
 
Paisajes:  Tierras frías en el interior de Anatólia. 
Nota:  La salida de nuestro ferry es muy temprana. No podemos garantizar la prestación de un servicio normal de desayuno (desayuno continental sustitutorio sería dado en el ferry). En ocasiones se toma ferry de Estambul a Yalova (en lugar de Bandirma).
Tomamos ferry rápido para cruzar el mar de Marmara desde Estambul (Yenikapi) hasta las costas de Asia. Los horarios de los ferrys son variables. Normalmente nuestro ferry estará saliendo a las  07:00 hrs  de la mañana (salida del hotel a las 06:00 hrs). Un barco muy moderno nos hace cruzar el mar de Marmara. Duracion de travesía unas dos horas.


09:00 hrs  (variable).-  Bandirma . Llegada y continuación por Anatolia. Bonitos paisajes en la península de Anatolia. Parada en ruta para almorzar.
14:00 hrs.- Éfeso – Llegada.  Nos encontramos en este fantástico complejo de ruinas romanas, la ciudad antigua mejor conservada de Asia Menor; hace 2000 años la ciudad contaba con un cuarto de millón de habitantes. Conocemos  (entradas incluidas) la Basílica de San Juan, la casa de la Virgen María y el impresionante recinto Arqueológico. 


18.00 hrs.- Efeso- Salida. Viajamos hacia la costa del Egeo.
18.30 hrs.- Kusadasi.-  Llegada a esta popular ciudad costera del Egeo con mucha vida comercial, bazares y con pequeño castillo. Tras un tiempo para pasear por el centro nos dirigimos a nuestro hotel donde tenemos la cena incluida.   

Total distance covered:  165 km.
 
Scenery:  Various beautiful sights over the Aegean.
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. Time for lunch.

14.30 hrs- Bodrum, departure.
17.15 hrs.- MARMARIS,  arrival to another beautiful coastal tourist enclave, with its castle, its marina and its fountains.  Dinner a nd accommodation.

NOTE:  On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer ), some groups can be accommodated in a nearby town.

NOTE - Remember that we are entering to Greece. On the ferry you should carry your luggage and have your passport handy  as it is requested for embarkation. 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The ferries that link Marmaris with Rodhes 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.

If the group is less than 10 people, the visits of Rhodes can be made in a regular service at a different schedule (sharing with other people from other companies).


07.30 HRS.- Early in the morning, at first light, we will leave the hotel. After border procedures we will  board t he boat  for Greece .  
09.15 hrs- Fast ferry,  a cruise of approximately one hour. 

10.15 hrs.- Border procedures to enter Greece.  RHODES,  arrival. We will include a  visit of the city , with its impressive walled citadel, its old town that shows the traces of the different cultures (Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Knights of Saint John, Ottomans, Italians, etc.) that inhabited it. The visit lasts about two hours and is done with a local guide.  After the visit, transfer to the hotel.

Free afternoon.-  We suggest you to enjoy on its beaches or stroll on your own in this beautiful city.-

Distancia efectuada: 115 Km
Paisajes: Paisajes mediterráneos, vistas pintorescas sobre el mar. 
Nota: Los horarios del vuelo de Rodas a Heraclion varían según los meses, fuera de la temporada turística no existen vuelos directos y se volara con escala en Atenas. En ocasiones, según horarios de vuelo directo, se podrá tomar el vuelo el viernes por la mañana.   

09.00 hrs.- Rodas –salida-. Incluimos excursión para conocer la isla de Rodas. 
09.30 hrs.- FILERIMOS, en lo alto de la colina, entre magnificos paisajes podrá usted conocer su pequeño monasterio. 

10.15 hrs.- Filerimos –salida-.  
11.30 hrs.- LINDOS, su fortaleza medieval y Acrópolis Griega dominan el mar. Con el autocar le llevaremos a la bahía de San Pablo, se dice que aquí llego el apóstol por mar en el año 51 d.c. para predicar el cristianismo, acá fue filmada la película “los cañones de Navarone”, posteriormente tendrá tiempo libre, podrá pasear por las blancas y comerciales calles del centro, descansar en sus playas o subir (en burro si lo desea) a la Acrópolis.  

15.00 hrs.- Lindos –salida-. Regresamos a Rodas. Traslado al aeropuerto (según horario de vuelo) y vuelo directo o con escala en Atenas hacia la isla de Creta. 

HERACLION- Llegada y traslado al hotel.

Total distance: 160 km
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.  
Note:  On some occasions, the accommodation will be in Heraklion.

Early in the morning, we will travel to the airport. We will take a flight towards the island of  CRETE.-

Arriving in Heraklion, we will travel for about 1hr20 (90km) along the coast towards the west of the island. 


RETHYMNO , arrival to this beautiful coastal city of Venetian origin dominated by a medieval castle. We will have about two hours of free time to walk and have lunch. -


We continue our route. After about 60 km (one hour of time approximately) we will get to Chania.

CHANIA,  Arrival to this captivating city with an impressive fortress and stately mansions; fought over by the Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Genoese, Turks, Egyptians and Greeks throughout its history. Time to stroll in this beautiful city.-

Total distance:  15 km

Full day in Heraklion. We include an  excursion (entry tickets and guided tour) to the PALACE OF KNOSSOS,  which enables us to discover the Minoan culture that gave rise to the Greek culture four thousand years ago. Afternoon free in Heraklion, the lively and pleasant capital of Crete.

Total distance:  310 km.


08.30 hrs.- Chania. We will depart, following along the coast towards the east of the island. 
12.15 hres- We will visit in the village of Kritsa,  PANAGIA KERA,  a church dating back to the 13th Century with some of the best frescoes in Crete,  entry tickets included . 

13.00hrs.- Panagia Kera departure.
13.15hrs.   AGIOS NIKOLAOS , arrival 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, our trip includes a boat trip and tickets to the island citadel of   SPINALUNGA,  an old Venetian fortress that later on was a leprosy colony for a long time (boat trip of about 15 minutes, time in the fortress and return by boat).

18.00 hrs.- Plaka (port)- Departure.
19.15hrs-  HERAKLION,  arrival and free time. The city has numerous places with tourist entertainment, restaurants and nightlife. 

Total distance: 50 km

Early transfer to the port. We embark on a  fast ferry to the island of SANTORINI,  scheduled arrival at 09.20hrs if your ferry left at 07.30hrs / 10.25 hrs if it left at 08.40hrs)

We travel by bus through beautiful landscapes to  OIA , which is without a doubt the most spectacular settlement on the island: white streets full of life, immense views from the cliffs, the remains of a castle and windmills. There’ll be time to walk and have lunch. After that we 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. 

Later, we continue on to the ferry port to board a  fast ferry  that departs around 19.00hrs (from June 11/ Sept 17) or at 15.30hrs (months from April to the beginning of June and from the end of September). Arrival in  Athens  at midnight.

In the morning,  sightseeing tour of ATHENS;  we will get to know the modern city, the Panathinaikos Stadium, and the Royal Palace. Free time. 

Note:  If the number of participants is very limited, a "Hop on–Hop off" bus ticket may be provided in the city instead of this visit.

After breakfast, end of our services.


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