Gran Turquía, Islas Griegas y Atenas

Duration

17 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Istanbul

Available

April 2020 / March 2021

Cities to visit: Istanbul; Ankara; Cappadocia; Ihlara; Konya; Egridir; Pamukkale; 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.

Total distance covered:   750 km.
   
Scenery: Crossing over the suspension bridge spanning the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia. Plateaus of Anatolia. 

06.30 hrs.- Istanbul. We leave the hotel to go to the Istanbul-Pendikque train station. Today we travel by train departing at 08.55 hrs (the schedule can be modified) from the station in the Asia district,  we take the most modern and fast train in Turkey,  a pleasant 4-hour trip through the Anatolian landscapes, perhaps having a coffee in the train café. 

13.07 hrs (estimated) Arrival in  ANKARA,  the modern capital of Turkey. After a time to have lunch in the area of the station, With the coach, we take you to discover the immense museum-mausoleum of Ataturk , the "father of modern Turkey",  

15.00 hrs.  - Ankara - Mausoleum –Departure-.  We continue by coach through the arid regions of Turkey´s interior that take us into Cappadocia. We travel past the salt lake . Brief stop en route to take some photos of the lake.

19.15 hrs.- Arrival at the end of the afternoon in  AVANOS (CAPADOCIA) ,  pleasant town in the center of the  region of Capadocia known for its pottery, its attractive old town with cobbled streets and its views over the river. Time to enjoy the hotel facilities or walk through the streets. Dinner is included. 

Total distance covered: 290 km.
  
Scenery: We continue amid the beautiful landscapes of Cappadocia. 
Notes: Today it is again necessary to wear comfortable shoes as we continue to explore Cappadocia. In Konya, we visit places considered "holy" for the Dervish sect: please wear appropriate clothing. 
 
07:30 hrs  - Nevsehir –Departure-. In the morning we will visit the  PASABAG Valley or Monks Valley derived from some cones carved in tuff stones which stand appart. 

09.00 hrs.- Driving along minor roads we enter areas that are less frequented by tourists. Small characterful towns mark the Ihlara Valley.  
09:45 hrs - Ihlara Canyon  –Arrival-. Refreshed by the cooler air by the river, we explore churches that are carved into the rock of the canyon. 
11:45 hrs -  Ihlara Canyon –Departure-.  
13:00 hrs. - Sultanhan  –Arrival-. Here one of the most beautiful caravanserai is preserved. This magnificent building reminds us of the great caravans of camels that, in the past, marked these lands. Time to explore and have lunch. 
14.45 hrs -  Sultanhan –Departure-. Landscapes with large herds and arid plains. 
16.00 hrs - Konya  –Arrival-. In the center of Konya, we explore the MEVLANA MAUSOLEUM, a holy place for Dervishes, the Muslim sect known for their whirling "trance" dancing. Admission to the exhibition is included. Later, we suggest a stroll through the bustling bazaar. Dinner included.


At night, we suggest that you attend the dance performance of the whirling dervishes in the cultural centre.

Total distance covered: 430 km.
  
Scenery: Varied: mountain areas and lakes. Fantastic "cotton mountain" at the end of the day. Notes: We recommend that you also bring shoes that are easy to remove and carry in Pamukkale... and if you wish, bring your bathing costume to this place! 

08.00 hrs. - Konya –Departure-. We continue our journey through Turkey´s interior. 
11:15 hrs. -Egridir.  Located on the shores of a lake with the same name, this is a picturesque town with its walls and mosques where we can walk and have lunch.  
13:30 hrs. - Egridir –Departure-.  
16:15 hrs. - Pamukkale  –Arrival-. Admission included. At the "cotton mountain", our coach will drop passengers at the top of the mountain so that - having admired the ruins that date to the Roman era - you can descend on foot between the hot springs and the "baths". The colours at sunset are fantastic. Our coach will collect you at the area below. Finally you will have time in the hotel at which point you can enjoy its thermal pools. Dinner included.      

Total distance covered:  370 km.
 
Scenery: Various: proximity of the sea in region at the end of the stage. 
Note: Again, for the Ephesus visit, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.   

08.00 hrs.  - Pamukkale –Departure-.  
11:30 hrs. - Ephesus – Arrival-. We now visit a fantastic complex of Roman ruins. 2,000 years ago, this city had a quarter of a million inhabitants. We will discover with our guide the house of the  Virgin Mary,  the  Basilica of Saint John  and the impressive  ruins at Ephesus (tickets included) . Time for lunch.

17.00 hrs- Ephesus departure. We continue on towards the Turquoise Coast, which has magnificent landscapes. 


20.15 hrs- Bodrum , the former Halicarnassus is nowadays one of the most prestigious tourist spa towns in Turkey.  Di nner included.

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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