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Diamond Of Mediterranean

                                   

 

Diamonds of Mediterranean 19 Days

 

Day 1 Wednesday  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 Athens

  Day 2 Thursday  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 Athens (B)

  Day 3  Friday  Athens to 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 Santorini (B) 

 

  Day 4   Saturday  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 Santorini (B)

  Day 5  Sunday  Santorini to Mykonos

Arrive in Mykonos and explore the white-washed town or head for the beach before experiencing the completely outrageous Mykonian nightlife. Overnight Mykonos (B)

  Day 6  Monday  Mykonos, Delos

Spend the day on the beach or take an optional day trip to the neighbouring island of Delos. This Mecca of Ancient Greece is today an island wide, open-air museum. Overnight Mykonos (B)

  Day 7  Tuesday  Mykonos, Samos

You will catch next mid-night ferry heading towards the island of Samos and make our way to Turkey with free time to explore Samos town or Kusadasi (depending on ferry schedules). Overnight Kusadasi (D)

  Day 8   Wednesday  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 house of the Virgin Mary. 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 Kusadasi (B, D)

  Day 9   Thursday  Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading 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 Pamukkale (B, D)

  Day 10   Friday  Aphrodisias, Fethiye

Today we drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias along the way. Overnight Fethiye (B)

  Day 11   Saturday  Fethiye

Today you have the option to relax on a day cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye or experience one of Turkey’s highlights on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey’s longest and deepest canyon. Overnight Fethiye 

  Day 12  Sunday  Fethiye

Relaxing morning, before a late afternoon drive to the resort town of Antalya visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy on the way. Overnight Antalya (B, D)

  Day 13Monday

Kayakoy, Antalya

Tour the ancient ruins of Perge with its impressive stadium walls and Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. Overnight Antalya (B, D)

Day 13  Monday   Kayakoy  

Antalya Tour the ancient ruins of Perge with its impressive stadium walls and Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. Overnight Antalya (B, D)

  Day 14  Tuesday  Konya, Cappadocia

Early departure for Cappadocia, stopping en-route to visit Konya and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying museum. This afternoon we also stop to visit Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia. Overnight Cappadocia (B, D) 

  Day 15  Wednesday  Goreme, Uchisar Castle

Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)

  Day 16   Thursday  Ihlara Valley, Underground City

Today we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)

  Day 17   Friday  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 Istanbul (B)

(Optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, Cappadocia)

 

  Day 18   Saturday  Istanbul Old City

Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul (B)

  Day 19  Sunday Istanbul

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

(B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

  Tour includes

Inbound airport transfer – Athens

 Outbound airport transfer – Istanbul

 Transfers between ports and hotels in Greece

 Transportation by ferries between the Greek islands and a fully air-conditioned non-smoking bus in Turkey

 Services of an English-speaking professional tour guide in Turkey and English speaking tour leader throughout the Greek Islands.

 Tips except driver and guide

 Entrance fees – Turkey

 18 nights - 4 star, 5 star & C Class accommodation in total.

 - 2 nights in Antalya

 - 2 nights in Fethiye

 - 2 nights in Istanbul

 - 2 nights in Kusadasi

 - 3 nights in Cappadocia

 - 1 night in Pamukkale

 - 2 nights in Athens

 - 2 nights in Mykonos

 - 2 nights in Santorini

17 Breakfasts, 8 Dinners

 

Tour does not include

 

Suggested optional activities

 Tips – driver and guide

 Any visas, border or port taxes

 Entrance fees – Greece

 

 

 

 

 

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