8D7N Turkey And Greece Tour
Twin-sharing: SGD $2690 per person
- Round trip by Singapore Airlines
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk airport
- Airport transfer to Denizli airport
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
- Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Izmir
- Domestic flight from Denizli to Istanbul
- 1 night hotel in Istanbul
- 1 night hotel in Kusadasi
- 1 night hotel in Pamukkale
- 1 night hotel in Cappadocia
- All meals mentioned above
- Guided Pamukkale tour
- Guided Cappadocia tour
- Guided Istanbul City tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul - Istanbul City Tour
Welcome to Turkey. Upon arrival meet with TravelShop Turkey’s staff at Ataturk airport and transfer to your hotel. After your check in, your tour will start 10.00 am. Visit to ST. SOPHIA. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
TOPKAPI PALACE, 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, just across from St. Sophia, was built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It 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; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Murtis Tour (TravelShop Turkey) will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 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. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in 4 Star Titanic City Taksim hotel in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul to Cappadocia
Depart early in the morning for Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. You will reach the hotel at approximately 08:30 am. Today we will get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started 10 million years ago. As a result of these formations, phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka, (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. You will be picked up approximately 09:30 am from your hotel to join our regular tour. Tour starts with Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wineshop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 3 - Cappadocia to Izmir - Kusadasi-Ephesus Tour
After breakfast, depart for Cappadocia airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Depart from your hotel and begin a fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world. En-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of the Virgin Mary. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi. Overnight in Efe Butique.
Day 4: Istanbul – Izmir - Kusadasi – Patmos
After breakfast, transfer to Kusadasi port for starting Cruise tour. Turkey’s Turquoise coast. On arrival, travel to Kusadasi by air-conditioned coach and embark on your 4-day Aegean cruise.
Board your ship in the early afternoon and leave for Patmos, in the Greek Dodecanese archipelago. Known for its picture-postcard looks, Patmos boasts two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the hilltop Monastery of St John, and the Grotto of St John, where the saint reputedly penned the bible’s Book of Revelation. After mooring, join an optional excursion (additional cost) to visit these religious sites, with the chance to see the capital of Chora spread beneath the monastery. Afterward, enjoy dinner on board before you sail overnight to Crete. Overnight at sea between Patmos and Crete.
Day 5: Crete – Santorini
Arrive at Crete in the early morning, and enjoy breakfast on board. Greece’s largest island, Crete is a fabulous mix of archaeological treasures, bustling towns, brilliant shopping and beautiful beaches. After docking at the capital, Heraklion, set off to explore the historical highlights of this interesting town at leisure, or choose one of the optional excursions (own expense) on offer, including a trip to the Palace of Knossos. Excavated in 1898, the partially restored ruins of Knossos date from the 2nd millennium BC and mark out what was once a grandiose palace and the seat of Minoan civilization. Learn how the site was the home of King Minos and the Minotaur — the mythological monster that roamed an underground labyrinth — and as you walk, hear fascinating insights into the Minoan period.
After lunch on ship, sail to Santorini, the breathtaking Greek island that overlooks a semi-submerged volcanic crater (caldera). Explore the capital, Fira, at leisure or enjoy an optional excursion (own expense), perhaps discovering the interior by 4×4, island-hopping in the crater, or visiting the village of Oia for magical sunset views over the caldera. Return to your ship and sail for Athens overnight.
Overnight at sea between Santorini and Athens.
Day 6: Athens – Mykonos
(Breakfast, local lunch and local dinner included) Moor at Athens early and enjoy breakfast as you absorb the views of the Acropolis. Then, join an optional excursion (own expense) to see Athens’ highlights, including the magnificent marble Parthenon that stands on the Acropolis above the bustling city. Around lunchtime, return to your ship and cruise to Mykonos. Peppered with whitewashed towns and windmills, this lovely island is famed for its designer shops, bars and nightlife. Dock at Mykonos Town, and spend the evening as you wish, perhaps shopping at the arty stores or admiring a sunset from a waterfront bar. After dinner on board, cruise overnight to Kusadasi. Overnight: at sea between Mykonos and Kusadasi.
Day 7: Kusadasi – Pamukkale
Arrive in Kusadasi in the morning, and relax over breakfast, before leaving your ship and ending your cruise. Then, board an air-conditioned coach and travel to nearby Ephesus, one of the Mediterranean’s greatest classical sites. Explore the well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins of this once-thriving city, and see its showpiece monuments. Admire the majestic Celsus Library and Grand Theatre, where St Paul once preached, and walk down the marble streets to see the shells of shops, temples and baths.After a stop for lunch, continue to Pamukkale or ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish. This UNESCO-listed site comprises white travertine rock terraces that cascade down cliffs. Admire the sight as your guide shares facts about the geology behind the terraces. Then, work your way up to the ruined ancient city of Hierapolis perched on the cliff plateau. Wonder at the relics before you, including Roman temples, tombs and thermal pools. This evening, check in at your hotel. Overnight at 5-star Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal or similar in Pamukkale.
Day 8: Pamukkale to Istanbul - End of tour
After breakfast transfer to Denizli airport for domestic flight to Istanbul and back to home.