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12N / 13D BEST OF GREECE & TURKEY

12N 13D BEST OF GREECE & TURKEY
DEPARTURE KOLKTATA = OCTOBER 19, 2018
RETURN KOLKATA = OCTOBER 31, 2018

ISTANBUL → CAPPADOCIA → KUSADASI → PAMUKKALE → HIERAPOLIS → SAMOS ISLAND → MYKONOS → SANTORINI → ATHENS

Your tour will begin with one of the most popular destinations of the world, the charming capital Athens. Explore its rich history by visiting some iconic landmarks like Panathenaic Stadium that holds the pride of the city. You can take a night tour to observe the floodlit splendour of the place. Thereafter you will be ferried to the two most famous islands - Mykonos and Santorini known for their majestic beauty. Enjoy a thrilling cruise ride across Caldera in Santorini that will take you to Nea Kameni Island harbouring an active volcano with a small hot water spring islet. Post which you will sail over underwater craters to reach Thirassia Island. Get a taste of its traditional lifestyle by visiting Manolas village located at the top of the cliff.

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TURKEY
ISTANBUL CLASSICS TOUR
The German Fountain
Egyptian Obelisk
Serpent Column
The Constantine Column
St. Sophia
Grand Bazaar
CAPPADOCIA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys
Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles
The city of Avanos
Beautiful open air museum at Goreme
Rock-cut churches
Christian settlements date back hundreds of years
The natural castles at Uchisar
PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS
The ancient city of Hierapolis
The magnificently preserved Necropolis
The main Street and Gates
The Thermal Baths
The Devil’s Hole
Masterpiece Theater
Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine
A sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs
SAMOS ISLAND
The eastern Aegean Sea, separated from Greece and Turkey by the mile-wide Mycale Strait
GREECE
MYKONOS
Aegean Maritime Museum
Archaeological Museum of Mykonos
Delos
Lena's House
SANTORINI
Sunset from Oia village
The active volcano of Santorini
Walk on dried lava up to its peak
The blue waters
The traditional sister island
ATHENS
The all-marble Panathenaic Stadium
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Hadrian's Arch
Parliament
Memorial to the Unknown Soldier
Academy
University
National Library
Constitution Square (Syntagma).
The Plaka area to see the Acropolis museum
Propylaea
Temple of Athena Nike
Erechtheion
Parthenon

ITINERARY

DAY 1: ISTANBUL AIRPORT TO HOTEL
Welcome to Turkey. Upon arrival to IST airport, our friendly staff will welcome and transfer you to hotel. Evening Turkish night show staged on Bosphorus dinner cruise and entertain with belly dance show, dinner and overnight Istanbul hotel. L, D
DAY 2: ISTANBUL CLASSICS TOUR
Today after breakfast start for Istanbul Classics tour. You will first visit the Old Town named also as Sultanahmet area or Hippodrome where you will be seeing the German Fountain, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and the Constantine Column which are the remnants of ancient Byzantine and Late Roman still standing in a perfect condition after so many years at a place once used also as a Training Center of Horses where the area took its name during Ottoman period. Then we visit Blue Mosque named also Sultanahmet Mosque famous with its blue tiles and six minarets dating back to 1609-1616 . Then visit St. Sophia known also as Haghia Sophia, one of the oldest church in the world serving as museum now dating back to 532 A.D. Then continue to Grand Bazaar which is dating back to 15th century and biggest covered bazaar of the world having more than 4000 shops selling souvenirs, jewellery, handmade carpets, leather. After the tour drop to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. B, L, D
DAY 3: FLY FROM ISTANBUL TO CAPPADOCIA
After the breakfast if time permits go for Bosphorus morning cruise (optional). According to flight time you will be transferred to Istanbul airport and fly Cappadocia which is a stunning area of rock formations, subterranean churches and underground dwellings, the scale of which is over-whelming. The natural land formations and huge expanses of silence are just a part of the mystery of the region. The area is also famous for its carpet weaving and the distinctive red clay made pottery of the Avanos area. Upon arrival you’ll be transferred to your hotel. In the evening go for whirling derwishes ceremony, Turkish night show. Overnight in Cappadocia. B, L, D
DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
Today you will go Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos. We give a break for a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel,
Visit the natural castles at Uchisar. After the tour we’ll drive back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia. B, L, D
DAY 5 : FLY FROM IZMIR TO KUSADASI
After the breakfast we transfer you to Istanbul airport and fly Izmir – Aegean region. Upon landing transfer to Kusadasi (Bird’s Island) which is the most popular destination of cruise liners visiting Aegean coasts and Turkey. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kusadasi. B, L, D
DAY 6 : PAMUKKALE AND HIERAPOLIS
Today we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and masterpiece theater. Pamukkale’s terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In the afternoon, free time for swimming or a therapeutic bath (cleopatra pool entrance is optional and requires extra fee) in the hot spring mineral waters. After the tour we’ll drive back to Kusadasi town. Overnight in Kusadasi. B, L, D
DAY 7 : KUSADASI / SAMOS ISLAND / MYKONOS ISLAND BY FERRY
Today we’ll sail up to Greek islands. First we embark on our ferry and proceed to Samos island, which is located in the eastern Aegean Sea, separated from Greece and Turkey by the mile-wide Mycale Strait. It was the birthplace of mathematician Pythagoras and philosopher Epicurus, and is known for producing sweet Muscat wine. After a few hours lazy time in the island we embark on our ferry to sail up Mykonos. Upon arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight in Mykonos. B, L, D
DAY 8 : MYKONOS
Mykonos sits amidst the Aegean Sea like a unique Jewell handcrafted by time, the Greek sun and an anonymous local craftsman. All that can be said or written about Mykonos would be just too little. For centuries Mykonos existed under the shade of the religious centre of Delos and it had to wait until the 20th century to reach its international status and win a place on the world tourist map. Mykonos, famously called ‘the island of the winds’ due to the constant wind that blows, is the most popular and cosmopolitan island of the Cyclades and considered as one the most famous islands of the world. The sunlight of Mykonos from its first sunshine of dawn all the way to its last of the sunset is astonishing and supplements an atmosphere of images that seem to have sprung out of a painting. Arrival in Mykonos and transferred at your hotel. Today is free in order to explore the island. B, L, D
DAY 9 : SPEED FERRY TO SANTORINI
Today, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred at Mykonos port to get on your speed ferry to Santorini which is among the most romantic destinations in the world and attracting high society with its breathtaking Cycladic architecture and sunset from Oia village. Santorini island was the site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world and what remains today is a submerged volcano and a caldera. Upon arrival in Santorini and transferred at your hotel. A thousand sunsets, a thousand memories, a thousand heartbeats, colours of blue red & gold streaking the sky … this is Santorini island … Poets have written about it, artists attempt to capture its beauty. Nothing can quite describe … the unsurpassed magic of Santorini. You’re free to discover around or you can join the sightseeing tours as listed below. Don’t miss to watch sunset from Oia. Overnight in Santorini. B, L, D
DAY 10 : SANTORINI FULL DAY CRUISE
Today, after breakfast you will be picked up from meeting point for a cruise at the caldera and its hot springs. During this tour, you will have the unique chance to visit the active volcano of Santorini, walk on dried lava up to its peak, feel the heat underneath your feet and see the steam of sulphuric gases emerging from the earth bowels. Next, you will sail to the thermal springs where you can dive or step down into the blue waters in order to swim towards the springs (35-36 C). Last you will visit the traditional sister island of Santorini, Thirassia, where you can either swim, go up to the village or simply relax and have something to eat. Return at your hotel. Overnight in Santorini. B, L, D
DAY 11 : SANTORINI TO ATHENS WITH FERRY
Free morning. Afternoon pick up from Santorini hotel and transfer to port to embark on ferry to turn back Athens. Upon arrival transfer to hotel in Athens. Latter Athens by Night Tour to experience the floodlit splendor of Athens. See the city’s iconic landmarks illuminated in its full glory and enjoy an authentic Greek experience. At night, return to the hotel room for a relaxing overnight stay. Overnight in Athens. B, L, D
DAY 12 : ATHENS SIGHTSEEING
Wake up to a beautiful morning and get ready to explore the classical and modern treasures, arts scene, and history of Athens by going on a city tour. Start it with a photo stop at the all-marble Panathenaic Stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896. While roaming around the diverse city, pass by Prime Minister's residence (Ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Evzones in their colourful uniform. You would also pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch, Parliament and memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Academy, University, National Library, Constitution Square (Syntagma).
Thereafter, make way to the Plaka area to see the Acropolis museum. Explore the Architectural Masterpieces of Golden Age of Athens - Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Erechtheion, and Parthenon. After the excursion, your rest of the day would be at leisure. B, L, D
DAY 13 :FREE DAY IN ATHENS, TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
Free day to discover the city and for shopping. According to your onward flight time we’ll transfer you to Athens airport to catch your onward flight. End of the service.

TOUR PRICE:
PER ADULT @ INR 75000/- + EUR 1525
PER CHILD @ INR 75000/- + EUR 1050
SINGLE SUPPLEMENTARY CHARGES @ USD 650

BOOKING:
For registration advance payment required of Rs. 50000/- per person. Balance payment to be paid 30 days prior to scheduled departure date.

PACKAGE COST INCLUDES:

  • Return International Air Fare in economy class ex Kolkata
  • Domestic flight ticket costs in India & Turkey 
  • Visa processing charges
  • Hotel accommodation on twin/triple share basis with breakfast
  • Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • All transfers and sightseeing by luxury tourist coach, Ferry
  • Evening Dinner Cruise
  • Local English speaking Tourist Guide
  • 24 services of Discovery of India Tour Leader

EXCLUSIONS:

  • 5% GST
  • Tips to Driver & Guide @1500/- Per Person
  • Overseas Mediclaim Insurance 
  • Any increase of air fare, taxes etc.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • After registration minimum cancellation charges per person Rs.30000/-
  • 30 days before date of group departure = 30% of the Tour Cost.
  • 30 – 15 days before date of group departure = 50% of the Tour Cost.
  • 15 - 5 days of date of group departure = 75% of the tour Cost. 
  • Less than 5 days = no refund allowed

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VISA PROCESSING:

  • IT Return for last 3 years
  • 3Recent colored photographs with white background (35 x 45mm), 70-80% facial image
  • 6 Months bank statement with Rs.1 Lac balance per person, duly signed & stamped by the Bank official
  • Professional proof i.e. Trade License for business person, Pay slip for last 4 months if service, PPO for the pension holders
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