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Athens, Istanbul

  • 4 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Athens
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Istanbul
  • Private Full Day Athens and Cape Sounion Discovery Tour with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Full Day Delphi Discovery Tour with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Full Day Argolis Experience Tour with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Empire Discovery Tour with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Half Day Bosphorus Tour with an English Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Airfare from Athens to Istanbul
  • All Transfers and Luggage Handling within Turkey
  • All Transportation Provided by Deluxe Air-Conditioned Private Vehicle
  • 7 Meals: 7 Buffet Breakfasts
  • Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary




Arrive to Greece, the land of mythical Gods and ancient civilization. Your private driver will pick you up from Athens International Airport and take you to your five-star hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of Athens. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for recommendations of their favorite restaurants, cafes and entertainment to enjoy while in Athens.


Athens – Full Day Athens & Cape Sounion

Begin the first full day of your vacation with a tour at the new Acropolis Museum, with nearly 4,000 artifacts on display, providing a remarkable insight into the everyday life of ancient Greeks. Walk to the top of the Acropolis hill, entering through the gates of the Propylaea, just like the ancient Greeks, as you stand in awe at the magnificent Parthenon. Learn about its construction and changes throughout the centuries, from a treasury to a church, and later a mosque. From the top of this towering citadel, which overlooks Athens, you can see remnants of other ancient ruins, dotted between Byzantine churches, neoclassical houses, and modern buildings. Descend through the Old Town and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the streets of the historical Plaka neighborhood, where you can enjoy an authentic Greek lunch.

Your adventure will continue to Cape Sounion, the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula, and home to the world-renowned archeological site of the Temple of Poseidon, which lays in ruins, surrounded by the sea. The temple, built in the 5th century, is perched on the headline, almost sixty meters above the blue sea, overlooking the Sounion Bay, with a spectacular mountain backdrop and stunning views of at least seven islands, on a clear day.


Athens – Full Day Delphi Discovery

Your day will begin with a leisurely drive through the plains of Beotia, the north-eastern part of the Gulf of Corinth, passing through the mountainous towns of Thebes, Levadia, and Arachova, known best for its peculiar architecture and cobbled uphill streets.

Delphi is an entrancing archaeological site and modern town, which was once considered by Zeus as the center of the world in Greek mythology. You will have the opportunity to explore the most prominent sites, including the Temple of Apollo on the southern slopes of Parnassos mountain, and the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, which is the site of the most famous ancient Greek oracle and home to one of the finest examples of ancient bronze statues such as the Charioteer of Delphi and the sculpture of an ancient Greek athlete known as Agias.

Following your visit, you can take a break for lunch and enjoy some free time in the village of Delphi, before returning to Athens.


Athens – Full Day Argolis Experience

Take a leisurely drive along the coastal road of the Saronic Gulf on your way to the Corinth Canal, with a short stop to see the narrow waterway, before proceeding to Mycenae, an archaeological site of great interest. Here, you will see the Lion's Gate, which was erected during the 13th century BC, and is the only remaining monumental piece of Mycenaean sculpture. Marvel at the stunning examples of Cyclopean masonry, founded in the walls of Mycenae and the Grave Circle A, which is a 16th-century BC royal gravesite, notable for a series of excavated gold death masks, arms, and gold and silver cups. Take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local tavern.

Continue your journey to the picturesque seaport town of Nafplion, once known as the capital of the First Hellenic Republic and Kingdom of Greece. To conclude your fun-filled day, on your return to Athens, take a half hour drive to the great Theater of Epidaurus. Although it was built in 340 BC, it has been so well-preserved, that it is still used today for dramatic theatrical performances and concerts.


Athens, Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. After clearing customs and immigration, a representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your five-star hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure.


Istanbul - Full Day Byzantine and Ottoman Empire Discovery

Your private tour of Istanbul starts with a visit to the Hippodrome, once known as the largest chariot race grounds of the Byzantine Empire. You will take a short walk to the Blue Mosque, which was completed in 1616, a triumph of harmony, proportion and elegance.

Visit the magnificent Topkapı Palace, which was once the residence of the sultans for almost three centuries and located on the peninsula extending out between the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, offering magical views. In the Treasury section, you will see breathtaking displays, including the 7th largest diamond of the world, better known as the Spoonmaker's Diamond. After your lunch break, you tour will continue to St. Sophia, the church of the Divine Wisdom. This architectural marvel was built during Emperor Justinian reign in 537 AD, and remained the greatest church in Christendom, until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, by Sultan Mehmet II, who ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque.

Make sure to tour the Underground Cistern, which was built by Justinian in the 6th century. It is seventy meters wide and one-hundred and forty meters long, with a capacity of 80,000 m³ of water. It has 336 beautiful columns that support the cistern, two of which are carved with the head of Medusa on the plinth.

Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops, a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs.


Istanbul - Full Day Bosphorous & Asia Tour

Begin your day with a Bosphorus cruise into the narrow strait of water separating the Asian and European continents, and the lifeblood of Istanbul. Passing along the shores of the Bosphorus you will view magnificent palaces, restored Ottoman villas, impressive fortresses and the waterside residences of Istanbul's elite.

The next stop of your tour will be at the Spice Bazaar. Discover the lively and fragrant marketplace that has been in operation since the 17th century. Start with a walk through the colorful corridors, filled with stalls emanating aromatic herbs and spices. Your guide will help you find the best kiosks, as you venture off for 45 minutes on your own. During your stroll, experience the Spice Bazaar, as a local.

Start your afternoon with the 19th century Beylerbeyi Palace, one of the largest and most beautiful Ottoman palaces. Built by Sarkis Balyan, a renowned Armenian architect, learn about the grandeur of this Ottoman monument as you admire views along the waterfront of the Bosphorous Strait.

Conclude your day by leaving the Beylerbeyi Palace and head across the expansive Bosphorus Bridge, connecting the European and Asian continents. Enjoy the feeling of crossing from one continent to the other in only two minutes! Continue to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. As you arrive at Istanbul's peak point, hop out for an opportunity to capture sweeping views of the city's skyline. Surrounding this vantage point, your guide will point out the wonderful Ottoman gardens making this view even more irresistible.



Take a transfer to the Istanbul Attaturk Airport, for your return flight to Istanbul and your later connection home.

Since 1874, Hotel Grande Bretagne, has been recognized as the “Royal Box” of Athens, an exclusive luxury hotel, which flawlessly serves the most noble of society with grace and style. Occupying a prestigious block of the city’s center, under the Parliament, and offering views of the Acropolis, Hotel Grande Bretagne is ideally located within walking distance of exclusive shopping, restaurants, open-air cafes, museums, and the business district, serving as our traveler’s top pick.

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King George Palace was created for people who recognize quality and demand excellence in all they do. It combines the grace and stature of a historic landmark with ultra-modern amenities and personal service that puts guests’ comfort above all. A total renovation has recently restored the King George to its original glamour, while the experienced hotel personnel offer discreet and competent service around the clock, making it one of the best luxury hotels in Athens.

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The Margi luxury hotel, in Athens, is a luminous haven away from home. Perfectly balancing discreet luxury with a cozy Mediterranean ambience, this unique design hotel is exceptionally nestled between the sea and pine forest, promising moments of absolute pleasure in the Athenian Coast. This fresh and charming boutique hotel is also a few steps away from a yacht marina, an array of water sports, and Athens’ most popular clubs and restaurants.

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The New Hotel is a splendid structure situated in the heart of Athens, making it an ideal destination for an exclusive and unforgettable stay. This luxurious establishment was designed by the Brazilian Campana brothers, mixing ancient Athens charm with modern amenities, making it perfect for both business and leisure travelers. Enjoy your stay in this 79-room art installation hotel, located a few blocks away from the Constitution Square, Plaka and Acropolis.

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The Athens Gate Hotel is in the historic district of Athens, situated across the street from the Temple of Olympian Zeus, easily accessible for all modes of transport. A picture-perfect luxury hotel in the center of Athens located beneath the Acropolis, the New Acropolis Museum, and the Constitution Square make it a perfect stop during a visit to Greece’s capital. Make sure to check out the hotel’s roof top restaurant for panoramic views of the city.

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Once the residence of the last Ottoman Sultans, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski is the only Luxury Hotel in Istanbul situated directly on the European shores of the Bosphorus, accessible by car, yacht, and helicopter. Combining the architectural grandeur of the palace with the modern comfort of a Deluxe Hotel, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski offers a resort ambience in the center of the city, conveniently located close to Istanbul's business districts, as well as its historic and cultural sites.

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The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul is on the European bank of the Bosphorus, which flows through Istanbul’s history and heart, giving a 19th-century palace a fresh, eclectic spirit in a chic city retreat, surrounded by indigo waters and mountaintops. This transformed Ottoman palace is a hotel sanctuary of luxury and comfort where east meets west, with alluring facilities including a chic urban spa. Stimulating days and vibrant nights await you at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.

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The Four Seasons Hotel at Sultanahmet is situated on Tevkifhane Sokak, literally meaning Jailhouse Street. The luxury hotel in Istanbul is steps away from historical sites such as Agia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace. The boutique style hotel offers 65 guest rooms including 11 suites, housed in a century-old neoclassical Turkish prison. Explore the narrow streets and smells of incense and spices filling the air from the comfort of your luxury hotel.

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Rising 20 stories above the pulse of Istanbul, The Marmara Taksim is a deluxe five-star hotel for both business and leisure travelers who want the very best in Istanbul with a modern take on Turkish culture. The hotel, a landmark building, is at the center of the business, shopping, theater and entertainment district, showcasing an outdoor pool and views of the sea, where guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.

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Located at the crossroads of two continents, Europe and Asia, The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul is a luxury hotel that offers a perfect blend of culture, hospitality and sophistication with 5-star amenities. A balance between Middle Eastern tradition and beauty with European culture and style, featuring exceptional accommodations, world-class cuisine, a nurturing spa and impeccable service, helps provide an unforgettable retreat in the heart of one of the most fascinating cities in the world, with memories to last a lifetime.

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The Pera Palace Hotel was built in 1892 for the passengers of the Orient Express train which started from London and ended in Baghdad, giving guests a feeling of a different world. Ambience, colors, decoration, and smells instantly turn back time to the 19th century. Rooms overlooking the Golden Horn provide a spectacular view of historical and modern Istanbul. The exclusive service which was given to kings and queens can be yours in this Istanbul luxury hotel.

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Eresin Crown hotel is a luxury boutique museum hotel in the historical heart of Istanbul, in the district of Sultanahmet. The excellent location of Eresin Crown Hotel allows guests to explore Istanbul by foot. Just a few minutes walking distance is the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Topkapı Palace and the Grand Bazaar. The museum has been fully renovated into a hotel providing modern amenities while showcasing historical and architectural significance from Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine eras.

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Wilson Family, USA


I want to thank you for helping us with a wonderful vacation. I have great photos! We all had a fantastic time, all your plans worked perfectly except for a little delay getting together with our Athens tour guide (we were all in the lobby, but we did not recognize each other.)

The hotel was fabulous, we got upgraded cruise cabins, and the teens were amazingly entertained and interested!. I hope I will need you in the future!


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