Grecia, Bulgaria y Estambul

Duration

16 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Athens

Available

April 2022 / March 2023

Cities to visit: Athens; Ferry-Athens-Rodhes; Rhodes; Marmaris; Heraklion; Santorini; Kamena Vourla; Kalambaca; Thessaloniki; Melnik; Sandansky; Rila, Kyustendil; Sofia; Istanbul

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

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.
Notes:   Tonight we embark on a night cruise; Carry your documentation (will be required when boarding) and prepare hand luggage (luggage will remain in the coach). 


In the morning, a  sightseeing tour of ATHENS . We will discover the modern part of the city, the Panathinaikos Stadium, and the Royal Palace. Free time. 

In the afternoon, we will travel to the  port of Piraeus  to board the  overnight ferry , which has similar facilities to those available on cruise ships. Accommodation in a double cabin with private bathroom, breakfast not included. 

The ferry used leaves from the port of Piraeus at 21.00hrs to Heraklion.  We recommend to enjoy on the deck of the boat but d o not forget warm clothing to enjoy it.  Night on board.
Total distance: 120 km.

N.B.- The ferries that link Rhodes with Marmaris 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.


09.00 hrs.- Rhodes, departure. We include  excursion to discover the island  of Rhodes. 
09.45 hrs.- PETALOUDES,   "the valley of the butterflies". From the church of Moni Panagias which has impressive views, we will begin a pleasant walk following alongside the stream, which from June to September is visited by thousands of butterflies ( entrance to the Natural Park included) .
 
11.15hrs.- Petaloudes.- Departure.  
12.15 hrs.- LINDOS , arrival to this town whose medieval fortress and Greek Acropolis dominate the sea. You will be able to walk through the white and commercial streets of the centre, relax on its beaches or climb up (by donkey, if you wish) to the Acropolis. 

15.00hrs.- Lindos- Departure. After lunch we return to Rhodes where we board a  fast ferry to TURKEY.     Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to enter in Turquey.   Border procedures. 

The journey  last one hour. Usually, in the summer season, the departure of the ferry is scheduled at 17:00 hrs (exact time will be informed on "my trip", varying according to the dates).

18.00 hrs.- MARMARIS,  arrival to this beautiful coastal tourist enclave, with its castle, its marina and its fountains. Dinner included. 


NOTE:  On some high difficulty dates (especially in summer ), some groups can be accommodated in a nearby town.
Notas:  Recuerde que pasamos a Grecia. En el ferry deberá usted llevar el equipaje, lleve a mano su pasaporte. 

- Los ferris que unen Mármaris con Rodas tienen muchas modificaciones de horarios según periodos del año y notifican sus fechas y horarios de travesía con solo unos meses de antelación. En ocasiones el ferry podrá salir por la tarde . Se informará en “Mi viaje”, aproximadamente un mes antes de la fecha de su viaje el horario e itinerario a seguir. Dependiendo del número de pasajeros, puede que su guía no les acompañe en el trayecto de ferry. En ese caso, su nuevo guía le estará esperando a su llegada a la isla.


07.30 hrs.- Saldremos del hotel hacia el puerto. Tramites fronterizos.  Tomamos ferry rápido con salida prevista (cambios posibles según nota) a las 09.15 hrs.-Travesía de una hora. -  


10.15 hrs- RODAS  –Llegada-. Tramites fronterizos de entrada en Grecia. Tiempo libre. 
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.

Distancia total realizada: 410 km.
 
Paisajes: Vistas sobre el mar. PAISAJES FANTÁSTICOS en la región de Meteoras visitamos monasterios ortodoxos.
Notas: Prevea ropa adecuada (las mujeres tendrán que colocarse faldas que las serán entregadas a la llegada al monasterio). Prevean también calzado cómodo… tendrá que subir muchos escalones!!! 
08:00 hrs. Atenas –salida-. Viajamos hacia el norte de Grecia. Agradables paisajes Mediterráneos. 
11:00 hrs. - Kamena Vourla –Llegada-. Bonito núcleo turístico junto al mar en muy hermoso enclave paisajístico. Tiempo para un paseo y un café. 
12:00 hrs. - Kamena Vourla –salida-. Continuamos nuestra ruta por el interior de Grecia. Parada en área de servicio para almorzar. 
15:30 hrs. - Meteoras –Llegada. Iniciamos nuestro recorrido entre los fantásticos paisajes de las Meteoras que albergan monasterios “colgados” literalmente de las rocas. Paramos y visitamos alguno de sus monasterios (entrada no incluida), divisamos los restantes monasterios “colgados” en las rocas.(Patrimonio de la Unesco).
Cena y alojamiento en Kalambaca, pequeña ciudad en el centro de la región de las Meteoras.
Total distance: 395km
Landscapes: Beautiful landscapes in the north of Greece and on the way to Bulgaria: mountains, isolated areas, forests.
Note:   Remember to have your Passport ready, you will need it to enter in Bulgaria.

08.00 hrs.- Kalambaca.- Departure.  We travel through the North of Greece, amidst pretty mountain scenery, to the Aegean Sea. 
11.15 hrs.- THESSALONICA – Arrival-, time for a stroll and lunch in Greece’s second city. 

14.00hrs.- Thesalonica- Departure. We travel towards the Pirin mountain, a World Heritage Site, areas heavily influenced by the Greek, Slavic and Turkish cultures.  After this we go on our way towards  BULGARIA,  and the border pass.  Schedules of this stage sometimes,  can suffer important delays because of the border procedures.  

16.45hrs.- MELNIK. Arrival. In Bulgarian Macedonia we stop in this picturesque museum village in beautiful scenery amidst a wine producing area. We will learn about the traditional Balkan ways of life.  


17.45hrs.- Melnik. Departure.
18.15 hrs- SANDANSKI , arrival at this beautiful small spa city, the birthplace of Spartacus,  dinner a nd accommodation. 
Total distance covered: 225 km.
  
Scenery: beautiful landscapes of the Balkans, with mountains, remote areas and forests. 
Note:   Wear suitable clothing to visit the monastery of Rila.- 

08.30 hrs - Sandanski.- Saída.- T
10.30 hrs - Rila Monastery  - We visit this beautiful walled Orthodox monastery that is hidden hidden among forests and mountains within a national park. Time to look around. 

11.45 hrs  - Rila -Departure-. 
14.00 hrs - Sofia - Arrival-. After time for lunch, we include a  tour of the capital of Bulgaria , where we will see the Alexander Nevski Cathedral, the Russian church, the mosque, its squares and avenues of Stalinist architecture. Free time.
After breakfast,  transfer  to the airport. We take a  regular flight  (included, variable times) to Turkey. Arrival in  ISTANBUL.  T ransfer to the hotel  and free time. You will receive information on this part of your trip in the afternoon, or it will be placed on the informative signs located in the hotel reception.
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 (an optional visit with tickets and lunch inside the Topkapi Palace is available).
After breakfast, end of our services.

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