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Colours of the Mediterranean Tour

Places Covered: Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Delos, Samos, Ephesus, Kusadasi
Duration: 14 days
Tour Cost: £1319

Discover the vibrant colours, rich culture and delicious cuisine of the Mediterranean in comfort and style. Tours of the colourful Mediterranean take travellers on unforgettable Mediterranean tours and include visits to some of the most enchanting cities in this part of the world.

Among the many places that travellers will visit during this professionally organised Europe Mediterranean tour are stunning cities such as Athens, Ankara and Istanbul. However, the Mediterranean is also famous for its stunning islands and beautiful beaches and this tour covers some of the best places to unwind in the sun such as Mykonos and Delos. Both of these islands are also famous for their vibrant nightlife scenes, and travellers will be able to dance the night away at beachside bars and clubs while sipping cool cocktails and getting to know new people.

Travellers will have plenty of free time to spend soaking up the sun on the beach and taking part in water sports. However, special activities are also organised to help travellers connect and have fun while trying something new. Some of the exciting activities and experiences that are waiting to be enjoyed on this tour include exploring the ancient attractions of Athens, browsing for bargains in traditional markets and riding along the ancient silk trade route to discover traditional villages along the way.

Travellers, who book bus trips around the Mediterranean, can also choose to take a boat trip to discover the gigantic volcanic crater at Santorini, take an enchanting hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia and soak away in Turkish baths before taking in a traditional Turkish folklore performance.

DAY 01

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 will meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions.

Overnight Athens

DAY 02

Athens Acropolis

This morning you will have a half day tour of Athens and visit the Acropolis, stopping at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s 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 (entrance fees not included).

Breakfast. Overnight Athens

DAY 03

Athens - 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.

Breakfast. Overnight Santorini

DAY 04

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.

Breakfast. Overnight Santorini

DAY 05

Santorini - Mykonos

Arrive in Mykonos and explore the whitewashed town or head for the beach before experiencing the amazing Mykonian nightlife.

Breakfast. Overnight Mykonos

DAY 06

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. It is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece and said to be the birth place of Apollo and Artemis.

Breakfast. Overnight Mykonos

DAY 7

Mykonos, Samos

Travel by 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).

Dinner. Overnight Kusadasi

DAY 08

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 former Greek village of Sirince, famous for producing fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and so we visit a carpet village to learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Kusadasi

DAY 09

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.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Pamukkale

DAY 10

Silk Road, Konya.

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road and visit the Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don’t miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Cappadocia

DAY 11

Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy chimneys and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Cappadocia

DAY 12

Ankara

We take an early morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.

Breakfast. Overnight Istanbul

DAY 13

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.

Breakfast. Overnight Istanbul

DAY 14

Istanbul

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.

Breakfast.

What's Included:

  • 13 Nights 4 & 5-star accommodation in twin-share rooms
  • 12 Breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • 15 Experiences.
  • Transportation by ferries between the Greek islands and a fully air-conditioned coach in Turkey.
  • English-speaking tour guide for the duration of your tour. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.
  • Inbound Airport Transfer (ONLY If arriving on tour start date or if pre-tour accommodation is booked with us - Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
  • Outbound Airport Transfer (ONLY If departing on tour finish date or if post-tour accommodation is booked us- Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport)
  • Transfers between ports and hotels in Greece
  • Entrance fees for Turkey included
  • Entrance fees for Greece not included

Tour Experiences

Details of the Experiences and Optional Excursions you'll enjoy on your 'Colours of the Mediterranean' tour.



Athens

1 Included Experience

Tour of Athens

The day after your arrival, we take a half-day tour of Athens and visit the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held, the Temple of Olympia Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian. You will see the Acropolis and visit its museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon (entrance fees not included).



Santorini

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Experience

Free time in Santorini

Soak up the sun and relax on the beach or perhaps explore the picturesque capital, Fira. The next day is yours free to spend as you wish.

Optional Excursion:

Boat trip to the world’s biggest volcanic crater above sea level!



Mykonos

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Experience

Free time in Mykonos:

Explore the white washed town before enjoying the famous Mykonian nightlife. The next day is yours free to spend as you wish.

Optional Excursion:

Day-trip to the island of Delos



Samos / Kusadasi

1 Included Experience

Visit Samos or Kusadasi

As we head towards Turkey you will have some free time to explore Samos town or Kusadasi (depending on ferry schedules).



Ephesus & Kusadasi

3 Included Experiences

Tour of Ephesus

You will take a guided tour of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the best preserved ancient city in Turkey, Ephesus.

Visit the village of Sirince

Visit the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for producing fruit wines.

Carpet Village

Experience the craft of traditional Turkish carpet hand-weaving at a carpet village.



Pamukkale & Hierapolis

3 Included Experiences

Display of Leather Goods

Enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods.

Tour of Pamukkale

Take a guided tour of Pamukkale – “cotton castle” in Turkish – and paddle in the natural calcium formations.

Hierapolis

You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hierapolis, an ancient city located on hot springs.



Konya

2 Included Experience

1 Optional Excursion

Visit the Mevlana Mausoleum

As we follow an ancient silk trade route you will have the opportunity to visit the Mevlana Museum, a beautiful mausoleum.

Visit the Sultanhani Caravansary

Visit the Sultanhani Caravansary, one of the best preserved ‘han’s’ or roadside inns used by travellers on the silk trade routes.

Optional Excursion:

Traditional Turkish folklore evening



Cappadocia

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Experience

Visit the Goreme Valley

See the magnificent lunar landscape of Goreme in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, including the fairy chimneys and underground city.

3 Optional Excursions:

  • Traditional Turkish folklore evening
  • Turkish baths
  • Hot air balloon ride


Ankara

1 Included Experiences

Visit the Anitkabir Mausoleum

We visit the capital of Turkey, where you will have time to visit the Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the famed leader of the Turkish War of Independence, and Turkey’s founder and first President.



Istanbul

1 Included Experiences

Tour of Istanbul

Tour the only city to span two continents, where you will see the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.



Tour Dates & Rates

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10 Jun to 23 Jun 2015

£1319

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24 Jun to 07 Jul 2015

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08 Jul to 21 Jul 2015

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22 Jul to 04 Aug 2015

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05 Aug to 18 Aug 2015

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19 Aug to 01 Sep 2015

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02 Sep to 15 Sep 2015

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16 Sep to 29 Sep 2015

£1319

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