A combination of two Countries and a unique historical travel in the Eras of Byzantium 330AC, Castle of the Knights 14th Century and the Acropolis 430BC. Sceneries from Glorious Eras of the past!
Welcome to Istanbul. Your hotel room is waiting for you. Depend on your arrival time you might have the chance to experience the sites, sounds, smells and flavors of Turkey and explore its unique neighborhoods. Let us take you on a delicious journey to discover vibrant city squares and colorful markets. The rest of the day is yours.
Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time. The mystical city Istanbul hosted many civilizations since centuries, of which Byzantium and Ottoman Empires were both the most famous ones. The city today carries the characteristics of these two different cultures and surely Hagia Sophia is a perfect synthesis where one can observe both Ottoman and Byzantium effects under one great dome.
Topkapi Palace was home to all the Ottoman sultans until the reign of Abdulmecid I (1839-1860), a period of nearly four centuries. The order for the construction of the Topkapi Palace on the Seraglio Point overlooking both Marmara and Bosphorus was given by Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinapolis in 1453. The place was then an ancient olive grove. The final form of the first palace covered an area 700m², and was enclosed with fortified walls 1400 meters in length. The walls were pierced by a number of gates, namely the Otluk gate, the Demir gate and the Imperial gate (Bab-i Humayun), and a number of minor angled gates between them. After the reign of Mehmed II the Conqueror, the palace grew steadily to form a city like complex of buildings and annexes, including a shore palace known as the Topkapi shore palace, as it was situated near the cannon gate -Topkapi- of the ancient walls of Istanbul. When the shore palace was burned down in 1863, it lent its name to the great complex we now know as Topkapi Palace. The main portal, the Bab-i Humayun, was suited next to the mosque of Ayasofya (Haghia Sophia Church), and this led a series of four courts surrounded by various structures. The courts, chambers, pavilions and other sections can be viewed at the floor plan of Topkapi Palace.
This colourful and chaotic bazaar is the heart of the Old City and has been so for centuries. Starting as a small vaulted bedesten (warehouse) built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1461, it grew to cover a vast area as laneways between the bedesten , neighbouring shops and hans (caravanserais) were roofed and the market assumed the sprawling, labyrinthine form that it retains today. When here, be sure to peep through doorways to discover hidden hans , veer down narrow laneways to watch artisans at work and wander the main thoroughfares to differentiate treasures from tourist tack. It's obligatory to drink lots of tea, compare price after price and try your hand at the art of bargaining. Allow at least three hours for your visit; some travellers spend three days!
One of the best ways to get a feel for Istanbul is to take a cruise on the legendary Bosphorus. Begin the tour with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul's most colorful and bustling attractions. Then hop aboard your ferry for a cruise along the Bosphorus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From your cruise boat, you can view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world's longest, the massive Rumelihisar fortress, the 19th century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges.
Ancient Greek Tragedy Performance
The event takes place and in a historical renovated neoclassical theatre building in Athens. The course of the show is fast and full of life, filled with passions and conflicts. The performance combines modern elements and it shall bring the character close to today’s world and the modern day audience. The costumes, the stage design, the video projections, the music, and the brilliant acting contribute to a integral result. Especially for those who are interested, various educational and creative activities such as discussion after the performance or workshops (seminar of mask construction, seminar of costume) can be organized.
Athens Philosophy Tour
Ancient Greek philosophy began in Miletus with the pre-Socratic philosopher Thales and lasted through Late Antiquity. Some of the most famous and influential philosophers of all time were from the ancient Greek world, including Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
National Archaeological Museum of Athens
The National Archaeological Museum of Athens is the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art. Its abundant collections, with more than 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity.
Walk & Dinner in Plaka
You will enjoy a romantic night walk in Plaka that will end up tasting original Greek Cusine in the view of Parthenon!
Rhodes Archaeological Museum
The museum is housed in the monumental edifice that was the hospital of the Knights of St. John . Its construction begun in 1440 and brought to completion in the time of the Grand Master d'Aubusson (1476-1503). The items on display in the Museum come from various parts of Rodos and the neighboring islands.
Daily Acropolis of Lindos tour
Beneath the modern village of Lindos lies buried one of the most important ancient cities of Rhodes and the eastern Aegean. The only visible today ancient monuments preserves the mighty bare rock that rises from the sea at an altitude of 116 meters and is a landmark of Lindos’ landscape. This is the monumental citadel of the renowned in antiquity sanctuary of Athena Lindia and the medieval castle of the Knights Hospitaller. Lindos’ history, though, starts much earlier, as evidenced by the occasional finds that came to light in the wider area and date from the Neolithic to the Mycenaean periods.
The Ancient city of Kamiros
Kamiros was one of the three large Doric cities of the island, which united with Ialyssos and Lindos in the 5th century B.C. to create the powerful city - state of Rhodes. Although it was established by the Dorians, it seems like the first inhabitants of the area must have been Achaeans, as the ruins of an ancient Mycenaean necropolis close to the village of Kalovarda reveal. Kameiros was basically an agricultural society which produced oil, wine and figs. During the city's golden era of the 6th century, it was the first Rhodian city to cut its own coins. Kameiros has been often compared to Pompeii, something which is not correct since Kameiros did not fall into decline because of a natural disaster. Its decline, like the decline of Ialyssos, was the result of the gradual abandonment by its residents, who decided to move to the city of Rhodes, which as mentioned above, was established in 408 B.C.
Daily trip to Kos Island
Monumental complex of Asclepio
Asklepeio is the most significant archaeological site on the island. During the ancient years, it served as a sanatorium and it was dedicated to Aesculapius, son of Apollo, protector of health and medicine. Many significant people taught and worked here, one of them being the father of Medicine, Hippokrates.
Archaeological Museum of Kos
In the Archaeological Museum of Kos are found all the findings that came to light during the excavations that are carried out in the island by the beginning of century up to today, mainly from the archaeological site of Market and the Western archaeological site, as well as from individual monuments, as the Altar of Dionisos, the Odeon and the Roman Residence ( Casa Romana ).
Folklore Museum of Kos
Kos gets its own Folklore Museum which will be enriched with artifacts and relics of folklore and cultural heritage from donations of residents of Kos. The building of the Folklore Museum Kos Chani is connected with the economy, the history and the culture of Kos.
You have the chance to enjoy a delicious breakfast before returning home.
Please note that this is a preliminary program and subject to change due to weekend closure times of some sites.Valid Period: From 31/05/2016 up to 31/10/2016.
Istanbul – Athens approx. 1,2 hours
Athens – Rhodes approx. 40 minutes