10 DAYS GREECE, BULGARIA AND TURKEY COMBINED TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 – Greece - Athens - Arrival Day
Arrive at Athens International Airport and meet our professional driver who will
transfer you to your hotel. It is your free day to explore and enjoy Athens on
your own. Overnight at the hotel in Athens.
Day 2 – Greece - Athens Sightseeing Tour with Acropolis & Half Day All in One
After breakfast, we will start the tour of the city of Athens, visiting Syntagma
Square - the center of modern Athens and view the changing of the guard in front
of the Parliament building. On the way to Acropolis, we will have a stop to the
Panathenaic Stadium-made of white marble- where the first modern Olympic Games
were held in 1896. The impressive, work of Art, Stadium was the finish line of
the Marathon Race of Athens 2004 Olympics. We will also see the Temple of
Olympian Zeus - the largest Temple ever built in Greece. We will view the
National Gardens, the Academy, the National Library, the University, and finally
we will visit the most magnificent monument in the world - the Parthenon on the
Acropolis. Then drive to Piraeus, Greece's main port and continue by the costal
road to Kastella, a picturesque hill area overlooking the Mikrolimano yacht
harbour, having the opportunity to see numerous restaurants and cafes by the
On the way to Mesoghia and the Winery, enjoy the journey through the southern
suburbs of the city, along the coastal avenue of Athens Riviera with its
magnificent view to the sea. Arrive at the Winery* and enjoy the visit. Drive to
Porto Rafti Area by the sea to enjoy some free time. Right after, drive to
McArthur Designer Outlet shopping village. In continue, we drive at a Pottery
workshop to see the craft of making vases and the exhibition of different
products. Afterwards, drive back to hotel, passing by the facilities of the
Olympic Athletic Centre of Athens, where the majority of the athletic events
were held during the 2004 Olympic Games. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 – Greece - Athens – Vergina - Thessaloniki
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, drive to Vergina, a small town in
northern Greece near Veria, principal of the prefecture of Imathia. Visit the
museum which was built to protect the tombs, and was inaugurated in 1993, to
exhibit the artefacts and show the tumulus as it was before the excavations.
Departure for Thessaloniki for overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 – Greece - Thessaloniki Panoramic Tour & Departure to Bulgaria
Breakfast at the hotel. Thessaloniki panoramic tour, the city of great historic
importance and a crossed of so many civilizations and cultures. Begin the tour
with a panoramic drive around the White Tower, the main landmarks of the city,
the Galerius Arch, the Rotunda monument, the Old Town (Ano Poli) and the City
Walks, from where you will have a marvellous view of Thessaloniki. Your escort
will provide you with all the information about Thessaloniki’s history old and
new as you look at these stately buildings. During the tour: There will be a
short stop at Agios Demetrius Byzantine church which is the most important
church of Thessaloniki for religious, historical and artistic reasons. The most
famous and interesting part of the church, is underground ancient “Crypt”. After
the tour, boarding on coach in Thessaloniki around noon. Departure for Bulgaria.
Visit of Melnik – the smallest town in Bulgaria famous for its excellent wines
and sandstone rocky pyramids. Accommodation and overnight in Sandanski or Melnik.
Day 5 – Bulgaria - Sandanski - Rila Monastery - Sofia
Departure for Rila Monastery - the most exquisite example of the monastery art
and architecture in Bulgaria. Guided tour of the monastery complex. Visit to
Nativity of the Virgin Church with its miracle icon of the Virgin and splendid
gilded iconostasis, the old kitchen, the monastery museum where you can learn
about the long and heroic history of the monastery, the woodcarved cross made
for a period of twelve years by a monk called Rafael, Hrelyo’s Tower and many
spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature. Drive to Sofia
in the afternoon. Upon request – dinner at a traditional restaurant with
folklore music and dances. Accommodation at hotel and overnight in Sofia.
Day 6 – Bulgaria - Sofia – Plovdiv
Guided sightseeing tour of the city centre, including visit to Alexander Nevski
Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as
one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction; St. George Rotunda, St.
Sophia Church, built by the Roman Emperor Justinian in the 6th century, National
Theatre, former Royal Palace, today housing the National Revival Art Gallery and
the Ethnographic Museum, Presidency, etc. Around noon departure for Plovdiv. In
the afternoon sightseeing tour in the Old Town, including a visit to the Roman
Ancient Theatre, which was build in the 2nd century AD under the rule of the
Roman Emperor Trajan and is nowadays considered to be the largest surviving
Roman construction in Bulgaria, visit to the Ethnographic Museum, Roman Stadium,
St. Constantine and Helena Church, etc. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 7 – Bulgaria - Plovdiv – Bulgarian-Turkish Border
Morning transfer for the Bulgarian-Turkish border. Upon arrival to border, we
will head to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel in Istanbul and overnight in
Day 8 – Turkey - Istanbul City Tour
(Open buffet breakfast included)
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to ST. SOPHIA This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the
4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the
architectural marvels of all time.
TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th
centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese
porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of
the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the
SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by
the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent
interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three
monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the
Column of Constantine.
Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of
streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own
area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such
as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water
ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your
hotel. Free Evening and optional Istanbul Evening Shows or Bosphorus Dinner
Cruise incluing traditional Turkish entertainment and dinner. Overnight in
Day 9 – Turkey - Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Shopping Tour
(Open buffet breakfast included)
Pick up at 08:30am from the hotel and depart for the Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
and Shopping Tour. Visit the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is
filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and
every other conceivable herb and spice.
BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating
Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble,
fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will see the
magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce
Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On
the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble
facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every
Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance
with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
RUMELI FORTRESS Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of
Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous
Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military
architecture anywhere in the world.
BEYLERBEYI PALAS (PALACE) The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its
original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent
gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
BOSPHORUS BRIDGE enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to
CAMLICA HILL the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and
admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful
gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of
Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National
Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery, handcrafts centre and
a modern leatherwear show. Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the
knowledge of the ancient craftsmen, with Murti's Tour's local escort full of
knowledge about how to haggle the streets of Istanbul. The rest of the evening
is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10 - Turkey - Istanbul
(Open buffet breakfast included)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and Depart for Istanbul airport for
your flight back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would
like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back
home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.
10 DAYS GREECE, BULGARIA AND TURKEY COMBINED TOUR INCLUDES:
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Arrival airport transfer from Athens International Airport
- 2 nights hotel in Athens
- 1 night hotel in Thessaloniki
- 1 night hotel in Sandanski or Melnik
- 1 night hotel in Sofia
- 1 night hotel in Plovdiv
- 3 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 9 open buffet breakfasts
- Guided Athens Sightseeing Tour
- Escorted Half All in One Panoramic Tour
- Guided Vergina Tour
- Escorted Thessaloniki Panoramic Tour
- Guided Rila Monastery Tour
- Guided Koprivshtitsa and Sofia Tour
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Bosphorus Cruise Tour
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Departure transfer to Bulgarian Borders (Promachonas)
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
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