12 DAYS DUBAI, TURKEY, BULGARIA AND GREECE TOUR ITINERARY:
Day 1 Dubai - Arrival Day
Arrive to Dubai International Airport, Clear Customs & Immigration. Meet & Greet
upon arrival by English speaking representative and arrival transfer from Dubai
International Airport to hotel. Check in to your Hotel. Overnight in Dubai.
Day 2 - Dubai City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Dubai City Tour. The city tour is a
great introduction to Dubai especially if you are on a short visit, as you will
get to see some of the most popular sights. You will be visiting amazing and
picturesque landmarks that combines fabulous architecture with the rich culture
of the Middle East. There is plenty of time at each stop to enjoy and photograph
along with a very pleasant tour guide. It helps you to learn about the city and
hit the major tourist spots and then make follow up trips to places you want to
spend more time at. Photo stop outside Jumeirah Mosque, visit Dubai Creek,
explore the Dubai Museum, visit Gold and Spick Souk, stop at Burj Al Arab Hotel
for photographs. After the tour return to the hotel. Overnight in Dubai.
Day 3 - Dubai to Istanbul Turkey - Arrival Day
Today we will transfer you to airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival
to Istanbul, meet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in
Day 4 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 5 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 6 - Turkey - Istanbul - Plovdiv - Bulgaria
(Open buffet breakfast included)
After breakfast check out from the hotel and Depart for Bulgaria. Arrival in
Plovdiv around noon.in Bulgaria. Check in to hotel and rest of day is yours.
Explore Plovdiv city, shop in the local markets, or enjoy many big party or
games in Cassino. Overnight in Plovdiv.
Day 7 - Bulgaria - Plovdiv - Sofia
Departure for Sofia. 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 Sofias 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. Upon
request dinner at a traditional restaurant with folklore music and dances.
Overnight in Sofia.
Day 8 - Bulgaria - Sofia - Rila Monastery - Sandanski
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, Hrelyos Tower and many
spectacular views from the mountain and the surrounding nature. Drive to
Sandanski in the afternoon. Accommodation at hotel and overnight in Sandanski.
Day 9 - Bulgaria - Sandanski Melnik - Greece - Thessaloniki
Drive to Melnik the smallest town in Bulgaria famous for its excellent wines
and sandstone rocky pyramids. Visit to Kordopulova museum-house. Around noon
departure for Greece. Arrive Thessaloniki early afternoon. The rest of the day
will be free to explore and enjoy Thessaloniki on your own, walking around,
doing the shopping or relaxing in one of many cafeterias or Taverns in
Thessaloniki down town. Dinner in Thessaloniki.
Day 10 - Greece - Thessaloniki - Vergina Thermopylae - Athens
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, drive to Vergina, the most important
remains of the monumental palace of the Kingdom of Macedonia, lavishly decorated
with mosaics and painted stuccoes, and the burial ground with more than 300
tumuli, some of which date from the 11th century B.C. One of the royal tombs is
identified as that of Philip II, who conquered all the Greek cities, paving the
way for his son Alexander and the expansion of the Hellenistic world. Lunch will
be offered at a local restaurant in Vergina.
After lunch drive to Athens. On the way, make a short stop at Thermopylae where
a fierce battle took place between the Persians and Greeks during the Persian
invasion of 480-479 BC. The Greek force (300 strong) was very small but was
determined to make a stand against the huge Persian army. Overnight in Athens.
Day 11 - Greece - Athens Sightseeing Tour With Acropolis & Half Day All in
After breakfast, we will start the tour of the city of Athens, visiting Syntagma
Square - the centre 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 for a lunch. After the lunch, 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 in Athens.
Day 12 - Greece Athens - End of Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, transfer to Athens International
Airport for a flight back 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.
12 DAYS DUBAI, TURKEY, BULGARIA AND GREECE TOUR INCLUDES:
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- 2 nights hotel in Dubai
- 3 nights 5 Star hotel in Istanbul
- Guided half day Dubai City Tour
- 11 open buffet breakfasts
- Guided Istanbul City Tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and shopping tour
- 1 night 4 Star hotel in Plovdiv
- 1 night 4 Star hotel in Sofia
- 1 night 4 Star hotel in Sandanski
- Guided Melnik Tour
- Guided Sofia Tour
- 1 night 4 Star hotel in Thessaloniki
- 2 nights 4 Star hotel in Athens
- Guided Vergina tour
- Guided Athens Sightseeing Tour
- Escorted Half All in One Panoramic Tour of Attica
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Professional English-speaking tour guides
- Departure transfer to Athens International Airport
- 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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