SHORE EXCURSIONS - Greek Cruises Land Excursions 2016
5% Discount on 2 prepaid shore excursions, 10% discount on 3 prepaid and 15% discount on 4 prepaid shore excursions per person. Two prepaid shore excursions are mandatory.
child rate ages 3-12

Athens – Athens Monuments and the Acropolis US$ 76 per adult and US$ 50 per child
(LAV- 01 )
This historical hill of the Acropolis carries the renowned Parthenon atop its shoulders, which is dedicated to the goddess Athena, protector of the city of Athens. Its inauguration took place in 438 B.C. at the Great Panathenaea.
Next to the Propylaea lies the temple of Athena Nike or Wingless Nike. There was kept the wooden statue (xoanon) of Athena which was “wingless”, signifying that she would never leave Athens. Next to the Parthenon rises the Erechtheion, a marble edifice of the Ionic order. The eastern part of the temple was dedicated to Athena Polias and the western to Poseidon-Erechtheus. From the Acropolis hill you will be able to admire the glorious Odeon of Herodes Atticus.
Leaving the historical hill of Acropolis you will pass by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Greek Parliament Building. A stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896, is necessary. Next follows the stylish “Trilogy of Athens”, which was constructed at the end of the 19th century: the old building of the University of Athens, the National Library and the Academy of Athens. The excursion comes to a close with a trip through the Squares of Omonia and Syntagma, the heart of modern Athens.

Athens – Athens tour and the New Acropolis Museum US$ 76 per adult and US$ 50 per child
( LAV – 07 )
Leaving behind you the port, you head by coach along the sea road towards the centre of Athens. The Temple of Olympian Zeus stands at the south east of the Acropolis, it is constructed with Pentelic marble and dedicated to the father of the 12 gods, Zeus.  The tour continues in front of the Greek Parliament Building with your destination the Panathenaic Stadium.
The tour will then convey you to the “Trilogy of Athens”: three 19th century buildings, influenced by classical architecture, on Panepistimiou Street. A trip through Omonia Square and Syntagma Square will bring you to the beautiful, picturesque preserved quarter of Plaka, beneath the Acropolis. The final destination is the modern, imposing, bright Acropolis Museum. It is a thematic archaeological museum of exceptional aesthetics, which opened its doors to the public in 2009 and houses the most famous works of classical antiquity. The new Acropolis Museum makes use of the elements of light, motion and multiple levels and its collections are exhibited on 3 floors and in an area of 14,000 sq. m (150,000 sq. ft)..

Ancient Ephesus through the ages - Hellenistic and Roman (Approx. 3 hrs)
US$ 76 per adult  US$ 50 per child

(KUS – 02)
At Ancient Ephesus you find Immortal relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian era. At the archaeological site you will be given a guided tour among the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Residences of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, the Temple of Hadrian…
The Great Theatre, built in the 4th century B.C., could accommodate 24,000 spectators and it is famous even nowadays for its acoustics. The finds from the excavations, which have yet brought to light only 13% of ancient Ephesus, reside in the Archaeological Museum of Ephesus, in the city of Selcuk.
Your day couldn’t close in a better way than a beautiful walk through the Covered Bazaar in Kusadasi. Here, you will be able to ramble, bargain for jewellery, cosmetics or leather products at the little shops.
During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses  US$ 76 per adult / US$ 50 per child
(KUS – 07)
Passing with your tour guide through the Magnesian Gate you will wander, feeling awe in time and space, through the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of Kouretes, the Baths of Scholastica, the Great Theatre, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Houses of the Patricians, the Prytaneum and the Temple of Hadrian.
Opposite Hadrian’s Temple, at the foot of the Bulbul hill and the covered part of the archaeological site, protected by the heat and natural elements lie the Houses of Koressus or Terrace Houses. Here lived the rich families of Ancient Ephesus and you will be surprised by the excellent state of preservation of these comfortable villas, especially their interior décor. The oldest unearthed houses date since the 1st century B.C. and were two-storied and built based on the city planning and they even had “heating”, and hot and cold water.
The excursion comes to a close at Kusadasi with the colorful Covered Bazaar and the little shops that brimming with the jovial energy of bargaining.
During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Ancient Ephesus – House of Virgin Mary & Ancient Ephesus (approx.4hrs)
US$ 76 per adult / US$ 50 per child

(KUS – 01)
Before his crucifixion, Jesus entrusted the safety of the Virgin Mary to St. John the Evangelist. St.John moved Mary to Ephesus for safety. Virgin Mary lived here until the 101st year of her life. In 1957 the Vatican recognized the “House of the Virgin Mary” as the place where the Virgin spent the last years of her life and since then it is an important pilgrimage site for both Christians and Muslims. Next stop the city of Ancient Ephesus, the Ionian colony, which is one of the largest open-air archaeological museums in the world. Together with your tour guide, you will pass the Magnesian Gate. Traces of the Hellenistic, Roman and Early Christian period are scattered everywhere: the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the marble-paved main Street of the Kouretes, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Public Latrines, the Houses of the Patricians, the Prytaneum, Hadrian’s Temple, the Great Theatre.
The excursion is completed at the Covered Bazaar of Kusadasi with some free time for shopping and… bargaining!
During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Patmos – Patmos country side tour with Hora and Grotto of Apocalypse (approx 2hrs)
US$ 76 per
adult / US$ 50 child
(PAT – 02)
Thanks to its religious value but also for its particularities, in 1999 Patmos was proclaimed a “World Heritage Monument” by UNESCO. The panoramic excursion begins at the port of Scala heading towards the centre of the island, to Chora. At the main town you will visit the Grotto of the Apocalypse and at the top of the “castle” behind the walls, you will see the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, of Byzantine architecture.
The silent windmills in Chora have witnessed important events on the island which attracts thousands of tourists for religious, and also recreational, tourism. The tour of the island continues towards more desolate landscapes, which are the trademark of the Dodecanese. Rocky hills, barren, dry soil, promontories which, like earthly tongues, delve into the sea, dozens of bays and coves, and an intricate coastline. After this enlightening excursion through the island, the tour will conclude at Scala, the port, where the atmospherical café “Arion”, the oldest and most picturesque of the area, will be waiting for you for coffee, refreshments or juice.

Patmos – Religious visit to St John's Monastery - Grotto of Apocalypse (approx 2 hrs)
US$ 76 per adult US$ 50 per child

(PAT – 01)
The picturesque alleyways wind upwards, towards the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist, founded in 1088 by St. Christodoulos. The visit will open the doors for you of the Monastery’s yard, the place where the monks take their meals and the old bakery. Of exquisite beauty is the tour of the Byzantine Church of St. John, which is adorned with a wood-carved icon screen, important frescoes from several periods, with both mosaic and other icons. Next stop, the small museum which hosts religious treasures of inestimable value, like manuscripts, medieval textiles, sacerdotal vestments and others.
Walking down the stairs, the religious energy that you will experience is soul touching. Behind the chapel of St. Anne lies the entrance to the Grotto of the Apocalypse. You will see the cross engraved by St. John the Evangelist, according to tradition, the triple fissure in the wall of the cave, from where St. John heard God dictating to him the Apocalypse. And also the spot where he lay down to sleep.

Heraklion of Crete – Venetian Heraklion and the unique Archaeological Museum (approx 3,5 hrs) (HER – 07)
US$ 76 per adult US$ 50 per child

Heraklion was founded in 824 and is an important homeland of many contributors to Literature and Art, some examples of which are the Nobel winning poet Odysseas Elytis, the Renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco) and the writer Nikos Kazantzakis.  Heraklion is also endowed with some wonderful edifices: the “Koules” fortress, the award winning Venetian structure of the Loggia, the Morosini Fountain, the Basilica of Saint Mark, the Church of Agios Titos, the medieval monastery of Saint Catherine, the Cathedral of Agios Mina, the Historical Museum of Crete and of course the Palace of Knossos are some exceptional examples.  The tour will come to an end at the Archaeological Museum of the city. Through the exhibits of the Museum, the history of the Cretan culture will unfold and be visualized before you.

Crete Heraklion Experiecne Creatian Counry Side  and life style HER-04
US$ 76 per adult US$ 50 per child

Heraklion of Crete – Minoan Palace of Knossos - 1st European Civilization (approx 3hrs) (AGH 6 )
US$ 76 per adult US$ 50 per child

The ancient city of Knossos, with constant habitation from the Neolithic era until the 5th century A.D., is beyond doubt the land that “gave birth” to the first civilization of Europe, the Minoans.
The first excavations were begun in 1878 by the Heraklian Minos Kalokairinos. A bit later (1900-1913 & 1922-1930) the excavations by the British Sir Arthur Evans were to complete the scientific research, bringing to light the Minoan palace in its entirety, which was, according to tradition, the residence of the wise King Minos. The palace of Knossos spreads around the large Central Court. You will reach the awe inspiring Throne Room, the fresco of the “Prince of the Lilies”, the imposing Grand Staircase, the Queen’s Megaron in the east. Walking through the apartments of the Knossos palace and observing the finds even as passers-by, you will feel part of this cultural heritage.

Santorini – Spectacular Oia Village perched on the caldera rim (approx 3hrs)
(SAN – 01)
US$ 76 per adult US$ 50 per child

First you head up to the monastery of Prophet Ilias, for a breath-taking view, deep inhalations of clean, pure, Cycladic air and memorial photos, so as to be the envy of all who didn’t come along. The tour continues its passage towards the north.
To the east, in the background, you will have settlements like Kamari and Monolithos, while you will pass through Fira, the small traditional villages of Firostefani and Imerovigli with delicate architecture and beauties, to eventually arrive at the settlement of Oia. During the entire route, to the west you will have before your eyes the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea and Nea Kameni and an unsurpassable panoramic view. In Oia you will have plenty of time to stroll through the marble-paved alleys, to gaze at the adorably cute shops, to take pictures, to become acquainted with the characteristic buildings, carved into the rocks and the unusual captains’ manors, the settlement Ammoudi at the foot of the caldera… After your curiosity has been sated of the area which is characterized as being of “exceptional natural beauty”, your return begins …

Santorini – Cruise to Santorin's islands and volcanoes (approx 3hrs) (SAN – 02)
US$ 76 per adult US$ 50 per child

The little islands of Palea and Nea Kameni are of particular geological interest, since underneath them lightly slumbers an active volcano.  From the cruise ship you will be transported easily within a few minutes by small boat to Nea Kameni which resembles a moon landscape! You will walk up to the verge of the crater, the heart of the volcano, a unique geological phenomenon which will overwhelm you with awe. In Nea Kameni nowadays there is gas-steam activity at the top of the crater, while its beaches are embraced by thermal springs.
The next stop of this special excursion, is Palea (or Palia) Kameni with its therapeutical, warm waters. The sea temperature here is 5°C higher than in the rest of the locations and the green-yellow water contains sulphur. After the trip to the volcano, you will have the chance to walk, take keepsake photos, to touch the magic and energy of Fira. Finishing your trip in the main town of Santorini, you will descend by funicular (the ticket is included in the fee of this excursion) to the Old Port to reach the cruise ship by small boat.

Step Back in Time MIL-02 (Approx 4 hrs – Restricted Maximum Participation)
Price US$ 59 per adult / US$ 33 per child 

On parking the coach visitors will have the opportunity to walk down onto this environmental monument, probably the most photographed spot on Milos. This is a very unusual and unique area often compared to a lunar landscape, the outcome of volcanic eruptions, a startling, pure white environment!
• 09:45 departure from Sarakiniko
• 10:00 arrival Papafranga and adjacent archaeological site of Filakopi
The dramatic coastline of Milos sculpted by nature after volcanic eruptions gives us interesting and very picturesque spots, Papafranga is one of the more famous; this soft volcanic rock has been formed over the years into inlets and sea caves,
wonderful for swimming and snorkelling. Visitors approach and look down into this deep ravine, often observing the more adventurous tourists below swimming in and around these fantastic sea caves. Milos is considered a beacon in the pre-history of the Cyclades islands due to an important discovery made in 1896 by British archaeologists who first excavated the area known as Filakopi, discovering a settlement dating back to Neolithic times (several thousand years BC) this is where implements where first fashioned by man from the volcanic rock known as obsidian, we will take a look over towards the site discussing all of the important periods in which Filakopi played a major role from Neolithic times right up until 1.000 years BC observing remains of the city walls still visible today, the site is being continually excavated exposing more new evidence proving thousands of years of inhabitancy.
• 10:30 departure Filakopi
Drive to the capital Plaka
Admiring the view along the coast, talking about all aspects of Milos (geology, history, flora and fauna, modern day living etc.)
• 11:00 arrival Plaka cobblestone streets – rest room facilities Taking a promenade in picturesque Chora, a chance for a coffee break, excellent views from this village at 250 metres above sea level, optionally visiting the folk museum and local churches, strolling through the narrow cobbled streets where we can admire traditional architecture and sampling home made sweets at local stores and pastry shops.
• 12:00 departure Plaka
• 12:15 Ancient city of Melos 1.000 BC – 100m easy access
Just a 100m away from our busses we can admire the marble Roman Theatre, cut into the rocky slope near the ancient agora. Last but not least we visit the spot where one of the most famo us statues in the world was discovered in 1820, the Venus de Milo. From here we indicate also by hand the area of early Christian Catacombs and talk briefly about their significance in history.

Rhodes – Religious and Medieval tour - Philerimos church and the Palace of the Knights (approx 4 hrs) (RHO -12)
Price US$  6per adult / US$ 46 per child

The Acropolis of ancient Rhodes stands proudly on the hill of St. Stephanos, also called Monte Smith. You will wander through the ruins of the Hellenistic Temple of Apollo, with its amazing columns. Further below, the restored Ancient Stadium of Diagoras once hosted games in honour of the sun god Helios. The next destination is Philerimos, to the northwest, one of the great touristic attractions of the island. The hill of Philerimos, above the homonymous bay, once “hosted” ancient Ialyssos, one of the three Rhodian cities that participated in the Trojan War. Stone steps surrounded by cypresses lead to the Gothic Monastery of Our Lady of Philerimos, dedicated to the Virgin Mary (the Life Giving Source). In the area you will also visit the Byzantine Church of St. George Hostos, with rare frescoes from the 14th-15th century which depict knights. Here also resides the “Golgotha”, a path of 12 copper reliefs which depict the Passion of Christ. Back to the city of Rhodes where you will stroll through the Street of the Knights, all the way up to the Palace of the Grand Master. Castello.

Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval tour - Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights (approx 6hrs) (RHO – 01)
Price US$  76 per adult / US$  46 per child
Lindos is situated 55 km (40 miles) from the city of Rhodes and “bears” above it the Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient Temple of Athena, built in 300 B.C.  Here and there you will come across the captains’ mansions, built between the 16th and 18th century. In the centre of the village lives and breathes the Church of the Virgin Mary (Panagia) of Lindos, with frescoes from the 15th century. Ascend to the Acropolis of Lindos. Here lies the Temple of Athena, of Doric order, which was erected on the location of an older monument. The ancient city-state of Lindos was for many centuries the most important on the island. It reached its heyday in the 6th century B.C.  At the old city of Rhodes you will go through D’Amboise Gate to walk on the Street of the Knights. Along this street you will find the residences of the Knights, separated according to Order, which bear until today their corresponding crests.

Rhodes – Walking tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes (RHO – 02)
Price: US$ 756per adult US$ 50 per child

Walking along the paved Street of the Knights, one of the best preserved medieval arteries, you will come across residences of people of several different historic nationalities, who once belonged to the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.
Before you reach the Palace of the Grand Master, you will bide for a while around the area of Bourgos and the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent, erected in 1808, the Turkish Baths, the Hospital of the Knights in Museum Square the Church of Our Lady of the Castle, which has guarded the place since the 11th century A.D. Philerimos Church
The pinnacle of this tour in the Medieval City of Rhodes is Castello. The Palace of the Grand Master is a magnificent, endless edifice, the most important sight of the Old Town.

The sugar-sand beaches of Cesme will dazzle you, as will Cesme Castle, built in the early 1500s and home to the fascinating Archeological Museum. A short stroll from the castle brings you to an Ottoman caravanserai (a large inn with a courtyard for caravans) built in 1528 which is now a luxury hotel, and to the Church of Saint Charalambos, which dates to the 19th century. You’ll love the city’s traditional Ottoman houses and its many fountains (Cesme means “fountain” in Turkish).

Experience Ancient Ephesus CES-01 (Approx 4h) from Cesme
US$ 75 per adult/ US$ 50 per child

We travel by bus approximately two hours to the ancient city of Ephesus, passing many typical rural Turkish villages along the way.  Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia, is a stunning marvel in the hills above the Aegean coast. Founded by the ancient Greeks circa 2000 BC, it became the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, at one time home to a quarter-million people. It was the first and most significant city in the Roman province of Asia and one of its key ports. Millennia ago the Aegean receded west, stranding the city on its sun-seared hillsides. It is believed the Virgin Mary lived and died here, and that Paul wrote his Letter to the Ephesians here.
Ephesus is rivaled only by the Forum and the Acropolis as one of the most complete classical cities in Europe. Stroll between the marble colonnades of Curetes Street to visit Trajan’s Fountain, Hadrian’s Temple, the Scholastica Baths and the astonishing Terrace Houses, where many of the floor mosaics are still intact. Nearby, the spectacular Library of Celsus, which has been almost entirely reconstructed, towers above the famed Marble Road. The Great Theater of Ephesus, where St. Paul once preached, was carved into the side of Mt. Pion in the 4th century BC. It held up to 24,000 spectators and is still renowned for its outstanding acoustics

Sole Mare Beach Club and Alacati CES-02 (Approx 4hrs) - Departure from Cesme
Price: US$ 76 per adult / US$ 50 per child

Sole Mare Beach Club is located on Aya Yorgi Bay, beloved of Cesme locals for its turquoise waters and pristine sand. For the past decade, Sole Mare has been a popular beach club during the day and, after sunset, one of Cesme’s most popular nightclubs. Spend some time in one of Sole Mare’s plush sun beds or in one of its boutique cafes, then travel with us to Alacati, a charming resort popular with the elite of Izmir, who visit year-round to enjoy the lovingly restored homes along its cobblestone streets.

A Twist of Moonlight BOD-03 (Approx 3 hrs)
Price: US$ 51 per adult / US$ 26 per child
Bodrum, once a small fishing village, has been described as the St. Tropez of Turkey, thanks to its pristine beaches and stellar nightlife. Homer called this exquisite peninsula “the land of the eternal blue.”
Looking for the ultimate in romance upon the sparkling turquoise waters of the Aegean? Our moonlight cruise on a private sailboat will take you deep into the eternal, romantic blue along the Bodrum coast, home to tranquil harbors and magical bays. As night falls, savor the richness of Turkish culture with a performance by local belly-dancers and delicious cocktails served with a twist of moonlit

Asklepion, Zia and the Platane of Hippocrates KOS-01 (Approx 4hrs) - from KOS
Price: US$ 59 per adult/ US$ 33 per child

We start this excursion just outside Kos Town with a visit to the Asklepion, a health and healing center and a temple to Asklepios, son of Apollo and the god of healing – built in the 4th century BC, its Doric temple dates to the 2nd century BC. This is where Hippocrates, the father of medicine, developed and practiced many of the healing methods we still use today.
We depart from the Asklepion for the lovely mountain village of Zia, where a spectacular panoramic view of Kos and a number of traditional cafes and tavernas await you. Zia is fast becoming popular with local artists and craftspeople, and you’ll find unique, handmade art and crafts on sale throughout the village. This is also a great place to try the diverse local herbs grown near Zia and used in Greek gastronomy, and thyme honey! While strolling about the village, make sure to visit its picturesque cathedral.
We walk through Kos Town to its main square, where we will take a guided tour of the Archeological Museum. Its exhibition halls feature Hellenistic and Roman statuary, including a statue of Hippocrates. On our way back to port we make a final stop at the Plane (Platanos) tree of Hippocrates, near the Knights’ Castle on the harbor. It is said Hippocrates instructed his students under this very tree more than 2500 years ago.

Kos “Lazy Day” Cruise KOS-06  (Approx 4hrs)
Price: US$ 72 per adult/ US$ 43 per child
You’ll board our “caico” boat in Kos Harbor and set sail for the island of Pserimos, a trip of about 45 minutes on beautiful blue seas. We will dock close to Vathy Beach, where you’ll have time to swim and relax in its warm, clear waters. We leave Vathy Beach and sail to Vasiliki Beach for more swimming, followed by our arrival at Pserimos Central Beach, one of the true gems of the island’s coastline – the deep blue of its waters will astonish you. While you enjoy your third splendid swim of the day, our crew will be busy preparing a mouthwatering buffet lunch, served on the beach. After lunch, and a bit of time to digest, we board the caico for a relaxing return cruise to Kos harbor.

A Taste of Tradition with Zia KOS-07  (Approx 4hrs)
Price: US$ 59 per adult/ US$ 33 per child
Our “Taste of Tradition in Zia” tour is an excellent way to get to know the traditional side of Kos. We leave the harbor via air conditioned bus for our first stop, a family-run winery built on some of the island’s most fertile land, at the foot of Mt. Dikeos. You’ll have a chance to learn about winemaking and to sample some of the winery’s outstanding wines, which are made from some of the finest local and international varieties of green and red grapes. Our next stop is the village of Kefalos, the most south-western village on Kos. At Kefalos we’ll visit a family of beekeepers, where you’ll learn how Greek honey is produced. You’ll also have a chance to taste thyme honey, traditional “loukoumades” (mini honey donuts) and raki flavoured with honey.
After the beekeepers we climb to the lovely mountain village of Zia, where a spectacular panoramic view of Kos and a number of traditional cafes and tavernas await you. Zia is fast becoming popular with local artists and craftspeople, and you’ll find unique, handmade art and crafts on sale throughout the village. This is also a great place to try the diverse local herbs grown near Zia and used in Greek gastronomy. While strolling about the village, make sure to visit its picturesque cathedral.


Panoramic Ios: Skarkos Chora & Maganari beach IOS-01  (Approx 4hrs – Limited maximum participation)
Price: US$ 46 adult / US$ 28 child

From the port of Ios our bus rolls toward Skarkos, a prehistoric settlement that proves Ios has been inhabited since the early Cycladic period. Skarkos had a modern system for the disposal of rainwater and a sewer system. Its two-storey buildings included stone-built scales, domes, built-in door cases and stone-covered floors; inside these buildings archeologists have found metal, bone and stone utensils and tools, as well as earthen pots and containers, evidence of a very complex society. For its exceptional conservation efforts at Skarkos, Ios was one of six European locations awarded the EU Cultural Heritage prize in 2008.
We leave Skarkos for Chora, a typical Cycladic village, where you’ll enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the harbor. Chora is one of the most picturesque villages in the Cyclades – its bright white buildings line narrow streets and nestle beside twisting staircases. Inaccessible to vehicles, it’s a paradise for pedestrians, particularly its main thoroughfare, which is packed with unique boutiques, stylish bars, lively cafes and traditional tavernas.
From Chora we drive to magnificent Manganari Beach. The large bay at Manganari is one of the most famous in the Cyclades thanks to its exquisite beaches. Enchanting Manganari comprises one large and four smaller, idyllic beaches, all of them known for their soft, golden sand and transparent, aquamarine waters. Enjoy a snack in a lovely tavern, or challenge yourself with a variety of water sports, particularly windsurfing – the beaches at Manganari are also perfect for families with children. Welcome to paradise.

Istanbul – Bosporus Cruise from Europe to Asia & the Grand bazaar (approx 3 hrs)(IST – 12)
Price: US$ 75 per adult / US$ 50 per child

Istanbul is the only city in the world that belongs to two continents: Europe and Asia. The Bosporus strait divides these two continents and the two parts of Istanbul are connected by the Galata and Ataturk Bridges.
In your private tender boat you will find yourselves gliding through the Bosporus, among various other vessels with both sides of the city, the Orient and the Occident, looking at you and the rich past emerging. With your boat you will pass by the palaces Dolmabahce and Ciragan. On the Asian side, you will visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of the sultans, the Castle of Anatolia and the magnificent Kanlica Villa, which seems to “lean” on the Bosporus. The magic of this voyage comes to a close at the never-sleeping market of the Grand Bazaar.
During the excursion you will have the opportunity to do some shopping such as carpets, jewelry, leather and other souvenirs.

Istanbul – Discover the hidden secrets of Sultanahmet Square (approx. 4 hrs) (IST – 13)
Price: US$ 75 per adult/ US$ 50 per child

The Mosque of Sultan Ahmed or “Blue Mosque” was built upon the orders of 20 year old Sultan Ahmed I, whose grave lies inside the mosque.  The tour will bring you to the symbol of Constantinople (Istanbul’s historical name): Hagia Sophia. The Byzantine Shrine of the Holy Wisdom of God was the Orthodox Cathedral of Constantinople. After the conquest of the city by the Ottomans, it was turned into a mosque until 1934, when it became a museum.
Your next destination is an entire world hidden under the surface of the city. The Cistern of Philoxenos or else the “Sunken Palace”, Justinian’s water reservoir was constructed in 535 A.D. The 336 marble columns, of Doric, Ionian and Corinthian order, which tower to 9 meters in height (30 ft) are characteristic. At the end of the chamber you will be impressed by the two carved column bases featuring the mythological Medusa head.

These shore excursions can be booked with 7 nights cruises from Athens,  or 7 nigth sailings from Istanbul,

3 nights from Athens and 4 night Greek cruises 

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