Cruising the Cyclades
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
Rail, Slow paced, Small Marine/Cruise
|25 Apr 2019||18 May 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $10,435|
|30 May 2019||22 Jun 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $10,435|
|22 Aug 2019||14 Sep 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,935|
|05 Sep 2019||28 Sep 2019||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $10,935|
|26 Sep 2019||19 Oct 2019||Available||AUD $10,635|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to magical Istanbul, the city where East meets West, at the border of Asia and Europe. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director tonight for a welcome drink.
Today we'll explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great sultans. We'll also visit the iconic Blue Mosque, the aromatic Spice Bazaar and the famous Grand Bazaar. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]
Special Experience: Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!
Please note: The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovations and therefore will be partly covered in scaffolding.
We visit the famous Hippodrome today (once the heart of Istanbul's political and sporting life), the Underground Basilica Cistern and the magnificent domed Basilica of Hagia Sophia. Considered one of the world's greatest buildings, it has inspired architects and religious leaders for almost 1,500 years. [B]
Please note: The Basilica Cistern is currently under renovations and may partly be without water.
Special Experience: We make our way to Gallipoli to pay homage to the spirit of the ANZACs. We visit ANZAC Cove, the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, and Johnston's Jolly with a specialist Gallipoli guide. [B,D]
This morning we visit Troy, one of the oldest discovered cities in Asia Minor where the legend of the wooden horse was born, before continuing to the ancient city of Pergamum, once ruled by Alexander the Great. [B,L,D]
Special Experience: For lunch we'll watch a traditional Turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local delicacy.
This morning we fly to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cappadocia, renowned for its spectacular landscape. For lunch today we will prepare dishes in a cooking class with locals in central Anatoila. This afternoon we explore the Zelve Valley, one of the most important settlements and religious centres for the Christian community between the 9th and 13th centuries, and the local village of Ortahisar. [B,L,D]
Visit the hidden monastic valley of Pasabagi and a traditional carpet factory to learn how the beautiful Turkish carpets are made today. Next we explore the G reme Valley, situated amongst the amazing 'fairy chimneys'. The landscape has been eroded by rain over thousands of years, giving rise to these strange rock formations.
Optional Walking Discovery: Follow the paths of the stunning Red Valley as the sun sets this evening and admire the richly coloured rock formations. Learn more [B,D]
We explore the village of Avanos, famous for its ceramic art dating back to the 12th century BC. We'll then visit one of the many underground cities for which Cappadocia is famous - some of them are up to 80 metres deep, spread over eight levels. [B]
Today we'll visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes. We also see Catalh y k, the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site dating back to around 5,700 BC and characterised by its spectacular wall paintings. [B,D]
Today we explore the amazing landscape of Hierapolis, an ancient Greek city sitting on the site of Pamukkale. Over a period of 14,000 years, nature has created a unique grouping of hot springs that cascade over a cliff, forming pools. This afternoon we continue to Kusadasi via beautiful Aphrodisias and its famed Sculpture School. [B]
Step back in time as we visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered. We'll walk the streets, passing by the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis and the Sacred House of the Virgin Mary, where she is reputed to have spent her last days. [B]
Embark Cruise: This morning we embark on a cruise of the Greek Islands. The first port of call is the timeless island of Patmos. Originally a hillside cave, its famed Monastery of St John sits atop the island's highest hill. [B,L,D]
We cruise onwards to Rhodes, former home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the now-demolished Colossus of Rhodes. [B,L,D]
We reach Crete, Greece's largest island and home to the legendary Minotaur. We continue our journey to what many regard as the most beautiful island of the Aegean, Santorini. [B,L,D]
Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise and head to Corinth to see the ancient sites before visiting the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. We then make our way to Nafplio. [B]
Today we explore a citadel with Cyclopean walls in Mycenae. Next we head to the region of Nemea where we visit a local winery and take part in a wine tasting.
Special Experience: We'll cook up a Greek feast with a hands-on lesson.
Later we take a walk through town and along the sea front of Nafplio. [B,L]
This morning we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We'll discover ancient sites including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra and Phidias's Workshop, and tour the museum. We'll continue to the fortified coastal town of Nafpaktos this afternoon. [B]
Special Experience: From the village of Diakopto, we'll embark on a 'Rack and Pinion' train journey along the 19th century Odontotos Rack Railway through the stunning Vouraikos Gorge. [B]
This morning we visit Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Treasury of Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous "bronze charioteer". [B]
On our way to Athens, we stop to visit the impressive clifftop monasteries of magical Meteora. Monks have lived atop these 'columns of the sky' since the 11th century. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400 metres high. [B]
After breakfast we discover the diversity of Athens on a panoramic city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis, the magnificent Parthenon, the Greek parliament and the Panathinaikon marble stadium, where the first modern Olympics took place. We'll also wander through the lively Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka districts to get a taste of the local atmosphere. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we bid farewell to Athens and begin our journey home. [B]