To travel from turkey to greece you have to cross the sea
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Departure time of the train from Istanbul Halkali station is 21:40 and arrival time in Sofia is 08:40. Buy your train ticket locally at Istanbul Sirkeci train station (ticket office 4). This is not the departure station Istanbul Halkali. The ticket price is EUR 19 plus a supplement of EUR 10 for a 4 berth berth or EUR 15 for a 2 berth berth. The private sleeping compartment for a single traveler costs EUR 28 plus a supplement of EUR 35. In the middle of the night there is a border control.
Ferry from istanbul to greece
This 14-day trip to Turkey and Greece will allow us to get to know the best of two fascinating Mediterranean countries: Turkey and Greece. We will begin our journey in Turkey, a fusion of the best of Eastern and Western culture, where we will visit the emblematic Istanbul, its capital, Ankara, and the fascinating region of Cappadocia. We will continue through the plain of Iconium (Konya), the thermal pools of Pamukkale and the ancient Hierapolis and Ephesus. Our passage through Turkey will end at the Green Mosque of Bursa and we will land in Greece. We will travel through the Peloponnese from the Theater of Epidaurus to Thermopylae, passing by Mycenae, Olympia, the Oracle of Delphi and the Monasteries of Meteora. Our grand tour will end in Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, where we will see its mythical Acropolis.
We will then sail along the channel that separates Asia from Europe, the Bosphorus. During the crossing we will see the palaces of the sultans and the traditional wooden houses from a special point of view.
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to start exploring the former Constantinople of the Byzantine Empire, a city that straddles Europe and Asia. Dinner and overnight.
Breakfast. Free day in which if you wish you can make an optional visit, which will visit the Topkapi Palace, the administrative headquarters of the Ottoman Empire and today is the most visited palace in Turkey and one of the most visited in Europe, as it has one of the richest art collections in the world. It was the place of residence of the sultans between 1478 and 1856; we will also visit the impressive Suleyman Mosque and we will make a peaceful tour of the Bosphorus by boat, from which we can see the two banks: the Asian side and the European side and the famous yal (wooden houses) and finally we will visit the Grand Bazaar, founded during the Ottoman era, is the commercial center of the city with more than 4,000 stores, Accommodation.
Breakfast. In our tour today we will head towards Cappadocia, a region where we will find places that form, as a whole, the most incredible scenery that can be conceived, enchanted chimneys, cave churches, subway dwellings, etc. On our way we will pass by the largest salt lake in Turkey. Arrival in Cappadocia, lunch and visit of the Underground City of Kaymakli, excavated in the volcanic tuff, with several floors underground. This incredible subway work was built around the 5th century BC. Composed of four floors underground, it has rooms and storerooms with capacity for 500 to 2000 people. Dinner and lodging.
Turkey and Greece
Breakfast and full day city tour of Istanbul. Visits to the outstanding monuments of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires, the Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia (closed on Mondays), the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque and the Grand Bazaar with more than 4000 stores. Lunch at local restaurant included and return to the hotel at sunset.
Breakfast and early departure to Konya, capital of the Seljuk Sultans. Visit the Caravansarai of Sultanhan and the mausoleum of Mevlana, poet and philosopher who founded the mystical and religious sect of the Dancing Dervishes. Lunch in the city and continuation to Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale. Full board.
Breakfast and transfer to the port of Ephesus to embark on the 3-night cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey. In the afternoon arrival to the island of Patmos, where we can take one of the optional excursions and visit the Monastery and the Grotto of St. John, the place where the Apostle lived and wrote the book of Revelation. Dinner and overnight on board.