Travel through the wonders of the ancient Ottoman Empire on this luxurious 13 night vacation that’ll show you the best of the Mediterranean as well as a few hidden gems. Your trip will start off in the South Aegean Sea with some stylish beach time on the chic and dynamic island of Mykonos, staying at The Mykonos Grand, where you’ll be shown the best spots to soak up the vibes of the island. From Mykonos, you’ll be flown by private helicopter over the Cyclades Islands for a few nights on the iconic island of Santorini staying at the Andronis Luxury Suites, From the islands, we’ll whisk you to ancient Athens, before heading to Istanbul, where you’ll soak up Turkish culture with our expert local guides. Lastly, delight in a fairy-tale finish as you soak up the wonder of Cappadocia as you explore this magical, historic pocket of central Turkey.
Your adventure begins in Greece’s Cyclades Islands on the chic, yet lively island of Mykonos, where you’ll be staying for three nights at the boutique hotel Mykonos Grand. Set over a private beach and boasting unbeatable sunset views over the Aegean Sea, the magnificent Mykonos Grand oozes luxury and serenity. Just 5 minutes’ drive from the charming Mykonos town, you’ll easily be able to visit the iconic 16th century windmills and get lost in the town’s labyrinth of cobbled streets. Stumble upon museums and art galleries in ‘Little Venice’ or enjoy the designer stores and fashionable restaurants over the waterfront. After dark, a hip, cutting-edge nightlife scene awaits, so head to the beach and be ready to revel in Mykonos’ chicest cocktail bars and nightclubs. Our local guides on the ground will let you in on the best places to wine and dine, from eclectic beach bars to fine dining restaurants with views that’ll astound and amaze.Read more
Depart Mykonos in style with a helicopter ride over to stunning Santorini, absorbing the spectacular bird’s-eye view of the Cyclades Islands whilst en route. For the next three nights, you’ll hole up in the height of luxury at the island’s Andronis Luxury Suites, where you’ll relax and refresh in your private Jacuzzi, overlooking the island’s lagoon directly from atop the caldera cliff edge. Embrace the authentic Greek culinary flavors that can be found in the tavernas of Fira and Oia. For those interested in Greek cuisine, we can arrange local cooking classes for you to master the bold flavors and combinations, or explore the island’s numerous vineyards for a day of wine tasting with a local wine-maker. Once you’ve explored the perfectly preserved 1600 BC ruins at nearby Akrotiri, you’ll be yearning for a little beach-time. Luckily Santorini is home to some incredible and unusual beaches due to its volcanic landscape, including the Red Beach. For those that enjoy getting off the beaten track, our guides will let you in on a few secret beaches, which are only accessible by foot and where you’ll find secluded coves and clear waters all to yourself.
Leaving the islands behind, you’ll set sail to Athens by local ferry, showcasing some superb panoramic views over the Aegean. After a good night’s sleep in contemporary comfort at the artistic, avant-garde New Hotel, you’ll be whisked off on a tour of Athens with a local archaeologist to explore the Acropolis, the Temple of Parthenon and Erechtheum. You’ll be guided though the old part of the city and onto Lycabetos Hill for some exceptional views of the city. After your tour, you’ll be driven to Athens airport, where we’ll fly you over the Aegean Sea to Istanbul, where you’ll embark on the second leg of your adventure.
Istanbul, the Crossroads of the World
A half-hour drive will see you inside the Çırağan Palace Kempinski’s grand foyer. Here you’ll be struck by supreme elegance and splendour, where you’ll experience three nights in luxury right in the heart of a truly captivating and cultural city. Within the chic district of Beşiktaş and overlooking the sapphire blue Bosphorus strait, the hotel’s location is unbeatable, arguably boasting the best urban escape in Istanbul. Away from relaxing by the infinity pool, we’ll map out the city’s main highlights for you, so go see east meets west in this fascinating, historic city, from its endless sightseeing and storeping to its world-class art galleries and restaurants. Soaked in history, you’ll visit the Ottoman Empire’s Topkapi Palace and the even older Byzantine basilica-turned-museum – the Hagia Sophia.
For the last chapter of your journey, we’ll fly you inland to Nevşehir airport, where you’ll be collected for a 50 minute transfer into rural Cappadocia. Rest up for three nights in your own cave comfort at the unique and dreamlike Argos hotel, where you’ll be charmed by the incredible, longstanding history of this former monastery. Beyond the magic of the Argos, you’ll think you’ve stepped into a fantasy land as you explore the mystical, whimsical landscape of Cappadocia, which also boasts a rich, age-old heritage. Head up the Uçhisar Castle for the most spectacular views of Mount Erciyes and be enchanted by the region’s ‘fairy chimneys’. Before you leave, we’ll make sure you ride the region’s famous hot-air balloons as they take colorful morning flight over the Pigeon Valley.
Having been enthralled by ancient Anatolia, we regret that we have to fly you back home. You’ll be flown back to Istanbul, where your round trip awaits. This adventure offers an excellent, cultural combination, showcasing Greece and Turkey, and will more than satisfy both your sense of discovery and your relaxation needs.