Tours of Greece and Turkey

Travel Greece and Turkey

Istanbul to Troy, Ephesus, Kusadasi  Rhodes, Mykonos, Santorini and Athens

2015
15 Nights / 16 Days 
#21

Greece - Turkey Escorted Tour

 Start with exotic Istanbul once capital of  powerful Byzantium, visit legendary Troy and Ephesus, then embark on a ferry to Rhodes, the Island of Roses and medieval knights. Continue on with visits to the famous white washed Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos and finish your program in Athens


Day 1 Thu : Arrival - Istanbul.
Individual arrival at Istanbul airport, transfer from airport to your hotel for overnight.

Day 2  Fri: Istanbul. Full day tour of Istanbul with Topkapi Palace (excluding harem) - residence of Ottoman sultans - beautiful Saint Sophia Basilica, a Byzantine treasure built in 537 AD, the symbol of Byzantium and the largest building in the world throughout centuries. We will also see the Blue Mosque built in 1616, the Hippodrome, site of Byzantine chariot races, and the covered Grand Bazaar. Optional: dinner with belly dancing. (B)

Day 3 Sat : Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone pine cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Asia. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 4 Sun : Troy-Pergamum - Kusadasi
Visit the ruins of legendary Troy with its famous wooden horse. Enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. After tour Pergamon with its ancient hospital and the steepest antic theatre in the world and the Asclepion, the oldest known hospital in the world. Continue  to Kusadasi, the popular resort on the Aegean coast, for overnight. (B,L.D).

Day 5 Mon : Ephesus - St. Mary's House - Kusadasi
Tour the the famous ruins of  Ephesus, the largest reconstructed Roman-Hellenistic city in the world. Visit the Virgin Mary's stone cottage where she spent the last years of her life in seclusion after escaping from the Holly Land. In the aftrnoon. Optional: Tour of Sirince, the lovely village, considered of of the most beautiful ones in Turkey in beautiful verdant surroundings.(B,D)

Day 6 Tue: Kusadasi - Pamukkale
Drive to the white cascades of Pamukkale, the well-known spa town famous for its hot springs, where you can swim on top of ancient ruins. Visit Herapolis the ancient Roman spa town, then enjoy the thermal pools of your hotel. (B,D)

Day 7 Wed: Hierapolis - Marmaris 
Morning  departure to the resort city of Marmaris. Marmaris is a Greek word, meaning glittering and shining and it is a very fitting description. Marmaris is one Turkey's premier vacations resorts, built around a sweeping natural bay at the foot of steep pine covered mountain slopes. Afternoon at leisure. (B, D)

Day 8 Thu: Marmaris-Rhodes
Morning transfer to the port for a hydrofoil trip to Rhodes, Greece. Rhodes is the largest and most beautiful island of the Dodecanese archipelago. Arrival, transfer to the hotel, rest of the day free for own activities. Overnight (B)

Day 9 Fri: Rhodes
A day at leisure. You may visit old Rhodes, the medieval city of the Knights of Templar who built their stronghold on this beautiful  island after escaping from the Holly Land. You can also take an optional tour to Lindos, at the other end of the island to visit the medieval castle built on ruins of ancient temples overlooking a green bay of crystal-clear waters.. (B)

Day 10 Sat: Rhodes-Santorini
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Santorini, the mythical island, the lost Atlantis.  Transfer to your hotel, free afternoon on this white washed island of spectacular sunsets an bustling nightlife, overnight. (B)

Day 11 Sun: Santorini 
A free day to visit one of the many typical white-washed villages of Santorini perched on top of  the volcano; or you can enjoy the day on the beach.  (B)

Santorini Mykonos tour

Day 12 Mon: Santorini - Mykonos
Transfer to the pier for a hydrofoil or ferry ride to Mykonos the tiny fairytale island of zigzag  white-washed houses and glittering azure sky. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Evening free to enjoy the nightlife on the island. (B)

Day 13 Tue: Mykonos
Day at leisure to absorb the ambiance of this Cycladic island. Get lost in the maze-like winding alleys, white-washed streets, Cycladic churches and wind mills or explore the many small beaches around the island. (B)

Day 14 Wed : Mykonos - Athens
Morning is free. In the afternoon board a flight to Athens. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Free time to visit the quaint Plaka, Athens's oldest district built on ancient ruins with many popular little taverns, restaurants and gift shops. Optional: dinner with folklore dancing (B)

Day 15 Thu: Athens 
Tour of Athens including the famous Acropolis with breathtaking views around the city. We will first see the Parthenon followed by a visit to the Acropolis Museum. Afternoon free for shopping around Plaka, the oldest district of Athens where houses are built on ancient ruins. . (B)

Day 16. Fri: Athens  Transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. Optional extensions available. Take a look at the tour of mainland Greece with famous sites like Olympia, Meteora, Epidaurus, Delphi and other.

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*Euro rate varies depending on exchange rates
 

2015 - PRICES Per person in US$

2015  Departure Dates
 
per person in double single supplement per person in triple 

Apr 9, 16, 30 and Oct 1, 8, 15, 2015

2845

1100

2795

May 7, 14, 21 and Sep 17, 24, 1, 8, 15, 22, Sep 18, 25, 2015

3145

1150

3045

May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, 2015

3295

1200

3245

Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Aug 6, 13, 2015

3545

1300

3495

Aug 20, 27, Sep 3, 10, 2015

3445

1250

3395

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation in First Class or Superior First Class hotels (see below hotel list)
  • Meals as per itinerary (B,D,L)
  • English speaking tour guides throughout the land tours in Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned coach transportation
  • Luggage handling, arrival and departure transfers only on arrival and departure days
  • Hydrofoil tickets from Santorini to Mykonos and from Mykonos to Piraeus
    Athens City tour
  • Local taxes and service charges 
    NOTE: Greece portion is locally hosted, not escorted

Not included:

  • Personal expenses, optional tours, customary tips to guide and drivers
  • Hydrofoil (Marmaris to Rhodes): approximately $ 90 plus Greek tax (payable in Greece)
  • Flight (Rhodes to Santorini via Athens) : approximately : $ 330 including airport tax 
  • All air prices are subject to change

 

Hotels Used in 2015 (or similar):

City  4-5 star Hotels 
Istanbul  Radisson Blu Sisli Hotel (DLX)
Canakkale Kolin
Kusadasi Charisma (DLX)
Pamukkale Thermal Collesea (SFC)
Marmaris Hotel Anemon (FC)
Rhodes Hotel Mediterraen
Santorini El Greco
Mykonos  Petasos Beach
Athens Electra 

 

Extensions are available on request!