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Best of Turkey and Greece Tour 15D/14N

This 15 day tour, starts from Istanbul, Turkey, and ends at Athens, Greece.

Highlights include:

  • – Istanbul Old City (UNESCO Heritage site)
  • – St. Sophia Museum
  • – Topkapi Palace
  • – Blue Mosque
  • – Hippodrome
  • – Mycenae (UNESCO Heritage site)
  • – Cappadocia
  • – Kaymakli Underground City
  • – Göreme (UNESCO Heritage site)
  • – Göreme Open Air Museum
  • – Pamukkale Calcium Travertines (UNESCO Heritage site)
  • – Hierapolis
  • – Ephesus (UNESCO Heritage site)
  • – Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • – Olympia (UNESCO Heritage site)
  • – Acropolis
  • – Hadrian’s Arch
  • – Parthenon
  • – Propylaea
  • – Temple of Athena Nike
  • – Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • – Corinth Canal
  • – Kalambaka (Hilltop Monasteries)

Tour Highlights

  • Istanbul – Old City – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul – St. Sophia Museum
  • Istanbul – Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul – Topkapi Palace / Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
  • Istanbul – Hippodrome
  • Ankara – Atatürk’s Mausoleum
  • Göreme – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Göreme – Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia – Kaymakli – Underground City
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
  • Konya – Mevlana Museum
  • Konya – Alaeddin Mosque
  • Pamukkale – Calcium Travertines – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Tour
  • Laodicea – Ancient Site
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Ephesus – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Athens – City Tour
  • Athens – Parthenon
  • Athens – Acropolis – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Athens – Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Athens – Hadrian’s Arch
  • Athens – Propylaea
  • Athens – Temple of Athena Nike
  • Corinth Canal
  • Mycenae – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Nafplion
  • Nafplion – Palamidi Fortress
  • Olympia Archeological Site – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Olympia – Temple of Zeus
  • Olympia Archeological Museum
  • Rio-Antirio Bridge
  • Delphi – Archaeological Site – UNESCO Heritage site
  • Delphi – Treasury of Athens
  • Delphi – Temple of Apollo
  • Delphi – Archeological Museum
  • Kalambaka – Greek Village
  • Meteora – Hilltop Monasteries – UNESCO Heritage site
Price from

$3,875.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • - Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • - Tips except Driver and Guide
  • - Entrance fees in Turkey

Departures:

Every 2nd Friday, March - October

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Istanbul!

You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.

Day 2

After breakfast, cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 1 hour Bosphorus cruise by public ferry where your guide will explain the historical sites along the way.

This afternoon there is a flight to Cappadocia, upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free time to explore.

Day 3

After breakfast we drive towards the nation’s capital, Ankara to visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Ataturk before continuing on to the surreal landscape of Cappadocia.

Day 4

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready!

Tonight, don’t miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers… a night you won’t forget!

Day 5

Leaving Cappadocia we head south, towards Konya, along the ancient Silk Road, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, just as the ancient traders did.

Once in Konya we tour the Mevlana Museum, the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi and Alaeddin Mosque.

Day 6

Today we head for Pamukkale and it’s calcium travertines.

Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale.

Day 7

Today, we will explore Laodicea ancient city which was the chief city of the Lycus River Valley region.

The full name of the city was Laodicea ad Lyceum (Laodicea on the Lycus). The city was originally known as Diospolis (“the City of Zeus”). The Greek deity considered to be the greatest of the Olympian gods.

This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods.

Day 8

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre.

Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value.

After the Ephesus tour, you will drive to Izmir Airport for a flight to Athens.

On arrival in Athens, our transfer will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel.

Day 9

Today you are free to explore Athens at your own pace.

Day 10

Athens city tour starts from the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896.

Continue and pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).

On the Acropolis visit, the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon.

Day 11

You depart early in the morning and cross the Corinth Canal.

Next stop will be a visit at the famous Mycenae, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the home of Mythical Agamemnon, the Cyclopean walls, the Lions gate and the royal tombs.

Depart for Nafplion, the first capital of Greece in Argolis, the picturesque town nestling at the foot of a cliff crowned by the mighty ramparts of the Palamidi Fortress.

Day 12

Early departure for Olympia, the birth place of the Olympic Games.

Visit the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium and the Archaeological Museum, with the impressive statue of Hermes of Praxiteles.

In the afternoon the journey continues to the north, over the Rio-Antirio Bridge, and to Delphi.

Day 13

Visit at Delphi, a place that was once characterized as the centre of the ancient world.

You can see the well preserved remains of Temple Apollo, the Castalian Spring and Temple of Athena, the Oracle of Delphi.

Afterwards, you will proceed to the small picturesque city of Kalambaka, passing through beautiful villages and cities of Central Greece, all built according to the traditional local architecture.

Day 14

After breakfast we will visit Meteora.

Meteora has unique rock formations, rising high, stand ageless Christian Monasteries among striking scenery, perched on top of huge rocks which seem to be suspended in mid-air.

It is truly fascinating to visit the interior part of them, but also enjoy the amazing views.

Return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae with a short stop to see across the road Leonida’s Monument.

Arrival in Athens early in the evening.

Day 15

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.