Grand tour of Greece and Turkey

Exploring highlights of Greece and Turkey
in 3 weeks

  • Covering;
    Athens, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora sites then Mykonos and Santorini Islands in Greece
    Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Troy, Dardanelles and Gallipoli in Turkey.
  • Go on a educational tours to explore ancient sites, learn about ancient history and Mythology.
  • Enjoy walking through the streets and
    admire whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs
    of the rim...
  • Visit Istanbul, experience local culture, dine in
     local restaurants,  visit the most important ancient sites
  • Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale then drive back to Istanbul on a scenic drive and visit Troy, Dardanelles and Gallipoli.


Daily tour program

 

- Saturday - Day 1 - Arrival in Athens

KALOS ORISATE! Welcome to Greece!

We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour, you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Athens on your own.

Overnight in Athens.

 

- Sunday - Day 2 - Athens - (B/D)

Around 8:30 AM, we will meet you at your hotel for your guided tour of Athens.

You will explore Temple of Olympian Zeus, Panathinaiko Stadium (where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896).

After that, we will drive by the Prime's Minister's residence, the Royal Palace, (guarded by colorful Evzones), Zappion (Conference and Exhibition Hall), National Garden, Hadrian's Arc, St. Paul's Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schlieman's House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral, Academy, University, National Library, Old Parliament, Constitution Square,
and the impressive Russian Orthodox Church.

 

At the ACROPOLIS, you will visit Propylaea, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion
and the Museum of the Acropolis.

In the early afternoon, we will provide a transfer to your hotel, or we can also drop you off at the

Plaka so you can wander and explore. Overnight in Athens.


- Monday - Day 3 - Athens to Olympia - (B/D)

Meet up in the morning and depart from Athens.

Our drive to Olympia will offer exciting scenery as we pass by Olympic Stadium, and the
Corinth Channel, will stop for a break and photo then we will drive onto Epidaurus.
Upon arrival we will visit the Ancient Theatre famous for its impressive acoustics.
we will continue towards the plains of Argos.

Then onto Mycenae and visit the Tomb of Famous Agamemnon.

After another short break, we will also see the ancient sites Tripolis and Megalopolis.

Upon arrival, check into your hotel, dinner will be provided at a later time.

Overnight in Olympia.

 

- Tuesday - Day 4 - Olympia to Delphi - (B/D)

After breakfast, start the day visiting the following famed archaeological sites: Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, The Altar of the Olympic Flame, The Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum.
Depart from Olympia,  drive along the coastal road towards Delphi, passing through Patras and Antirion then have a break and visit  the charming mountain village of Arachova.
Arrival in Delphi and check in the hotel.

Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Delphi.

 

- Wednesday - Day 5 - Delphi to Kalambaka - (B/D)

After breakfast, Visiting the ancient sites of Delphi and its Museum.

Depart for Kalambaka and on the way we will make a rest stop  at Lamia.
Kalambaka is a picturesque small town built at the foot of the Majestic Grey Rocks and
crowned by the Meteora Monasteries overhead.

Dinner at the hotel and overnight in the town of Kalambaka.

 

- Thursday - Day 6 - Kalambaka to Athens - (B)

After breakfast, we will start the day visiting Meteora Monasteries, spend time at
each monastery,

The Meteora meaning heavens on above and beyond, is one of the largest and most
important complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece.

Monasteries are built on sandstone, and they look amazing from each angle.

Meteora is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

After our visit we will continue on driving back to Athens, on the way will make a

rest stop and visit the Monument of Leonidas at Thermopoli,
Arrival in Athens & Overnight stay.

- Friday - Day 7 - Athens to Mykonos Island - (B)

Very early in the morning, we will meet you at your Athens hotel take you to Piraeus ferry port. Depart from Athens on a ferry ride to Mykonos Island.
Upon arrival, you will be met at the harbor and transfered to your hotel.
After check in the hotel, enjoy rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Mykonos.

 

- Saturday - Day 8 - Free day to Explore Mykonos -  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Today is free for you to explore Mykonos on your own.

Optional tour to Delos is available at your request.

Overnight in Mykonos.

 

- Sunday - Day 9 - Mykonos to Santorini -

In the morning, Depart from Mykonos on a scenic ferry ride to Santorini Island.
After arrival, you will check in at your hotel.

After check-in, you will have a free day to relax and explore on your own.

In the early evening, meet up with your English speaking driver and enjoy 2 hour introductory tour
of the Island.

Enjoy a good panoramic tour of the island from different angles and visit small some of the villages and get a good knowledge of the island from your friendly driver.

Overnight in Santorini.

 

- Monday  - Day 10 - Exploring Santorini - (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a boat trip to Volcano

11:00 am Meet up at the Athinios Harbor, depart on scenic sail to Volcano,

Upon arrival have free time to explore and hike to the top of the volcano and have glance on the active parts, lots of amazing photo opportunities of the volcano and from Volcano to the different angles of Magnificent Santorini Island.

Get back to the boat for a short sail to hot Springs (Palea Kameni ) Enjoy swimming, then onto Thirassia where you can eat,

relax or swim and visit the traditional village of Manola.

After that, sail to back to the Island and enjoy a quick stop at Armeni, then back to Athinios port.

Tour finish time will be around 17:30 pm. Enjoy rest of the day and evening at leisure

Overnight in Santorini.

- Tuesday - Day 11 - Santorini to Cappadocia -  (via Athens and Istanbul) - (B)

In the morning we will provide a transfer to Santorini Airport for your departure to Athens then on to  Istanbul. (Short lay overs in Athens and Istanbul )

HOS GELDINIZ! Welcome to Turkey! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After check in enjoy rest of the afternoon free to rest and explore Istanbul on your own.

Overnight in Cappadocia.


- Wednesday - Day 12 - Cappadocia - (B/L)

After breakfast we will take you on a guided of Cappadocia.

Today will be devoted to exploring more of Cappadocia's unforgettable sites.

Sites you'll see today:

* Goreme Open-Air Museum,  * Fairy Chimneys, * Devrent Valley  * Uchisar Castle

We'll also visit local crafts people and learn the special art of making dolls and traditional pottery.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

 

- Thursday - Day 13 - Cappadocia - (B/L)

(If you have purchased the optional hot-air ballooning tour, please note that you'll need to rise very early in the morning to go to the balloon-launch site. After the trip has concluded, we'll come back to the hotel for breakfast and have a rest before setting out in later in the morning to see the rest of the sites listed below.)

Today, we'll stroll through an amazing subterranean city where ancient Christians once hid from Arab invaders; we'll then wander through the Ihlara Gorge and spend time in a classic Anatolian village.

* Underground City of Derinkuyu - Ihlara Gorge - Traditional Anatolian villages.

After the tour we will provide a transfer to Cappadocia Airport and put you on a short domestic flight back to Istanbul.

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

- Friday - Day 14 - Cappadocia to Izmir then to Kusadasi - (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel --- Meet up with the driver and transfer to Cappadocia Airport

** Flight to Izmir **

Arrival in Izmir, Meet up with the transfer men,  transfer to Kusadasi, after check in, enjoy rest of the day at leisure.  Overnight in Kusadasi.

After the tour return to hotel, dinner & Overnight in Kusadasi.

- Saturday - Day 15 - Cappadocia to Izmir then to Kusadasi - (B/D)
Breakfast at the hotel --- Meet up at the lobby then we will continue on the guides tour of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis and the House of Virgin Mary.

About the sites you will visit ;

*Ancient city of Ephesus

*The Temple of Artemis

*The House of The Virgin Mary

After the tour return to hotel, dinner & Overnight in Kusadasi.

 

- Sunday - Day 16 - Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Kusadasi - (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale; upon arrival we will continue on the

guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Our drive will take us through a rich agricultural area,

teeming with cotton fields and fruit orchards.

Sites we will visit;

* Visit Pamukkale, White washed terraces, ancient pools and more..

* Visit the Ancient city of Hierapolis.
After the tour return to Kusadasi.
Dinner at the hotel -- Overnight stay.

- Monday - Day 17 - Kusadasi - Troy -  Canakkale - (B/D)

Breakfast at the hotel --
Depart from Kusadasi on a scenic drive along the Aegean sire up North to Canakkale

Stop and visit the ancient city of Troy on the way.
Arrival in Canakkale, check into your hotel . Overnight stay.

- Tuesday - Day 18 - Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul - (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel,  meet up with the tour and enjoy a full day tour Gallipoli.
Sites you’ll see today:

Gallipoli Peninsula, National Park and ANZAC Cove commemorative sites

Lone Pine Memorial Johnston's Jolly (Turkish and ANZAC trenches and tunnels)

Courtne'y's & Steele's Post Cemetery

The Nek and the Walker's Ridge Cemetery

Battleship Hill & Location of Mustafa Kemal's Headquarters

Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial

After the tour,  we will depart from Gallipoli and drive back to Istanbul.
Night time arrival in Istanbul, check into your hotel & Overnight stay.

Wednesday - Day 19 - Istanbul - (B/L)

After breakfast we will continue on the full day tour, including Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace.

After the tour you will return to your hotel, or enjoy the rest of the day exploring Istanbul at your own pace.  Overnight in Istanbul.

 

- Thursday - Day 20 - Istanbul - (B)

After breakfast we will continue our exploration of Istanbul, including the Spice Bazaar and a cruise on the Bosphorus, which takes you though the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Along its shores, you will enjoy many photographic opportunities: the marble palaces and antique wooden Ottoman-era villas that sit beside luxurious modern residences.

You will also see Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Ortakoy Mosque from the sea.

Overnight in Istanbul.  

- Friday - Day 21 - Departure from Istanbul - (B)

Gule, Gule! It is time to head for home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Turkey in your heart.

We truly hope that our paths will cross again.

 

Program ends

Total cost: $________________________
Contact us for price information.

 

Price includes

* All hotels (Superior class centrally located hotels)

* All land transfers in comfortable vehicles

* Flight tickets from Athens to Santorini
* Flight tickets from Santorini to Istanbul .  (via Athens)
* Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia
* Flight tickets from Cappadocia to Izmir

* All meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)

* Professional, English-speaking tour guides

* Admission to sites during the tours

* Cruise on the Bosphorus

* All taxes and service charges

 

Excludes

* International flight tickets to Athens and from Istanbul onto your next destination
* Travel insurance

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