Greece and Turkey are both fascinating countries and should be a definite on any travellers bucket list. This itinerary takes you from vibrant Istanbul (mosques, markets and historic buildings) through to Athens (Acropolis and lively Plaka district) covering many other historical areas along the way. Visit Cappadocia, Ephesus & Pamukkale then some free time for relaxing on the magical islands of Mykonos & Santorini.
This combination package can be easily customized based on your travel dates and requirements.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival to Istanbul:
Meet on arrival to Istanbul Airport and transfer on to the hotel. Remainder of the day/evening is then free for you to relax or begin to explore your surroundings. Overnight in Istanbul
meals: none

DAY 02 - Sultanahmet Sightseeing Tour:
After breakfast meet in hotel lobby to begin exploring some of the most amazing sights that the historical area has to offer. Guided tour includes the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). Evening free at leisure to stroll around and enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included.

DAY 03 - Bosphorous Cruise, flight to Cappadocia:
This morning enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores. The guided tour also includes a visit to the famous Spice Bazaar & Rustempasha Mosque. Then some free time at leisure until transfer to airport for departure on domestic flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 - Cappadocia Tour with Goreme:
*Optional: very early morning 1 hour hot air balloon ride, amazing views over the valleys
Today emmerse yourself in the beautiful natural setting of Cappadocia. During this full day tour explore Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi) where you find the world famous fairy chimneys; break for lunch in Avanos, a village famous for its pottery; then visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries where carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. Also view Uchisar Natural rock castle. Overnight in Cappadocia.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 05 - Cappadocia Valleys & Underground City:
After breakfast join on another full day tour this time starting with a 4km (medium grade) hike in Red Valley exploring rock-cut churches and colorful fairy chimneys along the way. Visit Cavusin (old Greek village) then time for lunch before heading on to delve down into Kaymakli Underground City. The day also includes panoramic views at Pigeon Valley with its famous dove cotes & Ortahisar. Then a little free time until transfer to bus station for departure on overnight intercity bus to Pamukkale.
meals: breakfast & lunch included
***If you do not wish to travel by overnight bus we can instead arrange by flight, please advise preference
***If you would prefer to visit Derinkuyu Underground City & hike in Ihlara Valley please advise preference

DAY 06 - Pamukkale & Hierapolis ruins:
Arrival early morning (if by overnight bus) to Pamukkale and meet for transfer to a small hotel where a day room is provided for you to have a shower and breakfast. Then meet up with tour visiting the natural formation of the travertens (cotton cliffs/cotton castle) in Pamukkale along with the ruins of Hierapolis. End of day with arrival to hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 07 - Ephesus Sightseeing Tour:
Last but definately not least, depart on full day tour visiting the Ancient City of Ephesus. Here you have the chance to walk down marble streets, view the magnificent Celsius Library and the Grand Theatre, just a few of the many buildings and fountains that can be found in this open air museum. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary & remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 08 - Kusadasi/Izmir to Mykonos:
Breakfast, check-out and as per schedules transfer to Izmir Airport for flight from Izmir, via Athens, to Mykonos. Arrive and meet for transfer to hotel with remainder of day and evening free at leisure to begin exploring this famous island. Overnight in Mykonos.
**Depending on your travel dates there might also be the option of using ferry combination Kusadasi-Samos & Samos-Mykonos. However the ferry between Samos & Mykonos does not operate on a daily basis and sometimes is only available mid-June to mid-September. Therefore 90% of the time we need to use the flight route as noted above. Let us know your preference when completing the enquiry form and we will advise accordingly.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 09 - Mykonos at leisure:
Breakfast at hotel and a full day free at leisure for you to explore Mykonos Town and other areas of the island. Dont forget about the famous nightlife which is on offer. Overnight in Mykonos.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 10 - Mykonos to Santorini:
Breakfast, check-out and as per selected time transfer to port for departure on seajet ferry to Santorini (ferry takes around 3hours). Arrive and meet for transfer to hotel with remainder of the day & evening free at leisure. Overnight in Santorini.
*Ferry between Mykonos & Santorini does not operate in winter season (November to March). So during winter season we give you the option to either exclude Mykonos or travel between these two islands using flight via Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 11 - Santorini at leisure:
Today is free at leisure for you to explore this magical island - during the day you can relax on one of its many beaches, visit a few of its picturesque villages, stroll the scenic route from Fira to Oia. There are optional excursions available, on request. End the day watching the romantic sunset over the caldera either from your hotel or during dinner at a local taverna/restaurant. Overnight in Santorini.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 12 - Santorini to Athens:
Breakfast, check-out and as per selected time transfer to port for departure on ferry to Athens (ferry takes between 5hrs to 9hrs depending on vessel - if you prefer 1hr domestic flights are also available). Arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 13 - Athens City Tour with Acropolis:
Breakfast at hotel then join on one of the following regular group excursions (you get to choose):
a) 5hr Coach tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & panoramic drive through city center
b) 3hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis & stroll through the city centre
c) 5hr Walking tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & stroll through city centre
d) 3hr Athens Food walking tour: visiting specialty food shops with tastings & Varvakeios market
*Other alternatives available, like wine tasting etc, advise your preference in the enquiry form
Afternoon and evening free at leisure for you to further explore on your own. Overnight in Athens.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 14 - Departure from Athens:
Breakfast, check-out and as per your international flight departure time transfer to Athens Airport.

A Customer Review

Hello, this is Brandon, we have arrived home now, and I wanted to let you know that everything was fantastic. The hotels, the tours and everything were well above what I expected. I would like to thank you very much for making this the trip of a lifetime!!! Thanks once again Aydin, and if I ever hear of anyone traveling to Turkey or Greece I will most definatly give them your contact information. Have a great day!!!


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What's included?

  • Hotel accomodation in category of your choice
  • Breakfasts at hotels throughout (dinners optional)
  • Guided day tours, regular group (private on request)
  • Guiding in English, main entrances, tour transport
  • Lunches during full day tours in Turkey, drinks extra
  • Flight/ferry tickets from Istanbul through to Athens
  • Arrival & departure transfers throughout
  • Taxes and handling services


  • Available in reverse order, start Athens end Istanbul
  • Very flexible, can be customized to suit preferences
  • Available on daily basis, year round
  • Suitable for individuals and groups
  • Please note that this is not a set departure tour with the same persons all travelling together from start to end. What we do is arrange all accommodation & transport per your travel dates and then combine this with the noted sightseeing day tours in each area. This gives you the flexibility to tailor the itinerary to better suit your dates & "wish list".
  • Optional extra excursions are also available in Mykonos & Santorini, on request
  • Cappadocia offers many adventure style excursions such as horse riding, hot air balloon rides, atv safaris, bicycle safaris, canoeing & hiking. If you are interested in any of these please note which when completing "get quote" form.

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