Overview

Greece and Turkey are both fascinating countries and should be a definite on any travellers bucket list. This itinerary takes you from vibrant Istanbul through to Athens covering historical areas along the way such as Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale & the Greek islands of Mykonos & Santorini.

• This is NOT an escorted coach tour with group of same persons travelling together from start to end.
 It is a flexible travel package for individuals ... you get to choose your own travel dates & there is also the option to customize the itinerary to suit your particular interests / where you would most like to visit in each country.

 Package Rate varies depending on number of persons travelling / exact dates of travel / category of hotel requested / any changes you might wish to make to itinerary. Package rate generally starts from 1650Euro+ per person - based on 2 persons sharing in a double-twin room when using standard 3* hotels. Do keep this average "starting from" cost in mind when making your request. Excludes international flight to Istanbul for start & from Athens at end.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival to Istanbul:
As per your international flight arrival time, meet at Istanbul Airport for transfer to hotel. Remainder of the day / evening is then free at leisure for you to relax or stroll around on your own. Overnight Istanbul
meals: none

DAY 02 - Sultanahmet Sightseeing Tour:
Meet in hotel lobby to begin a full day walking tour exploring some of the amazing sights that this 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. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included
*For the above day tour, please note the following when choosing your travel dates:
Topkapi Palace closed Tuesdays : replaced with visit to Yerebetan (Basilica) Cistern
Grand Bazaar closed Sundays : not visited when day tour falls on a Sunday
On Fridays the Blue Mosque is visited from the outside only, due to special prayer day

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 (Egyptian) Bazaar. Then transfer to airport for departure on domestic flight to Cappadocia, arrive and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 - Cappadocia Tour with Goreme:
*Optional extra: very early morning at sunrise, standard 1 hour hot air balloon ride with amazing views.
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 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:
Join on another full day tour this time starting with a 4km hike (easy to medium grade, approx 2 hours) 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 Kaymakli Underground City. The day also includes panoramic views at Pigeon Valley with its famous dove cotes. End of day tour with some free time before transfer to bus station and 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 your preference
*If you would prefer to visit Derinkuyu Underground City & hike in Ihlara Valley please advise your preference

DAY 06 - Pamukkale & Hierapolis ruins:
Arrive early morning to Pamukkale (if by overnight bus) and transfer to a small hotel where day room 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 drop off 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 to Mykonos:
Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Kusadasi Port or Izmir Airport. For the connection from Kusadasi to Mykonos we have 02 options - either by ferry (via Samos) or by flight (via Athens) - which will be used very much depends on which is available as per your chosen travel dates. Arrive to Mykonos and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Mykonos.
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 on your own. Dont forget about the famous nightlife which is on offer. Overnight in Mykonos.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 10 - Mykonos to Santorini:
As per selected ferry time, transfer to port for fast ferry to Santorini. Arrive and transfer to hotel with remainder of the day & evening free at leisure. Overnight in Santorini.
*Ferry between Mykonos & Santorini does NOT operate during 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, Relax on one of its many beaches, visit its picturesque villages, stroll the scenic route from Fira to Oia, watch the romantic sunset over the caldera and more. Overnight in Santorini.
meals: breakfast included

DAY 12 - Santorini to Athens:
As per selected ferry time, transfer to port for departure on fast ferry to Athens (1hr domestic flights also available at extra cost). 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 large group coach tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & panoramic drive through city center
b) 5hr small group walking tour: visit Acropolis, New Acropolis Museum & stroll through the city centre
c) 5hr small group walking tour: visit Acropolis, Ancient Agora & stroll through city centre
*Other alternatives available, like wine tasting food tour 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!!!

-Brandon

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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

Notes

  • Available in reverse order, start Athens end Istanbul
  • Very flexible, can be customized to suit preferences
  • Available on daily basis, year round - you get to choose your own travel dates
  • 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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