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Best of Greece and Turkey

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
11 Days
Price from
Route
Istanbul, Heraklion

MULTI COUNTRY VACATION - Departs Wednesdays - 11 days/10 nights combo package of Turkey escorted tour (guaranteed departures English only coach tour) visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and Kusadasi; a 3-night Greek Islands Cruise; and a 2-nights Athens stay.

Includes

  • Hotel room accommodation at suggested hotels or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing: per itinerary
  • Travel funds escrow protection program

Excludes

  • Shore excursions as per itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours

Itinerary

Day

1

USA - Istanbul

(WED) Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul - Arrival

Superior First: Radisson Blu Hotel Sisli or similar hotels

(THU) You are greeted upon arrival and escorted to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure before a welcome briefing by your tour director. (Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.)

Day

3

Istanbul

Superior First: Radisson Blu Hotel Sisli or similar hotels

(FRI) Enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Consider an optional dinner with belly-dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

4

Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale

Superior First: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

(SAT) En route to Gallipoli, visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair. Cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale. (B,D)

Day

5

Troy - Pergamum - Izmir

Superior First: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

(SUN) Visit Troy’s legendary walls this morning before you continue your tripto Pergamum for a visit to the ancient medical center of Asklepion. Enjoy lunch with the locals at a traditional village. Arrive in Izmir in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day

6

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House - Izmir

Superior First: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

(MON) Today tour the ruins of Ephesus and explore the 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see the Virgin Mary's cottage. Continue to a regional rug production center to have firsthand experience of this unique art form. In the evening consider having an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

Day

7

Izmir - Kusadasi - Patmos (Cruise)

Cruise Line: Celestyal Cruises 4-night or similar cruises

(TUE) You will be transferred to the Kusadasi pier to embark on a 3-night Greek Island cruise. At 1:00 pm depart for Patmos. Arrive in Patmos at 4:00 pm. You will have time for an optional tour or explore this island on your own. The ship departs from Patmos at 9:00 pm for an overnight cruise to Rhodes. (B,L,D)

Day

8

Cruise - Rhodes

Cruise Line: Celestyal Cruises 4-night or similar cruises

(WED) Arrive in Rhodes, the Island of Roses, at 7:00 am. You have the option to explore the Old Town or visit idyllic Lindos. Taxis await to take swimmers to nearby crystal clear Aegean beaches. The ship departs from Rhodes at 6:00 pm for an overnight cruise to Crete. (B,L,D)

Day

9

Cruise - Heraklion (Crete) - Santorini

Cruise Line: Celestyal Cruises 4-night or similar cruises

(THU) Arrive in Heraklion, on the fabled island of Crete, at 7:00 am. You will have time to explore the town on your own or join an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos. At 11:30 am proceed to the island of Santorini. Arrive in Santorini at 4:30 pm. Explore idyllic villages or enjoy local wine at a restaurant with a magnificent caldera view (optional), before an overnight cruise to Piraeus, Athens. The ship departs from Santorini at 9:00 pm. (B,L,D)

Day

10

Athens

Superior First: Herodion or similar hotels

(FRI) Early morning (6:00 am) arrival in Lavrion to disembark the ship. You will be transferred to your Athens hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day

11

Athens

Superior First: Herodion or similar hotels

(SAT) Enjoy a morning panoramic city tour including the famed Acropolis with its breathtaking view and renowned Parthenon. The afternoon is at your leisure. Stay overnight in Athens. (B)

Day

12

Athens - Return

(SUN) Begin a 2-day Delphi or 3-day Delphi/Meteora Tour (optional) or transfer on your own to the airport. (B)

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