Glories of Greece and Turkey


MULTI COUNTRY VACATION - Departs Wednesdays - 17 days/15 nights combo package of Turkey escorted tour visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Izmir, Pamukkale and Marmaris; and stays on the Greek islands of Rhodes, Santorini and Mykonos and in the city of Athens.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Ferry or hydrofoil tickets
  • Airport taxes
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Domestic flights (only air & land programs)

Excludes

  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

USA - Istanbul

Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul - Arrival

You will be 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

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

Day

4

Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale

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

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

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 - Pamukkale

Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, which means "Cotton Castle", describing the white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Enjoy a swim in your hotel's thermal pool. (B,D)

Day

8

Pamukkale - Marmaris

After breakfast depart for Marmaris. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B,D)

Day

9

Marmaris - Rhodes

After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier for the hydrofoil trip to Rhodes. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day

10

Rhodes

A day at leisure. Consider taking an optional tour to Lindos. (B)

Day

11

Rhodes - Santorini

You will be transferred to the airport for flights to Santorini via Athens. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in Santorini. (B)

Day

12

Santorini

Today is a free day to visit the villages of Santorini or enjoy a sun-soaked afternoon on the beach. (B)

Day

13

Santorini - Mykonos

You will be transferred to the pier for a hydrofoil ride to Mykonos. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the nightlife of Mykonos. (B)

Day

14

Mykonos

Leisurely explore the beaches of Mykonos, absorbing this Cycladic Island's ambience. (B)

Day

15

Mykonos - Athens

The morning is free. Later, you will be transferred to the airport to board an afternoon flight to Athens. Uopn arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Enjoy an optional dinner with folk dancing or visit the quaint Plaka area. (B)

Day

16

Athens

Tour Athens’ famed Acropolis with its breathtaking view and renowned Parthenon. Afternoon is at your leisure. Explore Plaka's open-air taverns and traditional shops on your own. (B)

Day

17

Athens - Return

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Your departure transfer is included only if you depart on the actual day the tour concludes. For customers departing later an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.) (B)