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Glories of Greece and Turkey

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  • Istanbul
  • 16 Days
  • $2,939
  • Istanbul, Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Izmir, Marmaris, Canakkale, Bodrum
Day Route
1 Istanbul - Arrival
2 Istanbul
3 Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
4 Troy - Pergamum - Izmir
5 Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House - Izmir
6 Izmir – Bodrum
7 Bodrum – Marmaris
8 Marmaris - Rhodes
9 Rhodes
10 Rhodes - Santorini
11 Santorini
12 Santorini - Mykonos
13 Mykonos
14 Mykonos - Athens
15 Athens
16 Athens - Return

Experience the ancient glories of these extraordinary empires with an island-hopping journey through their rich history and culture. You’ll get a chance to explore some of the most historically relevant cities in the world, wander through the ancient ruins of Ephesus, and enjoy the sun-soaked beaches and nightlife of nearby islands. In between your cultural adventures, visit one of the best underwater museums in the world, learn how to create traditional rugs, and enjoy dinners featuring belly- and folk-dancing entertainment.

MULTI COUNTRY VACATION - Departs Wednesdays - 16 days/15 nights combo package of Turkey escorted tour visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Izmir, Bodrum 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
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Domestic flights (air & land only)

Excludes

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

Day

1

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.)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: W Istanbul or similar hotels

Day

2

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: W Istanbul or similar hotels

Day

3

Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale

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

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

Day

4

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Day

5

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Day

6

Izmir – Bodrum

After breakfast, drive to Bodrum to visit the castle of St. Peter and the reowned Underground Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. (B,D)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Doria Hotel or similar hotels

Day

7

Bodrum – Marmaris

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

Day

8

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Mediterranean Hotel or similar hotels

Day

9

Rhodes

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

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Mediterranean Hotel or similar hotels

Day

10

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: El Greco or similar hotels

Day

11

Santorini

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

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: El Greco or similar hotels

Day

12

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Petasos Beach or similar hotels

Day

13

Mykonos

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

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Petasos Beach or similar hotels

Day

14

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Electra Palace or similar hotels

Day

15

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)

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Electra Palace or similar hotels

Day

16

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)

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