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Glories of Greece and Turkey

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
16 Days
Price from
$2,939
Route
Istanbul, Bodrum
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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

Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul - Arrival

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: W Istanbul or similar hotels

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

2

Istanbul

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: W Istanbul or similar hotels

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

3

Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

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

Day

4

Troy - Pergamum - Izmir

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

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

5

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House - Izmir

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

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

6

Izmir – Bodrum

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Doria Hotel or similar hotels

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)

Day

7

Bodrum – Marmaris

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Elite World Hotel Marmaris or similar hotels

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

Day

8

Marmaris - Rhodes

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Mediterranean Hotel or similar hotels

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

9

Rhodes

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Mediterranean Hotel or similar hotels

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

Day

10

Rhodes - Santorini

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: El Greco or similar hotels

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

11

Santorini

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: El Greco or similar hotels

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

Day

12

Santorini - Mykonos

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Petasos Beach or similar hotels

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

13

Mykonos

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Petasos Beach or similar hotels

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

Day

14

Mykonos - Athens

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Electra Palace or similar hotels

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

15

Athens

Deluxe and Boutique Hotels: Electra Palace or similar hotels

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

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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Total price (per person)
$2,939

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