Turkey just may be the ultimate holiday destination. In one thrilling, sun-kissed package tourists can discover perfect beaches, ancient ruins, epic religious sites, wonderful food, glorious scenery, and a warm welcome from the famously friendly local people. Turkey includes tremendous variety in its vast borders: the west and east coast beach resorts offer pristine beaches and gorgeous turquoise-coloured waters, while to the west of the land are the rugged mountains of the Anatolian plateau, with its ancient cities and vibrant tribal cultures. Turkey’s variety is best experienced in the glorious city of Istanbul, straddling two continents across the Bosphorous, and with Ottoman mosques and palaces, Roman ruins and glorious Byzantine churches interspersed with cutting edge nightlife, retail stores and modern developments.read more/less
It’s easy to get seduced by the picture perfect resorts of Oludeniz, Bodrum and Marmaris, but Turkey has plenty of other world-class attractions. Top draws include Cappadocia’s famed rock-hewn houses and churches, set amid a lunar-esque landscape; Gallipoli, a emotionally moving WWI site; the astounding ancient cities of Ephesus and Pergammon; and the thermal waters of Pamukkale. Turkey offers a curious and exciting mix of ancient and modern; east and west; secular and pious, and visitors seldom find one trip enough.
CONSTANTINOPLE TO HELLAS
Inbound Airport Transfer – Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
Outbound Airport Transfer – Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH)
2 nights in Istanbul, 1 night in Canakkale, 2 nights in Kusadasi, 2 nights in Mykonos, 2 nights in Santorini & 2 nights in Athens
Professional English-speaking tour guide in Turkey
Professional English-speaking tour guide for Athens city tour
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle in Turkey
Transportation by ferry within the Greek islands
Transfers between ports and hotels
Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
Entrance fees in Turkey
Tips except driver, guide and transfer staff
11 nights – accommodation
11 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
Suggested optional activities
Tips for driver and guide
Starts every Saturday in Istanbul
|07 JUN – 05 JULY 19||R37 101|
|06 JUL – 23 AUG 19||R40 800|
|24 AUG – 15 SEP 19||R37 101|
DAY 01: Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours free to explore.
DAY 02: Istanbul Old City
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional ‘Half day Bosphorous cruise’.
DAY 03: Gallipoli Battlefields
One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels and the Nek.
DAY 04: Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum
This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
DAY 05: Ephesus, Kusadasi
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
DAY 06: – Kusadasi, Samos
Leaving Turkey, we take a ferry to Samos and depending on ferry schedules; we may head straight for Mykonos or spend a day exploring lush-green Samos.
DAY 07: Mykonos
ee day today. Spend the day on the beach, stroll around the town or take a trip to one of the small villages or take an optional day trip to the neighbouring island of Delos. This Mecca of Ancient Greece is today an island wide, open-air museum.
DAY 08: Mykonos to Santorini
Revitalize with an early morning swim and wander the charming white-washed narrow alleyways of Mykonos Town before an afternoon ferry to Santorini.
DAY 09: Santorini optional boat trip
Take an optional boat trip in the world’s biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Visit the active volcano, swim in the warm thermal waters and take a therapeutic mud bath.
DAY 10: Santorini to Athens
Soak up the sun on the black sand beaches before we board an afternoon ferry to the mainland.
DAY 11: Athens Old City
This morning you will have half day tour and visit Acropolis, stop at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrians Arch. At the Acropolis visit the museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon.
DAY 12: Athens
After breakfast, we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport.