HIGHLIGHTS OF GREECE & TURKEY
11 Day Tour from Athens to Istanbul
- Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
- Visits to Kalambaka,Meteora ,Thessalonika, Kavala, Alexandroupolis, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Yalova
- Thessaly plains, Macedonian plains, Trikaei plains, Sea of Marmara
- Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, Philippi, Troy, Istanbul
Greece and Turkey are fascinating countries with a long history and many fascinating traditions. This vacation features the major sites, starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafés and archaeological findings. Discover Meteora with its extraordinary monasteries built atop rock formations; ancient Delphi, sight of the Delphic Oracle; and the archaeological site of Vergina, which includes the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Stop in Kalambaka, Thessalonika, and Alexandroupolis, and visit the site of the Battle of Gallipoli before crossing the Dardanelles between Greece and Turkey. Take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Yalova, famous for its thermal hot springs. Then, ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul—a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame.
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Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST).
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the PARTHENON’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The rest of the day is at leisure, so maybe join one of our optional excursions. (B) ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST).
On the way to Delphi your Tour Director will tell you about Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC, and Thebes, setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear about the Oracle, and tour the excavations. Also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. (B) ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST).
Today, drive north by way of Lamia and Trikala to the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit one of the MONASTERIES and take in the incredible panoramic view. (B,D) DELPHI Apollonia (F).
Head north today via Veria for a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Vergina. In the museum, see some of the most impressive exhibits from the Macedonian period—colorful wall paintings and mosaics; the war shield and armor of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great; and the famous golden larnax and golden grave crown found in his sarcophagus. Later, drive to Thessaloniki and enjoy an orientation drive and a stop at SAINT DEMETRIOS CHURCH and CATACOMBS. (B) KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST).
This morning, travel through the Macedonian plains and stop in Kavala, which was under Turkish rule between 1380 and 1913 and has retained its Oriental atmosphere. Next, stop in Philippi, where included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to this ancient city. Later, reach Alexandroupolis, situated in northeastern Greece and home to beautiful landscapes and antiquities dating from the Paleolithic era to the time of the Roman conquests. (B,D) THESSALONIKA Egnatia (ST).
Drive to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the ANZAC CEMETERY and the site of the BATTLE OF GALLIPOLI, one of the most famous battles in World War I. Later, enjoy a short FERRY crossing to Asia Minor and overnight in Canakkale. (B,D) ALEXANDROUPOLIS Astir Egnatia (F).
Take advantage of the included excursion to the ruins of legendary TROY with its 4,000 years of history. Join your Local Guide and take a walk back in time through one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—a city immortalized throughout Greek mythology and in Homer’s epic Iliad as setting of the Trojan War. This afternoon, travel back to Canakkale, with time to explore on your own. (B,D) CANAKKALE Ida Kale (F) or Iris (F).
This morning, drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara, stopping in Yalova, home to thermal hot springs and an Ottoman Turkish-style mansion that was built for and used by Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey. Then, FERRY across the Bay of Izmit to vibrant Istanbul, the cultural, economic, and historical heart of the country, where an optional dinner outing is available tonight. (B) CANAKKALE Ida Kale (F) or Iris (F).
Markets, peddlers, and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, black coffee, and more—you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible! Included sightseeing with your Local Guide takes you to the ROMAN HIPPODROME and the BLUE MOSQUE. The view of the city at dusk, with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus, is unforgettable. Why not join an optional Historical Tour of Istanbul? (B) ISTANBUL Hilton Garden Inn Golden Horn (F).
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B) ISTANBUL Hilton Garden Inn Golden Horn (F).
Prices are calculated per person as following:
- Adult Price: USD 1759 per person
- Child Price: USD 1584 per person
Single room supplement: $350
No triple room reduction.
Athens Arrival Transfer Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport:
$25.00 per person
Istanbul Departure Transfer Istanbul, Turkey - Atatürk International Airport:
$25.00 per person
Based on the same arrival & departure date.
prices may vary in case of extra nights.
please call for the exact pricinig.
Cash,Credit cards and Bank transfers.
You may confirm this reservation with a $750.00 non-refundable deposit.
Following items are included in the price and you will not charge for them:
- Buffet breakfasts; 4 dinners
Price Does Not Include:
Following items are not included in the price and you may have to pay it:
- Visas and vaccinations.
- Laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant)
- Additional excursions and activities not listed as 'included' in the itinerary.
- Travel Protection premiums
- Transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships' crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; porterage at airports or train stations.
- The price listed does not include your airfare.
Please read the policies carefully. This section contains important information.
* MEALS: Buffet breakfasts; 4 dinners
* VALID FOR: Minimum 2 person travelling together.
* AIRPORT TRANSFER TIMES & FLIGHT WINDOWS: Athens Arrival Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport - 24 hours daily
SET TRANSFER AT 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 7:00pm
Istanbul Departure Istanbul, Turkey - Atatürk International Airport - 24 hours daily
* CHILD POLICIES: Children ages between 0 to 7 are not allowed in this vacation.
* : Children ages 8 to 17 on the date of departure are welcomed if accompanied by an adult.
* STANDARD CANCELLATION FEES FOR ESCORTED AND INDEPENDENT VACATIONS: 45-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20%
21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30%
7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50%
On departure day and later: 100%
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