Istanbul to Athens - 14 days

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From Istanbul - the great capital of the Ottoman Empire, to Athens - the ancient capital of Greece in 14 magical days. Discover archaeological treasures and natural wonders and discover the jewels of the Greek Islands; Rhodes, Santorini and Mykonos

Please Note: This tour is semi independent in style from days 7 - 14, ie from day 7 you will not be escorted by a tour guide.
Day 1: Istanbul
Saturday. Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight - Istanbul
Day 2: The Old City
Istanbul. Enjoy a tour of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. We’ll visit the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian and Topkapi Palace. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
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ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli
Day 3: Gallipoli
Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years. Overnight - Canakkale (B, D)
Gallipoli - Kusadasi. Step back in time as we visit the legendary Roman ruins of Troy and Pergamum. We enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of Troy dating back to 3000BC! En route to Kusadasi, we explore the ruins of Pergamum with it’s impressive temples,library and medical facilities, before visiting a local carpet emporium - Turkey produces some of the finest carpets in the world! Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
Today we explore ancient Ephesus. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts incredible excavated ruins including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel! Overnight - Kusadasi (B, D)
People relaxing in the sun at the white limestone terraces of Pammukale
Kusadasi – Pammukale - Marmaris. Meandering through the sweeping plains and cotton farms we arrive at the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and the hot springs of Pamakkule. Admire this surreal landscape created by frequent earthquakes. Marvel at the crystalline marble, quartzites and stalagtites, which shimmer in the sunlight. There will be time to paddle our feet as we walk the terraces or opt for a dip in the thermal baths before visiting a leather fashion house. Overnight - Marmaris (B, D)
A typical Turkish gulet in the beautiful waters of Fethiye
Day 7: Rhodes
After breakfast transfer to Marmaris for a ferry to the Greek island of Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese group. Spend the rest of the day at leisure; perhaps visit Rhodes City and see the walls of a very well preserved Venetian castle; built by the Knights of Saint John, it is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture. Overnight - Rhodes. Hotel: Mediterranean Rhodes (B)
Sunset view on the picturesque Island of Santorini, Greece
Days 8 - 9: Stunning Santorini
Rhodes - Santorini. Transfer to the airport for a flight (via Athens) to Santorini. Spend the next two days at leisure on this beautiful island. Santorini is located in the Cyclades island group, in the Aegean Sea. This dramatically striking volcanic island is the only inhabited Caldera (volcano cauldron) in the world, with towns and villages perched on top of the massive cliffs of the caldera and beautiful black and red beaches. Santorini is renowned for its spectacular sunsets and gorgeous villages with traditional white and blue architecture. Be sure to visit Fira and Oia, Santorini’s most famous villages, which are perched on the edge of the caldera, offering amazing views over the Aegean and the volcano. Overnight - Santorini (2) Hotel: El Greco (B:2)
Days 10 - 11: Cosmopolitan Mykonos
Santorini - Mykonos. On day 10 you'll be transferred to the pier to catch the ferry Mykonos. Included transfer to your hotel and spend the next two days at leisure. Mykonos island is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and exciting nightlife. The picturesque Cycladic capital is full of whitewashed houses and blue domed churches and the island boasts magnificent sandy beaches. Overnight - Mykonos (2) Hotel: Pelican Bay or Kosmoplaz (B:2)
Day 12: Ancient Athens
Mykonos - Athens. Today take the ferry to Athens, transfer and hotel check in. Athens is the capital of Greece and took its name from the ancient goddess Athena and is thought to have at least a 3000 year old recorded history which makes it one of the oldest cities in Europe. Overnight - Athens. Hotel: Athenian Callirhoe (B)
Ancient ruins looking out across Athens
Day 13: The Acropolis
Athens. You’re free to independently explore the ancient capital today. Visit the legendary Acropolis and discover the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and of course the spectacular and iconic Parthenon. Other sights of interest include Constitution Square, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. You can also see Evzones (ceremonial guards) in their distinctive uniforms at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Palace. Overnight - Athens (B)
Day 14: Athens
Friday - Athens. After breakfast, included transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Athens
  • Departs: Saturdays
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:13, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 4
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star and special class
  • Tour Guide: Yes for days 1-6 only.
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