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Istanbul to Athens

14 days  |  Istanbul to Athens  |  from USD $4,299  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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

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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

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

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  |  Breakfast

Day 3

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast x 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  |  Breakfast x 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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast

Day 14
Athens

Friday - Athens. After breakfast, included transfer to Athens Airport for your onward journey.
Breakfast

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Crowne Plaza Harbiye, Istanbul
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Opened in 2011, Crowne Plaza Harbiye is housed in a brand new building close to downtown. Guest rooms are well equipped with state of the art design including a rain shower and high speed internet. The hotel includes 2 restaurants including the Palm Court Restaurant that serves delicious Mediterranean dishes. Facilities at the hotel include a fully equipped Spa and a Turkish Hamman for the ultimate Turkish experience! Well located in Taksim, close to the Military Museum.

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Looking out across the Dardanelles the modern and bright Kolin Hotel offers well appointed rooms with hard wood flooring and tasteful decor. The hotel also boasts a luxury spa, wellness centre and a number of mouth watering restaurants all set within perfectly manicured lawns. Sipping a sundowner on the Roof Bar overlooking the beautiful strait is the perfect way to end the day. The hotel is located on the water’s edge a short drive from the town centre with beautiful views out to sea.

Grand Belish, Kusadasi
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Sitting along the magnificent Aegean Coast, the Grand Belish is impressively designed hotel. Offering guests a fantastic service and rooms with quality amenities and a private balcony overlooking the grounds. The delightful outdoor pool is great for lazing by during the day and at night a trip to the Terrace Bistro Bar for a delicious cocktail whilst looking out across the magnificent sea views is a must. Located just outside Kusadasi on a gorgeous stretch of beach along the Aegean Coast.

Anemon Hotel, Marmaris
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone’s throw from the beach, the Anemon Hotel welcomes guests in its grand marble lobby. Rooms are comfortable with modern amenities and excellent en suite facilities. The buffet breakfast is plentiful and the Sensus Wine and Cheese Boutique is well worth a visit. Starting the day with a traditional Turkish Bath is our top tip! Well located just two blocks from the beach on the main boulevard.

Trip Highlights

Istanbul - old city, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace
Troy - Trojan horse, ancient ruins and Aegean coast
Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
Marmaris - on the Aegean Coast. Opt to extned with a beach stay or travel over to Greece!
Santorini - beautiful volcanic island in the Cyclades
Athens - capital of Greece, Constitution Square, Houses of Parliament, Memorials, National Library, The Acropolis - the Propylaea, Temple of Apteros Nike and the Parthenon.
Gallipoli Peninsular - ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, trenches and battlefields
Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
Carpet weaving demonstration and leather manufacturer
Rhodes - the largest of the Dodecanese Islands
Mykonos - a picturesque Cyclades Island

Included

13 breakfasts and 4 hotel dinners
Airport arrival and departure transfer.
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide (days 1- 6)
Rhodes to Santorini - one way economy flight
Please Note: This tour is semi independent from days 7 - 14, you will not be escorted by a tour guide.
13 nights 4 star & special class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus, Pergamum, Pamukkale and Roman Hierapolis
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles (days 1 - 6)
Marmaris to Rhodes & Santorini- Athens ferry tickets.

Not Included

International flights and visas.
Items of a personal nature.
Tipping Kitty: USD$40 (Turkey Only)
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance Fees: $75-85 USD

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

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Tour Details
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Athens
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide (in Turkey)
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Dinner: 4
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Princes Islands
USD $179 / 1 day

Our guide, Erkan, was excellent. He took time to explain things to our group to help maximise our experience & knowledge. His management skills of the group were first class. He is a valuable employee. Our coach driver Omar, acted very professional & handled his coach safely & skilfully.

Paul Bendy
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.