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Istanbul to Athens - 14 days

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

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

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), paid in local currency
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance Fees: USD$75-85, paid in local currency

Itinerary

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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Troy and Kusadasi

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

Ancient Ephesus

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

Pamukkale Terraces

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

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.

This tour is semi independent in style from days 7 - 14, so from once you arrive in Rhodes until you depart from Athens you will not be escorted by a tour guide.
Overnight: Rhodes Hotel: Mediterranean Hotel, 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: Manoula's Beach  |  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: Herodion  |  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 Hotel: Herodion  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Athens

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

Prices & Dates

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.

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2017
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Person
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09 Sep - 22 Sep 20% off
USD $4,135
USD $3,308

USD $1,970
16 Sep - 29 Sep 20% off
USD $4,135
USD $3,308

USD $1,970
2018
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USD $4,135
USD $1,970
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Extra Prices

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Person
Single
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Istanbul to Athens - Early Booking Discount
USD $-180
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Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $160
USD $110

Hotels

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.

Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus (Karakoy), Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Opened in February 2016, the Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus is the latest in the Novotel range. Guest rooms have a contemporary design and the hotel also benefits from an indoor pool, onsite spa and fitness centre. The Novist restaurant serves up a delicious array of Turkish and international dishes. Set in the trendy Karakoy district of the city it's a great place to base yourself when visiting the city.

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.

Ramada Kusadasi, Kusadasi

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Perched on the coast next to the Aegean Sea, the palatial Ramada Kusadasi has no less than six outdoor pools with water slides, a stunning indoor pool and luxury spa centre. Guest rooms are spacious and well equipped all with private balconies. Guests can choose from Turkish or Italian inspired restaurants as well as a number of bars. There is also a large golf club with excellent facilities and beautiful grounds.

Bluebay Platinum Hotel, Marmaris

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Sitting right on the beach, the Bluebay Platinum Hotel offers no fewer than 4 outdoor pools. This 5 star resort includes a full service spa, expansive restaurant and Wi-Fi in public areas. Guest rooms are spacious and bright and all come with private balconies and plasma TVs. The restaurant serves both Turkish and international cuisine in a vast buffet within the modern dining hall. The staff at the hotel come highly recommended and the Blue Bay has an enviable location close to the centre of the vibrant resort town of Marmaris.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
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
Visiting
Countries
Greece, Turkey
Updated
1st March 2017

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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.

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