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Turkey Greece Encompassed
   
                                                                                                       
 

Holiday Length: 16 Days
Departures:
Thursdays from 19 Apr - 25 Oct
Start City:
Istanbul (Turkey)
End City:
Athens (Greece)
Holiday Type:
Small group tour & Island Hopping
(Min 2 - max 20)

  A fantastic holiday designed to give you the highlights of Turkey, including the Ottoman Heritage of Istanbul, the ancient wonder of Ephesus, the limestone cascades of Pamukkale and Gallipoli, all from the comfort of your coach.  Combined with the flexibility of exploring the Greek islands independently by ferry on an island hopping package, culminating in a classic stay in Athens highlighted by a majestic view of the Acropolis from your hotel
 

ITINERARY
 
                                
Day 1 - Thursday

Istanbul 

  Arrival transfer to your hotel.  Remainder of the day at leisure.
   
Day 2 - Friday
Istanbul


Start your day by visiting the stunning Topkapi Palace that once served as a Palace for the Ottoman Sultans.  continue to the magnificent St. Sophia, the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque.  Finish your day at the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world - with 61 covered streets and over 3000 shops. (B)

   
Day 3 - Saturday
Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale


After breakfast you will have a morning drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula.  Visit Anzac Cove, the Nek and Chunuk Bair, before crossing the Dardanelles to Canakkale. (B, D)
   
Day 4 - Sunday
Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Izmir


This morning visit Troy - the site of the infamous wooden horse and the Trojan War.  After lunch hosted at a traditional local village, cross the Ida Mountains to Pergamum and visit the ancient Medical Centre at Asclepion.  Continue to Izmir for your overnight stay.  (B, L, D)
   
Day 5 - Monday
Ephesus & St Mary's House - Izmir

Today visit the ancient city of Ephesus, exploring its marbled streets, amphitheatre, magnificent Celsius Library and Hadrian's Temple before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary. (B)
   
Day 6 - Tuesday
Izmir - Pamukkale & Hierapolis


Meander through the plains and cotton farms to Pamukkale.  Explore Pamukkale, the limestone cascades, visit the ancient Roman spa of Hierapolis and relax at the thermal pools at your hotel.  (B,D)
                                      
 
Day 7 - Wednesday
Pamukkale - Marmaris

Transfer south to the coastal city and port of Marmaris to begin your Island Hopping.  Afternoon at leisure. (B,D)

   
Day 8 - Thursday
Marmaris - Rhodes

Morning transfer to Marmaris port for your ferry to Rhodes to begin your Island Hopping adventure.  Arrival transfer to your hotel. (B)
   
Day 9 - Friday
Rhodes

Day at leisure to explore the old town, relax  or take an optional tour to Lindos. (B)

   
Day 10 - Saturday
Rhodes - Santorini

Fly from Rhodes to Santorini via Athens.  Arrival transfer, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure (B)
   
Day 11 - Sunday
Santorini
  Day at leisure to soak up the dramatic views of the Aegean and watch the sunset over the Caldera. (B)
   
Day 12 - Monday
Santorini - Mykonos
  Transfer to the harbour and ferry to Mykonos.  On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel (B)
                                  
 
Day 13 - Tuesday
Mykonos
  Day at leisure to explore one of the prettiest islands of the cyclades.  In the evening you have the choice of dining with locals in a taverna or a restaurant on the beach front. (B)
   
Day 14 - Wednesday
Mykonos - Athens
  Transfer to the port to take a ferry to Athens.  On arrival transfer to your hotel with free time to settle in and explore. (B)
   
Day 15 - Thursday
Athens
  Spend the day exploring Athens.  Visit the magnificent Acropolis Museum standing in the shadow of the Parthenon.  On your own, wander the narrow streets of the Plaka, sample local food at one of the many open-air local tavernas and browse traditional shops. (BO
   
Day 16 - Friday
Athens departure


Departure transfer to the airport. (B)
Note: you have the option to extend your stay on any of the islands.
   

INCLUDED 









  • Moderate First Class Turkey small group tour (Istanbul to Marmaris)
  • Superior Tourist Class hotels on the Greek Island Hopping section
  • Accommodation in hotels with private facilities
  • Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch & 4 dinners
  • Air Conditioned transportation
  • English speaking guides in Turkey
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • All transfers in istanbul, Athens and on the Islands
  • Ferries to Rhodes and between the Greek Islands
  • Flight Rhodes - Santorini
IMPORTANT
NOTES




  • The ferry from Rhodes to Santorini does not operate daily.  Schedules may change and ferries can be cancelled due to local conditions.  The alternate is a flight between Rhodes and Santorini which may incur a small supplement.  You have the option to extend your stay on any of the islands
  • Alternate tour: a 16 day First Class tour programme departs Istanbul on Thursday with an overnight in Rhodes due to ferry connections

   

 

 

 

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