Take time to experience some of the ancient wonders of Turkey & Greece.
Immerse yourself in the heart of the Ottoman Empire in Constantinople (Istanbul).
Experience cave-dwelling firsthand and enjoy sunsets over the surreal landscape at Cappadocia.
Be mesmerised watching the Whirling Dervishes who believe that universal love can be achieved by whirling around.
Pay tribute to the Anzac spirit at Gallipoli.
Live and breathe Greek history in Athens.
Immerse yourself in the history of sport at Olympia,home of the Olympic Games.
Experience the ‘centre of the world’ at Delphi whose ruins are set amidst a magnificent natural setting on the slopes of Mt Parnassos.
Enjoy quintessential Greece with its charming white-washed villages on Santorini.
Includes some major cities and monuments in Turkey and Greece.
Utilizes air, coach & boat travel.
Perfect for those who wish to discover some highlights of Turkey & Greece.
Small Group Tours 10 to 18 passengers FULLY INCLUSIVE
Greece and Turkey - 25 Days From AUD$6880
Day 1-2 :Australia/Singapore/Istanbul Fly with Singapore Airlines to Singapore connecting with onward flight to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul on the morning of Day 2, we will be welcomed by our National Escort and transferred to our hotel for 3 nights. Rest of day at leisure
Day 3 :Istanbul After breakfast, day at leisure in the ancient city of Istanbul. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 :Istanbul Today we enjoy a full day's sightseeing in Istanbul including Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia Basilica, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Istanbul/Ankara This morning we wander through Istanbul's most colourful attraction, the 17th Century exotic and aromatic Spice Bazaar. Then we cruise the Bosphorus Strait where East meets West. This afternoon we drive to the capital city of Ankara in central Anatolia. Overnight at hotel in Ankara.
Day 6: Ankara/Cappadocia This morning we visit the Hittite artifacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations before proceeding to the Mausoleum of Ataturk. This afternoon we drive to Cappadocia where we check in to our hotel for 2 nights.
Day 7: Cappadocia The Cappadocia landscape was originally shaped by wind and water but the interiors of the spires, knobs and 'fairy chimneys' were embellished by ancient artisans. Today we visit the rockcut Byzantine chapels at Goreme, the underground city of Kaymakli, the abandoned monastic complex at Zelve and finally we enjoy views from the natural citadel at Uchisar. This evening we enjoy a performance by Whirling Dervishes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Cappadocia/Konya/Pumakkale After breakfast, we drive to the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana who founded the mystical sect of Sufism known as the Whirling Dervishes. This afternoon we continue on to Pamukkale where we stay for 1 night.
Day 9: Pamukkale/Ephesus/Kusadasi This morning we visit the ancient necropolis of Hierapolis and tour the thermal pools at Pamukkale. This afternoon we drive to the Roman ruins of Ephesus and tour the Archaeological Museum, the Great Theatre and the Library of Celsus. Overnight at hotel in Kusadasi.
Day10:Kusadasi/Bergama/Troy/ Canakkale This morning we visit St John's Basilica and continue driving to the ancient city of Bergama (Pergamum) where we tour the Acropolis and its library, the Asclepion (medical centre), the Altar of Zeus and the steepest theatre in the world. In the afternoon, we visit the famous wooden horse at Troy. Continue on to Canakkale where we stay for 1 night.
Day 11: Canakkale/Gallipoli/Istanbul This morning we drive to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Here we tour Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair and the Kabatepe War Museum. This afternoon, we return to Istanbul, crossing the Dardanelles Strait and enjoying views over the Sea of Marmara. Overnight at hotel in Istanbul.
Day 12: Istanbul/Athens After breakfast, departure transfer to board flight to Athens. On arrival in Athens, we are welcomed by our National Escort and transferred to our hotel for 2 nights.
Day 13: Athens This morning we visit some major sites in Athens including: Parliament; the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; the Olympic Stadium; the Temple of Olympian Zeus; and the Acropolis. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 14: Athens/Nafplio/Olympia This morning we drive along the Saronic Gulf to Mycenae, stopping at Corinth Canal en route. At the Citadel of Mycenae we visit the Lion Gate and the citadel walls before proceeding to the romantic town of Nafplio. This afternoon we tour the Palamidi Fortress and the ruins of neighbouring Epidaurus. We then drive to Olympia via Tripolis. Overnight at hotel in Olympia.
Day 15: Olympia/Delphi Olympia is the ancient home of the Olympic Games. This morning we explore Ancient Olympia and the Archaeological Museum. Afterwards we drive to Rion via Patra on our way to the most sacred site of ancient Greece, Delphi. Overnight at hotel in Delphi.
Day 16: Delphi/Kalambaka Delphi was considered by ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. The ruins here are found in a spectacular natural setting. This morning we visit the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Delphi Museum. This afternoon, we drive to Kalambaka, the gateway to Meteora. Check into hotel for 1 night.
Day 17: Kalambaka/Thermopylae/Athens This morning we drive to Meteora to explore the monasteries built into rock pinnacles shaped by wind and water, with exquisite examples of Byzantine art. This afternoon we continue on to Athens via Thermopylae, the site of an ancient battle led by Leonidas. Overnight at hotel in Athens.
Day 18: Athens/Santorini After breakfast, departure transfer to port to board ferry to Santorini. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Santorini This morning we visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thira that houses the archaeological finds from Akrotiri. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 20: Santorini Day at leisure to explore this volcanic island. Overnight at hotel.
Day 21: Santorini/Athens After breakfast, departure transfer to port to board ferry back to Athens. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 22: Athens Morning at leisure. This afternoon we drive along the coastal road to Cape Sounion, visiting the Temple of Poseidon and the Temple of Athena. Overnight at hotel.
Day 23: Athens After breakfast at your hotel, day at leisure. This evening we enjoy a scenic drive through the illuminated boulevards of Athens and visit Marina Zea and Mikrolimano. We return to the renowned Plaka for dinner and enjoy a show in a typical Greek taverna. Overnight at hotel.
Day 24-25: Athens/Singapore/Australia After breakfast, departure transfer to airport to board flight to Australia via Singapore. Arrive home the following evening full of wonderful memories of Turkey and Greece.