Package Name: Greece & Turkey tour
Day: 11 Day
Night: 10 Night
Starting Month: Jan
End Month: Dec
Greece and Turkey is an enchanting holiday of old world charm, sumptuous culinary delights and a lot of fun. Explore the mysterious Greek sights starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafés, shops, and archaeological findings. Discover Meteora with its extraordinary monasteries built atop rock formations. Go to ancient Delphi and see the Oracle of Delphi. The archaeological site of Vergina, has the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.
Stop in Thessalonika and Alexandroupolis before crossing the border into Turkey. Visit the poignant site of the Battle of Gallipoli in the Canakkale area, and take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy. Cross the Dardanelles Strait, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Bursa. Then, ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul, a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame.
Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece.
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 Athens.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the PARTHENON’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The rest of the day is at leisure, so maybe join one of our optional excursions. (B)
Day 3 Athens–Delphi.
On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you about Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC, and Thebes, setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear about the Oracle, and tour the excavations. Also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. (B)
Day 4 Delphi–Meteora–Kalambaka.
Today, drive north by way of Lamia and Trikala to the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit one of the MONASTERIES and take in the incredible panoramic view. (B,D)
Day 5 Kalambaka–Vergina–Thessalonika.
Head north today via Veria for a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Vergina. In the museum, see some of the most impressive exhibits from the Macedonian period—colorful wall paintings and mosaics; the war shield and armor of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great; and the famous golden larnax and golden grave crown found in his sarcophagus. Later, drive to Thessalonika and enjoy an orientation drive with a stop at SAINT DEMETRIOS CHURCH, also see the Arch of Galerius and the upper city (Ano Poli). (B)
Day 6 Thessalonika–Kavala–Philippi–Alexandroupolis.
This morning, travel through the Macedonian plains and stop in Kavala, which was under Turkish rule between 1380 and 1913 and has retained its Oriental atmosphere. Next, stop in PHILIPPI, where included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to this ancient Macedonian city. Later, reach Alexandroupolis, situated in northeastern Greece and home to beautiful landscapes and antiquities dating from the Paleolithic era to the time of the Roman conquests. (B,D)
Day 7 Alexandroupoulis–Gallipoli, Turkey–Canakkale.
Cross the border into Turkey and drive to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the ANZAC CEMETERY and the site of the BATTLE OF GALLIPOLI, one of the most famous battles in World War I. Later, enjoy a short FERRY crossing to Asia Minor and overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)
Day 8 Canakkale. Excursion to Troy.
Take advantage of the included excursion to the ruins of legendary TROY with its 4,000 years of history. Join your Local Guide and take a walk back in time through one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—a city immortalized throughout Greek mythology and in Homer’s epic Iliad as setting of the Trojan War. This afternoon, travel back to Canakkale, with time to explore on your own. (B,D)
Day 9 Canakkale–Bursa–Ferry Crossing–Istanbul.
This morning, drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara, for a short stop in Bursa before boarding the FERRY to cross the Bay of Izmit to vibrant Istanbul, the cultural, economic, and historical heart of the country, where an optional dinner outing is available tonight. (B)
Day 10 Istanbul.
Markets, peddlers, and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, black coffee, and more—you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible! Included sightseeing with your Local Guide takes you to the ROMAN HIPPODROME and the BLUE MOSQUE. The view of the city at dusk, with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus, is unforgettable. Why not join an optional Historical Tour of Istanbul? (B)
Day 11 Istanbul.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS
11 days from Athens to Istanbul (6570)
Prices based on double room occupancy.
Single room supplement:
No triple room reduction.
View the following dates and prices to find just the right date for your vacation. Below you’ll find the date the vacation starts and date you’ll return.
TourStart Date Return Date Land/Cruise Price
27-Apr-2016 07-May-2016 $1679 Not Available
04-May-2016 14-May-2016 $1699 Not Available
11-May-2016 21-May-2016 $1699 Not Available
18-May-2016 28-May-2016 $1699 Not Available
25-May-2016 04-Jun-2016 $1699 Not Available
01-Jun-2016 11-Jun-2016 $1699 Not Available
08-Jun-2016 18-Jun-2016 $1699 Not Available
15-Jun-2016 25-Jun-2016 $1699 Not Available
22-Jun-2016 02-Jul-2016 $1699 Not Available
20-Jul-2016 30-Jul-2016 $1959 Not Available
27-Jul-2016 06-Aug-2016 $1959 Not Available
17-Aug-2016 27-Aug-2016 $1959 Not Available
24-Aug-2016 03-Sep-2016 $1959 Not Available
31-Aug-2016 10-Sep-2016 $1959 Not Available
07-Sep-2016 17-Sep-2016 $1699 Please Call
14-Sep-2016 24-Sep-2016 $1699 Please Call
21-Sep-2016 01-Oct-2016 $1699 REQUEST QUOTE
28-Sep-2016 08-Oct-2016 $1679 Please Call
05-Oct-2016 15-Oct-2016 $1679 Please Call
12-Oct-2016 22-Oct-2016 $1599 REQUEST QUOTE
19-Oct-2016 29-Oct-2016 $1599 Please Call
2017 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2016.
INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE
ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST)
DELPHI Apollonia (F)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST)
THESSALONIKA Egnatia (ST)
ALEXANDROUPOLIS Astir Egnatia (F)
CANAKKALE Ida Kale (F)
ISTANBUL Mercure Taksim (F) or Nippon (F)
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Dardanelles Straits and Bay of Izmir ferry crossings
Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners
NOT INCLUDED IN TRIP PRICE
The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be available. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.
Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).
A Taste of Athens Situated on the Galatsi hill, this venue is a true taste of everything Greek beginning with the panoramic views of Athens for as far as the eye can see. An outside barbeque awaits your choice of souvlaki and while this is cooking, see the presentation of the traditional loom, wood fired oven and the water mill used for grinding flour. While you enjoy your souvlaki with olives, bread with olive oil and of course Greek ouzo, the Zafiro chef will provide a tutorial lesson of how to make some of the basic Greek dishes of mousaka, greek salad & tzatziki. The menu for tonight will include the traditional appetizers of spinach pie, feta cheese pie, stuffed vine leaves, beans in tomato sauce, meatballs, tzatziki and aubergine salad dips and Greek salad and the main course served is moussaka. This is accompanied with unlimited red or white wine. While enjoying your meal you will be entertained by the musicians and 6 Greek dancers in traditional costumes performing well known Greek dances such as Syrtaki and Hasapiko. Don’t miss the opportunity to join in the circle dancing and maybe even break a plate!
Approximate value: €50 EUR per person
Dinner Outing Enjoy this typically Greek dinner outing in this very nice restaurant with wonderful views of the valley with the olive trees. Taste delicious appetizers while you are given a presentation of the wine industry and production in Greece. Later enjoy a Greek style three-course meal with free flowing wine.
Approximate value: €35 EUR per person
Dinner & Folklore Istanbul takes on a different light as night approaches. After a drive through the illuminated streets of the city you will be taken to a well-known nightclub for a dinner with Turkish specialties and wine. Then after dinner sit back and relax and enjoy a show with singers, belly dancers and folk groups from various regions of Anatolia.
Approximate value: €55 EUR per person
Historical Istanbul Istanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents – one arm reaches out into Asia and the other into Europe. The city is a fascinating mixture of past and present, old and new, modern and traditional. On this historical tour with a local guide you will drive first to Topkapi Palace, the historical residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the mid 15th to the 19th centuries, and now a museum. Then visit the most magnificent Byzantine Church of all times – the Haghia – Sofia. It is one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world and has been nominated as the 8th wonders of the world by many historians. The last stop on this interesting historical tour is at the world-famous Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a place that will tempt even the non-shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and other numerous souvenirs.
Approximate value: €45 EUR per person
Not Included In Your Vacation Price (Land-Only or Cruise-Only)
Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; International Air Transportation tax; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; airport taxes and fees including the September 11th Security fee up to $10 per person, passenger facility charges up to $18 per person, Federal domestic flight segment fees up to $3.50 per segment, and U.S. and International arrival and departure and other government-imposed fees between $200 – $375 per person; port taxes; passports; visas and vaccinations; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ship’s crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted Globus menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant or onboard your vessel (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); optional excursions; airport transfers on non-qualifying flights; airport transfers with cruise only, porterage at airports and train stations; Trip Protection; baggage fees; and all other items of a personal nature.
Individual headsets on land tour
Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
Visits to Kalambaka, Meteora, Thessalonika, Kavala, Alexandroupolis, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Bursa
Thessaly plains, Macedonian plains, Trikaei plains, Sea of Marmara
Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, Philippi, Troy, Istanbul; professional Tour Director while touring
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
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