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Fabulous Turkey and Greece 16 Days


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Istanbul – Canakkale – Troy – Izmir – Pamukkale – Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia – Istanbul – Athens

Island Hopping extension: Mykonos – Santorini – Athens

Tour Highlights:

  • Explore the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, and step back in time to the Grand Bazaar, the majestic Blue Mosque, and in the taste of real Turkish Delight.
  • Get up close and personal with the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on a valley walk that’ll have you exploring rock-cut dwellings in Love Valley or the rose-coloured hues of Red Valley
  • Feast your eyes on Turkey’s most spectacular sight, the ‘Cotton Castle’ and paddle through the magical healing hot springs at Pamukkale.
  • Explore thousands of years of history hidden within the remarkable ruins of Ephesus.
  • Be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean and laze the days away in Antalya.
  • Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis.
  • With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side.(Island Hopping extension)
  • The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island, passing through picturesque white villages that cling to plunging cliffs. (Island Hopping extension)

Ancient Greece and Roman Byzantine collided in modern day Turkey, the two great empires leaving behind mesmerizing odes to the earliest Western Civilizations. On this fabulous tour through Turkey and Greece you will find engrossing history and majestic beaches, treasured ruins and breathtaking landscapes. From large cities to charming villages to fabulous island of the Aegean Sea, you will find the remnants of myths, beautiful scenery, and remarkable culture.

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Departure Dates

2020 Price Per Person Single Supplement
07 Mar 05 Jun 09 Oct From $4,999
$3,999

$990
17 Apr 03 Jul* 04 Nov
15 May 11 Sep
* = Peak Season Surcharge: $1000

Inclusions:

  • Return economy class international airfares and taxes flying Etihad or a European Airline (subject to availability), departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Please Note: Flight itineraries are not available until approximately 2 weeks before departure. Some flights may depart one day later and may involve up to 2 transits per leg.
  • Short-haul economy class flight from Cappadonia to Istanbul and Istanbul to Athens, and transfers.
    Please Note: Baggage allowance for domestic flights is 1 piece max weight 20kg
  • 12 nights accommodation in comfortable four to five-star hotels (base on local rating), twin rooms with private facilities. Double rooms and Triple share are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.
    Note: Hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 5-7 days prior to departure.
  • English speaking tour guide(s).
  • Tour Escort throughout Turkey.
  • Admissions to scenic attractions as indicated.
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner, S=Special Banquet).
  • Dedicated coach transportation.
  • Return airport-hotel transfers.

Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $250
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Optional recommended excursions
  • Optional tour extensions
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated on the itinerary

Post-Tour ExtensionOptional Extension

Island Hopping 7 Days

Athens-Mykonos-Santorini-Athens

From large cities to charming villages to fabulous island of the Aegean Sea, you will find the remnants of myths, beautiful scenery, and remarkable culture. With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side. The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island, passing through picturesque white villages that cling to plunging cliffs.

Departure Dates

2020 Price Per Person Single Supplement
17 Apr 05 Jun 11 Sep From $1,999
$1,299
Book by 15 Aug.
$700
15 May 03 Jul 09 Oct

Package Inclusions:

  • 5 nights in comfortable three-star hotels, twin rooms with private facilities. Double rooms and Triple share are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.
  • Daily Breakfast(s)
  • Airport transfer on seat-in-coach basis
  • 3 Ferries: Athens-Mykonos; Mykonos-Santorini; Santorini-Athens
  • English speaking tour guide

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping suggested USD$12 per person per day.
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure.

Optional ProgramsOptional Extension

Get to know Turkey better with our list of in-depth excursions recommended to add another dimension to your total experience! They can be prepaid in Australia more than 30 days prior to departure at the discounted AUD prices below, or paid directly in the local currency to your tour guide upon arrival in Turkey. Prepay for all optional programs to receive a $15 discount off the total price. English speaking guide, admissions and round trip transfers are included in the price.

Half Day Istanbul with St. Sophia $75
Half Day Tour to the ancient city of Perge and Aspendos $90
Performance of the Whirling Dervioshes Dance $70
Hot air balloon ride $380
Bosphotus cruise & Spiced Bazaar $60
Full-day Sarnoic cruise tour with lunch $190

Hotel AccommodationOptional Extension

The hotels we use are carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All the hotels we use on this tour are four to five-star local rated, with continental breakfast included. A selection of our preferred hotels in our main destinations is listed below. As the hotels are generally not in the downtown area, we cannot guarantee that there is transportation to the city except for taxis. Please note that hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 24 hours prior to check-in.

Istanbul WOW Istanbul or similar 5 star local rating
Canakkale Kolin Hotel or similar 5 star local rating
Izmir Ramada Plaza or similar 5 star local rating
Pamukkale Lycus River Hotel or similar 5 star local rating
Antalya Holiday Inn Lara or similar 5 star local rating
Cappodocia Crystal Kaymakli or similar 5 star local rating
Athens Polis Grand or similar 4 star local rating
Mykonos Grand Beach or similar 4 star local rating
Santorini Afordite Venus or similar 4 star local rating
Take an international flight from Australia to Istanbul.

NOTE: Some flights may depart one day later, and may involve up to two transits.

Upon arrival in Istanbul, your guide will be waiting to transport you to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Istanbul
Spend your day delving into Istanbul the only city that straddles two continents, where modern and ancient coexist. Your tour includes a short briefing and the picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior made of blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, an ancient Grecian stadium for horse racing and chariot racing during the Roman period. Then, gain insights into the Ottoman Empire’s power during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and see the 4th century Egyptian obelisk. This afternoon, you may join the optional tour Half Day Istanbul with St. Sophia ($70pp). This tour’s highlights include the Underground Cistern – water source of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Then visit St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum.
Istanbul
This morning, drive to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. We continue to Çanakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.
Troy
This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. See the symbolic replica of the famous Wooden Horse that the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit Asklepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Continue to seaside Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer, where we’ll dine at our hotel.
Horse
This morning we will travel to Ephesus, considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you’ll meander through the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. Then take a visit to the Leather factory where you can see the models wearing fashion popular leather walk show. Transfer to Pamukkale. After arrival, relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.
Izmir
Today, visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis (“Holy City”); a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s hot springs have drawn people since the 2nd century BCE as it is known for its healing and therapeutic properties. Next, you will visit Pamukkale, known as “The Cotton Castle” is best desribed as a calcium cascade of snowy white stalactites -reminiscent a frozen waterfall. It is recognized as the 8th wonder of the World by Turkish people. Our next stop the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya where we have some time at leisure to able through the winding lanes of its old city and admire beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. Continue to Antalya. Founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as “Heaven on Earth,” Antalya is an international resort city that has become a prime destination in Turkey.
Cotton
This morning, you may take a fascinating optional tour is offered to the Pamphylian city of Perge and to the ancient city of Aspendos ($90pp). Perge was founded in 13th century B.C. It is the most attractive and well preserved Pamphylian city. Continue to Aspendos, founded in 1000 B.C. by the colonists from Argos. Though it is well-known for its theater with a capacity of 30,000 people, the city also boasts a stadium and a fountain. All the ruins in the city have remained from the Roman period and the theater is still being used for contemporary concerts. This afternoon, continue to Konya, where we will gain insights into the mystical Whirling Dervish sect whose remains lie in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum.
Antalya
Today, depart in the early morning to travel to Cappadocia. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate is considered a fine example of Turkish Seljuk art. Continue in Cappadocia. A region of surreal rock formations and incredible cultural heritage, Cappadocia is home to rock-cut temples, ancient underground cities, and unparalleled landscapes. Visit “Fairy Chimney”-its iconic volcanic cones. The thick clusters of rosy rock take on peculiar shapes-look for a dolphin, Napoleon’s hat, or the Virgin Mary as you gaze upon them. Your guide explains how the formations were naturally carved. You may also see the remarkable mushroom-shaped, chimney-like rock formations that monks used as shelters, and get the chance to climb inside one to visit the quarters within. Before you move on Tonight, be sure to attend the optional performance of the world-famous Whirling Dervishes Dance ($70pp).

The “dance” of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema. It is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture and represents a man’s spiritual journey, and will be a highlight of your trip to Turkey.

Mushroom
Begin the day very early on an optional hot air balloon ride($380pp) that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations.
The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as we explore its volcanic landscape dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme. It’s a monastic complex composed of churches, rectories and dwellings, and one of the earliest centres for religious education. There are at least 10 churches and chapels in the museum area, dating between AD900 and 1200. Later, visit the Ozkonak Underground City. The city has many strata made up of volcanic granite. Its larger areas are connected to each other by tunnels. Ozkonak had a built-in communication system of pipes on each of its levels, unlike Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, which have no such systems. Each carved out room had ventilation provided by holes when the city was closed against enemies. Lastly, visit the village of Avanos that is famous for its beautiful old houses, pottery and onyx.
airballon
We started our visit with a demonstration of how silk cocoons are formed and saw how silk is reeled from the cocoons to make silk threads. Then fly back to Istanbul. Afternoon you may join the optional Half day Tour to Bosphorus cruise& Spiced Bazaar ($60pp) and visit the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Then continue to the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop for carpets, jewelry, leather and more. Then take the boat cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait demonstrates the link between the East and West.

Note: Baggage allowance for this sector is 1 piece max weight 20kg per person

Market
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Athens. Upon arrival, meet in the arrival hall at Athens airport & transfer to the city hotel. Time at leisure until dinner at a local restaurant.

Note: Baggage allowance for this sector is 1 piece max weight 20kg per person

Istanbul2
Breakfast in the hotel. Proceed on full day tour of the Greek capital. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the University and the National Library. See Hadrian’s Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Stop at the Pan Athenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. Visit the world famous site of the Acropolis to see the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. The tour completes with a visit to the Acropolis museum. Inside, see the treasures, icons and statues taken from the site in the new home. Completing, free at own leisure. Discover Plaka, the old quarter, with its array of cafes and shops. In the evening, dinner at a restaurant. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight.
Athens
Breakfast in the hotel. Full day free for leisure. Or join an optional saronic cruise tour with lunch($190pp) which includes: Transfer to the port and embark on the full day cruise to the 3 saronic islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Lunch is included and served on board. At each island, get off the boat to discover each islands own individual character. Aegina: The largest of the saronic islands, famous for pistachio nuts. Poros: a pretty island with chance for shopping. Hydra – an artist’s delight, again with boutiques, shops and cafes dotted around the harbour. On the return journey back to the port of Athens, enjoy the on board entertainment program. Meet at the port and transfer to a restaurant for dinner. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight.
Athens
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight/s.
Arrive home today in Australia.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

4 Night Island Hopping

From $0000 pp. twin share

Athens – Mykonos – Santorini – Athens

From large cities to charming villages to fabulous island of the Aegean Sea, you will find the remnants of myths, beautiful scenery, and remarkable culture.

Tour Highlights:

  • With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side.
  • The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island, passing through picturesque white villages that cling to plunging cliffs.
After breakfast transfer to the Athens port of Piraeus and take the boat to the island of Mykonos. Meet at Mykonos port and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Mykonos Hotel.
Breakfast in the hotel. At leisure today and explore the most fabulous island of the Aegean Sea with the blue sky, the beautiful sugar houses and the amazing beaches. You may start with a walking tour in the morning and walk around the narrow white-washed streets of Mykonos Town. You will have many chances to take photographs, as in the morning the town is very quiet. You will see the lovely churches, the tiny shops, Little Venice, the traditional windmills and Peter the Pelican, the mascot of Mykonos. You may visit Paraportiani one of the 365 churches of the island and in the evening enjoy the famous night life of the island. Overnight in Mykonos Hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Mykonos port and take the speed boat to the island of Santorini. Meet at Santorini port and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Santorini Hotel.
Santorini is the supermodel of the Greek islands, a head-turner whose face is instantly recognisable around the world: multi coloured cliffs soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. With its reputation for dazzling panoramas, romantic sunsets and volcanic-sand beaches, it’s hardly surprising the island features on so many travellers’ bucket lists. At leisure on this amazing island of Santorini (formed by the eruption of the volcano 1600 BC). The sight is the most breathtaking of all Greek islands and perhaps of the world. Explore and enjoy all that the island has to offer. History and nature combine to make Santorini unforgettable. Overnight in Santorini Hotel.
Santorini
After breakfast, transfer to Santorini port and take the boat to Athens. Meet at the Athens port of Piraeus and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Athens hotel.
After breakfast transfer back to airport to catch your flight home.
Arrive back in Australia.