Greece and Turkey in 3 weeks

Exploring highlights, important landmarks, ancient sites, beautiful cities, and islands

Covering:  Athens, Ancient sites of Athens, then onto  Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete in Greece.
Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia in Turkey

  • Centrally located 4-star hotels
  • Friendly English speaking personnel
  • All land, airport, and ferry port transfers are included
  • Inside visit museums and ancient sites with skip the line admission
  • All the tours mentioned on the itinerary
  • Small groups eight guests or less per group (private options available

See the price information, dates and further information below the itinerary

     Daily Tour Program

KALOS ORISATE! Welcome to Greece!
Meet up at the arrivals gate then transfer you to your hotel
After checking into your hotel, you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Athens on your own.
Overnight in Athens.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up at the lobby ( meeting time to be determined)
Start with a panoramic driving tour of Athens, with your guide and or driver guide, You ll see and learn about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Greek Parliament building, and Presidential Palace, then s short photo stop at the Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place in 1896,
Also on the way to Acropolis,  you will be pointed and learn about the Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus, the University and, the Academy of Athens, National Garden, Hadrian’s Arch, St. Paul’s Church, Parliament, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Schliemann’s House (Numismatic Museum), Catholic Cathedral,  Old Parliament, Constitution Square, Russian Orthodox Church

We will then get off the vehicle, near the entrance of Acropolis then continue on visiting Propylae the gateway, Temple of Athena Nike, Parthenon, Erechtheion with its Porch of Maidens.
The last place of the tour will be the new Acropolis Museum where you will see the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis and every artifact found on the rock and on the surrounding slopes, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece.
After the tour,  we can take you back to your hotel
or we can drop you at the Plaka district if you like to wander and explore at your own pace.
Overnight in Athens.

06:00 AM in the morning, we will meet you at your Athens hotel take you to Piraeus ferry port. Depart from Athens on a scenic ferry ride to Mykonos Island.
Κ/Ξ BLUE STAR FERRIES
07:30 AM Departure from Athens 
On the way,  Ferry makes quick stops at Syros and Tinos Islands
12:45 AM Arrival in Mykonos
Upon arrival, you will be met at the harbor and transferred to your hotel.
After checking in the hotel, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Mykonos.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day at leisure
Optional boat trip to Delos  aka the birthplace famous Apollo and Artemis with its famous terrace of the Lions, enjoy a short and easy hike to Mount Kynthos…….
Available,  contact us if interested

Overnight in Mykonos.

In the morning, Depart from Mykonos on a scenic ferry ride to Santorini Island.
09:00 am Meeting time to be transferred to Mykonos Harbor.
Ferry Company:  SEA JETS WORLD CHAMPION JET
09:50 AM Departure from Mykonos
On the way quick stop at the IOS Islands
11:45 AM Arrival in Santorini
Transfer to your hotel, after check-in, you will have a free day to relax and explore on your own.

Santorini is one of those iconic places that will be permanently etched in your mind. Everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity. Essentially, the island is what remains of an enormous volcanic eruption, which destroyed the earliest settlements on what was formerly a single island. The aftermath of the explosion created what you see today, a caldera. All of the whitewashed, charming houses cling to the high cliffs of the rim, while the deep blue Aegean Sea wraps around the geological masterpiece, hundreds of feet below. With its spectacular physical beauty, along with its lively nightlife, your Santorini visit will be unforgettable.

Optional Panoramic driving, wine tasting, and Oia Sunset watching tour available ( Contact us if interested)
Overnight in Santorini.

Breakfast at the hotel.

Enjoy a boat trip to the Volcano

11:00 am Meet up at the Athinios Harbor, depart on a scenic sail to Volcano,

Upon arrival have free time to explore and hike to the top of the volcano and have a glance at the active parts, lots of fantastic photo opportunities of the volcano, and from Volcano to the different angles of Magnificent Santorini Island.

Get back to the boat for a short sail to hot Springs (Palea Kameni) Enjoy swimming, then onto Thirassia where you can eat, relax or swim and visit the traditional village of Manola.

Will then sail back to the Island and enjoy a quick stop at Armeni, then back to Athinios port.

The tour finish time will be around 17:30 pm. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening at leisure

Overnight in Santorini.

Breakfast at the hotel
Free time to explore and enjoy ( noon time check out from the hotel, but you can store your luggage and use hotel facilities until pick up time.

Afternoon meeting at the lobby,  ( Meeting time to be determined) transfer to Santorini Harbor
>>>>>>> FERRY TO CRETE >>>>>
Arrive in Crete, Meet up with the transfer men,  transfer to your hotel.
Check-in & Overnight in Crete  (Heraklion town)

Breakfast at the hotel.
Meet up with the driver guide,
Start the day with a short drive up to the ancient site of Knossos; your driver will give you a brief intro to the sites, hand you the skip-the-line admission tickets and give you free time to explore the ancient site.

Meet up with the driver guide at the exit and depart from Heraklion on a scenic driver towards West.
Halfway to Chania, enjoy a lunch break and free time in the town of Rethymnon.
Late afternoon arrival in Chania, check into your hotel & Overnight stay.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free day at leisure
Optional hiking tour to Samaria Gorge ( 14km)
Optional driving tour to explore the Cretan culture and cuisine, visiting Mountain villages and scenic sites
Contact us if you are interested in any of the optional excursions.
Overnight in Chania town in Crete.

Breakfast at the hotel.   Meet up at the lobby of your hotel and transfer to Chania Airport.
>>>>>>>> FLIGHT TO  ISTANBUL  >>>>>,  short layover in Athens. >>>>>

HOS GELDINIZ! Welcome to Turkey!
We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel
Unpack and go out for an evening walk and dinner on your own around Sultanahmet Square.
Overnight in Istanbul.

In the morning we will greet you at your hotel and take you on a guided tour of the historic old part of Istanbul.
Today’s main sites are:
* Blue Mosque/Sultanahmet Mosque (Camii)
* Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya
* Hippodrome of Constantinople
Lunch at a local restaurant
* Topkapi Palace
After the tour return the hotel then the rest of the day at leisure.
(Optional Whirling Dervish Performance tour available,  contact us if interested)
Overnight in Istanbul.

Breakfast at the hotel
AM Meet up at the lobby of your hotel and take you on this enlightening walking tour down to the waterfront near Eminonu.   You’ll see hundreds of interesting shops lined up cozily side-by-side, We will then enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus.
Today’s main sites are:
* Walking tour of Golden horn water-front area
* Spice Bazaar and surrounding areas
* Bosphorus Cruise takes you through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia; along its shores, you can take photographs of marble palaces and antique wooden Ottoman-era villas that sit beside luxurious modern residences. You will also see Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, and Ortakoy Mosque from the boat.
After the tour, we will return back to the hotel or option to be dropped off at the center. 
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Early in the morning, we will drive west, skirting the northern shore of the beautiful Sea of Marmara, heading towards the Aegean Sea.
Sites you’ll see today:
Gallipoli Peninsula, National Park, and ANZAC Cove commemorative sites
Lunch and free time on the National Park.
From here, we’ll board a ferry and cross the Dardanelles Strait.
*Canakkale will be our final destination for today and where we will spend our evening.
After dinner, you might want to stroll the harbor and enjoy watching the sunset.
Overnight in Canakkale.

Breakfast at the hotel. We will then check out and be on our way,  driving along the scenic Aegean Shores,
On the way we will visit 2 of the significant popular ancient sites;

The Ancient City of Troy (AKA Truva) is the ancient site written about by Homer in the classic Iliad. It dates back to approximately 3,000 BC and has been the site of nine different cities through the thousands of years it has been in existence. Upon entering Troy, a large wooden Trojan horse full-scale reproduction will dominate your view. You’ll want to climb up and get your picture taken!  There is also a fantastic museum on-site to help you get oriented.
Further down the road, we will make another stop the visit the ancient city of Pergamon.

* Pergamum is one of the seven churches of Revelation. As the early Christians traveled along the Asian Minor caravan routes, it became one of the area’s largest cities.  It was rivaled only by Ephesus in its wealth, temples, and beauty. The ancient acropolis dominates the view from all around. Most memorable to you will probably be Pergamum’s ancient theatre. Carved straight out of the high hillside, it is one of the steepest ancient theatres in the world–and the view is impressive.  Sites in Pergamum include the Acropolis, Asclepion, and Red Basilica.

We will continue our drive through Izmir and arrive in the seaside city of Kusadasi. Upon arriving, you will check into your Beach Front Hotel.
Dinner is provided at the hotel.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

Breakfast served at the hotel
AM: Meet up, and go on a guided tour of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, and the House of Virgin Mary.

About the sites you will visit ;
*Ephesus is the best-preserved classical city from ancient times and was inhabited by Greeks, Macedonians, Romans, and Turks. St. Paul lived here circa 60 AD when it was at its most populated at 250,000.  During your visit, you’ll walk its stony boulevards, stand in the grand theatre, marvel at the beauty of the Celsus Library, the agora, as well as the baths, giving you the unique chance to get up-close-and-personal with history by literally being able to walk into it.
*The Temple of Artemis is situated in serene countryside celebrates the Greek goddess Artemis, the virginal huntress and twin of Apollo, who supplanted the Titan Selene as the goddess of the Moon.  This temple, known as Artemision in Greek times, was the largest of its kind in the world.
*The House of The Virgin Mary, high on a hill overlooking the town of Selcuk, is where it is believed that St. Mary came to live with St. John the Baptist in the later years of her life.

Return to the hotel,  free time to rest and dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Kusadasi.

After breakfast, we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale;
Our drive will take us through a rich agricultural area, teeming with cotton fields and fruit orchards.
Upon arrival, we will continue on the guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.
Sites we will visit;
* Pamukkale, Whitewashed terraces, ancient pools, and more…
* Ancient city of Hierapolis
We will then head back to Kusadasi
Dinner at the hotel & Overnight stay

Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Izmir Airport 
A short flight to Cappadocia
Arrival, transfer to your hotel. 
After check-in,  rest of the day and evening at leisure. 
Overnight in Cappadocia. 

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up & enjoy a full-day tour of Cappadocia that covers;
Goreme Open Air Museum, Avanos, Devrent and Rose Valley, Uchisar, Pasabag, and more.,  
See fairy chimneys, unique to the World Heritage Site of Cappadocia
Visit Uchisar town and castle, walk through the Goreme Open Air Museum, and see stunning views of the region

Visit Ceramic factories and see the ancient art of making ceramics in Avanos village
Flexible no rush fun day exploring Cappadocia Region.
After the tour, return to the hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

(If you have purchased the optional hot-air ballooning tour, please note that you’ll need to rise very early in the morning to go to the balloon-launch site. After the trip has concluded, we’ll come back to the hotel for breakfast and enjoy rest of the day at leisure. 
( optional tour to Undergroun Cities and Ihlara Valley Hiking tour is available )) contact us if interested. 
Afternoon transfer to Cappadocia Airport 

Short flight to Istanbul,  
Meet up, upon arrival then transfer to your hotel. 
Overnight in Istanbul. 

Breakfast at the hotel.
Free day leisure.
Optional Turkish Bath Experience at the Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami,  (Contact us if interested) 
Overnight in Istanbul.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Four hours before your flight departure time,  we will provide a transfer to Istanbul airport and say Goodbye and have a safe trip back home.

END OF THE TOUR

2 weeks in Greece, exploring ancient sites on the mainland
Best of Italy and Greece in 2 Weeks
10 days turkey tour package
Turkey 9 day tour - highlights, essential landmarks, ancient sites
Turkey tours and vacation packages for 2023 and 24 Seasons

If you like to get a price quote or have further questions,
please fill in the form below.
We will get back to you shortly

Travel Insurance - Secure Your Journey