Greece and Turkey in 4 weeks

Exploring highlights, important landmarks, ancient sites, beautiful cities, and islands of in 4 weeks

Covering: 
Athens, Ancient sites of Argos Peninsula, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora,  Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete in Greece.
Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Kas, Antalya and Cappadocia in Turkey

  • Centrally located 4-star hotels
  • Friendly English speaking personnel
  • All land, airport and ferry port transfers are included
  • Inside visit to museums and ancient sites with skip the line admission
  • All the tours mentioned on the itinerary
  • Small groups 8 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.

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning (The guide will inform about the meeting time, a day before)

Depart from Athens on a scenic drive passing by Olympic Stadium and the Corinth Channel, stopping for a small break, and then drive onto Epidaurus and visit the Ancient Theatre, famous for its impressive acoustics.

We will then continue onto Nauplia through the plains of Argos, and on the way, we will stop at the ancient site of Mycenae, where you will also see the Tomb of Famous Agamemnon.

After our visit,  we will continue our drive to Olympia and stop at the ancient sites of Tripolis and Megalopolis on the way.

Evening arrival in Olympia, check-in the hotel, free time to refresh, dinner served at the hotel.

Overnight in Olympia.

Breakfast at the hotel

Morning (The guide will inform about the meeting time)

We will start the day by visiting the Olympia,  archaeological sites such as the Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, The Altar of the Olympic Flame, The Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum.

After our visit, we will be on our way through more scenic coastal roads towards Delphi,  passing through Patras and Antirion and a small break at the charming mountain village of Arachova.

Arrive in Delphi and check in the hotel, free time, dinner at the hotel.

Overnight in Delphi.

Breakfast at the hotel  (The guide will inform about the meeting time)
Start the day by visiting the ancient site of Delphi and the Museum of Delphi.

We will then be on our way up North and halfway to our destination, a short break at the town of Lamia.

Arrive in the picturesque small town of Kalambaka thats built at the foot of the Majestic Grey Rocks and crowned by the Meteora Monasteries overhead.

Check-in to the hotel. Dinner served from 7:00 to 10:00 pm 
Overnight in Meteora.

Breakfast at the hotel  (The guide will inform meeting time)
We will start visiting the famous cliff-top Monasteries of Meteora.  Get inside some of the important monasteries and learn about life and culture.

Meteora is a UNESCO world heritage site.  The six monasteries, built on natural sandstone rock pillars
Its geographical beauty and monasteries, built on natural sandstone rock pillars make Meteora one of the most beautiful areas on the mainland of Greece.

After lunch, depart from Meteora and enjoy a scenic drive back to Athens,

On the way will have a short photo stop at the heroic monument of Leonidas, king of Sparta in THERMOPYLAE
Arrive in Athens, check into your hotel.
Overnight stay.

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 to the hotel where we will spend the night 

Dinner at the hotel & Overnight in Pamukkale.

Breakfast at the hotel.
Depart Pamukkale and drive to Kas;
(Scenic 4-hour drive through the Taurus Mountains.
Upon arriving, you will check into your hotel, free day at leisure, exploring, swimming…
Overnight in Kas.

Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 meet up at the harbor,  go on a scenic sail to Kekova,
Swimming and & snorkeling stops on the way.
Lunch will be provided onboard.
We will then visit;
* Kekova (“The Sunken City”): has a surface area of 5.7sq km and while the majority of its ruins are submerged underwater, they are still visible. Kekova was an ancient town destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. 
The Kekova region, which encompasses Kekova, the villages of Kaleköy and Üçagiz, and the four ancient towns of Simena, Aperlae, Dolchiste, and Teimioussa, was declared a protected area on January 18, 1990, by the government.
After visiting the ancient sites and the Castle ( Where you will have a chance to take stunning photos of the region) 

Sail back to Kas with more swimming and snorkeling stops on the way. 
Overnight in Kas. 

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up with the driver,  transfer to Antalya.
About 3-hour scenic drive along the Mediterranean shores,  with photo stops. 
Visit * Myra: In the shadow of the Church of Saint Nicolas, the ruins of Myra, its ancient city walls, and myriad rock tombs sit dramatically on a steep mountain slope.

* According to ancient sources, St. Nicolas, known the world over as Santa Claus, was born at the end of the 3rd century near the town of Patara,(60 km west of Demre), to a wealthy family, was educated and devoted himself to the betterment of mankind.
Arrive in Antalya, check into your hotel. Rest of the day and evening at leisure.
Overnight stay.

Around 9:00 AM, we will meet you at your hotel and escort you on your full-day tour of this magical region.
Sites you’ll see today:
* Perge is a magnificent example of how an ancient classical city looked. Records date it to roughly the 4th century BC. It was settled by the Greeks following the Trojan War, then visited by St. Paul and his disciples when it was a leading city of Pamphylia. 
* Side was the site of Pamphyilia’s largest port and was probably first colonized in 7th BC.
The great ruins are among the most notable in Asia Minor. They cover a large promontory where a wall and a moat separate it from the mainland. 
* Manavgat Waterfalls is where we’ll have a cool rest, right next to the falls. Local vendors offer beverages and ice cream.
* Aspendos Theatre is another beautiful example of a well-preserved classical city that is most famous for its theatre, which dates to 160-180 AD.
Flexible free time and lots of photo opportunities..
At the end of this tour, we will provide a transfer to your hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel
Meet up & transfer to Antalya Airport
A short flight to Cappadocia.
Upon arrival, transfer to your centrally located hotel, after check-in,  enjoy the rest of the day getting oriented and at leisure.
Optional Evening Turkish Folk and Belly Dance show with dinner in a cave restaurant is available,  contact us if interested.
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.

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