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Anatolia, Ankara & Greek Odyssey

Turkey & Greece in 17 Days, 16 Nights in Destination

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An action-packed tour through Greece and Turkey! Tick off all the major archaeological and cultural sights, kick back in the Greek Islands and discover the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia and Ankara.

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    Acropolis of Athens
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    Meteora
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    Paros
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    Santorini
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    Ankara
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    Cappadocia
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    Istanbul

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Accommodation: 16 Nights

Itinerary

Experience the history and culture of Greece & Turkey. Get lost in the bazaars of Istanbul and Ankara, cruise along the Bosphorus and explore the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and the ancient caves of the Goreme Valley. Discover the Acropolis of Athens, the sanctuary of Delphi and the gravity-defying monasteries of Meteora before island-hopping to Paros and Santorini

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Istanbul

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It's time to discover the immense history and incredible landscapes of Turkey! Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul.* 

Arrive in bustling Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey, a city brimming with history, culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled, and if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

Important note: Take advantage of our optional excursions package and save by adding several of the optional activities we offer on this itinerary. Click on each package to see what's included!

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

40 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Pack of 3 Excursions - Istanbul Package

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Pack of 3 Excursions - Cappadocia Package

Challenging

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2nd Day: Istanbul

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Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, head to the grandiose Suleymaniye Mosque. Located on the third hill of Istanbul, it boasts one of the most incredible panoramic views of the city.

After the visit, choose to take the transfer back to your hotel, or, spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring Istanbul at your own pace (no included transfer back to the hotel). Discover its labyrinthine bazaars, vibrant city life and eclectic architecture.

To fully immerse yourself in the local culture, we recommend an optional full-day city tour of Istanbul* and/or an optional dinner show on the Bosphorus**! Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional full-day Istanbul city tour: see Istanbul's most emblematic sights, from the incredible Topkapi Palace to Hagia Sophia. Enjoy included lunch, see the exterior of the iconic Blue Mosque and historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops.

**Optional dinner show on the Bosphorus: the best way to enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner on an evening cruise down the Bosphorus! See the suspension bridges of Istanbul as they twinkle in the evening light. Enjoy exciting dance shows (belly dance and dervish), Turkish music, a delicious dinner and two drinks per person.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

40 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

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Dinner Show on the Bosphorus

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3rd Day: Istanbul

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Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day at the aromatic Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans. Next, take a boat ride along the Bosphorus, enjoy views of old palaces and traditional houses as you sail through the heart of the city; the border between Europe and Asia.

After disembarking, enjoy time exploring the city at your own pace (no included transfer back to the hotel). We recommend an optional excursion to the key attractions of the Anatolian side of the city to discover more of Istanbul*. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Optional half-day Anatolian Istanbul excursion with lunch: explore the Anatolian side, home to some of the country's most beautiful architecture, from the iconic Beylerbeyi Palace to the murals adorning the winding streets. Drive to Camlica Hill, in the underrated Üsküdar district. Take in the panoramic views from the highest point and soak up the bustling atmosphere from the city below. Enjoy lunch included.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

40 Reviews

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Activities

included
Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit

Moderate

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Optional
Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch

Moderate

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4th Day: Istanbul - Ankara

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Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the way. Arrive and enjoy a panoramic tour of Ankara, the Turkish capital and a modern and cosmopolitan city steeped in history and ancient culture.

Later, pay a visit to Anıtkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk. Inaugurated in 1953, it’s dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Ankara.

Estimated distance and travel time: 280 miles, 6 hrs approx.

The timing indication shows the effective time of driving, it doesn't consider the obligatory stops every 2 hours lasting an average of 15 minutes each.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Radisson Blu Hotel, Ankar... or similar
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1441 Reviews

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Activities

included
Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

Light

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5th Day: Ankara - Cappadocia

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today, begin your journey to incredible Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations. Pass by the spectacular Salt Lake along the way.

Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer to the hotel. Head to a wonderful ceramic workshop where you’ll witness the traditional way of creating ceramic objects, from everyday artifacts to true works of art. Enjoy a visit to a precious stone shop and gain insight into the process of turning the raw material into stunning jewelry. Based on operative reasons this activities might be done the next day.

The remainder of the day is yours to begin discovering the landscapes of this magical region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To contemplate an unforgettable scene, we recommend our optional safari and sunset tour* for an adrenaline rush through the valleys of the city. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Estimated distance and travel time: 190 miles, 5 hrs approx.

The timing indication shows the effective time of driving, it doesn't consider the obligatory stops every 2 hours lasting an average of 15 minutes each.

*Optional Jeep safari and sunset in Cappadocia: Immerse yourself in the magical Cappadocia valley landscape, enjoying the sunset as you do impressive, adrenaline-pumping dips, donuts, and tricks, in a 4X4 jeep.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramada By Wyndham Cappado... or similar
tripadvisor rating

892 Reviews

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Activities

included
Salt Lake Visit

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Jeep Safari and Sunset in Cappadocia

Challenging

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6th Day: Cappadocia

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Breakfast at the hotel. Why not start the day with an optional hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia*, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Next, you have the chance to enjoy an optional visit to Kaimakli**, the incredible underground city*.

Mid-morning, discover the fascinating landscapes of Cappadocia, formed by the erosion of layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, a Byzantine monastic complex with beautiful frescoes.

Explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the captivating "Fairy Chimneys" are located, followed by a visit to a local carpet workshop. Afterwards you can enjoy an optional Turkish night in Cappadocia***. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

*Optional Hot Air Balloon flight: float over Cappadocia's fairy chimneys, tuff valleys and rock-cut churches and experience the sunrise from a unique viewpoint on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight. Enjoy panoramic sunrise views, celebrate with a non-alcoholic beverage and a personalized flight certificate. Minimum age limit for children: 6 years old.

Please note: The hot air balloon flight depends on weather conditions at the destination and will be confirmed the day before. If the activity cannot take place, it will be refunded upon return.

**Optional visit to Kaimakli, the underground city: discover the maze of tunnels and rooms carved eight levels deep into the earth 12 miles from the city of Nevsehir. Believed to have been built in the Hittite period, it's the widest of the underground cities in the region.

***Optional Turkish night in Cappadocia: A fun evening filled with typical dances from the different regions in Turkey, including the famous belly dance. Enjoy this colorful event and the party atmosphere as you take in the traditions of the area! Unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non alcoholic) during the show.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramada By Wyndham Cappado... or similar
tripadvisor rating

892 Reviews

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Activities

included
Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion

Moderate

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Optional
Turkish Night in Cappadocia

Light

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Ballooning in Cappadocia

Moderate

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Visit to Kaymakli, the Underground City

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7th Day: Cappadocia - Istanbul

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Breakfast at the hotel. You're returning to Istanbul today. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport to catch a flight back to the city. Arrive in Istanbul, transfer to the hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul ... or similar
tripadvisor rating

40 Reviews

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8th Day: Istanbul - Athens

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Breakfast* at the hotel. Ready to discover the wonders of one of the greatest civilisations of all time and walk in the footsteps of the greats, from Socrates to Aristotle? At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Athens. 

Touch down in Athens and transfer to the hotel, in the heart of the city where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of the mega-metropolis. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the vibrant Athenian neighbourhoods and sampling delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Polis Grand or similar
tripadvisor rating

1576 Reviews

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9th Day: Athens

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today enjoy an Athens Sightseeing Tour including the Acropolis and the New Acropolis Museum. Begin in the center of the city, the Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier and the National library.

On-route to the Acropolis you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and a quick stop at Panathenaic Stadium, where the first Modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. During the Acropolis visit witness the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally the famous Parthenon.

Your first taste of Athens would not be complete without a visit to the Acropolis Museum, a modern architectural building where you can admire the wonders and architectural masterpieces of the classical era. Return to your hotel with the remainder of your day at leisure. Overnight stay in Athens.

Please note: At the Athens Acropolis, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Polis Grand or similar
tripadvisor rating

1576 Reviews

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Activities

included
Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour

Moderate

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10th Day: Athens - Delphi - Kalambaka

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today head for Delphi. En route, discover the cities via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus.

Arrive in Delphi and visit the Archaeological Site of the 4th-century-B.C. This extensive mountainside archaeological complex contains the beautiful remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, as well as an ancient stadium and theater. Next, depart for Kalambaka, passing through picturesque villages and towns of Central Greece. Dinner and overnight stay in Kalambaka.

Please note: At Delphi, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and includes a number of stairs and steep paths. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Amalia Kalambaka or similar
tripadvisor rating

755 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to Delphi Archeological Site

Moderate

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11th Day: Kalambaka - Meteora - Athens

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today you’ll visit the striking rock formation, Meteora, an incredibly unique scenery with ageless Monasteries protruding from the rocks. These priceless historical and religious treasures stand between sky and earth on the top of the cliffs. An incredible sight to behold.

In the afternoon return to Athens via Trikala, Lamia, Thermopylae with a short stop to see Leonida's Monument. Arrive in Athens early in the evening and transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Athens.

Please note: At Meteora, the terrain is quite uneven underfoot and you will be required to climb a number of stairs in order to visit the monasteries. It may not be suitable for those with reduced mobility. Modest dress is required to enter the monasteries of Meteora. This includes a long skirt (not trousers) and covered neckline/shoulders for women, and long trousers for men. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Polis Grand or similar
tripadvisor rating

1576 Reviews

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Activities

included
Visit to the Meteora Monasteries

Moderate

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12th Day: Athens - Paros

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Enjoy your early morning breakfast* and at indicated time transfer to the port for your ferry to Paros. This beautiful Greek island in the Aegean Sea is best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Upon arrival on transfer to your hotel for check in. The remainder of the day is free for you to enjoy at your leisure and discover this beautiful island. We recommend a stroll around Naoussa’s picture-perfect streets. Overnight stay in Paros.

*Please note: You may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast this morning due to the early departure time of the ferry to Paros.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Parosland Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

280 Reviews

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13th Day: Paros

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Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy your day at your own pace as today is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. We recommend heading to Kolymbithres Beach, famous for its unique granite formations and crystal clear waters, and a walk around picturesque Parikia Village brimming with cafés and restaurants. We have an exciting array of recommended optional* activities and excursions listed below. Overnight stay in Paros.

*Optional Cruise Around Antiparos (Beach exploration & BBQ): Discover the island of Antiparos with its untamed wild beauty. Take an unforgettable cruise around the island, discover Panteronissi where the turquoise waters resemble a natural swimming pool. Next, sail around the cliffs and view the wild morphology of the southeast coast surrounded by cliffs plunging into the sea forming a succession of caves, including the Mastihari cave. The itinerary is indicative as the captain will choose the best spots for each cruise according to weather conditions. In the evening enjoy a BBQ prepared by your captain!

Why not make the most of your time in the Greek Islands with our great value Island Experiences Pack of 2 Optional Excursions, available in the next step of the booking process. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Parosland Hotel or similar
tripadvisor rating

280 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Cruise Around Antiparos (Beach exploration & BBQ)

Light

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Island Experiences: Pack of 2 Excursions: Cruise Around Antiparos (Beach exploration & BBQ) + Santorini Traditional Bus Tour

Light

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14th Day: Paros - Santorini

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Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning transfer to the port for your ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival on the Island of Santorini, transfer to your hotel for check in. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure, we recommend a visit to admire the spectacular caldera with white washed houses perched on the edge, created by the eruption of the islands’ volcano. Overnight stay in Santorini.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
El Greco Resort & Spa or similar
tripadvisor rating

2425 Reviews

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15th Day: Santorini

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Breakfast at the hotel. Today you have the day to discover Santorini at your own pace. Why not relax in one of the cafe's while you watch the world go by or explore the volcanic surroundings of the island known worldwide as the 'island of romance'. To make sure you get the most out of your itinerary, why not enjoy one of our recommended optional activities and excursions listed below.* Overnight stay in Santorini.

*Please note: Due to timings, you will only be able to enjoy one of the optional activities listed below, so please pick the one you prefer:

Traditional Santorini Bus Tour: During this exciting bus adventure, stop at the most prominent locations on the island. Explore Emporio Village and its medieval fortress, one of the oldest and most traditional villages of Santorini, built like a small labyrinth. Next, take a guided tour of Akrotiri aka “Prehistoric Pompei” or “Lost Atlantis”, buried and preserved by the volcanic ash of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history (17th century BC). You then enjoy some free time on Perissa Beach to have lunch and relax at one of the longest black sandy beaches in the Cyclades. Next, stop at Santorini winery for a tasting of Santorini's distinctive wines and learn about one of the oldest vineyards in Europe. Finish your tour with a short stop at the highest peak of Santorini to admire the island’s striking panoramic view. Finally, transfer to Oia, the most photographed village in Greece. Experience its legendary sunset at your leisure.

Optional Sunset On Board: Begin this beautiful journey at the volcano of Santorini in Nea Kameni Island, take photos of the active crater and walk on its rims. Next, stop at Palia Kameni where you can dive and swim in the hot springs created by the volcano. Sail above the underwater craters from Palia Kameni to Thirasia Island, the boat will anchor and you will have the time to savour some local wine. In the north cape of Santorini you will admire the magical view of Oia village with its famous white houses! The end of the excursion comes at sunset. The boat sets sail as the sun dives into the sea.

Optional Caldera – Oia Excursion (Volcano–Hot Springs–Thirassia–Oia–Sunset): An exciting and adventurous excursion that begins sailing with a traditional wooden boat, a kaiki, to the volcano. Climb for approximately 30 minutes to explore dramatic rocky scenery. Next, the boat will anchor at around 220 feet from the hot springs, so you can swim to and from the boat. Next, enjoy some free time for lunch (not included) and a swim  in Thirassia, Fisherman’s Island. After you’ve rested up at lunch, climb 200 steps to reach the top of Oia village, where you will enjoy the legendary sunset. Transfer back to the hotel.

Optional Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour: Treat yourself to a fun & informative Santorini cooking class and wine tasting tour including a culinary feast filled with Santorini flavors and classic Greek island dishes. During your food tour visit 2 traditional Santorini wineries to taste their vintages and then help a knowledgeable local chef prepare three of Santorini’s signature dishes at a traditional restaurant. Enjoy all your freshly-cooked creations at the end of your cooking lesson and taste wine the estate locally produces.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
El Greco Resort & Spa or similar
tripadvisor rating

2425 Reviews

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Activities

Optional
Full-day Santorini traditional bus tour

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Volcanic Islands Sunset Dinner Cruise

Light

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Excursion from Caldera to Oia

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Wine and Food Lovers - Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

Light

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16th Day: Santorini - Athens

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Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the port for your ferry to Athens. It’s your last day in the Greek Capital so make the most of it and enjoy this vibrant city. Why not do some souvenir shopping and head to some of the many foodie neighborhoods to enjoy your final taste of the delicious greek gastronomy. Overnight stay in Athens.

Please note: 

APRIL-MAY-OCTOBER: the regular ferries which run and connect Santorini with Athens depart from Santorini in the afternoon and arrive at Athens in the night. The approximate duration is 7h 30 min. Therefore you can enjoy some free time in Santorini on this day but not in Athens.

JUNE-JULY-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER: the regular ferries which run and connect Santorini with Athens depart from Santorini early in the morning and arrive at Athens in the afternoon. The approximate duration is 7h 30 minTherefore you can enjoy some free time in Athens on this day.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Polis Grand or similar
tripadvisor rating

1576 Reviews

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17th Day: Athens - UK/Ireland

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Breakfast* at the hotel. After an unforgettable journey through Greece and Turkey, it's time to bring your trip to a close. At the indicated time, transfer to Athens airport for a flight back to UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.**

*Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.

**Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in UK/Ireland the next day.

Included activities

Included

Visit to the Mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent.

Included activity for day 2 in Istanbul

Visit the Suleiman the Magnificent Mosque located on the third hill of Istanbul built by the famous imperial architect Mimar Sinan, one of his greatest masterpieces.

Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

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Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit

Included activity for day 3 in Istanbul

Enjoy a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate the views of Istanbul's old palaces and traditional riverside houses before heading to the famous Spice Bazaar.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Ankara & Ataturk Mausoleum

Included activity for day 4 in Ankara

Pay a visit to Ataturk Mausoleum in Ankara, dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey.

Duration 01:30h Approx. Pick up time: 13:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

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Salt Lake Visit

Included activity for day 5 in Cappadocia

On the journey towards Cappadocia, pay a visit to the spectacular Salt Lake.

Duration 00:45h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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Pack of 3 Excursions - Istanbul Package

Suggested activity for day 1 in Istanbul

Add 3 activities at once and save! This package includes: a full-day tour of Istanbul, a half-day tour of Anatolia, plus dinner and show on a Bosphorus cruise.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Challenging

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Optional
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You can find a description of each activity in the itinerary. If you prefer, you also have the option to book each one separately.

Pack of 3 Excursions - Cappadocia Package

Suggested activity for day 1 in Cappadocia

Add 3 activities at once and save! This package includes a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, a Turkish Night plus a sunset 4x4 tour.

Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Challenging

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Full-Day Istanbul City Tour

Suggested activity for day 2 in Istanbul

Begin by visiting Topkapi Palace, once residence to the Ottoman Sultans. Make a photo-stop at the Hagia Sophia, which you can enter on your own later. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of the outside of the iconic Blue Mosque.

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

Physical rating:

Challenging

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Dinner Show on the Bosphorus

Suggested activity for day 2

Boat trip on the Bosphorus (1.5 h approx.), with dinner on board. See the illuminated suspension bridges of Istanbul at night. Includes dance shows (belly dance and dervish), Turkish music show and two drinks per person.

Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 19:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Moderate

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  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Istanbul, Athens - UK/Ireland*.
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  • Internal flights: Cappadocia - Istanbul and Istanbul - Athens**.
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  • 16 nights hotel accommodation in Superior category hotels***.
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  • 16 breakfasts and 4 dinners.
  • All transfers
  • Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide****.
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities******.
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  • Ferries Athens - Paros - Santorini - Athens on economy class*****.
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  • Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul.
  • Athens & Acropolis tour. Visit to Delphi Archeological Site & Meteora Monasteries.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.

*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Drinks, entrance fees, city taxes* and tips** (approx. 40$ per person in Turkey) and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night). City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.

* Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $5 per person. This payment is imposed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and is mandatory for all passengers entering their country. This tourist tax is not included in the total booking amount and it will be collected by the tour guide in order to be paid to the authorities.

** Mandatory tips of 30 USD per person (for Guides, drivers, porters and waiters) are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay for during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Turkish culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not.

*If you are travelling with Vueling, Ryanair or Wizz Air, we recommend that you check-in online to avoid additional charges. Your reservation includes only one small piece of hand luggage per person (40 cm x 20 cm x 25 cm) which must be placed under the seat in front of you on the plane. Additional luggage (both hand and hold luggage) can be purchased in advanced via the airline's website. Any extra luggage that does not meet the specified dimensions and is not booked in advance will be subject to additional fees at the airport.

**Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" or delivered to you on arrival at your destination. It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.

The maximum baggage weight for the Cappadocia – Istanbul flight is 15KG.

***The hotels of the Superior Category in Istanbul are not close to the city center (Taksim). For the 2 upper categories the hotels in Istanbul are close to the city center.

****The order of the itinerary and visits may vary, depending on operational factors and climate conditions.

The order of the itinerary changes according to the arrival date and is determined based on the days you travel to Cappadocia, which are Tuesday and Friday. Therefore, the 4 nights in Istanbul are distributed accordingly:

Monday and Friday arrivals: 3 nights in Istanbul at the beginning, 1N Ankara, 2N Cappadocia and 1N at the end in Istanbul.

Tuesday and Saturday arrivals: 2 nights in Istanbul at the beginning, 1N Ankara, 2N Cappadocia and 2N at the end in Istanbul.


******This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Turkey! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities.  


About Turkey:

Please note that arrival transfers are shared, the maximum waiting time at the airport is 90 minutes.

Please note: maximum group size is 52 people.

Please note: Any hotel mentioned in the offer, whether the main one or an alternative, is as likely as each other to be confirmed. You will find your final hotel confirmation on your updated trip summary 7 days before departure.

If you choose the Sup. Istanbul Center category, only the location and category of the hotel in Istanbul will change. The rest of the hotels in your itinerary will be the same in each category. In the event of any changes, the hotels you stay at will always be in the same category as you selected, or a superior one.

Please note: Mandatory tips of 30 USD per person (for Guides, drivers, porters and waiters) are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay in Turkey. 

Please note that passengers arriving to Turkey from January 15th 2023 onwards must make a tourism tax payment of $5 per person. This payment is imposed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and is mandatory for all passengers entering their country. This tourist tax is not included in the total booking amount and it will be collected by the tour guide in order to be paid to the authorities.

Payments at destination with credit or debit cards may be subject to commission and fluctuations in currency exchange. We recommend making all payments in cash.

About Greece:

Important: 

APRIL-MAY-OCTOBER: the regular ferries which run and connect Santorini with Athens depart from Santorini in the afternoon and arrive at Athens in the night. The approximate duration is 7h 30 min. Therefore you can enjoy some free time in Santorini on this day but not in Athens.

JUNE-JULY-AUGUST-SEPTEMBER the regular ferries which run and connect Santorini with Athens depart from Santorini early in the morning and arrive at Athens in the afternoon. Therefore you can enjoy some free time in Athens on this day.

*****The ferries included in this itinerary are conventional ferries running at average speed such as Blue Star or Super Ferry. They should not be considered high speed nor super-fast ferries or fast ferries.
And, in case of adverse conditions, there may be changes to the ferry timings.

NOTE: Due to timings, in Santorini you will only be able to enjoy one of the optional activities listed, so please pick the one you prefer.

• We recommend taking cash in the local currency with you on this trip, as withdrawing cash at ATMs is not always possible or easy in Greece. City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.
• We cannot guarantee rooms with a sea view in the Greek Islands.
• The group may be allocated in different hotels depending on group size and hotel availability.
• Hotel ratings in Greece are not governed by the same standards as those in the UK/Ireland, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.
• Beach chairs / sun loungers are not included.
• Due to the nature of the destination the terrain can be uneven at times, it may require you to walk on a rocky path, and up and down hills.
• For wheelchair users this trip is upon request, please contact us for further information.
• Triple rooms: Usually triple rooms in Greece will have a double bed/ two single beds and a rollaway or sofa bed. We can't guarantee triple rooms with 3 beds of the same size.

  • Turkey
  • Greece
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of 6 months validity.

    • Visa

      Visa is not required.

    • Currency

      Turkish Lira

    • Language

      Turkish

    • Electricity

      230 V 50 Hz

    • Health

      Vaccines recommended: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/408/hepatitis-a-vaccine-recommendations-for-turkey-updated

    • Time zone

      UTC + 03:00.

    • Tourist Office website

      https://www.goturkiye.com/

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    The extra bed in hotels are fold-out style and smaller in size than a standard single bed. Triple rooms are not bigger or more spacious only because they are occupied by 3 people.

    Children: 2-11 years.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice


    Room allocation: We will do our best to accommodate your family in the same room. If availability doesn't permit this, we guarantee your family will be accommodated as close together as possible. Children will always be accomodated in a room with at least 1 adult.

    Car seats: Not available in all destinations. Feel free to take your own if you need one.

    Pay in installments

    Pay only 60% today to reserve your trip.

    Rest is paid in instalments according to your departure date.

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