Turkey & Greece in 17 Days
Treasures of Anatolia & Greek Odyssey
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!
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Experience the history and culture of Greece & Turkey. Get lost in the bazaars of Istanbul, 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.
17 days trip including flights*
16 days and 15 nights in destination
NYC - IST
NYC - IST
JTR - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
It's time to discover the immense history and incredible landscapes of Turkey! Arrive at your US departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul.* Night on board.
* 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.
Arrive in the bustling melting-pot of Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey and a city of immense history, wonderful culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled and, if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring this historic, lively city. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a day to explore Istanbul at your own pace. Discover its labyrinthine bazaars, colourful city life and eclectic architecture. To make sure you see all the top sights, we recommend an optional full-day city tour!* Overnight stay in Istanbul.
*Optional Full-Day Istanbul City Tour: See the most emblematic sights in Istanbul, beginning with the incredible Hagia Sophia Basilica and the Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Sultanahmet before continuing to the iconic Blue Mosque and the historic Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4000 shops!
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, which runs through the heart of the city, marking the border between Europe and Asia. Appreciate captivating views of the old palaces of the Sultans and traditional riverside houses as you view the city from a different perspective. Disembark and head to the famous Spice Bazaar, established by the Ottomans and filled with exotic aromas. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the delights of Istanbul at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to the Anatolian side of the city to see its more important sights and discover more of Istanbul!* Overnight stay in Istanbul.
*Optional Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion: Explore the 'Asian' or Anatolian side of Istanbul including its ornate Beylerbeyi Palace, the historic Eyüp neighborhood and the hilltop Pierre Loti Cafe, for excellent views across the city and the old trading harbour known as the Golden Horn. Lunch included.
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin your journey to Ankara, crossing the spectacular mountains of Bolu along the route. 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 is dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. After the visit, continue your journey towards Cappadocia, passing by the spectacular Salt Lake and a 13th-century caravanserai along the way. Arrive in Cappadocia, famed for its unique geological formations and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover the fascinating region of Cappadocia today. This unique landscape was formed by the erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions produced by Mount Erciyes and Hasan over 3 million years ago! Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, an incredible Byzantine monastic complex containing the finest rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes. Next, explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the so-called "Fairy Chimneys" are located, an underground city built by the ancient local communities to defend themselves from attacks. End the day with a visit to local carpet, onyx and turquoise stone workshops, to learn about the production of these traditional products. This is a unique opportunity to purchase authentic quality souvenirs at good prices. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
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. Dive into Turkish cuisine, go shopping in the bazaars or enjoy some last-minute sightseeing! Overnight stay in Istanbul.
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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Discover Athens today with a guided sightseeing tour. Begin with a panoramic tour of the city to see the Parliament Building, the University, National Library and Academy of Arts. Be awe-struck by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, carved from marble and famous as the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. Next, pay a visit to the spectacular Athens Acropolis to explore one of the most famous archaeological sites on earth! Walk in the footsteps of the greats and finish the tour with an eye-opening visit to the New Acropolis Museum, home to the most impressive treasures unearthed from the Acropolis and ancient Athens.* The remainder of the day is free at your leisure to soak up the lively atmosphere of the city come nightfall and dine on delicious Greek cuisine. Overnight stay in Athens.
* Entrance fee must be paid at the destination (approx. 30 euros per person).
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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the capital behind as you travel to Delphi, thought to be the center of the ancient Greek world. In Ancient Greece, Delphi was the home of the Pythia, a priestess who had the ability to consult the Oracle in order to tell the future. Visit the archaeological site, home to the Temple of Apollo, the Athenian Stoa and the Treasury of the Athenians, and take in the captivating mountain views. Next, depart to Kalambaka (approx. 3.5 hr journey), home to amazing rock formations and ancient hilltop monasteries. Check-in and get settled at the hotel before enjoy an evening at your leisure. 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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day discovering the fascinating heritage of Meteora on an excursion to the floating Monasteries of Meteora.* Perched atop gravity-defying rocky peaks, the monasteries of Meteora are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 6 remaining monasteries are still active today. Established between the 12th and 16th centuries, the monks chose this isolated and hard to reach location to build their monasteries in order to escape the political and religious upheaval of the Middle Ages. Visit up to two of these ancient sites and enjoy the amazing views across the Plain of Thessaly. Afterwards, depart to Athens and transfer to the hotel (approx. 4.5 hr journey). The evening is free at your leisure to explore the atmosphere of Syntagma Square or enjoy the city's lively nightlife. Overnight stay in Athens.
* Entrance fee must be paid at the destination (approx. 3 euros per person at each monastery).
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.
Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to leave the mainland behind as you transfer to Piraeus Port to catch a ferry to Paros, a Greek island nestled in the heart of the Cyclades island group known for its picture-perfect beaches and traditional villages. Journey across the spectacular Aegean Sea before finally arriving in Paros. Transfer to your hotel and get settled in before enjoying the remainder of the day exploring the island at your leisure. 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.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure on the idyllic island of Paros. The island is well-known for its beautiful beaches, the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon, or why not pay a visit to the capital, Parikiá or the charming coastal village of Naoussa? We recommend an optional full-day cruise around the islands of Antiparos and Despotiko!* Overnight stay in Paros.
*Optional Antiparos & Despotiko Kaiki Cruise: Set sail aboard a traditional Kaiki, a wooden motor yacht, to explore the natural beauty of Antiparos and Despotiko. Transfer to Pounta port and begin an unforgettable day at sea, surrounded by the crystalline waters of the Aegean. Visit pristine beaches, sea caves and small islands as you discover the untamed beauty of the Cyclades. Explore the turquoise waters of Panteronissi, the cave of Mastihari and stop at several excellent swimming spots. BBQ lunch included.
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.
Enjoy breakfast, before setting off to Paros Port to catch a ferry to Santorini. One of Greece's best-loved islands, Santorini is known for its blue-roofed houses and soul-stirring sunsets. Arrive in Santorini and transfer to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure to explore the town and dine in style as you watch the sun slowly set over the Aegean Sea. Overnight stay in Santorini.
Breakfast at the hotel. Another day at leisure to enjoy the splendid island of Santorini. Crescent-shaped Santorini (or Thíra), the precious gem of the Aegean, is actually a group of islands consisting of Thíra, Thirassiá, Asproníssi, Palea and Nea Kaméni in the southernmost part of Cyclades. Known for its pretty white and blue houses, paradises beaches and lively nightlife, Santorini is the perfect place for a laid-back escape! Discover the highlights of the island with our full-day Santorini bus tour.* Overnight stay in Santorini.
*Optional Full-Day Santorini Bus Tour: Discover the highlights of Santorini on a full-day bus tour. Pay a visit to the Akrotiri Archaeological Site for a guided tour, talk a stroll through the traditional village of Emporio and enjoy some free time at Perissa Beach, the most famous black sand beach on the island. Take in the views from Profitis Ilias Mountain and enjoy wine tasting at Santorini Wine Museum, a family-run business nestled within a cave before ending the day in Oia, where you can watch the legendary Santorini sunset!
Breakfast at the hotel. Take the day at your leisure on Greece's most glamorous and cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. Stroll around its narrow marble streets and admire whitewashed houses with colourful doors and window frames, bougainvillaea trees in purple bloom and hidden churches. Alternatively, we recommend a fabulous half-day cruise to discover the natural wonders of the Santorini caldera! Overnight stay in Santorini.
*Optional Half-Day Santorini Volcano, Hot Springs & Thirassia Cruise: Set sail across Santorini's beautiful caldera to visit the islands of Nea Kameni and Thirasia on this 6-hour cruise. Board the sightseeing boat at the port and admire Santorini’s cliffs as you cruise to Nea Kameni. Here, enjoy some free time to walk around the volcanic crater and swim in the therapeutic hot springs. Afterwards, sail on to Thirassia to enjoy the traditional charms of this lesser-known island and explore its quiet villages. Free time for lunch before cruising back to Santorini.
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 Santorini airport for a flight back to the US.
* 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.
** Dependant on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US on the following day.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Clarion Hotel Golden Horn, DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Topkapi, Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul Golden Horn, Tryp by Wyndham Istanbul Topkapi 4*.
Included activity for day 4 in Istanbul
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar Visit
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.
Included activity for day 5 in Cappadocia
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Salt Lake & Caravanserai Visit
On the journey towards Cappadocia, pay a visit to the spectacular Salt Lake and a 13th-century caravanserai.
Included activity for day 6 in Cappadocia
Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Full-Day Highlights of Cappadocia Excursion
Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, home to rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes. Next, explore the Valleys of Avcilar, Pasabagi and Güvercinlik, where the "Fairy Chimneys" are located. End the day with a visit to a local artisan workshop.
Included activity for day 9 in Acropolis of Athens
Duration 04:45h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Athens Guided Sightseeing & Acropolis Tour
Discover the sights of both modern and ancient Athens including Consitution Square, the Athens Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis Museum. Entrance fees (approx. 30 euros per person) be paid at destination.
What's included: The Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum Not included: Meals and any other service not mentioned above
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Suggested activity for day 3 in Istanbul
Full-Day Istanbul City Tour with lunch
Begin with a visit to the Hagia Sophia Basilica and Topkapi Palace, once the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant before continuing to the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. End the afternoon at the bustling Grand Bazaar.
What's included: Lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers.
Suggested activity for day 4 in Istanbul
Half-Day Anatolian Istanbul Excursion with Lunch
Explore the Anatolian side of Istanbul including its Beylerbeyi Palace, the historic Eyüp neighborhood and the hilltop Pierre Loti Cafe, for excellent views across the city and the old trading harbour known as the Golden Horn. Lunch included.
What's included: Lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers
Suggested activity for day 13
Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 10:00 Approx
Antiparos & Despotiko Kaiki Cruise
Set sail aboard a traditional Kaiki, a wooden motor yacht, to explore the natural beauty of Antiparos and Despotiko. Visit pristine beaches, sea caves and small islands as you discover the untamed beauty of the Cyclades!
What's included: Round-trip transfers to/from your accommodation (or a stop next to it) to the port, Cruise on board a traditional kaiki with English-speaking crew, BBQ lunch on board, snack, fresh fruits, drinks (house wine, soft drinks, mineral water)
Suggested activity for day 13
Island Experiences: Pack of 2 Excursions
Make the most of your time on the Greek Islands of Paros and Santorini with this great value pack of 2 optional excursions. Includes a Kaiki Cruise from Paros and full-day Santorini bus tour!
What's included: Kaiki Boat Cruise to Antiparos & Despotiko, Full-Day Bus Tour of Santorini
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Istanbul, Istanbul - Athens, Santorini - US.
- Internal flights: Cappadocia - Istanbul. *more information
- 15 nights hotel accommodation in Charm & Luxury category hotels.See hotels included
- 15 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. **more informationSee itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Ferry transfers: Piraeus (Athens) - Paros - Santorini. ***more information
- Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul.
- Guide/s during the excursions.
Drinks, entrance fees*, city taxes** and tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Please consult the itinerary for details of the entrance fee costs (approx. 52 euros per person).
** A number of Greek cities impose an accommodation tax, which must be paid directly to the hotel (Aprox. 3-4€ per room per night).
* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days after you have made your booking 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.
Please note: For some departure dates, the journey between Istanbul and Ankara may be taken by high-speed train or internal flight, due to operational or climatic reasons.
** The order of the itinerary and visits may vary, depending on the schedule of the internal flights. The planned visits will be carried out in any case.
*** In case of adverse weather conditions, there may be changes to the ferry timings. Please keep in mind that the ferry ride from Piraeus (Athens) to Paros takes approximately 4 hours, and from Paros to Santorini takes approximately 3 hours.
There is no assigned seating on the ferries in Greece, instead, you will be able to choose a seat when you board.
Please note: For Greece, 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.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of three months validity.
- VisaVisa required. You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
- CurrencyTurkish Lira
- Electricity230 V 50 Hz
- HealthVaccines recommended: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/408/hepatitis-a-vaccine-recommendations-for-turkey-updated
- Time zoneUTC + 02:00.
- Tourist Office websitehttps://www.goturkeytourism.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.
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.
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