Greece & Turkey in 12 Days

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Amazing Ruins, Istanbul & Cappadocia

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A captivating sightseeing tour through Greece and Turkey. Tick off all the major archaeological and cultural sights, explore Istanbul and discover the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia!

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Acropolis of Athens
Athens
Delphi
Kalambaka
Meteora
Ankara
Cappadocia
Istanbul
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All flights
Accommodation
Some transfers
Activities
Some meals
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Departures available until
until October 2023
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From + $450
Categories available
charm 2
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Accommodation: 10 Nights

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Included activities

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Included activity for day 3 in Delphi
Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Physical rating:
Moderate

Visit to Delphi Archeological Site

Head to Delphi via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arachova, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus. Upon arrival, visit the archaeological site, home to the Temple of Apollo and the Treasury of the Athenians.

What's included: Transfer, Professional Guide & Visit to Delphi Archeological Site. Not included: Visit the Museum in Delphi is not included. Meals, tips and any other service not mentioned.

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Included activity for day 4 in Meteora
Duration 11:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Physical rating:
Moderate

Meteora Monasteries

Established between the 12th and 16th centuries, visit up to two of these ancient sites and enjoy the amazing views across the Plain of Thessaly. Approx. 3 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at each monastery.

What's included: Transfer, Professional Guide & Meteora Monasteries tour Not included: Approx. 3 euros per person entrance fee to be paid at each monastery. Meals, tips and any other service not mentioned

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Included activity for day 5 in Acropolis of Athens
Duration 04:45h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx
Physical rating:
Moderate

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

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Included activity for day 8 in Istanbul
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:00 Approx
Physical rating:
Moderate

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.

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
Optional
Suggested activity for day 5
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx

Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion

Afternoon excursion to Cape Sounion

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Optional
Suggested activity for day 7 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: Guide, lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers.

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Optional
Suggested activity for day 8 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: Guide, lunch, entrance tickets to the sites mentioned, round-trip transfers

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Suggested activity for day 10 in Cappadocia
Duration 01:15h Approx. Pick up time: 05:00 Approx
Physical rating:
Light

Ballooning in Cappadocia

Enjoy an exciting 40-minute hot air balloon flight and float over the Cappadocia ‘Fairy Chimneys’, including a toast and flight certificate after landing.

What's included: Transfer to take the hot-air balloon included, 40 minutes hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia.

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The price includes

  • premium care
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  • Departures from main US airports.
  • International flights: US - Athens, Athens - Istanbul, Istanbul - US.
  • Internal flights: Istanbul - Cappadocia - Istanbul. *
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  • 10 nights hotel accommodation in Charm, Superior & Luxury category hotels.**
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  • 10 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
  • Some transfers included.***
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  • 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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  • Bosphorus Cruise in Istanbul.
  • 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

Turkey: In case your flight is arriving/taking off from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) International Airport, transfers are not included and you could add them for an extra cost during the booking process.

Drinks, entrance fees*, city taxes** and tips (approx. 40$ per person) 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). City taxes must be paid in cash directly to the hotels.

Please note: Mandatory tips of $40 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. 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.

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.

* 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 category of hotels in Greece is not standardized as in other countries. This should be considered when selecting the desired category of accommodation.

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

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

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.

Please note: Mandatory tips of $40 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. 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.

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. 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.
  • This itinerary is a semi independent tour. It includes accommodation, some activities and transfers, but you will not be accompanied by a guide throughout the entire trip.
  • Hotel ratings in Greece are not governed by the same standards as those in the US, so please keep this in mind when selecting your desired accommodation category.
  • 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.
  • Please note that there is no luggage assistance included throughout the trip. We recommend packing accordingly.
  • Entry requirements
    Valid passport or identity card.
  • Visa
    No visa is required to enter the country for stays less than 90 days.
  • Currency
    Euro.
  • Language
    Greek.
  • Electricity
    230 V. 50 Hz. Adapter not required.
  • Health
    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the US.
  • Time zone
    UTC + 02:00.
  • Tourist Office website
    www.visitgreece.gr

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.

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.

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

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.

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 approximately 7 days before departure.

If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 888-488-0592 or via our contact form.

 

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