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Turkey to Greece Tour

Places Covered: Istanbul, Gallipoli Battlefields, Troy, Mykonos, Delos, Santorini
Duration: 12 days
Tour Cost: € 629

Explore the fascinating and historic lands around the Aegean Sea on this 12 day Turkey tour. Travelling by air-conditioned coaches and by boat, your holiday begins in Istanbul, with a full guided tour that visits all the must-see attractions like the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. You are also allowed plenty of free time for personal exploring. Travel onwards through Turkey to see ancient cities and temples in Troy and Ephesus and spend time in traditional Turkish villages. A whole day is set aside to experience the haunting and unforgettable trenches and memorials of the Gallipoli battlefields.

This is one of the best value Turkey tour packages available and despite the low cost, every night will be spent in 4 or 5 star hotels that include free Wi-Fi and morning breakfasts. When the time comes to leave Turkey you will take to the seas and visit charming Greek islands like Samos, Mykonos, Delos and Santorini using local ferry services. The tour ends in Athens, where you have two nights in the Greek capital and ample time to explore world-famous sites such as the Acropolis, the Olympic Stadium and the Parthenon.

There is no risk of booking this tour and then finding that it won’t go ahead as we guarantee all listed departures will take place. Booking in advance will give huge savings and unlike many cheap holidays to Turkey, there is no need to pay in full upfront as we just require a 10% deposit. This tour is the ideal way to discover a timeless region of Europe without the hassle of having to book individual tours and transport, with 11 fully inclusive experiences and several optional excursions. These Greece and Turkey holidays attract people of all ages from around the world so it is a great way to meet new people and really enjoy your time in Europe.

DAY 01

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore.

Overnight Istanbul

DAY 02

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast you will enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.

Breakfast. Overnight Istanbul

DAY 03

Gallipoli Battlefields

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly and The Nek, original trenches and tunnels.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Canukkale

DAY 04

Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning we step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Kusadasi

DAY 05

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for producing fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and so we visit a carpet village to learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Kusadasi

DAY 06

Kusadasi, Samos

Leaving Turkey, we take a ferry to Samos and depending on ferry schedules; we may head straight for Mykonos or spend a day exploring the lush green island of Samos.

Breakfast. Overnight Mykonos

DAY 7

Mykonos, Delos

Spend the day on the beach or take an optional day trip to the neighbouring island of Delos. This Mecca of Ancient Greece is today an island wide, open-air museum.

Breakfast. Overnight Mykonos

DAY 08

Mykonos to Santorini

Revitalize with an early morning swim and wander the charming white-washed narrow alleyways of Mykonos Town before an afternoon ferry to Santorini.

Breakfast. Overnight Santorini

DAY 09

Santorini optional boat trip

The day is yours free to spend as you wish. Why not take an optional boat trip in the world’s biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Visit the active volcano, swim in the warm thermal waters and take a therapeutic mud bath.

Breakfast. Overnight Santorini

DAY 10

Santorini to Athens

Soak up the sun on the black sand beaches before we board an afternoon ferry to the mainland.

Breakfast. Overnight Athens

DAY 11

Athens Old City

This morning you will have a half day tour of Athens and visit the Acropolis, stopping at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch. At the Acropolis visit the museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon (entrance fees not included).

Breakfast. Overnight Athens

DAY 12

Athens

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our new friends.

Breakfast

What's Included:

  • 11 Nights 4-star accommodation in twin-share rooms
  • 11 Breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • 11 Experiences – please see Experiences tab for more information.
  • Transportation by ferries between the Greek islands and a fully air-conditioned coach in Turkey.
  • English-speaking tour guide for the duration of your tour. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.
  • Inbound Airport Transfer (ONLY If arriving on tour start date or if Pre tour accommodation is booked with us - Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport)
  • Outbound Airport Transfer (ONLY If departing on tour finish date or if Post tour accommodation is booked with us - Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport)
  • Transfers between ports and hotels in Greece
  • Entrance fees in Turkey included
  • Entrance fees in Greece not included

Tour Experiences



Istanbul

1 Included Experiences

Tour of the City

After arriving in Turkey and transferring to your hotel the rest of the days is yours free to explore this bustling Eurasian city. The next day you will enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, where you will see the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.



Gallipoli

1 Included Experience

Tour of the Battlefields

We visit the WWII battlefields of Gallipoli, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Blair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels, The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum.



Troy

1 Included Experience

Tour of Troy

You will be taken on a guided tour of the ancient city of Troy, home of the famed Trojan horse.



Pergamum

1 Included Experience

Tour of Pergamum

Visit the site of Pergamum and its magnificent acropolis, temples and library.



Ephesus & Kusadasi

3 Included Experience

Tour of Ephesus

You will take a guided tour of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the best preserved ancient city in Turkey, Ephesus.

Visit the village of Sirince

We then visit the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for producing fruit wines.

Carpet Village

Experience the craft of traditional Turkish carpet hand-weaving at a carpet village.



Samos / Mykonos

1 Included Experience

Visit Samos or Mykonos

We will take a ferry ride to Samos and may head straight for Mykonos or spend a day exploring the lush island of Samos.



Mykonos

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Excursion

Free Day in Mykonos

The day is yours to spend as you wish on this beautiful island.

Optional Excursion:

Day-trip off the island of Delos.



Santorini

1 Included Experience

1 Optional Excursion

Free Day in Santorini

You will have a free full-day and the following morning on Santorini to relax on the black sandy beaches before we take an afternoon ferry to the mainland.



Optional Excursions:

  • Boat day-trip in the world’s biggest volcanic crater


Athens

1 Included Experience

Tour of Athens

We take a half-day tour of Athens and visit the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era where held, the Temple of Olympia Zeus and the Arch of Hadrian. You will see the Acropolis and visit its museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon (entrance fees not included).

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