Marvel at Istanbul`s awesome architectural heritage, pay homage to the Anzacs and veterans of Gallipoli, clamour over the ruins of ancient Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus, soak up the party atmosphere in the resort town of Kusadasi, then live your Greek island fantasy. Why not kickback on the green oasis of Samos; chill on the spectacular volcanic island of Santorini; soak up the sun on Mykonos and Ios; and explore remains of the golden age of Greece in Athens.
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours free to explore. Overnight Istanbul
Sunday: Istanbul Old City
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional `Half day Bosphorous cruise`.
Monday: 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, original trenches and tunnels and the Nek.
Tuesday: Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum
This morning, 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.
Wednesday: 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 its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
Thursday: 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 lush-green Samos.
Friday: Mykonos, Delos
Free day today. Spend the day on the beach, stroll around the town or take a trip to one of the small villages 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.
Saturday: 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.
Sunday: Santorini optional boat trip
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.
Monday: Santorini to Athens
Soak up the sun on the black sand beaches before we board an afternoon ferry to the mainland.
Tuesday: Athens Old City
This morning you will have half day tour and visit Acropolis, stop at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrians 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.
After breakfast, we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport. (B)
Throughout this tour you will be staying on a bed and breakfast basis at a range of 3 and 4-star accommodatios. Depending on availability and group size the supplier will choose the hotels in each city. Guests will have a choice of different room types, varying from a single bed in a shared room, twin room, and a single room
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Trip Name: Constantinople to Hellas Tour 12 Days
Duration: 12 Days
From Price: 3157
Trip Code: 168176
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