HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY & GREECE

Cultural tour of Turkey & Greece

Two of Europe's richest civilisations have been combined in one 14 days journey. We start with Constantinople - or modern day Istanbul in Turkey and through Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Marmaris we cross over to the historical city of Rhodes in Greece. Santorini, Mykonos and Athens are gifts of Greece to the modern world.

Tour Information
Tour Duration : 14 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : 25 persons
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Istanbul (TURKEY)
Day 02: Istanbul
(B)
Day 03: Istanbul/Canakkale (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Canakkale/Troy/Pergamum/Kusadasi (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Kusadasi/Ephesus/Kusadasi
(B, D)
Day 06: Kusadasi/Hierapolis/Pamukkale/Marmaris (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Marmaris/Rhodes (Ferry) (GREECE)
(B)
Day 08: Rhodes/Santorini (Flight)
(B)
Day 09: Santorini
(B)
Day 10: Santorini/Mykonos (Ferry)
(B)
Day 11: Mykonos
(B)
Day 12: Mykonos/Athens (Ferry)
(B)
Day 13: Athens
(B)
Day 14: Depart Athens
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Istanbul (TURKEY)

Upon your arrival at Ataturk Airport, you will be met by our representative before transfer to your Hotel.  Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.  Check in time starts at 1500 hrs.  Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city.   The rest of  the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Overnight: Radisson BLU Pera Hotel, Istanbul (2 nights)

Day 02: Istanbul

After breakfast at the hotel, a guided tour to Topkapi Palace , St. Sophia, Blue Mosque.  We are certain that you will be amazed when you discover the variety of historical monuments, including palaces, museums, cisterns, fountains, and pillars, which surround you on all sides. Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. You can experience the magnificence of both the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire one after the other. The architectural secrets of these two buildings, have yet to be fully unraveled.  A trip to Istanbul is not complete without a visit to the Spice Market. The Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı), otherwise known as the Spice Bazaar, is the place to be to lay in a fresh supply of spices, nuts, honeycomb, Turkish delight, dried figs, caviar and mature hard Turkish cheese. You will encounter Istanbul firsthand, which you have previously only seen on films and postcards, and read about in history books.  The day ends wıth an overnight stay in Istanbul. (B)

Day 03: Istanbul/Canakkale (Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove, Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine and 57.th regiment memorial as well as the war museum.  The reason for the campaign was to break the stalemate on the Western and Eastern Front and to help the Russians. It is perceived as a defining moment in the nation's history—a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the Ottoman Empire crumbled. The struggle formed the basis for the Turkish war independence and the founding of the Republic Of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a commander at Gallipoli. The campaign is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand and the date of the landing 25 April, is known as "Anzac Day". It remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans.

Overnight: Kolin Hotel, Canakkale (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04: Canakkale/Troy/Pergamum/Kusadasi (Drive)

After breakfast at the hotel drive to legendary to Troy - Turkish: Truva or Troya, is an ancient city in northwestern Turkey, made famous in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. According to Iliad, this is where the legendary Trojan War took place.  Today it is an archaeological site popular with travellers from all over the world, and in addition to being a Turkish national park, It is on the World Heritage list of Unesco. Crossing the legendary mountain Ida arrival to Pergamum visit Acropolis.  The Acropolis of Pergamum (Pergamon) is certainly dramatic, perched atop a high, steep-sided hill to the northeast of the modern city center.  The great temples and dramatic theater are visible from anywhere in the city, as they were meant to be.  Byzantine rule has also left its mark on Pergamum. Excavations however point to a much earlier settlement in Pergamum dating back to the Early Bronze Age.  Pergamum played a significant role in the Ancient Mediterranean stage.  Visiting Pergamon with its well preserved remains before continuing to  Kusadasi for the overnight.

Overnight: Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi (2 nights) (B, D)


Day 05: Kusadasi/Ephesus/Kusadasi

Morning drive to Ancient city of  Ephesus - once, the trade centre of the ancient world, a religious centre of the early Christianity . Here is nothing like standing on the stage of the amphitheater where St. John spoke to the Ephesians, walking through the ruins of the ancient library where scholars studied, and seeing 2000 years old plumbing more sophisticated than in parts of the world today. The ruins that are now visible give you some idea of the city's original composition, and the names associated with the ruins are a reminder of its former status as a major port of the ancient world. The Library of Celsus, which was reconstructed from the original pieces, was originally built in 125 BC by Julius Aquila, and held over 12,000 scrolls, making it the largest library in the Mediterranean. After the visit we will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets & leather. (B, D)

Day 06: Kusadasi/Hierapolis/Pamukkale/Marmaris (Drive)

After breakfast, visit the ancient the magnificent Hierapolis - whose name means "sacred city," was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians. Today, Hierapolis is a World heritage site. In addition to interesting Classical ruins, the site offers a thermal Sacred Pool in which you can swim with ancient artifacts, a view of the spectacular white terraces of Pamukkale the lime cascade. You can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale ("cotton castle").  Continue to your hotel in Marmaris for overnight.

Overnight: Ors Maris Hotel, Marmaris (1 night) (B, D)

Day 07: Marmaris/Rhodes (Ferry) (GREECE)

After breakfast transfer to Marmaris for a ferry (approx. 1 hour) to the Greek island of Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese group. Spend the rest of the day at leisure; perhaps visit Rhodes City and see the walls of a very well preserved Venetian castle; built by the Knights of Saint John, it is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture.

Overnight: Semiramis Hotel, Rhodes (1 night) (B)

Day 08: Marmaris/Rhodes (Ferry) (GREECE)

Transfer to the airport for a flight (via Athens) to Santorini. Spend the next two days at leisure on this beautiful island.  Santorini is located in the Cyclades island group, in the Aegean Sea. This dramatically striking volcanic island is the only inhabited Caldera (volcano cauldron) in the world, with towns and villages perched on top of the massive cliffs of the caldera and beautiful black and red beaches.  The city is renowned for its spectacular sunsets and gorgeous villages with traditional white and blue architecture.  Be sure to visit Fira and Oia, Santorini’s most famous villages, which are perched on the edge of the caldera, offering amazing views over the Aegean and the volcano.

Overnight: Daedalus Hotel, Santorini (2 nights) (B)

Day 09: Santorini

Day free at leisure. (B)

Day 10: Santorini/Mykonos (Ferry)

Transfer to the pier for a hydrofoil or an approximate 2 ½ hours ferry ride to Mykonos.  Meet & transfer to the hotel.  Mykonos island is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere and exciting nightlife. The picturesque Cycladic capital is full of whitewashed houses and blue domed churches and the island boasts magnificent sandy beaches.

Overnight: Giannoulaki Hotel, Mykonos (2 nights) (B)

Day 11: Mykonos

Day free at leisure. (B)

Day 12: Mykonos/Athens (Ferry)

Morning take a ferry, which takes around 5 hours to Athens.  Meet & transfer to the hotel.  Athens is the capital of Greece and took its name from the ancient goddess Athena and is thought to have at least a 3000 year old recorded history which makes it one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Overnight: Parthenon Hotel, Athens (2 nights) (B)

Day 13: Athens

Day free at leisure.   You may want to visit the legendary Acropolis and discover the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erectheion and of course the spectacular and iconic Parthenon. Other sights of interest include Constitution Square, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. You can also see Evzones (ceremonial guards) in their distinctive uniforms at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Palace. (B)

Day 14: Depart Athens

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight out. Check out time is by 1100 hrs. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2019

May 04, 11, 18 & 25; Jun 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29; Jul 06, 13, 20 & 27; Aug 03, 10, 17, 24 & 31; Sep 07, 14, 21 & 28

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2019 US$ 2980 • CA$ 4024 US$ 1190 • CA$ 1607
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Jun 16 to Aug 31. US$ 180 • CA$ 244


Notes

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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • Ferry tickets and domestic airfare: Rhodes/Santorini (based on current applicable fare)
  • 17 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation only in Turkey, while all services in Greece is join-in-basis.
  • Services of local English speaking guide only in Turkey
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1400

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1200

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 25 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.