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Turkey – Greece (Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Santorini, Athens) - 12 Days

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Turkey – Greece (Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Mykonos, Santorini, Athens)
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Turkey is situated at the crossroads of the Balkans, Caucasus, Middle East, and eastern Mediterranean. It is among the larger countries of the region in terms of territory and population, and its land area is greater than that of any European state. Turkey is bounded on the north by the Black Sea, on the northeast by Georgia and Armenia, on the east by Azerbaijan and Iran, on the southeast by Iraq and Syria, on the southwest and west by the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, and on the northwest by Greece and Bulgaria. The capital is Ankara, and its largest city and seaport is Istanbul. Approximately 70–80% of the country’s citizens identify themselves as ethnic Turks.

Greece is Situated in the far south of the Balkan peninsula, Greece combines the towering mountains of the mainland with over 1,400 islands, the largest of which is Crete. Greece has the longest coastline in Europe and is the southernmost country in Europe. The mainland has rugged mountains, forests, and lakes, but the country is well known for the thousands of islands dotting the blue Aegean Sea to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Ionian Sea to the west. The country is divided into three geographical regions: the mainland, the islands, and Peloponnese, the peninsula south of the mainland. Nearly two-thirds of the people live in large cities. Athens is the largest city, with over 3.7 million people crowding the metropolis.

Tourism in Turkey is focused largely on a variety of historical sites, and on seaside resorts along its Aegean and Mediterranean Sea coasts. Turkey has also become a popular destination for culture, spa, and health care. Istanbul is one of the most important tourism spots not only in Turkey but also in the world. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital. Beach vacations and Blue Cruises, particularly for Turkish delights and visitors from Western Europe, are also central to the Turkish tourism industry. Greece & the Greek Islands are known for 3 things: ancient civilization, amazing landscapes and highly developed tourism. Beloved by people, Greece is so rich in culture and beauty that it never seems to be completely explored, no matter how many times you visit it. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. It is all about Greece, from nature to locals, that makes people coming and coming to this wonderful land every summer. Greece Tourism packages allow you to explore a wide variety of destinations and we have managed to list down a few. Mount Athos: A peninsula and a mountain located near Northern Greece it comprises of 20 odd Eastern Orthodox monasteries and 1400 monks living in the area.

Day 1
Arrival at 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 2
Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast, you 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. Overnight Istanbul (B)

Day 3
Visit to 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, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels. Overnight Canakkale (B, D)

Day 4
Visit to 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. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)

Day 5
Visit to 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. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)

Day 6
Visit to Kusadasi, Samos

Leaving Turkey, we take a ferry to Samos and depending on ferry schedules ; we may head straight to Mykonos or spend a day exploring lush-green Samos. Overnight Mykonos (B)

Day 7
Mykonos

Free day today. Spend the day on the beach, stroll around the town or take a trip to one of the small villages. This Mecca of Ancient Greeceis today an island wide, open-airmuseum. Overnight Mykonos (B)

Day 8
Mykonos to Santorini

Revitalize with an early morning swim and wander the charming white-washed narrow alleyways of Mykonos Town before an afternoon ferryto Santorini.Overnight Santorini (B)

Day 9
Santorini Optional Boat Trip

TripTake an optional boat trip in the world's biggest volcanic crater above sea level. Visit the active volcano, swim in the warm thermal watersand take a therapeutic mudbath. Overnight Santorini (B)

Day 10
Santorini to Athens

Soak up the sun on the black sand beaches before we board an afternoon ferry to themainland. Overnight Athens (B)

Day 11
Athens Acropolis

This morning you will have half day tour and visit Acropolis, stop at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era wereheld. Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrians Arch. At the Acropolis visit the museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nikeand the most famous of Greek relics, theParthenon. Overnight Athens (B)

Day 12
Athens to Airport

After breakfast, we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport.

Package Inclusions

  • ✈11 Nights Accommodation in Standard Rooms
  • ✈Daily Breakfast and Dinner
  • ✈Return Airport Transfers on Seat in Coach Basis
  • ✈Full Day Tour on SIC basis

Package Exclusions

  • ✈Airfare
  • ✈Visa Fees and Travel Insurance
  • ✈Guaranteed early check in or late check out. This is completely at the discretion of the hotel and we can only put in a request for the same.
  • ✈Any expenses of personal nature
  • ✈Tips and porterage
  • ✈Meals other than that what is mentioned in your itinerary.
  • ✈Any services not mentioned in the inclusions list
  • ✈Meals other than specified in the itinerary.
  • ✈Drinks including Water during meals / sightseeing tours are not included

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