Athens to Istanbul

$1033/per person

This 10 day tour takes you from the beautiful Athens, the wonderful Greek capital of unparalleled history and culture, and carries you to the astonishing Mykonos, and Santorini. Every stop is unique in its own way; picture perfect scenery, crystal clear turquoise waters, pristine beaches, endless parties and friendly locals… Following a flight from Bodrum, your tour ends in the magnificent cultural capital of Turkey, Istanbul, the only city with two feet on two continents.

Duration
10 Day
Destination(s)
Greece / Turkey
Starts in / Ends in
Athens / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
2 & 3 & 4 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Athens
    Athens

    You will fall in love with the perfect combination of culture, history and the dynamic contemporary life in one of the oldest cities in the world.

  • Blue Mosque
    Blue Mosque

    The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

  • Hagia Sophia
    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

  • Istanbul
    Istanbul

  • Mykonos
    Mykonos

    Greece’s most famous with blue flag beaches, whitewashed streets and vibrant nightlife. You won’t want to leave the ‘The Island of the Winds’!

  • Santorini
    Santorini

    The most beautiful sunset in the world… This volcanic island has unique scenery with its multi-colored cliffs and beaches. Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapi Palace

    Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

Itinerary

1
Day 1: Athens
Welcome to Greece! We meet at 7pm in the lobby for a fast and informal meeting where you will be given some country information and explained how the week is going to unfold. There is an optional group dinner tonight to get to know the rest of the group.
  • Included Activities ; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals ; No
 
2
Day 2: Athens
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece; it is one of the world’s oldest cities with history spanning back over 3,400 years and is widely referred to as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. The cultural and historical heritage is still evident in the city today and represented by all of the ancient monuments and works of art. Our tour will take you to many of these sites, including the National Library, the Academy, The Constitution Square and Parliament, the Temple of Zeus, Parthenon and Acropolis to name a few. The night is yours free to explore more of this incredible city.
  • Included Activities ; Athens City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
 
3
Day 3: Athens,Mykonos
We make an early start as we catch the ferry from Athens to Mykonos. In the afternoon, after meeting with your tour leader and other travellers, you will have an info meeting. Later, there will be a brief orientation walk, where you will be given some tips to explore the rest of the island on your own. It is no coincidence that this is the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world.
  • Included Activities ; Orientation walk in Mykonos
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
 
4
Day 4: Mykonos
You have a free day in Mykonos. Mykonos Town (Chora) is the picturesque Greek island, with the fishing boats bobbing side by side with the luxury boats, the whitewashed streets, beaches, restaurants and bars; you will not be short of things to explore.
  • Optional Activities ; Delos Island Tour
  • Meals ; Breakfast
 
5
Day 5: Mykonos, Santorini
Departing from Mykonos with a ferry and heading for Santorini. Relax at one of the red or black sand volcanic beaches.
  • Included Activities ; Orientation walk in Santorini
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
 
6
Day 6: Santorini
Today we have free time to explore the Island. Santorini has a number of gorgeous beaches, of every different colour – black beach, red beach, white beach, Vlichada (nude beach)… and it is known to have some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world; sip on a cocktail while watching Mother Nature’s artistic talent displayed across the sky! Today optional Volcana trip is also available.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
 
7
Day 7: Santorini, Athens , Istanbul ( By Flight )
Today we will fly to Istanbul via Athens, once we land, keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, as we pick you up from the airport and take you to our Istanbul hotel, it’s free evening in the magnificient city of Istanbul aka Constantinopolis.
  • Included Activities ; No
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
 
8
Day 8: Istanbul
We gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:30pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide. Listen up for a fast and informal meeting with the leader including registration and a short brief about the adventures ahead and some country info.
  • Included Activities ; Welcome Meeting in Istanbul
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals ; Breakfast
 
9
Day 9: Istanbul
After breakfast we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We stroll through the old town visiting Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum.
  • Included Activities ; Istanbul Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; Bosphorus Cruise
  • Meals ; Breakfast
10
Day 10: Istanbul
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, bid you safe travels, and check-out of the hotel (11:00am)
  • Meals ; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

2 & 3 & 4 star hotels

Meals

8 breakfasts

Transportation

Economy class ferry

Flight

Flight from Santorini to Istanbul

Transfer

Transfers between ports and hotels

Tour Leader

Services of experienced Travel Talk tour leaders | Services of experienced Travel Talk guide in Istanbul, licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

ARION HOTEL - ATHENS


This contemporary, centrally located hotel is situated 2 minute walk-away from Monastiraki Metro Station. The rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with minibar, satellite TV and hairdryer.

ALEX HOTEL - MYKONOS


This hotel is located in Tourlos area, very close to central Mykonos, offers an outdoor swimming pool and wi-fi all around the hotel.

NEW HAROULA HOTEL - SANTORINI


New Haroula hotel is located in the centre of Fira, the capital of Santorini. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and free access to Wi-Fi. All air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a fridge, satellite TV and a balcony overlooking the pool or the bougainvillea garden.

OTTOMAN HOTEL IMPERIAL - ISTANBUL


Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in town, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, Aya Sofya) Museum.

Tour Review Scores And Breakdown

At Travel Talk we do not only provide excellent value for premium adventures, but also strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our trips, which is reflected in an enviable 98.9% customer satisfaction for 2016. We believe that our affordable tours, quality accommodation, transportation and sightseeing tours combined with likeminded people, passionate tour leaders and the overall atmosphere of a Travel Talk tour have made these results. However, we are never ones to rest on our laurels, and we continually try to improve on this year after year; and what do we get out of this? The satisfaction of our travellers!

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A.Star

The tour was very good. Small size of group was very beneficial. Gallipoli was the highlight. Having a very knowledgeable and easy going guide like Eyup made the trip very enjoyable.

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A.Bhopa

Eyup was very knowledgeable, friendly & made the experience fabulous. The on the land accommodations were great as well! Our bus was comfortable & fun.

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M. Rowe

Excellent guide, very knowledgeable, excellent accommodation. Would definitely recommend to others.

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T. Schultz

Kyriaki was a fantastic tour leader. She has so much knowledge and passion for Greece. We learnt about so much history, language and religion. She made me feel very safe and welcome.

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M. Thompson

Tour leaders were amazing. So friendly and helpful. I had the best experience. Thanks!!!

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