Athens to Istanbul

from $1806/per person

This 10 day tour takes you from the beautiful Athens, the 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
35-40

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! Meet at the lobby at 7pm for a fast and informal meeting where you will be given information and the lowdown on how the week will unfold. After, there is an optional group dinner to meet fellow travellers.
  • Included Activities: Welcome meeting
  • Optional Activities: Group dinner
  • Meals: No
 
2
Day 2: Athens
Let's start our tour in Greece's capital, Athens, which 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
Rise and shine, we have an early start to catch the ferry from Athens to Mykonos. In the afternoon, you will meet with your tour leader and other travellers for 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 fishing boats bobbing side by side with luxury boats, 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
Next up: Santorini! After our ferry ride, we will wander through the old town of Fira to get our bearings. Santorini is an island formed by volcanic activity. It has been said that the sunsets here are the best in the world. From the caldera, watch an epic sunset with breathtaking views of the volcano & neighbouring islands. See why the white-washed houses and blue domed churches make Santorini the iconic postcard city of Greece.  
  • Included Activities: Orientation walk in Santorini
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
 
6
Day 6: Santorini
Today you will have free time. Relax on the red or black sand beaches, wander the streets and browse through the shops of the main town or take an optional quad biking tour. Explore the island's volcano and check out an active crater and hot springs on our optional volcano tour. The choices are endless!
  • Optional Activities: Volcano tour, Quad Biking tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
 
7
Day 7: Santorini, Athens , Istanbul ( By Flight )
It's time to say goodbye to Greece and hello to Turkey. We will take a ferry from Santorini back to Athens and then we will fly to Istanbul. 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.  The evening is free for you to explore the magnificent city of Istanbul.  
  • Included Activities: No
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
 
8
Day 8: Istanbul
Meet at the hotel lobby at 6:30pm as for  fast and informal meeting with the your new tour guide including some information about the adventures ahead. Later, there will be an optional group dinner to meet your fellow travellers.
  • 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 will stroll through the historical heart of the old city, making stops along the way to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum. In the afternoon take an optional cruise down the Bosphorus river and see the epic skyline.
  • 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
Start
Price ($)
Sat 31 Aug 2019
$1884
Sat 14 Sep 2019
$1806

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 Athens 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

PRESIDENT HOTEL - ATHENS


The President Hotel Athens can be reached by Metro or Bus from Venizelos Airport. Metro closes by midnight, while Bus number X95 is available for 24 hours. The hotel located on Kifisias street, is walking distance away from Ambelokipi station reached by bus number X95. If you arrive by metro the distance from Ambelokipi station to the hotel is 700 meters, 6-8 minutes walking distance to the hotel.

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.

LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL - ISTANBUL


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 2018. 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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