Best of Greece & Turkey

$1349/per person

A fantastic combination of sun, sea, history and culture of two magnificent countries. Begin your tour exploring beautiful Athens, visit the picturesque Mykonos, magical Santorini and lively Kos before you venture to the main sites of the Aegean Coast including Marmaris & Fethiye, and discover the wonders of Istanbul, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Gallipoli and the history of Troy and Ephesus. A complete package of the Aegean and incredible wonders of Turkey.

Duration
19 Day
Destination(s)
Greece / Turkey
Starts in / Ends in
Athens / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 & 4 & 5 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Asklepion
    Asklepion

    The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

  • 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.

  • Cappadocia
    Cappadocia

    A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

  • Ephesus
    Ephesus

    The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

  • Gallipoli
    Gallipoli

    Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

  • 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’!

  • Pamukkale
    Pamukkale

    Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

  • Saklikent
    Saklikent

    This huge canyon is a natural beauty where you can do trekking to reach to breathtaking sceneries and secret waterfalls.

  • 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.

  • Troy
    Troy

    The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

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.
  • Optional Activities ; Volcano Tour, Quad Biking Tour
  • 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, Gallipoli
Today we depart Istanbul for the shores of Gallipoli. We visit all the important memorial sites in the region including the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
  • Included Activities ; Gallipoli Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
11
Day 11: Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Kusadası
After breakfast we head to the ancient city of Troy, the setting of Homer s epic, Iliad, involving a giant wooden horse. We then continue to Pergamum, and the remains of the Asklepion. In the evening we arrive in Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities ; Troy & Pergamum/Asklepion & Kusadası Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
12
Day 12: Kusadası, Ephesus, Fethiye
The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus, will be our first stop. In the afternoon we depart for Fethiye where we can explore the buzzing tourist and resort town.
  • Included Activities ; Ephesus & Fethiye Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
13
Day 13: Fethiye, Saklıkent, Ölüdeniz
After breakfast we make our way to huge canyon of Saklikent. We then make our way to Oludeniz. Besides its spectacular beaches, glittering waters and breathtaking natural scenery, Oludeniz is also popular for its water sport activities. Here you can relax on the exquisite beach or join one of the adventure activities including paragliding and microlighting. Late in the afternoon we depart for our overnight stay in Fethiye.
  • Included Activities ; Saklikent & Oludeniz Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Rafting, Paragliding
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
14
Day 14: Fethiye, Dalyan
After breakfast we make our way to Dalyan, a small town in the south-western coast popular for its natural and unspoiled beauty. We join a boat trip to visit the most popular mud bath in Turkey, and we then continue to Iztuzu beach, homeland of world famous Caretta Caretta turtles. After a fantastic boat travel we reach Iztuzu sandbar with fine sand and turquoise sea.
  • Included Activities ; Dalyan Boat Trip, Mud Bath, Free time at the beach
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
15
Day 15: Fethiye, Pamukkale
Today we head to Pamukkale meaning cotton castle in Turkish, a natural site that contains hot springs and travertines, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle and people have bathed in its pools for thousands of years.
  • Included Activities ; Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
16
Day 16: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Today we depart for Cappadocia where we visit the world famous Underground City. A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders, characterized by fairy chimneys and unique historical and cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
  • Included Activities ; Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Turkish Bath
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
17
Day 17: Cappadocia
After breakfast we begin exploring all the important sights in Cappadocia including the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley. Ending in a visit to local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art.
  • Included Activities ; Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Hot Air Ballooning, Turkish Night
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
18
Day 18: Cappadocia, Ihlara, Istanbul
This morning we visit the dramatically beautiful Ihlara Valley before departing for Istanbul where we arrive late in the evening.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
19
Day 19: 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 ($)

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

Accommodation

3 & 4 & 5 Star Hotels

Meals

17 breakfasts | 8 dinners

Transportation

Economy class ferry

Flight

Flight from Santorini to Istanbul

Transfers

Transfers between ports and hotels | Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Tour Leader

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

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.

KOLIN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


The 5-star hotel in Gallipoli is a perfect place to relax and prepare for the upcoming big tour. The large swimming pool and the delicious open buffet add up to the comfortable rooms they offer.

MARINA HOTEL - KUSADASI


This hotel has a seafront location in the Aegean coast, only 250 metres from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and a terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Kusadasi Marina. The air-conditioned rooms of Marina Hotel Kusadasi include a minibar and an LCD TV with satellite channels.

MONTANA PINE RESORT HOTEL - FETHIYE


This hotel is located in heart of pine forest where it’s peaceful, calm. And this hotel has a large swimming pool to offer, close to Oludeniz beach.

PAM THERMAL HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


Centered within famous pools of white lime stone, red waters of the region and a forestry mountain, Pam Thermal has received more than a few awards for their excellence in service. Hosting the source of a thermal spring and beautiful red colored limestone pools, it continues to fascinate its guests.

BURCU KAYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


There is no better place to stay in Cappadocia than a real stone-carved room. With its world widely unique geography, you can experience staying in cozy authentic stone rooms like locals of ancient times and receive the good quality service of today.

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!

5
Accomodation
5
Transportation
5
Value for Money
5
Guide
5
Overall

Timmy Schmidt

I was by myself and much older than the rest of the group, but felt included. Any special needs were taken care of including single accommodation! Tarek (driver) and Yavuz were outstanding!

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