Fantastic Greece & Turkey

from $2415/per person

Discover Greece and Turkey in this 17-day tour! Begin your tour by exploring the natural beauty of one of the most famous Islands, Mykonos. Relax in the sunshine and enjoy exotic cocktails in the picturesque island of Santorini. And continue the tour with the wonders of Turkey starting with the capital of culture Istanbul, followed by the battle fileds of Gallipoli, and magical landscapes of Cappadocia. It’s a fantastic way to experience both cultures of Greece and Turkey at one go!

Duration
17 Day
Destination(s)
Greece / Turkey
Starts in / Ends in
Athens / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
35-40

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...

  • Dalyan
    Dalyan

    Home of the famous Caretta Caretta turtles. Take the most popular mud bath in Turkey, and then a fantastic boat trip is to take you to Iztuzu beach.

  • 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! Meet in the lobby around 7:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards, join us for an optional group dinner to get to know your new travel mates.
  • 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 3000 years and is considered the birthplace of Western Civilization. Take a step back in time and explore an amazing array of historical and cultural sites in our city tour including: the National Library, the Academy, Constitutional Square and Parliament, The Temple of Zeus, and of course, the iconic Parthenon and Acropolis. The night is free for you 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 your fellow travellers to explore Mykonos town, and its white washed houses.
  • Included Activities: Orientation walk in Mykonos
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
4
Day 4: Mykonos
The day is yours to soak up the sunshine, swim in the sea or chew through your memory card taking pics of cute windmills and quaint streets. Or discover the birthplace of Apollo by taking an optional tour to Delos Island. Tonight, hit the bars and restaurants and dance the night away!
  • Optional Activities: Delos Island Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast
5
Day 5: Mykonos, Santorini
Next up: Santorini! After our ferry ride, we will wander through the town of Fira to get our bearings. See why the blue door houses, white church domes make Santorini the iconic postcard town of Greece. Santorini is formed from volcanic activity, and from the caldera witness the most epic sunset and breath-taking views.
  • Included Activities: Orientation walk in Santorini
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
6
Day 6: Santorini
We’ve got a free day today. 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 in 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 )
Today we will take a ferry from Santorini to Athens and then fly to Istanbul from there. 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 magnificent city of Istanbul aka Constantinopolis.
  • Included Activities: No
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast
8
Day 8: Istanbul
Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:00pm for an informal meeting with your group and guide. Until then, you can start to explore Istanbul like climbing to the top of the Galata Tower for epic views or splash some cash at the Grand Bazaar. After the meeting, join in an optional group dinner at a local restaurant to get to know your new travel mates.
  • 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, Gallipoli
Today we depart for the shores of Gallipoli. A place of important significance for Aussies and Kiwis, we will visit the beach and cemeteries at ANZAC Cove, before paying our respects at memorial sites Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
  • Included Activities: Gallipoli Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
11
Day 11: Gallipoli, Troy, Kusadasi
You may of heard of Troy from Greek mythology or maybe just watched the Brad Pitt movie, but now you will visit the ruins and archaeological site of the city of Troy, and of course the famous wooden horse. Spend the afternoon in the the seaside town of Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities: Troy Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
12
Day 12: Kusadasi, Ephesus, Fethiye
After breakfast, our first stop is the spectacular, well preserved ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus was cited in the book of Revelations, and historians believe the Gospel of John was written here. Famed for the Temple of Artemis which was completed around 550 BC and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In the afternoon we depart for Fethiye where we can explore the buzzing resort town.
  • Included Activities: Ephesus & Fethiye Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
13
Day 13: Fethiye, Saklikent, Oludeniz
After breakfast we make our way to Saklikent, one of the deepest canyons in the world. We will then continue our journey to Oludeniz. Besides its spectacular beaches, glittering waters and breathtaking natural scenery, Oludeniz is also popular for its water sport. 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, Fethiye
Our next stop is Dalyan, a small town situated along the south-western coast popular for its natural and unspoiled beauty. We will 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 ride we will 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
It's time to get your cameras out, because today is a photographers dream! Today we will visit Pamukkale, or ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish. Pamukkale is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Spend time bathing in its pools, or explore the natural and unusual landscape.
  • Included Activities: Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
16
Day 16: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Today we sit back and relax on the coach, as we head to Cappadocia. Watch the amazing Turkish scenery unfold before us and see small towns and villages as we pass on by. In the afternoon, we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City, a city complete with a church, wells, food stores, and even stables which is all located 60m under the ground. End the day with an optional traditional Hamman (Turkish bath).
  • Included Activities: Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: Turkish Bath
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
17
Day 17: Cappadocia, Istanbul ( By Flight )
Rise and shine, it will be an early start for our optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Or if preferred enjoy a leisurely start to the morning before we all fill up on breakfast. We will explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Göreme, and tick off bucket list sights along the way including Göreme Musuem, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar and Cavusin. In the afternoon we will visit local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art. In the evening we fly to Istanbul, your tour ends in Istanbul Airport at 9:30pm, please book your flights accordingly.
  • Included Activities: Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: Hot Air Ballooning
  • Meals: Breakfast
Start
Price ($)
Sat 30 May 2020
$2415
Sat 6 Jun 2020
$2415
Sat 13 Jun 2020
$2415
Sat 20 Jun 2020
$2415
Sat 27 Jun 2020
$2588
Sat 4 Jul 2020
$2588
Sat 11 Jul 2020
$2588
Sat 18 Jul 2020
$2588
Sat 25 Jul 2020
$2588
Sat 1 Aug 2020
$2760
Sat 8 Aug 2020
$2760
Sat 15 Aug 2020
$2588
Sat 22 Aug 2020
$2588
Sat 29 Aug 2020
$2588
Sat 5 Sep 2020
$2415
Sat 12 Sep 2020
$2415
Sat 19 Sep 2020
$2415

The tour price covers the following services:

Accommodation

2 & 3 & 4 & 5 Star Hotels.

Meals

15 breakfasts | 7 dinners

Transportation

Economy class ferry

Flight

Flight from Athens to Istanbul and Cappadocia to Istanbul

Transfers

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

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?

  • 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


TROIA TUSAN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


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.

GREENLAND 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.

HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


This hotel offers an absolute relaxation with it’s hot thermal pools & spa center.

AVRASYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


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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4
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5
Value for Money
5
Guide
5
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Gita Astari Alwin

This was my first time visiting Turkey and it has been an amazing experience. My father and I enjoyed the food, the sights, and the various historical spots, natural views and the various activities. I would like to thank our guide Yavuz and our driver Engin for the wonderful tour.

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