Highlights of Greece & Turkey (6570)

11 Day Tour from Athens to Istanbul

2016 Tour Details

Greece and Turkey are fascinating countries with a long history and many ancient traditions. This vacation features the major Greek sights, starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafés, shops, and archaeological findings. Discover Meteora with its extraordinary monasteries built atop rock formations; ancient Delphi, sight of the Oracle of Delphi; and the archaeological site of Vergina, which includes the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Stop in Thessalonika and Alexandroupolis before crossing the border into Turkey. Visit the poignant site of the Battle of Gallipoli in the Canakkale area, and take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy. Cross the Dardanelles Strait, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Bursa. Then, ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul, a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets on land tour

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Kalambaka, Meteora, Thessalonika, Kavala, Alexandroupolis, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Bursa

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Athens, Delphi, Philippi, Troy, Istanbul; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Thessaly plains, Macedonian plains, Trikaei plains, Sea of Marmara

NOTE:
Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Dardanelles Straits and Bay of Izmir ferry crossings

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Athens, Greece

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the PARTHENON's crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The rest of the day is at leisure, so maybe join one of our optional excursions.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Athens–Delphi

On the way to Delphi, your Tour Director will tell you about Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC, and Thebes, setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear about the Oracle, and tour the excavations. Also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Delphi–Meteora–Kalambaka

Today, drive north by way of Lamia and Trikala to the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit one of the MONASTERIES and take in the incredible panoramic view.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Kalambaka–Vergina–Thessalonika

Head north today via Veria for a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Vergina. In the museum, see some of the most impressive exhibits from the Macedonian period—colorful wall paintings and mosaics; the war shield and armor of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great; and the famous golden larnax and golden grave crown found in his sarcophagus. Later, drive to Thessalonika and enjoy an orientation drive with a stop at SAINT DEMETRIOS CHURCH, also see the Arch of Galerius and the upper city (Ano Poli).

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Thessalonika–Kavala–Philippi–Alexandroupolis

This morning, travel through the Macedonian plains and stop in Kavala, which was under Turkish rule between 1380 and 1913 and has retained its Oriental atmosphere. Next, stop in PHILIPPI, where included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to this ancient Macedonian city. Later, reach Alexandroupolis, situated in northeastern Greece and home to beautiful landscapes and antiquities dating from the Paleolithic era to the time of the Roman conquests.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Alexandroupoulis–Gallipoli, Turkey–Canakkale

Cross the border into Turkey and drive to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the ANZAC CEMETERY and the site of the BATTLE OF GALLIPOLI, one of the most famous battles in World War I. Later, enjoy a short FERRY crossing to Asia Minor and overnight in Canakkale.

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Day 8 Canakkale. Excursion to Troy

Take advantage of the included excursion to the ruins of legendary TROY with its 4,000 years of history. Join your Local Guide and take a walk back in time through one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—a city immortalized throughout Greek mythology and in Homer’s epic Iliad as setting of the Trojan War. This afternoon, travel back to Canakkale, with time to explore on your own.

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Day 9 Canakkale–Bursa–Ferry Crossing–Istanbul

This morning, drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara, for a short stop in Bursa before boarding the FERRY to cross the Bay of Izmit to vibrant Istanbul, the cultural, economic, and historical heart of the country, where an optional dinner outing is available tonight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10 Istanbul

Markets, peddlers, and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, black coffee, and more—you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible! Included sightseeing with your Local Guide takes you to the ROMAN HIPPODROME and the BLUE MOSQUE. The view of the city at dusk, with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus, is unforgettable. Why not join an optional Historical Tour of Istanbul?

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Istanbul

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

Years of Experience:

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 Accommodations

ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST)
DELPHI Apollonia (F)
KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST)
THESSALONIKA Egnatia (ST)
ALEXANDROUPOLIS Astir Egnatia (F)
CANAKKALE Ida Kale (F)
ISTANBUL Mercure Taksim (F) or Nippon (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Athens
Delphi
Istanbul

Athens

A Taste of Athens

A Taste of Athens

Situated on the Galatsi hill, this venue is a true taste of everything Greek beginning with the panoramic views of Athens for as far as the eye can see. An outside barbeque awaits your choice of souvlaki and while this is cooking, see the presentation of the traditional loom, wood fired oven and the water mill used for grinding flour. While you enjoy your souvlaki with olives, bread with olive oil and of course Greek ouzo, the Zafiro chef will provide a tutorial lesson of how to make some of the basic Greek dishes of mousaka, greek salad & tzatziki. The menu for tonight will include the traditional appetizers of spinach pie, feta cheese pie, stuffed vine leaves, beans in tomato sauce, meatballs, tzatziki and aubergine salad dips and Greek salad and the main course served is moussaka. This is accompanied with unlimited red or white wine. While enjoying your meal you will be entertained by the musicians and 6 Greek dancers in traditional costumes performing well known Greek dances such as Syrtaki and Hasapiko. Don't miss the opportunity to join in the circle dancing and maybe even break a plate!

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Delphi

Dinner Outing

Dinner Outing

Enjoy this typically Greek dinner outing in this very nice restaurant with wonderful views of the valley with the olive trees. Taste delicious appetizers while you are given a presentation of the wine industry and production in Greece. Later enjoy a Greek style three-course meal with free flowing wine.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

Istanbul

Dinner & Folklore

Dinner & Folklore

Istanbul takes on a different light as night approaches. After a drive through the illuminated streets of the city you will be taken to a well-known nightclub for a dinner with Turkish specialties and wine. Then after dinner sit back and relax and enjoy a show with singers, belly dancers and folk groups from various regions of Anatolia.

Approximate value: €55 EUR per person

Historical Istanbul

Historical Istanbul

Istanbul is the only city in the world which embraces two continents - one arm reaches out into Asia and the other into Europe. The city is a fascinating mixture of past and present, old and new, modern and traditional. On this historical tour with a local guide you will drive first to Topkapi Palace, the historical residence of the Ottoman Sultans from the mid 15th to the 19th centuries, and now a museum. Then visit the most magnificent Byzantine Church of all times - the Haghia - Sofia. It is one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world and has been nominated as the 8th wonders of the world by many historians. The last stop on this interesting historical tour is at the world-famous Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a place that will tempt even the non-shoppers with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewellery, leather and other numerous souvenirs.

Approximate value: €45 EUR per person

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