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Athens to Istanbul Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Visit Greece and Turkey on a journey via Athens, Gallipoli and Istanbul
Explore Greece and Turkey on this whirlwind adventure. Get lost in cities of colourful chaos and natural beauty that must be seen to be believed. With a plethora of ancient treasures to discover, see where democracy began and how life was lived when Zeus called all the shots. Bask in the Grecian sun on lazy beaches and explore ancient ruins and rituals of the past. After days filled with lively adventure, unwind in the evening with a sip of ouzo over a banquet of culinary treats. Yamas!
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The birthplace of Western civilisation, Athens, has an amazing array of historic sites to explore. Check out the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Catch a glimpse of your future, take an adventure into Greek mythology and explore timeworn ruins at the Delphi Museum. Be sure to check out the Temple of Apollo, which according to legend, was the centre of the Delphic oracle and seat of Pythia.
Climb into the heavens, just like monks have done for centuries, to explore an ancient monastery precariously placed atop a 400-m-high rock formation.
Explore the Byzantine churches and Ottoman-style architecture in the historic town centre before taking an optional tour to the Spilia tou Drakou (Cave of the Dragon). See stalactites and underground lakes in this mysterious natural wonder.
Relax in the splendour of what is regarded as the cultural capital of the country, with shopping, dinner and a show. With Ottoman influenced cuisine, be sure to indulge in bougatsa (a rich breakfast pastry) and a frappé coffee first thing in the morning.
Chill out on one of the many pristine beaches and enjoy the local catch of the day. Alternatively, explore Kavala’s fascinating ancient heritage, dating back to the seventh century BC.
Visit the scenic village of Porto Lagos to view rare bird life, before exploring the surrounding forests or the lagoons of the Thracian Sea.
Explore the beautiful, yet sobering, coastline of this once bloody battlefield.
Turkey’s capital is a chaotic splendour. Head to the Grand Bazaar, the incredible St Sophia Church and the iconic Blue Mosque. Grab a quick bite of doner kebab or kofte before losing yourself in a maze of pumping nightclubs and bars.
Athens to Istanbul Reviews
Our Athens to Istanbul trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.
Athens to Istanbul, May 2014
One of my best Intrepid trips for content and team leader
Review submitted 25 Jun 2014
Athens to Istanbul, May 2014
I had a very enjoyable time with the group! I think the size was good and I liked having free time at the places we visited. It was helpful having a local guide who spoke the language and understood transportation, etc. It made the trip more relaxed.
Review submitted 05 Jun 2014
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