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!

Start
Athens, Greece
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Countries
Greece,
Turkey
Themes
Explorer
Code
ZMSJ
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
214kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Rub shoulders with Greek gods in Athens
  • Glimpse your future in Delphi
  • Explore the sky-high Meteora monastery
  • Be sun-kissed on a Kavala beach
  • Pay your respects at the battlefields of Gallipoli
  • Get swept up in the hoopla of Istanbul’s eclectic streets

Itinerary

The birthplace of Western civilisation, Athens has an amazing array of historic sites to explore. Check out the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard.
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 – or Caves 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 Kevala’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.
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Inclusions

Meals
4 breakfasts
Transport
Metro, Private vehicle, Public bus, Taxi
Accommodation
Hotel (12 nights)
Included activities
  • Archeological Museum of Philippi
  • Guided Tour of Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Meteora Monastery Visits
  • Pella Day Trip
  • Saint Nicholas Chapel Excursion

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Important notes

A single supplement will be available on this trip. Please see trip notes for details.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Athens to Istanbul trips score an average of 3.8 out of 5 based on 5 reviews in the last year.

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