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16 Days
Miracles of Turkey & Greece

Istanbul, Magic Cappadocia & Ancient Athens

Ancient Greece and Roman Byzantine collided in modern day Turkey, the two great empires leaving behind mesmerizing odes to the earliest Western Civilizations. Ancient cities like Ephesus and Troy vividly unveil a Greco Roman affair. In Istanbul and Athens the heartbeats of two empires stand still, reflected in marbled pillars and resplendent domes that cascade from afar. On this fabulous tour through Turkey and Greece you will find engrossing history and majestic beaches, treasured ruins and breathtaking landscapes. From large cities to charming villages, you will find the remnants of myths, beautiful scenery, and remarkable culture. 



About This Trip

This tour involves moderate physical activity. There may be uneven surfaces and stairs at ancient sightseeing places in Turkey. Turkey is a country with a predominantly Muslim population, and alcohol consumption is subject to certain restrictions in accordance with Islamic laws and customs. In some hotels, there may be designated alcohol-free zones, and it is important to respect these areas and not consume alcohol in public spaces where it is prohibited. Cappadocia Cave Hotels offer a unique and authentic experience, but caves tend to have higher levels of humidity because they are partially underground and may not have proper ventilation systems.

Was $6322
-38% Off
From$4299CAD
Trip Code TP16TG
14 Nights
24 Meals
Escorted Tour
4-5 Star Hotel
Samll Group
Air Included
Coach, Air
Daily sightseeing

Tour Highlights

Istanbul
Explore the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, and step back in time to the Grand Bazaar, the majestic Blue Mosque, and in the taste of real Turkish Delight.
Cappadocia
Get up close and personal with the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on a valley walk that’ll have you exploring rock-cut dwellings in Love Valleyor the rose-coloured hues of Red Valley.
Cotton Castle
Feast your eyes on Turkey’s most spectacular sight, the ‘Cotton Castle’ and paddle through the magical healing hot springs at Pamukkale.
Ephesus
Option to explore thousands of years of history hidden within the remarkable ruins of Ephesus.
Acropolis
Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis.
Troy
Tour the classical 4000-year-old city of Troy immortalized in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad

DAY 1 - Depart for Turkey

Depart for Turkey



DAY 2 - Arrive in Istanbul 

Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.


DAY 3 – Istanbul 

Spend your day delving into Istanbul the only city that straddles two continents, where modern and ancient coexist. Your tour includes a short briefing and the picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior made of blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, an ancient Grecian stadium for horse racing and chariot racing during the Roman period. Then, gain insights into the Ottoman Empire’s power during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and see the 4th century Egyptian obelisk. Today, you may join the Optional Half Day Istanbul with St. Sophia & Underground Cistern with Lunch (USD$75). This tour’s highlights include the Underground Cistern - water source of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. Then visit St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque. Overnight in Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

      

     




Day 4: Istanbul-Safranbolu

After breakfast you may join the half-day day optional tour to Bosphorus cruise; Spiced Bazaar ; Grand Bazaar (USD$60). Visit the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Then take the boat cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait demonstrates the link between the East and West. Then continue to the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop for carpets, jewelry, leather and more. Then transfer to Safranbolu

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


      

        

Day 5: Safranbolu-Cappadocia

Today explore Safranbolu's UNESCO protected Old Town with its charming cobblestone streets and Ottoman timber framed mansions. Stop for photos at the restored Cinci Hammam and the historic Koprulu Mehmet Pasa Mosque. Take a glimpse of the trade route history at the Cinci Han Caravanserai. Stroll through Safranbolu Bazaars for traditional crafts. Enjoy a Turkish coffee experience at Leyla Hanim Mansion before transferring to Cappadocia. . Alongside your profesional guide, enjoy learning the craft of coffee production at a shop, plus sip delicious coffee at local coffee shop. Then trasnfer to Cappadocia. A region of surreal rock formations and incredible cultural heritage, Overnight in Cappadocia

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    


      

Day 6: Cappadocia

This morning you may join the Hot Air Balloon Ride (USD$380). Then begin the day very early on a visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme. It’s a monastic complex composed of churches, rectories and dwellings, and one of the earliest centres for religious education. There are at least 10 churches and chapels in the museum area, dating between AD900 and 1200. Later, visit the Ozkonak or Kaymakli Underground City. The city has many strata made up of volcanic granite. Its larger areas are connected to each other by tunnels. Underground city had a built-in communication system of pipes on each of its levels, which have no such systems. Each carved out room had ventilation provided by holes when the city was closed against enemies. Lastly, visit the village of Avanos that is famous for its beautiful old houses, pottery and onyx. Today you may join the Optional Jeep Safari Tour (USD$120) and Traditional Turkish Night Dance Show with unlimited drinks (USD$75).


Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

         

           


Day 7: Cappadocia-Konya

Cappadocia is home to rock-cut temples, ancient underground cities, and unparalleled landscapes. Visit “Fairy Chimney”-its iconic volcanic cones. The thick clusters of rosy rock take on peculiar shapes-look for a dolphin, Napoleon’s hat, or the Virgin Mary as you gaze upon them. Your guide explains how the formations were naturally carved. You may also see the remarkable mushroom-shaped, chimney like rock formations that monks used as shelters. Then depart to Konya. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate is considered a fine example of Turkish Seljuk art. Continue to Konya, a city renowned for its Selijuk architecture also as the home of the “ Whirling Dervishes” . Overnight in Konya.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


     


Day 8: Konya-Pamukkale

Today explore the Mausoleum of Mevlana featuring its unique turquoise-tiled fluted dome. Discover the works of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, a prominent 13th-century leader and mystical poet of Islam, whose teachings inspired the founding of the Mevlevi Sufi order. Then transfer to Pamukkale. Then relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

     



Day 9: Pamukkale-Kusadasi

After breakfast visit Pamukkale, the Necropolis, and the ancient city of Hierapolis (“Holy City”); a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s hot springs have drawn people since the 2nd century BCE as it is known for its healing and therapeutic properties. Next, you will visit Pamukkale, known as “The Cotton Castle” which is best described as a calcium cascade of snowy white stalactites reminiscent of a frozen waterfall. It is recognized as the 8th Wonder of the World by Turkish people. Then transfer to Kusadasi.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

     


Day 10: Kusadasi

Today is free time at your leisure. You may join the Optional tour to Ancient Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary & Basilica of St John with Lunch (USD$89), considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you’ll meander through the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, the library of Celsius, temple of Hadrian, the theater, and the Odeon. overnight in Kusadasi

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


     


Day 11: Kusadasi-Izmir-Pergamum-Canakkale

This morning take a visit to the Leather factory where you can see the popular leather fashion show. Next, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period. You will discover the Ancient City of Pergamon, an important cultural center and the east capital of the Roman Empire. Then visit Asklepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Overnight in Canakkale 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

     


Day 12: Canakkale-Troy-Istanbul

This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. See the symbolic replica of the famous Wooden Horse that the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. Transfer to Istanbul “Crossroads of Europe and Asia” and transfer to your hotel.Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    


           

Day 13: Istanbul - Athens

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Athens. Upon arrival, meet in the arrival hall at Athens airport & transfer to the city hotel. Overnight in Athens.

Meal: Breakfast


     


                 

Day 14: Athens

Breakfast in the hotel. Pickup from the hotel for your half day morning tour. See Syntagma Square, the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Athens Academy, the University, the National Library and the Hadrian’s Arch. Pass by the Temple of Olympian Zeus and visit the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era, the museum of Acropolis. At the end of the tour, drop off at the hotel or at the city centre. Remainder of theday at own leisure. Overnight in Athens.

Meal: Breakfast 

         


Day 15: Athens


Breakfast in the hotel. Full day free for leisure. Or join an optional saronic cruise tour with lunch(USD$150). Transfer to the port and embark on the full day cruise to the 3 saronic islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Lunch is included and served on board. At each island, get off the boat to discover each islands own individual character. Aegina: The largest of the saronic islands, famous for pistachio nuts. Poros: a pretty island with chance for shopping. Hydra – an artist’s delight, again with boutiques, shops and cafes dotted around the harbour. On the return journey back to the port of Athens, enjoy the on board entertainment program. Transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in Athens.

Meal: Breakfast



Day 16: Athens

After Breakfast, Transfer to Airport and depart to Hometown.

Meal: Breakfast




Featured Hotel

Day 2,3,11
La Quinta by Wyndham Ista...
Turkey 3 Nights
Located in Istanbul, 9.3 mi from Grand Bazaar, La Quinta by Wyndham Istanbul Gunesli features accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Featuring a garden, the 5-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodations provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.
Day 4 FREE UPGRADE
Double Tree Hilton Canakk...
Turkey 1 Night
Located in Çanakkale, a 7-minute walk from Canakkale Archaeological Museum, Doubletree By Hilton Canakkale provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a spa & wellness center. The property is around 2.1 km from Mirrored Bazaar, 2.3 km from Cimenlik Castle and 2.4 km from Canakkale Naval Museum. The property has a 24-hour front desk, room service and luggage storage for guests.
Day 5,6
Seven For Life Thermal Ho...
Turkey 2 Nights
Located in Kuşadası, a 9-minute walk from Venus Beach, Seven For Life Thermal Hotel provides accommodations with a garden, free private parking, a shared lounge and a restaurant. This 5-star hotel offers a bar. The property has a 24-hour front desk, airport transportation, a kids' club and free WiFi.
Day 7
Lycus River Thermal Hotel
Turkey 1 Night
The Lycus Hotel offers quality accommodations 3.1 mi from world-famous Pamukkale. It features an extensive wellness center featuring a hot tub, indoor and outdoor pools and massage facilities. The modern rooms of the Lycus River Thermal Hotel have a satellite TV. They all include a bath, private balconies and are fully air-conditioned. Each also has a tea/coffee making facilities as well as WiFi access.
Day 8 FREE UPGRADE
Grand Konya Hotel
Turkey 1 Night
This 5-star Konya hotel is situated on a 100,000 m² property and provides free private parking and an outdoor swimming pool. Surrounded by a lively environment and vibrant streets, property is 20 km to the city centre. Rixos Konya offers rooms with modern decor and a work desk. They all feature air conditioning, a satellite TV and minibar. Each en suite bathroom is stocked with a slippers, a hairdryer and free bathroom amenities.
Day 9-10
Melis Cave Hotel
Turkey 2 Nights
Featuring a 300-year-old Greek house, this cave hotel is located in the heart of Cappadocia. Melis Cave Hotel offers two outdoor swimming pools and a terrace with beautiful views of the natural surroundings. The authentic rooms of the hotel are decorated with wooden furniture. They all include LCD TV, free Wi-Fi and a private patio. Guests can enjoy the views of surrounding villages from their rooms.
Day 12-14
Brown Acropol Athens
Greece 3 Nights
Inspired by the cosmopolitan vibes of the 60s, Brown Acropol a member of Brown Hotels is situated in Omonia Square, the capital's commercial and business district, with direct access to the central metro station and within walking distance to some of Athens' iconic attractions.
* In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by alternative hotels with the same quality.

Optional Tours

Day 3
Half Day Istanbul and St. Sophia with lunch
79 USD half day
Visit the Underground Cistern and St. Sophia, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum.
Day 4
Bosphorus cruise & Grand Bazaar with lunch
60 USD half day
Take the boat cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. Then continue to the Grand Bazaar,where you can shop for carpets, jewelry, leather and more.
Day 6
Turkish Traditional Dance Show with Unlimited drinks
75 USD
Indulge in an evening of Turkish culture and entertainment with this dance show and dinner. Watch belly dancers and see folk acts while savoring drinks.
Day 6
Hot air ballon ride
380 USD 2 hours
Takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations.
Day 6
Cappadocia Jeep Ride Explore Tour
120 USD 2 hours
Experience the enchanting allure of Cappadocia's deep valleys and landscapes on a thrilling 4X4 jeep tour, where you can immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the magical sunset
Day 10
Full Day Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary with lunch
79 USD Full day
One of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you’ll meander through the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon.
Day 15
Saronic Cruise Tour with Lunch(16 Days Only)
150 USD
Transfer to the port and embark on the full day cruise to the 3 saronic islands of Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Lunch is included and served on board. At each island, get off the boat to discover each islands own individual character. Aegina: The largest of the saronic islands, famous for pistachio nuts. Poros: a pretty island with chance for shopping. Hydra – an artist’s delight, again with boutiques, shops and cafes dotted around the harbour.

Inclusion

Price Include



• International Airfare from Toronto in economy class

• Airport taxes
• Flight from Istanbul to Athens
• 4-5 Star hotel accommodation
• Entrance fees to scenic attractions as indicated
• Services of English-speaking tour guides
• Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
• All transportation in the destination
• Meals as indicated in the program



Price Notes

• Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation

• Single room supplement fee: $1,699

• Add on airfare from other cities:
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria from $500
Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City from $500
Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John and other cities from $600.

• Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check with your travel agent or our website for the latest information.



Price Does Not Include

• Visa fees
• Insurance of any kind
• Gratuities: Prepaid tipping US$224/person
    (includes gratuities for tour guides, tour escort, drivers etc.)
• Personal expenditure such as laundry service, souvenirs and telephone calls


Payment Arrangement

• A CAD$450/person non-refundable deposit at time of booking

• A airfare payment authorization form at the time of booking

• Final Balance due 3 months prior to the departure

• Optional tours need to be finalized 5-week prior to departure

 





Date & Price

Departure Dates Return Date Land Only Package Price
2024/04/18 2024/05/03 CAD$3099 CAD$4299
2024/05/09 2024/05/24 CAD$3199 CAD$4399
2024/05/23 2024/06/07 CAD$3199 CAD$4599
2024/09/12 2024/09/27 CAD$3199 CAD$4599
2024/09/26 2024/10/11 CAD$3199 CAD$4399
2024/10/03 2024/10/18 CAD$3199 CAD$4399
2024/10/10 2024/10/25 CAD$3199 CAD$4399
2024/11/07 2024/11/22 CAD$3099 CAD$4299
Single Supplements +CAD$1699

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