Mainland Greece + Wonders of Turkey

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  • Ciconia Travel

The ultimate 23-day adventure begins by uncovering the myths and legends of Greece as you explore the countless monuments, artefacts and history of ancient times. Entice your senses with samples of Greek cuisine while travelling in premium style. Then immerse yourself in the magical landscapes of Turkey; from the mineral rich thermal spas of Pamukkale to the volcanic rock pinnacles that reach towards Cappadocia skies. This journey comes complete with an incredible three-night journey aboard a traditional Turkish gullet, cruising the crystal waters of the Aegean sea.

Highlights
  • The ultimate 23-day adventure begins by uncovering the myths and legends of Greece as you explore the countless monuments, artefacts and history of ancient times.
  • Entice your senses with samples of Greek cuisine while travelling in premium style.
  • Then immerse yourself in the magical landscapes of Turkey rich thermal spas of Pamukkale to the volcanic rock pinnacles that reach towards Cappadocia skies.
  • This journey comes complete with an incredible three-night journey aboard a traditional Turkish gullet, cruising the crystal waters of the Aegean sea.
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Destinations
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Athens
  • Istanbul
  • Europe
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • 50 plus
  • Couples
  • Family-Kids
  • Singles
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Museum
  • Sightseeing
  • Walking
  • Beaches
  • History
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Cultural
  • Small Group

Location: Athens

Meet the unparalleled cultural heritage of ancient Greece on an epic adventure in comfort and style.<br/><br/>  Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport.<br/><br/> In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director.<br/><br/> Greet the sophisticated and delicious Greek cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for amazing desserts.<br/><br/> Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel 5* Optional Experiences: Group Dinner Meals: No

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Accommodation Name: Divani Caravel Hotel 5*

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Location: CityTour Athens

Journey to the depths of ancient Greece as we embark on a comprehensive city tour of the cradle of western civilization with our expert guide.<br/><br/> Soak in unique sights such as the world-famous Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, the Royal Palace, Temple of Zeus and Agora, and follow the footsteps of Socrates and Plato.<br/><br/> Visit historic sites as Hadrian's Arch and commemorate the first ever modern Olympics of 1896.<br/><br/> You will have personal leisure time in the afternoon to continue your in-depth discovery, stroll the modern vibrant squares, and savour the best local souvlaki or perhaps even ouzo.<br/><br/> Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Athens City Tour

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Location: Athens, Corinth, Archaeological site of Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplion

After a delicious Greek breakfast, we depart towards Corinth on a picturesque journey.<br/><br/> Upon arrival, join our local expert as we explore an ancient city of immense historical value.<br/><br/> Follow yout Travel Director through the great Greek kingdom of Mycenae and its many wonders including the Beehive Tombs, the Lion Gate and famous Agamemnon's Royal Palace.<br/><br/> The final highlight of the day will be Epidaurus, home to the ancient theatre and Sanctuary of Asclepius – whose snake-coiled staff has inspired the symbol of medicine to this day.<br/><br/> Finish off a full day's cultural adventure in comfort at our hotel in Nafplion, a charming Venetian town.<br/><br/> We'll dine and have a recharging rest at the hotel tonight.<br/><br/> Hotel: Amphitryon Hotel 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Corinth, Mycenae, Epidaurus

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Accommodation Name: Amphitryon Hotel 5*

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Location: Nafplion, Olympia

After breakfast, uncover Nafplion on a city tour with your guide.<br/><br/> Visit an olive mill to connect with the locals and taste the famously delicious Greek olives.<br/><br/> In the afternoon, drive through the scenic Arcadia Mountains towards ancient Olympia, where the first Olympics ever was held in 8th century BC.<br/><br/> Hotel: Arty Grand Hotel 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Nafplion City Tour, Olive Mill Visit

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Location: Olympia, Patras, Delphi

Following a delicious Greek breakfast, join our local expert with your Travel Director as we delve into ancient history.<br/><br/> Soak in the marvellous mythology and incredible sights as the original Olympic Site, Temple of Hera and Zeus.<br/><br/> Drive along the charming coastline towards the vibrant city of Patras, the regional capital of Western Greece.<br/><br/> Cross inland to meet the glory and timeless legends of Delphi, where we spend overnight.<br/><br/> Hotel: Delphi Palace Hotel 4* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Olympia and Patras Sightseeing

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Location: Delphi, Thermopylae, Kalabaka

Follow the footsteps of ancient Greeks seeking the great wisdom of the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most important and powerful women of the classical world.<br/><br/> Giving advice to whom who seek it, the oracle has served its realm for a thousand years.<br/><br/> Continue to discover the impressive ruins of Temple of Apollo, and the statutes of athletes commemorating him with the Pythian Games.<br/><br/> Taking a scenic drive to in the afternoon, we arrive to the famous site of Spartan defence spearheaded by King Leonidas to stop Persian invaders.<br/><br/> Crossing the green fields of inland Greece through the Pouramaki Pass, we head towards the quaint village of Kalambaka.<br/><br/> Hotel: Divani Meteora Hotel 4* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Delphi Sightseeing

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Accommodation Name: Divani Meteora Hotel 4*

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Location: Kalabaka, Meteora, Athens

Our first stop will be the other-worldly monasteries of Meteora hanging beside massive boulders of rock as if floating in the air.<br/><br/> Discover the impressive UNESCO World Heritage site with an expert local guide, visiting the Eastern Orthodox monasteries.<br/><br/> On a long scenic drive across the Greek mainland back to Athens, we check into our hotel before dinner.<br/><br/> Savour the delicious local cuisine, sample some premium ouzo and commemorate your favourite moments from an incredible adventure.<br/><br/> Hotel: Divani Caravel Hotel 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Meteora Sightseeing

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Location: Athens, İstanbul

After breakfast we depart for airport to catch our flight to Istanbul.<br/><br/> Meet the marvellous merge of Europe and Asia at the magical Istanbul to embark on a cultural discovery through ancient lands.<br/><br/> Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport.<br/><br/> In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director.<br/><br/> Greet the diverse and incredibly tasteful Turkish cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for delicious desserts.<br/><br/> Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* Optional Experiences: Group Dinner Meals: No

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Accommodation Name: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5*

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Location: Istanbul City Tour

Journey to the heart of Istanbul old town and witness the perfect blend of ancient and modern unfold before you.<br/><br/> Stroll with your expert local guide through the Hippodrome, visit the charming Blue Mosque and the mysterious Cistern Basilica.<br/><br/> Enjoy an exquisite meal worthy of Sultans next to the magnificent Hagia Sophia.<br/><br/> Haggle your way through the famous Grand Bazaar, visit countless monuments and embrace the local culture.<br/><br/> In the afternoon meet the breath-taking Bosphorus in all its charm as you cruise in-between Europe and Asia.<br/><br/> &nbsp; Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Istanbul City Tour, Bosphorus Cruise

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Location: İstanbul, Gallipoli Peninsula, Çanakkale

After a delicious breakfast, we leave for the famous shores of Gallipoli.<br/><br/> As you drive through the scenic countryside, we recharge at the lovely village of Kesan over a delicious meal.<br/><br/> Arriving in Gallipoli in the afternoon, we pay our respects to the fallen Turkish and Australian soldiers who bravely fought here during World War 1, still commemorated every year in April.<br/><br/> Witness the now-green battlefields, visit the Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and other important historical sites.<br/><br/> We continue towards Canakkale with a picturesque ferry ride just in time for dinner and a recharging stay at our hotel.<br/><br/> Hotel: Kolin Hotel 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Gallipoli, Anzac Cove

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Location: Çanakkale, Troy, Pergamon, İzmir

A day filled with epic adventure awaits.<br/><br/> In the morning, we visit the ancient city or Troy and witness the ruins of the once glorious city with a special place in mythology and history.<br/><br/> Pose with the famous Trojan Horse before departing for Pergamon.<br/><br/> Home to healing waters and ruins of the Asklepion medical centre, it is one of the most important centres of healing of the Roman world.<br/><br/> Following the cultural overload, we rest at the seaside metropolitan Izmir - the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Turkish seafood culture and raki.<br/><br/> Hotel: Swissotel Büyük Efes İzmir 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Troy, Pergamon

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Accommodation Name: Swissotel Büyük Efes İzmir 5*

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Location: İzmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale

Drive along the coast to the amazing ruins of ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site.<br/><br/> Stroll the incredibly well-preserved ancient city and the impressive library.<br/><br/> With a short ride away from the marvellous wonders, you will visit Virgin Mary's house in the mountains – where she is believed to have lived her final days.<br/><br/> Our next stop will be of culinary discovery at a lovely restaurant in the countryside famously known for delicious Gozleme.<br/><br/> Heading further inlands, we arrive in our hotel at the Cotton Castle of Turkey, Pamukkale.<br/><br/> Rest up, relax or even savour the spa or massage services of your hotel.<br/><br/> Your seat for dinner is already reserved at the hotel restaurant.<br/><br/> Hotel: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Ephesus, Virgin Mary's House

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Accommodation Name: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal 5*

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Location: Pamukkale, Fethiye, Blue Cruise

Walk in shallow pools of calcar with breath-taking scenery unfolding before you in terraces of snow-white travertines.<br/><br/> Famously known for its mineral-rich waters and healing properties, Pamukkale region has welcomed endless visitors over millennia.<br/><br/> Delve into history at the ancient city Hierapolis, witnessing the majestic amphitheatre of 15,000 seats and ever-impressive acoustics.<br/><br/> Heading out towards the sounds of waves through pine forests, we arrive in Fethiye.<br/><br/> Embark your traditional Turkish gullet here and cruise towards our first swimming stop by the gorgeous Yassica Islands.<br/><br/> The crew will treat you to a delicious Mediterranean meal on board our gullet.<br/><br/> Hotel: Gulet Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Pamukkale, Hierapolis

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Location: Blue Cruise

Following a tasteful Turkish breakfast, set sail to the Mediterranean breeze and quaint bays of Tersane and Bedri Rahmi for refreshing swimming breaks.<br/><br/> We continue to the gorgeous Cleopatra Bay, also known as Sunken Bath – only accessible by foot or boat.<br/><br/> Soak in the charming sunken ruins of the ancient bath surrounded in serenity.<br/><br/> Hotel: Gulet Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Key Highlights: Gocek Gulf - Tersane &amp; Bedri Rahmi Bay, Sunken Bath/Cleopatra

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Location: Blue Cruise

Waking up to our second day at the turquoise seaside paradise, we set our sails to Boncuklu Bay.<br/><br/> Relax on the sundeck, read your book with a cocktail at hand, swim and snorkel in the cooling waters.<br/><br/> Enjoy your swimming break and lunch here before we depart for the vibrant seaside town Fethiye.<br/><br/> Following dinner, you can discover the marina, stroll the lively streets and test the famous nightlife.<br/><br/> Hotel: Gulet Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner Key Highlights: Boncuklu Bay, Fethiye Marina

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Location: Blue Cruise, Fethiye, Antalya

Following a final breakfast prepared by our crew, we disembark our lovely gullet completely relaxed and recharged.<br/><br/> With a short ride on our coach, we arrive in the popular seaside resort of Antalya, known for its endless tranquil beaches, warming summer sun and premium service.<br/><br/> Dinner at the hotel and personal leisure time in the evening.<br/><br/> Tomorrow, we dive deep into ancient history through the marvellous ruins of ancient Anatolian cities nearby.<br/><br/> &nbsp; Hotel: Ramada Plaza 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Antalya Orientation Walk

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Location: Antalya, Perga, Aspendos Theater

Today, our first stop will be Perge located 15 km east of Antalya, and home to remarkable ruins of ancient Pamphylian city.<br/><br/> The acropolis here holds incredible mosaics dating back to the Bronze Age.<br/><br/> With a short drive away lies Aspendos, the sister town of Perge.<br/><br/> Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity.<br/><br/> Imagine an amphitheatre maintained in excellent quality over 2,000 years and an unbelievable capacity of 12,000! Its incredible acoustics haven't aged a day.<br/><br/> We return to Antalya to rest up after an epic adventure.<br/><br/> Hotel: Ramada Plaza 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Perge Ancient City, Aspendos Ancient Theatre

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Location: Antalya, Konya

The journey continues towards Konya, home of the famous whirling dervishes - members of the Sufism order.<br/><br/> You can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of cultural discovery.<br/><br/> Alternatively, you may join a live show of whirling dervishes to witness the unique divine ritual, an unforgettable experience.<br/><br/> &nbsp; Hotel: Ramada Plaza Konya 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Whirling Dervishes

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Accommodation Name: Ramada Plaza Konya 5*

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Location: Konya, Cappadocia

Meet the diverse Turkish culture and its various facades today.<br/><br/> Starting with an 8-century-old center of education and architectural beauty, Karatay Madrasa, continue to the Museum and Mausoleum of Mevlana.<br/><br/> Meet the ideas and works of the famous scholar, poet and theologist of the 13th century, which have lived in his teachings of understanding and acceptance to this day.<br/><br/> From cultural to natural wonders, we travel inland towards the other-worldly Cappadocia.<br/><br/> One of the most popular sites in Turkey, the famous region is decorated with stunning caves and fairy-chimneys: unique formations of eroded volcanic rocks and tuff.<br/><br/> Starting the adventure at Avanos - famous for its top-quality clay, learn all about pottery-making at an interactive workshop.<br/><br/> After a long day of cultural discovery, relax at your hotel and join your group over dinner at the hotel.<br/><br/> &nbsp; Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Karatay Madrasa, Mevlana Museum, Pottery-Making Workshop

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Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5*

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Location: Cappadocia

Rise early to watch the sunrise of a lifetime from a hot-air balloon, flying over the magical fairy-chimneys.<br/><br/> A bucket-list item for all keen travellers, it is an experience not to be missed (please bear in mind that this optional experience is dependent on weather conditions).<br/><br/> As you disembark your balloon, you will get the chance to explore the wondrous formations up close at Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site.<br/><br/> The soft rock has allowed for both nature and people to carve incredible underground cities, chapels, cave houses and much more.<br/><br/> These impressive millennia-old underground structures have sheltered countless Christians escaping the Roman Empire in the 4th century and housed Orthodox monks in the 12th century.<br/><br/> Here you'll witness the wonders of nature as well as each culture engraved in the fabric of this marvellous geography.<br/><br/> Later on, delve into one of the finest and oldest crafts of Turkey at its home as we visit a carpet-weaving workshop?.<br/><br/> Stopping for a lunch to remember at our hand-selected local, you can savour the delicious local cuisine together with excellent local wines.<br/><br/> There will time to rest at your hotel in the afternoon, or join an optional Wine Tasting experience, Cappadocia's generous soil cultivates a variety of premium wines.<br/><br/> Following dinner at your hotel, you may continue your cultural adventure with an optional Turkish Night experience displaying many colourful facades of Turkish folklore.<br/><br/> &nbsp; Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Goreme Open-Air Museum, Carpet-Weaving Workshop Optional Experiences: Hot-air Ballooning, Wine Tasting, Turkish Night

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Accommodation Name: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5*

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Location: Cappadocia, İstanbul

Today, we take a short flight to Istanbul.<br/><br/> Arriving at your Istanbul hotel, enjoy your personal leisure time.<br/><br/> If you're up for a final cultural adventure, why not join the optional Turkish Night with Dinner? &nbsp; Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* Meals: Breakfast Key Highlights: Turkish Night

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Location: İstanbul

Our marvellous adventure comes to an end over breakfast with newfound friends.<br/><br/> Make sure to bid farewells and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00).<br/><br/> Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey! &nbsp; Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* Meals: Breakfast

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Included
  • 5 &amp; 4 Star Characteristic Hotels
    -Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.
  • Luxury Transportation
    -Deluxe air-conditioned coach and flights between Athens & Istanbul and Cappadocia & Istanbul. Superior Traditional Turkish Gulet
  • Exceptional Authentic Dining
    -21 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 20 Dinners.
  • Travel Director
    -Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.
  • Journey Highlights
    -Must see sights, hidden gems & authentic experiences. Find more details below and in the itinerary.
  • All Entrance Fees To All Sights
    -Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.
  • Private Airport Transfer
    -Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.
  • Baggage Handling
    -Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.
  • All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges
    -Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.
  • Personal Radio Headsets
    -Personal radio headsets on tours with 8 or more guests.
  • Free Wi-Fi
    -Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
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  • Any flights
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  • Travel insurance
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  • Items of a personal nature
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  • Optional activities
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01-Oct-2021
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Start:Athens
Finish:Istanbul
Group size:2 - 12
Suitable for: 10-80
Physical rating:Easy
Tour operated in: English
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