Highlights of Turkey and Greece



12 Days from $2,585 Land Only

3 Nights Istanbul, 5-Day Tour of Turkey, 2 Nights Athens 3-Day Greek Island Cruise

Day 1, Sat: ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 2, Sun: ISTANBUL
Today enjoy a tour of Istanbul, including Hagia Sophia Church, now a museum, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace. Evening at leisure. (B,L)
Day 3, Mon: ISTANBULUl
Spend the day at leisure or visit on your own the Grand Bazaar, a labyrinth of more than 4,000 shops. (B)
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Tour Goreme's rock chapels decorated with 6th century frescoes, Zelve's cliff-side Byzantine monastic complex and Uchisar's natural citadel. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)
Today depart for Pamukkale. En route visit the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,L,D)
Early morning visit the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades and one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Today enjoy a morning tour of the world-famous city of Ephesus including St. Mary's Cottage. Admire the Greco-Roman architectural masterpieces like the Library of Celsus, the Great Amphitheatre where St. Paul preached, the Temple of Hadrian and more. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,L,D)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier to board the ship for the cruise to the Greek Islands. Today you will arrive in the Greek island of Patmos where you can take an optional excursion to the Monastery and Cave where John the Divine wrote the book of Revelation. (B,L,D)
Day 9, Sun: HERAKLION / Santorini
Arrive in Heraklion, the capital of Crete. Take an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos, the center of the Minoan civilization. Sail on to Santorini, the volcano island, one of the most unforgettable places in the world. Walk in the narrow streets of the town of Thera or visit the beautiful village of Oia, perched on the rim of the caldera offering panoramic views of breath-taking beauty. (B,L,D)
Day 10, Mon: PIRAEUS / Athens
Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to your hotel. Remainder of your day at leisure to explore this fascinating city on your own. (B)
Day 11, Tue: Athens
After breakfast board the motor coach for a morning tour of Athens. Visits include the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum. Free afternoon to visit the Archaeological Museum with its magnificent treasures or walk the narrow streets of Plaka, the old quarters of the city. (B)
Day 12, Wed: Athens / USA
After breakfast transfer to the airport. (B)

During the months of July and August, you have the option to substitute the cruise itinerary detailed in this package with the itinerary listed below.

3-Day Cruise - Idyllic Aegean
SAT: Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey
SAT: Samos, Greece
Sun: Milos, Greece
Mon: Athens (Lavrion*), Greece
Arrival dates in Turkey for the Idyllic cruise:

June 24; July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19

Homeric Tours can provide competitive airfares from USA in conjuction with your tour request.
Package prices do not include international air travel