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Athens to Istanbul
Transport - Metro, Public bus, Private Bus
Accommodation - Hotels (14 nts)
Meals - 4 breakfasts
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Kalimera! Welcome to Greece.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.
The birthplace of Western civilisation, Athens has an amazing array of historic sites to explore, including the National Gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the original Olympic Stadium.
Named after the goddess of wisdom, Athens has a weighty history that spills out over the modern city, represented most dramatically by the ancient Acropolis. There's much to be seen in the ancient capital of Greece, vibrant and refreshed following the 2004 Olympics, yet still retaining so much visible history. Make sure you take the chance to dine on delicious Greek cuisine and try an ouzo or two.
As there's not much time to explore Athens on this trip we recommend you spend a few extra days here to see the sights. Highlights include the renowned changing of the guard at Syntagma (Parliament) Square, the National Gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the original Olympic Stadium and of course the Acropolis where you can enter the Parthenon and enjoy the view of the city from this unique vantage point. Many other options are available if you extend your time here, including day trips to the Peloponnese peninsula, taking in ancient Epidavros and the ancient Corinthian canal.
- Acropolis Pass for 5 sites - EUR12
- Day trip to the Saronic Islands - EUR20
- Dora Stratou - EUR15
- Lycabettus Hill - Free
- National Archaeological Museum - EUR7
- Numismatic Museum - EUR3
- Sightseeing Bus No. 400 - EUR5
Hotel (2 nts)
Travel by public bus to Delphi (3hrs)
Located on the slopes of Mt Parnassos. This modern town and ruins over look the Gulf of Corinth.
The ancient Greeks regarded Delpho was the centre of the world and today is one of the countries inspiring archeological sites.
Your tour leader will take you on an orientation walk of Delphi, then make the most of your afternoon by visiting The Temple of Apollo or the theater.
Hotel (1 nt)
Travel by public bus to Kalabaka (4.5hrs)
After leaving your bags at the hotel and a short orientation walk, you head to near by Meteora. Home to late 14th century monasteries that sit at the top of rocky pinnacles. Only 6 of the once 24 monasteries are still occupied.
A strict dress code applies here: no bare shoulders or knees, and women must wear skirts. It is possible to borrow a long skirt at the door if you don't have one.
The following day, you head off up into the hills for some great views back over the town.
- Meteora Monastery Visits - Kalambaka
- Hiking in the hills - Kalambaka
Hotel (2 nts)
Kastoria is situated on the western shore of Lake Orestiada, in a valley surrounded by limestone mountains. 2 hrs drive from Kalabaka.
The town is full of interesting architecture, including old distinctive villas from the skin and fur trade times.
While you are you here you will have time to walk along the lakeside, filled with Pelicans and ducks. before visiting the unspoilt Dragon Cave. One of the most impressive caves located next to the lake with its underground lakes and many stalactites. Or visit the Neolithic lakeside village site and reconstruction at Dispilio gives you a real feel for life in a village in the middle of the 6th Millennium BC.
Hotel (1 nt)
After arriving by bus (2.5hr) you will have some time to explore the second largest city in Greece. Walk along the waterfront to the White Tower, take in the Byzantine churches and Roman ruins. This city comes alive in the evening with its lively cafe scene.
The following day you travel to Pella, ancient Macedonian capital during the time of Alexander the Great. See the ancient city well defined city blocks and mosaic floors that are still visible today.
- Pella Day Trip
Hotel (2 nts)
Kavala is the principal seaport of eastern Macedonia. There are plenty of fantastic beaches around so there will be some free time to enjoy these as well as delicious seafood with influences from Asia Minor.
You will visit The Archaeological Museum of Philippi, showing finds from the prehistopirc settlement at the Dikili Tash.
- Archeological Museum of Philippi
Hotel (2 nts)
Porto Lagos is a small scenic village, both coastal and lakeside due to Vistonida lake coasts were washed by the Thracian sea. A great place to relax, take in the bird life, from little egret, flamingos, pygmy cormorant and herons.
You will have time to visit Saint Nicholas Chapel, built on two small islands in the lake. A wooden bridge connects both St Nicolas and chapel of Pantanasas.
- Saint Nicholas Chapel Excursion
Hotel (1 nt)
Today you travel to private bus to Turkey.
Cosmopolitan cities brimming with modern delights, archaeological sites filled with ancient splendour, curious landscapes straight out of a storybook and picture-perfect coastlines frequented by the jet set… this is tantalising Turkey! Visitors won't be able to forget travelling through this exotic land which sits at the crossroads of Asia and Europe, yet displays a fair bit of Middle Eastern flair.
This afternoon you journey out with our guide to the Gallipoli Peninsula. The stunning natural beauty of Gallipoli makes it hard to believe that this is the site of one of the most tragic and fiercely fought battles of WWI. This is an opportunity to stroll through time; a moving experience for people from all nations. The battles fought on this land were a turning point in the creation of the Turkish Republic.
- Guided Tour of Gallipoli Peninsula
Hotel (2 nts)
This morning you travel by public bus to the metropolis Istanbul.
Istanbul is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, so it will come as no surprise that this vast metropolis is home to a beguiling mix of different cultures and traditions, blending the influences of both east and west. Originally founded by Greek settlers over 2000 years ago, Istanbul originally went by the name of Byzantium, then Constantinople when the Romans made it the capital of their eastern empire. Today, intriguing Istanbul is a bustling mega-city with a population of over 12 million people and a rich history and food scene waiting to be explored.
During the orientation walk you will discover the hidden charms of Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, including the areas around Sultanahmet and Eminonu. This could include the narrow streets around the Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar - an amazing covered complex and maze of more than 4000 shops and Suleymaniye Camii - a mosque built by the great architect Sinan and sitting high above the Golden Horn (one of the world's greatest natural harbours flowing into the Bosphorus). You will see the myriad traders selling their wares and ferries departing for many destinations from the port of Eminonu. Each leader has their own hidden secrets to show you that they have found in their time in eclectic Istanbul.
The Topkapi Palace and harem, Istanbul's iconic Blue Mosque and the incredible ancient church of St. Sophia. The Archaeological Museum containing the tomb of Alexander the Great is also worth a look. After all that sightseeing, take a stroll down to the waterfront and hop on a boat up the Bosphorus, leaving the minarets and towers that give the city its distinctive skyline in your wake.
- Istanbul - Aya Sofia - TRY20
- Istanbul - Grand Bazaar - Free
- Istanbul - Spice Market - Free
- Istanbul - Turkish baths - TRY30
Hotel (1 nt)
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
As there is a great deal to do in Istanbul you recommend allowing a few extra days to make the most of this exciting city. If you need help booking extra accommodation, our reservations team will be able to assist.
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