package

Greek-Turkish Passion

Location

Turkey, Greece

Duration

9 days

Shared

This trip is shared with other travelers from SC (or its partners); included tour guides and transportation are for the entire group.
Departure time is fixed and prices are calculated based on max capacity, so they are fixed and per person.
$ 1051.79
Brief

Explore amazing landscapes, fascinating cultures and take beautiful pictures on this 9-day trip of fun from Turkey to Greece. On this trip, you will enjoy a scenic visit of Athens, take a wonderful ferry ride from Marmaris, and enjoy a fantastic walk alongside the stream, visited by thousands of butterflies! Whatever it is you love doing on vacations, there's something for you in this trip!

Day 1

Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel. After checking in, you'll have some free time to rest from your flight, after which you will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area. 

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2

Istanbul

Go on a sightseeing tour of the city lasting about two hours, taking in the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and Taksim. You will walk around the Topkapi Palace and admire the exterior of Hagia Sophia. Then, enjoy a cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti viewpoint and look around the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent (the largest in Istanbul). At the end of the afternoon, you'll be transferred to the Taksim neighbourhood, the most commercialised and lively area of the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower. 

Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast).

Day 3

Istanbul

Today, enjoy a private boat trip on the Bosphorus that will last about two hours. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. You will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. Pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas.  Afterwards, you'll have some free time during which you can choose to explore the city by yourself or go on an optional tour including visit  and lunch inside the Topkapi Palace will be offered.

Overnight in Istanbul (Breakfast).

Day 4

Istanbul - Bodrum

On this day, leave early from Istanbul, and cross the Sea of Marmara by ferry (variable schedules according to seasons and months), after about two hours, you arrive at the port of Bandirma (or Yalova, depending on schedules) and continue through the interior of Turkey. At the beginning of the afternoon, arrive at Ephesus, the best preserved ancient city of Asia; 2000 years ago, it had a quarter of a million inhabitants. Next, head to Saint John’s Basilica, and the house of the Virgin Mary and the archaeological site (tickets included). Continuation later towards the Turquoise coast, of magnificent landscapes, until you reach Bodrum. 

Overnight in Bodrum (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 5

Bodrum - Marmaris

Free morning in Bodrum, a beautiful fortified city of Greek origin. You can visit its castle, walk through its streets which are full of life and tourist activity or its leisure marina. After lunch, continue your route towards Marmaris, another beautiful coastal tourist enclave, with its castle, its marina and its fountains. Have dinner and head to your hotel to relax for the rest of the evening.

Overnight in Marmaris (Breakfast, Dinner).

Day 6

Marmaris - Rhodes

Early in the morning, board the boat for Greece, a cruise of approximately one hour. Upon arrival in Rhodes, tour the city, with its impressive walled citadel, its old town that shows the traces of the different cultures that inhabited it. You then have the afternoon to yourself to continue exploring the city by yourself.

Note: The ferries that link Rhodes with Marmaris undergo frequent changes in schedules and do not operate every day (except during summer months). The itinerary may be adapted based on the frequencies available during your trip

Overnight in Rhodes (Breakfast).

Day 7

Rhodes

On this day, travel to Petaloudes, known as the Valley of the Butterflies. From the church of Moni Panagias which has impressive views, begin a pleasant walk alongside the stream, which from June to September is visited by thousands of butterflies (entrance to the Natural Park included). After that, we travel to Lindos, whose medieval fortress and Greek Acropolis dominate the sea. You will be able to walk through the white and commercial streets of the centre, relax on its beaches or climb up (by donkey, if you wish) to the Acropolis. After lunch, return to Rhodes. Free afternoon.

Overnight in Rhodes (Breakfast).

Day 8

Athens

Go on a city tour in Athens, and enjoy a scenic visit of this modern city, which includes the Panathinaikos Stadium and the Royal Palace. Then, have free time during the day to walk around and discover, before heading back to your hotel.

Overnight in Athens (Breakfast).

Day 9

Athens

After breakfast, and check-out, your trip will come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your experience!

(Breakfast).

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