Highlights of Turkey & the Greek Islands

08/01/2022 through 09/20/2023
08/01/2022 through 10/07/2023
Intrepid Travel

Highlights of Turkey & the Greek Islands

If you’re looking for world-famous ruins, postcard-perfect beaches, epic history and a healthy dose of mouth-watering cuisine, a Greek holiday is probably high on your list, but did you know all of these treasures can be found in Turkey too? You’d be missing out if you visited one and not the other, so we created the perfect two-week adventure for you. Glimpse Turkey and Greece’s glorious past on visits to Ephesus and the island of Delos. Compare Turkey’s version of beach life with that found on the Greek Islands. And debate which country serves up the tastiest cuisine. Balancing traditional towns with tourist hotspots, unique cultural experiences with bucket-list items, and free time with planned excursion, this trip to Turkey and Greece has all the makings of an unforgettable adventure.

Activities

  • Istanbul – Old City Walking Tour (Half Day)
  • Ephesus – Archaeological site visit
  • Selcuk – Gozleme making demonstration and lunch
  • Selcuk – Isa Bey Camii
  • Selcuk – Artemis Temple Visit
  • Sirince – Fruit wine tasting
  • Cappadocia – Kaymakli Underground City
  • Cappadocia – Valley walk
  • Syros – Loukoumia Workshop Visit
  • Syros – Ano Syros Walk
  • Syros – Sunset Dinner
  • Mykonos – Wine & Finger Food
  • Delos – Day Trip to the Island of Delos
  • Delos – Archaeological Site
  • Santorini – Caldera Rim Hike to Oia

Highlights

  • Taste local fruit wines in one of the best-preserved Greek Ottoman villages in the country. The small village of Sirince is picture perfect.
  • 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 Valley or the rose-coloured hues of Red Valley.
  • Discover the back streets and vibrant local markets of Istanbul, where East meets West.
  • Fall asleep on the Aegean Coast and wake up in Central Anatolia on the Mavi Konya, an overnight train from Izmir to Konya.
  • Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis and the ancient Agora.
  • Wander through the charming villages of Syros. When night falls, indulge in delicious seafood dinners in traditional tavernas as Rembetika music floats around you.
  • With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side.
  • The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island from Thira to Oia, passing through picturesque white villages that cling to plunging cliffs.

Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul
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Day 2 Kusadasi
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Day 3 Kusadasi - Ephesus
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Day 4 Kusadasi
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Day 5 Konya / Cappadocia
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Day 6 Cappadocia
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Day 7 Cappadocia to Istanbul
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Day 8 Athens
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Day 9 Syros
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Day 10 Syros
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Day 11 Mykonos
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Day 12 Delos / Mykonos
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Day 13 Santorini
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Day 14 Santorini
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Day 15 Santorini
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