14 Days Highlights of Turkey Greece Tour
Traveling Greece and Turkey in winter is priceless.
The Greece and Turkey highlight tour is a perfect way to explore the best of both countries in just two weeks. The tour takes you through a carefully curated itinerary that includes some of the must-visit sites and experiences. From ancient ruins to stunning natural wonders, you will have the opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of both Greece and Turkey.
The tour starts in Athens, the capital of Greece, where you will have a chance to explore the city’s iconic landmarks, including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. From there, you will travel to Delphi, where you will discover the ancient ruins and the Oracle of Delphi. Then, you will head to Meteora, a breathtaking region known for its towering rock formations and stunning monasteries perched atop them.
In conclusion, the Greece and Turkey highlight tour is a must-do experience for anyone interested in history, culture, and stunning landscapes. The tour takes you on a journey through some of the most iconic and awe-inspiring destinations in Greece and Turkey, and provides a unique opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of both countries.
If you’re planning a trip to Greece and Turkey, make sure to consider the highlight tour. It’s a great way to see the best of both countries in just two weeks, and provides an unforgettable travel experience.
Tour on private: From 01 April 2024 – 21 November.2024
Note: You can start this tour from Turkey or from Greece.
Day 01: Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, our representative will be waiting for you at the arrival area, holding a signboard with the “CASTLE TRAVEL” logo. They will assist you with the transfer to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul at a hotel.
Day 02: Istanbul City Tour
At 08:00, our professional tour guide will pick you up from your hotel for a full-day Istanbul city tour.
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, get ready to delve into the fascinating history of Istanbul. Our first stop is the world-famous Hagia Sophia, a 5th-century church that was once the greatest in the world. Marvel at its stunning architecture and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage it represents.Afterwards we will Explore Topkapı Palace the grand palace that served as the main residence of Ottoman Sultans for more than four centuries.
Marvel at its opulent architecture, lush gardens, and impressive collections of treasures. Energized and ready for more, we continue our tour with a visit to the Imperial Palace of Topkapi, the opulent residence of the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of the palace and discover the treasures that once adorned its halls.
Next, we visit the iconic Blue Mosque, renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Step inside and be captivated by the beauty and grandeur of this sacred place.
Afterwards, we make our way to the ancient Roman Hippodrome, where chariot races and other events were held during the Byzantine era. Also You will see historical landmarks such as the Serpent Column, Obelisk of Thutmose III, and the German Fountain.
A delicious lunch awaits you in the old town, where you can savor the flavors of traditional Turkish cuisine.
Our final stop for the day is the Grand Bazaar, Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the world’s largest covered market. Wander through its maze-like streets and browse a vast array of shops offering jewelry, textiles, spices, and more.
As the day comes to a close, we transfer you back to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the awe-inspiring sights you’ve witnessed. Overnight in Istanbul, ready for more adventures to come.The tour concludes around 17:00, and then you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
(Breakfast and Lunch Included)
Day 03: Cappadocia Regional Tour
Start your day at 09:30 with a Cappadocia Regional Tour, allowing you to explore the unique landscapes and historical treasures of the region. The tour highlights include:
Rise and shine! Today, we embark on a full-day tour of Cappadocia, a land of otherworldly landscapes and fairy chimneys. Our first stop is Devrent Valley, where you’ll witness the unique rock formations known as fairy chimneys. Be captivated by their whimsical shapes and let your imagination run wild.
Next, we visit Pasabag, also known as Monk’s Valley, famous for its mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Explore this fascinating landscape and marvel at the wonders of nature.
Afterward, we make our way to the city of Avanos, renowned for its pottery traditions. Enjoy a delicious lunch and witness the artistry of local artisans as they mold clay into beautiful works of art.
In the afternoon, we visit Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements. Admire the ancient frescoes and delve into the history of this unique site.
Our final stop for the day is Uchisar, where you can explore the natural castles carved into the rock formations. Take in the panoramic views and capture stunning photographs as you soak in the beauty of Cappadocia.
As the day comes to an end, we transfer you back to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the wonders you’ve witnessed throughout the day.The tour concludes around 17:30, and you will be transferred back to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.
OPTIONAL TODAY: Turkish Night or Derwish Show
P.S. Please note that there will be a shopping possibility where you may have the chance to see and buy some special traditional & handmade souvenirs from the holy lands where civilizations lived to make your visit unforgettable.( ceramic and rug)
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)
Day 04: Konya Sultanhan – Mevlana Museum
OPTIONAL TOURS FOR TODAY: For those seeking additional thrills, consider booking a Hot Air Balloon Tour to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Turkey.
After the breakfast, continue your journey to Konya, (We will take a photo break in Sultanhan) where you will visit the Mevlana Museum. Explore the mausoleum of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, also known as Mevlâna or Rumi, a Persian Sufi mystic. Learn about his teachings and the significance of his poetry in Turkish culture.
After a delicious lunch, continue the drive to Pamukkale and check-in to your hotel. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Pamukkale.
Enjoy Thermal Pools and Turkish Baths in a Thermal Hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)
Day 05: Pamukkale Tour: Exploring Ancient Ruins and Natural Springs
Start your day with a delicious breakfast in a Thermal Hotel before embarking on a captivating tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Begin by visiting the Hierapolis ancient city, where you’ll have the opportunity to explore fascinating landmarks such as the Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Oil Factory, Frontinus Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, St. Philip Martyrium, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium/”Pluto’s Gate,” Theater, and the Antique Pool (additional fee for swimming).
Next, marvel at the stunning Pamukkale travertines, natural terraces formed by thermal spring waters known for their healing properties. As you walk barefoot across the travertine, you’ll have plenty of photo opportunities to capture the beauty of Pamukkale. There is also a pool named Cleopatra pool where you can swim and enjoy it.
After enjoying lunch, continue your journey to Kusadasi, where you’ll have dinner and spend the night.
P.S. Please note that there will be a shopping possibility where you may have the chance to see and buy some special traditional & handmade souvenirs from the holy lands where civilizations lived to make your visit unforgettable.(Textile products)
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)
Day 06: Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour: Unveiling Ancient History and Village Charm
Depart from Palm Hotel at 09:00 for a captivating Ephesus & Sirince Village Tour. Begin by visiting the remains of the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then, prepare to be awestruck by the magnificent main site of Ephesus. Explore remarkable landmarks such as the Celsius Library, Agora, Theater, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple, and Roman Latrines.
After a fulfilling lunch, continue your journey to the House of Virgin Mary, a revered site believed to be the final resting place of Virgin Mary. Explore the peaceful surroundings and soak in the spiritual ambiance.
Conclude your day with a visit to Sirince Village, situated on top of a mountain near Selcuk.
Immerse yourself in the village’s charm, enjoy the picturesque views, and perhaps indulge in local products and handicrafts.
Later in the evening, transfer to Izmir airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Spend the night in Istanbul.
P.S. Please note that there will be a shopping possibility where you may have the chance to see and buy some special traditional & handmade souvenirs from the holy lands where civilizations lived to make your visit unforgettable.( manufactury and jewellery products)
(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)
Day 07: Cruising the Bosphorus and Departing from Istanbul
This wonderful Istanbul tour will sail you along the Bosphorus strait & the Golden horn. You will be able to experience 3 of the best Istanbul spots all within one day, aswell as capturing stunning scenery along the way! You will certainly remember this fantastic Istanbul visit.
It has been known that the wonderful Bosphorous tour is becoming very popular and all within great reason, to sail along the Bosphorous you will be able to explore its many wanders along the water including the astounding Dolmabahce,Cıragan and Beylerbeyi Palace.You will also see Rumeli Fortress and Anatolian Fortress from outside.
After a scrumptious Lunch, we embark on a cruise along the Bosphorus, the strait that divides the European and Asian continents. Marvel at the stunning views as we sail past iconic landmarks and picturesque waterfront mansions.Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 08: Departure from Istanbul to Athens
On Day 8 of your trip, you will be departing from Istanbul to Athens and you will arrive in Athens at 08:40. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your leisure. Overnight stay in Athens.
Day 09: Athens Cıty Tour
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up for a guided Athens sightseeing tour. The tour will take you to various landmarks, including the House of Parliament, the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Olympian Zeus Temple, the Panathenaic Stadium, the Academy, the University, and the National Library. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you please.
Day 10:Athens / Olympia
On Day 10, you will leave Athens early in the morning and head towards the Corinth Canal, making it your first stop. Next, you will visit the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, famous for its exceptional acoustics. Afterward, you will have a quick visit to Nafplion town before proceeding to the archaeological site of Mycenae and the Tomb of Agamemnon. From there, you will travel to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, passing through Tripolis and Megalopolis towns along the way. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Olympia.
Day 11: Olympia / Delphı
In the morning, you will visit the Archaeological site in Olympia, which includes the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, the Ancient Stadium, and the Archaeological Museum. Afterward, you will drive through the plains of Heliad and Achaia, reaching the impressive bridge connecting Rion to Antirion. En route, you will have the opportunity to see the picturesque towns of Nafpaktos (Lepanto) and Itea.
The day will end with your arrival in Delphi, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Day 12: Delphı /Meteora
Embark on a visit to the archaeological site of Delphi, known in antiquity as the center of the world. Explore the site, including the famous statue of “The Bronze Charioteer,” and visit the adjacent museum. Afterward, depart for Kalambaka, a charming small town at the foothills of Meteora. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Kalambaka.
Day 13: Meteora/Athens
On Day 13, you will visit the awe-inspiring Meteora, where numerous monasteries are built on towering rocks, offering breathtaking views. After the visit, you will return to Athens, passing through Trikala, Lamia, and Thermopylae. You will make a short stop at the statue of Leonidas before continuing to the Kammena Vourla area. Finally, you will arrive in Athens in the evening.
DAY14: Departure from Athens
On the last day of your trip, you will be transferred to Athens airport according to your flight departure time.
- BURGU ARJAAN BY ROTANA Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- THE MARMARA Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- DEMIR SUITE HOTEL 3 Star (or similar category)
- ADEMPIRA TERMAL&SPA Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- HIERAPARK TERMAL&SPA Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- REIS TERMAL&SPA Hotel 3 Star (or similar category)
- RAMADA BY WYNDHAM Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- GOREME INN Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- HEAVEN CAVE Hotel 3 Star (or similar category)
- CHARISMA Hotel 5 Star (or similar category)
- MARTI Hotel 4 Star (or similar category)
- DERICI Hotel 3 Star (or similar category)
- Grand Hyatt / Wyndham Grand / Royal Olympic / Radisson Blu Park Athens or similar
- Athens Avenue / Athenaeum Grand / Polis Grant Athens or similar
- Crystal City / Jason Inn / Dorian Inn Athens
For Turkey What is included:
- Domestic flights
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- All escorted transfers
- Hotel accommodation at the above-mentioned hotels
- English speaking government licensed professional tour guide
- All entry fees to sites and museums
- Meals as per indicated in the itinerary
- Transportation by A/C non-smoking and sanitized vehicle
- Local taxes and VAT
For Turkey What is not included:
- Internatıonal flights
- All meals and beverages not indicated in the itinerary
- All personal expenditures
- Gratuity to guide and driver (Minimum 7 USD for guide + 3 USD for driver suggested)
For Greece What is included:
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens BB
- 1 nights hotel accommodation in Olympia HB
- 1 nights hotel accommodation in Delphi HB
- 1 nights hotel accommodation in Kalambaka HB
- 4-day Classical Tour including a visit to Meteora on half board basis (only A’ Class Hotels during winter period), English Speaking Guide / SIC Basis
- Half day Athens sightseeing Tour, English Speaking Guide / SIC Basis
- Entrance fees to the sites, during guided sightseeing tours
- All transfers as mentioned in the program
- Daily breakfast
For Greece What is not included:
- International flight tickets
- Personal expenses
- Luggage Storage. Subject to hotel availability
- Airport & Hotel Portage & Trolleys
- Tips for drivers, escorts, guides
- Any other service not mentioned above
- Greece Overnight Stay Tax payable directly at the hotel: 1.5€/night for 3* Hotels, 3€/night for 4* Hotels & 4€/night for 5* Hotels