Highlights of Greece & Turkey – 2015

2 Oct

Highlights of Greece & Turkey
11 Day Tour from Athens to Istanbul –

2015 Booking – Installment – from $150/day/person

Vacation overview

Greece and Turkey are fascinating countries with a long history and many fascinating traditions. This vacation features the major sites, starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafés and archaeological findings. Discover Meteora with its extraordinary monasteries built atop rock formations; ancient Delphi, sight of the Delphic Oracle; and the archaeological site of Vergina, which includes the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Stop in Kalambaka, Thessalonika, and Alexandroupolis, and visit the site of the Battle of Gallipoli before crossing the Dardanelles between Greece and Turkey. Take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Yalova, famous for its thermal hot springs. Then, ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul—a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame.

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Itinerary

Day 1   Arrive in Athens, Greece

Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2   Athens

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the PARTHENON’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The rest of the day is at leisure, so maybe join one of our optional excursions. (B)

Day 3   Athens–Delphi

On the way to Delphi your Tour Director will tell you about Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC, and Thebes, setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear about the Oracle, and tour the excavations. Also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue. (B)

Day 4   Delphi–Meteora–Kalambaka

Today, drive north by way of Lamia and Trikala to the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit one of the MONASTERIES and take in the incredible panoramic view. (B,D)

Day 5   Kalambaka–Vergina–Thessalonika

Head north today via Veria for a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Vergina. In the museum, see some of the most impressive exhibits from the Macedonian period—colorful wall paintings and mosaics; the war shield and armor of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great; and the famous golden larnax and golden grave crown found in his sarcophagus. Later, drive to Thessaloniki and enjoy an orientation drive and a stop at SAINT DEMETRIOS CHURCH and CATACOMBS. (B)

Day 6   Thessalonika–Kavala–Philippi–Alexandroupolis

This morning, travel through the Macedonian plains and stop in Kavala, which was under Turkish rule between 1380 and 1913 and has retained its Oriental atmosphere. Next, stop in Philippi, where included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to this ancient city. Later, reach Alexandroupolis, situated in northeastern Greece and home to beautiful landscapes and antiquities dating from the Paleolithic era to the time of the Roman conquest

Day 7   Alexandroupoulis–Gallipoli, Turkey–Canakkale

Drive to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the ANZAC CEMETERY and the site of the BATTLE OF GALLIPOLI, one of the most famous battles in World War I. Later, enjoy a short FERRY crossing to Asia Minor and overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 8   Canakkale. Excursion to Troy

Take advantage of the included excursion to the ruins of legendary TROY with its 4,000 years of history. Join your Local Guide and take a walk back in time through one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—a city immortalized throughout Greek mythology and in Homer’s epic Iliad as setting of the Trojan War. This afternoon, travel back to Canakkale, with time to explore on your own. (B,D)

Day 9   Canakkale–Yalova–Ferry Crossing–Istanbul

This morning, drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara, stopping in Yalova, home to thermal hot springs and an Ottoman Turkish-style mansion that was built for and used by Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey. Then, FERRY across the Bay of Izmit to vibrant Istanbul, the cultural, economic, and historical heart of the country, where an optional dinner outing is available tonight. (B)

Day 10   Istanbul

Markets, peddlers, and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, black coffee, and more—you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible! Included sightseeing with your Local Guide takes you to the ROMAN HIPPODROME and the BLUE MOSQUE. The view of the city at dusk, with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus, is unforgettable. Why not join an optional Historical Tour of Istanbul? (B)

Day 11   Istanbul

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Vacation Highlights

Individual headsets on land tour Inside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Kalambaka, Meteora, Thessalonika, Kavala, Alexandroupolis, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Yalova

Scenic Highlights:Thessaly plains, Macedonian plains, Trikaei plains, Sea of Marmara

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Nelson Perez / Travel Specialist / Email – info@triphelpmate.com / 646.387.8522 office hours

Travel Terms & Conditions
The purchase of any travel services offered by Cosmos, constitutes a contractual arrangement between you and Cosmos, and represents your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand the Terms & Conditions prior to booking. These Terms & Conditions cover Deposit & Final Payment information, Air-Inclusive Deposits & Final Payment, Revisions & Revision Fees, Air Arrangements, Participation, Travelers Who Need Special Assistance, Young Travelers, Smoking, Price Policy, Visas and Passports, Hotels & Accommodations, Baggage Allowance, Travel Documents, Not Included in the Land Price, Refunds, Service Inquires After the Vacation, Holidays, Safety, Photos & Pictures, Optional Excursions, and Responsibility.
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Important Notes

  • Vacation departures, itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • A non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $250 per person per vacation is required for Cosmos to reserve space for you. View Terms & Conditions for limited exceptions.
  • Charges not included in the land vacation price: airfare to and from the start of your vacation; airline baggage fees including checked and/or excess baggage fees; Federal inspection fees for the Federal U.S. Customs and Immigrations; agricultural tax; other per person taxes imposed by government entities; applicable cruise taxes, fees, fares and port charges; passports; visas and vaccinations; transfers; tips to your Tour or Cruise Director, Local Host, driver, Local Guides, and/or ships’ crew; gratuities on ferries, trains, and cruise ships; laundry; telephone; minibar; alcohol, beverages, and food outside of the contracted menu as presented at a hotel or restaurant (these extra items will be billed to you before leaving the hotel, ship, or restaurant); additional excursions and activities not listed as ‘included’ in the itinerary; porterage at airports or train stations; Travel Protection premiums; and all other items of a personal nature.

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