Jewels of Aegean Turkey & Greece Tour

  • 21 Days | 20 Nights
  • Semi-Private
  • Daily Departure
  • Min Age: No Limit

Tour Overview

Experience the ancient wonders and beautiful landscapes of Turkey and Greece with our 3-week tour itinerary. This itinerary is designed to take you on a journey through the historical sites and breathtaking natural wonders of these two countries.

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we can suggest some sightseeing opportunities or help you plan a self-guided tour. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

After breakfast, we visit the famous Spice Bazaar and then take a private boat tour along the Bosphorus. We will see old and new historical sites such as mosques, castles, and palaces. Later, we visit the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

After breakfast, we visit the Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. We proceed to the Hagia Sophia, Camlica Hill, and Dolmabache Palace. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Today is a free day for leisure. You can explore the city on a self-guided tour or take part in one of the many available excursions. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

We fly to the Cappadocia region and check into the cave hotel. We then visit Red Valley, Pasabagi, Cavusin, and Goreme Open-Air Museum. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

After breakfast, we visit Derinkuyu, the largest excavated underground city in Turkey. We then head to Ihlara Valley, Belisirma village, Selime, and the Agzikarahan Caravanserai building. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

After check-out, we transfer to Kayseri Airport for our flight to Antalya. Upon arrival, we start a half-day tour.

On this day, we embark on our Southern Turkey tour, following the Mediterranean coastline. We visit Perge, the ancient city that was once the capital of Pamphyia, known for its Artemis temple, and the home of Greek mathematician Apollonius. We also visit Aspendos, which has the best-preserved theater with seating for about 7,000 people. After lunch, we visit the Manavgat Waterfalls before heading to Side, a pretty resort town with ancient ruins, beaches, and souvenir shops. Here, we explore the ancient city’s magnificent theater built on colonnaded arches, the largest in the area. We end the day with a transfer back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Antalya.

We check out of the hotel and continue our Turkey travel along the Turquoise Coast to Demre, where we visit the tomb of Saint Nicholas, the original Santa Claus, and the Myra ruins to view the Lycian rock-cut tombs. After lunch, we proceed to Kekova, an island with clear sea waters and the partly sunken ruins of an ancient town destroyed by an earthquake during the 2nd century. We take a glass-bottom boat tour to view these ruins and also visit Kalekoy, an old fishing village with charming buildings, ancient, and medieval structures, including a castle. We end the day with a drive along the coast to the small town of Kas for an overnight stay.

This is a free day for leisure or a self-guided tour of the town. Kas is a quaint little town with a beautiful coastline, beaches, and pleasant cafes and bars along its flowered narrow streets. It’s also a great place for diving, with a diving school and equipment for rent and sale. Visitors can expect to see a beautiful array of fish and other sea creatures, including octopus and possibly dolphins, as well as the wrecks of some ancient ships. We have an overnight stay in Kas.

After checking out of the hotel, visitors have a free day to either spend the day in Kas or visit the resort city of Fethiye located only one hour away. We have a transfer and an overnight stay in Fethiye.

This is a free day for leisure, including an optional excursion to do a full-day private boat ride around the gorgeous blue waters of Fethiye. The cruise departs from Oludeniz Beach or the ‘Blue Lagoon’ and includes swimming in the beautiful Blue Cave, a trip to Butterfly Valley, a canyon that offers breathtaking views of the area, and exploring medieval and historical ruins on the island of St. Nicholas. Visitors can also swim in the turquoise waters of the island. The day ends with a cruise back to Oludeniz Beach and a transfer back to the hotel for an overnight stay in Fethiye.

We embark on a scenic boat cruise from Fethiye to Dalyan, where we visit one of the last breeding grounds of the endangered loggerhead sea turtles. We also explore the ancient site of Lycia, renowned for its impressive rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs. Next, we continue to the ancient city of Caunos to witness more stunning Lycian ruins in the form of rock tombs sculpted in the style of small Ionic temples. Later, we head to Iztuzu Beach or ‘Turtle Beach,’ named after the numerous loggerhead sea turtles that call this area home. Our day concludes with a cruise to the seaside resort city of Kusadasi, where we spend the night.

After breakfast in Kusadasi, embark on a journey to the historical city of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world. Discover the wonders of the Agora, Odeon, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre, Marble Street, and more. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local Turkish restaurant before visiting the House of Virgin Mary, where she is said to have spent her last days. Afterwards, explore the Artemis Temple site, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If time allows, visit the old Greek Orthodox village of Sirince, famous for its wine, olive oil, and well-preserved 19th-century architecture. End the day with a transfer back to the hotel in Kusadasi for an overnight stay.

Today is a free day to relax and explore Kusadasi, a lively seaside resort known for its sandy beaches, shopping, and panoramic views. After checking out of the hotel, head to the Kusadasi Port for a 50-minute ferry ride to Samos, Greece. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Samos.

Start the day with a transfer to Samos Port to catch the ferry for Mykonos via Paros. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Mykonos.

Enjoy a free day at leisure to explore the picturesque island of Mykonos with its charming villages, white-washed houses, and turquoise waters. Spend the night in Mykonos.

Today is another free day at leisure. Take advantage of the frequent high-speed ferries and flights to explore either Mykonos or Athens.

Explore Athens, one of the oldest cities in history and one of the most cosmopolitan cities today. Start the tour in the city center with a walk around Syntagma Square, the largest square in Athens, where you will see the neoclassical building that houses the Parliament of Greece and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, guarded by the Evzones. Next, visit the National Gardens, the former Royal Gardens, completed in 1840. Then, head to the Presidential Residence, the official residence of the Greek President, before visiting the Panathenaic Stadium, where the first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896. Continue to the Zappeion Hall, a beautiful neoclassical mansion completed in 1874, before ending the day in Plaka, the “Neighborhood of the Gods,” with its proximity to the Acropolis and many archaeological sites, including the Parthenon, Erechtheion, Propylaia, and Nike Temple. Spend the night in Athens.

After breakfast, embark on a tour to Delphi, Greece’s national treasure. Leave Athens in the morning and pass through charming towns on the way, such as Levadia and Arahova. In Delphi, explore the village and visit the Sanctuary of Apollo, home to the famous Oracle. Next, see the archaeological treasures at the Delphi Museum, including the unique bronze charioteer. After lunch, visit the Athenian Treasury and Temple of Apollo before ending the day with dinner in Delphi or Athens and returning for an overnight stay in Athens.

After checking out of our hotel, we have a transfer available to Athens airport for our return flight.

In Conclusion

The itinerary offers visitors a good balance of historical, cultural, and natural attractions while giving them enough time to relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of these two countries.

What's Included

  • Hotel accommodation in the category of your choice.
  • Sightseeing tours on a regular group basis (private basis on request).
  • Licensed tour guide assistance during the sightseeing tours.
  • Main entrance fees to all sites visited as per the itinerary.
  • Fast-track entries to the museums and natural parks.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Deluxe air-conditioned vehicles for tours and airport transfers.
  • Domestic land and air transport between each destination.
  • Taxes and handling service.
    24/7 support during your trip.

Please note that the specific details of inclusions may vary depending on the package and any additional services you may have requested.


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