Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

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10 days
6 World Heritage Sites visited.
Type: Superior
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You will visit: Turkey & Greece

Travel to the edge of Europe with this Turkish & Greecian adventure. Hang out in the cool city of Istanbul, see the sombre memorials at Gallipoli, visit the port towns of Canakkale & Kusadasi, & dip in the thermal pools of Pamukkale. Later it’s on to the islands for a taste of Greece. Check out the fortified town of Rhodes before topping it all off with a visit to paradise - Santorini. There's no shortage of memorable moments here, from haggling at the bazaars, to climbing the Trojan horse to just chilling on the beach.

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Itinerary + Backstage Pass & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Tour Manager in local currency.

Backstage Pass

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1 Arrive Istanbul

Check-in to your hotel & meet up with your Contiki team & fellow travellers this evening in Turkey’s capital, a busy metropolis where East literally meets West.

Hotel Dinner

2 Istanbul

Today, our Local guide shows you one of the city’s major draw cards, the stunning Blue Mosque. It’s an amazing building with a series of domes and minarets dominating the skyline, complete with a breathtaking interior of tens of thousands of blue tiles.

After that, we head right into the heart of the city and plunge into several kilometres of shops at the Grand Baazar. It’s an unforgettable shopping experience. Our Local Guide gives plenty of pointers and will lead you through a maze of lanes, where tacky trinkets and authentic treasures are sold side by side. With carpets, jewellery, spices, music, electronics and more, the place is buzzing, so make sure you’ve got your haggling hat on.

There are heaps of options for your time here. Monument-wise there’s Topkapi Palace for a look into the sultan’s lifestyle and Hagia Sofia church to give you a feel for Constantine’s empire.

Otherwise, live a bit of Istanbul’s daily life. Try your hand at backgammon in a sidewalk cafe and watch the crowds go by as you sip on Turkish coffee. Chill out in a tea garden, or take to the time-honoured tradition of the hammam (steam bath house) and get scrubbed down on heated marble stones.

Opt for a dinner complete with belly dancers and watch some top dancers perform this famous Eastern art.

Hotel Breakfast

  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
  • See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Turkish Bath
    Euro 33.00
  • 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening
    Euro 32.00
3 Istanbul to Canakkale

This morning, make a pilgrimage to the site of the region’s bloody battle, Gallipoli. Visit ANZAC Cove where World War I troops landed, Lone Pine Cemetary, where Australian troops are buried and pay tribute at the memorial for New Zealand soldiers.

Enjoy some down-time on the coach, following the coastline of the Sea of Marmara before ferrying across the Dardanelles, crossing from Europe into Asia, to the bustling, habourside town of Canakkale.

Tonight, take a walk along the waterfront, complete with stunning views or catch up on your emails back at the hotel.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Pay tribute to heroes at Gallipoli & ANZAC Cove
  • Journey along the Sea of Marmara
  • Visit ANZAC Cove
  • Visit Lone Pine Cemetery
4 Canakkale to Izmir

Kick start the day with free time in Troy, where you can opt to get inside the legend of one the world’s most famous battles and check out the famed wooden horse. Choose an optional excursion with our expert Local Guide and explore the excavation site of this mythical city as you learn more about how heroes and gods fought in a ten year war.

Sticking to the coastline, we stop off in Pergamum, Asia Minor’s former political powerhouse. Now a laid-back market town packed with ancient sites, it has heaps of interesting remains from its former heyday. Join the group for an excursion around the hill-top ruins, where you’ll learn about the town’s history from our expert Local Guide and test the amazing acoustics of its timeworn amphitheatre.

Tonight we stay in Homer’s birthplace Izmir, known as the ‘Pearl of the Aegean’. This port town has palm-lined promenades & a buzzing nightlife for you to enjoy.

After a tasty Turkish feast with the group, maybe head to the city centre for some sightseeing. There’s Konak Square and Konak Street – where the city’s famous historic clocktower is found, then later, you could find yourself a cute café or bar to relax at this evening. Alsancak & Bornova have some great bars & clubs to experience, so ask your Tour Manager for some tips on the best places to head.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Scenic mountain drive to Pergamum, ancient capital of Asia Minor
  • See Izmir, the birthplace of Homer
  • Ancient Ruins of Troy
    YTL 15.00
  • Pergamum Hillside Ruins
    YTL 20.00
5 Izmir to Pamukkale

Today serves up the opportunity to visit Hieropolis, an ancient Roman spa town and sacred city, sitting in modern-day Pamukkale. As it serves up dramatic scenery, make sure you keep your camera handy at this UNESCO World Heritage site. Arid ridges and white calcium terraces, formed by mineral waters, steal the scene as water pours over the cliff’s edge.

In Pamukkale there’s your chance to treat yourself to our optional thermal pools experience. The Pamukkale pools are famous for their healing properties, so kick back in the warm waters with the group and let the minerals work their magic.

Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Thermal Pools
    YTL 20.00
6 Pamukkale to Kusadasi

This morning, opt to get a feel for the ancient times with a locally guided tour of the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore this stunningly preserved city that Mark Antony and Cleopatra once visited and learn about its past as a major trading centre.

Today you’ll get up close to Turkish culture with a visit to a rug maker and find out about local artistry with an authentic carpet-making demonstration – a craft this country is famous for.

Otherwise, rummage through the Grand Bazaar and go local bargaining for leather goods, jewellery or local crafts. Take a break on the lovely Ladies Beach or check out where old merchant caravans used to park up.

Hotel Breakfast

  • See one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World - a locally guided tour of Ephesus
  • Visit a Turkish carpet factory
  • See Kusadasi's shopping Bazaar & promenade
7 Kusadasi to Rhodes

Fit in some last minute shopping in Turkey before boarding your cruise ship and setting sail to Rhodes in the Greek Islands.

On the way you'll make at stop on Patmos, with its sacred spots and wild countryside. Get into the spirit of the island with an optional excursion that takes you to Patmos’ UNESCO World Heritage sites: the 11th century Monastery of the Apocalypse and to the Grotto of St. John – the hilltop cave where John the Apostle lived for many years.

Overnight Cruise Breakfast, Dinner, Supper

  • See the fortified town of Rhodes
  • Religious Visit to St. John’s Monastery – Grotto of Apocalypse
    Euro 47.00
8 Rhodes

As the sunniest island in the Aegean & one of the most beautiful towns in the Mediterranean, Rhodes is so much more than just a holiday paradise. It’s also famous for the Colossus of Rhodes. Although no longer standing, this ancient statue of the Greek god Helios, once stood a massive 30m high above the city & is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

With a day to enjoy this stunning town, take a stroll through the cute medieval Old Town & maybe do some shopping for souvenirs.

After lunch, if you’re feeling like catching some rays, head to one of the stunning beaches & find a spot for the day & do some swimming.

Overnight Cruise Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Supper

  • Rhodes & Lindos – Medieval Tour – Acropolis of Lindos and the Citadel of the Knights
    Euro 57.00
9 Cruising to Santorini via Crete

Today we start the day off with a visit to the biggest of the Greek Islands, Crete.

Choose an optional excursion to the Palace of Knossos where our Local Guide will tell you the story of this 4000 year old mythical Minoan Palace, where the minotaur (half-man/half-bull) was slain.

Next up: Santorini. This island will make your jaw drop with its stunning natural beauty – the result of a massive volcanic eruption. From the water look up at the iconic blue–domed, whitewashed churches.

Once we’re back on land, head up the cliff and the twisting stone steps, save your breath on a donkey ride or take it easy in the cable car for views of neighbouring volcanic islands.

Your Rep will fill you in on Fira – dramatically perched on the edge of the crater - as the group explores its narrow streets. Get tips on the best places to pick up a piece of Santorini’s famous jewellery and where to try out the delicious local speciality, domatoktedes (fried tomato balls).

Otherwise head to one of the distinctive black or red sand beaches, and soak up the breathtaking scenery. You could jump on an optional boat ride out to the active volcanic island of Nea Kamini. Cruise past lava formations and get up close to the active crater.

Overnight Cruise Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Supper

  • Visit Heraklion town
  • Visit the main town of Fira
  • See the spectacular volcanic islands surrounding Santorini
  • Minoan Palace of Knossos – 1st European Civilization
    Euro 55.00
  • Cruise to Santorini’s Islands and volcanoes
    Euro 55.00
10 Arrival into Athens

After breakfast and a farewell to our hosts, we disembark in the Piraeus and head to Syntagma Square. Set right in the heart of Athens and home to Greece’s parliament, this is where our tour ends.

For those who are keen to learn more, there’s a chance to step back in time to the birthplace of democracy. Get the run down on the Parthenon and the Acropolis from our Local Guide, as you wander around the famous columns perched above the city sprawl.

Breakfast

  • Athens Sightseeing Tour
    Euro 42.00

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Backstage Pass

Our backstage pass includes all of this and more, and it's free as part of your trip.

Exclusive Accommodation

  • 9 nights accommodation: 6 nights in hotels, 3 nights on board a cruise ship (twin or triple-share)
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach
  • Fun-filled entertainment on every night of the cruise
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
  • Ferry crossing

Exclusive Team

  • An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team
  • On-board cruise representative
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Exclusive Food

  • 9 continental breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 7 three-course dinners
  • 3 suppers

Exclusive Inclusions

  • The Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge, the Spice Markets - discover Istanbul with our expert local guide
  • See the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Suleymaniye Mosque
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Me Time

  • Turkish Bath
  • 'Kervansaray' Turkish evening
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  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$160
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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