Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

Tour Length
10 days
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US$1865
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  • Saf
  • Saf
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Fab experience !

13 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014

This was my very first contiki trip. I absolutely loved it! You get to experience and explore a little bit of everything in each country. You start in Istanbul - you'll do a lot in the city in two days you're here . I enjoyed going to the spice market, the grand bazaar , blue mosque, Hagia Sofia , Basilica Cistern(i highly recommend this one!) and of course the Turkish bath (trust me my skin has never felt cleaner and softer !). However, if you're a female ,let your tour guide know if you prefer to get washed by women instead of the big belly Turkish men. Either way, it was very relaxing and our group of 44 had a Turkish bath bonding time.I wish I had an extra day in Istanbul to just explore the city and mingle with the locals. 2 days is just not enough to do everything. So i highly recommend getting there a day or two early. Turkey was amazing with its history and friendly people . But, what made the Turkey part of the trip very entertaining and exciting for me was our fabulous and favorite Turkish man aka our tour guide and manager Ahmet. He is full of life with quite a sense of humor. He is very knowledgeable and knows his history. He would tell us interesting facts about the sites. He loves his country and made us all fall in love with it too. The trip wouldn't have been same without Ahmet! He def is a "piece of art" as he likes to call himself. We all fell in love with him and his willingness to show us a good time in Turkey . Very well balanced trip!
Greek Island part was nice as well. But it felt like just a few hours on each island wasn't enough ..esp Santorini. I highly recommend this trip !

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Fav. Turkish man Ahmet, Well balanced trip, Amazing sites

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  • Saf
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Fab experience !

13 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014

This was my very first contiki trip. I absolutely loved it! You get to experience and explore a little bit of everything in each country. You start in Istanbul - you'll do a lot in the city in two days you're here . I enjoyed going to the spice market, the grand bazaar , blue mosque, Hagia Sofia , Basilica Cistern(i highly recommend this one!) and of course the Turkish bath (trust me my skin has never felt cleaner and softer !). However, if you're a female ,let your tour guide know if you prefer to get washed by women instead of the big belly Turkish men. Either way, it was very relaxing and our group of 44 had a Turkish bath bonding time.I wish I had an extra day in Istanbul to just explore the city and mingle with the locals. 2 days is just not enough to do everything. So i highly recommend getting there a day or two early. Turkey was amazing with its history and friendly people . But, what made the Turkey part of the trip very entertaining and exciting for me was our fabulous and favorite Turkish man aka our tour guide and manager Ahmet. He is full of life with quite a sense of humor. He is very knowledgeable and knows his history. He would tell us interesting facts about the sites. He loves his country and made us all fall in love with it too. The trip wouldn't have been same without Ahmet! He def is a "piece of art" as he likes to call himself. We all fell in love with him and his willingness to show us a good time in Turkey . Very well balanced trip!
Greek Island part was nice as well. But it felt like just a few hours on each island wasn't enough ..esp Santorini. I highly recommend this trip !

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Fav. Turkish man Ahmet, Well balanced trip, Amazing sites

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  • Pepito
  • Level 8 Traveler
  • 8 Contikis
  • 16 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Great experience that will last a lifetime!

13 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014

Let me explan why I am so exited about this trip. I am what you would call a Contiki veteran (done 9 contiki tours in last 6 years + 2 Haggis adventures + 3 SITA tours + 1 Cosmos). Have plenty of experience in the traveling industry and there is a reason why I keep coming back to Contiki (have another trip with them next month). And this tour surpassed all the expectations I had.

Before I start talking about this tour, it is imperative that you know that every Contiki tour has its own personality and the group you travel with can make a huge difference. Now, I won't discuss in detail the places you'll go on this tour because you can find that online, I'm going to focus on the awesome experience and the great things this tour has to offer.

Turkey: if you are planning on doing this tour, pray that your tour guide is Ahmet. Turkish guy with a lot of knowledge, great attitude and contagious enthusiasm. By far, one of the best tour guides I've ever had (if not the best). He is extremely funny, very respectful and honest. He was so helpful that I'll be forever grateful. Many people agree that he was one of the highlights of the trip.

About Istanbul, unfortunately the tour doesn't spent enough time there, so if you can arrive a day or two early, I highly recommend it. The tour doesn't include the Hagia Sophia nor the Basilica Cistern, although on your time off, Ahmet will offer to get you inside and skip the lines - using his tour guide license he will buy the ticket for you and get you in as a group. Nightlife in Turkey is way better than expected, and Ahmet will guide you safely to the best spots - and bargain the price of the drinks! There is so much to see and do in Turkey that you'll love it. The Ephesus, Pamukkale and Troy optionals that Contiki offer are not really optionals. You either go inside and see it or you stay in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere. So add those to the budget (is not very expensive at all).

Greece: This part of the tour is very layback, and easy pace. Greek Islands are gorgeous. Although some of the Tours / Optionals are very early in the AM still is easy to deal with. The Optionals offered by Contiki are from the Cruise Company, so you'll be walking around with people from age 1 to 99. On the Island of Mykonos, since the vast majority of the group did the optional we were together in a bus for ourselves. Pretty sure you can find the same tours cheaper. The price is unreal. On this part of the Tour, the group splits and it's harder to stay all together.

From all the Contiki tours I've done, this is my favorite one. Highly recommended. Go, live, enjoy and see the world!

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Best tour guide

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  • Pepito
  • Level 8 Traveler
  • 8 Contikis
  • 16 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Great experience that will last a lifetime!

13 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014

Let me explan why I am so exited about this trip. I am what you would call a Contiki veteran (done 9 contiki tours in last 6 years + 2 Haggis adventures + 3 SITA tours + 1 Cosmos). Have plenty of experience in the traveling industry and there is a reason why I keep coming back to Contiki (have another trip with them next month). And this tour surpassed all the expectations I had.

Before I start talking about this tour, it is imperative that you know that every Contiki tour has its own personality and the group you travel with can make a huge difference. Now, I won't discuss in detail the places you'll go on this tour because you can find that online, I'm going to focus on the awesome experience and the great things this tour has to offer.

Turkey: if you are planning on doing this tour, pray that your tour guide is Ahmet. Turkish guy with a lot of knowledge, great attitude and contagious enthusiasm. By far, one of the best tour guides I've ever had (if not the best). He is extremely funny, very respectful and honest. He was so helpful that I'll be forever grateful. Many people agree that he was one of the highlights of the trip.

About Istanbul, unfortunately the tour doesn't spent enough time there, so if you can arrive a day or two early, I highly recommend it. The tour doesn't include the Hagia Sophia nor the Basilica Cistern, although on your time off, Ahmet will offer to get you inside and skip the lines - using his tour guide license he will buy the ticket for you and get you in as a group. Nightlife in Turkey is way better than expected, and Ahmet will guide you safely to the best spots - and bargain the price of the drinks! There is so much to see and do in Turkey that you'll love it. The Ephesus, Pamukkale and Troy optionals that Contiki offer are not really optionals. You either go inside and see it or you stay in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere. So add those to the budget (is not very expensive at all).

Greece: This part of the tour is very layback, and easy pace. Greek Islands are gorgeous. Although some of the Tours / Optionals are very early in the AM still is easy to deal with. The Optionals offered by Contiki are from the Cruise Company, so you'll be walking around with people from age 1 to 99. On the Island of Mykonos, since the vast majority of the group did the optional we were together in a bus for ourselves. Pretty sure you can find the same tours cheaper. The price is unreal. On this part of the Tour, the group splits and it's harder to stay all together.

From all the Contiki tours I've done, this is my favorite one. Highly recommended. Go, live, enjoy and see the world!

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Best tour guide

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  • Crystal
  • Crystal
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Took me by surprise

30 Jul 2014 - 08 Aug 2014

Turkey and Greece are both magical places. I was not expecting much from Turkey but was completely blown away by the rich history and culture. The best part of the trip was the tour guide Ahmet. Ahmet has an amazing personality and ensured that we were taken care of at the hotels and in local shops. Since haggling is a major part of Turkish culture, Ahmet set our expectations on price before we shopped. He definitely protected us.

Greece was amazing as well but I would advise that you set aside enough money for the excursion. Contrary to Turkey, the Greek islands do not have included excursions.

All in all it was a great trip and I recommend it to anyone.

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Amazing, Rich, Fun

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  • Crystal
  • Crystal
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 4 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Took me by surprise

30 Jul 2014 - 08 Aug 2014

Turkey and Greece are both magical places. I was not expecting much from Turkey but was completely blown away by the rich history and culture. The best part of the trip was the tour guide Ahmet. Ahmet has an amazing personality and ensured that we were taken care of at the hotels and in local shops. Since haggling is a major part of Turkish culture, Ahmet set our expectations on price before we shopped. He definitely protected us.

Greece was amazing as well but I would advise that you set aside enough money for the excursion. Contrary to Turkey, the Greek islands do not have included excursions.

All in all it was a great trip and I recommend it to anyone.

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Amazing, Rich, Fun

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  • Catherine
  • Catherine
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

"A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles"

13 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014

This trip was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It was my first Contiki trip, first time traveling with a group of people I didn't know and first time traveling to Turkey and Greece and I have to say every expectation I had was surpassed on this trip.

First off the destinations were incredible. There is so much history and culture in Turkey and I did not expect to get such a in-depth grasp of it in such a short period of time. Our local tour guide, Ahmet was hands down the best tour guide we could have asked for. He was informative in both providing us with the information we needed to navigate the country and it culture and also provided in depth historical explanations of all the sites we visited. I have to admit it was hot while we were at the sites and I would have not had the patience to stand and read all the information boards at the sites so it was great that Ahmet was able to provide insight to the historical and cultural significance of every place we visited.

This tour is not a leisure tour. Every day was packed with things to do - we had places to go and things to see every day. In retrospect I think I was expecting a little more down time but then we wouldn't have gotten to see all the amazing sites and I would have regretted sitting at a beach instead of exploring this amazing country. We did have days where we finished early and were able to go to the hotel pool or beach which was nice, but overall it was a busy schedule. (if your looking for a laid back chill tour where you get to sleep in this is not the one for you)

For Greece - Don't do any of the optional tours through the cruise ship!!! They are super expensive and you can do them yourself Faster & Cheaper! For example in Patmos the "cruise excursion" is 55 euro per person! Me and my friends did the same thing (St. Johns Grotto and the Monastery) for 10 euro per person (included taxi to and from the port and admission to the sites) The only thing is you don't get an English speaking explanation of the site (which is fine we asked the tour guide our questions when we got back to the ship). The Tour in Athens is a "Contiki" tour and not a cruise excursion and I heard good things about that one from the people that went on it (again me and my friends did it a lot cheaper but without an English speaking guide to tell us about it ) Greece wasn't what I expected. It was beautiful but I thought this was going to be the time for hanging at the beaches when in reality the cruise stopped at "port locations" because new people boarded the ship each day and apparently these locations are not close to beaches. For example, Crete is supposed to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, however the cruise ship docked on the opposite end of the island - some of us looked into splitting a taxi to the beach but it would have been 1.5 hours each way and we only had 4 hours on the island before we had to board the ship again. Disappointing to say the least. Rhodes was pretty awesome but I wish I would have taken a charter boat to one of the smaller islands to go snorkeling in the caves instead of wasting so much time in old town. One of the other members of our group did this and it sounded awesome, by the time I was walking past the charters for snorkeling it was already too late and again, would have missed the boarding to the ship (Moral of the story - if you go to Rhodes defiantly take a charter to go snorkeling as soon as you get off the ship!)

We spent a lot of time in Turkey and I feel like I really got a sense of the history and culture there where as in Greece, because the time we spent there was so short, it was super "touristy". Greece is a beautiful country and the islands are gorgeous but I didn't get much (culturally or historically) out of being there.

The destinations of this trip were amazing and I did get a lot out of the places I visited but I have to say that the reason I had so much fun on this tour was because of the people (hence the quote and title of this review). I haven't been on any other Contiki's but I know without a doubt this was the best group that has ever been put together in Contiki History (I know this because someone that had been on 8 Contiki tours said so himself!!) The time traveling on the bus in Turkey really gives you a chance to get to know the people on your tour. I sat next to someone different every time I got on the bus and it helped me to get to know everyone and by the end trip I felt like I had 44 new friends for life. In Turkey we were together 24/7 because we were traveling by bus and usually all our rooms were on the same floor and we always had all our meals together because our schedule was so organized and when we got on the cruise - even though everyone was separated and there was no schedule what so ever to follow- we all made a point to be together as much as possible. Even when the tour was over most of us had one more night in Athens and we all made a point to get together for the "last super". I will cherish all the memories of this trip forever and I look forward to keeping in touch with all the new friends I made.

I would recommend this trip to someone who is looking to get a historical and cultural experience out of their travels.

xoxo

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Incredible , Enriching, Exciting

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  • Catherine
  • Catherine
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

"A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles"

13 Aug 2014 - 22 Aug 2014

This trip was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It was my first Contiki trip, first time traveling with a group of people I didn't know and first time traveling to Turkey and Greece and I have to say every expectation I had was surpassed on this trip.

First off the destinations were incredible. There is so much history and culture in Turkey and I did not expect to get such a in-depth grasp of it in such a short period of time. Our local tour guide, Ahmet was hands down the best tour guide we could have asked for. He was informative in both providing us with the information we needed to navigate the country and it culture and also provided in depth historical explanations of all the sites we visited. I have to admit it was hot while we were at the sites and I would have not had the patience to stand and read all the information boards at the sites so it was great that Ahmet was able to provide insight to the historical and cultural significance of every place we visited.

This tour is not a leisure tour. Every day was packed with things to do - we had places to go and things to see every day. In retrospect I think I was expecting a little more down time but then we wouldn't have gotten to see all the amazing sites and I would have regretted sitting at a beach instead of exploring this amazing country. We did have days where we finished early and were able to go to the hotel pool or beach which was nice, but overall it was a busy schedule. (if your looking for a laid back chill tour where you get to sleep in this is not the one for you)

For Greece - Don't do any of the optional tours through the cruise ship!!! They are super expensive and you can do them yourself Faster & Cheaper! For example in Patmos the "cruise excursion" is 55 euro per person! Me and my friends did the same thing (St. Johns Grotto and the Monastery) for 10 euro per person (included taxi to and from the port and admission to the sites) The only thing is you don't get an English speaking explanation of the site (which is fine we asked the tour guide our questions when we got back to the ship). The Tour in Athens is a "Contiki" tour and not a cruise excursion and I heard good things about that one from the people that went on it (again me and my friends did it a lot cheaper but without an English speaking guide to tell us about it ) Greece wasn't what I expected. It was beautiful but I thought this was going to be the time for hanging at the beaches when in reality the cruise stopped at "port locations" because new people boarded the ship each day and apparently these locations are not close to beaches. For example, Crete is supposed to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, however the cruise ship docked on the opposite end of the island - some of us looked into splitting a taxi to the beach but it would have been 1.5 hours each way and we only had 4 hours on the island before we had to board the ship again. Disappointing to say the least. Rhodes was pretty awesome but I wish I would have taken a charter boat to one of the smaller islands to go snorkeling in the caves instead of wasting so much time in old town. One of the other members of our group did this and it sounded awesome, by the time I was walking past the charters for snorkeling it was already too late and again, would have missed the boarding to the ship (Moral of the story - if you go to Rhodes defiantly take a charter to go snorkeling as soon as you get off the ship!)

We spent a lot of time in Turkey and I feel like I really got a sense of the history and culture there where as in Greece, because the time we spent there was so short, it was super "touristy". Greece is a beautiful country and the islands are gorgeous but I didn't get much (culturally or historically) out of being there.

The destinations of this trip were amazing and I did get a lot out of the places I visited but I have to say that the reason I had so much fun on this tour was because of the people (hence the quote and title of this review). I haven't been on any other Contiki's but I know without a doubt this was the best group that has ever been put together in Contiki History (I know this because someone that had been on 8 Contiki tours said so himself!!) The time traveling on the bus in Turkey really gives you a chance to get to know the people on your tour. I sat next to someone different every time I got on the bus and it helped me to get to know everyone and by the end trip I felt like I had 44 new friends for life. In Turkey we were together 24/7 because we were traveling by bus and usually all our rooms were on the same floor and we always had all our meals together because our schedule was so organized and when we got on the cruise - even though everyone was separated and there was no schedule what so ever to follow- we all made a point to be together as much as possible. Even when the tour was over most of us had one more night in Athens and we all made a point to get together for the "last super". I will cherish all the memories of this trip forever and I look forward to keeping in touch with all the new friends I made.

I would recommend this trip to someone who is looking to get a historical and cultural experience out of their travels.

xoxo

Review written Aug 2014

My Contiki was: Incredible , Enriching, Exciting

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  • Vanessa
  • Vanessa
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing adventure

14 May 2014 - 23 May 2014

I've never taken contiki or been to Europe before so I'm glad this was my first experience... I went on this trip alone as did most of my tour mates so it was easy to make friends and get along with most people. I was looking for a cultural experience, not a frat party on a bus and I'm glad to say I had a great experience. Turkey really blew me away, our tour manager, Ahmet, was really informative and accommodating. He made sure everything that was supposed to be done was done with enough time for us to enjoy everything but also rearranged the schedule when needed. The accommodations were fine... Nothing extravagant but just a place to sleep. The food provided on the tours were also just fine... Mostly buffets which is a great way to taste a little bit of everything but also wasn't the greatest in flavor. The food you buy on your own time while exploring is really great and tasty! Excursions in Turkey were moderately priced, I didn't join it but I heard the Turkish dinner was great, Pergamum (Asklepion) and Pamukkale were also great! Once we got to Greece everything was go, go, go! This was the part of the trip everyone was most looking forward to but enjoyed the least! The cruise is an actual cruise filled with other contiki tours and many, many other people not part of your tour. Our tour manager, Stacey, was great but couldn't do much as everything was contracted through the cruise line. Let me warn you that the excursions in Greece are very expensive and not all of them are worth it, I guess you can decide based on your budget. If you purchase excursions, make sure you're on time for meeting them b/c they will leave without you! Patmos was a beautiful island, the St. John Monastery is also nice but if you don't mind the hike, it's a beautiful one and the monastery fee is only 6€ and the Grotto is 3€ as opposed to 47€ they charge (you just don't get tour guide info). We were allowed 2 hours of free time on Patmos but there's not much to do and shopping is quite expensive. Rhodes was also an insanely beautiful island, I thought this excursion was worth it cause it's quite a bus trip to this side of the island. Our local tour guide was terrible though, he never once pointed out the bathrooms and was smoking while he was giving the tour! This is the only tour where riding the donkey up is worth it, you can walk down and do some shopping (5€ each way for the donkey ride and 47€ for the excursion). We're allowed a bit more time on this island, but choose what you do with it wisely. Stacey took us to a beach that's a bit of a walk but it had a cool diving board about 30 meters out in the water with 3 levels of diving heights.... Unfortunately the water was COLD and the sand was more like jagged pebbles... I left early to do some shopping before getting back on board. The next day was a true disappointment - I chose not to do the excursion cause it was expensive and a very early wakeup call (51 or 57€ and the people who went on it said it wasn't worth it and they didn't have any free time) but it didn't matter cause all aboard was at 11am so if I wanted to see the island I had to wake up early anyways, as we would be sailing to Santorini afterwards... The excursion on Santorini was partly worth it, it takes a while on a crazy winding road to get to Oia (the village everyone sees in pics of Santorini) but we were only allowed 4 hours in total on the island! It took almost 1 hour for everyone to get off the boat by tender and almost another hour to get to that side of the island!! Once there we were only allowed 1 hour to explore! We didn't even have enough time to explore Fira cause the last tender was leaving and we would miss the boat! Our local guide, Maria, was great but 55€ was almost not worth it. I decided not to do the excursion in Athens and explore it on my own but I heard it was the best one yet in all we've done in Greece. We found out later that you can disembark at Santorini and stay there as long as you like and take a ferry or flight back to Athens. I also advise you to bring extra money and also have Turkish Lira upon arrival or exchange in Istanbul. Shopping is much cheaper in Turkey so buy stuff there, and bargain hard especially if you plan on paying in cash. I think it was a great trip, if you're considering this trip I advise you to come to Turkey a few days early and stay in Athens a few days longer (the accommodations provided by contiki on both ends is quite pricey, you can do better on your own). I'd definitely come back to Turkey and explore more Greek islands as well.

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Tons of fun, Excellent

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  • Vanessa
  • Vanessa
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Amazing adventure

14 May 2014 - 23 May 2014

I've never taken contiki or been to Europe before so I'm glad this was my first experience... I went on this trip alone as did most of my tour mates so it was easy to make friends and get along with most people. I was looking for a cultural experience, not a frat party on a bus and I'm glad to say I had a great experience. Turkey really blew me away, our tour manager, Ahmet, was really informative and accommodating. He made sure everything that was supposed to be done was done with enough time for us to enjoy everything but also rearranged the schedule when needed. The accommodations were fine... Nothing extravagant but just a place to sleep. The food provided on the tours were also just fine... Mostly buffets which is a great way to taste a little bit of everything but also wasn't the greatest in flavor. The food you buy on your own time while exploring is really great and tasty! Excursions in Turkey were moderately priced, I didn't join it but I heard the Turkish dinner was great, Pergamum (Asklepion) and Pamukkale were also great! Once we got to Greece everything was go, go, go! This was the part of the trip everyone was most looking forward to but enjoyed the least! The cruise is an actual cruise filled with other contiki tours and many, many other people not part of your tour. Our tour manager, Stacey, was great but couldn't do much as everything was contracted through the cruise line. Let me warn you that the excursions in Greece are very expensive and not all of them are worth it, I guess you can decide based on your budget. If you purchase excursions, make sure you're on time for meeting them b/c they will leave without you! Patmos was a beautiful island, the St. John Monastery is also nice but if you don't mind the hike, it's a beautiful one and the monastery fee is only 6€ and the Grotto is 3€ as opposed to 47€ they charge (you just don't get tour guide info). We were allowed 2 hours of free time on Patmos but there's not much to do and shopping is quite expensive. Rhodes was also an insanely beautiful island, I thought this excursion was worth it cause it's quite a bus trip to this side of the island. Our local tour guide was terrible though, he never once pointed out the bathrooms and was smoking while he was giving the tour! This is the only tour where riding the donkey up is worth it, you can walk down and do some shopping (5€ each way for the donkey ride and 47€ for the excursion). We're allowed a bit more time on this island, but choose what you do with it wisely. Stacey took us to a beach that's a bit of a walk but it had a cool diving board about 30 meters out in the water with 3 levels of diving heights.... Unfortunately the water was COLD and the sand was more like jagged pebbles... I left early to do some shopping before getting back on board. The next day was a true disappointment - I chose not to do the excursion cause it was expensive and a very early wakeup call (51 or 57€ and the people who went on it said it wasn't worth it and they didn't have any free time) but it didn't matter cause all aboard was at 11am so if I wanted to see the island I had to wake up early anyways, as we would be sailing to Santorini afterwards... The excursion on Santorini was partly worth it, it takes a while on a crazy winding road to get to Oia (the village everyone sees in pics of Santorini) but we were only allowed 4 hours in total on the island! It took almost 1 hour for everyone to get off the boat by tender and almost another hour to get to that side of the island!! Once there we were only allowed 1 hour to explore! We didn't even have enough time to explore Fira cause the last tender was leaving and we would miss the boat! Our local guide, Maria, was great but 55€ was almost not worth it. I decided not to do the excursion in Athens and explore it on my own but I heard it was the best one yet in all we've done in Greece. We found out later that you can disembark at Santorini and stay there as long as you like and take a ferry or flight back to Athens. I also advise you to bring extra money and also have Turkish Lira upon arrival or exchange in Istanbul. Shopping is much cheaper in Turkey so buy stuff there, and bargain hard especially if you plan on paying in cash. I think it was a great trip, if you're considering this trip I advise you to come to Turkey a few days early and stay in Athens a few days longer (the accommodations provided by contiki on both ends is quite pricey, you can do better on your own). I'd definitely come back to Turkey and explore more Greek islands as well.

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: Breathtaking , Tons of fun, Excellent

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  • Isaac
  • Isaac
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

amazing!!

19 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013

This trip had to seriously the highlight of my life! Turkey is freaking amazing, has to be one of the most amazing countries on this planet! I met some amazing people on this tour and made some life long friends, this has to be my all time favorite holiday I've ever had, thanks contiki <3

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: stunning, friendship, mind blowing

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  • Isaac
  • Isaac
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

amazing!!

19 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013

This trip had to seriously the highlight of my life! Turkey is freaking amazing, has to be one of the most amazing countries on this planet! I met some amazing people on this tour and made some life long friends, this has to be my all time favorite holiday I've ever had, thanks contiki <3

Review written May 2014

My Contiki was: stunning, friendship, mind blowing

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

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

Team

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

Food

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

Inclusions

  • 6 World Heritage Sites visited
  • 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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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$186
  • 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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