Greece and Turkey are fascinating countries with a long history and many ancient traditions. This vacation features the major Greek sights, starting in Athens with its Acropolis and lively Plaka district dotted with cafés, shops, and archaeological findings. Discover Meteora with its extraordinary monasteries built atop rock formations; ancient Delphi, sight of the Oracle of Delphi; and the archaeological site of Vergina, which includes the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. Stop in Thessalonika and Alexandroupolis before crossing the border into Turkey. Visit the poignant site of the Battle of Gallipoli in the Canakkale area, and take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy. Cross the Dardanelles Strait, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Bursa. Then, ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul, a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame. Next, cruise for seven days from Istanbul to Athens, with stops in Kusadasi, Turkey, and some of the most famous Greek Islands: Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, and Mykonos. Return to Athens for a last overnight and the finale of your Greek adventure.

City Highlights

Individual headsets on land tourInside 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, Bursa

Hotels

ATHENS Acropolis Select (ST)DELPHI Apollonia (F)KALAMBAKA Antoniadis (ST)THESSALONIKA Egnatia (ST)ALEXANDROUPOLIS Astir Egnatia (F)CANAKKALE Ida Kale (F)ISTANBUL Mercure Taksim (F) or Nippon (F)

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 10 dinners

Notes

NOTE:Please check visa requirements for Turkey with your local consulates; responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Transportation

Transportation:Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Dardanelles Straits and Bay of Izmir ferry crossings; in inside cabins with private shower and toilet; supplement for cabin upgrades are listed under Dates & Prices; all port taxes are not included

PRODUCT_LINE: COSMOS-6575-2016