12 days
Istanbul, Pergamon, Kusadasi, Crete, Santorini, Athens

Today, the tension has mostly subsided, and relics of a glorious past remain.

See where the Greeks emerged from the Trojan Horse in Troy, and where ruins feel complete in Ephesus. In Istanbul, you’ll learn even more history in the cathedral-turned-mosque-turned-museum known as the Hagia Sophia, and brush up on your street smarts while haggling at the Grand Bazaar.
Turkey and Greece tour map
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Turkey

  • Day 2: Istanbul

    Arrive in Istanbul

  • Day 3: Istanbul

    Take a guided tour of Istanbul

    Stop at the Hippodrome

    Visit Topkapi Palace

    Visit the Blue Mosque

    Stop at the Grand Bazaar

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Bosphorus cruise

    Bosphorus cruise

    Take a half-day excursion that includes a cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Begin your adventure with a visit to a traditional spice market and the Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for the tomato-red color of its exquisite floral and geometric Iznik tiles. Next, board a two-hour cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, disembarking for a seafood lunch.

  • Day 4: Istanbul + Canakkale

    Visit the Ayasofia

    Travel to Eceabat

    Travel to Canakkale

  • Day 5: Troy

    Take a guided tour of Troy

    Enjoy free time at the beach

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Gallipoli

    Gallipoli

    Gallipoli meaning “Beautiful City” is a peninsula near the Dardanelles strait and the site of an important WWI victory for the Ottoman Empire. Tour the battlefields and memorials associated with this eight-month campaign, which saw farmers and Turkish civilians staunchly repel the Allied forces’ attack on their homeland.

  • Day 6: Pergamon + Kusadasi

    Travel to Pergamon

    Take a guided tour of Pergamon

    Enjoy free time at the beach

    Continue to Kusadasi

  • Day 7: Ephesus + Kusadasi

    Travel to Selcuk

    Take a guided excursion to Ephesus

    Visit the Archaeological Museum

    Visit the House of the Virgin Mary

    Return to Kusadasi

    Enjoy a free afternoon in Kusadasi

  • Day 8: Greek Island Cruise

    Board your cruise ship in Kusadasi

    Patmos

  • Day 9: Greek Island Cruise

    Cruise the Greek Islands

    • Crete
    • Santorini
  • Day 10: Athens

    Disembark in Athens

    Take a guided tour of Athens

    Visit the Acropolis

    Take a walking tour of Athens

    • Plaka district
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Cape Sounion with dinner

    Cape Sounion with dinner

    According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Visit the ancient Temple of Poseidon, where 15 of the original columns are still standing. Look for the column where Lord Byron carved his name! End your excursion with an included dinner of Greek specialties.

  • Day 11: Athens

    Enjoy free time in Athens

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Delphi

    Delphi

    Ponder the mysteries of your future at the sacred site of Delphi. Greece’s ancient military leaders left gifts for the Oracle in hopes of receiving good fortune in battle. Visit the Temple of Apollo, where it’s said the god communicated with mortals, and stop at the Delphi Museum, which features artifacts from 550 B.C. This 11-hour excursion includes round-trip bus transfer to Delphi from Athens.

    Enjoy a moussaka dinner

  • Day 12: Depart for home

  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Turkey

  • Day 2: Istanbul

    Arrive in Istanbul

  • Day 3: Istanbul

    Take a guided tour of Istanbul

    Stop at the Hippodrome

    Visit Topkapi Palace

    Visit the Blue Mosque

    Stop at the Grand Bazaar

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Bosphorus cruise

    Bosphorus cruise

    Take a half-day excursion that includes a cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Begin your adventure with a visit to a traditional spice market and the Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for the tomato-red color of its exquisite floral and geometric Iznik tiles. Next, board a two-hour cruise through the Bosphorus Straits, disembarking for a seafood lunch.

  • Day 4: Istanbul + Canakkale

    Visit the Ayasofia

    Travel to Eceabat

    Travel to Canakkale

  • Day 5: Troy

    Take a guided tour of Troy

    Enjoy free time at the beach

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Gallipoli

    Gallipoli

    Gallipoli meaning “Beautiful City” is a peninsula near the Dardanelles strait and the site of an important WWI victory for the Ottoman Empire. Tour the battlefields and memorials associated with this eight-month campaign, which saw farmers and Turkish civilians staunchly repel the Allied forces’ attack on their homeland.

  • Day 6: Pergamon + Kusadasi

    Travel to Pergamon

    Take a guided tour of Pergamon

    Enjoy free time at the beach

    Continue to Kusadasi

  • Day 7: Ephesus + Kusadasi

    Travel to Selcuk

    Take a guided excursion to Ephesus

    Visit the Archaeological Museum

    Visit the House of the Virgin Mary

    Return to Kusadasi

    Enjoy a free afternoon in Kusadasi

  • Day 8: Greek Island Cruise

    Board your cruise ship in Kusadasi

    Patmos

  • Day 9: Greek Island Cruise

    Cruise the Greek Islands

    • Crete
    • Santorini
  • Day 10: Athens

    Disembark in Athens

    Take a guided tour of Athens

    Visit the Acropolis

    Take a walking tour of Athens

    • Plaka district
    • Temple of Olympian Zeus
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Cape Sounion with dinner

    Cape Sounion with dinner

    According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff, thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea. Visit the ancient Temple of Poseidon, where 15 of the original columns are still standing. Look for the column where Lord Byron carved his name! End your excursion with an included dinner of Greek specialties.

  • Day 11: Athens

    Enjoy free time in Athens

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Delphi

    Delphi

    Ponder the mysteries of your future at the sacred site of Delphi. Greece’s ancient military leaders left gifts for the Oracle in hopes of receiving good fortune in battle. Visit the Temple of Apollo, where it’s said the god communicated with mortals, and stop at the Delphi Museum, which features artifacts from 550 B.C. This 11-hour excursion includes round-trip bus transfer to Delphi from Athens.

    Enjoy a moussaka dinner

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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Everything you get

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms; 2 nights cabin accommodations

  • On-tour transportation

    Land and water transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Light breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 5 dinners

  • Full-time Tour Director

    We have the best Tour Directors in the business. Your group will have a trusted, friendly guide at your side full-time on tour to manage all logistics, offer insight and guidance, and respond to any unexpected challenges

  • Guided sightseeing

    Istanbul; Troy; Ephesus; Athens

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    We have over 400 schools and offices in more than 50 countries, which means if something happens, we can react quickly and in person. We also include our $15 million liability policy and $1 million consumer protection plan at no additional cost to travelers

  • Curriculum Integration

    We provide support and expertise to help you integrate academic goals into your tour itinerary as needed

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