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02 Turkiye & Greece – Double Delight

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8 Days
Istanbul
Max People : 25
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Discover the Double Delight of Türkiye and the Greek Islands in Dodecanese. Embark on a unique and unforgettable journey where you can experience the best of two captivating worlds by visiting Türkiye and the Greek islands in Dodecanese. This extraordinary adventure offers an abundance of advantages, allowing you to immerse yourself in two distinct cultures and explore the rich history of these ancient lands.

Arrive

Istanbul Airport (IST) / Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)

Overview

In the western part of Türkiye, you’ll find yourself in close proximity to several popular Greek islands, making it convenient to combine these two remarkable destinations into a single, enriching tour. This “Double Delight” experience promises an unforgettable holiday, where you’ll witness the intertwining of two cultures, each bearing the imprints of civilizations that span thousands of years.

If you find yourself in the Aegean region of Türkiye, you’ll discover that some of the tourist hubs offer ferry connections to the Greek islands dotting the Aegean Sea. For instance, the vibrant city of Marmaris, situated in the southwest, is just an hour away from Rhodes, the fourth largest island in Greece and the capital of the Dodecanese islands. Rhodes beckons with its medieval charm, and a visit to this captivating island is a must during your stay in Marmaris.

Another enticing option is a trip to Kos island, which is a mere 1.5 hours away from the beloved summer destination of Bodrum. Kos is famed for its picturesque landscapes and historical sites, including ancient ruins and a medieval castle. Likewise, the enchanting island of Chios, known as “the Mastic Island” due to its exports of mastic gum, is conveniently close to Çeşme, a popular summer holiday spot in the İzmir province of Türkiye. Chios boasts captivating medieval villages and the impressive 11th-century Nea Moni monastery.

Heading north, you’ll encounter Lesvos, a sizable Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Accessible by ferry from Ayvalık, a western Turkish city, Lesvos is often referred to as the “Island of Poets” and holds significance as the birthplace of the ancient Greek poet Sappho. Explore the island’s scenic beauty and delve into its rich cultural heritage.

With our expertise as a custom-made tour operator, we have the capability to design trips that seamlessly combine Türkiye’s western destinations, such as Troy, Pergamon, İzmir, Ephesus & Virgin Mary, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Marmaris, and Fethiye, with the enchanting Greek islands of Rhodes, Kos, Chios, Samos, and Lesbos. We can tailor your holiday package to suit your preferences, whether you desire a one-week or two-week adventure, spending an equal amount of time in Türkiye and Greece.

The ferry links between Türkiye and the Greek islands are most reliable from April to October, allowing for seamless travel and exploration. Moreover, the interconnectivity of the Greek islands themselves provides an excellent opportunity to island-hop, making your journey even more dynamic and exciting.

Embarking on a tour that combines Türkiye and the Greek islands is an exceptional way to indulge in two distinct destinations within a single holiday. From exploring ancient ruins and medieval villages to savoring the vibrant cultures and breathtaking landscapes, this experience is truly worth every moment. Join us on this incredible journey where you’ll encounter the best of both worlds, forging unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul

  • Arrive in İstanbul, a vibrant city where East meets West.
  • Explore the iconic sights such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the bustling Grand Bazaar.
  • Immerse yourself in the unique blend of Ottoman, Byzantine, and Roman influences that have shaped the city’s architecture and culture.

Day 2Troy

  • Head to the Aegean region and discover the ancient city of Troy, where legendary tales of the Trojan War come to life.

Day 3Pergamon & Izmir

  • Continue to Pergamon, a once-great center of culture and learning, and marvel at its impressive ancient ruins.
  • Conclude your day with a visit to the vibrant city of İzmir, known for its beautiful waterfront promenade and vibrant food scene.

Day 4Chios Island (Greece)

  • Discover Greek island Chios: From the coastal town of Çeşme, take a ferry to Chios, often referred to as “the Mastic Island” due to its renowned export of mastic gum.
  • Explore its medieval villages, wander through narrow alleyways, and visit the impressive 11th-century Nea Moni Monastery. Immerse yourself in the island’s unique cultural heritage.
  • Return Çeşme harbour and drive to Bodrum, most popular holiday spot of the Southern Türkiye. Enjoy the colorful nights of the town.

Day 5Kos Island (Greece)

  • Set sail to the nearby island of Kos, known for its picturesque beaches and ancient landmarks such as the Asklepion, an ancient healing center.
  • Immerse yourself in the island’s charming atmosphere and enjoy a leisurely day of relaxation.

Day 6Rhodes Island (Greece)

  • Take the ferry to Rhodes, the capital of the Dodecanese islands.
  • Spend a day exploring the medieval old town, wandering through its cobblestone streets, and visiting the Palace of the Grand Master.
  • Indulge in delicious Greek cuisine and soak up the island’s captivating ambiance.

Day 7Marmaris & Pamukkale

  • Make your way to the southwestern coastal town of Marmaris, drive to Pamukkale.
  • Pamukkale, the “Cotton Castle”, is a white cascade of calcite bearing water, which formed stalactites, pools and terraces. The water is renowned for its healing properties.
  • Visit the archaeological site of Hierapolis, which was an ancient city located on hot springs in classical Phrygia. The city was founded by the Pergamum king around 190 BC. It was also home to an early Christian community.

Day 8Hot Baloon at sunrise & return

  • Ride a hot air balloon tour at sunrise (optional)
  • Drive to Çardak or İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport, to take the connected flight to home via İstanbul.

Experience the best of both worlds with our Türkiye and Greek islands tour. Immerse yourself in the historical wonders of Türkiye and embrace the idyllic charm of the Dodecanese islands. Contact us to customize your tour and create a memorable adventure that seamlessly combines two diverse cultures. Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on this “Double Delight” journey; it’s a truly exceptional experience worth cherishing.

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Price Includes & Options

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in 3,4 or 5 star hotels
  • Transfers from/to airports
  • Transportation on a comfortable vehicle during tour with wi-fi equipment
  • Breakfasts & Dinners
  • Professional guiding service
  • Entrance fees for the museums & ruins
  • Ferry Tickets

Optional Tours & Activities

  • Hot air balloon tour in Pamukkale (day 8)
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