Turkey & Greece

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Countries Visited:

  • Turkey
  • Greece

Description

Uncover treasures from these two richly vibrant countries. Journey from Istanbul to Athens via incredible Cappadocia, magical Meteora and cruise the idyllic Greek Islands. Delve into classical history, explore colourful bazaars, visit the amazing hot springs of Pamukkale, and more on this fascinating small group tour. 

A city of contrasts and colourful views

Our tour follows a unique itinerary, as we start in Turkey’s capital, Istanbul. This is a fascinating city where the old world architecture seems to blend in harmony with the newer, more modern parts of the city. We’ll visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace, the unique Blue Mosque, the exotic Spice Bazaar and famous Grand Bazaar.

Discover ancient cities

We continue our tour of Turkey to Gallipoli, where we pay homage to the ANZAC legend before visiting the ancient cities of Pergamum and Ephesus. Pergamum was once home to Alexander the Great and is famous for the invention of parchment paper. Ephesus is the largest ancient city ever uncovered, once home to more than 300,000 people, it's a great place to get a feel for what life was like in the time of the Romans. 

Greek island hopping & the mainland

As part of our tour we’ll spend 3 nights on a cruise ship as we make our way via the Greek Islands to mainland Greece. After relaxing on the islands we travel to the mainland and visit the beautiful countryside and historic sites of Nafplio and Olympia. We also cross through the mountains of central Greece to the fascinating monasteries of Meteora also known as 'hanging rocks', and enjoy a spectacular journey on the Odontotos Rack Railway. Our tour of Greece ends with time in Athens where we explore the lively Plaka district, the Acropolis and the magnificent Parthenon.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to magical Istanbul, the city where East meets West, at the border of Asia and Europe. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director tonight for a welcome drink.

Day 3. Istanbul

Today we'll explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great sultans. We’ll also visit the iconic Blue Mosque, the aromatic Spice Bazaar and the famous Grand Bazaar. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!

Please note: The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovations and therefore will be partly covered in scaffolding.

Day 4. Istanbul

We visit the famous Hippodrome today (once the heart of Istanbul's political and sporting life), the Underground Basilica Cistern and the magnificent domed Basilica of Hagia Sophia. Considered one of the world’s greatest buildings, it has inspired architects and religious leaders for almost 1,500 years. [B]

Please note: The Basilica Cistern is currently under renovations and may partly be without water.

Day 5. Istanbul - Gallipoli - Çanakkale

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Special Experience: We make our way to Gallipoli to pay homage to the spirit of the ANZACs. We visit ANZAC Cove, the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, and Johnston’s Jolly with a specialist Gallipoli guide.  [B,D]

Day 6. Çanakkale - Troy - İzmir

This morning we visit Troy, one of the oldest discovered cities in Asia Minor where the legend of the wooden horse was born, before continuing to the ancient city of Pergamum, once ruled by Alexander the Great. [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: For lunch we’ll watch a traditional Turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local delicacy.

Day 7. İzmir - Cappadocia

This morning we fly to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cappadocia, renowned for its spectacular landscape. For lunch today we will prepare dishes in a cooking class with locals in central Anatolia. This afternoon we explore the Zelve Valley, one of the most important settlements and religious centres for the Christian community between the 9th and 13th centuries, and the local village of Ortahisar. [B,L,D]

Day 8. Cappadocia

Visit the hidden monastic valley of Paşabaği and a traditional carpet factory to learn how the beautiful Turkish carpets are made today. Next we explore the Göreme Valley, situated amongst the amazing ‘fairy chimneys’. The landscape has been eroded by rain over thousands of years, giving rise to these strange rock formations.

Optional Walking Discovery: Follow the paths of the stunning Red Valley as the sun sets this evening and admire the richly coloured rock formations. Learn more [B,D]

 

Day 9. Cappadocia - Konya

We explore the village of Avanos, famous for its ceramic art dating back to the 12th century BC. We’ll then visit one of the many underground cities for which Cappadocia is famous - some of them are up to 80 metres deep, spread over eight levels. [B]

Day 10. Konya - Pamukkale

Today we’ll visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes. We also see Catalhöyük, the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site dating back to around 5,700 BC and characterised by its spectacular wall paintings. [B,D]

Day 11. Pamukkale - Kuşadasi

Today we explore the amazing landscape of Hierapolis, an ancient Greek city sitting on the site of Pamukkale. Over a period of 14,000 years, nature has created a unique grouping of hot springs that cascade over a cliff, forming pools. This afternoon we continue to Kuşadasi via beautiful Aphrodisias and its famed Sculpture School. [B]

Day 12. Ephesus Excursion

Step back in time as we visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered. We’ll walk the streets, passing by the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis and the Sacred House of the Virgin Mary, where she is reputed to have spent her last days. [B]

Day 13. Kuşadasi - Patmos

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Embark Cruise: This morning we embark on a cruise of the Greek Islands. The first port of call is the timeless island of Patmos. Originally a hillside cave, its famed Monastery of St John sits atop the island’s highest hill. [B,L,D]

Day 14. Rhodes

We cruise onwards to Rhodes, former home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - the now-demolished Colossus of Rhodes. Our shore excursion today will take us back in time as we uncover medieval history on a tour of Acropolis of Lindos, Citadel of the Knights and the town of Rhodes. Please note: onshore excursions are subject to change [B,L,D]

Day 15. Crete - Santorini

We reach Crete, Greece’s largest island and home to the legendary Minotaur. On today's shore excursion we will explore the Palace of Knossos open-air museum and learn about the Minoan civilization. We continue our journey to what many regard as the most beautiful island of the Aegean, Santorini. Please note: onshore excursions are subject to change [B,L,D]

Day 16. Piraeus - Nafplio

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Disembark Cruise: We disembark the cruise and head to Corinth to see the ancient sites before visiting the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. We then make our way to Nafplio. [B]

Day 17. Nafplio

Today we explore a citadel with Cyclopean walls in Mycenae. Next we head to the region of Nemea where we visit a local winery and take part in a wine tasting. 

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Special Experience: We’ll cook up a Greek feast with a hands-on lesson.

Later we take a walk through town and along the sea front of Nafplio. [B,L]

Day 18. Nafplio - Olympia - Nafpaktos

This morning we visit the home of the Olympic Games, Olympia. We’ll discover ancient sites including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra and Phidias’s Workshop, and tour the museum. We'll continue to the fortified coastal town of Nafpaktos this afternoon. [B]

Day 19. Nafpaktos

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Special Experience: From the village of Diakopto, we’ll embark on a 'Rack and Pinion' train journey along the 19th century Odontotos Rack Railway through the stunning Vouraikos Gorge.  [B]

Day 20. Nafpaktos - Delphi - Kalambaka

This morning we visit Delphi, considered by the ancient Greeks to be the centre of the world. We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological ruins including the Sanctuary of Apollo and the Treasury of Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous "bronze charioteer". [B]

Day 21. Kalambaka - Athens

On our way to Athens, we stop to visit the impressive clifftop monasteries of magical Meteora. Monks have lived atop these ‘columns of the sky’ since the 11th century. The tallest of these incredible rock formations reaches 400 metres high. [B]

Day 22. Athens

After breakfast we discover the diversity of Athens on a panoramic city tour. Highlights include the ancient Acropolis, the magnificent Parthenon, the Greek parliament and the Panathinaikon marble stadium, where the first modern Olympics took place. We’ll also wander through the lively Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka districts to get a taste of the local atmosphere. Tonight we enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 23. Depart Athens

Today we bid farewell to Athens and begin our journey home. [B]

Day 24. Arrive in Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Europe. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within Europe
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • 3 night Greek Island Cruise, including a daily drinks package and half day shore excursions in Rhodes and Crete.
  • Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 18 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • 3 nights in an outside stateroom cabin 
  • 21 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based tour directors

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing 

Turkish Delights

  • Tour Istanbul's magnificent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great Sultans and their families.
  • Admire the interior walls of the unique Blue Mosque in Istanbul which are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles.
  • Enjoy some tastings of Turkey’s unique flavours including coffee, turkish delights and baklava. 
  • Browse at will through the stalls, with the scents of hundreds of spices permeating the air of the Istanbul Spice Bazaar. 
  • Explore Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar. Built in 1457, it is one of the largest covered markets in the world. 
  • Walk across the Hippodrome, once the heart of Istanbul's political and sporting life.
  • Visit the Underground Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, the largest surviving Byzantium Cistern. 
  • Tour Istanbul's domed Basilica of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which has inspired architects and religious leaders for almost 1,500 years.
  • Visit the World War I battlefields famous for the ANZAC involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign.
  • Stop in the town of Troy, one of the oldest discovered sites in Asia Minor and home to the renowned wooden horse.
  • Watch a traditional turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local treat!
  • Tour the ancient city of Pergamum, a small settlement during the Archaic Period which developed in to the capital of the Hellenistic Attalid Dynasty.
  • Enjoy a hands on cooking class with the locals in central Anatolia.
  • Visit the open-air museum at Zelve Valley which became one of the most important settlements and religious centres for the Christian community between the 9th and 13th centuries.
  • Explore the local village of Ortahisar.
  • Visit the hidden monastic valley of Paşabaği, with a large number of carved rock houses and churches. 
  • Travel to the fascinating Göreme Valley, with its amazing moon-like setting. Over thousands of years, the rain has eroded this landscape to give rise to strange rock formations known as 'Fairy Chimneys'. 
  • Follow the paths of the stunning Red Valley as the sun sets this evening and admire the richly coloured rock formations. 
  • Visit one of Cappadocia's underground cities where, during the sixth century, the Christian inhabitants of this region began to tunnel into the large soft volcanic rock hills.
  • Explore the village of Avanos, famous for hand-made pottery.
  • Visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious order known as the Whirling Dervishes.
  • See Catalhöyük, the largest and best-preserved Neolithic site with spectacular artworks and wall paintings, dating back to approximately 5,700 BC.
  • See the unique natural site of Pamukkale - white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts.
  • Visit the site of Hierapolis, meaning 'Sacred City', in Pamukkale.
  • See the beautiful city of Aphrodisias, one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey. 
  • Explore Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered. 
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed the Virgin Mary visited in her last days. 

Cruising the Cyclades

  • Discover the island of Patmos where the Monastery of St John sits atop the island's highest hill. 
  • See Rhodes, the island of the Knights and site of one of the demolished Wonders of the Ancient World - the Colossus of Rhodes. The shore excursion will delve into a fascinating history on a tour of Acropolis of Lindos, Citadel of the Knights and the town of Rhodes.
  • Visit Crete and uncover the Bronze Age Minoan civilization at the Palace of Knossos during an on shore excursion.
  • Spend some time on breathtaking Santorini, the most beautiful island of the Aegean. 

Ancient Greece

  • See the famous Corinth Canal. In Corinth we visit ruins of the ancient city, temple of Apollo & fountain of Peirene.
  • Visit the ancient and well preserved theatre of Epidaurus.
  • Visit Mycenae, one of Greece's most important archaeological sites, and see the tomb of Agamemnon and the famous Lion’s gate. 
  • Visit a local winery in the Nemea region and enjoy a tasting.
  • Experience a hands-on Greek cooking class and taste some local products along with the lunch you've prepared.
  • Discover the ancient site of Olympia including the Temple of Zeus, the Palaestra, Phidias’s Workshop and the Olympia Archaeological Museum.
  • Visit the historic Nafpaktos Castle, perched high above overlooking the city and bay of Patras.
  • Take the 'Rack & Pinion' train on a spectacular hour’s journey through the scenic Vouraikos gorge, travelling along the river and through rock tunnels to the village of Kalavrita.
  • In Delphi admire the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and visit the museum, home to the famous “bronze charioteer”.
  • Be amazed as we visit some of the fascinating cliff-top monasteries of Meteora.
  • Discover Athens on a panoramic tour of the city, taking in the Academy, the National Library, the Greek Parliament and the Tomb of Unknown Soldier, the Panathinaikon marble stadium where the first modern Olympics took place, Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, and other monuments and landmarks of the city.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to the Acropolis of Athens and the museum of Acropolis, considered one of the best museums in Europe.
  • Stroll through the popular Thisio, Monastiraki and Plaka areas.

Please Note: The 3 night cruise featured within this tour is not privately chartered by Bunnik Tours, and as such, you will also be travelling with other passengers on board and during shore excursions.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

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Valid From: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth
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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $255pp
Single supplement: from $2,250
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  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only
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Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces without the use of any walking aid, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Turkey 

Bosphorus Cruise - 1hr 15mins - €40pp (minimum 6 participants)
On this magical journey covering both European and Asian shores by our private boat you’ll see the marvellous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Fethi Ahmet Pasa Mansion, Ortakoy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Kuleli Military School and Arnavutkoy, Bebek.

Balloon Ride - 45mins - €190pp 
Live the dream to gently float over the countryside in complete harmony with the deep canyons and lush fertile valleys of Cappadocia. Gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon.

Please Note: Due to the recent monopolisation of balloon operators in Cappadocia, balloon rides are increasingly difficult to arrange with licensed, reputable companies. If you are interested in this tour, please discuss with your Tour Director at the start of your tour.

Turkish Night - 2-3hrs - €35pp (minimum 5 participants)
This performance demonstrates the traditional way in which a girl gets married in Turkey. The bride dressed in a beautiful red dress dances in the middle and the groom tries to win her affections by performing different shows for her.  All the guests are then invited to join the dance floor with them.  The highlight of the night is the Belly Dancer! She performs her breath-taking dance making her way around the room sharing the secrets of belly-dancing with some basic figures. The night concludes with a demonstration of the Fire Dance, Caucasian Dance with knives and a drum show.  During the night the waiters will serve unlimited soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with appetizers.

Whirling Dervishes – 1hr - €25pp (minimum 5 participants)
Amazing experience about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes, using music and dance to induce themselves into a mystical state. As the ceremonial music plays, they begin to whirl, and their long skirts billow giving the impression that they are floating on air.

Balloon Ride – 45mins - from €190pp
See the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pamukkale hot springs from a completely different angle as you take to the skies on a hot air balloon adventure. You’ll get an amazing vantage point to take in this spectacular paradise, giving you the opportunity to take some incredible photos of this unique travertine landscape.

Please Note: All optional tours are based on a minimum of 10 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment by cash is preferred as there are no guarantees that credit card facilities will be available. Please check with your Tour Director locally for information relating to this. Credit card fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Amethyst Hotel, Istanbul

Located at the heart of the historical peninsula and the shopping centre of Istanbul, the Amethyst Hotel provides top quality 4-star hospitality. It is within the Old Town of Istanbul and walking distance to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern which are among the world’s most important historical and cultural places. Features include an incredible indoor swimming pool, Turkish Bath, sauna, massage rooms and vitamin bar!

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; tea & coffee making facilities; safe deposit box

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

The Kolin Hotel is set by the Sea of Marmara, located on 86,000 square metres of land and with 650 metres of coastline. Gardens overlook the Strait and there are views of the sea, Gallipoli National Park and a stunning garden. Guests are able to use the hotel's bicycle and trekking courses, soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor and indoor (heated) pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; fridge/minibar; indoor and outdoor pools

Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, Izmir

Double Tree by Hilton, Izmir is located only a 2-minute walk to the Izmir International Fair. It features an outdoor pool and a spa and wellness centre. The hotel’s à la carte restaurant serves international cuisine and the lobby and roof bars are a great spot for a drink. The hotel also offers a fitness centre and a Turkish bath, sauna and massage rooms. Laundry and room services are also available.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; fridge/minibar; outdoor pool

Kapadokya Lodge Hotel, Cappadocia

Kapadokya Lodge Hotel is a contemporary boutique sized hotel featuring 146 rooms carefully designed to blend in with its surroundings. Kapadokya Lodge Hotel is just 5 km from Nevşehir and Göreme and its main restaurant serves an extensive buffet with chef stations at breakfast and dinner using produce grown on the hotel's premises, you won't be disappointed! Other hotel facilities include a fitness room, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and veggie garden.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Dedeman Konya Hotel

The Dedeman Konya Hotel is located in the business district in the centre of Konya. The hotel features an indoor swimming pool, hot tub and hammam. Guests are also able to dine at the hotel's 2 restaurants, 3 bars/lounges and its cafe. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; free bottled water; tea & coffee making facilities; safe deposit box; indoor & outdoor swimming pools

Hotel Doga Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale

Located in Karahayit, Doğa Thermal Health & Spa lies within 5 kilometres of the Hierapolis Necropolis, Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman baths. The hotel offers a spacious garden, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with free parasols and sun loungers. It also has a physiotherapy clinic on site. You can enjoy a mountain view and a pool view from all the rooms. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; indoor and outdoor pools

Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi

Located waterside in the heart of Kusadasi's city centre, this luxury hotel boasts a full-service spa, traditional Turkish bath, restaurant, multiple pools and poolside bars. The property is just a 15-minute walk from the Kusadasi Marina and the city's main beach.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor & outdoor swimming pools

Celestyal Olympia

The Celestyal Olympia is named after the archaeological site of ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. The cruise ship “Celestyal Olympia” is impressive and incredibly comfortable. She is one of the largest vessels of 'Celestyal Cruises’ fleet that safely cruise the Greek seas, and to Turkey and Cyprus.

Celestyal Olympia was fully refurbished in 2005, she is a beautiful vessel, suitable for long, relaxing, comfortable cruises for the entire family, with all ages and needs catered for.

Please Note: The cruise featured within this tour is not privately chartered by Bunnik Tours, and as such, you will also be travelling with other passengers on board and during shore excursions.

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Amalia Hotel, Nafplio

Amalia Hotel Nafplio has been built with respect to the town's culture and architecture, a neoclassical building set in spacious surroundings, enclosed by beautiful gardens with palm trees and flowers. The guest rooms are set in three levels amongst spacious lobby areas, the atrium, wide corridors and share views of Palamidi Fortress, the sea or the hotel’s green gardens. The air-conditioned guest rooms at Amalia Nafplio have modern décor, are sound-proofed and equipped with work desks and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; minibar; safe deposit box

Hotel Lepanto Beach, Nafpaktos

Just steps from Nafpaktos' most beautiful beach, Gribovo, this property is perfectly positioned for enjoying all the town has to offer. Rooms are tastefully decorated in a modern, eclectic style and feature all the modern conveniences.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge

Grand Meteora Hotel, Kalambaka

Located in Laspes Kastrakiou, Grand Meteora Hotel features a traditional restaurant, a bar and a lounge area with fireplace. Kastraki Village is 500 m from Grand Meteora Hotel. Kalabaka Town is 2 km away, while the Meteora Monasteries are at a distance of 1 km. Fitted with earthy colours and classical wooden furnishings, all units of Grand Meteora open to balconies. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box

Golden Age Hotel, Athens

The Golden Age Hotel is conveniently located close to the Athens Concert Hall, Benaki Museum, Acropolis, Parthenon and Hellenic Parliament, with lots of coffee shops and restaurants also nearby. The Kolonaki area is a high end area with many exclusive boutiques and is only a 10 min walk from the hotel. The hotel has 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café and a bar/lounge. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; minibar; free wifi (in public areas); safe deposit box

Weather

Weather

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Currency

Currency

New Turkish Lira

The official currency of Turkey is the New Turkish Lira (TRY).

  • 1 New Turkish Lira = 100 New Kurus (Kr)
  • Notes are in denominations of TRY200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of TRY1 and 50, 25, 10 and 5 New Kurus

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Turkey & Greece Turkey/Greece - excellent tour 5
This has been my 4th trip with Bunnik, once again, an amazing (at times tiring) experience.Both countries are steeped in ancient history and have some incredible landscapes.The guides, Hakan in particular, and Maria were excellent, very knowledgeable. Accommodation excellent, food delicious. Worth mentioning, the Welcome Dinner in Istanbul was at a very nice restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus, a lovely meal and evening. Karen Farrell - June 2019
Turkey & Greece Wonderful tour, exceeding our expectations 5
Our tour experience was greatly enhanced by our two enthusiastic and experienced guides (Yalcin in Turkey, Nena in Greece). Accommodation was excellent, and our small group of 8 Australians had plenty of space in our transport (Mercedes minivans). Seeing 17 World Heritage sites on the one trip was amazing. The food was great too. Highly recommended. Ian & Helen Percival - April 2019

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Special Experiences!

  • Enjoy taste-testing some Turkish delicacies, including baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course Turkish delight!
  • Pay homage to the ANZACs at the battlefields and memorials of Gallipoli with a specialist guide. 
  • Watch a traditional Turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local delicacy.
  • Cook up a Greek feast with a hands-on lesson.
  • Embark on a train journey from the village of Diakopto, through the stunning scenery of Vouraios Gorge as we ride on the 19th century Odontotos Rack Railway.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, cruise ship, train, ferry & plane

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Visit the Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s most impressive structures • Pay homage to the Anzacs on the shores of Gallipoli • Explore the underground cities of Cappadocia • Visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered • Cruise the stunning Aegean Sea and visit the Greek Islands • See remnants of Greece’s ancient past in Delphi and Athens

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Bunnik Tours Reviews for Turkey & Greece

This tour has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 reviews.