From (AUD)$10,995
Days24
Airfares included
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.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid
Transport — Bus, Cruise ship, Ferry, Plane & Train
No Hidden Extras
Visit the Hagia Sophia, one of the world’s most impressive structures
Cruise the stunning Aegean Sea and visit the Greek Islands
Visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered.
Explore the underground cities of Cappadocia

Special Experiences

Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!
Pay homage to the spirit of the ANZACs in Gallipoli. We visit ANZAC Cove, the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, and Johnston’s Jolly with a specialist Gallipoli guide.
For lunch we’ll watch a traditional Turkish pide-making demonstration and taste this local delicacy.
We’ll cook up a Greek feast with a hands-on lesson.
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.

Itinerary Turkey & Greece

Itinerary

Day

Inclusions Turkey & Greece

Inclusions

Sightseeing

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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.

Travel

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  • 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

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Meals

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  • 21 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally based tour directors

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovations and therefore will be partly covered in scaffolding

The Basilica Cistern is currently under renovations and may partly be without water

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

Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras are based on special-interest activities that don't always appeal to everyone, meaning they're truly optional. To view our optional excursions in Europe click here.

Accommodation Turkey & Greece

Accommodation

Amethyst Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Kolin Hotel

Turkey flag Çanakkale

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

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Double Tree Hotel by Hilton

Turkey flag İzmir

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

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Kapadokya Lodge Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Dedeman Konya Hotel

Turkey flag Konya

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

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Hotel Doğa Thermal Health & Spa

Turkey flag 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

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Charisma De Luxe Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Celestyal Olympia

Turkey flag Turkey

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.

Cruiseships & cabin category

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Amalia Hotel

Greece flag 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

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Hotel Lepanto Beach

Greece flag 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

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Grand Meteora Hotel

Greece flag 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

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Golden Age Hotel

Greece flag 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

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Information Turkey & Greece

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

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.

At Bunnik 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, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
  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

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Dates & Prices Turkey & Greece

Dates & Prices
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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
08 Oct 20
31 Oct 20
$10,995
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Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $220pp pre-paid
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $815
Single Supplement
From $2,950
Day/Date Variations
Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
Taxes & Fuel Costs
Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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