This 16 day tour, starts from Istanbul, Turkey, and ends at Kos Island, Greece. This tour travels down the west coast of Turkey to Marmaris, then visits the Greek Islands of Rhodes, Symi, Kalymnos, Patmos and finally ending in Kos.
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.
Today we visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.
Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.
After breakfast you will be transferred to Marmaris, where you will check in your hotel and the remainder of your day is free to explore.
Early departure to Marmaris harbor for your onward ferry to the Greek Island, Rhodes. Rhodes is the largest island of the Dodecanese islands in the eastern Aegean Sea and home to some the most impressive sights in Greece. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel.
It is your free day to explore Rhodes island at your own pace. Walk down the streets of old town which is evokes a story about the city’s ancient times. Explore the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes, a Gothic medieval castle built in the 7th century. You also have a chance to visit Lindos, one the most beautiful white washed villages in Greece.
Today you will enjoy a cruise to the picturesque small island of Symi. After visiting the most famous monastery of Panormitis with its byzantine frescoes you will continue to the main harbor. Learn about the history of the island and its sponge diving community during the visit to the sponge workshop before heading off to explore on your own. In the afternoon you will return to Rhodes.
After breakfast you will drive to port for your onward ferry to Kalymnos. The fourth largest island of the Dodecanese Group is widely known as an international harvesting trade center. Upon arrival to harbor, you will be met and driven to your hotel and the remainder of your day is free to explore.
We will head to Holy island of the Dodecanese, Patmos. Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to your hotel and the remainder of your day is free to explore.
You could explore the holy spirit of the island by booking an optional day trip or enjoy beautiful beaches of island. Maybe visit the UNESCO sites the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse.
Today we ferry to Kos. Kos is famous with its sandy beaches, Greek and Roman antiquities as well as an impressive 15th century castle. You will explore island at your own pace.
Today you have a chance to explore volcanic island of Nisyros with an optional cruise excursion or spend a lazy day at Kos.
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye.