Day 1 : Arrive in Athens, Greece.
Check into your hotel. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Day 2 : Athens.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features a visit to the PARTHENON’s crowning beauty atop the ACROPOLIS, the Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, the beautifully preserved Theseum, Roman Temple of Zeus, Theater of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Vistas of the government buildings and elegant homes in the modern city provide a striking contrast to the remains of the glorious past. The rest of the day is at leisure, so maybe join one of our optional excursions.
Day 3 : Athens - Delphi.
On the way to Delphi your Tour Director will tell you about Marathon, where 10,000 Athenians defeated more than twice that number of Persian invaders in 490 BC, and Thebes, setting of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. Enjoy a guided tour of Delphi’s ancient SANCTUARY of the god Apollo in its dramatic setting on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, hear about the Oracle, and tour the excavations. Also visit the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM to admire the Charioteer, an extraordinary 5th-century BC bronze statue.
Day 4 : Delphi - Meteora - Kalambaka.
Today, drive north by way of Lamia and Trikala to the fantastic landscape of Meteora with its 24 rock-top monasteries. Visit one of the MONASTERIES and take in the incredible panoramic view.
Day 5 : Kalambaka - Vergina - Thessalonika.
Head north today via Veria for a visit to the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM of Vergina. In the museum, see some of the most impressive exhibits from the Macedonian period—colorful wall paintings and mosaics; the war shield and armor of King Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great; and the famous golden larnax and golden grave crown found in his sarcophagus. Later, drive to Thessaloniki and enjoy an orientation drive and a stop at SAINT DEMETRIOS CHURCH and CATACOMBS.
Day 6 : Thessalonika - Kavala - Philippi - Alexandroupolis.
This morning, travel through the Macedonian plains and stop in Kavala, which was under Turkish rule between 1380 and 1913 and has retained its Oriental atmosphere. Next, stop in Philippi, where included sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to this ancient city. Later, reach Alexandroupolis, situated in northeastern Greece and home to beautiful landscapes and antiquities dating from the Paleolithic era to the time of the Roman conquests.
Day 7 : Alexandroupoulis - Gallipoli, Turkey - Canakkale.
Drive to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the ANZAC CEMETERY and the site of the BATTLE OF GALLIPOLI, one of the most famous battles in World War I. Later, enjoy a short FERRY crossing to Asia Minor and overnight in Canakkale.
Day 8 : Canakkale. Excursion to Troy.
Take advantage of the included excursion to the ruins of legendary TROY with its 4,000 years of history. Join your Local Guide and take a walk back in time through one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—a city immortalized throughout Greek mythology and in Homer’s epic Iliad as setting of the Trojan War. This afternoon, travel back to Canakkale, with time to explore on your own
Day 9 : Canakkale - Yalova - Ferry Crossing - Istanbul.
This morning, drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara, stopping in Yalova, home to thermal hot springs and an Ottoman Turkish-style mansion that was built for and used by Atatürk, founder of modern Turkey. Then, FERRY across the Bay of Izmit to vibrant Istanbul, the cultural, economic, and historical heart of the country, where an optional dinner outing is available tonight.
Day 10 : Istanbul.
Markets, peddlers, and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, black coffee, and more—you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible! Included sightseeing with your Local Guide takes you to the ROMAN HIPPODROME and the BLUE MOSQUE. The view of the city at dusk, with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus, is unforgettable. Why not join an optional Historical Tour of Istanbul.
Day 11 : Istanbul.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
|ATHENS||Acropolis Select (ST)|
|ALEXANDROUPOLIS||Astir Egnatia (F)|
|CANAKKALE Ida||Kale (F) or Iris (F)|
|ISTANBUL||Hilton Garden Inn Golden Horn (F)|
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