Temple of Zeus and Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece

Ancient Worlds of Greece and Turkey Discovery

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

Greece, Turkey

Places Visited

Athens, Crete, Thessaloniki, Meteora...

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Suggested Duration

16 Days

Open the doors to historic wonderment on this 16-day Greece and Turkey tour that will unveil the best of the ancient world. Start in Athens, exploring the origins of Ancient Greece, then move from the coast to the mountains, where deeper connections with ancient heritage unravel from the extraordinary ruins. This history adventure in Turkey will introduce you to cultural influences that prevail from Izmir to Istanbul.

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Trip Highlights

  • Admire the colossal Acropolis complex in Athens and tour the historic Temple of Poseidon in Sounion
  • Travel to the Kissamos province of Crete to visit ancient olive oil mills, elite wine farms, and beautiful churches and monasteries near Chania
  • Uncover the influence of the Ottoman Empire as you peruse the ruins of Rethymno and unearth Minoan civilization at the remains of Knossos
  • Discover the depth of Minoan heritage at the Minoan Palace of Phaistos and capture images of the Christian ruins of Gortyn left by the Saracens
  • Tour Ano Poli’s profound cultural roots in Thessaloniki as you explore alfresco tavernas, the Vlatadon Monastery, and the Church of Hosios David
  • Appreciate the life of Alexander the Great and his father at the tomb of Philip II of Macedon, then journey to the memorable monastery on top of the Meteora monoliths
  • Delve into the mysteries of Delphi as you learn more about the Oracle of Delphi and view the revered ruins of the ancient theater of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo
  • Stand in the stadium where the first-ever Olympic Games was held to see where it all began as you visit the remarkable archeological site of Olympia
  • Adventure through Argolis in the Peloponnese to encounter Bronze Age memories preserved within the fortified walls of Mycenae
  • Explore the ancient Turkish city of Ephesus to dote on the Greek and Roman influences dominating Turkey’s timeless archeological sites
  • Visit the highlights of Istanbul on a guided city tour to the Topkapi Palace Museum, the Blue Mosque, the underground cisterns, the Grand Bazaar, and more

Starting Price

$4,955 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

Reviews of this Travel Agency

4.98 stars based on 181 reviews.

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