- Explore Athens and enjoy the magnificent views of the worldfamous Acropolis
- Discover the Parthenon, a temple dedicated to the Goddess Athena in Athens
- Visit Delphi and see the ancient religious sanctuary dedicated to the God Apollo
- Enjoy the breathtaking views as you drive from Delphi — Kalambaka — Meteora
- See the beautiful monasteries situated on the pillars of the mountains in Meteora
- Take a trip to Istanbul to visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia
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Learn about ancient history and culture with this 9-day tour of Greece and Istanbul! Begin your journey in Athens, the legendary capital where you will discover world-famous sites such as the Panathenaic Stadium and the Acropolis. Travel to Delphi, situated between the two towering rocks of Mount Parnassus. This fascinating city is a sacred place that Ancient Greeks considered to be the Center of the Earth. Next, you will drive to Kalambaka, as you take in the breathtaking views of the local Greek villages and towns. Discover the dramatic rock formations of Meteora along with the beautiful monasteries and local handicrafts. Make your way back to Athens, where you may go shopping, taste traditional Greek cuisine, or discover legendary monuments such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus or Hadrian's Arch. Travel to Istanbul to explore the heart of Trkiye where you will see some of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Visit the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, initially built over 1,500 years ago as a Christian Basilica. Shop for local products in the Spice Market before you end your tour of Greece and Istanbul!
Day 1: Athens Arrival
Day 2: Athens City Tour
Day 3: Athens Delphi Kalambaka
Day 4: Kalambaka Meteora Athens
Day 5: Athens
Day 6: Athens Istanbul (flight)
Day 7: Istanbul City Tour
Day 8: Istanbul
- 07 nights’ accommodation on a twin Sharing basis at listed hotels or similar
- Daily breakfast
- 01 Special Dinner
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Transportation in a deluxe AC vehicle
- Regional Flight Athens - Istanbul
- Services of English-Speaking Local Guides during sightseeing
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- All local and applicable taxes
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Items of personal nature, tips, and gratuities
- Optional excursions
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees, if applicable
- City Taxes in Greece– EUR 5 per room/per night: collected by hotels directly at reception on arrival
- Items not mentioned as included
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Essential Greece and Istanbul tour. You can cancel the tour up to 75 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 74 days of departure.Payment
For any tour departures within 12 December 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 12 December 2022, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 74 days before trip departure.Travel Insurance
Essential Greece and Istanbul tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.Visa
For this Essential Greece and Istanbul tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.COVID-19 Safety Measures
This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:
- This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travelers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
- Hygiene safety measures and distancing will be followed throughout the tour.
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