Premium Turkey & the Cyclades Islands

04/14/2021 through 08/31/2023
04/14/2021 through 09/03/2023
Intrepid Travel

Premium Turkey & the Cyclades Islands

Dive into the magic of the Mediterranean on a 23-day Premium adventure through Turkey and Greece. Discover stunning islands and a sunken city, enjoy guided tours of Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Antalya and more, and marvel at diverse landscapes, from the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia to the glittering Mediterranean Coast. Hop across to the storied city of Athens, explore the charming villages of Paros, uncover ancient riches in Naxos and soak up million-dollar views in Santorini. With knowledgeable local leaders and a group of keen travellers by your side, you’re never far away from an unforgettable moment.

Activities

  • Istanbul – City Tour
  • Istanbul – Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul – Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Gallipoli – Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair
  • Troy – Archeological site visit
  • Selcuk – Cooking class
  • Selcuk – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Ephesus – Archaeological site visit
  • Sirince – Fruit wine tasting
  • Pamukkale – Hierapolis and Travertines National Park
  • Kayakoy – Village visit
  • Kas – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Kas – Sailing trip with seafood lunch
  • Sagalassos – Archaeological site visit
  • Antalya – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Antalya – Antalya Museum
  • Konya – Mevlana Museum
  • Cappadocia – Leader-led orientation walk
  • Cappadocia – Sunset drinks
  • Cappadocia – Valley walk
  • Cappadocia – Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Cappadocia – Carpet weaving co-op
  • Cappadocia – Pottery demonstration
  • Cappadocia – Ozkonak Underground City
  • Cappadocia – Kizilcukur Valley
  • Cappadocia – Home-cooked dinner
  • Athens – Welcome Dinner at Local Restaurant
  • Paros – Highlights of Paros Half Day Island Tour with Local Guide
  • Naxos – Old Town Walk & Portara Visit
  • Naxos – Vallindras Distillery Visit & Kitron Tasting
  • Naxos – Halki Half Day Trip
  • Naxos – Cooking Class at a Local Home
  • Naxos – Eggares Olive Oil Press
  • Santorini – Caldera Hike
  • Santorini – Winery Excursion & Wine Tasting

Highlights

  • Feast your eyes on the best of Turkey and Greece’s otherworldly sights, from the Cotton Castle of Pamukkale to the psychedelic rockscapes of Cappadocia and the legendary caldera of Santorini.
  • Indulge in iconic feature stays in a cave hotel in Cappadocia and a whitewashed hotel with spectacular views in Santorini.
  • Experience the dazzling variety of Turkish and Greek cuisine during welcome dinners in Istanbul and Athens, cooking classes using home-grown produce in Selcuk and Naxos, freshly prepared lunch on board a boat cruise in Kas and wine tastings in both countries.
  • Join experienced local leaders as you stroll the ancient streets of Ephesus, uncover the secrets of Sagalassos, explore the legendary ruins of Troy and discover the history and charming villages of Paros.
  • Learn the secrets of Greek cuisine in Naxos during an in-depth cooking class with a local, using organic ingredients from her garden to create regional specialties which you will then enjoy for lunch.

Itinerary

Day 1 Istanbul
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Day 2 Canakkale
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Day 3 Selcuk
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Day 4 Selcuk
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Day 5 Pamukkale
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Day 6 Kas
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Day 7 Kas
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Day 8 Antalya
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Day 9 Antalya
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Day 10 Konya
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Day 11 Cappadocia
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Day 12 Cappadocia
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Day 13 Cappadocia
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Day 14 Istanbul
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Day 15 Athens
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Day 16 Paros
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Day 17 Paros
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Day 18 Naxos
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Day 19 Naxos
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Day 20 Naxos
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Day 21 Santorini
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Day 22 Santorini
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Day 23 Santorini
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