Greece and
- 12 Days

Why you should go…

See Greece and Turkey’s main attractions; the Haghia Sophia, The grand Topkapi Palace, the Obelisk of Theodosius, Athens, the temple of Apollo, and more.

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Travel ltinerary Highlights

Athens | Bodrum | Istanbul | Izmir | Kusadasi | Pamukkale

Suggested Length

12 Days / 11 Nights

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Day 1

Arrival – Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival in Istanbul, our professional tour escort will meet & assist us to our private deluxe motor coach for transfer to the hotel. Welcome reception and orientation.
Time to unpack and rest. Tonight dinner at a local restaurant.

old jaffa view

Day 2


Touring of Istanbul, including; St. Sophia’s – the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque and its magnificent interior with blue tiles. Topkapi Palace to see the treasures of the Sultans, and the Hippodrome, where chariot races took place during the Roman Empire.

Time to have lunch and browse the shops and the famous Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered market in the world. Overnight in Istanbul.

Monastery of Saint Gerasimos

Day 3

Izmir – Smyrna

Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Izmir, proceeding on to ancient Smyrna, a mosaic of 50 centuries of civilization sharing with Athens the longest history of any Mediterranean civilization. It was here that St. Polycarp, a disciple of St. John, met a martyr’s death at the age of 92 in 155 AD.

After hotel check-in and lunch, we visit the Church of Smyrna, one of the famous Seven Churches of Asia Minor, and tour the highlights of this ancient city, including the one-time European main square. Overnight in Izmir.

sea of galilee

Day 4

Sardis – Philadelphia – Pamukkale

Today we visit Sardis, Philadelphia, and Pamukkale, one of the most picturesque areas. King Croesus of Sardis was the first to mint pure gold & silver coins here, guaranteed by the face value. In Sardis, we will visit the temple, the beautiful Byzantine church, and the Roman-era Synagogue.

We continue on to Philadelphia, where we will visit the great Basilica with some 11th-century frescoes. We then visit Pamukkale – cotton castle – an apt description of the natural phenomenon of fantastic white limestone terraces. A fantastic sight at sunset to see the necropolis and the great baths of Hierapolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.

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Day 5

Laodicea – Kusadasi

Depart for Kusadasi. En route, we will visit Laodicea, which was at the crossroads between Sardis and Perge. We continue on to the beautifully excavated Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, with its near-perfect stadium, theatre, and temple.

Afternoon arrival in Kusadasi, a seaside resort town. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Monastery of Saint Gerasimos

Day 6


Today is a full-day visit to Ephesus. St. Paul called it “the most beautiful city in all the world.” The great library, the amphitheater where Paul addressed an angry pagan mob, and the tower where St. Paul was imprisoned and wrote the letters to the Ephesians.

It was here that, in 431 AD, the historic Third Ecumenical Council convened and declared Mary the Mother of Jesus, and where the Virgin Mary spent her final years between 37 and 48 AD with St. Paul. We will also visit the house of the Virgin Mary, spectacularly located above the ruins.

It is believed that St. John brought the Virgin Mary to Ephesus and that she spent the rest of her days in this house on the hilltop. The home is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year, and Pope Paul 2 celebrated mass here and in the Church of the Virgin Mary. We also visit St. John’s Basilica, believed to have been built over the tomb of the apostle, and the temple of Diana – one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Return to Kusadasi overnight.

sea of galilee

Day 7


Depart Kusadasi for the resort town of Bodrum. En route, we will visit Priene, called the absolutely perfect place for a picnic! Here we visit the ancient and splendid amphitheater. After lunch, we continue down the Aegean coast to visit the ancient city of Miletus – the most prosperous city of the 6th century BC. Nearby we visit Didyma, the site of the Temple of Apollo.

Afternoon arrival in the seaside city of Bodrum, where the Castle of St. Peter, built by order of the Pope in 1402, guards the entrance to semi-circular Bodrum Bay. Overnight in Bodrum.

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Day 8

Bodrum – Istanbul – Athens

Transfer to the airport for the flight to Istanbul. Arrival Istanbul and transfer to flight for Athens. Arrival Athens. After hotel check-in and lunch, we will visit some of the highlights of ancient Athens, including the Pnyx, Acropolis, and Parthenon. Tonight dinner at a typical Greek restaurant. Overnight in Athens.

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Day 9

Corinth – Athens

Today, we visit ancient Corinth. Time to explore the marketplace and Temple of Apollo, and the museum. Return to Athens. Tonight farewell dinner with music and Greek dancing!

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Day 10

Athens – Cruise

Full day cruise of the Greek Islands. Return to Athens. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight in Athens.

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Day 11

Athens – Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for flight to Istanbul. Free time to do some last souvenir shopping. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

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Day 12

Istanbul – Departure

Transfer to the airport for final departure.

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