Greece and Turkey: Jewels of the ancient Mediterranean (3 Weeks)
Day 1-6 Athens
Climb to the top of Acropolis Hill; and you’ll encounter the ancient Parthenon, one of the ancient world’s great wonder. See the changing of the guard outside Parliament, known for the pom-poms on their shoes above everything else. It’s only a short ride down to the city’s port, Piraeus, where you can catch a ferry to the Greek Islands.
Transfers to Crete 11h24m0h50m
Day 7-11 Crete
Explore this popular island beloved of sun seekers and nature lovers. Its terrain varies from mountain valleys and rugged canyons to soft sandy beaches lapped by the warm waters of the eastern Mediterranean. Don’t miss a trip to the island’s capital Heraklion, which is where you’ll find the Palace of Knossos, a scrambling hilltop ruin, and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.
Transfers to Bodrum 19h38m9h50m
Day 12-16 Bodrum
Travel to the Turkish resort of Bodrum for a holiday and you’ll be one in a million. Don’t be put off by its popularity, however. A strict building code means there are plenty of whitewashed homes trimmed with blue windows to form the perfect backdrop to your travel snaps. The mausoleum here was considered one of the wonders of the ancient world until it was destroyed in an earthquake, its stones reused in the town’s castle which still stands.
Transfers to Istanbul 8h48m1h00m