Greece & Turkey

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Greece

The birthplace of the Olympics and democracy, Greece is a country with an extraordinarily grand history that’s been kept alive through the preservation of ancient architecture and cultural sites. The capital city of Athens is home to many such marvels, including the Pantheon temple on the Acropolis and the historic Plaka district. Other regions of the country, however, feature their own dazzling sights and landmarks, which include renowned Mediterranean beaches alongside forested, mountainous topography such as the famous Mount Olympus, mythological home to the ancient Greek gods. Greece is also known for its spectacular Mediterranean cuisine that’s as distinctive and colourful as the coastline itself. But whichever sense you hope to please, the many islands and attractions of Greece will surely have something to excite you.



Sailing Greece


10 days Santorini to Santorini
A yacht adventure is the ideal way to experience what many consider the world’s most beautiful islands in Greece. Sail aboard our 15m (52 ft) yachts, with time for hiking, snorkeling, and relaxing. Explore ancient archaeological sites and taverna-lined harbours, dine on fresh seafood and don’t forget to try the Ouzo! This 10-day round trip from Santorini will give you the chance to explore some of the treasures of the Greek Islands.
2021:
June 15, 19, $1827
July 21, 22, Aug 4, 22, 28, Sept 10 $1980
Sept 23, Oct 4 $1827
2022:
April 27, May 7, 17, 27 $1742
June 6, 16, 26 $1827

Book with deposit by Feb 28, 2021

Sailing Greece – Mykonos to Mykonos

10 days, Mykonos to Mykonos
If we’re describing what a true perfect circle looks like, there’s no need to look much further , than the Cyclades, or “Circular Islands.” Go where the weather (and your skipper) takes you, whether that’s exploring ruins, stopping by a microbrewery for a taste, or relaxing on golden sands. See the famous windmills of Mykonos and sail through Santorini’s caldera, all while enjoying the view from aboard our yacht along the way.

2021:
June 3, 10 $1827
July 3, 5, 26, Aug 6, 18, Sept 7, 10 $1980
Oct 3 $1827
2022:
May 1, 11, 21, 31 $1742
June 10, 20, 30 $1827

Book with deposit by Feb 28, 2021

HIKING CRETE: GORGES & COASTAL WALKS


7 days Chania to Chania
If you like the feel of being transported to another world, you’ll feel right at home on this hiking tour of the rocky landscapes of Crete. Get your trekking fill in the Samaria Gorge, the White Mountains, and parts of the southern coast before exploring local towns only accessible by foot or boat. Topped off with a delicious meal prepared by a local family, this Greek adventure will taste, look, and feel out of this world.
What’s included?
Guided hikes to Agia Irini Gorge, Samaria Gorge, St Pavlos and Marmara, Loutro, and Sfakia
Dinner and Greek Dancing with Local Cretan Family, Loutro
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Local Guide Throughout

2021:
May 9, June 6, Sept 5, 26, Oct 10 $1399
2022:
May 8, 22, June 12, 26, Sept 4, 11, 25, Oct 9 $1399

Budapest to Istanbul


13 days
From pastoral countryside to forbidding forests and fairytale villages, this tour from Budapest to Istanbul is definitely the road less travelled, but absolutely a worthy adventure to take. Over 13 days, you’ll explore the weathered architecture of Budapest, grand Ottoman palaces, “Dracula’s Castle” in Transylvania, and much more. With an intriguing combination of cultural colour and exploration, you’ll come away with a real feel for this lesser-explored corner of Europe.

2021:
May 16, Oct 3 $1954
June 27, Sept 5, 19 $2039
July 25, Aug 22 $2141

CLASSICAL GREECE


8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens
You’ve seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person. You’ve watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the remains in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You’ve eaten at Greek restaurants—now’s your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you’ll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer. All of this and more await you on this Classical Greece tour.
History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece’s ancient sights. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, also visit ancient Corinth, dating back to the 8th century BC and the place where St. Paul preached; see the Beehive Tombs and Lion Gate in Mycenae; the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus; and Thermopylae, where the battle between the Greeks and Persians took place in 480 BC.
In Delphi hear about the Oracle and how people in ancient Greece would travel there to seek his wisdom. Tour the excavations, and visit its Archaeological Museum. In Meteora step back in history when you visit the fantastic landscape with its 24 rock-top monasteries.
Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
2021:
May 3, 7, 8, 10, 14 21, 22,2 4, 28, 31 $2402
June 4, 5, 11, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 28 $2042
July 2, 5, 9, 16, 17, 19 26, 30, Aug 6, 13, 16, 27 $2385
Sept 3, 4, 6, 10, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 27 Oct 1 $2402

Turkey

Whether it’s 18 holes on a golf course, watersports, camping, hiking, canyoning, or relaxing on golden beaches, no matter what the season. You can’t go wrong when coming to Turkey.
From Unesco sites to traditional craftsmanship. From iconic religious buildings to the arts and crafts of the Grand Bazaar, Turkey is drenched in the richness of everything that is cultural.
Fresh local natural produce makes Turkey the ideal place to get your palette trying new flavours. Authentic Ottoman cuisine, the perfect assortment of grilled meat, fresh seafood and not to forget the rich honey enriched desserts!

HIGHLIGHTS OF GREECE ESCAPE PLUS 4-NIGHT ICONIC AEGEAN CRUISE

10 Day Tour from Athens to Athens
The iconic Greek Islands are yours to discover on a guided cruise and tour of Greece. You’ve dreamed of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea and strolling among whitewashed buildings above pristine beaches. Now you can have both with a guided tour of Greece and a Greek Islands cruise. History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece’s ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you’ll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” In ancient Greece, people traveled to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience, enjoy a cooking demonstration where you learn to make traditional tzatziki; take a sirtaki dance lesson; and try a glass of Ouzo. Plus, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.
Take your escorted Greek vacation adventure further! Cruise the Greek Islands for four nights to experience the world-renowned Aegean Sea portion of the Mediterranean. Sail from Athens in an outside cabin aboard a Celestyal Cruise ship to the legendary island of Mykonos. Wander amid its iconic windmills and white houses. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Then, cruise to the island of Rhodes. You’ll see the clifftop acropolis of Lindos and Athena’s Temple. Next, dock at Heraklion on the island of Crete, where you can take an optional excursion to explore Knossos, site of the 3,000 BC Minoan civilization. You’ll also sail, weather permitting, to the panoramic and volcanic island of Santorini—“The Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Relax while basking in the beauty of the sea as you return to Athens for guided sightseeing. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights and sailing the Aegean Sea, this guided tour of Greece has it all—including four spectacular nights on a Greek Island cruise.
Headsets throughout the vacation.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Single supplement waived for 2021/2022 tours
2021:
Oct 21, 28 $2339
Nov 4, 11 $2259 Nov 18 $2339
2022:
March 3, 10, 17, 24 $2339

Greek Escape

7 Day Tour from Athens to Athens
You’ve seen photos of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, dating back to the 5th century BC—now’s your chance to see it in person on this escorted Greek vacation. You’ve watched the Olympics on TV—now’s your chance to walk among the ruins in Olympia, where the Olympics began in 776 BC. You’ve eaten at Greek restaurants—now’s your chance to enjoy an authentic Greek cooking demonstration, where you’ll learn how to make the traditional Greek tzatziki appetizer.
History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece’s ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you’ll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” Also see the amazingly well-preserved, 2,300-year-old open-air theater in Epidaurus. In ancient Greece, people traveled to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience enjoy a sirtaki dance lesson and try a glass of Ouzo. Plus, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights, the Greek Escape has it all!
Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motor coach and in most hotel lobbies.
Single supplement waived for 2021 and 2022 tours
2021:
Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 21 $1379
Nov 28, Dec 5, 12 $1239
2022:
Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 $1239
March 6 $1379 March 13, 20 $1459

HIGHLIGHTS OF GREECE ESCAPE PLUS 3-NIGHT ICONIC AEGEAN CRUISE

9 Day Tour from Athens to Athens
You’ve dreamed of the sparkling blue waters of the Aegean Sea and the white houses of the Greek Islands. Now you can have both with a guided tour of Greece with a Greek Island cruise. History comes alive on your guided visits to many of Greece’s ancient sites. In addition to the Acropolis and Olympia, you’ll also visit the ruins in Mycenae, dating from 1,350 to 1,200 BC and described in Homer’s epic poem, “The Iliad.” In ancient Greece, people traveled to Delphi to seek the wisdom of the Oracle. Learn about the Oracle, tour the excavations, and visit the Archaeological Museum. To add to your Greek experience, enjoy a cooking demonstration where you learn to make traditional tzatziki; take a sirtaki dance lesson; and try a glass of Ouzo. Plus, you’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life by sharing its history, stories, and insider secrets.
Your Mediterranean vacation continues with a 3-night Greek cruise on the Aegean Sea! Sail from Athens in an outside cabin aboard a Celestyal Cruise ship to dock on the legendary island of Mykonos. Wander amid its iconic windmills and white houses. Next, you’ll sail towards the shores of Turkey to visit Kusadasi and the ancient excavations of Ephesus. Then, cruise on to the island of Crete to explore Knossos, site of the 3,000 BC Minoan civilization. You’ll also sail, weather permitting, to the panoramic and volcanic island of Santorini—“The Black Pearl of the Aegean.” Relax while basking in the beauty of the sea as you return to Athens for guided sightseeing. From the picturesque fishing villages to ancient historic sights and sailing the Aegean Sea, this Greek cruise and tour vacation has it all!
Headsets throughout the tour.
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Single supplement waived for 2021 & 2022 tours
2021:
March 15, 22 $1889
March 29, April 5, 12 $1949
Oct 25, Nov 1, 8 $2099
Nov 15, 22 $2049
2022:
Feb 28, March 7 $2099
March 14, 21, 28 $2189

TURKISH ESCAPE

8 DAYS FROM ISTANBUL TO ISTANBUL
Turkey is a unique country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. Your 8-day Turkish Escape starts in Istanbul, a city of great diversity and a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little has changed for centuries. During its 3,000 years of turbulent history, it has been home to the Greeks, Romans, Crusaders, Ottomans and the Turks themselves- all leaving their marks. Highlights of your sightseeing are inside visits to the 6th century Hagia Sophia, the largest church and for over a thousand years the largest covered space on earth and to the amazing Topkapi Palace which was the seat of the government of one of the greatest Empire of the Medieval age.

2021:
Feb 21 $1169
Feb 28, March 7 $1299
March 14, 21 $1369
Prices are per person in single, double, or triple room occupancy.

The Best of Turkey

8 days
Istanbul to Istanbul
This trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to experience as much of Turkey’s stunning scenery and fascinating history as possible. Begin the journey at the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli, then leap into Greek myths and explore the remains of the legendary city of Troy before strolling along the streets of Ephesus. Don’t miss the remarkable white cliff pools of Pamukkale before boarding a comfortable and convenient flight back to Istanbul. Return refreshed and ready to explore the city’s bazaars, mosques, and tea houses.
Explore ancient historic cities
Discover ancient Roman ruins and amazing natural scenery
Taste delicious local cuisine
Walk through the astonishing white pools of Pamukkale

2021:
Mar 20, April 17 $1104
May 22 $1257
June 5, July 17 $1189

Greece Island Hopper

Featuring Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

In Greece, discover a place where age-old legends and monuments intertwine with warm sunshine and island-style living. Tour Athens with a local guide. Explore the Acropolis, home to the famous Parthenon and the city’s best lookout. Enjoy 3 days at leisure on the island of Mykonos, an Aegean paradise of sandy beaches and bustling energy. Uncover the past at the excavation site of Akrotiri. Make the most of a free day on the picture-perfect island of Santorini. From to the ruins of Athens to the bright rooftops of Mykonos and Santorini – embrace the country at its best.
11 days/10 nights
13 Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

2021:
April 17, 20, 23 $3299

Greece: Ancient Ruins & Iconic Islands

A National Geographic Tour
12 days, Athens to Athens
Step back in time on a journey to Greece, where iconic ruins bring ancient history to life. Explore the awe-inspiring monuments of Athens and the stunning Cyclades islands; and run and jump in the footsteps of ancient Greek athletes at the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Then venture to the olive-covered hills and rugged coasts of the Peloponnese, where some of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey played out; and savor the delightfully fresh flavors of Greek cuisine.

A National Geographic Journey

2021:
May 2, 16, 30 $3799
June 27, July 25, Aug 8, 22 $4069
Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3 $3799