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.
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.
Oct 29, Nov 5 $2027 Nov 19 $1967
Mar 11, 18, 25 $2027 April 1, 8, 15 $2097
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.
Oct 4, 18, 25 $1299
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
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
Mar 20, April 17 $1104
May 22 $1257
June 5, July 17 $1189
Book by July 31, 2020
Book with Confidence!
For a limited time, tours departing before Dec. 31, 2020 can be cancelled and rebooked up to 14 days prior to departure and those departing between Jan. 1st 2021 and July 31, 2021 can be cancelled and rebooked up to 30 days prior to departure.
Travel with Confidence:
• Even smaller. Even better: maximum group size has been reduced to 12 travelers on most tours to ensure even smaller groups
• Private rides: Exclusive use of private transportation (except planes)
• My Own Room (plus extra legroom): My Own Room option is available for 50% off, and now includes extra space on all their private vehicles
• More “personal” personal space: All rooms on trip will be either double or single and have en-suite bathrooms
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.
Oct 4 $1827
May 2, 18 $1742
Book by June 30, 2020
Book with Confidence
Passengers who make bookings under the `Book with Confidence` travel policy for a tour departing between January 1 and June 30, 2021, will be permitted to cancel their confirmed tour services, pre- or post-tour accommodation services, extra services, or transfer services at any time prior to 30 days from the date of tour departure at no charge if they also rebook another tour service and/or reschedule travel to a later date, which later date must be within two years of the initial departure date
Greek Island Escape
September 13, 27, October 04, 11, 18
Athens, Paros & Naxos
Beautiful 9-day hassle-free package to Greece. Discover historical Athens, authentic Paros and Naxos…
Package includes international flights, all greetings & transfers, ferries, quality accommodation, & breakfasts
From Montreal & Toronto: $1998
From Edmonton, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver & Halifax: $2198
–Round trip international flights Canada / Athens
-Greeting and transfers between the airport, the hotels, and the ports
-All ferries between Athens and the islands as mentioned on the itinerary
-3 nights in Athens at the Museum Athens 3* hotel (or similar category) in a standard room
-4 nights in Paros Panorama Hotel 3* (or similar category) in a standard room
-All breakfasts included
-All TAXES & FEES
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
Sept 4 $3999 Sep 11 $3949
Sept 25 $3949 Oct 2 $3799
Oct 9, 16 $3399
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
Sept 6, 13, 27 $3799
May 2, 16, 30 $3799
June 27, July 25, Aug 8, 22 $4069
Sept 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct 3 $3799
Southern Italy & Greece
14 Day Tour from Palermo to Athens
This extraordinary 14-day guided vacation through Italy and Greece begins with two nights in Palermo on the island of Sicily to explore the magnificent cathedrals, cuisine, and culture. Tour the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento on your way to Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily. Take an excursion to Syracuse to explore the fascinating 5th-century Greek and Roman archaeological site before visiting the small island of Ortigia. Stop to gaze on the stunning hilltops and coastal cliffs of Taormina, then cross the Straits of Messina by ferry to the Italian mainland. Explore Southern Italy’s “boot” with overnights in Cosenza and Matera, including a specialty dinner at a local restaurant, and a visit to a whitewashed trullo house—the signature Alberobello architecture of circular stone houses with conical roofs. Visit the beautiful towns of Locorotondo and Martina Franca in the “heel” of Italy, and spend two nights in Lecce, the “Florence of the South.” Sightseeing includes visits to the Duomo and Santa Croce Basilica. In Brindisi, have lunch and a sightseeing tour before boarding your overnight ferry to the Ionian Sea to Patras in Greece. Cross the Gulf of Corinth via one of the world’s longest cable-stayed bridges, visit the beautiful coastal town of Nafpaktos, and overnight in Itea. Enjoy an olive oil tasting in the area famous for its Amfissa olive trees. On to Delphi, where the Oracle told the future and the god Apollo found sanctuary on Mount Parnassus. Tour the extraordinary excavations and visit the Archaeological Museum—home to the 5th-century-BC bronze Charioteer. Continue to Athens, the Greek capital and home to the iconic Acropolis, Parthenon, Temple of Athena Nike, the Theseum where Socrates taught, and many more incredible sights of Greek history and mythology. Your escorted tour through Southern Italy and Greece is an experience for the ages!
2020: Oct 20 $3689 Sept 22 $3779 Sept 8, Oct 6 $3806 Aug 25 $3752
Eclectic Aegean with 7-Night Cruise
Explore the ancient city of Athens—home to the iconic Acropolis, Parthenon, Temples of Athena and Zeus, and the Theseum where Socrates taught. Begin your escorted tour of Greece with these sights and more with two nights in the capital city where classical mythology, civilized history, and the Olympics were born. This Greek vacation includes a 7-night cruise to visit some of the gems of the Aegean sea. Transfer from Athens to Piraeus to embark on your ship. Sail to Istanbul, Turkey, and board a private tender boat for an excursion through the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia. Stroll the Spice Market in Istanbul. An overnight docking means more time to explore this fascinating city with a second day of exploring before sailing for Canakkale in north-western Turkey—the area that includes historic Troy and Gallipoli. Cruise across the Aegean to the Greek port of Volos—where, according to mythology—Jason and his Argonauts were trained by the centaur Chiron. Cruise to the island of Crete, and visit the ancient sites in Heraklion and Knossos—the center of 3000-BC Minoan civilization and fascinating Greek myths. Your ship sails on to the “Black Pearl of the Aegean”—Santorini. Join in an excursion to the clifftops perched on the volcanic caldera. Continue to the vibrant island of Mykonos. Explore its narrow streets lined with white- washed buildings and see its symbolic windmills. Time to shop and soak up the sun (or shade) in classic Greek style. Return to Athens to conclude your cruise. This spectacular Mediterranean cruise with a stay in Athens are the stuff of legends!
2020: Oct 8, 15, $3610 Oct 22 $3493
Greek Island Adventure
8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens
Discover the legends of Greece with an escorted tour of Athens, followed by an adventure by air and sea to explore its Aegean islands. Spend a night in Athens for guided sightseeing at the world-famous ACROPOLIS. From its rocky hilltop setting, see the fabled Parthenon, Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike. Take in the incomparable views of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theatre of Dionysus, and the Agora where Socrates taught. Afterward, a city orientation showcases the Parliament House and 2nd-century Panathenaic Stadium, the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble! From Athens, fly to the Greek island of Crete. An expert guide will introduce you to Heraklion, its legendary history, architecture, and art, then ample time to explore further this fascinating island. Board a high-speed ferry to the charming island of Naxos—with a history dating back to the 4th-millenium BC. Visit the Archaeological Museum and sample the famed citrus dessert. Spend free time enjoying the fruits of the island—olives, figs, grapes, and citrus fruits—or take a dip in the sea. Next, stop to the island of Paros—known for its fine white marble and Church of a Hundred Doors. Your escorted vacation ends in Athens. A historic adventure!
2020: Sept 4, 11, 18 $2492 Sept 25 $2267
8 Day Tour from Athens to Athens
Travelling from Athens, you’ll get a look at the Corinth Canal on your way to the mountain resort of Vytina—a favourite holiday spot for locals and great for hiking. In Olympia, you could visit the archaeological area to see Zeus’ temple, and the birthplace of the original Olympic Games. In the port city of Patras, discover the Byzantine castle of emperor Justinian I, and the ancient Roman amphitheatre on your own. En route back to Athens, take in the views along the Gulf of Corinth and then enjoy an included stunning rack-and-pinion train ride along Vouraikos Canyon. Have lunch if you wish in Kalavryta to experience authentic taverna hospitality. An amazing and affordable tour of Greece!
Oct 2 $1059
Sept 25 $1189
Sept 11, 18 $1219
Fabulous Turkey, Greece and Island Hopping
Istanbul – Canakkale – Izmir – Pamukkale – Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia – Istanbul – Athens (15 Days) – Myknos – Santorini -Athens (19 Days)
Ancient Greece and Roman Byzantine collided in modern day Turkey, the two great empires leaving behind mesmerizing odes to the earliest Western Civilizations. Ancient cities like Ephesus and Troy vividly unveil a Greco Roman affair. In Istanbul and Athens the heartbeats of two empires stand still, reflected in marbled pillars and resplendent domes that cascade from afar. On this fabulous tour through Turkey and Greece you will find engrossing history and majestic beaches, treasured ruins and breathtaking landscapes. From large cities to charming villages, you will find the remnants of myths, beautiful scenery, and remarkable culture.
Explore the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, and step back in time to the Grand Bazaar, the majestic Blue Mosque, and in the taste of real Turkish Delight.
Get up close and personal with the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia on a valley walk that’ll have you exploring rock-cut dwellings in Love Valley or the rose-coloured hues of Red Valley.
Feast your eyes on Turkey’s most spectacular sight, the ‘Cotton Castle’ and paddle through the magical healing hot springs at Pamukkale.
Explore thousands of years of history hidden within the remarkable ruins of Ephesus.
Tour the classical 4000-year-old city of Troy immortalized in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad
Be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean and laze the days away in Antalya.
Uncover thousands of years of civilisation in Athens with a visit to the world-famous Acropolis.
With its boutique culture, gorgeous beaches and thumping nightlife, the chic isle of Mykonos invites you to embrace your hedonistic side.(19Days)
The sight of a Santorini sunset can turn even the most hardened of souls into a romantic. Walk along the volcanic rim of the island, passing through picturesque white villages that cling to plunging cliffs. (19Days)
Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation
Add on airfare from other cities: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria from $300, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Halifax, St.John from $400, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City from $300
13 day tour: 2020: Sept 11, Oct 9 $3899 Nov 14 $3799
16 day tour: 2020: Sept 11 Oct 9 $4699
GREEK ISLAND HOPPING
7 Night all inclusive cruises from $1139 usd p.p.
High standard of hospitality
Mid-size ships each offer their own unique character
Celestyal Crystal has a yacht-inspired design and classic teak decks for her 1200 guests
Celestyal Olympia features all new staterooms for the comfort of her 1664 guests
Both vessels provide elegant restaurants, bars and lounges, extensive sun decks, pools, a spa, fitness rooms and promenade decks
All Inclusive fares include:
Delicious regionally inspired cuisine from a choice of restaurants onboard
Unlimited drinks package
Selected shore excursions including palaces, citadels and ancient sites
Entertainment on board
Overnight stay in Istanbul