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Treasures of the Mediterranean – A Luxury Tour of Turkey & Greece

Discover the treasures of Turkey and Greece on an unforgettable 14-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers), taking you from the colorful bazaars and bustling streets of Istanbul all the way to the feats and temples of the Ancient Greek civilization. Includes 13 nights of luxury accommodation, daily breakfasts and gourmet experiences, a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the spectacular Cappadocian landscape, a traditional Greek cooking class, all internal flights and private transportation, insider experiences with private local guides, all sightseeing and entrance fees including UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ephesus and The Acropolis, and so much more.

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In a unique journey of surprise and discovery, uncover Turkey and Greece: two of the most captivating countries in the Mediterranean. Steeped in history and pulsating with a vibrant energy, Turkey will beckon you with astonishing architecture, exotic culture and fragrant cuisines, while Greece will bewitch you with its sun-bleached ruins, blue skies and inspiring culture.

What You'll Love...

Discover Turkey - Explore Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia and taste your way through Istanbul's neighborhoods

Relive the heyday of the Byzantine Empire in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet (the Old City, formerly Constantinople) taking in the stunning construction of Hagia Sophia, said to have changed the history of architecture and lose yourself in the bustling stalls at the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest markets in the world.

Taste your way through the vibrant areas of Istanbul’s oldest neighborhoods renowned for their restaurants, cafes and bakeries – on a remarkable tasting trail taking in both the European and Asian side of this sprawling metropolis.

Soar high above the stunning Cappadocia valleys in a sunrise hot-air balloon - the ultimate vantage point from which to take in the breathtaking panorama of tall volcanic spires and deep valleys gloriously bathed in the morning light. Float between fairy chimneys and caves before landing to toast this unforgettable experience.

Pay a visit to the city of Pamukkale, also known as the "Cotton Castle", where the ruins of the ancient spa city of Hierapolis await you, and discover the incredible ancient ruins of Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities in Europe.

Discover Greece – Retrace the steps of the ancient Greek gods and learn the secrets of Greek cuisine

The epic stage of Gods and heroes' deeds, referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and retaining some of the most ancient landmarks in Europe, travelling through Greece will be a spectacular journey - starting off with a night of delicacies and ouzo in one of Athens's finest taverns.

Uncover the secrets and history of the Ancient Greek civilization while exploring sanctuaries and oracles, monasteries and temples. From the magnificent UNESCO World heritage site of the Acropolis – visible from all over Athens and one of the most important sites in the Western world – all the way to the Sanctuary of Apollo, your knowledgeable guide will talk you through the legends and stories of Greek gods and heroes.

Reach the holy place of Meteora, one of Greece's most beautiful sites, an inspiring and sensational setting of rock formations with a series of monasteries perched in splendid isolation on top of incredible natural pillars.

Immerse yourself in the Greek culture: get the chance to learn the most loved recipes of the country's cuisine in a traditional hands on cooking class and learn more about local wines with a delightful visit to a winery, where you will also enjoy a delicious lunch paired to perfection with Greek wines.

The Accommodation - Experience another level of luxury in some of the most unique and opulent hotels in the world

Once a monastery, the award-winning Argos in Cappadocia offers a luxury stay like no other. This world-class boutique hotel high above the village of Uchisar has been carefully built from its surrounding terrain: ancient ruins, caves and underground tunnels. Sleep under beautifully arched stone ceilings and relax in inviting nooks and crannies at seven different mansions. Discover the ambience of the hotel’s Seki Restaurant, serving a variety of local and international dishes, as well as a wide selection of wines, produced from the property' own vineyards stored in the underground cellar.

The magical setting of the five-star Shangri-La Bosphorus in Istanbul yields deep blue waterfront views of the Bosphorus Strait. Admire the beautiful domes, Bohemian glass chandeliers and sweeping staircases, and be sure to book in for a relaxing massage at the hotel’s famed CHI Spa.

Wake up to breathtaking views over Athens's Acropolis from the Divani Palace Acropolis. This charming hotel offers elegant rooms, an outdoor pool with bar, and delicious dining options, including the summer Roof Garden restaurant, with enchanting views of the ancient heritage.

Your package includes:

  • *13 nights of luxury accommodation *including three nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at Argos in Cappadocia, one night at Hierapark Hotel in Pamukkale, two nights at Swissotel Buyuk Efes in Izmir, two nights at Hotel Divani Meteora in Kalembaka and three nights at Hotel Divani Palace, Athens
  • Daily breakfasts, four lunches and seven dinners
  • *A selection of gourmet experiences *including a tasting trail through Istanbul’s vibrant streets, dinner with a local Turkish family in Cappadocia, local wine tasting in Sirince, a hands on cooking class in Athens and a paired lunch in a local winery on the outskirts of Athens
  • All internal flights: Istanbul - Cappadocia - Izmir - Athens
  • Sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the spectacular Cappadocian landscape
  • *Private airport transfers *in Turkey and Greece
  • Private air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour
  • Expert local English speaking guides throughout the tour
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for select departure dates:

Low Season

13 October 2018

23 March 2019

6 April 2019

20 April 2019

5 October 2019

19 October 2019

High Season

22 September 2018

4 May 2019

18 May 2019

8 June 2019

22 June 2019

6 July 2019

7 September 2019

21 September 2019

*Important: *Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Istanbul on your chosen tour start date.

*Instant Booking: *To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Twin-share package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Guests must be aged 18 years or older.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Shangri-La Bosphorus

Argos Cappadocia

Hierapark Hotel

Swissotel Buyuk Efes

Hotel Divani Meteora

Hotel Divani Palace Acropolis

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights to and from Europe, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Multiple packages cannot be purchased or combined.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply.

Day 1 - Istanbul

On arrival in Istanbul you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time the day is at your leisure. This evening you meet your leader and group for a welcome meeting before heading out to dinner at a local meyhane (traditional restaurant) in the Besiktas neighborhood – a great opportunity to try local specialties.

*Accommodation: *Shangri – La Hotel or similar

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Istanbul

This morning you meet your leader and journey in the footsteps of the city’s most famous ruler. Head to Sultanahmet (the Old City, formerly Constantinople), where ancient empires based themselves and historical sites intertwine with backstreets filled with hidden gems. Here you’ll visit the jaw-dropping Hagia Sofia, whose stunning construction is said to have changed the history of architecture.

When not erecting splendid buildings, the Byzantine Emperors loved a bit of entertainment, and the hippodrome was their stadium. Inspect some of the decorative statues and obelisks that remain from a time when this now tree-lined land would hold thousands of chariot racing fans.

Finish the day off at the Grand Bazaar, packed with over 3,000 stalls of handcrafted jewellery, textiles and books and the Spice Market for some free time to explore on your own.

The evening is at your leisure.

*Accommodation: *Shangri – La Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 - Istanbul

Today is at your leisure to make your own discoveries. Your local guide will be on hand to assist with suggestions on what to see or do in Istanbul.

In the afternoon, your leader will take you on a tasting trail through not only the European side of Turkey but you’ll also take the ferry to the Asian side and experience the different influences these 2 continents have had on Turkish cuisine.

Accommodation: Shangri – La Hotel or similar

*Meals included: *Breakfast and dinner

Day 4 - Cappadocia

This morning, you will be transferred to Ataturk Airport and fly to Cappadocia! After you settle to your beautiful rooms at Argos Hotel, your leader will take you on a leisurely hike of the beautiful valley.

This evening you will enjoy a meal with a local family in their own home. This is a unique experience, enjoying the famous hospitality of a Turkish family and admiring the spectacular views of surrounding landscapes at the same time.

Accommodation: Argos in Cappadocia or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5 - Cappadocia

This morning we have an early start as we head to the valley for an unforgettable hot air balloon flight over the other worldly Cappadocian landscape. The scene at sunrise is sure to take your breath away as you float over the valley.

Returning to the hotel in time for breakfast we then visit the Göreme Open Air Museum, to see the many incredible houses, churches and monasteries carved out of the soft cliff face. The Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art, cave chapels and colourful biblical frescoes from the 10th–12th centuries.

This afternoon we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City to see dwellings that span seven levels beneath the ground. The evening is at leisure.

*Accommodation: *Argos in Cappadocia or similar

*Meals included: *Breakfast

Day 6 - Pamukkale

This morning we fly to Izmir and transfer to Pamukkale also known as the Cotton Castle. After checking in to your hotel and a chance to refresh from the morning travels, we visit Hierapolis, famous for its healing thermal and mineral baths and beautiful snow-white petrified waterfalls. Here you will see the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and finish the visit with sunset from atop the masterpiece Ancient Theater.

Head back to the hotel where the evening is at leisure.

Accommodation: Hierapark Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Izmir

This morning we head back toward Izmir via Sardes, the capital of Lydia where it is said the secret of separating gold from silver was discovered and for this reason Sardes is famed in history as the place where modern currency was invented. Here you will visit the ancient gymnasium and Artemis Temple – where modern day excavations continue to happen.

After lunch we continue to Izmir where after checking in to your hotel and a chance to refresh from the days travels, you will join your leader for an orientation walk of Turkey’s third largest city.

Accommodation: Swissotel Buyuk Efes or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 8 – Ephesus & Sirince

This morning we visit Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities in Europe and arguably the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world. Stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsius.

After our visit to the site, your leader will take you to their favorite gözleme (Turkish Pancake) spot for lunch, where you get to see the local women at work creating these local delicacy’s before enjoying them. Afterwards we visit Selcuk and the Museum of Ephesus, St. John Basilica and Artemis Temple before returning to the hotel.

In the late afternoon, we head to the village of Sirince, and enjoy some local wine tastings and stroll the streets of this cute village before we enjoy our final Turkish dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Swissotel Buyuk Efes or similar

*Meals included: *Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - Athens

Today you will farewell your Turkish leader and fly to Athens where you will be met by your local leader and transferred to your hotel to settle in. Depending on your flight time, the rest of the day is at your leisure. In the evening head to a local taverna for a traditional Greek dinner. Local mezze will be accompanied by ouzo and wine.

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 10 – Athens

Today you visit one of the most recognizable sights in Athens: The Acropolis. Together with a local guide explore the sight and learn more about Ancient Greek civilization and culture. Afterwards enjoy a walking tour back to your hotel – taking in the famous Plaka district, the National Gardens of Athens, Zappeion, Temple of Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch finishing off at the Greek Parliament and the Monument to the Unknown Soldier where you will watch the Changing of the Guards.

The afternoon is at leisure and this evening you enjoy a traditional hands on cooking class. Learn how to make your own traditional recipes before you gather around the table to enjoy your creations.

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 11 – Delphi - Kalambaka

An early start is rewarded with a visit to the fascinating Sanctuary of Apollo in ancient Delphi, home to the Delphi Oracle. Explore the Temple of Apollo, Sanctuary of Athena and Delphi Museum.

After lunch we continue north to the town of Kalambaka in the center of the country. As it’s a long day on the road (approx. 6 hours of driving) the evening is at leisure - perhaps take a short walk into town to dine in one of the local tavernas.

Accommodation: Hotel Divani Meteora or similar

*Meals included: *Breakfast and lunch

Day 12 - Kalambaka

After breakfast you will travel into the hills to see the monasteries of Meteora, one of Greece's most extraordinary sites. Settlement of the area dates back to the 11th century when hermit monks first settled in the hidden caverns of Meteora.

Afterwards we enjoy a visit to a local winery where you’ll learn all about the local wines but more importantly get to taste them with a paired lunch. This afternoon you head back to Kalambaka for an evening of leisure.

*Accommodation: *Hotel Divani Meteora or similar

*Meals included: *Breakfast and lunch

Day 13 - Athens

Today we head back to Athens. The drive is approx. 4 hours, rewarded with beautiful scenery along the way. Arriving back into Athens you will have time for some final sightseeing or a chance to pick up some souvenirs before enjoying a farewell dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Accommodation: Divani Palace Acropolis or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14 - Athens

Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

*Meals included: *Breakfast

Your tour starts in Istanbul and finishes in Athens. Flights to and from these cities are available with carriers like Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qatar Airways with an approximate flight time of 24 hours from Australia.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 48 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

Private return airport transfers are included in your tour on the first and last day only. Please ensure your flights into Istanbul arrive before 3pm on Day 1 and depart Athens any time after breakfast on Day 14.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller’s responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit the website.

Faith was a fantastic tour guide – very personable, passionate about his country and sharing it with us. He went out of his way to help all guests, no matter the question or request. Thank you for a memorable trip.
- C. Love - May 2018
Excellent tour leader. Superb tour. Relaxed style. Well organised.
- R. Hollow - May 2018
I am so very grateful to have experienced this wonderful trip. The Shangri La hotel was totally amazing. Im very thankful to Ugur, who is an awesome tour guide. At every stage of the trip he totally gave his all. Thank you Luxury Escapes
- F. Doherty - April 2018
What a beautiful and elegant hotel in this amazing city full of wonders! From the moment I walked into the Shangri-La, the feeling was beyond luxurious. From promptly being helped with our luggage, to being offered a cold drink while waiting to check in, the service level was second to none. The hotel is well located and close to many sights and dining options in the Bosporus area. It is also next to both the Dolmabahce Palace and the Naval Museum, both great options to check out in the area. The hotel has some great dining options onsite and the breakfast buffet has an amazing spread of options to choose from. Overall I would highly recommend the Shangri-La for an incredible stay in beautiful Istanbul. I cannot wait to get back one day and I would love to return to Shangri-La.
- Shangri - La Bosphorus TripAdvisor
Argos has a great location at Uchisar with spectacular views of the valley. It spans beautifully over an entire neighbourhood. Design of the premises (rooms, reception, restaurant) is superb, very tasteful. Ancient Bezirhane has a fantastic atmosphere especially during concerts. Service and food at the restaurant is very good (best of local dishes and wines). Their wine cellar is located 7 storeys below street level and said to have more than 30,000 bottles, many of them award winners.
- Argos Cappadocia - TripAdvisor
Our time at Divani could not have been more perfect- the wait staff at the rooftop bar (John and Katarina were absolutely amazing), the front desk services were absolutely amazing and the room was beautiful! Divani made our time in Athens so special!
- Divani Athens - TripAdvisor