Greece & Turkey Highlights

  • Explore the Acropolis’ temples and ruins with a private guide.
  • Witness the Temple of Poseidon and stunning views of the Saronic Gulf from Cape Sounion.
  • Visit an incredible trio of landmarks – Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar – in Istanbul.
  • Soar over Cappadocia in a hot-air balloon and discover the region’s unusual “fairy chimneys.”
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of quality accommodations.
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Home to sprawling empires that directed the course of civilization for centuries, Greece and Turkey run rich with history, monuments, and fascinating stories. This adventure combines the Greek treasures of Athens, the Byzantine wonders of Istanbul, and the fascinating landscapes of Cappadocia into an experience you’ll remember for at least a millennium, maybe longer.

Start out slow with an afternoon of self-directed leisure in Athens, the beating heart of Greece since 3000 BC. Next, step out with a private guide on an absorbing half-day walking tour that passes the Arch of Hadrian and the Temple of Olympian Zeus en route to the ancient city’s most cherished landmark, the Acropolis, home to the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, and the iconic Parthenon. Later, take a scenic drive out to Cape Sounion for a private tour of the fabled Temple of Poseidon, one of the most remarkable relics of Greece’s Golden Age. You’ll also visit Delphi, a rich source of ancient ruins, and have the chance to tour the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum’s spectacular finds before moving on to your next destination: Istanbul.

Finally, we cross the Bosphorus and move inland to the final stop on our journey: extraordinary Cappadocia. With a private guide and driver, you’ll head into the Devrent Valley for your first glimpse of the famous “fairy chimney” rock formations before exploring the famous pottery town of Avanos, the Byzantine art of the Göreme Open Air Museum, and taking in the impressive view from Uçhisar Castle. Cappadocia’s moon-like landscape has to be seen to be believed, and there’s no better view than from the gondola of a hot-air balloon. After taking to the skies and sharing a non-alcoholic champagne toast, you’ll learn how the region’s hardy residents survive this rocky environment on a private tour of Ortahisar (a natural citadel), the subterranean cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu (refuges for seventh-century Christians fleeing persecution), and the troglodyte dwellings of Cavusin Valley before pausing for refreshment at a local vineyard. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Athens
    Athens
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Athens
    Athens
    • Private Transfer - 1/2 Day Walking Tour of the Acropolis and New Museum (4-5 hrs) - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Athens
    Athens
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Cape Sounion & Temple of Poseidon (4hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Athens
    Athens
    • Private Tour - Delphi Tour (7-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Athens to Istanbul
    Athens to Istanbul
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Flight (Not Included)
    • Private Transfer - Airport (with Assistant) - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Turkey - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Grand Bazaar Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Istanbul to Cappadocia
    Istanbul to Cappadocia
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Istanbul - Cappadocia [Direct (1 hr)] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Cappadocia Panoramic (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Shared Tour - Hot Air Balloon
    • Private Tour - Cappadocia Wonders (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 9 Cappadocia to Istanbul
    Cappadocia to Istanbul
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cappadocia - Istanbul [Direct Flight] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 10 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Athens

Enjoy an airport transfer with a driver and assistant. For your added comfort, your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Accommodation: New Hotel

The New Hotel is a splendid structure situated in Athens, an ideal destination for a unique and unforgettable stay in an intimate 79-room boutique setting. The hotel is renowned because it was designed by the brothers Campana, who have created this splendid structure joining together the charm of ancient Athens with the best modern amenities. The ambiances of the hotel are sophisticated and accurate down to the smallest detail, provided with sleek jagged mirrors and bespoke modern furniture, which were created from the use of recycled materials and wisely made by local art students. As for gastronomy, the hotel features an exceptional on-site restaurant that is able to satisfy even the most demanding palate with an array of local products, always fresh and selected daily.

Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Athens
Athens
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  New Hotel
New Hotel

Day 2: Athens

The Acropolis towers over Athens, an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city. Meet with your guide at your hotel and set off on foot towards this majestic UNESCO World Heritage Site, climbing up a series of steps to reach this iconic sacred rock. At the top, pass through the Propylea, the stately entrance to the magnificent structures inside, and enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the city and the entire basin of Attica before you. Explore the Parthenon, the best known and most awe-inspiring of structures of the Acropolis citadel. Visit the Erechtheion, whose temple is graced with the porch of the Caryatids.  Round out your exploration of the site with a visit to the adjacent New Acropolis Museum, home to the archeological artifacts uncovered at the Acropolis and its surrounding slopes. Stroll at a leisurely pace back to your hotel accompanied by your guide.

Accommodation: New Hotel
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Parthenon
Parthenon

Day 3: Athens

Meet your private driver and English-speaking guide for a half day private guided tour to Cape Sounion, noted for the Temple of Poseidon. Drive along the scenic coastal road overlooking the Saronic Gulf, passing through some of Athens' most picturesque suburbs, including Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, and Varkiza on the way to Cape Sounion. Visit the remains of the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon, one of the major archeological monuments of the Golden Age, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the sea and surrounding islands. The temple dates to the same period as the Acropolis in nearby Athens and features a portico with Doric columns set on a cliff overlooking the sea. After exploring the ruins, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

Accommodation: New Hotel
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion
Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion

Day 4: Athens

Enjoy a full day tour to Delphi. Depart from Athens early in the morning via the National highway to Delphi, passing through the towns of Thebes, Levadia and Arachova. Delphi was known in ancient times as the 'navel of the earth'. Pass by Castalia Spring, visit the archaeological site The Temple of Apollo and the Museum of Delphi, with its spectacular finds, including the bronze Charioteer, the Naxian Sphinx, the Statue of Antinoos. After lunch return to Athens via the picturesque mountain village of Arachova, built on the south slopes of Parnassus, well known for its attractive hand-woven carpets, rugs and quilts, as well as for its wine and cheese. Entrance fees are included in the tour price.

Accommodation: New Hotel
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Temple of Apollo, Delphi
Temple of Apollo, Delphi

Day 5: Athens - Istanbul

Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.

Flight is required, currently not included in the quote. Please contact your Destination Expert if you are interested in adding this service to the itinerary.

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.

A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

Accommodation: Levni (4*)

The Levni Hotel  is easy to reach on foot from the train station Sirkeci. The hotel's major touristic places like the SultanAhmet area, Blue mosque, Seaport, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Place, and the Hagia Sophia are all close by. This luxury hotel has a total of 75 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Enjoy your leisure time in the indoor swimming pool or fitness room. All kinds of delicacies are available to savour in the hotel's restaurant, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics as well. In the evening there is the hotel bar or the cozy wine and beer pub. The hotel also has its own bistro that provides light snacks.

Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Istanbul
Istanbul
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel

Day 6: Istanbul

Enjoy a half a day tour in Istanbul with your own English speaking guide and private car. The tour includes visits to the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture; the Blue Mosque, famous for its architecture as for its blue tiles; the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were held. The tour ends with the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest, with 4,000 shops.

Accommodation: Levni (4*)
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

Day 7: Istanbul - Cappadocia

Meet your private driver for a comfortable private airport transfer.

Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia. The flight duration is about 1 hour.

Meet your private driver for a comfortable private airport transfer.

During this full day tour, you will be driven to Devrent Valley and then to Pasabagi Valley, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From here you will be driven to Avanos, the famous pottery town, to have lunch. After lunch you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you will be driven to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, with a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pidgeon Valley.

Accommodation: Gamirasu Cave (4*)

Gamirasu Cave Hotel is an exquisitely restored 30 room, troglodyte cave house in Ayvali Village near Urgup in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. The hotel is located in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat that offers modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area, which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years. Gamirasu Cave Hotel is featured in major international travel guides as one of the best cave hotels of Cappadocia.

Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fairy Chimney's
Fairy Chimney's
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cappadocia
Cappadocia

Day 8: Cappadocia

Enjoy a unique experience with fellow adventure seekers, and see Cappadocia from a Hot Air Balloon. While the crew inflates the balloons, you will receive a complimentary light breakfast. The approximately one hour flight will start when the pilot heats the air inside the balloon with the burner to rise into currents with different directions. There is a marvelous view of Cappadocia from above. The pilot will begin the gentle descent when he finds an appropriate landing site. After packing up the balloon, nonalcoholic champagne is served and certificates are distributed. The whole experience lasts 3 to 4 hours, very early in the morning, so you will have the rest of the day to visit the many attractions of Cappadocia.

Enjoy a full day tour in Capadoccia and visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit the subterrenean city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several levels underground. You will be driven to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the mid 20th century. After lunch a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.

Accommodation: Gamirasu Cave (4*)
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cave Dwellings
Cave Dwellings

Day 9: Cappadocia - Istanbul

Meet your private driver for a comfortable private airport transfer.

Enjoy a direct flight from Kayseri airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour.

Meet your private driver for a comfortable private airport transfer.

Accommodation: Levni (4*)

Day 10: Istanbul

Meet your private driver for a comfortable private airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (B) (Int`l Airport)

Depart from Istanbul airport - end of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

New Hotel : Athens

The New Hotel is a splendid structure situated in Athens, an ideal destination for a unique and unforgettable stay in an intimate 79-room boutique setting. The hotel is renowned because it was designed by the brothers Campana, who have created this splendid structure joining together the charm of ancient Athens with the best modern amenities. The ambiances of the hotel are sophisticated and accurate down to the smallest detail, provided with sleek jagged mirrors and bespoke modern furniture, which were created from the use of recycled materials and wisely made by local art students. As for gastronomy, the hotel features an exceptional on-site restaurant that is able to satisfy even the most demanding palate with an array of local products, always fresh and selected daily.

Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  New Hotel
New Hotel
Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  New Hotel Lobby
New Hotel Lobby

Levni (4*): Istanbul

The Levni Hotel  is easy to reach on foot from the train station Sirkeci. The hotel's major touristic places like the SultanAhmet area, Blue mosque, Seaport, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Place, and the Hagia Sophia are all close by. This luxury hotel has a total of 75 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Enjoy your leisure time in the indoor swimming pool or fitness room. All kinds of delicacies are available to savour in the hotel's restaurant, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics as well. In the evening there is the hotel bar or the cozy wine and beer pub. The hotel also has its own bistro that provides light snacks.

Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Levni Hotel
Levni Hotel

Gamirasu Cave (4*): Cappadocia

Gamirasu Cave Hotel is an exquisitely restored 30 room, troglodyte cave house in Ayvali Village near Urgup in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. The hotel is located in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat that offers modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area, which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years. Gamirasu Cave Hotel is featured in major international travel guides as one of the best cave hotels of Cappadocia.

Greece & Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gamirasu Cave Exterior
Gamirasu Cave Exterior

Depart (B) (Int`l Airport): Istanbul

Depart from Istanbul airport - end of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Susan C. — October 11, 2018 — Europe

    Working with Danny S. was a real pleasure. He was lovely, very professional and knowledgeable. Our trip was so enjoyable and stress free. Hotels were perfect, restaurants booked by Kensington were authentic and the food was excellent. The flamenco show was so much fun and the venue was relaxing and intimate. Our guides were prompt, smart and passionate about their country. A really wonderful group of individuals. It was very reassuring to know we always had a person on the ground to call if necessary. This was an A+ trip and we will always have wonderful memories of a beautiful country and it’s warm and welcoming citizens. My heartfelt thanks to Danny and all others who planned a perfect trip on our behalf. We look forward to another trip in 2019!

  • Marilyn K. — September 20, 2018 — Europe

    Our guides were knowledgeable and kind beyond expectation, and were extremely amenable to our requests. The tour expert was very patient and knowledgeable as well, and truly had our travel wishes in mind when creating our trip to Poland. It was a wonderful and amazing life changing experience!

  • Irene Y. — September 13, 2018 — Europe

    This trip was just what we were looking for, a private tour of England, Scotland and Dublin. Julie C. was awesome! She and I worked together to figure out what my family and I wanted to do. I could have never done it without her! The cars/guides were waiting at the airport for us. Everyone associated with Kensington Tours was so helpful and kind. The location of the 3 hotels, we stayed in, were amazing!! We walked everywhere! Each tour, we were scheduled for, went smoothly, and on time. The tour guides were so smart and informative about the places we went. I didn't stand in one hotel concierge line. My tickets and vouchers were printed out and in hand ahead of time. Julie even researched and scheduled horseback riding in the Dublin Mountains, which they hadn't handled before. What a highlight that was!! This trip was everything I asked for. I will be using Kensington Tours and Julie again!!

  • Lesley M. — September 04, 2018 — Europe

    We thoroughly enjoyed our entire trip to Greece. Everything went as planned, our hotels met and exceeded our expectations. The tour guides were all marvelous - knowledgeable, personal, patient, organized and pleasant to be with. And our sunset cruise in Santorini was superb - first class catamaran, crew and their other passengers were great to be with. We met a couple who also were frequent Kensington Tours clients and we all agreed you are our top choice when it comes to travel tours. Thank you for another unforgettable trip!

  • Ronnie B. — May 29, 2018 — Europe

    The entire tour was well planed. Jason and our European guides and drivers were wonderful and often went above and beyond what was expected. Everything was flawlessly executed and we would not hesitate to use Kensington again.

  • Priya K. — June 11, 2018 — Europe

    Everything went smoothly! From the pickups and drop offs from the airport and the tour guides being prompt. Will definitely be using Kensington for our next Trip!

  • Brooke R — May 14, 2018 — Europe

    Kensington did a phenomenal job planning our vacation. The logistics of getting from place to place was incredibly well planned. The tour guides were knowledgeable, fun and tailored our experience based on our interests. Hotel accommodations were incredible and Patrick answering our questions, provided information on several occasions and ensured our that all our requests were met. This was our second trip with Kensington and we will without a doubt utilize their services again!

  • Tracey M. — May 11, 2018 — Europe

    We had a wonderful and amazing trip to Italy! All planning was done with the upmost care down to the smallest detail. I would highly recommend Kensington Tours to all my friends! I am already planning my next trip!

  • Gary C. — April 21, 2018 — Europe

    Two international experiences with Kensington and was thrilled with both!

  • Jo W. — April 15, 2018 — Europe

    We had a wonderful trip. Everything was on schedule as planned. Everyone we dealt with was friendly, polite and knowledgeable.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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