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Luxury

Turkey In-depth with Greek Isles and Turkish Shores

Athens to Istanbul
17 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCAI17
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • On the isle of Lesbos, take an after-hours visit to the Museum of Olive Oil Production for dinner and a folk dance performance
  • Locally inspired dining - a total of 43 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Seven nights luxury land accommodation
  • Nine nights on the small ship, the MS Caledonian Sky
  • Expert APT Tour and Cruise Directors

Map & Itinerary

Europe NOBCAI17 2021
Athens to Istanbul

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Find ancient and modern coexist in Greece’s capital Athens, with the Parthenon dominating the city skyline. You’ll be met on arrival and welcomed aboard your ship. This evening, begin your adventure with a glass of sparkling and a relaxed dinner.

Stay: Nine Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps join a discovery of this volcanic isle with a guide. A scenic drive overlooking the Gulf of Milos transports you to the striking lunarscape of Sarakiniko Beach before continuing to Plaka. Take a stroll past whitewashed houses, cobblestone lanes and bougainvillea flowers spiralling the walls. Your final stop is the port fishing village of Pollonia. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to take it easy, we’ll transfer you to the crystal-clear waters of Paliohori Beach. You’ll be ushered to a shaded area under a beach umbrella with a drink in hand.


Drop anchor in Adamas where you’ll be whisked to the Isle of Milos’ harbour town by Zodiac. Enjoy a choice of sightseeing here. Break for lunch back on board with the luxury of time, this afternoon, to immerse yourself in local culture, thanks to a scheduled late departure.

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Enjoy a full day dedicated to an easygoing discovery of the isles of Mykonos and neighbouring Delos. First up this morning, skim across the water to nearby Delos, aboard local boats. The entire island is a World Heritage-listed site and the birthplace of Greek god Apollo, according to mythology. With a guide, explore the archaeological sites and museum of one of Greece’s most historic sites. Lunch is then back on board your ship, ahead of an afternoon enjoying the island of Mykonos. Known for its glamorous summer party scene, Mykonos is also an idyllic spot to see iconic thatched windmills and discover the island’s cultural charm on a stroll through Mykonos Old Town. We’ve set aside time for you to shop or relax by the sea this afternoon.

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Outdoor restaurants on the coast, Mykonos, Greece

It’s all about island discoveries today. Begin with an early arrival on the isle of Naxos, to explore the main port Naxos Town, and the old villa houses of Halki. Later, there’s time for another island hop, as you enjoy lunch back on board and a cruise to the nearby island of Koufinisia. Here, make the most of the chance to jump in a Zodiac and enjoy a swim.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

In the port of Mandraki, perhaps wander through its whitewashed streets and visit the cliffside monastery of Panagia Spilanior or visit the archaeological museum. Alternatively, drive to the Polyvotis volcano. Learn of the Greek legend surrounding this landmark and walk into the volcano’s caldera.


Today takes you to the volcanic island of Nisyros where you can choose your activity. Later, continue to the island of Symi, which enjoys an old-world glamour and neoclassical architecture, a legacy of Italian rule almost a century ago. A local guide shows you around town, including Gialos Harbour with its pastel-shaded houses, ancient monastery and Customs House. With a late departure, use this time to explore the streets.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Beyond the island’s sweeping sandy beaches, you may like to taste your way through the local honey production process at a nearby factory, before sitting down to sample local loukamades (Greek honey donuts). Alternatively, see Kos by bike, exploring some of its most prominent classical landmarks including the Tree of Hippocrates, the site where, legend has it, the ‘father of medicine – Hippocrates’ first taught his students. You’ll also see the island’s open-air Roman theatre and sleek marina.


Kos welcomes you today with a choice of sightseeing options.

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From the port of Kuşadası, drive to the ancient city of Ephesus today. One of the best preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean, Ephesus is a stunning, partially excavated site, complete with iconic wonders and impressive architecture. Broad streets are lined with impressive buildings including the Library of Celsus.

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Upward view of stone coloured archway looking out to building on sunny day, Turkey

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy an after-hours tour of the Museum of Olive Oil Production, with an authentic dinner and a folk dance show.


Lesbos has been a favoured haunt of artists and poets for generations, inspired by the island’s most famous inhabitant, the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho. The island is also regarded as the source of the nation’s best ouzo, an aniseed-flavoured aperitif. Spend today in the island’s port of Mytilene, known for its churches, museums and ‘ouzeries’. Tonight, we’ve arranged a Signature Experience.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Discover the city of Troy, immortalised by the Greek epic poet Homer. Or, the harbour city of Assos, both brimming with archaeological finds and Greek mythology.


Experience Anzac history during a morning on Turkey’s Gallipolli Peninsula. View memorials that pay tribute to those who fought in World War I. Later, this afternoon delivers a choice of which ancient city you would like to discover. Tonight join fellow guests at a farewell dinner back on board.

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Welcome to Istanbul, where you’ll spend the day discovering Turkey’s capital city. Visit the Blue Mosque, aptly named for the colour of the tiles that adorn its interior. See St Sophia Museum and the underground Basilica Cistern. After lunch explore the Grand Bazaar.

Stay: Two Nights, Istanbul, Pera Palace Hotel or similar

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps visit Topkapi Palace, which was once the residence of Ottoman sultans, before visiting the Spice Market. Or visit the Chora Museum, which depicts biblical events through mosaics. Another option is to take a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus.


Today, choose your sightseeing experience. After lunch explore the Grand Bazaar.

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This morning, we’ll transfer you to the airport for your included flight to Cappadocia, a historical region and home to 36 underground cities. After lunch, explore the troglodyte caves of Kaymakli Underground City, which date back to Hittite times, around the 12th century BC. They did not open for tourism until 1964. Later, see the pigeon houses (dovecotes) of Pigeon Valley. Tonight, dine at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, Argos in Cappadocia or similar

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Rock formations, Turkey

Join a guided discovery of the Göreme Open Air Museum and its rock-hewn churches. Continue to the Pasabag Monks Valley, renowned for its mushroom-shaped rocks, or ‘fairy chimneys’ and cave dwellings. After lunch, visit the town of Avanos, known for its handmade pottery, produced there for millennia. Later, see the uniquely shaped stone pillars of Love Valley. The evening is then yours at leisure.

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On the way to Konya, visit the Sultan Han, which is a 13th-century Seljuk Turkish caravanserai on the Silk Road. These ancient roadside inns were stop-off points for weary travellers and the Sultan Han was one of the most luxurious in its day. Afterwards, visit Galata Mevlevi House, a museum devoted to the Whirling Dervishes. A Sufi religious order that first appeared in the 12th century and which originated in the city of Konya. Later today arrive at your hotel in time for dinner this evening.

Stay: Ramada Plaza Konya or similar

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Gaze out over the beautiful landscapes of Lake Eğirdir while travelling to Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) and Hierapolis (Holy City). After lunch, explore the natural springs found within Pamukkale’s white calcium terraces, which have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. Travertines (mineral-rich deposits) have built up over millennia to create a surreal snow-white landscape. Close by, traces of the ancient city of Hierapolis are evident in its Greco-Roman ruins. Later, you’ll arrive at your hotel in time for dinner.

Stay: Richmond Pamukkale Thermal Hotel or similar

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This morning, not far from Pamukkale, you’ll spend time exploring the ruins of Aphrodisias. This ancient city’s temple was dedicated to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, and you’ll find some temple pillars are still standing today. Afterwards, we’ll transfer you to Izmir Airport for your included flight back to Istanbul. Spend this evening with fellow guests at a farewell dinner.

Stay: Istanbul, Pera Palace Hotel or similar

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After breakfast we’ll transfer you to Istanbul Airport for your onward flight.

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It has been a privilege to welcome so many guests aboard APT’s award-winning journeys, and a joy to see those guests fall in love with each new experience the world presents.