Cradles of Civilisation, featuring Gallipoli, Cappadocia and those Greek Isles

Explore the ancient wonders of Türkiye and the iconic Greek Islands

Ancient Turkish Empires, iconic Greek Islands

Astonishing Istanbul, astride Europe and Asia. In Cappadocia soar high in a hot air balloon, sleep in a rock cave hotel, immerse yourself in Albatross’ special Gallipoli immersion with so many visits starting with a private cruise into Anzac Cove. Visit ancient Knossos, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus. Spend 10 nights on 4 iconic Greek Islands - Rhodes, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos, before your finale in Athens. Come with us on a 4WD Cretan Mountain excursion, dine in a Crete Mountain village, experience a ‘foodies’ walking tour in Istanbul, enjoy a wine pairing lunch on a cool Santorini winery terrace, and a picnic lunch on an olive oil farm on Mykonos. Visit magical Lindos and Aghios Nikolaos, walk with us through the whitewashed alleys on Mykonos, bathe in the golden glow of the famous Santorini sunset. Come join us!

  • Travel in a first-class air-conditioned touring coach & inter-island ferries in Greece Economy class flights Istanbul to Cappadocia & Rhodes to Crete, 23 kg checked luggage and 1 piece of hand luggage per person on each flight

  • A complimentary glass of wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners 39 meals including breakfast daily (B), 5 lunches (L) and 11 evening meals (D) Welcome drink on Day 1

  • Hotel porterage of 1 bag per person (where available) 23 nights specially selected hotel accommodation Free WiFi at most hotels (where available)

  • ALL tips for your Tour Manager, Driver and Local Guides Fully escorted by our experienced Turkish Guide in Türkiye and Tour Manager throughout Greece Local guides as described in the itinerary

  • Hand Selected Albatross Experiences including a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Bosphorus Cruise, our special Gallipoli experience, visit Türkiye’s ancient wonders of Ephesus and Pergamum, Crete 4WD mountain expedition and lunch, wine tasting lunch in Santorini and Olive Oil farm visit and lunch in Mykonos. ALL excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described

Tour itinerary

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Hand Selected Experiences

These are just a few of the very special hand selected experiences that will really make your touring experience exceptional and unique, and don’t forget, with Albatross they are always included.

Dates and Prices

* The itinerary and hotels featured are based on 2025 tour departures and may be subject to change. If you are travelling in 2024 please refer to your specific booking Itinerary. Any questions, please contact our European Tour Specialists for further details.

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Tour Suitability

  • In mid-summer, the heat may be energy sapping.
  • There are a number of beautiful towns and historic sites we visit which require exploring on foot.
  • There are no lifts, and there are uneven stairs in the 'Cave' hotel
  • You will be required to hop on and off 4WD vehicles
  • Between the Greek Islands we will be hopping on and off superfast ferries. 3 of them, plus a more standard ferry. Porterage or assistance is unavailable. Whilst not actually very difficult to do I do need to point out that you must be able to wheel your own bags on and off the ferries without assistance
  • In this itinerary there will be the use of smaller chartered boats which have gangplanks
  • Some internal domestic flights are included in this itinerary, please note that luggage is therefore limited to one suitcase per person with a maximum weight of 23 kg

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