Here is just a brief summary of my Turkey and Greece trip; I will go into detail of each place in posts to follow. If you have any questions, need any advice or just want to comment please feel free to use the comment box below and I will definitely reply!

Itinerary Summary

Total days: 21 (inclusive of inbound/outbound travel time)

Dates:4 -24 September 2014


No. of nights: 7

Places visited: Istanbul, Selcuk (Ephesus), Denizli (Pamukkale), Goreme (Cappadoccia)

Transport used: flights, train, overnight bus.


No. of nights:11

Places visited: Athens, Nafplio, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Mykonos, Santorini

Transport used: flights, rental car, ferry.


Itinerary Overview

04 September 22:20 – 8:20 Johannesburg to Dubai (3 hour layover)

11:20 – 14:55 Dubai to Istanbul (Emirates)

05 September 15:00 Arrive in Istanbul

Transfer to Sultanahmet Suite Life Hotel

18:00 Dinner in Istanbul

Overnight Sultanahmet Suite Life Hotel

06 September Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel

Full Day city tour: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue mosque, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar

Turkish Baths – Cemberlitas Hamami

Overnight Sultanahmet Suite Life Hotel

07 September Early breakfast at hotel

9:10 – 10:10 Flight to Izmir

11:45 Train to Selcuk (1 hour)

Tour of Ephesus

Overnight in Nazar Hotel

08 September Early breakfast at hotel

9:00 Selcuk to Denizli (Pamukkale) by bus

Tour of Pamukkale

21:00 Overnight bus to Goreme (Cappadocia)

09 September 6:30 Arrive in Cappadocia

Green Tour

Overnight at Royal Stone houses

10 September Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Cappadocia Hot air balloon ride

Red Tour

Overnight at Royal Stone houses

11 September Early breakfast at hotel

8:00 – 9:20 Nevzehir (Cappadocia) to Istanbul

Afternoon/Evening: Bosphorus Cruise

Evening: Taksim square

Overnight at Sultanamet Suite

12 September Early breakfast at hotel

9:30 – 10:50 Istanbul to Athens

Pick up rental car (Europcar)

Athens to Corinth

Corinth Ruins

Dinner in Nafplio

Overnight at Marianna Hotel

13 September Early breakfast at hotel

Nafplio: Palamidi Fortress (close 7:30pm)

Nafplio to Olympia by car (4.5 hours)

Olympia Tour

Overnight at Hotel Kronio

14 September Breakfast in town

Olympia tour

Olympia to Delphi by car (4 hours)

Delphi Tour

15 September Breakfast in town

Delphi to Meteora by car (4 hours)

Meteora monastaries tour

Ovenight at Dellas boutique hotel

16 September Breakfast at hotel

Meteora to Athens by car

Drop off of rental car at airport- bust to get back to hotel

Overnight at Pan hotel

17 September Breakfast at hotel

Athens city tour

Overnight at Pan hotel

18 September Early morning breakfast at hotel

5:45 – 6:20 Athens to Mykonos

Overnight at Carbonaki Hotel

19 September Breakfast in town


Overnight at Carbonaki Hotel

20 September Mykonos to Santorini by ferry

Overnight at San Gorgio


21 September Breakfast in town


Overnight at San Gorgio

22 September 20:25 – 21:00 Santorini to Athens

Overnight at Arethusa hotel

23 September Breakfast at hotel

23:25 – 5:00 Athens to Dubai (5 hour layover)

24 September 10:15 – 16:25 Dubai to Johannesburg


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