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  • Turkey, Balkans & Greece

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  • Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Monasteries of Meteora, Greece

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  • Ephesus, Turkey

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  • Sultanahmet, Istanbul

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  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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  • Stone Bridge, North Macedonia

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  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

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  • Mykonos - 27 Day Greek Island Extension only

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  • Acropolis, Athens

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  • Sirince Village, Turkey

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  • Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

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  • Istanbul Spice Bazaar, Turkey

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  • Optional Tour: Trojan Horse of Troy, Turkey

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  • Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

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  • Anzac Cove, Turkey

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  • Santorini - 27 Day Greek Island Extension only

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  • Kusadasi, Turkey

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  • Turkey, Balkans & Greece

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  • Istanbul, Turkey

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  • Monasteries of Meteora, Greece

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  • Ephesus, Turkey

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  • Sultanahmet, Istanbul

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  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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  • Stone Bridge, North Macedonia

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  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

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  • Mykonos - 27 Day Greek Island Extension only

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  • Acropolis, Athens

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  • Sirince Village, Turkey

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  • Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

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  • Istanbul Spice Bazaar, Turkey

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  • Optional Tour: Trojan Horse of Troy, Turkey

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  • Topkapi Palace, Istanbul

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  • Anzac Cove, Turkey

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  • Santorini - 27 Day Greek Island Extension only

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20 Day Balkans, Turkey & Greece

  • Discover the highlights of 4 incredible countries
  • Visit Turkey, Bulgaria, North Macedonia & Greece
Includes Return International Flights

The mysteries, legends and archaeological wonders of Turkey, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece are ready for you to explore. From tantalising streets to ancient legends, this 20 day discovery will display the very best of four incredible countries. Be prepared for the trip of a lifetime!

Journey through Turkey’s past and present as you marvel at historical palaces and mosques; experience the sights and smells of a bustling Spice Bazaar; visit Ephesus, one of the most well-preserved ancient sites in the world; and uncover the amazing city of Canakkale, gateway to both Gallipoli and the mythological site of Troy. Then, head to Bulgaria and explore the lively city of Sofia; visit the wonderful Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; and uncover North Macedonia on a small group tour of the cultural capital of Skopje. Continue on to gorgeous Greece and witness the awe-inspiring monasteries of Meteora, set atop natural rock pillars; immerse yourself in the ancient history of Athens; wander through the citadel of The Acropolis and so much more.

With return international flights with premium airlines, 17 nights in 4-star hotel accommodation, 22 meals, English speaking guides, and more, what are you waiting for?

Have more time? Choose the 27 day package with Greek Island Extension and hop from island to island in the azure Aegean Sea.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Auckland, Christchurch or *Wellington for Istanbul, Turkey! Fly with award winning airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways or Qatar (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Golden Horn Sutluce or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: None

Following breakfast this morning, be picked up from the hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, which houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle, and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed are also featured.

Next see Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is perhaps more commonly known as the Blue Mosque, due to its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Afterwards see the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After lunch (not included) visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. This evening have the opportunity to join an optional evening cruise (not included).

Overnight: Ramada Golden Horn Sutluce or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to Bursa (approx. 2 hours), the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Upon arrival, enjoy a short city tour. Make your way through the city, and hear how the ancient capital evolved into the flourishing modern metropolis that it is today. While contemporary sights are common, the city has retained its original opulence with an abundance of historical monuments strewn around its streets.

Your first stop is the Green Mosque. Follow your guide inside and marvel at its elegant marble archway and turquoise-tinged tiles that embellish the walls of the domed central hall. Learn about Sultan Mehmet I for whom the mosque was built, and then continue by foot to neighbouring Koza Han, an intriguing building in the heart of the old Bursa Silk Market. For centuries, Silk Market symbolised the centre of Bursa’s thriving silk trade and, although it now exists as a tea house, the building has retained its historical allure. Hear how Bursa marked the end of the ancient Silk Road, and how the city was once home to countless skilled artisans who produced caftans (long garments of clothing) and soft furnishings for the Turkish sultans.

Stop for lunch at a local cafe to enjoy a traditional Turkish kebab or other similar specialty, and then travel UNESCO-listed village of Cumalikizik, just 20 minutes from Bursa, where the rough cobblestone alleys, adobe brick and half-timbered houses and traditional village life appear caught in a time-warp and local ladies sell homemade gozleme (savoury pancakes filled with meat or cheese) from their own kitchens.

Overnight: Sheraton Bursa Hotel or similar, Bursa
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, depart to Sirince (approx. 5 hours). On the way, visit one of the famous leather production centres of the region, where you will have the opportunity to view and shop locally crafted products. Upon arrival, have some free time for lunch (not included) before enjoying a tour of the village in Sirince. Sirince is a pretty village that mostly dates back to the 19th century featuring original white painted houses. Sirince also has a fantastic reputation for producing some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. Visit a vineyard and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. Afterwards drive to Kusadasi for the night.

Overnight: Suhan 360 Hotel & Spa or similar, Kusadasi
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, visit Ephesus, one of the most well preserved ancient sites in the world. Here visit the Temple of Artemis, Curates street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library and Grand theatre. After the tour, visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. During the visit, you will have a chance to see the Turkish women who are working in the factory in action. Afterwards return to Kusadasi for the night.

Overnight: Suhan 360 Hotel & Spa or similar, Kusadasi
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today the tour departs to Pergamon (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon - its impressive temples and library made it a cultural and political centre at the time. Pergamon is famous for its jewellery, stones and silver, and today you will see this firsthand with a stop at a jewellery centre. After lunch (not included), depart to Canakkale and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar, Canakkale
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today enjoy a day at leisure to explore Canakkale.  Alternatively you can join an optional tour of Troy (not included). 

Optional Tour: Helen of Troy & Trojan Horse - $90 NZD per person
Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.

Overnight: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar, Canakkale
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

At approximately 7:30am, depart to Gallipoli to visit the historic battlefields. On the way, enjoy a stop for refreshments, before arriving at Gallipoli around midday. Upon arrival, break for lunch (not included), where you can relax before heading to the battlefields. Visit Kabatepe Museum, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau. 

Overnight: Ramada Hotel & Suites Edirne or similar, Edirne
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depart for Bulgaria. Arrive in Plovdiv around noon, check into hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Imperial Plovdiv Hotel & Spa or similar, Plovdiv
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a full-day excursion. Spend the morning exploring the Roman ruins in Plovdiv Old Town before visiting the gorgeous icons in one of Europe’s oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries. After the tour, depart for Sofia. 

Overnight: Jasmin Hotel or similar, Sofia
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city centre. Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction. Continue to St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, National Theatre, and the former Royal Palace, which now houses the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum.

Overnight: Jasmin Hotel, Sofia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for Rila Monastery - the largest and the most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria, built in the 10th century. One of its greatest treasures is the wooden iconostasis, and wall paintings made by the famous artist Zahari Zograph. During the tour walk around the monasteries Hrelyo’s Tower, the old kitchen and the history museum. After the tour, drive to Skopje.

Overnight: Park Hotel & Spa Hotel or similar, Skopje
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a Skopje city highlights tour including the Stone Bridge, Skopje Fortress, Old Bazaar, Turkish Baths and lastly the city centre and main pedestrian zone. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (not included), before departing for Ohrid.

Overnight: Hotel Tino or similar, Ohrid, North Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ohrid. Visit the serene Lake Ohrid before seeing the atmospheric old quarters that cascade down steep streets that are dotted with beautiful churches and overlooked by the bones of a medieval castle. Traditional restaurants and lakeside cafe’s brighten up the cobblestone streets which in high summer can be very lively. 

Overnight: Hotel Tino or similar, Ohrid, North Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to Kalambaka. Shortly after crossing the border into Greece you will be met by our Greece based tour operator who will take over for the remainder of the tour. Once you have changed coaches, continue to the Monasteries of Meteora. The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock pillars. Part natural wonder, part man made marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece. Afterwards check in to the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Antoniadis, Kalambaka or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for beautiful Athens, the mythical capital of Greece. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Titania Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Athens or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy an Athens Highlights city tour, including a visit to the world-famous Acropolis. The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens containing several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Whilst here, enjoy a visit to the new Acropolis Museum.

Overnight: Titania Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Athens or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for the return flight back to New Zealand. 


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 days later.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Auckland, Christchurch or *Wellington for Istanbul, Turkey! Fly with award winning airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways or Qatar (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel for check in. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Ramada Golden Horn Sutluce or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: None

Following breakfast this morning, be picked up from the hotel for a day tour of old Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, which houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. Robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle, and enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed are also featured.

Next see Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque, built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is perhaps more commonly known as the Blue Mosque, due to its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Afterwards see the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After lunch (not included) visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. This evening have the opportunity to join an optional evening cruise (not included).

Overnight: Ramada Golden Horn Sutluce or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to Bursa (approx. 2 hours), the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. Upon arrival, enjoy a short city tour. Make your way through the city, and hear how the ancient capital evolved into the flourishing modern metropolis that it is today. While contemporary sights are common, the city has retained its original opulence with an abundance of historical monuments strewn around its streets.

Your first stop is the Green Mosque. Follow your guide inside and marvel at its elegant marble archway and turquoise-tinged tiles that embellish the walls of the domed central hall. Learn about Sultan Mehmet I for whom the mosque was built, and then continue by foot to neighbouring Koza Han, an intriguing building in the heart of the old Bursa Silk Market. For centuries, Silk Market symbolised the centre of Bursa’s thriving silk trade and, although it now exists as a tea house, the building has retained its historical allure. Hear how Bursa marked the end of the ancient Silk Road, and how the city was once home to countless skilled artisans who produced caftans (long garments of clothing) and soft furnishings for the Turkish sultans.

Stop for lunch at a local cafe to enjoy a traditional Turkish kebab or other similar specialty, and then travel UNESCO-listed village of Cumalikizik, just 20 minutes from Bursa, where the rough cobblestone alleys, adobe brick and half-timbered houses and traditional village life appear caught in a time-warp and local ladies sell homemade gozleme (savoury pancakes filled with meat or cheese) from their own kitchens.

Overnight: Sheraton Bursa Hotel or similar, Bursa
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, depart to Sirince (approx. 5 hours). On the way, visit one of the famous leather production centres of the region, where you will have the opportunity to view and shop locally crafted products. Upon arrival, have some free time for lunch (not included) before enjoying a tour of the village in Sirince. Sirince is a pretty village that mostly dates back to the 19th century featuring original white painted houses. Sirince also has a fantastic reputation for producing some of the best wines in Turkey - especially fruit wines. Visit a vineyard and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. Afterwards drive to Kusadasi for the night.

Overnight: Suhan 360 Hotel & Spa or similar, Kusadasi
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, visit Ephesus, one of the most well preserved ancient sites in the world. Here visit the Temple of Artemis, Curates street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library and Grand theatre. After the tour, visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. During the visit, you will have a chance to see the Turkish women who are working in the factory in action. Afterwards return to Kusadasi for the night.

Overnight: Suhan 360 Hotel & Spa or similar, Kusadasi
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today the tour departs to Pergamon (approx. 3 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon - its impressive temples and library made it a cultural and political centre at the time. Pergamon is famous for its jewellery, stones and silver, and today you will see this firsthand with a stop at a jewellery centre. After lunch (not included), depart to Canakkale and check into the hotel.

Overnight: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar, Canakkale
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

Today enjoy a day at leisure to explore Canakkale.  Alternatively you can join an optional tour of Troy (not included). 

Optional Tour: Helen of Troy & Trojan Horse - $90 NZD per person
Visit the famous archeological and mythological site of Troy, home of the Trojan Horse and Helen of Troy.

Overnight: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar, Canakka
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

At approximately 7:30am, depart to Gallipoli to visit the historic battlefields. On the way, enjoy a stop for refreshments, before arriving at Gallipoli around midday. Upon arrival, break for lunch (not included), where you can relax before heading to the battlefields. Visit Kabatepe Museum, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery, Shrapnel Valley and Plugge’s Plateau. 

Overnight: Ramada Hotel & Suites Edirne or similar, Edirne
Meals included: Breakfast;Dinner

After breakfast, check out from the hotel and depart for Bulgaria. Arrive in Plovdiv around noon, check into hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Imperial Plovdiv Hotel & Spa or similar, Plovdiv
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast visit two of Bulgaria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a full-day excursion. Spend the morning exploring the Roman ruins in Plovdiv Old Town before visiting the gorgeous icons in one of Europe’s oldest Eastern Orthodox monasteries. After the tour, depart for Sofia. 

Overnight: Jasmin Hotel or similar, Sofia
Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city centre. Visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral - one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in Europe, as well as one of Sofia’s symbols and a primary tourist attraction. Continue to St. George Rotunda, St. Sophia Church, National Theatre, and the former Royal Palace, which now houses the National Revival Art Gallery and the Ethnographic Museum.

Overnight: Jasmin Hotel, Sofia or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for Rila Monastery - the largest and the most famous Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria, built in the 10th century. One of its greatest treasures is the wooden iconostasis, and wall paintings made by the famous artist Zahari Zograph. During the tour walk around the monasteries Hrelyo’s Tower, the old kitchen and the history museum. After the tour, drive to Skopje.

Overnight: Park Hotel & Spa Hotel or similar, Skopje
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a Skopje city highlights tour including the Stone Bridge, Skopje fortress, Old Bazaar, Turkish Baths and lastly the city centre and main pedestrian zone. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (not included), before departing for Ohrid.

Overnight: Hotel Tino or similar, Ohrid, North Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Ohrid. Visit the serene Lake Ohrid before seeing the atmospheric old quarters that cascade down steep streets that are dotted with beautiful churches and overlooked by the bones of a medieval castle. Traditional restaurants and lakeside cafe’s brighten up the cobblestone streets which in high summer can be very lively. 

Overnight: Hotel Tino or similar, Ohrid, North Macedonia
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart to Kalambaka. Shortly after crossing the border into Greece you will be met by our Greece based tour operator who will take over for the remainder of the tour. Once you have changed coaches, continue to the Monasteries of Meteora. The towering vertical cliffs of Meteora have provided a protected place to pursue spiritual contemplation for centuries. The first hermit monks lived up in caves, but eventually 24 Byzantine monasteries were built (six function today) atop the imposing rock pillars. Part natural wonder, part man made marvel, the dramatic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular attraction in Greece. Afterwards check in to the hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Antoniadis, Kalambaka or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, depart for beautiful Athens, the mythical capital of Greece. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Titania Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Athens or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast enjoy an Athens Highlights city tour, including a visit to the world-famous Acropolis. The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a high rocky outcrop above the city of Athens containing several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon. Whilst here, enjoy a visit to the new Acropolis Museum.

Overnight: Titania Hotel, Stanley Hotel, Athens or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the port of Piraeus to board a ferry to Santorini. Upon arrival be transferred to the accommodation where you can spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring this captivating island.

Overnight: Santo Miramare Resort or similar, Santorini 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is yours to relax or explore at leisure. Alternatively you can join an optional Santorini Island tour (not included).

Optional tour: Santorini Tour (approx. 5 hours) - approx. €50 per person
Starting from the hotel, enjoy a walking tour of Megalochori, a beautiful traditional village. Drive to Profitis Ilias Mountain, the islands highest peak. Continue to Oia, world famous for the breath-taking sunsets and beautiful views to the Aegean Sea; it is one of the most photographed places in Greece and has inspired artists and poets alike. The beauty of Oia is unsurpassed. Small white cave houses dug into the volcanic rock, interspersed by splashes of rich ochre, deep fuchsia, cobalt blue, oyster pink and earthy red. Afterwards return to the hotel.

Overnight: Santo Miramare Resort or similar, Santorini 
Meals included: Breakfast

Today transfer to the Ferry Port Terminal for your transfer to Paros. Upon arrival, be transferred to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Kanales or similar, Paros 
Meals included: Breakfast

Paros is an unassuming Greek Island in the Aegean Sea, best known for its fashionable capital, white sandy beaches, traditional rural villages and the charm of not being as crowded as its neighbours. Enjoy today at leisure and maybe do some exploring. Alternatively take part in an optional tour of Paros. 

Optional tour: Half Day Paros Tour - approx. €48 per person
After breakfast to Parikia, the capital and the main port of Paros Island. It is one of the most typical Cycladic settlements as it is distinguished by its narrow cobbled paths, the old churches, the small shops and the houses in blue and white. Walk through the alleys and view one of the main attractions of Paros, Our Lady of Hundred Doors, one of the oldest churches in the country, also called the church with 100 gates. Not only is an architectural and archaeological monument, the church of Our Lady of the Hundred Gates is also one of the most important pilgrimage sites throughout Greece. Later, you will meet the traditional architecture of Paros with a stroll in Lefkes, the first capital of the island. The traditional settlement built amphitheatrically on the hillside offers a riveting view and will make you feel eventually that you are carried away to another era. Continue to Piso Livadi, where you will enjoy the peace and beauty this scenic harbour has to offer. Afterwards, return to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Hotel Kanales or similar, Paros
Meals included: Breakfast

Today transfer to the Ferry Port Terminal for your transfer to Mykonos. Upon arrival, be transferred to the hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Zephyros Hotel or similar, Mykonos
Meals included: Breakfast

Today is yours to relax or explore at leisure. Alternatively join an optional Mykonos Island tour (not included)

Optional tour: Mykonos Tour (approx. 5 hours) - approx. €41 per person 
After breakfast, visit Kalafatis Beach, Agios Ioannis Beach and the charming village of Ano Mera. Afterwards, visit the 16th century Monastery of Panagia Tourliani. Next, head to Mykonos town for a walking tour and admire the cube shaped whitewashed houses and see the highlights such as Little Venice, the Church of Paraportiani, the church of Saint Nikolas and “Yialos” area which has many cafés and restaurants through to Manto square. At the end of the tour return to the Hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight: Zephyros Hotel or similar, Mykonos 
Meals included: Breakfast

Transfer to the port for the ferry to Piraeus, Athens. Arrive back into Piraeus and be transferred to the hotel.

Overnight: Hotel President or similar, Athens
Meals included: Breakfast

Today at the appropriate time be transferred to the Airport for your flight home.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive in New Zealand +1 days later.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Explore the highlights of tantalising Turkey
  • Tour Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Greece
  • Visit Istanbul, Plovdiv, Sofia, Kalambaka, Ohrid, Skopje, Athens and more.
  • Witness Topkapi Palace on a city tour of Istanbul
  • See Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque and explore the Hippodrome
  • Experience the sights, sounds and smell of the Spice Bazaar
  • Spend a night at Turkeys most popular Ski Resort, Uludag, Bursa
  • Travel to the pretty Turkish village of Sirince
  • Visit a vineyard and learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers
  • See the Temple of Artemis and House of the Virgin Mary on a tour of Ephesus
  • Discover Canakkale, gateway to the mythological site of Troy
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in Canakkale
  • Travel to Gallipoli and explore the historic battlefields
  • Explore the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon and stop at a jewellery centre
  • Visit a carpet weaving centre and learn about one of Turkeys oldest arts
  • Spend the night in Plovdiv, the European Capital of culture
  • See the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on a sightseeing tour of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Enjoy the city highlights of the North Macedonian capital Skopje
  • Visit the serene Lake Ohrid on a half day city tour of Ohrid in North Macedonia
  • Witness the awe-inspiring monasteries atop natural rock pillars in Meteora
  • Experience the best of Athens on a city tour
  • Wander the ancient citadel of The Acropolis
  • Visit the history-filled Acropolis Museum
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex AKL/CHC/*WLG
  • Fly with premium airlines such as Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines or Emirates
  • 17 nights 4 - star hotel accommodation
  • Enjoy 22 meals including daily breakfast
  • English speaking tour guides
  • Transportation by private A/C vehicles
  • Return airport transfers
    All of the above, plus the following:
  • Go island hopping in the azure Aegean Sea
  • Fall in love with the whitewashed beauty of Santorini
  • Witness cliff top villages and awe-inspiring sunsets
  • Relax on the gorgeous golden beaches of Paros
  • Feel like a Hollywood movie star in vibrant Mykonos
  • An additional 7 nights accommodation and 7 meals
  • All airport and ferry transfers

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in NZD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 2nd of November 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share. 
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Standard Package: $1225
- Extension Package: $2100
 
Departure Dates (2020)
March: 23
April: 27
May ^18
June: ^*15
July: ^*27
Sept: ^7
October: 12
November: 2
 
Surcharges
Please note:
- dates/months with a * incur a flight high season surcharge of $200 per person.
- dates/months with a ^ incur a land high season surcharge of $350 per person for the standard package
- dates/months with a ^ incur a land high season surcharge of $450 per person for the extension package
 
Extension Package Blackout Dates
The Greek Islands extension package is not available on or during the following dates:
26 June 2020 - 5 September 2020
 
Departure Cities
Auckland, Christchurch & *Wellington
 
Departure City Surcharges
*Wellington: $150 per person



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss Airways, Austrian Airlines plus codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Istanbul, Turkey
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout Dates:
* 14 December 2019 - 20 January 2020
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 20 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
* 10 December 2020 - 20 January 2021
 
Stay behind in Athens, Greece
$220 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Blackout Dates:
* 14 December 2019 - 20 January 2020
* 28 March 2020 - 27 April 2020
* 20 June 2020 - 19 July 2020
* 17 September 2020 - 11 October 2020
* 10 December 2020 - 20 January 2021
 
Stopover Packages
Twin share: $550 per person/one way
Solo Traveller: $800 one way
Locations:
* Dubai
* Doha (Pre-tour only)
Includes:
- 2 Nights in 4 star accommodation
- Daily breakfast
- Return airport transfers 
Please note: 
- A pre and post-tour stopover may be chosen (unless otherwise specified); however the stopover location must be the same each way, due to the airline used.
- Stopover packages are subject to availability.
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy : Not Available
- Business Class (International Sectors Only): Buy Now for $6499 per person
Please note: 
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfill your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights, Trans-Tasman, and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.
- If Abu Dhabi, Dubai or Doha stopovers are offered, Premium Economy upgrades will not be available



Accommodation Used


Standard Tour

4 - 5 Star (self-rated)

- Istanbul: Ramada Golden Horn and Suite or similar

- Bursa: Sheraton Hotel or similar

- Kusadasi: Palmin Hotel or similar

- Canakkale: Troia Tusan Hotel or similar

- Edirne: Ramada hotel or similar

- Plovdiv: Imperial Plovdiv Hotel & Spa or similar

- Sofia: Ramada Hotel, Jasmin Hotel or similar

- Skopje: Park Hotel & Spa or similar

- Ohrid: Titania Hotel, Stanley Hotel or similar

- Kalambaka: Hotel Antoniadis or similar 

- Athens: Hotel President or similar

 

Extension Package

- Santorini: Santo Miramare Resort or similar

- Paros: Hotel Kanales or similar

- Mykonos: Hotel Zephyros or similar

Please note: rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
- Istanbul (Pre Tour): $165 NZD per room.
- Athens (Post Tour): $220 NZD per room
Please note: extra nights are based on room only and subject to availability until the time of booking. Airport transfers are not included if you wish to arrive early or stay behind.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
3 People (subject to availability).
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
No discounts apply for 3rd person travelling. Full price applies, subject to availability. 
Please note: Triple shares may be required to share existing bedding.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 25, maximum group size 34 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities - Payable at checkout
Day 8: Canakkale: Helen of Troy & Trojan Horse Tour - $90 NZD per person 
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions
- The optional tours listed above must be purchased on checkout or over the phone prior to submitting your passenger information form (subject to availability) 
- Some tours require minimum numbers to operate.
 
Optional Tours / Activities - Payable on tour
Day 20: Santorini Tour - approx. €50 per person
Day 22: Paros Tour - approx. €48 per person
Day 24: Mykonos Tour - approx. €41 per person
Please note:
- prices are based on per person, are subject to availability, time permitting and weather conditions, and are payable direct to the tour operator in the currency specified.
- the above prices are based on a minimum of 15 pax. Price may vary for smaller groups.



- Visa fees and requirements (A tourist visa is not required for Turkey or Europe if travelling on a New Zealand Passport)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary 
- Recommended gratuities/tipping:
* Turkey - 25 Lira per person/day payable on tour
* Europe - €5 person/per day payable on tour
- Optional activities/tours
- Personal expenses
- Any applicable city tax (payable directly to the resort on check-in)
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide: 
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group. 
 
Tour Leader: 
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined. 
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured. 
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Turkey:
Temperatures in May/June and September/October are between 22 and 30°C. January/December has an average temperature of around 15°C.
 
Greece:
The best time to visit Greece begins in May, when the average temperature is 21 °C degrees and rainfall is minimal and continues on through to October with average temperatures ranging from 21-29 °C. Days are sunny and clear!
 
Bulgaria/North Macedonia:
Bulgaria and North Macedonia have hot summers, cold winters and very distinct seasons. Abundant snowfalls may occur throughout Bulgaria from December to mid-March, especially if you are in the mountainous areas.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
Daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility:
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile. 
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping:
Land
- Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is 25 Lira per person per day in Turkey and €5 per person per day in Europe. This covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour. 
- Tipping for all services provided on tour is always a matter of personal discretion, however please be aware that tipping is considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration and they may approach you for payment and there is no need to be intimidated by the request.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience. 
 
Shopping:
Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts. 
Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



Turkey


A tourist visa is not required for Turkey if travelling on a New Zealand Passport.

 

Europe
A Tourist visa is not required for Europe for stays up to 90 days if travelling on a New Zealand passport.
Please note: Passengers who are not New Zealand citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



We are proud to offer a range of travel insurance products - please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.



Post-Purchase Change


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

- $50 NZD per change request post-purchase + any additional charges applied by the travel partners associated with the order.