Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it’s often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.
Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
Greece and Turkey – two countries filled with ancient history, beautiful landscapes and unique sights. On your guided tour, step back in history to visit the Acropolis in Athens and the archaeological site of Delphi; browse the market stalls in the spice market in Istanbul; learn about the Olympic Games in Olympia; and relax on the sandy beaches on the Turquoise Coast. Or cruise the Aegean Sea and sail to the Greek Isles.