Archaeology Trips in Europe

Around the Eastern Aegean, from Athens to Istanbul

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Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Istanbul
Total Duration: 12 days

Many travelers tend to bypass the islands of the Northeastern Aegean in favor of glitzy party places like Mykonos and Santorini. They don't know what they're missing. The seductive islands hugging the coast of Asia Minor capture the essence of Hellenic culture and history, as well as provide an easy gateway to Turkish destinations such as the ancient Roman city of Ephesus.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Archaeology
  • Food and Wine
  • Beaches
  • History

Best Beaches and Ruins of Turkey

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Fly into: Istanbul Fly out of: Istanbul
Total Duration: 12 days

Many people come to Turkey to see the stunning ruins, while others are drawn by the siren call of the beaches. This itinerary, starting and ending in Istanbul, will satisfy both, and you'll see some of the greatest preserved ancient sites in Turkey. Some happen to be nestled along beaches, and others are just a short detour from a boat ride and sunshine.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Archaeology
  • Beaches
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Natural Beauty

Classic Trips: Athens to Istanbul

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Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Istanbul
Total Duration: 13 days

Take in the best of Greece and Turkey by following this classic route. Beginning at, well, the beginning—antiquity, that is—you'll explore Athens's classic monuments. From there, traverse the Greek Islands, with stops in picturesque Santorini and glitzy Rhodes, before heading for Turkey's mainland. Ancient ruins and stunning views abound in Antalya and Cappadoccia and lead to your final stop, Istanbul.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Natural Beauty
  • Museums

Crete and the Dodecanese

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Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Athens
Total Duration: 13 days

The southern islands of Crete and the Dodecanese are full of superlative experiences: a lost civilization, deep gorges, Crusader's castles, and isolated beaches. This itinerary will take you through all of them, beginning and ending in Athens.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Natural Beauty
  • Food and Wine
  • Archaeology
  • History

Road Trip Around Ancient Greece

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Fly into: Athens Fly out of: Athens
Total Duration: 12 days

What's better than a road trip to explore a country? In this itinerary, you'll be road-tripping around Greece and criss-crossing from Attica to the Peloponnese to explore some its top ancient sites. You'll see the ruins of sacred Delphi, where the Oracle once uttered its prophesies, the ancient theater at Epidauros that had room for over 14,000 people, and the city which was given to Achilles as a gift.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Archaeology
  • Food and Wine
  • History
  • Natural Beauty

Turkey's Crossroads of Faith

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Fly into: Istanbul Fly out of: Istanbul
Total Duration: 10 days

Turkey is a cultural crossroads where the world's major three religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) have coexisted for centuries. It's not uncommon to see a mosque next to an ancient church or synagogue. On this trip, you'll explore some of the most important religious sites in Turkey. Keep in mind that Turkey's bus network is more comprehensive than its train network.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Natural Beauty

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