15 Day Essential Greece & Istanbul with 5 Day Aegean Cruise

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Best Western The President Hotel Istanbul
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The Stanley Athens
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Hotel Apollonia Delphi
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Europa Hotel Olympia
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The Stanley Athens
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*Not Included:
Port charges of US $359, optional shore excursions , optional tours, and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

During off-season, shops and restaurants may be closed in Mykonos.

Your cruise package includes the following excursions: Minoan Palace of Knossos (HER-02) and Spectacular Oia Village (SAN-01). You may purchase additional excursions on board your cruise.

While sailing with Celestyal Cruises, passengers are subject to the cruise line’s Terms & Conditions which can be viewed at: Celestyal Cruise’s Conditions of Carriage of Passengers and Their Luggage

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms/cabins are not available.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a partially escorted tour with services of a tour manager and porterage in Athens, Olympia, and Delphi. These services are not provided on the cruise. Affordable shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise. While in mainland Turkey and Greece, the program is moderately paced and covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to hour hours walking on every touring day. The cruise is an independent program at a leisurely pace. You will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes throughout Turkey and Greece. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is a Partially Escorted program. For more information, click here

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Accommodation Details


Partially Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Istanbul, Athens-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 13 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Istanbul
    • 5 nights Celestyal Cruise
    • 1 night Olympia
    • 1 night Delphi
    • 4 nights Athens
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Cruise gratuities & porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 24 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Unlimited drink package on board the cruise
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of local guide in Istanbul & tour manager Days 9-14
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Discover Istanbul’s extraordinary sights including the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Hippodrome
  • Hunt for local treasures in the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world
  • Tour the Acropolis Museum, a striking modern building where many of the original statues from the Acropolis are now displayed
  • Visit Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
  • Tour the archaeological sites of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a partially escorted tour with services of a tour manager and porterage in Athens, Olympia, and Delphi. These services are not provided on the cruise. Affordable shore excursions are available to purchase locally on board the cruise. While in mainland Turkey and Greece, the program is moderately paced and covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to hour hours walking on every touring day. The cruise is an independent program at a leisurely pace. You will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes throughout Turkey and Greece. Airfare options for this program may not include checked luggage nor advance seat assignments, in which case checked luggage fees will apply and seat assignments will only be available at check-in. Adjacent seats may not be available. Higher airfares including checked luggage and/or advanced seat assignments are available, or you may choose to travel with carry-on luggage only. This is a Partially Escorted program. For more information, click here


DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Turkey
Depart for Turkey

DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone
Overnight: Istanbul

DAY 3, Tuesday - Istanbul City Tour
This morning, embark on a half day tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. Begin with a picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous with its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. You will also visit St. Sophia - the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Afterward, explore the Grand Bazaar, in the Old City, a world-famous shopping center with more than 4,000 shops displaying jewelry, leather goods, carpets and more, at your leisure. Perhaps, join the optional half day Dolmabahce Palace with Istiklal Street Gourmet Hunt. Visit the 19th century Baroque and Rococo style Dolmabahce Palace and later experience the culinary delights of the backstreets of Beyoglu district
Optional: Half Day Dolmabahce Palace with Istiklal Street Gourmet Hunt (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Full Day in Istanbul, Cruise Embarkation
Today is free to explore this intriguing city on your own. Perhaps, join the optional Full Day Istanbul with Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Spice Market & Bosphorus Cruise. Begin with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. The jeweled turban crests, silken caftans and priceless Chinese porcelains of the palace bear witness to the grandeur of a bygone era. Continue to the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern, the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul, that was used to store water for the Great Palace. Afterwards, explore the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Conclude the tour with a cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. In the afternoon, transfer to the port for embarkation
Optional: Full Day Istanbul with Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Spice Market & Bosphorus Cruise (AM)
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Canakkale
Cruise through the Dardanelles Strait - straddling both Asia and Europe. Arrive at 7:00 am this morning in Canakkale, the entry point to the ancient city of Troy and the famous Gallipoli Battlefields. Troy, a 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, became immortalized by Homer's epic poem, The Iliad. Spend time exploring on your own before returning to the ship for a 5:00 pm departure
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Friday - Full Day in Volos
Arrive at the port of Volos, Greece at 7:00 am. This modern-day coastal city, tucked along the foothills of Mount Pelion, overlooking the Pagasetic Gulf, is the mythical homeland of Jason and the Argonauts. Wander around the different neighborhoods, to discover the exiting and varied architecture that encompasses the city. Be sure to take advantage of the city's energetic atmosphere, as you stroll along the waterfront. Stop at one of the Tsipouradika, traditional taverns, offering tsipouro (Greek pomace brandy) and meze. In the afternoon, at 5:00 pm the ship departs for Crete
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday - Full Day in Crete
Today, spend a leisurely morning aboard the ship. At 1:00 pm, arrive in Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands. Take a scenic drive highlighting the proud Venetian heritage of Heraklion, including the Koules Fortress, the Morosini Fountain, and the 10th century Church of St Titus. Then, explore the incredible open-air museum of the great Palace of Knossos, ceremonial and political center of the ancient Minoan civilization and residence of the mythical King Minos. Free time to explore on your own or, join the locals relaxing in a café drinking coffee. The ship sets sail at 11:59 pm, just before midnight for Santorini
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Morning in Santorini, Travel to Mykonos
This morning at 7:00 am, cruise into Santorini's caldera*. Admire panoramic views of the Aegean Sea as you drive north to Oia village, built on the caldera rim, famous for its white-washed houses with blue shutters. Leisure time to stroll along the marble paved alleys, or relax at a cliffside café, before returning to the ship. Depart Santorini at 1:00 pm. Sit back and relax, as you take in the spectacular scenery of the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean. Arrive at 7:00 pm in the ultra popular and chic jet-set island of Mykonos with its whitewashed houses, iconic windmills and sophisticated town with trendy cafés and boutiques. This evening, find a table at a harborside taverna and gaze at the bustle of Cycladic island life and gorgeous views. Perhaps, visit one of the island’s popular night clubs, or relax at a terrace bar before the ship departs at 2:00 am for Athens
*Due to local conditions, the order of the Santorini sightseeing might be altered. Details will be provided locally by your Cruise Director
Overnight: Aegean Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Arrive in Athens
Arrive in Athens, the classical capital of Greece, at 9:00 am; disembark the cruise ship and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to discover the ancient wonders of this city known as the cradle of Western Civilization and the birthplace of democracy. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 pm at your hotel
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Tuesday - Athens City Tour
This morning is at leisure, or join the optional guided tour of the Acropolis. This architectural masterpiece was built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For passengers who opt not participate in the optional tour, transportation has been included to meet the Tour Manager and the rest of the group at the Acropolis Museum. Visit the museum, built at the base of the famous monument, housing many of the precious original statues from the Acropolis. After lunch on your own, join the Tour Manager for a walk through the lively Plaka area, the oldest section of Athens, a neighborhood of charming restaurants, shops and sidewalk cafes. Continue by bus to Syntagma Square. Upon arrival, you might catch a glimpse of the colorfully-costumed Evzone guards, outfitted in the traditional Greek style. Tonight, consider joining the optional dinner in Athens. Begin the evening with a panoramic drive through illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka area under the Acropolis and enjoy a 3-course traditional Greek dinner, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna
Optional: Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour (AM)
Optional: Dinner in Athens (PM)
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Wednesday - Sightseeing en route to Olympia
Depart Athens via the scenic coastal road to the mighty Corinth Canal, dividing the Peloponnese from mainland Greece. Continue via Nauplion to Mycenae, the heartland of Greek mythology. Visit the Acropolis of Mycenae and the Tomb of Atreus, built around 1250 B.C. From here, drive through the Central Peloponnese Peninsula, whose major cities in classical times were Corinth and Sparta. Continue to Olympia, birthplace of the first Olympic Games
Overnight: Olympia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Thursday - Tour the Olympia Archaeological Site
Morning visit to the archaeological site of Olympia, including the Sanctuary of Olympian Zeus, and the ancient stadium where the Olympic Games were first held in 776 B.C. At the Archaeological Museum view astonishing Greek works of art such as the Nike of Paionios and terracotta statues dating back to the 5th century B.C. Then, drive north through the plains of Eliad and Achaia, crossing the Corinth Strait via a cabled bridge from Rion to Antirion. Pass the town of Nafpaktos en route to Delphi, home of the ruins of the Tholos Temple
Overnight: Delphi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Friday - Archaeological Tour of Delphi
Tour the excavated site of Delphi and the archaeological Museum, perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassos, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered one of the most important places in Greek history, its stunning setting and ancient ruins are truly inspirational. Walk the Sacred Way to the imposing 4th century B.C. Temple of Apollo, site of the most important oracle in the classical world. Travel south this afternoon, arriving in Athens in the late afternoon. The rest of the evening is at leisure to further discover Athens on your own
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Saturday - Full Day in Athens
Today is at leisure to explore Athens independently. Perhaps join the optional full day cruise! Travel by bus from Athens to the port for embarkation on a cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina islands. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Hydra on your own. Afterward, board your ship and sail to Poros, the smallest of the three islands, and historical Aegina, known for its delicious pistachios and the Temple of Afea. Explore Aegina independently, or opt for an excursion by coach to the temple. Finally, sail back and return to your hotel in Athens
Optional: Full Day Cruise to Hydra, Poros & Aegina with lunch
Overnight: Athens
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Sunday - Depart Greece
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Half Day Dolmabahce Palace with Istiklal Street Gourmet Hunt

Tour the 19th century Baroque and Rococo style Dolmabahce Palace, an architectural jewel, located on the European side of the Bosphorus strait. The palace, a former residence of sultans and nobility, features the famous crystal staircase made by Baccara and 285 rooms, adorned with splendid Bohemian chandeliers. Learn about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, who lived and died in the palace. Afterward, stroll along Istiklal Street in Beyoglu district, where you’ll have the chance to see the historical passages, churches, consulate buildings, art galleries, and get an off-the-beaten-path glimpse of life in Istanbul. Explore the local eateries with an opportunity to experience the city like a local as you journey inside the culinary backstreets, with food tastings from specialty food shops and local restaurants. Conclude the walking tour in Galata.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.

Day #3 01 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $72.00
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Full Day Istanbul with Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Spice Market & Bosphorus Cruise

Begin with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. The jeweled turban crests, silken caftans and priceless Chinese porcelains of the palace bear witness to the grander of a bygone era. Continue to the sunken palace of Basilica Cistern, built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. It is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in Istanbul, that was used to store water for the Great Palace. Afterwards, explore the famous Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Conclude the tour with a cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. Along the way, admire the 15th century Rumelihisari Fortress, magnificent summer palaces and old traditional Ottoman wooden houses. Following your cruise, transfer to the pier.

Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #4 01 Oct 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $96.00
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Acropolis Archaeological Site Walking Tour

Join a guided walking tour of the Acropolis, the architectural masterpiece built during the Golden Age of Athens and today is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the gleaming white marble ruins and view the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and of course the Parthenon, the crowning jewel that rises above the city below.

Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Sep 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $28.00
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Dinner in Athens

Begin the evening with a panoramic drive though illuminated Athens. Continue to the lively Plaka, the oldest section of Athens and the most picturesque, located under the slopes of the Acropolis. Here, enjoy a 3-course meal of traditional Greek food, including wine and live music at a typical Greek taverna.

Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Sep 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $55.00
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Full Day Cruise to Hydra, Poros & Aegina with lunch

This morning, travel by bus from Athens to the port for embarkation on a cruise to Hydra, Poros and Aegina islands. Enjoy time at leisure to explore Hydra on your own. Afterwards, board your ship and sail to Poros, the smallest of the three islands, and historical Aegina, known for its delicious pistachios and the Temple of Afea. Explore Aegina independently, or opt for an excursion by coach to the temple. Finally, sail back and return to your hotel in Athens.

Departs at 8:00 am. Pick-up from hotel approximately 30-60 minutes prior to departure time. Drop-off at the hotel. Approximate tour duration is 11 hours.

Time at each port is subject to change based on local conditions and in some cases, a port stop may be omitted.

Due to inclement weather, this tour may be canceled and refunded.

Day #14 01 Sep 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $105.00
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Turkish Odyssey, June 2019
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The Turkey tour was fantastic! Wonderful accommodation, small group with great people, clean and comfortable bus, and a GREAT guide, Sayat!

James K. Calgary, AB
13 Day Turkish Treasures, May 2019
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Our Turkey trip was intense ( a lot of walking ) but wonderful in many ways. The history is just amazing. Walking through the ruins of ancient civilization thousands of years ago was surreal. Our tour director Metin was excellent/ very knowledgeable in the history of Ancient times as well as Turkey. The tour driver Kadir was great as well. Thank you for being a part of a wonderful/ memorable trip.

Marylou S. East Brunswick, NJ
13 Day Turkish Treasures, May 2019
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We had a wonderful time and was quite amazed at Turkey overall. It was nothing like what we were expecting. We never felt unsafe which for many people is a reason for not going. Highlights were the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi, in Istanbul, Ephesus and Heiropolis on the road and, of course Cappadocia. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Arlene S. Ontario, Canada
13 Day Turkish Treasures, May 2019
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Our trip was awesome, excellent selection of cities, perfect location of hotels, and most of all the guide, Cagdas (hoping pronounced correctly) was very informative, accommodative and professional. Last but not the least the driver Farhaat, never made us think that we were in the bus and his driving was flawless. Once again very memorable trip and hopefully we will be looking for further Gate 1 tours.

Mohammedi and Farida S. Stirling, Australia
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2019
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The trip was great. Very well managed. I loved our two managers Yannis and Panos. Super knowledgeable and considerate. They had every detail of the trip planned out so we had a stress free trip and made some friends too. I have recommended Gate 1 to many friends and we will definitely trace with Gate 1 again.

Wei Z. Chesterfield, MO
11 Day Athens with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, April 2019
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My trip was excellent I would recommend Gate 1 to all my friends- all our guides were wonderful, Stella who met us at the Athens airport, Kassandra who was our Guide in Athens, was excellent- she was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Constantine who came aboard the ship with us was organized, checked in with us daily, gave us great advice, he was also excellent.

Suzanna A. Cardiff, CA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2019
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Our trip to Turkey was great! I had a fabulous time. I would like to especially commend our awesome tour manager, Dilek. With her degree in Archaeology, she is extremely knowledgeable of the complicated history of Turkey. We got in depth information of all the sights we visited. She has a great sense of humor which made those long drives fun and interesting. She is very good with people and managed to keep everything harmonious and on schedule despite the 41 personalities she had to deal with. She ensured that all our needs were taken cared of and reasonable requests were accommodated. In addition, I would also like to mention that Ekrem is an excellent driver who made sure that we got to our destination safely. He kept the bus clean and orderly at all times which made the bus rides very pleasant. Gate 1 is very fortunate to have both Dilek and Ekrem on your team.

Eloisa C. San Bruno, CA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2019
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I can't think of any other word to describe our trip to The Magnificent Turkish Treasure. What an amazing itinerary........The hot air balloon ride in Coppadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus and the visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, the underground city and all the other sites. It was an awesome and unforgettable trip. Our Tour Director Mehmet is a walking encyclopedia (I'll give him a 10). Our hotels are all 5 stars. Gate 1 you're # 1! This is our 6 Gate 1 trip. I'm in the process of booking Egypt and Morocco.

Vincent and Aurora L. Dumont, NJ
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2019
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It was a wonderful trip! It was my first trip with a tour and also my first with Gate 1. It exceeded my expectations. Turkey was amazing and the experience Gate 1 provided allowed me to experience this. The tour agenda was physically tiring, but to be expected for the amount of activities and distances traveled throughout Turkey. Particularly I need to give credit to the Tour Manager, Ender, who was absolutely fantastic - extraordinarily knowledgeable, caring and friendly, and looked out for our best interests, safety, and just went above and beyond. It was a memorable trip. Thanks Gate 1 for the entire experience!

Geraldine K. San Gabriel, CA
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2019
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Aaaaamazing! The hotels were good, especially the Callirhoe in Athens. The location was perfect and that view in the restaurant!!! We loved our guide Helena. She is so very knowledgeable and really brings the history to life!!! What a surprise to have Panos as a guide during the cruise portion. Gate 1 is really savvy to have a cruise director. This was our first large ship cruise. Panos organization and advice about the excursions, getting on/off at ports of call, and general helpfulness made it so much more maneuverable! Thank you tons and more for helping us with the reservations Gate 1. We will be contacting you soon to plan a new adventure!

Kathy H. Thomasville, GA
13 Day Affordable Turkey, April 2019
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We really enjoyed our trip to Turkey. Our guide had a PHD in History and really knew the history and the culture of the country. The hotels, food and the people of Turkey were great. The entire trip was very well organized. I would truly recommend this trip. Thank you Gate 1!

Frederick S. Lutz, FL
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2019
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We had a great trip. The guide Cagdas and our driver Kadir were excellent. Cagdas managed to teach us a lot of history in an interesting way so that no one was bored. A highlight was the balloon ride and I would advise everyone to try it. The accommodation and included meals were very good.

Maureen M. New South Wales, Australia
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2019
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It was a wonderful trip! We want to especially commend our guide, Ahmet. He was possibly the BEST GUIDE we have had with Gate 1 or any other travel company. Turkey has a complicated and very long history compared to many other places we have visited. He was extremely knowledgeable about all the places we visited, and gave us appropriate in-depth information based on our interests. I had done some preliminary reading on ancient history, and when quizzed, he definitely knew his stuff! Big smile! He handled the sensitive religious transitions and eras perfectly - he gave narratives about the different times and transitions without offending any culture or belief system. Not an easy thing to do in some cases... He would offer an opinion at times, but would ALWAYS preface these comments as his opinion and not as a 'fact'. This was much appreciated by all in our group. Above all, Ahmet had a very funny sense of humor and we would all laugh at some of the 'lost in translation' and different cultural difference situations. He is extremely kind, and always put the needs of his customers, us, in first place and did everything in his power to keep 29 different personalities all in a 'happy place'. He is completely thorough in his duties, and executes these duties flawlessly. I have some special dietary needs, and he always attempted to do his best to make sure that I was accommodated. He worked diligently with the hotels to help everyone with their needs. You have a valuable employee, thank you for sharing him with us.

Kathryn K. Chandler, AZ
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2019
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What a fabulous time Elizabeth and I had, it was great. As usual Gate 1 ticked all the boxes, fantastic guide (a walking history book), wonderful driver, beautiful hotels, great food, lots of "pit stops" and lots of time for good photo opportunities. Turkey itself was amazing - the incredible history, the ruins, the bazaars, Gallipoli - what can I say, one of the best trips Elizabeth and I have ever done. We loved Istanbul, felt safe all the time walking around on our own and the Turkish people were very welcoming. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Can't wait for the cruise in October!

Jean S. Tasmania, Australia
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2019
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Our tour of Turkey was wonderful! The group we traveled with was well-suited to each other, and our tour guide, Ender, was a wealth of information. Thank you for a great experience Gate 1!

Ann T. Fallbrook, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2019
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It was excellent. Our tour guide, Senol, was easily the best guide we have ever had ... Turkey is a wonderful country ... Senol was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of background information - he was a school teacher before and he still has good teaching skills. Our fellow travelers were a fun bunch and we enjoyed each other's company ...

Sheila V. San Jose, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2019
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Fantastic despite of the cold weather. Kudos to our tour guide Senol who is very knowledgeable, good sense of humor, always have a way for us to feel comfortable and at ease. I’m looking forward to my next trip, a River Cruise to Russia. And also a big thank you to our reservation agent for all of her quick responses to all my questions. Gate 1 .... the best!!!!

Janice R. San Antonio, TX
13 Day Affordable Turkey, November 2018
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We had a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed Turkey. Our guide Shenoy was superb. Very patient and very well versed with history, geography and all aspects of Turkey. We enjoyed the coastal Turkey as well as the central part of Turkey. Great food, and very hospitable people. Gate 1 did it again!

Lalitha R. Laguna Niguel, CA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, October 2018
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Fantastic our guide Aykut was wonderful & so passionate about his country and history .... 27 years of experience and a former teacher. We will be recommending Gate 1 to our friends and family, excellent service, hotels and food.

Donald S. NSW, Australia
13 Day Turkish Treasures, October 2018
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We travel a lot. For us this is the most memorable trip of our life. Gate 1 did not leave us with anything to complain about. Hotels were beautiful, food was excellent. Our tour Guide was an awesome person, very kind and always helpful. He explained every little detail about the History of Turkey.

Margaret S. Ashburn, VA
11 Day Athens with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, October 2018
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Our trip was fantastic. It exceeded our expectations. The most important thing to having a trip of a lifetime was Gate 1’s addition of an outstanding tour guide, Constantine .. He was one of the best ... We want to return! We will use Gate 1 again.

Kathleen G. Virginia Beach, VA
15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, October 2018
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This was our first Gate 1 tour and I must say it was outstanding. We saw so much of Greece, both the islands and mainland in the 2 weeks we were there. I couldn't have asked for more. Celestyal Crystal was an older ship, the crew kept it spic and span and provided such wonderful service ... The food was excellent and a good variety. The provided tours, drink package, and other add ons were great. Although the cruise was contracted to Celestyal, having Constantine and Julia along to guide us through things and insure we got everything we were supposed to was stellar. The hotels and their buffets were great. We had a free cooking class for lunch, that was great; thank you Gate 1 ... All the Gate 1 personnel at the airport, hotels, tours, etc were super. This was an outstanding value for the money! We ran into many other people on this trip that had been on prior Gate 1 tours and could only say the best things. We look forward to traveling with them in the future, possibly a Russian river cruise in 2020. We're already committed through 2019. Once again, thanks for a wonderful experience Gate 1!

Edward D. The Villages, FL
15 Day Classic Greece with 7 Day Aegean Cruise, August 2018
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My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our vacation trip to Greece and Turkey. The cruise for seven days was delightful and convenient for us. Loved the entertainment on board the cruise ship, the food preparation and Greek dancing lessons. We have told our friends to try Gate 1 Travel for their vacation trips.

Jay F. Detroit, MI
13 Day Turkish Treasures, August 2018
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I had a wonderful time and was quite amazed at Turkey overall. It was nothing like what I was expecting. Sinol, the Gate 1 guide, was excellent, he had a great sense of humour and a wealth of knowledge not just on Turkey but the whole region. The accommodation was also excellent.

Donald D. Northern Territory, AU
13 Day Turkish Treasures, July 2018
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The trip was pleasant and the tour guid Mr. Namik is very professional. Hopefully will go back again to Turkey, there are so many cultural and historical places to explore.

Nidal S. Nutley, NJ
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2018
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We’re extremely happy and satisfied with the Greece trip. All the tour guides were knowledgeable about the history of places and archaeological sites. They are friendly and provide comfort and services efficiently. The bus drives are very experienced and great drivers. In addition, Greek dance and food are exceptional. Thank you Gate 1 and we’ll spread great news to my families and friends.

Mary S. N Richland Hills, TX
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2018
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My Greece trip with Gate 1 was totally awesome! The guides and reps were so professional, knowledgeable, and fun that this experience way exceeded my expectations. This was my third Gate 1 trip and I'm already considering the next one.

Alan W. N Charleston, SC
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2018
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The trip was great! In fact It was the best experience I ever had. Very comfortable upscale service. Thoughtfully designed visiting schedule. Knowledgable, friendly and charismatic tour director Ender.

Vladimir Y. Brooklyn, NY
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2018
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We would like to thank gate 1 travel it is the first time we traveled with you. And believe us it wont be the last. We are amazed with all your organization your planning...Now let us talk about Ender. He was just the best guide in the world. Kind, loves his country and he transmitted to us all his passion, smart, very cordial, taking care of all of us at all times. There are not enough words to describe him. He was a big part of a successful trip. The driver was an excellent, very kind, just an amazing person. We cannot thank you enough for this wonderful trip, your staff is just perfect and they transmitted to us all good vibes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Lizzet D. Mission, TX
12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, April 2018
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The 12 Day Classic Greece with 4 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise was a great trip visiting historic sites with knowledgeable Gate1 tour guides.. The members of our tour were fun and they really loved visiting the Touris Club Cooking class. We had so much fun learning to make Greek recipes, eating the dishes, and learning Greek dances. It was exhilarating to do the dances and throw plates on the floor! OOMPAH!

Saundra D. Wichita, KS
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2018
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Our trip to Turkey was outstanding! Our guide, Yucel, was a treasure trove of history, archaeology and culture. We learned so much about Turkey that we did not know. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering in the least.

Marlo F. Durango, CO
10 Day Essential Turkey, March 2018
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We had another fabulous trip with Gate 1...The people were kind and hospitable. They thanked us for coming to visit. The country is clean from garbage, homelessness and drugs. We never felt unsafe which for many people is a reason for not going. Our Tour manager/ guide was top notched Delek Celek. She kept us entertained, ontime and was a delight. She was so knowledgable about her country and all the events within her country. We loved Turkey and I was so happy to spread the word through Facebook our wonderful trip. Everything was perfect!!!!!!!!

Suzanne G. Astoria, OR
10 Day Essential Turkey, March 2018
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Fabulous trip. I cannot day enough good things about our guide, Senol. He was absolutely the best. His intimate knowledge of Turkey mixed with his humor made the trip delightful. Everything was managed so well that we didn’t have to worry about anything. The accommodations exceeded our expectations and the buses were very comfortable. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime! And a special thanks to Senol for making me fall in love with Turkey!

Linda B. Payson, UT
10 Day Essential Turkey, December 2017
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In a nutshell, the trip was fabulous in every respect. I could not have been more pleased with the quality of service and all the amazing experiences that were included. The trip was made even more special by the attention, knowledge and caring of our guide, Oguz. He provided a wonderful introduction to his country and was top-notch, truly. I look forward to more adventures with Gate 1!

Kathy H. Apatos, CA
10 Day Essential Turkey, November 2017
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We had a wonderful time. Had the best guide, excellent service, good tour, comfortable bus for land tours and hotels. Balloon ride was terrific. Our group was very friendly. Ender, our tour manager was the best! His superb knowledge of history and top rated hand-holding service at every step of the way is acknowledged. He is an asset to Gate1.

Dilip S. Boca Raton, FL
10 Day Essential Turkey , October 2017
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Excellent: Delivered all as promised, price/value was right on. Our guide, Namik, was very well-informed skillful at imparting knowledge, and receptive to questions. He was pleasant, humorous, helpful, and went out of his way to get our group the balloon ride in Cappadocia the day after it had been scrubbed due to weather. The itinerary was excellent, though the early mornings were wearing. Highlights were the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi, in Istanbul, Ephesus and Heiropolis on the road and, of course Cappadocia and the balloon ride. Bus was comfortable and the drivers very professional. Gate 1 gets high marks. I'm already booked for Morocco in December 2018.

Van Z. Ballston Spa, NY
13 Day Turkish Treasures , July 2017
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The trip to Turkey was awesome. Really enjoyed and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we were all taken care of. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Raziya A. Atlanta, GA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, June 2017
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The trip was amazing. We had a great tour guide. The only thing was it was packed with lots of events and we had to wake up early every morning. But other than that it was a great trip.

Harry M. Chino Hills, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey , November 2016
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Our trip was wonderful. The weather cooperated so NO RAIN. Our guide was excellent--very personable and knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Driver was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary. Having been to Turkey previously, we liked seeing different sites, especially the school and having lunch in a private home.

Martha E. Westerville, OH
13 Day Affordable Turkey , October 2016
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Our trip was excellent and our host Ender was really good.

Salim J. San Antonio, TX
13 Day Affordable Turkey , October 2016
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The trip was well organized and the tour manager Ender is very through with his schedule and the time. We really liked the Turkey over all and enjoyed very much. we will look forward some other country tours in the near future.

Anji P. Monmouth Jct, NJ
13 Day Essential Turkey, October 2016
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The trip was great. It met and exceeded all our expectations. Sayat, our guide, was wonderful. His knowledge, experience, and passion really made a huge difference for all of us. Thank you for a great experience.

Laura C. San Diego, CA
15 Day Turkish Treasures, October 2016
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We had a fabulous time. It is certainly the best trip we have taken for many reasons. I was a little nervous to go because of recent unrest in the country but we are so glad that we went. Ender, our guide, was so informed and spoke in depth about all the sites we visited and we learned so much about the people and their history.He also was very kind and warm and we felt like family by the end of the trip. Gate 1 also went over the top in many respects on our trip; we had a full-size tour bus even though our group was small. Also, on the Bosphorous cruise we had a full ship to tour the sites. The sights were amazing! The Cappadocia balloon ride was breathtaking and the ancient sites that were so well preserved had us believing we were a little Roman, All in all a wonderful and memorable trip.

Julia A. Kansas City, KS
11 Day Classic Greece with 3 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise, September 2016
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Sorry for the delay. The trip was unbelievable. It was one of the best trips we have ever taken. I can't believe how much we saw and learned in the 10 days that we traveled throughout Greece. The tour guides we had (Oliva, Martina) were excellent. The hotels were excellent. The overall experience was excellent. We will definitely looking forward toward our next trip with Gate 1. I appreciate you reaching out and for all your help.

Francis M. West Newton, MA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, August 2016
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Thank you! It was beyond my wildest expectations. Our guide, Namik, had an incredible grasp of the history and religion from antiquity to contemporary times. This enriched our experience and enlivened a simple walk down an ancient street cobbled by the Romans or a view of a mother goddess crafted by the Catalhoyuk. Nami also found opportunities to build connection with the culture. For example, enjoying a Turkish quesadilla prepared by mother and daughter on a domed grill over a wood fire, as he interpreted a lively conversation. Or the time we visited the school and later the carpet center. Precious moments with Turkish people between amazing landscapes, history, and photo ops that deepened my own love of the country and the people. All other Gate 1 personnel were equally professional and efficient. I was met promptly at the airport on arrival. The bus driver was both skilled and careful and managed tiny city streets, curving mountain roads, and highways with the same exceptional skill. And upon leaving for home our, transfer was at the hotel just before 3:00 a.m. and took us through the airport to gate security to be sure we got where we were going. All accommodations were excellent and the only problem with the food is that there was too much of it all the time! One thing the hotels could improve upon is the beds. The Legacy Ottoman and the Renaissance both in Istanbul were great. But after that not so much! I was so pleased to see that Gate 1 is still offering a full schedule of the 13 Day Turkish Treasures Tour next spring. I went at a bit of a risky time though US State Dept. had already lowered the risk just before I left. I never felt unsafe or threatened at any time during my stay. I will absolutely take the Eastern Turkey Tour should it ever come to fruition - might even take the Western tour again! I cannot recommend more highly the tour and this particular team. It was the constant support of guide and driver that made the trip so exceptional.

Angela M. Portsmouth, NH
13 Day Turkish Treasures , August 2016
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We had an amazing time in Turkey. Now that we are home settling in and continuing to unpack, so many special memories are coming back to us. What an amazing trip. And what amazing people. It truly is a shame to see the hit that their tourism industry is taking right now. I have been recommending everyone I know to check out the Gate 1 Travel Turkey itineraries and not to hesitate to go. The entire time we felt safe and enjoyed every second of this adventure.

Drew W. Sunnyvale, CA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, August 2016
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The Turkey trip was wonderful, we got to see and do so many things, Turkey is amazing. Sad to see tourism down and being there, there doesn't seem to be a reason for it. We felt very safe everywhere we went, taxi's, metro and walking great distances both at night and during the day. Turkish people are very welcoming and so friendly, we never worried for our safety. Our tour manager was very knowledgeable and shared so much information with us. I definitely would go back, but there are so many places to see in the world. On to the next adventure.

Nancy G. Pittsboro, NC
12 Day Istanbul & Athens with 6 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise , June 2016
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We had an amazing trip! I'm so happy with our guides - Senol (Istanbul) and Panos (Greek Island cruise) were both fantastic. My daughter and I participated in a few organized tours, but primarily investigated on our own. Both Senol and Panos gave excellent restaurant and attraction/sightseeing suggestions, clear travel directions and many helpful hints to make our trip easier. It was a fantastic experience and I am so glad we went. As with our previous travel through Gate 1, I am very satisfied with all of the arrangements and the ease of booking. In spite of the violence in Istanbul, I am recommending this trip to my friends. Best wishes and safe travels to Senol and Panos

Christine Q. Baraboo, WI
13 Day Turkish Treasures , June 2016
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It was fabulous! Sayat was a fantastic guide and we had a wonderful time in Turkey.

Daniel P. Roswell, GA

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