In April 1998 we spent 22 days visiting
Western Turkey and Greece.

This journal details our trip to Turkey and Greece. It begins on April 1, 1998 when we began our long trip to Istanbul. It concludes on April 24 when we made the long trip back home from Athens. Days 4 through 16 of our trip found us on an escorted tour through Turkey. We were "on our own" for the remaining days when we were in Greece.

Day 1 The flight across the US and takeoff for Istanbul
Day 2 We arrive in Istanbul
Day 3 Most of the day was spent at Topkapi Palace
Day 4 Our ETBD tour starts at the Blue Mosque
Day 5 The Cistern, a Museum and Hagia Sofya
Day 6 Covered Bazaar, Chora Church & Bosphorus Cruise
Day 7 Ankara, Hattusas
Day 8 Zelve, Goreme
Day 9 Avanos, Kaymakli, Belisirma, Guzelyurt
Day 10 Guzelyurt to Konya
Day 11 Konya to Antalya
Day 12 Mediterranean Cruise
Day 13 Antalya to Pamukkale
Day 14 Didyma, Miletus
Day 15 Ephesus, Virgin Mary's House
Day 16 Kusadasi to Samos, Greece

The map below is from our Turkey tour handbook. See for information on how to signup for the tour.

Tour map