If you have a client interested in classical history, visiting Greece and Turkey is an absolute must. Both countries were part of the Ottoman Empire and as a result share a common history, yet are quite different. Fortunately, given the countries close proximity to each other seeing the hot spots at both is extremely doable. From Athens and the Greek islands to Istanbul, Ephesus and Cappadocia, EuroBound can customize the ideal trip.
- Considered a sanctuary of ancient Greece in a valley in Elis, the city of Olympia was the site of the original Olympic Games held in classical times, in honor of Zeus.
- Quite simply the most beautiful ancient site in Greece, Delphi is located at the world's center and was personally blessed by Apollo, making it the holiest site in the world for the ancient Greeks.
- Long believed to only be a fabled city that existed in ancient Greek legend and the epic poetry of Homer, the remains of a once thriving civilization Mycenae were discovered in 1870 by an amateur archaeologist.
- Created by a small river running between the White Mountains (Lefká Óri) and Mt. Volakias, the 16 kilometer Samaria Gorge is a national park on the island of Crete. Make the trek down the gorge from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea, and then sail to the nearby village of Hora Sfakion before catching a bus back to Chania.
- Explore the Royal Quarters, Throne Room and Queen's Quarters of the Knossos Royal Palace in Crete, court of the legendary King Minos, whose wife Pasiphae gave birth to the Minotaur - half-bull, half-man.
- A former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, or "Holy Wisdom," is said to have "changed the face of architecture" with its Byzantine style and famously massive dome.
- Called the Blue Mosque because of its interior blue tiles, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque with its cascading domes and six slender minarets was built to rival the Hagia Sophia as an Islamic place of worship in Istanbul’s main square.
- Dazzling white calcareous castles formed by limestone-laden thermal springs create the beautiful formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts at Pamukkale, a one-of-its kind historical site in the Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey.
- Established as a port that later became the trade center of the ancient world, Ephesus' archaeological ruins, and a large gladiator graveyard, make the location a favorite destination.
- The Cappadocia region is an area with rich history and diverse natural beauty. Here underground cities were abundant, giving way to evolving social and religious ideas in ancient times.
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