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Greek islands before or after Istanbul from Kusadasi

Wondering if anyone knows about any 2-3 day adventure to Greek island after Turkey 13 day tour or maybe try to return to Istanbul via the water from Kusadasi

Maybe better to just return to Istanbul nd stay a few additional days.

Any ideas for pre or post excursions


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I haven't done this myself, but Rome2Rio suggests there's a twice-a-day ferry from Kusadasi to Samos, which is quite close by. Then there's an onward ferry to Chios. There used to be an overnight (large) ferry with cabins running from Chios to Athens. I don't know what the schedule is like running in the other direction.

Don't trust anything Rome2Rio tells you without clicking all the way through to find the name of the ferry company/ies or agents and checking schedules on that website.

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Ooh, that's helpful information, Ashley. That would be very, very disappointing.

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According to my 777 Wonderful Greek Islands book, Samos “is a gorgeous verdant place… covered with pure white sand beaches, picturesque villages and fishing harbors”. The entire island consists of 40,000 inhabitants.
My book suggests Samos (town) – Pythagoreio – Samos (84 km) and describes each place you’ll pass through and it sounds like you’ll need to spend at least two to three nights, depending on how many stops you make.
A good guide book to buy is Lonely Planet that has a chapter on Samos that includes Vathy, Pythagorio and surrounding area plus northern Samos. The next edition will be available in Sep:

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There have been no ferries between Turkey and Greece for a couple of years now. Covid has been the excuse but the hard heads in Turkey and Greece are the reality. The land borders are not open either. You must go through Bulgaria to go from one to the others. A couple of air routes are open, Istanbul-Athens and Izmir-Athens I saw recently and I would assume Ankara-Athens but they are limited as well.

All of the ferry and bus ticket search companies are touts for dumping tons of spam pages on you when you use them for ferry or bus searches between the two countries.

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@dumbphone1901: That info is not accurate. The ferries between Greece and Turkey were definitely running until late fall 2019. The ferries stop running from November to about April because there is little to no interest during the colder months. The ferries did not start again in spring 2022 due to Covid. Land travel was open between Turkey and Greece until Covid.