A friend and I will be on Imaginative Traveller's Jordan Connection tour, ending on October 1st. We will then be starting the Crossroads of Civilisation tour of Turkey, starting on October 10th. To fill in the days in between, we will be travelling through Greece, spending the 2nd and 3rd in Athens, and then ferrying across the Greek islands to Turkey (we were thinking of staying on Naxos and Samos). Could you suggest the best way to get to Istanbul (ferry from Samos to Turkey, and then bus maybe?) and whether the ferries will be operating regularly in the Greek islands at this time? Also, as two females who don't speak Arabic (apart from what we pick up in phrasebooks), will we be OK travelling alone through the country to Istanbul?
Would appreciate any suggestions. Cheers.