Overview

Why not add a little adventure into your Turkey travels & spend some time sailing around beautiful bays between Marmaris and Fethiye. A great way to get add some relaxation and seaside fun into your holiday, along with the numerous interesting facts & knowledge you will gain during the guided day tours in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus & Pamukkale.  This package is unfortunately only available during summer season, mid April to mid October so be sure to plan accordingly.

Tour itinerary

DAY 01 - Arrival to Istanbul:
Meet on arrival to Istanbul Airport and transfer on to the hotel. Remainder of the day/evening is then free for you to relax or begin to explore your surroundings. Overnight in Istanbul
meals: none

DAY 02 - Sultanahmet Sightseeing Tour:
After breakfast meet in hotel lobby to begin exploring some of the most amazing sights that the historical area has to offer. Guided tour includes the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome and Obelisk, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (excluding optional extra entrance to Harem room). Evening free at leisure to stroll around and enjoy dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.
meals: breakfast & lunch included.

DAY 03 - Bosphorous Cruise, flight to Cappadocia:
This morning enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorous during which you have views from the vessel of various historical sights that line its shores. The guided tour also includes a visit to the famous Spice Bazaar & Rustempasha Mosque. Then some free time at leisure until transfer to airport for departure on domestic flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
meals: breakfast included

DAY 04 - Cappadocia Tour with Goreme:
*Optional: very early morning 1 hour hot air balloon ride, amazing views over the valleys
Today emmerse yourself in the beautiful natural setting of Cappadocia. During this full day tour explore Devrent Valley and Monk's Valley (Pasabagi) where you find the world famous fairy chimneys; break for lunch in Avanos, a village famous for its pottery; then visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries where carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. Also view Uchisar Natural rock castle. Overnight in Cappadocia.
meals: breakfast & lunch included

DAY 05 - Cappadocia Valleys & Underground City:
After breakfast join on another full day tour this time starting with a 4km (medium grade) hike in Red Valley exploring rock-cut churches and colorful fairy chimneys along the way. Visit Cavusin (old Greek village) then time for lunch before heading on to delve down into Kaymakli Underground City. The day also includes panoramic views at Pigeon Valley with its famous dove cotes & Ortahisar. Then a little free time until transfer to bus station for departure on overnight intercity bus to Marmaris.
meals: breakfast & lunch included
*If you do not wish to travel by overnight bus we can instead arrange flight, please advise preference
*If you would prefer to visit Derinkuyu Underground City & hike Ihlara Valley please advise preference

DAY 06 - Board Gulet Cruise (Blue Voyage):
Arrive early morning to Marmaris (if by overnight bus) and meet for transfer to harbour area. You then have some free time at leisure to explore around the center before afternoon boarding of the gulet. Welcome by your captain and enjoy dinner onboard. Overnight in Marmaris Harbour
meals: dinner included

DAY 07 - Ekincik Gulf & Dalyan (Blue Voyage):
After breakfast cruise towards Ekincik Gulf. On arrival you can opt to join on a tour of Dalyan (using small boat called “piyade” cross to Caretta-Caretta (turtle) Beach and time for a swimming break; then enjoy the natural beauty of the delta as you cruise along the river and see the the ancient Rock Tombs of Kaunos; finally arrive at the mud baths to relax and rejuvene. A fishing village called Dalyan will be final stop before returning to the gulet by piyade boat). Dinner and an overnight in the Gulf of Ekincik.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 08 - Sunken Turkish Bath / Tersane Island & Kizil Island (Blue Voyage):
Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu capes that have to be crossed, cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world-famous Gocek Gulf. Anchor at Sunken Bath for breakfast and swimming break. Also known as Cleopatra Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. Then cruise to Tersane Island. This naturally protected harbour was used as a shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times. Overnight at Kizil Island.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 09 - Fethiye (Blue Voyage) & disembark:
Arrive Fethiye Harbor early in the morning. Fethiye, known as Telmessos in ancient times, was the most important city situated on LyKia's western border with Caria. Here you have the chance to join on a jeep safari tour or for those the prefer to stay onboard the boat will cruise to Samanlik Bay for lunch and swimming. Then at 16;00 it is time to say farewell, disembark and transfer to bus station for departure on intercity bus to Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 10 - Pamukkale & Hierapolis ruins:
Leisurely breakfast and mid morning join up with tour visiting the natural formation of the travertens (cotton cliffs/cotton castle) in Pamukkale along with the ruins of Hierapolis. End of day with arrival to hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included

DAY 11 - Ephesus Sightseeing Tour:
Today depart on full day tour visiting the Ancient City of Ephesus. Here you have the chance to walk down marble streets, view the magnificent Celsius Library and the Grand Theatre, just a few of the many buildings and fountains that can be found in this open air museum. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary & remains of Artemis Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi.
meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner included
*If you need to head back to Istanbul on this evening that is possible, just note your preferences

DAY 12 - Departure:
Breakfast, check out and transfer to Izmir Airport for departure on most suitable 1 hour domestic flight to Istanbul. Arrive and proceed to international departures - end of services.
*Should you have more time available we can arrange travel on to any other area of Turkey you might prefer
*If you are planning to head to Greece we can make alternative arrangements - just let us know

A Customer Review

Martina and I would like to thank you for the wonderful package you put together for us. It was a great experience and we had a lovely time. I would like to thank you for your professionalism, and the effort that you put forth in constantly adjusting the itinerary to our needs. We will certainly recommend you to our family and friends who choose to tour greece or Turkey. We will keep in touch as we would like to return to the islands and perhaps Turkey. Many thanks and best regards. Sal and Martina.

-Salvatore

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What's included?

  • Hotel accomodation (BB and/or HB basis)
  • 03 nights on gulet incl breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Sightseeing day tours, regular group basis (private on request)
  • Main entrance fees to sights visited
  • Lunches during full day tours, drinks extra
  • Domestic land/air transport between each area
  • Transfers to/from hotels on all arrivals & departures
  • Taxes and handling services

Notes

  • Available mid April through mid October (summer season)
  • Flexible, can be tailored to suit your requirements
  • Various adventure excursions can be added
  • Suitable for individuals and groups
  • Please note that this is not a set departure tour with the same persons all travelling together from start to end. What we do is arrange all accommodation & transport per your travel dates and then combine this with the noted sightseeing day tours in each area. This gives you the flexibility to then tailor the itinerary to better suit your dates & "wish list".

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