Turkey Cultural Tour   
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
REQUIRED Fly from Fethiye to Abroad or Istanbul. In this tour; 4 nights for GULET fullboard stay, 3 nights in ISTANBUL, 1 night in CANAKKALE, 2 nights in KUSADASI, 1 night in PAMUKKALE. We visit;Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom), St.Savior Chora (Kariye) Museum, Taksim Square, Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar)Bosphoros criuse, Topkapi Palace ,Blue Mosque, Underground cistern, Grand Bazaar. Gallipoli, Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery, Lone Pine, Troy, Akropolis of Pergamum, Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Turkish carpet making lesson, Pamukkale-Hierapolis, Aphrodisias site with museum and Marmaris, Dalyan River cruise, Caunos, Göcek, Fethiye-Kaya koy (Ghost town, Fethiye Bay and its Islands 1 dinner in Istanbul, 5 more dinners after the stays in Istanbul. Fullboard on Gulet stays are included. Breakfasts are included.
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Gulet Cruise With Western Turkey Tour (11 nights/12 days)
Programme
Day 1 (Istanbul)
Today, we arrive in Istanbul, where a transferman will meet us at the airport. We transfer to our hotel downtown, and have a brief orientation late in the afternoon.
This evening, we can discover any of the Turkish restaurants in the area as we enjoy dinner on our own.
 
Day 2 (Istanbul) B D
This morning we visit Hagia Sophia, the "Church of Divine Wisdom." Completed under the Emperor Justinian in AD 537, the magnificent dome of the Hagia Sophia was once the pre-eminent architectural wonder of the Byzantine world. The massive building was a Christian church for almost a thousand years, until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when Mehmet the Conqueror claimed it for Islam. The building served as a mosque until 1934, when the revolutionary leader and founder of the Republic, Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed it as a museum. This impressive structure has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of Istanbul including visits of St. Saviour in Chora - (Kariye Museum) Originaly formed the center of a Byzantine Monastery complex. Only the church section which was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Saviour, has survived.Continue your tour with the visit of Taksim Squere.We have lunch on our own, and then board the Old Tram for a ride down Istiklal Street to the heart of Art Nouveau Istanbul. Istanbul has many Art Nouveau buildings; several were designed by the Italian architect Raimondo Tommasso d'Aronco, the chief palace architect for the last Ottoman sultan, Abudulhamid II, who ruled from 1876 to 1909. D'Aronco drew heavily Ottoman and Islamic architecture and art, reinterpreting them through the lens of the then-popular European Art Nouveau movement and its organic, floral forms. The results can be seen in the many beautiful palaces and grand private homes he designed for Istanbul's government and its elite citizens.
Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar built in the 17th century, this is the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. On to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where the pungent and savory aroma of exotic oils, herbs and spices have perfumed the arched stone corridors for nearly 350 years. Now also proferring nuts, honey, dried fruits, traditional sweets and herbal remedies, the Spice Bazaar’s redolent wares will transform you into a veritable spice trader!.This afternoon, we take to the Bosporus cruise. You can look north to the “European” district of Galata, or east to the Asiatic side of the Bosporus and the Maiden’s Tower. In ancient times, the Golden Horn could be closed off to warships with a giant chain stretching from here to Seraglio Point We enjoy a dinner together in a local restaurant.Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 3 (Istanbul) B
This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, includingTopkapi Palace. Mehmet the Conqueror started building this complex in about 1459 and it served as the royal palace of the Ottoman sultans until 1853. Today, it is one of the world's richest museums, with a staggering collection of jewels, arms, porcelain, sculpture, manuscripts, and more. Next, we stop at the classic Blue Mosque, so-called for the shimmering blue tiles that line its interior. Flanked by symmetrical soaring minarets, it is one of the defining elements of the Istanbul skyline. This classic of Ottoman architectural design was constructed under the patronage of Sultan Ahmet I, from 1609-1616.Hippodromme,center of sporting (chariots races,athletics)events and political activities of the old city.
The Blue Mosque,one of the famous mosgues of the Ottomans are known for it’s blue Iznık tiles and unique with its 6 minarets.Today lunch is on your own.After the lunch. Just a short walk across the square takes us to theUnderground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures - capital heads and columns -  that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, and carpets.Dinner is on you own.
 
Day 4 (Istanbul, Canakkale)B L D
After breakfast we drive to Canakkale. Our Gallipoli Campaign begins today. The peninsula is filled with cemeteries, a war museum and many memorials to the tragic events of 1915. As you enter this almost barren land, you can still sense the war and heartache that once dominated the landscape, breaking the silent air.Our first visits will be to Anzac Cove and Beach Cemetery - home to one of Australia's most legendary soldiers, Private John Simpson. We will then trace the steps of the ANZACs up into the rugged hills to visit the Anzac Memorials at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Amongst the numerous sights also visited will be Shrapnel Valley, Walker’s Ridge, the Nek and the surrounding trenches. Our last stop on the Gallipoli Peninsula will be the Kapatebe War Museum with its absorbing collection of war relics and memorabilia. We have included lunch in a local restaurant.Afternoon we cross Dardanelles by ferry.Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 5 (Canakkale, Kusadasi) B L D
This morning after breakfast we drive to see the popular ruins of the ancient city of Troy, the site of the mythological battle Homer immortalized in his Illiad. Archaeologists have proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement here dating back to 3,000 BC. Then we drive to down the mountainous coastline of Turkey. Lunch is in a local restaurant. Our stop will be at the ancient Acropolis of Pergamum, famous for its wealth of archaeological ruins where, from the Temple of Trajan, you will take in the stunning views of the surrounding countryside.Than we drive to Kusadası to our hotel fer dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6 (Kusadasi) B L D
After breakfast, we drive for less than an hour to the world-famous ancient Greco-Roman site of Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk on the remarkably preserved wide marble streets, flanked by columns and temples. We see the Library of Celsus, a tiered façade decorated with exquisite statues. The amphitheater we’ll see is the same one where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians. And there are also remarkably preserved baths. Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. No longer standing, it was said to be one of the most colossal temples ever built.Lunch in a local restaurant,than . We also visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, nestled high in the hills overlooking the city of Ephesus.We also view the ruins of the sixth-century Basilica of St. John, said to stand over the burial site of the Apostle of Jesus, who is thought to have authored the Book of Revelation and the Fourth Gospel of the Bible while in Ephesus. Later this afternoon, we have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the old Turkish carpet-making tradition of Anatolia, befor we drive to hotel in Kusadası.
 
Day 7 (Kasadasi, Pamukkale) B L D
After breakfast ,drive to pamukkale,to see the petrified white lime cascades of Pamukkale. Pamukkale, "The Cotton Castle" with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. At nearby Hierapolis we will see the stadium and take a fascinating stroll through the tombs of the Necropolis. Before dinner take time to relax in the thermal pool or spa at your hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 8 (Pamukkale, On Gulet) B L D
After breakfast travel by coach to visit Aphrodisias, one of Turkey's most important archaeological discoveries of recent decades. These marvellous ruins rival Ephesus and include the Temple of Aphrodite with its dazzling white marble and a vast, virtually intact amphitheatre.We have lunch in a local restaurant. Later we drive to Marmaris. Marmaris, with its impressive marina and perfect sandy beach, is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the Turkish Riviera. The town is ideally situated within a spectacular bay area and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. When we arrive in Marmaris, we’ll take a short walking tour of the city, admiring its beautiful beaches and ancient Ottoman castles. We then board our traditional Turkish gulet-style yacht, our home for the next four nights. Our gulet is a teak and oak beauty with both sails and a motor, an outdoor eating area, and comfortable cushions for relaxing on the observation decks, fore and aft. After we meet our expert captain and his friendly crew, we'll take a short tour of the gulet, then enjoy our first dinner on board.
 
Day 9 (Gulet) B L D
We cruise to Ekincik Cove this morning, where a small river boat meets us and takes us on a side trip upriver on the Dalyan River. A shimmering blue band, the Dalyan River snakes amid bamboo and cattails, glimmering like the nearby Mediterranean Sea. Named for dalyans, the fishing weirs that have supported locals for centuries, the river reveals abundant birdlife. As we cruise this lovely waterway, we may well see some of the many species of birds that live here, from the shy ibis to the fearless gull.
When our small riverboat brings us to Iztuzu Beach, we may also discover the Loggerhead Sea Turtles, depending on the season, who have nested here since the age of the dinosaurs. Here, we may be transported by the tranquil sands, which are bordered by the Dalyan on one side and the Mediterranean on the other.
Then, we set out to visit the ancient Lycian site of Caunus, a beautiful ancient site where we clamber around the temples, baths, nympheum, and an ancient theater. We have striking views along the way of Lycian temple tombs hugging a rock face.
We return to our gulet for lunch, then enjoy the afternoon is at leisure, including another chance to swim in the beautiful waters of the Turquoise Coast. Tonight, we enjoy dinner onboard.
 
In the morning, we cruise to Aga Limani, or "Friendship Cove." There's time for a swim this morning before we begin today's hike through forests, meadows, and spectacular coastal scenery to a little-known Greco-Roman site called Lydea. We walk a pine-shaded trail amid the smells of wild herbs, and the music of goat bells, with spectacular vistas of the Gocek Lagoon and Bay of Fethiye.
As we hike, our gulet sails around to meet us in a scenic cove which shelters the sunken baths of Cleopatra, built for her by Mark Antony. Legend says that Antony gave Cleopatra the entire Turquoise Coast as a wedding gift - a present fit for a queen. This is another excellent place to swim, if you feel so inclined.
After lunch onboard, you'll have the afternoon free. Dinner is onboard the ship tonight.
 
Day 11 ( Gulet) B L D
Visit Kayakoy,Cruise to Gemiler Island
This morning we cruise along the craggy Mediterranean coast. We make a landing on a small beach in the Bay of Gemiler, and drive to a spot near Kayakoy, a Greek “ghost town.”
From here, we begin our hike to Kayakoy. Anatolian Greeks once inhabited this city of about 600 houses. During the 1920s, the entire population was relocated to Greece in the aftermath of the Turkish War of Independence against British and Graaks occupancy. It is an eerie and moving place, a tragic reminder of how politics can affect human lives.
Leaving Kayakoy, we drive to the cove where our gulet will be waiting for us. We enjoy lunch on board, and in the afternoon we cruise to nearby Gemiler Island, where we visit a sixth-century Byzantine monastery and ancient churches and refectories. If you like, you can hike to the top of the island for a breathtaking view of the azure channel below. We return to our gulet in the afternoon, and you may have time for a brief swim before dinner.
 
Day 12 B
This morning we get ready to be transfered to the Dalaman airport for your flight.
Included
• Hotel Accommodation at below suggested hotels or similar • Sightseeing as per above itinerary • All escorted transfers • Daily breakfast, Lunches & Dinners where indicated. ( Drinks are not included during the lunches & Dinners ) • Transportation by A/C deluxe 29 seater midibus • English speaking professional tour guide through the tour • All entry fees to the sites & museums • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff • Service charges & local taxes • 2 X 8 cabins standard ( without air-conditioned ) gullets • Full board on the gullets without drinks. • Above quotation is valid for minimum 15 paying pax.
Excluded
• International & Domestic Flight tickets • Drinks and meals which are not listed at the itinerary • All personal expenses • Tips to the tour guide ,Gulet crew and driver.
Notes
REQUESTES;  This tour runs between mid April to the end of the October. Weather conditions before April are not warm enaugh for swimming, After October is the rain season on the Mediterranean and Agean regions of Turkey. For gulet stays we need to bring slippers for hygieneic conditions and the deck on the Gulet sometimes is wet and slippery. For these reasons the crew do not  permit you to wear your own shoes on the  Gulet. Also you need to bring good walking or hiking shoes during our  Gulet cruise, (hiking is optional and free of charge).
In this tour; 4 nights for Gulet fullboard stay, 3 nights in Istanbul,1 night in Çanakkale, 2 nights in Kusadasi, 1 night in Pamukkale.
We visit;Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom) ,St.Savior Chora (Kariye)Museum, Taksim Square, Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar )Bosphoros criuse, Topkapi Palace ,Blue Mosque, Underground cistern, Grand Bazaar.
Gallipoli, Anzac Cove, Beach Cemetery, Lone Pine, Troy, Akropolis of Pergamum, Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, House of Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John Turkish carpet making lesson ,Pamukkale-Hierapolis ,Aphrodisias site with museum and Marmaris, Dalyan rRver cruise, Caunos ,Göcek, Fethiye-Kaya koy (Ghost town), Fethiye Bay and its Islands.
1 dinner in Istanbul, 5 more dinners after the stays in Istanbul ,Fullboard on Gulet stays are included.Breakfasts are included.
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
• tours@turkeyculturaltour.com, • http://www.turkeyculturaltour.com