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.
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 ,dri
ve 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
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.