Turkey Cultural Tour   
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour  (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
REQUIRED First Flight; From ISTANBUL To Feyhiye (Dalaman airport) Second Flight; From Dalaman to Istanbul. In this tour;3 nights in ISTANBUL, 4 nights on board (GULET) Fullboard during the Gulet Cruise. We visit; Hagia Sophia (Church of Divine Wisdom), St.Savior Chora (Kariye) Museum,Taksim Squeae, Bosphoros cruise, Spice Market(Egyptian Bazaar), Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Underground cistern, Grand Bazaar, Marmaris, Dalyan River cruise, Caunos, Göcek, Fethiye-Kaya koy (Ghost town, Fethiye Bay and its Islands. Lunches are not included while in Istanbul, 1 dinner in Istanbul during the stay in Istanbul, other dinners and breakfasts are included, fullboard on Gulet.
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour  (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour  (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour  (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour  (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour  (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour  (7 nights/8 days)
Istanbul with Mediterranean Blue Cruise Tour (7 nights/8 days)
Programme
Day 1 (Istanbul)
Today, we arrive in Istanbul, where a transf guide 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.Continue your tour with the visit of 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 water for our 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. Following our cruise, we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant
 
Day 3 (Istanbul) B D
This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, including Topkapi 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 the Underground 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 and overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 4 Istanbul, Gulet) B L D
After breakfast, transfer to Atatürk Airport for your flight to Dalaman to fly to Fethiye.You will be transterd to Marmaris Lunch in Marmaris.
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.
 
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 7 ( 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 8 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 enough for swimming, After October is the rain season in the Mediterranean and Agean regions of Turkey. For gulet stays, we need to bring  slippers to wear For hygieneic conditions and the deck on the Gulet  is sometimes  wet and slippery. For these reasons the Crew do not permit you to  wear your own shoe on the  Gulet.  Also, you need to bring good walking or hiking shoes during our  Gulet cruise (hiking is optional and free of charge.)
First Flight;  From ISTANBUL To Feyhiye (Dalaman airport)
Second Flight; From Dalaman to Istanbul.
In this tour; 3 nights in ISTANBUL, 4 nights on board GULET), Fullboard during the Gulet Cruise.
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, Marmaris,Dalyan River cruise, Caunos, Göcek, Fethiye-Kaya koy (Ghost town, Fethiye Bay and its Islands. Lunches are not included durations in Istanbul,
1  dinner in Istanbul during the stay in Istanbul, other dinners and breakfasts are included, Fullboard on Gulet.
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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
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