11 Days Sweet Turkey Tour with Cruise

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11 days
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a fantastic tour of Turkey, starting and ending in Istanbul, combined with a private yacht cruise to the Aegean Sea. Enjoy guided tours and isolated beaches while on cruise. This package tour worth it for sure!

Day 1

Your tour begins as you arrive at Istanbul airport, Ataturk. You will be welcome at the airport by a member of our staff. Thence, you will be transferred at the hotel and spend the night in Istanbul.

Day 2

After your breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for a full day tour in Istanbul that will introduce you to the main venues and beauties of the city. Istanbul unites in a special way the Byzantine tradition and the Ottoman history. Firstly, you will visit the Topkapi Palace, the palace of the sultans and his harems. Thence, you will visit the great temple of Agia Sophia and admire the Byzantine architecture. The next stop is the Blue Mosque, the biggest Mosque in Turkey, open for pilgrims and visitors as well. The next stop is the Hippodrome, the stadium that the Byzantines used for the horse races, a popular sport during the ancient days. As your tour ends here, you will have free time to visit the Spice Bazaar and shop rare spices and herbs of Anatolia. You can find also pasminas, scarves and bronze items. Overnight in Istanbul. 

Day 3

During the third day of your tour, you will be transferred in Bursa, the former capital of the Ottoman Empire and an important historic city. Follow your guide to a visit at the Green Mosque or also known as Yeşil Mosque and the Green Mausoleum ( only the exterior). The Green Mosque owes its name to the impressive interior decoration of blue-green tiles on the walls and ceiling. The next stop is scheduled at the Old Silk Market, well-known during the ancient times for the silk trade. You will continue to Canakkale and overnight there.

 

Day 4

On the forth day of your tour, you will take your breakfast at the hotel and then depart for a tour in Troy , the city of the Trojan war. You will visit the Old Acropolis of Troy and see a replica of the wooden horse that the Greeks used to enter the city in secret. Leaving Troy behind, you will follow your guide to an educative tour in the Old city of Pergamon, the capital of the kingdom of Pergamon which thrived during Hellenistic times. You will walk through the archaeological site of Pergamon and see the Hellenistic theatre, the library, the sanctuary of Athena, the Royal palaces, the temple of Dionysus and the Roman Baths. After the end of your tour, you will embark to your vehicle and head to Kusadasi for overnight. 

Day 5

The next day is dedicated to a visit at the most important archaeological site of Turkey, Ephesus. The first visit is scheduled for Artemission, the temple of Goddess Artemis or Diana. The temple was among the Seven Wonders of ancient world. Afterwards you will visit Ephesus, which is a known important economical and cultural centre since the 8th century BC. After Ephesus, you will have time to relax and enjoy your lunch before going on to the House of Virgin Mary. The lunch will be offered in a local handicrafts centre. After lunch , you will see beautifully hand-made carpets and know the secrets of the carpet weaving art.

The next stop is the House of Virgin Mary, a shrine that was built over the tomb of Virgin Mary. It was believed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death. The shrine was acknowledged by the pope as the genuine resting place of Mary. Thence, you will be transferred back to Kusadasi and overnight there.

Day 6

The sixth day of your tour is dedicated to a visit to Pamukkale thermal springs. After taking your breakfast at the hotel, you will depart for your tour by a deluxe vehicle and with a professional guide. The first stop is scheduled for Aphrodisias, an old city dedicated to the Goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. The city was known during the ancient times for its artists of sculpture who had introduced their own special style. Close to Aphrodisias archaeological site lays Pamukkale, a complex of natural-carved pools on the hill side. The waters of Pamukkale are thermal and you can swim in them or walk in the shallow pools. The name of site means “cotton castle” and owes its name to the white colour of travertine. After enjoying the visit in the exotic Pamukkale , you will be transferred in Fethiye port where you will embark for a mini-cruise. You are also scheduled for an evening meal. Overnight at Fethiye port. 

Day 7

On the following day of your tour, you will enjoy your breakfast on board and sail for Göcek area , a modern seaside town. Your lunch is scheduled on shore at a selected restaurant in Tersane Island, which is also an archaeological site dotted with Ancient Greek and Roman antiquities. Afterwards you will embark again on the gullet and explore the turquoise-watered bays of the area. Overnight on board. 

Day 8

On the following day , you will continue your exploration in Göcek Bays on board or cross to Ekincik Bay ( according to the weather conditions).  You will overnight in the natural bay at Ag Limani or Ekincik.

Day 9

During the next day, you will enjoy your breakfast and then start sailing again. You will stop for swimming in the most transparent and clear waters of the area or just feel the sun while lying on the deck of the ship. Afterwards, you will have lunch at Turunç Bükü or at the Cennet (Paradise) Island. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon in leisure under the sun and you will arrive in Marmaris port in the evening for resting and diner.  

Day 10

After your breakfast , you will disembark the gullet and say goodbye to the crew full of loving memories. You will be transferred to the Dalaman airport in order to catch the flight for Istanbul.  Upon your arrival in Ataturk airport, you will be welcome by a representative of our company and get on your vehicle that will take you at the hotel. The afternoon in Istnabul is free and you can either walk the greatest Bazaar of the city, the Grand Bazaar or sail for a second cruise, this time in the waters of Bosporus. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 11

After taking the last breakfast in Turkey , you will be transferred by a deluxe vehicle at the international airport of Istanbul in order to catch your flight back home. End of services. 

Inclusions

- accommodation for 6 nights based on bed and breakfast
- 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
- 4 nights & 4 days Blue Cruise from Fethiye to Marmaris including 3 meals a day
- Professional licensed English speaking guide
- Private airport transfers,
- Transportation with last model private A/C Van
- All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary
- Dalaman – Istanbul domestic flight ticket

Exclusions

- Personal expenses
- Drinks and the meals not mentioned in including section

Note: 

* Rate based on current exchange ratio valid on 21.02.2013 : 1 euro= 1.32 USD

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