Istanbul Cappadocia Konya Antalya Kekova Island Gulet sail in Fethiye bay Pamukkale Ephesus (14 days/13 nights)

 

2 Travelers
$8,490
4 Travelers
$5,590
6 Travelers
$4,390
10 Travelers
$3,490

Rates above are per person, in USD, and based on hotel double occupancy and aboard a private gulet yacht
High season supplement (July - first week of September): $2,000 per group 
Subject to availability on dates selected 
Single room supplement: +$990

Itinerary: 

Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport
Meet your guide and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel, located in the charming Old City district of Sultanahmet. Traveling along the old city fortifcation walls, you’ll learn a bit about this exciting city all along the way. The remainder of the day is at leisure; why notstretch your legs with a walk around the neighborhood, then with dinner on your own at a rooftop restaurant. We can suggest several with great views over the Sea of Marmara! 

Day 2: Istanbul
Enjoy two full days of private sightseeing in Istanbul with your knowledgeable guide. Today we explore the Sultanahmet area and visit the Roman-era HippodromeBlue MosqueHagia Sophia Museum, the underground Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. (B) 

Day 3: Istanbul
Private sightseeing continues today with visits to the sprawling Topkapi Palace and its Harem Quarters and the Spice Market, followed by a leisurely boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, and, finally, time permitting, a walking tour through Istanbul's winding backstreets. (B)

Day 4: Istanbul / Cappadocia
This morning, after breakfast, enjoy a comfortable transfer to the airport and a short flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, we’ll begin to discover the wonders of this magical region. We’ll explore the beautiful panoramas of Ortahisar Valley and also visit the unique Goreme Open Air Museuma UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, return to your hotel. (B) 

Day 5: Cappadocia
An optional early morning hot-air balloon ride is available for those wishing to try this unforgettable experience. After breakfast, we head out on another private tour  to one of the remarkable underground cities of Cappadocia (such as Ozkonak or Kaymakli), which housed amazingly-complex communities replete with houses, churches, storage areas, a communal kitchen, burial chambers and many more astounding features. Next, we visit the beautiful town of Uchisar -  its natural fortress was used both for housing and defense.  You will also see the iconic and otherworldly fairy chimneys at Pasabag, and the small town of Avanos, known for its local pottery made with clay from the Kizilirmak River. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a cozy family village home. (B, L) 

Day 6: : Cappadocia / Konya / Antalya – Transfer to Antalya via Konya
Your guide will accompany you on your drive to Antalya today, visiting the beautiful and remarkably well-preserved Agzikarahan Caravanserai en route.  The han functioned very much like a modern-day truck stop, giving traders and travelers a place to rest, eat, and bathe. Also, stop in the city of Konya to visit Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi’s shrine, founder of the Sufi order, whose association with the Whirling Dervishessema (ceremony) is known the world over. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive in Antalya – one of Turkey's principal holiday resort on the Mediterranean coast. (B, L) 

Day 7: Antalya
Our first visit today is to the ancient Pamphylian city of Perge, located about 30 minutes outside of the coastal city of Antalya. Today, its ruins include a theater, a palaestra (a type of gymnasium), a temple dedicated to Artemis, and two basilicas. From here, we drive to the ancient site of Aspendos, famous for being the best preserved theater in antiquity; the Aspendos Ballet and Opera Festival is held here in the summer. It’s at the acropolis where we will get fantastic photo opportunities of the valley below.  Afterwards, we will head back to town and visit the Antalya Archaeology Museum, which has a permanent exhibition of various Greek god statues, a stunning mosaic collection from Xanthos, extraordinary findings from the Karain Caves (which date back to the Old Stone Age), and a comprehensive ethnographical art collection. We’ll cap off our day in Kaleici, Antalya’s old quarter, famous for its winding and narrow streets, charming cafés, and numerous souvenir shops - no trip to Antalya is complete without a stop here! Overnight in Antalya. (B) 

Day 8: Antalya / gulet embarkation in Fethiye
Today, delight in the amazing coastal beauty on our scenic road trip along the Mediterranean Sea towards Fethiye.  On the way, in Demre (Myra),  we will visit the tomb of St. Nicholas (known the world over as Santa Claus) and the church that is named for him; also in Demre are many dramatic Lycian-era rock cliff tombs. (This area was also home to a sizeable Greek community prior to the 1923 Turkish-Greek population exchange.) Arriving in Ucagiz,  near Kekova Island, we’ll board a boat to explore sunken ruins from the Byzantine period.  Our lunch today will be served aboard the boat. After our boat excursion, we’ll continue our drive to Fethiye to meet our private gulet.  Before embarkation, you’ll have a bit of free time to wander about Fethiye’s lovely marketplace.  After boarding and being welcomed by your friendly captain and crew, you’ll be briefed on your itinerary.  Weather permitting, your captain will drop anchor in a nearby quiet cove, where we will have dinner and an overnight stay. (B, L, D) 

Day 9 & Day 10: Gulet sailing around Fethiye Bay
Wake up to spectacular surroundings this morning!  Enjoy your first breakfast aboard the boat and delight in the fact that you’ll be spending two full days aboard the gulet, relaxing your days away by swimming, sunbathing, canoeing, snorkeling, hiking onshore, and dining on fresh homestyle meals served on the open deck.  Some of the islands, coves, and sites you’ll see during our time aboard will include: the abandoned Greek town of Kayakoy (this will be an onshore excursion), Bedri Rahmi Cove, Agalimani Cove, Tersane Island, Domuz Island, Cleopatra’s Sunken Baths (Gocek Lagoon), and the Yassica Islands. (B, L, D) 

Day 11: Disembarkation in Gocek / Pamukkale
Disembarking in Gocek, we’ll arrive in the Pamukkale region in the early afternoon, whereupon you will have the chance to visit the nearby ancient site of Hierapolis as well as see the famed cotton-white travertine formations of Pamukkale (Turkish for “cotton castle”). Later, you’ll have time to enjoy the private thermal pools onsite at your hotel and experience these mineral-rich waters for yourself. (B, L, D) 

Day 12: Pamukkale / Kusadasi
Depart in the morning and stop on the way at Aphrodisias, an excellently-preserved archaeological site, where excavations began in 1904. Named for Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, the site also is in nearby proximity to a marble quarry (there was a very prolific sculpture school in the Greek period). Here, you will see the stadium, which is in remarkable condition as well as the theatre, the odeon and the focal point of the site, the Temple of Aphrodite. Then, we continue on to Kusadasi, where you will spend two nights. (B, L) 

Day 13: Kusadasi / Ephesus / old Greek village of Sirince
In the morning, we visit the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More impressive still, is the richness of detail even a casual observer will notice. The villas, known as the Terrace Houses, on the slopes overlooking the main street, were recently opened to the public and have been oft compared with the houses in Pompeii. We’ll enjoy lunch in the pretty nearby village of Sirince and have some to time to socialize with locals, later on tasting simple but delicious olive oil-based Aegean cuisine. A final stop in the town of Selcuk is next, where you can visit the Museum of Archaeology. We will then return to Sirince where we will spend the night. (B, L) 

Day 14: Kusadasi / Istanbul - Homebound departure
Gule gule!  Farewell!  Transfer to Izmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport for a flight to Istanbul, where you will connect to your flight home or to your next destination. (B) 

Price of the package includes:

  • Accommodations: 
    3 nights in Istanbul: Hotel Ottoman Imperial – Premium Room
    2 nights in Cappadocia: Hotel Yunak Houses Cave – Deluxe Room
    2 nights in Antalya: Hotel Akra Barut –Deluxe Sea View Room
    3 nights aboard a traditional wooden gulet yacht (with private bathroom)
    1 night in Pamukkale: Hotel Doga – Standard Room  
    2 nights in Kusadasi: Hotel La Vista – Suite Room
  • Domestic flights in coach class within the program (Istanbul to Kayseri/Nevsehir and Izmir to Istanbul)
  • Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner 
    25 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 4 dinners (includes bottled water)
  • Private, licensed, professional English-speaking guide throughout trip
  • All transfers and travel in a non-smoking, modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • All entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned in the program
  • Parking, ferry, and toll road fees (not applicable if driving a rental car)
  • Gratuities at restaurants (where a meal is included in the program)
  • Porterage fees at airports (when our guide travels with you)

Price of the package excludes:

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Beverages other than water (during included meals)
  • Gratuities to the tour guide(s), driver(s) and the gulet crew
  • Tipping for porters at hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas, laundry, and personal items