Istanbul Antalya Demre Kekova Gulet sail around Fethiye Bay (8 days/7 nights)

 

2 Travelers
$4,990
4 Travelers
$3,290
6 Travelers
$2,590
10 Travelers
$1,990

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in US dollars, and in your own private group
High season supplement (July - first week of September): $2,000 per group 
Single room supplement: +$550
Subject to availability and dates selected 

Itinerary: 

Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk 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 along the way. The remainder of the day is at leisure; why not stretch 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
After breakfast, your guide will arrive at your hotel and begin your two full days of private sightseeing in Istanbul. Today, we explore this facinating area with included visits to the Byzantine-era Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the underground Basilica Cistern, and the colorful Grand Bazaar. (B) 

Day 3: Istanbul
Your private sightseeing continues today with visits to the sprawling Topkapi Palace and its Harem Quarters, the Spice Market, a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, as well as a walking tour through Istanbul's winding backstreets. (B)

Day 4: Istanbul / Antalya  
This morning, we will provide a transfer to the airport for your flight to Antalya, Turkey's principal holiday resort on the Mediterranean coast.  This morning, we’ll spend some time exploring the magnificent ruins at Perge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a history dating back to the Bronze Age.  Later on, we also see Aspendos, home to the best-preserved theater in the entire Mediterranean region; the Aspendos International Opera & Ballet Festival takes place here every summer. After a leisurely break for lunch on your own, you’ll have a chance to to visit the Antalya Museum and Kaleici, the city’s historic quarter, with numerous structures reflecting the region’s rich Roman, Byzantine, Selcuk and Ottoman heritage.  Overnight in the historic district of Kaleici, Antalya. (B) 

Day 5: 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 6 & Day 7: Gulet Voyage 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 8: Gocek / Istanbul - Homebound departure
Transfer to the Dalaman airport for a flight to Istanbul, where you will connect to your flight home. (B) 

Price of the package includes:

  • Accommodations: 
    3 nights in Istanbul: Hotel Ottoman Imperial – Premium Room
    1 night in Antalya: Hotel Kauçuk – Deluxe Room 
    3 nights aboard a wooden gulet yacht
  • Domestic flights in coach class within the program (Istanbul to Antalya and Dalaman to Istanbul)
  • Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner 
    13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 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:

  • International airfare
  • 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 other personal item