This 14 day tour starts in Istanbul, Turkey and ends in Bodrum, Turkey. The final seven days are spent relaxing along the Turkish turquoise coast on a wooden Gulet sailing boat. Other highlights are:- Ephesus (UNESCO Heritage site) - Sirince Village - Site of the Temple of Artemis - Istanbul Old City (UNESCO Heritage site) - St. Sophia Museum - Topkapi Palace - Blue Mosque - Hippodrome - Bodrum Castle - Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - Pergamum - (UNESCO Heritage site) - Troy - (UNESCO Heritage site) - Gallipoli WW1 battlefields.
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.
One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WW1 Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.
Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
Depart from your hotel in Kusadasi in the morning. After a short hour drive your tour starts with a visit to Priene which was one of the most active ports of the Ionian Federation. The city is the oldest example of geometric city planning. Thereafter visit Miletus which has provided its alphabet to the rest of the classical world, was a great port and the hometown of several philosophers and sages. Continue to Didyma's Temple of Apollo with its very well-known oracles was one of the most sacred places of antiquity. Although looted and burnt many times it remains impressive. After the fascinating temple you will have a short drive to Bafa Lake, with a small authentic boat you will enjoy the romantic view of the lake. At the end of the tour you will drive to Bodrum. We will visit the temple of Zeus at Euromos enroute. We continue on to Bodrum.
Today we will visit Bodrum Castle which was built by the Knights of Rhodes in honour of St.Peter. Onto the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which was constructed as a funeral monument by Artemisia, Queen of Caria, after the death of her brother and husband Mausolos. It is here that the word 'Mausoleum' comes from. Lastly we visit the Antique Theatre which is situated on the hillside over looking Bodrum.
We begin boarding our Gulet in Bodrum at 15:30 pm. Relax at the pre-cruise information session. Enjoy an onboard dinner while meeting the other passengers.
After breakfast, we sail to Orak Island for lunch and then cruise to our overnight stop at Cokertme, a small and picturesque fishing town.
Early start as we cruise for Yedi Adalar (Seven Islands). Spend the day amid beautiful island panorama before arriving in Kufre.
After breakfast we set off for Longoz. Overnight in Karacasogut village, just 25km away from Marmaris.
From Marmaris the yacht sails to Sedri Adasi (Cleopatra Island). We spend the afternoon sailing to English port for our overnight stop.
Today we cruise to Kargili Bay for lunch. This afternoon, we sail to Kisebuku for our night stop.
Early morning sail to Pabucburnu. After lunch in Yaliciftlik Bay, we sail back to Bodrum for our final night on the yacht.
After breakfast, we disembark at approximately 10:30 am.