This 18 day tour, starts from Istanbul, Turkey, and ends at Bodrum, Turkey. The final seven days are spent relaxing along the Turkish turquoise coast on a wooden Gulet sailing boat. Other highlights are:- Istanbul Old City (UNESCO Heritage site) - St. Sophia Museum - Topkapi Palace - Blue Mosque - Hippodrome - Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City - Göreme (UNESCO Heritage site) - Göreme Open Air Museum - Bursa (UNESCO Heritage site) - Silk Bazaar - Pamukkale Calcium Travertines (UNESCO Heritage site) - Hierapolis - Aphrodisias (UNESCO Heritage site) - Sultanhani Caravansary
Welcome to Istanbul. You will transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.
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'.
Today we will drive to Iznik which is famous for its handmade tiles and we'll also visit Iznik Lake. Then its on to Bursa which was the first capital of Ottoman Empire and visit Ulu Mosque and the Silk Bazaar before heading to Eskisehir.
After breakfast we drive towards the nation's capital, Ankara to visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Ataturk.
We will drive to Cappadocia visiting the Tuz Golu (Salt Lake), the second largest lake in Turkey, which provides life to the largest flamingo colony in the Middle East and North Africa combined, great photo opportunities. Once in Cappadocia and marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, Goreme open-air museum, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more.
Today we visit and trek through the Pigeon and Love Valleys and explore the many levels of Kaymakli underground city. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Tonight, don't miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers... a night you won't forget!
Heading towards Konya we will visit Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia, en route. Then we will visit mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. We will also visit Selimiye Mosque and Silli Aya Helena Church.
Drive towards to southern part of the country, the Medierranean coast and the city of Antalya. Along the way we we will visit famous theatre at Aspendos which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor and is still used today.
We depart from Antalya in the morning and head for Pamukkale. Along the way, we visit a Kibyra. At this little-known ancient city you will have chance to see the well preserved stadium and bouleuterion. We continue on and upon arrival in Pamukkale visit the famous cotton castles and Heirapolis, including magnificently preserved necropolis, the main steet, gates, thermal baths, the Greco Roman theatre and the Basilica of St. Philippe. Swim in a theraputic bath of hot spring mineral waters.
Depart from Pamukkale towards Aphrodisias the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, also famous for its school of sculpture, we visit the stadium, which is the best preserved in Anatolia, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, theatre, the Museum. Afterwards we continue on to 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.