TURKISH DELIGHTFront Word
See the different site of Turkey go and see all the interesting parts and then relaxe on a Gulet . Enjoy and see the historical sights too
Day 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul.After clearing customs and immigration,your guide meets you at the airport and helps you transfer to your hotel. After check-in to the hotel, afternoon is at leisure.You can rest in your room or you can take a walk around the hotel.
Day 2: Istanbul
Firstly we visit The Topkapı Palace after the departure from your hotel,in the palace we will see the kitchens in where the second largest porcelain collection of the world is exhibited,then Council Hall, Treasury,Pavillions.
Your guide will help you to have a lunch in your trip.Then we will see the Hagia Sophia which was the largest church in its era when it was built in 537 A.D under the reign of Justinian. On the opposite side of its location where we will discover the Blue Mosque with its beautiful Iznik tiles.
And we come to Hippodrome to remember the history of the emperor Theodosius and see the Obelisk from Egypt,the Serpentine Column from Greece, Byzantine column and Wilhemn Kaiser Fountain. Your guide will take you into the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, which has a remarkable collection of articrafts.Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul
The Bosphorus Cruise is one of the higlights of the city.You have 2 options here, you want to sail on a local boat or with a yacht.
Then we start sailing on the blue Marmara watersea while we are watching the wooden houses called “yalı” on the Bosphorus river.After our sail, we arrive in Sarıyer fish restaurants where we have lunch near the river close to Black Sea.
We join with our driver here to go to Asian side to climb to the highest point called “Çamlıca Hill” and we drive to Kanlıca known with its famous ”yoghurt” where can taste here in a cafe then we go across the Bosphorus Bridge to arrive in Ortaköy to join with the local people under the bridge,maybe to immortalize the moment with the picture of citys lovely silhouette “Ortaköy Mosque”. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Istanbul
On the way we will see the ancient city walls then we will see The Saint Saviour- Chora Church which is covered with the entricate golden mosaics inspired from the Bible and the life of Virgin Mary,Jesus.
Then we drive to see the Eyüp Mosque and witness the religious life and their ritual visits to tomb of beloved friend of Prophet Muhammed, then we climb up to hill to have a beautiful view over the golden horn in Pierre Loti Cafe.After your lunch we drive to the Patriarch Of Orthodox Christianity and see the ancient restored church with the wooden building. Then we go to see the life of Istanbul citizens in Taksim. We guarantee that you will gain different perspectives of the life of this fabulous city throughout the day. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5: Istanbul / Kayseri /Cappadocia
This morning after breakfast you will check-out and transfer to Istanbul Airport where you will board your flight to Kayseri for Cappadocia. Upon arrival, meet with your local guide and start to discover the wonders of Cappadocia.
Then we will arrive in Uçhisar , the highest point of the region where you can see all different valleys,rock dwelling houses, wineyards and the pigeonaries on the landscape.After our castle visit,we walk in the village which is really so rich with the volcanic houses.Then we will have our lunch in a nice place.After that, we go to visit the Göreme Open Air Museum where we will see the beautiful frescoes dating back to 4-13. century A.D.On the way we can stop in a carpetweaving rug palace to learn the history of Turkish carpets from a local lecturer in Cappadocia region.Then we can go to see the sunset on the panoramic view point depending on the weather conditions.Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Cappadocia
Optional Tour : Hot air balloon ride in the early morning.This tour includes one hour balloon ride,a glass of champagne,transfer,flight certificate.A hot air balloon flight is unique from all other experiences of flights because the feeling in balloon is one of peace and tranquility while floating over the rock formations in the various valleys of the splendid landscape of Cappadocia.
Today firstly we go to see the undegroundcity of Kaymaklı or Derinkuyu on the south part of the region.After one hour drive we arrive in Ihlara Valley where many kinds of flowers,types of birds,a branch of the longest river in turkey and frescoed churches will meet you.Upon your request,we are ready to hike about 2 hours in the valley and visit some frescoed churches inside.Then we will have our lunch in the mid-valley near the Melendiz River.We hope you enjoy eating the throut caught from the river.On the way back to our hotel we will stop at the end of the valley with our car,we can take pictures of the fairy chimneys which can remind you the “Sandy People” from “StarWars”movie in 1970.We stay overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7: Izmir / Ephesus / Bodrum Embarkation (Gullet)
This morning after breakfast you will check out and transfer to Kayseri Airport where you will board your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you will meet with your local guide and transfer to Kusadasi.Visit the Ancienty city of Ephesus by learning the history and the importance of the historical monuments including library of Celcus,the Agora,Trojan Fountain, Hadrian's Gate,Domitianus Temple,Theater. Next,visit the house of Virgin Mary,where she spent the last years of her life.After lunch,take a short walk in the village of Sirince,where you can see the wooden houses,a lovely green nature and taste some local wine.Finally we will drive to Bodrum.Depending on the time of the arrival you can be at your leisure or can join at an orientation tour or sightseeing.Embarkation on board your gulet in Bodrum.
Day 8 :Bodrum / Knidos / Datca
This morning, we sail to the ancient city of Knidos, the home of the irrerisistible nude statue of Aphrodite by Praxiteles. Knidos was Greek, Persian, Alexandrian and Roman due to the strategic location.The temple of Aphrodite and Praxiteles' statue of the Goddess Surprised While Bathing are remarkable artifacts on the island, famous with its local wine. After lunch,we sail to Datca where you will see the Stone houses covered with the bougainvilleas and we anchor in a close bay to have diner and stay overnight.
Day 9: Gulf Of Hisaronu
Enjoy breakfast on board.Today we cruise to the beautiful bays of Hisaronu Gulf which is very picturesque with its darker seas and much greener coast,surrounded by pine clad hills and mountains and keep sailing slowly while having opportunities of swimming in the turquoise sea waters.Then we anchor at one these bays.Enjoy diner on board.
Day 10: Bozukkale(Bozukbuku) / Marmaris
After breakfast on board,we sail to Bozukkale which is a large inlet to the southern end of Kara peninsulaThe entrance to the bay is guardede by an ancient citadel, from which one can get some spectacular views. Visit the ancient site of Loryma,wherea Rhodian-built fortress offers a breathtaking view from a hilltop overlooking the harbour.Then the afternoon will be dedicated to swimming and sun-bathing.We will cruise to the resort town of Marmaris,where you have an opportunity of wandering the streets and covered bazaar.Marmaris is a natural harbour surrounded by the hills and has a large marina and the old town has tiny streets and alleys full of shops,bars and restaurants.
Day 11: Ekincik / Dalyan River / Kaunos
Today we sail to Ekincik.Ekincik is a small but very pretty bay lined with pine trees and is so popular stop for all boats and also the ideal place to visit Dalyan and the ruins of Caunos.The Dalyan River is too shallow to take a yacht but there are numbers of draft river crafts to take you through the delta to the town or to the ancient site of Caunos.
We transfer to these small river boats for a day trip and discover the temple tombs carved on the rock cliffs of the hills.Then we can enjoy having mud bath at the end of the river.Enjoy diner on board.
Day 12: Lydae / Gocek / Yassica Island
Enjoy breakfast on board.Today we sail to the Turquoise Cove and enjoy the small pine-shaded beach or hike to ancient Lydae,a ruin named fort he oracle of Lycians.The broken black statue of the god stil lies on the ground.
As you walk,you may see a spherherd tending his herd or you can hear the sounds of the bells on the collars of the flock.Later today, visit Cleopatras Cove.Enjoy diner on board.
Day 13: Gemiler Island / Oludeniz/ Fethiye
The morning is at leisure to relax as we sail into the cobalt blue lagoon of Olu Deniz.The forested slopes of 6000 - foot of Mount Babadag descend to a perfect, white sand beach.
After lunch,we continue sailing to Gemiler Island where the mysterious ruins of Byzantine city provide a perfect vantage point for watching the sun go down slowly into the Mediterrenean.Enjoy diner on board and overnight in one of the quiet coves around Gemiler island which contains numerous Byzantine ruins. Enjoy dinner on board.
Day 14: Disembarkation - Istanbul
Disembark in Fethiye after breakfast.Transfer to Dalaman airport to take a flight to Istanbul.Arrive in Istanbul airport and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 15: Istanbul / Home
Transfer to the airport for your outgoing flights.
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ISTANBUL: SUDE KONAK BOUTIQUE HOTEL
CAPPADOCIA: ELKEP EVİ BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Price per Person
Package prices for your own private tour: (per person in double room, USD) Please ask the tour prices email@example.com
Price Of The Package İncludes;
7 nights accomodation at hotels mentioned above
7 nights accomodation on the yacht
All breakfasts at hotels
Admission fees, tax and service charges
Complete program of tours as specified in day by day itinerary but not limited
Services of a Professional English-speaking tour guide who is licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and an expert on Turkeys history and culture.
Local transportation by a private chauffeur driven deluxe van with A/C
All transfers and touring as per itinerary from arrival to departure
Airfare for the flight from İstanbul to Kayseri // Kayseri to Izmir // Izmir to İstanbul
Charter of the yacht with the crew members (captain, cook, shipmate)
Salary of the guide on the board
Fuel oil, water, Turkish harbor fees and taxes, change of linen and towels
Excursion with small boats in Dalyan
Turkish transit log
The use of air conditioning is limited to certain hours on most yachts
Meals: On full board basis (Breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea service with cookies, bottled water, coffee)
Admission fees to the historical sights within the itinerary
Transfers between the airport and the harbor
Turkish V.A.T (Value Added Tax): 18%
Any international flights.
What is excluded
Drinks with meals (except drink served with breakfast).
Tips to the guide and driver.
Visa for Turkey, if needed.