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March 4, 2016

Authentic Adventure – 11 nights / 12 days

Written By Kazim Sertturk

AA

Small Group Escorted Tours – Max 22 guests onboard

Day 1 Sun: Istanbul – Arrival | Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 Mon: Istanbul | Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. In the afternoon, join an optional Bosphorus cruise and Spice Market tour. B

Day 3 Tue: Istanbul | In the morning visit St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. In the evening, join an optional Turkish dinner and enjoy belly and folk dancing entertainment. B

Day 4 Wed: Gallipoli & Troy – Assos | In the morning depart for Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair. Before we cross the Dardanelles, visit Suvla Vineyard and wine cellar to taste famous Turkish wines. Continue to Canakkale to visit Troy. Drive to Yesilyurt for dinner and overnight. B D

Day 5 Thu: Izmir via Pergamum | In the morning, drive through the olive forests and stop at an olive museum. Then visit an ethnographical museum in Tahta Kuslar (wooden birds) village. Before arriving in to Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. The last stop of the day will be the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum. Overnight in Izmir. B L D

Day 6 Fri: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House | Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Join an optional afternoon tour of Sirince. B D

Day 7 Sat: Izmir – Cappadocia | Depart on an late morning flight to Ankara. Lunch from a local restaurant. Then visit Anatolian Civilization Museum. Continue to Cappadocia. BLD

Day 8 Sun: Cappadocia | Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. Enjoy breakfast from a village house. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled, back in the Roman period. Optional whirling derwishes performance. Enjoy dinner from a traditional restaurant. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D

Day 9 Mon: Cappadocia – Antalya | after breakfast visit underground city Saratli. Proceed to Antalya through the Taurus Mountains and visit Aspendos, the Roman city at the base of the mountains and continue to Perge. Enjoy lunch in a casual, traditional village restaurant. Overnight in Antalya. B L D

Day 10 Tue: Antalya | Relax with a free day on the Mediterranean Coast or join an optional tour to the Archeological Museum of Antalya combined with a cruise from the old Roman yacht harbor. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. B D

Day 11 Wed: Myra – Finike – Kalkan | Depart in the morning for Myra. Visit the home church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) and the ancient city of Myra. Dinner and overnight in Kalkan. B D

Day 12 Thu: Kalkan – Fethiye – Return | In the morning drive to Fethiye and visit the Lycian Tombs. Later, transfer to the Dalaman Airport for an afternoon flight to Istanbul. B

TK 2559 is reccomended.

Blue Cruise Extension

Day 12 Fri: Kalkan – Fethiye – Cruise | Depart early for Fethiye to board a gulet at 10:30am. Spend the afternoon visiting beautiful islands and finally hoist near Göcek Island. Following lunch and a swimming break, cruise to Yassica Island to spend the night and cherish the wonderful scenery. B L D

Day 13 Sat: Bedri Rahmi Bay – Domuz Island – Aga Limani | After breakfast, cruise to Bedri Rahmi Bay named after the famous Turkish artist who set voyage on one of the first ‘blue cruises’ in Turkey. Continue to Domuz Island for a swim and anchor in Aga Limani for dinner and overnight. B L D

Day 14 Sun: Kumlubük – Cennet Island – Marmaris | Depart early and enjoy breakfast in Kumlubük Bay. Anchor at Cennet Island for our last swimming break and lunch. Proceed to Marmaris Harbor by 4:00pm. Overnight stay in Marmaris. Guests wishing to see more of Marmaris are recommended to go to the city center and experience the lively nightlife. B L D

Day 15 Mon: Marmaris | Leave the boat and transfer to the Dalaman Airport. B

Price Includes:

  1. Boutique Class hotels
  2. Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
  3. Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  4. Private air-conditioned transportation
  5. Luggage handling
  6. Flight ticket from Izmir to Kayseri
  7. Local taxes and service charges
  8. Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days. Pre or post stay transfers are not included

Price Excludes:

  1. Personal expenses
  2. Optional tours
  3. Customary tips to guide and drivers
  4. Flight ticket from Dalaman to Istanbul

Hotels

City                              Hotels or Similar

  1. Istanbul                              The House Karakoy (SPC)
  2. Assos                              Nazlıhan Hotel (SPC)
  3. Izmir                              Swissotel (DLX)
  4. Cappadocia                              Gamirasu Cave Suites (SPC)
  5. Antalya                              Puding Marina (SPC)
  6. Kalkan                              Kalamar Hotel (SPC)

Departure dates (2016)

May 01, 15, 29 – Jun 12, 26

Sep 04, 18 – Oct 02, 16

Jul 10, 24 – Aug 07, 21

Additional Info
Country: Turkey
Region: Turkey
City: Istanbul
Address: Emniyet Evleri Yeniçeri Sokak No 6/1 34416 4.Levent, İstanbul - Turkey
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About Author

Kazim Sertturk

Kazim Sertturk

Born in March 1st 1971 in Turkey, Mersin. Graduate from University degree in 1991 and begin professionally working on Hospitality and service market for 1st few years than begin working for a travel agents on incoming travel services in Turkey. During my grownup I did several own visits throughout Turkey to every corners even by walk as an explorer. The Nature, History, Culture is Gigantic and everyone needs to see and smell these priceless human heritages. So, I love my job and happy to create memorable itineraries along the Turkey and neighbour countries, just in English Speaking market.

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