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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul

Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel by private car. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 2 - Old City Tour (B,L)

Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included). Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 3 - Bosphorus & Two Continents Tour (B,L)

Enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat. Visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 4 - Ephesus Tour by Flight (B,L)

Early morning airport transfer for your flight to Izmir. Then visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre & Marble Street. After a lunch break, visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is thought to have spent her final years. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.


Day 5 - Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D)

Morning drive (2.5 hours) to Pamukkale, then lunch. In the afternoon, tour the 'Cotton Castle.' Bring swimwear as you may have time to swim in the Antique Pool (extra fee applies.) Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its theatre and Necropolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.


Day 6 - Pamukkale to Marmaris to Join Cruise (B,D)

Private car transfer for 3 hours to join your Blue Voyage mini cruise on a wooden gulet. Traditionally used for trawling and sponge fishing, the cruise boat has been refurbished for cruising. It has simple plumbing and small cabins, but ample deck space for sunbathing. Food is freshly prepared on board, and all you need to do is marvel at the blue of the Mediterranean, swim, snooze and snorkel. This is the BEST way to experience the Mediterranean. The boarding starts at 15:30 from Marmaris Harbour. Guests who arrive early may leave their luggage at our office. On the first day, the service starts on the boat with dinner and overnight stay in Marmaris Port. Marmaris which was built upon one of the antique Karian cities called Phyckos, has been under the rule of many different civilizations. The most valuable work of art that you can see today is Marmaris Castle dating from 1577. There is also a mosque and an 8-room caravansary covered with arches from the Ottoman Period. The ruins of the Antique times lie on Asar Hill; a small, low hill located on the northern side of the city. Being one of the best-known touristic places of Turkey, Marmaris has also a large marina.


Day 7 - Marmaris to Fethiye Gulet Cruise - Ekincik Gulf & Dalyan (B,L,D)

After your breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf. You may join our optional Dalyan Tour from here. You will be taken from your yacht by a small boat called piyade. You will arrive at Caretta-Caretta (turtle) Beach and take a swimming break here. You will enjoy the natural beauty of the delta as you cruise along the river. You will see the ancient Rock Tombs and finally arrive at mud baths to relax and be rejuvenated. A fishing village called Dalyan will be our final destination after we return to our yacht by piyade boat. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the Gulf of Ekincik.


Day 8 - Marmaris to Fethiye Gulet Cruise - Adali Bay - Manastir & Tersane (B,L,D)

Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu that we have to cross, we will cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world-famous Fethiye Gulf. We will anchor at Adali Bay for breakfast. For lunch and a swimming break, we will go to Manastir Bay. This place is known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. We will anchor at Tersane Island for dinner and overnight stay. This naturally protected harbour was used as the shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times.


Day 9 - Marmaris to Fethiye Gulet Cruise - Kizil Island & Fethiye (B,L)

After breakfast, we will cruise to Kizil Island for lunch and a swimming break. Disembark from your cruise late afternoon and take a private car transfer for 3.5 hours to the gorgeous little harbour town of Kas. Overnight in Kas.


Day 10 - Free Day in Kas (B)

Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike a short section of the Lycian Way? Overnight in Kas.


Day 11 - Kas to Istanbul (B)

After breakfast, private car transfer to Dalaman airport (2.5 hours) for your flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to cruise ship port or hotel.


Legend : B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner,
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

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Tour Details

You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route. Anything is possible!

Days in Istanbul may be in a different order from above, and some Istanbul days may be moved from the beginning to the end of the itinerary in order to meet scheduled cruise departures.

- All accommodation as per the itinerary
- 3 night gulet cruise
- Professional English speaking guide on tours
- All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport and gulet transfers by private car
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All museum and entrance fees where necessary
- All Local taxes
- Wifi available at all our hotels
- Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency

- International airfares
- Drinks with meals
- Travel Insurance, visas or passports
- Tips & Personal Expenses

Hotels

Destination Hotel Name Type Detail
Istanbul Dosso Dossi Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Kas Gardenia Boutique Hotel or similar Boutique Hotel Detail
Kusadasi Carina Hotel or similar Boutique Hotel Detail
Pamukkale Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar 5 Star Boutique Hotel Detail

Reviews

Marilyn

Our recent trip to Turkey was a wonderful experience. Some time ago I contacted Michael from Turkey Travel Centre with an idea in mind as to the type of tour I wanted to do. Michael could not have been more helpful and the tour was arranged exactly as I had imagined. All transport arrangements worked effortlessly, with the timing of pick-ups and exchanges down to the minute. The guides were all local and very knowledgeable which enhanced the whole experience and the accommodation was a very good standard. I would have no hesitation in recommending TTC for all your travel arrangements in Turkey.

Claire Thorn

Dear Michael, 

Well, we are now home from our travels and want to thank you and all who were involved with putting our wonderful holiday together. From the moment we landed in Turkey, everything ran so smoothly. Each one of the guides assigned to us was firstly, very knowledgable, but they were also good humoured, entertaining and interesting people. We would particularly like to acknowledge Gonul Cebeci in Cappadocia. This young woman was most enjoyable, sharing her love of her country to a very mixed group. 

I would also like to say we enjoyed the mixture of travelling companions grouped with us. Each leg of our holiday we met a new group, stayed with them just long enough to make some friendships that will continue and then moved on.

Your selected accommodation was for us was just perfect. Every hotel offered something unique and satisfied our needs perfectly. Location and comfort were number one. We wish we had spent more time in some, but we were always out walking, looking at each town. Special thanks to the staff in Fethiye. They upgraded us to one of the suites, (I gave a little squeal when I saw its opulence). I'm not sure if this was your doing, but we loved it. Probably our favourite parts of the holiday were the Gulet trip and our brief stay in Kas. When we come back, and we will in the couple years, we would like return to Kas and stay a while longer. 

In the next couple days of days I plan to write a number of recommendations on Trip Advisor. All of them will be positive. Thank you again for the flexibility you showed in providing us with holiday that we wanted.

Regards

Blogs

Why Everyone Should Visit Kas – My Memories

Kaş is one of the smaller resorts of the Mediterranean coastline but in my opinion, it is the most appealing.

While touring the southwest coast, I had scheduled to stay two nights in the town. After the first day, I extended my stay by another three nights and only left because of prearranged commitments.

Please do not take this statement as criticism of the surrounding resorts of Kalkan or Patara because each has their own qualities. However, I felt a stronger connection with Kaş and was left with some unfailing memories.

Despite becoming a popular destination in Turkey, it has not suffered from the trappings and greed of mass tourism. Neither have the local expats inflicted their typical western ways into daily life.

Kaş has moved with the times but still pays homage to its roots as a traditional Turkish fishing village.

My memories of Kas are simple yet pleasing

I remember exploring the small cobbled streets of the old town. Pink bougainvillea sprawled over the walls of the white washed houses.

Before 1923, there was a large Greek population in the town and every so often, I spotted evidence of their presence in the architecture of brown, wooden balconies and window shutters.

Houses, buildings, and streets are built around the old Lycian tombs and Hellenistic theatre, preserving them as timely reminders for past civilizations that occupied the area.

Every day, I watched the sunset from the roof terrace of my hotel. It was not vibrant orange like the sunsets on the Aegean coast, yet it was beautiful.

A shadow slowly covered the blue skies while allowing white rays of the sun to shine through the clouds and reflect on the water.

It was a calming mixture of subtle and mute colours that is now one of my favourite photographs.

The local café near the harbor won my repeat custom by serving the most delicious ice-cold coffee frappes.

I read my book while sitting in the shade on Turkish style cushions and ordered one after another, devouring their taste. Since then, no establishment I have visited has ever matched the lingering taste of those ice-cold coffees.

The evening time was a chance to indulge my culinary preferences by ordering a huge plate of juicy fresh shrimp cooked in garlic. I sent my plate back empty and clean because I had wiped up the delicious juices with fresh bread.

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What is the best time of year to visit Turkey?

Istanbul is a city operating all year round so any-time is good to visit. If you like sunshine, come between April to October as winter in Istanbul can be cold and rainy with the occasional snowfall.

The tourism season on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts run from May to October but tourist sites like Ephesus are open all year round. Gulet cruises are more enjoyable when refined to the months of June to September.

Cappadocia is also a region operating all year round, although in the wintertime, snowfall is usual. The snow does provide a pretty landscape view and the hot air balloons rides will still operate as long as weather conditions are advisable.

If you travel between the months of December to March, bring an umbrella as this is when the country receives the most amount of rain.

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What clothes do you need to pack?

March-late May & October - late November

In this ‘shoulder season’ you may have pleasant mild days in Istanbul and the coastal areas, but cool evenings. In Gallipoli and Cappadocia days may be cool to cold, and you’ll definitely need a warm jacket for nights and early mornings. During the day you’ll need long trousers and maybe a sweater.

Late November to March

Winter in Turkey is very cold. Some parts of eastern Turkey and mountainous areas such as Mt Nemrut will be unreachable in this time due to heavy snow. It will be very cold in Istanbul and you will need coat, hat and sometimes gloves and scarf during the day. In January and February there is a high chance of snow, and every few years there is a major snow which shuts down the city.

At these times, no public transport runs and banks and schools are closed. Sites such as Gallipoli, Ephesus and Cappadocia still have daily tours, but you need to dress very warmly and be prepared for occasional delays in road travel. There is no chance of cruising or beach travel in this time.

Most Greek islands are more or less shut down to tourists. Ferries between Greek islands are irregular and unreliable. Restaurants and hotels are closed in the islands.

Mid-May-early October

These are the summer months. You can expect sunshine almost every day, with very occasional short periods of rain. In July and August it can be extremely hot, especially in Istanbul, the south and east of the country. Tourist sites such as Ephesus and Cappadocia become very crowded.

Istanbul’s night life is at its peak, and Istiklal Street in Istanbul sees crowds of tens of thousands of people, well into the early morning hours. June and all of September are the best times to visit Turkey. The heat is not too oppressive, and but the days are warm and sunny. For swimming and sailing, September is nicer as the sea is warmer.

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Departure Date

No departures on Thursdays. We hold the right the swap the days in your itinerary to suit the Gulet cruise mentioned in the itinerary.

Start Date Finish Date Day / Days / Every Day  
08.05.2017 09.10.2017 Every Day Enquire Or Book
09.05.2018 10.10.2018 Every Day Enquire Or Book

Price List

Start Finish Single Double/Twin PP Triple PP  
08.05.2017 09.10.2017 2,988.09 AUD 2,197.59 AUD 2,071.11 AUD Enquire Or Book
09.05.2018 10.10.2018 2,988.09 AUD 2,197.59 AUD 2,071.11 AUD Enquire Or Book

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