Highlights

Cruise the Turkish Riviera and explore highlighted attractions on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts as well as the central Anatolian region, known as the cradle between East and West. Explore ancient ruins, and see the most amazing scenery, rarely featured in guidebooks about Turkey. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 19
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend:

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

Free day for wandering the streets of the Old City, getting lost in the Grand Bazaar or taking a leisurely Turkish bath in an historic hamam. Play backgammon and drink tea, or travel into the New City around Istiklal Street to experience Istanbul the way the locals do. Overnight in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B

Drive (4.5 hours) south to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Hear expert information from a local guide. Visit the Kabatepe War Museum, the intended landing place at Brighton Beach and Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is held each year. Also visit the NZ Memorial at Chunuk Bair, the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine, and the Turkish Memorial as well. Overnight in Canakkale. Note: Enough time is spent in Gallipoli to visit all the sites mentioned above.

  • Destination: Gallipoli
  • Legend: B, L

Morning drive (1 hour) to the ruins of the ancient cities of Troy and visit. Lunch break. In the afternoon, drive to Kusadasi, stopping at the beautiful ruins of Pergamon (2 hours drive) on the way. These stunning ruins, beautifully located on a hill top, demonstrate that the architects and sculptors of Pergamon were among the most talented in the Hellenistic world. Final drive to Kusadasi will be 2.5 hours. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Destination: Pergamon & Troy
  • Legend: B, L

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.

  • Destination: Ephesus
  • Legend: B, L

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.

  • Destination: Pamukkale
  • Legend: B, L, D

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Pamukkale (Included) Hotel pickup, then a quick snack and safety briefing. Watching the balloon inflate, then you're off! Soaring over Cotton Castles of Pamukkale, and dipping low for a close view. This may be your favourite part of your Turkey trip - it will certainly be unforgettable. Celebrate a soft landing with a quick drink, and return to your hotel for breakfast around 8.30am. 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 Meditarranean, 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. Overnight in Marmaris.

  • Destination: Marmaris
  • Legend: B, 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.

  • Destination: Fethiye
  • Legend: 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.

  • Destination: Fethiye
  • Legend: B, L, D

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 2 hours to the gorgeous little harbour town of Kas. Overnight in Kas.

  • Destination: Fethiye
  • Legend: B, L

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

  • Destination: Kas
  • Legend: B

Free morning in Kas. Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike another short section of the Lycian Way. Afternoon transfer to Antalya by private car. Overnight in Antalya.

  • Destination: Antalya
  • Legend: B

Full Guided tour of the ancient cities around Antalya. In Perge, See the Stadium (seating 12,000), Bath and Colonnaded Street. In Aspendos, you can see the 2nd century AD Roman theatre, seating capacity 15,000. At the pretty site of Side, see the Apollo Temple, ancient ruins and two sandy beaches. Later, visit Kursunlu waterfall. Overnight in Antalya.

  • Destination: Antalya
  • Legend: B, L

Check out of the hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia (according to your travel date, this maybe via Istanbul as there are direct flights only 3 times a week) and onward transfer to your cave hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (North). Visit Zelve open air museum, which once housed one of the largest communities in the region. Visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and the natural Castle at Uchisar. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South) Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and the beautiful Valley of Ihlara, formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-hewn churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back, visit monasteries in Selime Village and a 13th century Caravansaray on the Silk Road. After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from the hotel according to your flight schedule and transfer to the airport.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B


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.

Tour Map

Tour Details

  • In Brief

    This tour is for discerning travelers with some time. The tour hits the highlights, including 3 night Med cruise on wooden sailboat, a stay in the gorgeous town of Kas and plenty of time in Cappadocia.
    This is one of our own, tailored itineraries - so you get all the convenience of a small group tour.

    Daily Guaranteed Departure! (Available between 26 April & 30 October). You can amend this itinerary as you wish.

    Number of participants is usually limited to 18 passengers. Having said this, we almost always upgrade the Old City tours to a private private tour, given the importance of sites. Note that we mainly use Merdeces Sprinter or similar tour buses with our tours in Turkey, we never use public buses. Also, all airport transfers are organised in private vehicles.

  • Special Features

    - High quality, boutique hotels
    - Several private inter-city transfers with Mercedes or similar vehicle and own driver
    - Domestic flights to save time and avoid long bus trips
    - Plenty of time in Cappadocia so you're not rushed
    - This tour is also available on private basis

  • What's Included

    - All accommodation as per itinerary
    - Professional English speaking guide on day tours
    - Full day guided tours
    - Pamukkale Hot Air Balloon Flight (time and availability to be confirmed at the time of booking)
    - All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
    - All transportation & transfers
    - All meals mentioned in the itinerary
    - All museum and entrance fees
    - Gulet cruise as per the itinerary
    - 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

  • What's Not Included

    - International airfares & taxes
    - Travel insurance
    - Personal expenses
    - Optional gratuities to guide and driver
    - Visa fee

Hotels

Departure Date

No departures on Mondays. 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
  • Start Date: 25.04.2020
    Finish Date: 17.10.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day
  • Start Date: 24.04.2021
    Finish Date: 16.10.2021
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

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    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 25.04.2020
    Finish: 16.10.2021
    Single: 6.068 AUD 5.764 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 4.799 AUD 4.559 AUD
    Triple PP: 4.626 AUD 4.395 AUD

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Reviews

Heather Farmer

Australia

To Michael and your wonderful team thank you so much for organising the holiday of a lifetime to Turkey. Arrangements were perfect, the boutique hotels outstanding and our amazing guide Mehmet was so knowledgeable and truly loved his job, making our experience all the more special. I have no hesitation in recommending your agency to anyone considering a trip to this amazing country. Thank you all again. 

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L. Hartley

USA

We had a wonderful trip and I wanted to say thank you. Hope to travel again with you! Despite some very warm weather, we enjoyed every place you suggested. I really appreciated your advice to stay the 3 days in Kas – it was such a great break and in fact would definitely put that on my list to stay for an extended period of time. Also, Istanbul during Ramadan was really fun. Anyway, thanks again for a wonderful and safe experience.

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Gail G.

Australia

Dear Michael, I know this has been a while but Nigel and I wanted to thank you for all your help with our trip to Turkey. We had THE BEST trip. It was enhanced by yourself, Mehmet and Ihsan. Your organisation, Knowledge, prompt responses and helpfulness was fantastic. We also loved Mehmet ( at the end of our tour.... explaining that a tip was not necessary as he loved his job.) One of our pet hates is the tipping at the end of a tour. Wondering how much and when etc. we tipped as we really appreciated the knowledge and passion he exhibited. He was such an integral part of us enjoying everything.

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Keith Berry

Australia

We just returned from the 19 day Turkey tour and wishing to thank you and your team. Everything went very enjoyably and smoothly. We were very happy with the content and all arrangements. 

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Phillippa Heffernan

Australia

Our Turkish Tour, organised by Turkey Travel Centre was one of the best we have ever experienced. Everything went like clockwork - the guides we had each day were on time, knowledgable, experienced and more than happy to change plans at the last minute to give us the best of everything. Our drivers also were excellent and we always felt safe in their hands despite the sometimes chaotic traffic conditions! Thankyou Turkey Travel Centre! 

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J. McBride

Australia

Hi Ishan and Robert, Just a little note to thank you both for the wonderful time I had in Turkey; Robert for organising the itinerary and Ishan for looking after me while I was in the country. Turkey is a wonderful country; the scenery is so diverse and interesting, while the people are very warm and friendly. My favourite destination was Cappadocia, with its unique landscape, the balloon ride and the accommodation at the Stone Cave Hotel. Thank you both for making my holiday such a memorable one and I will certainly recommend your company to any friends that might visit your lovely country. Regards, Jenny

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Blogs

Gulet Cruises in Turkey

The Best Sailing Holiday You’ll Ever Have

Historical ruins, beautiful beaches, sleepy fishing villages and world class marinas make gulet cruising in Turkey an experience no other country in the world can replicate. Cruising the Turkish Riviera is not a new phenomenon, but it never appealed to mainstream holiday markets until the last decade when the Internet shifted people’s perception of travel.

Nostalgic Beginnings of Gulet Cruising in Turkey

Gulet cruises also called Blue Voyage routes began 70 years ago. The exiled “fisherman of Halicarnassus” Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, arrived in Bodrum in 1925 to explore the Aegean Sea and surrounding coastline destinations.

He invited friends to join him, and they spent their time sponge diving, fishing, and wandering the Turkish Riviera. As a talented group of authors, word soon spread about their lazy days and explorations.

We wonder if he knew his lazy days would later become a popular aspect of holidaying in Turkey. From a three-day mini Blue Cruise to a two-week itinerary, experts with years of experience and passion for showing off the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts plan the adventure.

Holidays in Turkey: Sail the Turquoise Coast

A gulet boat is a Turkish wooden sailing vessel. As masters in building gulet boats, Turks used them as fishing vessels, but when tourists requested accommodation overnight so they could stay on board, they adapted the design and these days, they feature all modern cons of a luxury vessel.

Resorts like Bozburun on the Marmaris peninsula and many Bodrum peninsula villages have established strong reputations for boat building expertise and experience. A gulet boat varies in size and carries from eight to twenty passengers, each with private sleeping cabins. Everyone gathers on deck in the communal area for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if they choose not to dock into seaside resorts to visit restaurants.

Most equipped boats have scuba diving, fishing equipment and designated sunbathing areas if the holiday plan is to soak up Mediterranean sun rays. Traditional boats are the perfect sailing vessels, but in recent years, modifications turned vessels into motorised yachts. Either way, it is a thrilling experience.

Cruising Hubs in Turkey

The Turquoise coast stretches from the northern Aegean to the eastern Mediterranean. Winding its way from West to South, it comprises over fifty small bays and villages and many ancient ruins that add a twist to cruising the Aegean and the Mediterranean Sea. Passengers put together itineraries depending on historical sites or Turkish coastal resorts they want to see. They also follow established Blue Voyage routes. Out of all the coastal hubs, four emerged as major destinations.

Marmaris: As a pioneer of Turkey’s tourism industry, international sailors have always favoured Marmaris. During summer, cruises depart from the harbour area to cruise around the coastline to visit hidden coves, off the track islands, and beautiful beaches.

Whether you sleep in your cabin or on deck, under the stars, wake up to a delicious breakfast. The Captain then starts sailing to the next destination, to dock anchor and serve lunch on board, or if the yacht docks into a coastal resort town, passengers enjoy free time to explore and eat in many restaurants. Depending on where you are, they run excursions to archaeological sites or you can take advantage of water sports like jet skis, swimming and snorkelling and para-gliding.

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