Highlights

A combination of land touring and cruising the med coast on a traditional Turkish gulet boat. Splash in the mud at Dalyan, stay overnight in the old fishing village of Kas and be amazed at the natural beauty landmark of Pamukkale. Also includes time to explore highlighted attractions of Istanbul. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 11
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount

Pick up from the airport 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

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.

  • 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

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.

  • 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 3.5 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

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

  • 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

    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!

  • Special Features

    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.

  • What's Included

    - 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

  • What's Not Included

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

Hotels

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
  • Start Date: 02.05.2020
    Finish Date: 10.10.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day
  • Start Date: 08.05.2021
    Finish Date: 09.10.2021
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

  • Start
    Finish
    Single
    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 05.05.2020
    Finish: 17.10.2020
    Single: 3,168 AUD 3,009 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 2,330 AUD 2,213 AUD
    Triple PP: 2,196 AUD 2,086 AUD
  • Start: 08.05.2021
    Finish: 09.10.2021
    Single: 3,168 AUD 3,009 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 2,330 AUD 2,213 AUD
    Triple PP: 2,196 AUD 2,086 AUD

Reviews

R. Jamieson

Australia

Hi Michael, We have now returned home from our overseas trip including travel through Turkey. Turkey was a wonderful experience thanks, to a large extent, to the travel and accommodation arrangements made for us by yourself. All the hotels were very good with friendly and helpful staff. I would have no hesitation in recommending your agency to others intending to travel to Turkey. Once again,thanks. Kind regards, R. Jamieson

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Claire Thorn

Australia

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. Thank you again for the flexibility you showed in providing us with holiday that we wanted.

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Chandra Crowe

Victoria, BC

Our tour of Turkey with the Turkey Travel Centre exceeded all of my expectations. I was thrilled to find a professional and reliable agency who was more than happy to create a custom experience for our group. Each destination was well thought out to meet the interests of our group. We all thank you very much and look forward to working with you again in the future.

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Marilyn

QLD - Australia

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.

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Laima

Canada

Hi Liz,

Back from turkey and had a great time. Everything worked out great! Pick-ups, transportation and tours. Loved your choice of hotels, mdc was great and loved the jade in olu deniz. It was a hidden little jewel and the staff were so sweet. Thanks again liz and i will recommend your services to anyone i know who is going to Turkey. Oh, forgot to mention how fabulous the hot air ballon ride was. Once again, thank-you!

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Couple

Australia

We organised a section of our recent Turkey trip with Turkey Travel Centre. In all our dealings, we found Michael and his team to be efficient, thorough and incredible helpful. We made some changes before arrival and once during our trip. At all times we found the staff to be friendly and responsiive, seeking feedback on the tour, accommodation and transport operators they had linked us into. All transfers and arragnements went smoothly and as expected - which takes all the stress out of travel. Thanks. We will be back.

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Blogs

Exploring Kas in Mediterranean Turkey

Kas is one of the smaller holiday resorts of the Mediterranean coastline but many testify 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. If I could have stayed longer, I would have done.

This is not criticism of the surrounding resorts of Kalkan or Patara but 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. Kas has moved with the times but still pays homage to its roots as a traditional Turkish fishing village.

About Kas

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. I had sat in a simple family restaurant facing the sea and it was a great base to people watch and slowly fall in love with Kas.

Things to do in Kas, Turkey

So you might think I spent all my time being lazy and soaking up the rays of the Mediterranean sun but I did get active as well. There is plenty of things to do in the resort and surrounding areas and it would be impossible for any local or expat to complain they are bored.

Visiting Meis from Kas

I booked a day trip across to the Greek island of Meis. Swapping the currency from Turkish lira to euros confused me but it did not stop me from making an on-the-spot decision to jump into a speedboat and head to the Blue cave. We laid down on the boat to get past the entrance but once inside, the scene was of crystal blue water that reflected from the lack of sunshine on the walls of the cave.

Sea Kayaking at Kekova

The lack of strength in my arms was also highlighted when I failed miserably at a sea kayaking trip over the sunken ruins of Kekova. We set off from the small village of Üçağız and ended up in Simena, which is a destination stuck in time and devoid of all modern cons and trends. With aching arms, I grudgingly climbed out of the kayak and followed the group in a safety boat. Would I do it again? Yes, one day I will return and attempt sea kayaking again.

Paragliding in Kas

The next activity, I was to fail at was paragliding. I had seen the paragliders landing every morning and afternoon in the harbour yet when I made it to the takeoff point; my fears got the better of me. Many people who know Turkey in-depth typically associate Olu Deniz with paragliding, but for beginners, the resort of Kaş is a more subtle and easier introduction to the sport.

A Trip to Demre and the ruins of Myra

I also backed up on my travel route to visit Demre and the ruins of Myra. In history, the mayor of Demre was St Nicholas. Thanks to his kindness and love of sharing, he went on to be called Santa Claus. Many nationalities visit the church of St Nicholas to pay their respect to the man that became loved by children all over the world.

After the church, I jumped in a taxi and headed to the ruins of Myra. In its prime, it was an important city of the ancient Lycian league and the tombs facing down from the hillside are an impressive sight.

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