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12 NIGHTS / 13 DAYS

DESTINATION : Istanbul-Canakkale-Kusadasi-Pamukkale-Fethiye-Blue Cruise to Demre-Antalya-Istanbul

HIGHLIGHTS : Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet, Topkapi Palace, Grand Covered Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Gallipoli, Troy, Akropolis, Asclepion, Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Hierapolis, Pamukkale, Blue Cruise, Myra, Demre

 

 

Day 1, Friday: Departure Day

Departure day from USA to Istanbul.

Day 2, Saturday: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where you are met by name board and transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3, Sunday: Istanbul – F/D Old City Tour

Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the ancient city with highlights to include: Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet 1 built in 1616 that is famous for unequalled ceramic tiles. You walk across the famous Byzantine Hippodrome where gladiators had fought and chariots had raced. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Your guide will take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. You will be guided through Topkapi Palace, the Imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 15th-19th centuries. The 6 million square footpalace, the oldest and largest remaining in the world, housed more than 10,000 people and is loaded with extraordinary gold, silver and gem collections, a jeweled throne room and the remains of a 400-roomharem pavilion…(Harem section is not included in the program; if requested extra entrance fee is due) and Hagia (St.) Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by the Emperor Justinian. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 4, Monday: Istanbul-Gallipoli & Dardanelles-Canakkale

After breakfast head to Gallipoli. The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are now a serene site. Visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and Kabatepe Gallipoli. Then you will pass over the Dardanelles by ferry and you will proceed to Canakkale. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 5, Tuesday: Canakkale-Troy & Pergamum - Kusadasi

After breakfast you will drive to Troy. Your guide will show you the immortal city of the legendary Helen of Troy and of the Trojan horse which was destroyed and rebuilt nine times. After the visit you will proceed to Pergamum. The ancient town of Pergamum was one of the most important centers of culture and artsof its time. Your guide will escort first to the Acropolis, and see the Temple of Athena, the library, the Royal Palaces, the Temple of Trojan, the steepest theater of the world, the Temple of Dionysos, the Altar of Zeus which was referred to in the Bible as "Satan's Seat." Pergamum was a great center of scholarship and learning. Anthony took the library with its 200,000 rolls and transferred it to Alexandria as a present for Cleopatra. Then you visit Asclepion, an amazing ancient medical center. The ruins here are so complete that walking among them one can relive the methods employed in this health center, from sacrifice to psychodrama… Travel along the Aegean coast to Kusadasi and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 6, Wednesday: Kusadasi-Ephesus-Kusadasi

After breakfast, you head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where you spend a busy day visiting the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, recently excavated monuments, the temple of Hadrian, the Celsus Library and hillside palaces. Then you will visit the House of Virgin Mary. Mother Mary, accompanied by John the Apostle, came to Ephesus at the end of her life. In 1967, Pope Paul VI declared the site authentic and each year a traditional service is held for the pilgrims. Next visit is to the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, which was once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 7, Thursday: Kusadasi-Pamukkale

After breakfast proceed to Pamukkale “the Cotton Castle”, once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal-mineral baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls”. You will admire the view of pure-white enormous basins and stalactites created by millions of years of mineral-rich hot spring waters spilling down the hillside. After lunch, visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil's Hole, and the Masterpiece Theater. Overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 8, Friday: Pamukkale-Fethiye

After breakfast transfer to Fethiye. Rest of the day is free in Fethiye. Overnight in Fethiye. (B,D)

Day 9, Saturday : Fethiye Gulet

After breakfast you will check in to the Gulet. Departure from Fethiye harbor to Samanlik Bay for swimming & lunch. Butterfly Valley is the next stop for a swim and visit this natural reserve, hosting 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Afterwards we cruise to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon). Last stop of the day is st. Nicholas Island, Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Day 10, Sunday: Fethiye Gulet

At sunrise we depart for Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan, where we will have breakfast and enjoy an early morning swim. Cruising on to Kas, we will visit the quaint fishing village of Kas where we will enjoy lunch. Afterwards we continue to a bay near Kekova for swimming, dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Day 11, Monday: Fethiye Gulet

Breakfeast on the way to Kekova, the sunken city. Kekova is a protected archeological site from Lycian-Roman periods. After we visit Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and a Byzantine/Ottoman castle for lunch. Later that day we cruise to Gokkaya Bay with optional water sports activities available. Overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Day 12, Tuesday: Fethiye-Myra-Demre-Antalya-Istanbul

After breakfast on our final cruise day, we visit the Pirates Cave, conditions permitting then cruise to Andriace Harbor for lunch. By bus we continue to the archeological site of Myra and to Demre to see the St. Nicholas Church. After the boat tour transfer to Antalya Airport for the flight to Istanbul. Meet and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 13, Wednesday: Istanbul departure.After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)

 

 

 

 

Includes

- Hotel accommodations in 4* / 5* Hotels

3 nights in Istanbul
1 night in Canakkale
2 nights in Kusadasi
1 night in Pamukkale
1 night in Fethiye
3 nights in Gulet Boat (A crewed cabin charter is the hire of a cabin space on a yacht, with captain and crew. There are 6-8 cabins on each gulet - the gulets are without A/C)
- All meals as written in the itinerary (B=breakfast L=lunch D=dinner)

(11 x breakfast / 3 x lunch / 8 x dinner)

- English speaking professional tour guides

- Transportation by modern vehicles with A/C

- All transfers written in the itinerary

- Blue Cruise Tour with Gulet Boat

- Entrance fees

- Parking fees

- Flight ticket ; Antalya-Istanbul

Hotels

Istanbul Bulvar Palas Hotel (http://hotelbulvarpalas.com/) or similar hotel
Canakkale Hotel Tusan (http://tusanhotel.com/ind-en.htm) or similar hotel
Kusadasi Marina Hotel (http://www.marinahotelkusadasi.com/) or similar hotel
Pamukkale Colossae Hotel
(http://www.colossaehotel.com/colossae/lang/2/en/english.aspx) or similar hotel
Fethiye Atapark Hotel (http://www.hotelatapark.com/index-en.html) or similar hotel
3 Nights accommodation in Gulet Boat

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