Circle Tour of Turkey in Small Group – TR706

This guided tour stays in historical, boutique and cave hotels. You have the option to visit local villages, markets and have lunch with locals or the option to sail on a Turkish Gulet yacht cruise. Enjoy some dinners at local restaurants, a first hand experience to learn pottery making and easy walks.
Thursday Departures  (May-Sep)
Max Group Size 22 People


Day 1 Thu: Istanbul

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening a welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 Fri: Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem).
Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D

Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Izmir
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight. Optional: Dinner at local restaurant. B L

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important 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 first hand experience of this unique art form. B D

Day 6 Tue: Izmir – Bodrum
After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner & Overnight in Bodrum. B D

Day 7 Wed: Bodrum – Kos
After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos. Overnight in Bodrum. B

Day 8 Thu: Bodrum – Marmaris
After breakfast, depart for Marmaris. Overnight in Marmaris. B

Day 9 Fri: Marmaris
After breakfast, the day at leisure for optional activities. Overnight in Marmaris. B

Day 10 Sat: Marmaris – Cruise
Depart for Marmaris pier to board a gulet at 15:30 am. You will have time for visiting the old town and bazaar of Marmaris with its small streets and hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants. The castle of Marmaris lies on the old town hill and offers a beautiful view across the harbor. Dinner and overnight stay will be in Marmaris. B D

Day 11 Sun: Ekincik Gulf – Dalyan
After breakfast you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf and overnight stay will be this beautiful gulf. You may join optional Dalyan excursion. The participants will be taken from the yacht with a smaller boat called “Piyade” which will bring you into the green delta of Dalyan through the Lycian Rock Tombs. You may see the Caretta- Caretta turtles on the way if you  are lucky. You will have a swimming stop at a unique place called Caretta – Caretta beach. There will be a mud bath occasion on the way back. Final destination before getting on the boat will be the village of Dalyan. B L D

Day 12 Mon: Sunken Bath – Tersane Island – Kizil Island
Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu capes that we have to cross, we will cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world famous Gocek Gulf. We will anchor at Sunken Bath for breakfast and swimming break. This place is also known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. Then we will cruise to Tersane Island. This  naturally protected harbor was used as a shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times. Dinner and overnight stay will be at Kizil Island. B L D

Day 13 Tue: Fethiye – Cappadocia
Leave the boat and transfer to the Dalaman Airport for flight to Cappadocia. B D

Day 14 Wed: Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabag, Devrent Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop. Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. B D

Day 15 Thu: Cappadocia – Istanbul
After breakfast depart to the airport for flight to Istanbul. In the afternoon, join an optional half day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with ne neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Finish your last minute shopping at the Spice Market lled with the fragrance of the exotic east. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. B D


Day 16 Fri: Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Includes:

  • Boutique Class hotels
  • Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Flight ticket from Bodrum to Cappadocia and Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days (arrivals and departure from/to Istanbul Airport). 

Excludes:

  • Pre or post stay transfers are not included
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to
  • guide and drivers
  • Included Highlights
  • Stays at historical, boutique and cave hotels
  • Option to visit local villages, markets and have
  • lunch with locals
  • Some dinners at local restaurants
  • First hand experience to learn pottery making
  • Program offers some easy walks

Hotels: (or similar)

  • Istanbul – Divan Istanbul
  • Canakkale – Kolin Hotel
  • Izmir – Swissotel Grand Efes
  • Bodrum – Doria Hotel
  • Cappadocia – Gamirasu
  • Bodrum – Doria Hotel
  • Marmaris – Elite World Hotel
  • Cappadocia – Gamirasu

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