Fethiye Holidays

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Day 1: Istanbul

We look forward to meeting you at the airport bright and early on the 3rd at 06:15am to transfer to your hotel for check in on arrival.

Day 2: Istanbul

This morning we enjoy a guided tour of Istanbul's old city. Our tour includes visits to the stunning Blue Mosque famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets, the ruinous Hippodrome – now a small park of sorts and once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times, Hagia Sofia Museum - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, Topkapi Palace and the Underground Cistern – an ancient underground water tank - replete with carved and fluted Corinthian columns and a puzzling head of Medusa. Visitors walk on walkways suspended above the shallow water. It’s very cool and peaceful.

Day 3: Istanbul - Cappadocia

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Kayseri. We will drive to Cappadocia and visit Kaymakli Underground City, where dwellings for the christian communities were used as refuges. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city such as stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries. Next stop is Pigeon Valley where you will see where the Pigeons were used to send messages and to fertilize the grapes. Wonderful panoromic views at Uchisar Castle - the highest point in the region. The castle and its surrounds used to be the most populated area in this settlement which resembles Ortahisar in style.

Day 4: Cappadocia

After breakfast we will visit Goreme Open Air Museum. This is the place where religious education was started. You will visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with fresgos painted on the walls. Then we will see Pasabaglar (Monks Valley). Many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads. Then proceed to Avanos, known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river.

Day 5: Cappadocia - Pamukkale

We start our morning with a drive to Pamukkale and visit the Travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath.

Day 6: Pamukkale - Fethiye

This morning drive to Fethiye, a charming port town on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, fringed by the Taurus Mountains. Your guide and drive say farewell today.

Dahab beach

Day 7: Fethiye - Gulet cruise

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to port and will cruise to world-famous Gocek Gulf. While moving through uniquely beautiful islands, we finally anchor at Yassica Islands. Lunch will be taken in this beautiful chain of little islands. We will anchor at Tersane Island for tea-time and swimming break. This naturally protected harbour was used as the shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times. For dinner and overnight stay we will cruise and anchor in Bedri Rahmi Bay. Bedri Rahmi is a famous Turkish artist who made one of the first 'Blue Cruises' in Turkey. Following his visit the bay was named after him.

Day 8: Gulet cruise

After the breakfast we will cruise to Manastir (Monastery) Bay. Lunch and a swimming break, will take place in here. This place is also known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. Afterwards we will cruise to Aga Limani for dinner and anchor here for overnight stay.

Day 9: Gulet cruise

Today, we will cruise to Kumlubuk Bay early in the morning. Breakfast will be served in Kumlubuk Bay. We will anchor at Cennet Island for our last swimming break and lunch. We will enter Marmaris Harbour by 16:00pm for an overnight stay Marmaris. Guests wishing to see more of Marmaris are recommended to go to the city centre and experience the lively night life.

Day 10: Gulet cruise - Kusadasi

The guests will leave the boat with precious memories by 10:30am after breakfast. Then you will pick up your car from Avis Marmaris depot. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 11: Kusadasi

Day at leisure in Kusadasi.

Day 12: Kusadasi - Assos

Drive to Assos, a beautiful, historic archeological site and seaside resort town on Turkey's northern Aegean coast. Day at leisure.

Day 13: Assos

Day at leisure in Assos.

Day 14: Assos - Canakkale

Make your way to Canakkale. The pretty seafront of this modern town is well worth a visit, as is the Archaeological Museum and the Military and Naval

Day 15: Canakkale

You'll be met by a guide and drive Gallipoli. You will meet with your guide and visit naval battle that took place in the Dardanelles prior to the army landings. We will see Kabatepe Museum houses a collection of historic items relating to the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I. Then we continue to Johnston's Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches & tunnels), Brighton Beach and Beach Cemetery, Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is held on Anzac Day every year, Ari Burnu Cemetery, where the Dawn Service was held until 1999, Australian Memorial at Lone Pine with pectacular views, The Nek where the tragic charge of the Light Horse took place, The New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair and Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial.

Day 16: Canakkale

Drive to the Cape Helles on the southern toe of the peninsula where British and French troops landed. We start on the British sector, seeing where the River Clyde landed the men of the 29th Division on V Beach, Seddul Bair, and the nearby V Beach Cemetery. We then move on to Lancashire Landing, where the 1st Lancashire Fusiliers won six VCs. At X Beach we see where HMS Implacable landed 2nd Royal Fusiliers. We go up to Suvla Bay, seeing where some of the first British ‘Pals’ battalions came into action in August 1915. We will see the Turkish Memorial and the impressive Martyr's Memorial overlooking Morto Bay. Then discover the story of the Anzac's forgotten battle at Gallipoli with a visit to the battlefield at Krithia.

Istanbul view

Day 17: Canakkale - Istanbul

After breakfast you'll drive to Istanbul and drop off to car.

Day 18: Istanbul

Day at leisure n Istanbul.

Day 19: Istanbul

Day at leisure n Istanbul.

Day 20: Istanbul

Day at leisure n Istanbul.

Day 21: Istanbul

Day at leisure n Istanbul.

Day 22: Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer to the airport where we bid you farewell!

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Amphitheatre in Kusadasi

Kusadasi

The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was ...

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