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Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to the hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the strait of water that divides the continents of Europe and Asia and encompasses the natural harbour, the Golden Horn. Its illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar with over 6,000 shops, the aromatic Egyptian Spice Market and the colourful street life.
Today we have a full day of sightseeing around Istanbul. We’ll visit Topkapi Palace then we will continue to the ancient Roman Hippodrome followed by Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar. (In this tour, guide and vehicle is included)
After breakfast you will go to Hertz car rental office and pick up your car. Then drive to Gallipoli. You will meet with your guide he will get in to your car and then you will drive to historical areas. You will visit the naval battle that took place in the Dardanelles prior to the army landings. We will see Kabatepe Museum then we continue to Johnston's Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches & tunnels), Brighton Beach and Beach Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Ari Burnu Cemetery, Lone Pine, The Nek, Chunuk Bair and Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial.(B) (There won’t be any other vehicle, guide will join your car)
Today you shall drive to Kusadasi. The earliest settlement of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was primarily a port, once on the caravan route and during the Middle Ages, a haven for pirates. Kusadasi lost favour as a port to Izmir and became a fruit growing region until the 1970’s, when the first holiday flats were built. It is now a major holiday destination, for locals and foreigners alike. Influences from the different ages still stand today. The old city walls were built during the Ottoman reign, as was the caravanserai that still stands today.
After breakfast drive to Ephesus Ancient City. Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan and the Great Theater. After the tour you will turn back to your hotel and take your cars and drive to Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Today you shall drive to Fethiye. Stunningly situated on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, fringed by the Taurus Mountains, Fethiye is a charming coastal port with a breathtaking outer bay strewn with islands. The resort is an ideal base from which to opt to enjoy a wonderful surrounding beaches and coastline. Fethiye is located on the ancient city of Telmessos; ruins of the Hellenistic theatre is by the main quay. Fethiye itself offers a choice of charming cafes, bars and restaurants, not to mention shops, just perfect for a relaxing afternoon. On the hill behind Fethiye is the ancient castle, standing on the place where the city was first founded. The remaining walls date back to the eleventh century. You will drop off the car today.
Today you shall board the Gullet. Passengers must embark the boat before 09:30 a.m. from Fethiye Harbour. After breakfast, we 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 a 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.
After the breakfast we will cruise to Manastir (Monastery) Bay. Lunch and a swimming break, will take place 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.
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 16:00 p.m. an overnight stay will be in Marmaris. Guests wishing to see more of Marmaris are recommended to go to the city centre and experience the lively night life.
Today you shall disembark the Cruise at 10:30 after breakfast. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to ferry port for your ferry to Rhodes(not booked with OTG).
The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was ...