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Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring this great Ottoman city on foot or simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Touring the heart of the Old City from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled, we’ll view some amazing sights. See the Blue Mosque (opening subject to prayer times) which faces the Hagia Sofia and is famed for its blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets and the ruinous Hippodrome – now a small park of sorts and once scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine times. Also enjoy a visit to Topkapi Palace - residence of the sultans and Hagia Sofia Museum - constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Later we take a scenic ferry ride on the Bosphorous, the stretch of water that divides Europe from Asia.
Early this morning, we travel to the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli on the Gallipoli Peninsular. Where we walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with visits to the battlefields and trenches, ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly and various other sites.
Travelling south today our first stop is legendary Troy, for a guided tour. If you’ve seen the movie – ‘Troy’ or read the poet Homer’s – ‘The Iliad’ you’ll be familiar with Paris – Prince of Troy, his prized Helen and Hector – Prince of Troy on the Trojan side and Agamemnon and Achilles on Greek Side. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was bought alive by its rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed 9 ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC! We travel on to the ancient ruins of Pergamum and enjoy a guided tour of the site. Home to one of the steepest, vertigo-inducing amphitheatres in the classical world. Continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast.
Today, we tour the incredible Roman ruins of Ephesus. Undoubtedly the most well preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world to get a feel for what Roman life must have been like. In the 1st century BC, Ephesus was the second largest city in the world! It revelled in prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims, who came to see its great Temple of Artemis (completed in 550 BC) - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
We will transfer you through to Fethiye today and check you into the hotel.
A very early start today as you are transferred to Fethiye Harbour to board your Gullet cruise by 10:30am. 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 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 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.
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.
The guests will leave the boat with precious memories by 10:30 after breakfast., we will transfer you to the Marmaris Hotel.
After breakfast, we will transfer you to Dalaman Airport for the domestic flight to Istanbul. Arrive into Istanbul and we will transfer you to the hotel. Rest of day at leisure.
Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.
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