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Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel.
Enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus - the body of water that separate European from Asian Istanbul. Explore the imperial Dolmabahce Palace, set on the shores of the Bosphorus River. Constructed in the 19th century, this opulent palace was at the centre of the Ottoman Empire in its final years, and home to the last Ottoman Sultan.
This morning embark upon a fully guided group tour of the only city that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. Before lunch, visit the Hippodrome area - famed as the centre of Byzantine life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400! Continuing, explore the stunning Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, built by Emperor Justinian. Once a church, then a mosque, today it is a museum. After lunch, visit Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultans for almost 4 centuries and finally the Grand Bazaar (if open) before returning to your hotel.
This morning, we drive to the Gallipoli Peninsular on a group tour.A lasting legacy of this fateful campaign are the many poignant war memorials including the national memorials of Australia and New Zealand - Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, along with numerous carefully tended cemeteries, the remains of crudely dug trenches (most often the only form of protection for troops on both sides) and of course ANZAC Cove.
At Troy (the inspiration for Homer's Illiad and much more recently the movie Troy) we visit the Trojan Horse and ruins. We enjoy a guided group tour of the ancient city that dates back to 3000BC! En route to Kusadasi, the group explores the ruins of Pergamum with it's impressive temples, library and medical facilities which made it a famous cultural and political centre of it's time. Overnight Efe Butik Hotel or similar.
Today, we enjoy a guided group tour of the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel! Overnight Efe Butik Hotel or similar.
Meandering through the sweeping plains and endless cotton farms we arrive at the ruins of Roman Hieropolis and the hot springs of Pamakkule for our group tour. Admire this surreal landscape created by frequent earthquakes in the fault depression of the Menderes river basin. Marvel at the crystalline marble, quartzites and stalagtites, which shimmer in the sunlight. There will be time to paddle our feet as you walk the terraces or opt for a dip in the thermal baths. We continue onto Maramaris to board our simple Gulet.
Please note that the following cruise itinerary for the next few days for the Gulet can change. We set sail towards the Ekincik Gulf where you can join an optional boat trip along the Dalyan river to Turtle Beach, passing Lycian rock tombs on the way to the sulphurous mud baths and hot springs.
An early start this morning as we set sail to world-famous Oludeniz Bay for lunch and a swimming break. Oludeniz Bay is one of the most photographed beaches in the Mediterranean and is home to a gorgeous blue lagoon. This afternoon we head to Gemiler Island for an optional early evening walk.
We cruise to Turunch Pinari for lunch and a swim before continuing to Fethiye Harbour where we will arrive approximately 16:00 p.m. We will be there to pick you and transfer you to Oludeniz.
Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently.
Today we will transfer you approx. 3.5 hours to Kas where our arrangements sadly come to a conclusion.
The earliest settle of Kusadasi dates back to the Leleges people in 3000BC and all through the ages, Kusadasi was ...