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Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul airport and included transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon offers free time for you to relax or explore.
After breakfast, there is a full day guided tour which includes St. Sophia the cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537 which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years, the Byzantine Hippodrome with its various monuments including a 3500-year-old red granite obelisk brought from Egypt and erected here in 390 AD. The Ottoman Empire produced marvelous architecture and you'll see two of its finest works: Topkapi Palace, home of the sultans, and the famed Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. After all these visits, you'll venture into the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar.
Tour the Spice Bazaar and it goes on with Bosphorus Cruise. The magical journey which covers both European and Asian shores will let you see the marvelous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace and Ortakoy.
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your morning flight to Ankara. Upon arrival visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; Citadel of Ankara and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Overnight Barcelo Altinel
Today you will be transferred to Cappadocia. Rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight have optional whirling dervish show. Overnight Tafoni Cave Hotel
Full day touring with valleys to see the remnants of some older churches, rock formations and Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Stop by Avcilar and pigeons valley to experience the moon-like topography of Cappadocia continue to Open Air Museum in Goreme to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). and Pasabagi Valley .Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries.
Drive to Ihlara, on the way, visit to Guzelyurt ancient name was Gelveri which is the town of one of the old church fathers of Cappadocia with the name Gregory of Nazianzus it has abandoned cave houses and churches with frescos dating back to 10 century . Walking in Ihlara Canyon, a "mirage" in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: "Valley of the Sky" along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches, spread across a wild plantation, surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible. Lunch in Belisirma, a local restaurant by the river. Stop by Selime, a village with cave houses at the end of the canyon and a "star wars" like landscape.
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Sirince (Selcuk). Overnight Gulla Konak
Pick-up from your hotel for a full day tour of Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House. First, visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. A definite must while in Turkey. Then visit to the House of Mother Mary where she is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John.
Today, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.
Passengers 1 and 2 - Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dalaman. Upon arrival you will be transferred to Marmaris. Boarding your gullet starts at 15:30 from Marmaris Harbour. On the first day, the service starts on the boat with dinner and an overnight stay in Marmaris Port. Marmaris, which was built upon one of the antique Karian cities called Phyckos, has been under the rule of many different civilizations. Being one of the best-known touristic places of Turkey, Marmaris has also a large marina and night life. Passenger 3 and 4 - Transfer to the cruise port. Own arrangements.
After breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf. You may join our optional Dalyan Tour from here (book and pay locally). You will be taken from your yacht by a small boat called “piyade”. You will arrive at Caretta-Caretta (turtle) Beach and take a swimming break here. You will enjoy the natural beauty of the delta as you cruise along the river. You will see the ancient Rock Tombs and finally arrive at mud baths to relax and be rejuvenated. A fishing village called Dalyan will be our final destination after we return to our yacht by piyade boat. and an overnight stay will be in the Gulf of Ekincik.
Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu that we have to cross, we will cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world-famous Oludeniz Bay. Our yacht will be anchored in Oludeniz for lunch and a swimming break. The next stop will be Gemiler Island. It is recommended to have an early evening walk on Gemiler Island and pay a visit to the Church of St. Nicholas, located at the top of the island, which remains from Byzantine times. Overnight stay will be in the Gemiler Strait.
After breakfast, we will cruise to Turunc Pinari for lunch and a swimming break. On the fourth day of our cruise, we will arrive in Fethiye Harbour around 16:00p.m. Guests leave the boat with precious memories at 16:30pm. This is where you will be transferred to your hotel in Fethiye.
At Tlos 40km from Fethiye, see the groups of Lycian-style rock tombs, the ruins of walls built in the Lycian period and a city wall which is one of the best surviving examples of Roman-period wall construction. At Saklikent, see the entrance to the 100 m. canyon (18 km) formed through the centuries by melting snow.
Today you will be transferred to Pamukkale. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide 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. After tour, we will drive to our hotel in Pamukkale.
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival we will transfer you to your hotel.
Passengers 1 and 2 - Transfer to the airport for your flight to Athens. FLIGHT ISTANBUL TO ATHENS NOT INCLUDED. You will be met at Athens airport and transferred to your hotel. Passengers 1 and 2 - You will be met at Athens cruise port and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Athens - Athenian Callirhoe
Transfer from the hotel to the airport. FLIGHT: ATHENS TO CRETE NOT INCLUDED. Pick up rental car in Crete. Overnight Crete (Heraklion) - Lato Boutique
Own arrangements. Drive rental car back to airport to drop off. FLIGHT: CRETE TO ATHENS NOT INCLUDED. Airport transfer at Athens airport to hotel.
Departure transfer to the airport.
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