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Land & Sea Exploration Plus Blue Cruise

Overview:

Tour Code: CS-12
Highlights: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale, 4-Day/3-Night “Blue Cruise”, and Olympos
Departure Location: Istanbul
Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
Departure Dates: Every Sunday May 20 and October 7, 2017( Except anzac week April 20 to 30)

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: ARRIVAL TO ISTANBUL AND OVERNIGHT

On arrival to Istanbul meeting at the exit gate, you will be assisted to the hotel Overnight stay in Istanbul.

 

Day 2: ISTANBUL FULL DAY TOUR

Today we will explore the ancient Istanbul and explore of the remains of Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. We are going to start with Topkapi Palace (harem section is optional), ancient Roman Hippodrome (center of the chariot races) and keep going with the Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine church which was converted to a mosque in 15th century. We will continue our ancient Istanbul tour with the Blue Mosque and finally we will stop at Grand Covered Bazaar and will have free time to discover 4000 tiny shops in the passageways of the world’s largest covered bazaar. Overnight stay in Istanbul. (B, L)

 

Day 3: ISTANBUL – GELIBOLU

Pick up from hotels will be early in the morning in between 06:30 to 07:00 am, it is going to be over 4 hours driving to Eceabat where we will have our lunch later on proceed to Gallipoli peninsula, the battle field of WW1. Our guide will give you the whole history of Gallipoli, visit Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, bee point Cemetery, and Lone Pine, Johnston’s Jolly, the Nek and Chunuk Bair. Overnight in Canakkale. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4: TROY – PERGAMON

Today will be long but legendary, panoramic and historical. In the morning we will take departure to Legendary Troy to discover the famous archaeological and mythological site, to get details of Trojan Horse, then drive to Pergamon once called the thrown of Satan by the early Christians, It is one of the locations to the Seven Churches of Revelation, Acropolis of Pergamon is very stunning, Temple of Trajan and the remains of library will impress you very much. Overnight stay in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

 

Day 5: EPHESUS TOUR

Today will be short driving and more relax from the previous days, it is only 20 minute driving distance from Kusadasi to Ephesus. Mosque of Isa Bey, from 14th century is going to be the first venue, afterwards we will be visiting ancient Ephesus; it is much larger than you expected. Even though the history of Ephesus goes back to the 2nd Millennium BC remains that you will be visiting start from the 3rd Century BC. such an important place for Jewish and Christian Heritage. St. Paul preached in the Great Theater, the conditions of Odeon Celsius library, marble road temples will surprise you very much. Open buffet lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon, we will visit the carpet corporative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. Fashion show in leather outlet center. Overnight stay in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

 

Day 6: KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE – FETHIYE

From Kusadası to Pamukkale takes about three hours on arrival to Pamukkale which is known as Cotton Castle, we will be visiting Hierapolis ancient city from Roman era, it has the largest ancient cemetery with different types, Main road ancient roman bath and the theater worth to see. Pamukkale very unique natural formation with calcium terraces it famous with thermal baths. Take bus to Fethiye. Overnight stay in Fethiye. (B, L)

 

Day 7: BLUE CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

On board to gullet Cruise Departure from Fethiye Harbor in between 11 to 12 a.m. first stop will be at Samanlik Bay for relaxing and swimming – lunch on board, or depend on the sea and weather condition, to Butterfly Valley for lunch, optional visit of this natural beauty, has 135 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Later on we sail to Oludeniz (The Blue Lagoon) Option for paragliding available. We will complete the day with a stop at St-Nicholas Island. Byzantine ruins, swim, dinner. (B, L, D)

 

Day 8: BLUE CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

In the morning, cruise to Aquarium or Firnaz Bay near Kalkan town for breakfast – swimming. Sail to Kas where we will have our lunch – we will be visiting village. Of ancient Antiphellos, Kas known, with Lycian rock-cut tombs – sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are the remains today. In the afternoon we keep cruising to Kekova and stop for swimming, dinner.(B, L, D)

 

Day 9: BLUE CRUISE FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

Cruise to Sunken City of Kekova Lunch will be at. Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and Byzantine/Ottoman castle. Optional water sports are available. Dinner, relax in this pirates haven or party the night away at the Smugglers Inn (B, L, D)

 

Day 10: BLUE CRUISE – FETHIYE TO OLYMPOS

After breakfast we have a look at the Pirates Cave if weather conditions permit, lunch before cruising to Andriace harbor lunch. In the afternoon bus transfer to the ancient of Myra, for the St-Nicholas Church, shopping and banking when required. Bus transfer to the Olympos takes about two hours (B, L, D)

 

Day 11: OLYMPOS – INCLUDED MEALS: BREAKFAST

Free day in Olympos. Spend all your day on the beach. In the evening, take bus to Antalya (duration 2 hours). End of tour or add on Cappadocia or Istanbul extension. (B)

 

 

TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:

 

  • Pick up airport
  • Professional English speaking Official Tour Guide throughout tour
  • Entrance fees to the various sites
  • Air Conditioned non-smoking vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy, single accommodation is surcharge
  • Dinner in the hotels are may not include according to the chosen category
  • B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner as indicated schedule
  • Gulet Cabin Charter Fethiye to Olympos

TOUR PRICE EXCLUDES:

 

  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities to driver and tour guide
  • Anything unless specified being included

3-NIGHT GULLET CRUISE (INCLUDING CABIN WITH PRIVATE WC AND SHOWER; BED LINEN AND BATH TOWELS (BEACH TOWELS NOT PROVIDED); LATE AFTERNOON TEA AND COOKIES; CREW SERVICES (CAPTAIN, CHEF AND DECK-HAND); USE OF ONBOARD RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT (FISHING TACKLE, SNORKELING GEAR); CHARTER AND BERTH TAXES, HARBOR AND PORT FORMALITIES; MOORING FEES AND MARINE FUEL; YACHT INSURANCE; GOVERNMENT TAX (VAT)

NOTE: Children of 6 years or older are allowed on this cabin cruise if they stay in their parent’s cabin and is charged at full price.

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Minumum 2 participants

  Departure Period Per Person in Double Occupancy
May- June- October $ 1375
July- September $ 1425
August $ 1450
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