TOURS IN TURKEY

HIGHLIGHTS OF TURKEY IN 8 DAYS

Cosmopolitan Istanbul, exotic Cappadocia and the antique Aegean. All in 8 days!

The sheer volume and diversity of Turkey’s myriad classical sites, even concentrated as they are in a comparatively small geographical area, can be a bit overwhelming for the first-time visitor.

This tour offers you an overview of some of Turkey’s finest archaeological sites, stunning landscapes and timeless, pastoral traditions.

From the fabled straits of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelle’s, to the crystal-clear coves of the Aegean and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, our tour covers well-preserved ancient cities that in their heyday were the cultural equal of ancient Rome and Athens: Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Aspendos…

Anatolia, a land of Roman temples, early synagogues, the lands where St. Paul preached the gospel, Byzantine churches, Whirling Dervish lodges and Ottoman mosques…

Striking landscapes where towering mountain peaks enclose fertile valleys dotted with vineyards and olive groves, creating stunning backdrops for fishing villages and secluded golden beaches…

Out of the steppes arise outlandish geological formations shaped by volcanic activity, erosion and mineral-saturated waters: the lunar landscape of Cappadocia and the dazzlingly white “cotton castle” travertine terraces of Pamukkale. You’ll also become acquainted with contemporary Turkey, as we observe the time-honored rhythms of rural life and visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who presided over the founding of the Republic of Turkey.

We arrange air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you get the most out of your stay in Turkey. Relax, marvel at the glories of Anatolia. And leave the rest to us.

Detailed Itinerary:

Cappadocia
1st Day… We transfer to the airport early in the morning, one-hour flight to Ankara, where our guide greets us. Our tour in Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, includes the renowned Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which houses an extensive collection dating from the Late Stone Age through the Classical era, and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, resting place of Republican Turkey’s larger than life founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. After lunch, we continue east to the haunting beauty of Cappadocia’s surreal landscape of volcanic tuff sculpted by time and the elements.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia

Cappadocia
2nd Day… After breakfast, we marvel at Goreme’s fairy chimneys, troglodyte dwellings, sweeping vistas and Open Air Museum, which is home to literally dozens of rock-carved monasteries and churches adorned with brilliant Byzantine frescoes. We stop at numerous spots to admire the view and take photographs. Lunch at a local restaurant, then we visit rock formations in Pasabag, Zelve’s deserted monastery complex, scenic Rose Valley and the pottery-making village of Avanos. Return to hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia

Mevlana Museum, Konya
3rd Day… Depart early for the longest day of the tour. After a brief visit to Konya’s Seljuk and Ottoman monuments and the Mevlana Museum, housed in a former Whirling Dervish lodge near the tomb of famed Sufi mystic Celaleddin Rumi, lunch will be served en route. After the lunch, our drive takes us through snow-capped mountains, rugged gorges and pine forests to the vast steppes of the Central Anatolian plains before we arrive at Antalya, the heart of the Turkish Riviera.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Aspendos
4th Day…
We spend a full day exploring the ancient Pamphylian cities visited by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, Antalya Museum and the Antalya old city and harbor districts, with their 13th century Seljuk minaret and well-preserved Ottoman homes looking out upon the fantastic view of the Taurus Mountains reflected in the Mediterranean Sea. In Perge, we visit the well-preserved city walls dating back to the Hellenistic Age, theater seating 14,000 and the largest stadium in Asia Minor. Countless marble statues excavated from the Agora and a bath are on display at Antalya Museum. Next, in Aspendos, we admire the beautifully preserved Roman theater and the tallest surviving aqueduct systems in Turkey. Then, it’s on to Side, a seaside resort town that has a local museum, a Roman theater, well preserved monuments, beaches, restaurants, motels, hotels and shops… The sites here are clustered together, so we have plenty of time to explore and for a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant before returning to our hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Pamukkale
5th Day…
In the morning, we travel through the Taurus Mountains to Pamukkale. Pamukkale, which means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is yet another of Turkey’s geological wonders. Over millions of years, a hot spring spilling down the hillside has left behind rich mineral deposits, which have created enormous, pure-white basins and stalactites. The site was holy to the Greeks and Romans, and Byzantine ruins have also been discovered. Here we will watch the sun set behind the travertine terraces.
Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

Theater, Aphrodisias
6th Day…
Our visit will begin early in the morning with the ruins of the magnificent temple of Apollo, continuing with the breathtaking theatre, the fascinating necropolis and the great Baths of Hierapolis Antique City. Following the lunch, we reach one of imperial Rome’s foremost Asian cities: Aphrodisias, an isolated, major archeological site situated high on a plateau and ringed by mountains. Excavation continues here, but the almost fully intact Temple of Aphrodite, Baths of Hadrian, theaters, great Agora and 30,000-seat stadium have been uncovered. We also visit secluded Byzantine churches and the local museum, with its extensive collection of ancient statuary dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. After the visit and two-hour drive through scenic Meander Valley, named for the winding river from which we get the word “meander”, we reach Kusadasi resort.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi

Celsus Library, Ephesus
7th Day…
After breakfast, we head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where we spend the morning visiting the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John and Efes Museum; then continue exploring the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, several recently excavated monuments.
Dinner and overnight in Izmir

Pergamum
8th Day…
After breakfast, drive to the extensive ruins of Bergama (Pergamum). The Pergamum Acropolis is perched high above modern Bergama, but reachable by a short and easy climb. We also explore the steep Roman theater carved into the hillside, the Altar of Zeus and, in the lower agora, the largest Roman building in Asia Minor, the Temple of Serapis. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the Asclepion, an ancient Greek and Roman medical center that also has a theater, library and temples. We then drive through the lush olive groves of Edremit and Ayvalik Bay to arrive at Canakkale.
Dinner and overnight in Canakkale

City Walls, Troy
9th Day…
We depart from the hotel in the morning to visit the most evocative archaeological site in the world; little remains of the Troy written about by Homer in The Iliad. Still, take the time to admire the view of the distant straits from a striated hill created by the building of nine distinct cities, layer upon layer, over 4,000 years. This is the closest anyone can get to the fabled world of Paris and Helen, Achilles and Odysseus. Lunch en route, then take a ferry across the Dardanelle’s into Europe. We drive along the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara to arrive at Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul

10th Day… After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

THE TREASURES OF AEGEAN

The best of the natural and historical treasures of Turkey’s Aegean region…

As archeologists continue to uncover an ever expanding number of vast ancient cities on and near Turkey’s Aegean coast, one thing has become increasingly apparent: No other spot in the world boasts such a well-preserved and rich link with the ancient past.

Here, among the olive tree-covered hills of Western Anatolia, you’ll find a diverse heritage that mixes the Holy Lands, Greece and Rome. Hellenistic monuments on a par with anything in modern Greece stand side-by-side with Roman cities built by Caeser, Augustus and Hadrian. Five of the seven great, early churches of Asia Minor, a 2nd century synagogue and early Ottoman mosques stand side-by-side among the ruins of temples dedicated to pagan gods. From the winding Meander River, to sparkling azure coves, from the snow-white “cotton castle” travertine terraces of Pammukkale to the lush valleys and high plateaus ringed by snow-capped mountains, the Turkish landscape never fails to inspire and astonish.

You’ll also become acquainted with contemporary Turkey, as we observe the time-honored rhythms of rural life. We provide air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you get the most out of your stay in Turkey. Relax, marvel at the glories of the Aegean. And leave the rest to us.

Detailed Itinerary:

Pergamum
1st Day…
Morning flight to Izmir (ancient Smyrna), where we check into our hotel, then continue on to the extensive ruins of Bergama (Pergamum). The Pergamum Acropolis is perched high above modern Bergama, but reachable by a short and easy climb. We also explore the steep Roman theater carved into the hillside, the Altar of Zeus and, in the lower agora, the largest Roman building in Asia Minor, the Temple of Serapis. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the Asclepion, an ancient Greek and Roman medical center that also has a theater, library and temples. We then drive back to Izmir.
Dinner and overnight in Izmir

Pamukkale
2nd Day…
After a short one-hour drive, we reach Sardis, once the capital city of King Croesus, where the world’s first coins were minted. We explore a Roman gymnasium, a 2nd century synagogue believed to have been given to the local Jewish community by Emperor Lucius Verus, and the Temple of Artemis, built to commemorate Alexander the Great’s liberation of the city from the Persians. Next, lunch is served en route to Alasehir (ancient Philadelphia), which we visit before proceeding on to Hierapolis and the unique geological formations of Pamukkale, where we stay at a hotel with a pool heated by natural thermal waters.
Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

Tetrapylon, Aphrodisias
3rd Day…
After breakfast, we admire the morning view of pure-white enormous basins and stalactites created by millions of years of mineral-rich hot spring waters spilling down the hillside. Then, after a two-hour drive through the scenic Meander Valley, we arrive at Aphrodisias, one Turkey’s more isolated and most spectacular archeological sites. Excavation continues here, but the almost fully intact Temple of Aphrodite, Baths of Hadrian, theaters, great Agora and 30,000-seat stadium have been revealed. We also visit secluded Byzantine churches and the local museum, with its extensive collection of ancient statuary dedicated to Aphrodite. Then, we drive back east to the Aegean coast resort town of Kusadasi.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi

Celsus Library, Ephesus
4th Day…
After breakfast, we head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where we spend a busy day visiting The Chapel of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, Ephesus Museum and the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, recently excavated monuments, the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and hillside palaces.

We then take a one-hour drive to Izmir International Airport for the return flight to Istanbul, where we arrange the transfer to your hotel.

THE GOLDEN MEDITERRANEAN

An evocative world of turquoise bays, rugged mountains and ancient cities…

The wonders of Turkey don’t end at the water’s edge. The shoreline is a land of sheer cliffs framing crystal-clear coves, wetlands teeming with aquatic life, deep green forests contrasting with the subtly shifting milky greens and vivid blue hues of the magical Mediterranean…

It was here, in this spectacular paradise, that successive civilizations rose and fell. It was here, in this hauntingly beautiful, life-giving land that Man flourished, devoting himself to Art, Philosophy, Medicine, Music, Architecture…

There’s no better way to explore this part of Turkey than to cruise along the rugged coastline by boat.

In this program, we give you the opportunity to sample the best of sea and land, combining overnight stays in fine hotels with three nights at sea – and we also keep the concerns of travelers with time and budget limitations in mind, providing you superior value for money.

We take overland excursions to some of the most striking archeological sites in the world and also organize boat excursions to Simena, an ancient submerged city, and the Lycian rock tombs of Caunos.

As always, we provide air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, an experienced crew and captain, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you get the most out of your stay in Turkey.

Relax, marvel at the glories of the Mediterranean. And leave the rest to us.

Detailed Itinerary:

1st Day… Board your sailing yacht in Marmaris in the afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink and receive a brief orientation on the yacht and the cruise. Dinner and overnight on our yacht in Marmaris Harbor

Dalyan
2nd Day…
We begin sailing after breakfast, reaching Ekincik after about two hours.
Depending on the wishes of the group, we take an excursion to the ancient city of Caunos, where you’ll be amazed by the Lycian rock tombs carved out of the sheer cliff sides. You also have an opportunity to take a mud bath in the curative hot springs the area is famous for. We can also cruise through the watery maze of reeds on the delta of the Dalyan River to Iztuzu, a sandy, expansive beach that is one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered loggerhead Caretta Caretta turtles. Dinner and overnight on our yacht in one of Ekincik’s bays

Manastir Bay
3rd Day…
After breakfast, cruise approximately three and a half hours to Agalimani, located just behind Kurdoglu Bay, for lunch and a swimming stop. Early in the afternoon, we arrive in Manastir Bay. Dinner and overnight on our yacht in Manastir Bay

Oludeniz, Fethiye
4th Day…
Depart Manastir after breakfast. Cruise in Fethiye Gulf and, depending on weather conditions, visit other charming bays, as well as Tersane Island and Yassica Islands. Late in the afternoon, arrive in Fethiye. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Fethiye

5th Day… Checkout from the hotel for a full day tour of Xanthos, probably the most interesting of all the Lycian cities, Patara, with its Roman ruins and fine, sandy beach, and Letoon, the site of a Hellenistic theater and three temples. We end the day at Kas, a former fishing village nestled in a curving bay against a backdrop of steep cliffs. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Kas

Simena
6th Day…
Departure from the hotel in Kas for a full-day tour of the area, which includes a visit to Demre (ancient Myra), the birthplace of St. Nicholas, better known to the world as Santa Claus. We take a local boat to visit the sunken city of Simena, located in one of Turkey’s most spectacular bays. We then continue overland east along the Mediterranean coast to Antalya. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Antalya

Perge
7th Day…
We depart our hotel in Antalya for a sightseeing tour of the city’s historic district and surroundings, which includes a visit to the Roman cities of Perge and Aspendos, where we see the best preserved Roman theater in the world, dating back to the 2nd century AD, and Antalya Archaeological Museum, which houses an extensive and well-displayed collection of pre-historic, Greek and Roman archaeological and ethnographic artifacts. At the end of the program, late in the afternoon, transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Istanbul.

THE GATEWAY TO MESOPOTAMIA

Step back in time and explore the Fertile Crescent, the dawn of civilization…

So spectacular are the ruins and natural beauty of Western Turkey that many travelers neglect to venture out to the exotic and compelling sites of the Southeast. Long before the great Greek and Roman cities rose up along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, civilizations even more ancient flourished in an area lying between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, known as The Fertile Crescent. Much of what was once northern Mesopotamia lies in what is now Southeastern Turkey. It is the land of the Hittites, Urartians, Assyrians, and Sumerians, the birthplace of Abraham, the site of the world’s first university, and the first Christian communities – a rugged, breath-taking land in which successive cultures mingled with and influenced each other.

Today, we can only marvel at the awe-inspiring landmarks and relics bearing testament to millennia of continuous habitation in a region that was once the technological, scientific and cultural center of the world. Over the past decade, archeologists have excavated stunning new finds, including the unique Roman mosaics of Zeugma, which have been carefully preserved with the help of UNESCO.

With coastal Turkey such a magnet for travelers, the Southeast, in particular, is a region where our “insider” knowledge and expertise enable travelers with limited time to concentrate on visiting the sites of greatest interest, without the hassle of arranging for guides, transport, meals, entrance fees and accommodation. What’s more, we help you to become acquainted with one of the timeless charms of the region: its people. We arrange for you to enjoy the local hospitality, culture and cuisine – all of which are legendary, even among Turks living in other parts of the country.

As always, we arrange air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you make the most of your stay in Turkey. Relax, and marvel at the glories of Southeastern Turkey, the Gateway to Mesopotamia. And leave the rest to us.

Detailed Itinerary:

Mosaics, Archeological Museum
1st Day…
Guests are greeted at Adana Airport, from where we proceed to Antakya (ancient Antioch), one of the Roman Empire’s foremost commercial and trading centers and the city where Saint Peter established one of the world’s first Christian communities. After we settle into our hotel and enjoy lunch, our first stop is the Sokullu Mehmet Pasa Caravanserai. We then proceed to the Antakya Archeological Museum, with its near-immaculate Roman mosaics and the cave church of Saint Peter, the monumental facade of which was built by the Crusaders in the 12th century AD. Dinner and overnight in Antakya

Nemrut, Adiyaman
2nd Day…
After breakfast, we make an early start for Gaziantep, where we tour the Gaziantep Archeological Museum’s collection of Hittite reliefs, gold jewelry and priceless mosaics recently discovered in nearby Zeugma. After visiting the castle, most remnants of which dates to the Seljuk period, we lunch on Gaziantep’s distinctive regional dishes, then explore the timeless passages of the historical bazaar, with its rich variety of mother-of-pearl inlaid objects, carpets, kilims, spices, antiques, silver and hand-embroidered headscarves. Early in the evening we head northeast to Adiyaman, where we suggest everyone retire early, because at 2:00 am you will be awakened and taken to the 2,150-meter (7,500-foot) summit of Nemrut Dagi for the sunrise, one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world. Overnight in Adiyaman

Ataturk Dam

Balıklıgol, Şanlıurfa
3rd Day…
By 5:30 in the morning, we will be gathered on Mt. Nemrut waiting for the first rays of the rising sun to illuminate the magnificent tomb built here by Antiochus I Epiphanes (64-38 BC). The massive stone heads, seated statue of Apollo, Fortuna, Zeus, Antiochus and Hercules, altar, reliefs and 50-metre-high cairn of small stones covering King Antiochus’s tomb gradually come into view. You’ll have plenty of time to examine these breathtaking works and ask questions about their extraordinary origins. As we descend to Adiyaman, we visit Arsemeia, the capital of the ancient Commagne kingdom, Cendere Bridge, a Roman structure still in use today, and Karakus tumulus, surrounded by pillars and believed to be the funeral mound of King Antiochus’s wife. After breakfast and a rest back at the hotel, we visit Ataturk Dam, the centerpiece of Turkey’s GAP irrigation project, one of the largest in the world, then enjoy a tea break in an authentic nomadic tent on the shores of the massive man-made lake.

Immediately after arriving at our hotel in Şanliurfa, we have lunch, then set off to explore one of the oldest urban areas in the world, a city that retains its mesmerizing, exotic character. As we visit the medieval houses, narrow market streets, the Cave of Abraham, believed to be the prophet’s birthplace, and Golbasi, the site where legend has it that Assyrian tyrant Nemrut hurled Abraham into a bonfire, you’ll appreciate the Middle Eastern flavor of what is perhaps eastern Turkey’s most compelling city. After getting a bird’s eye view of Sanliurfa from the Nemrut’s hill-top citadel, we return to the hotel for dinner. Evening entertainment is a Sirra Gecesi, a traditional gathering at which melodic folksongs are sung, çig kofte (spicy steak tartar meatballs) eaten and mirra (the strong local coffee) drunk. Overnight in Sanliurfa

Harran
4th Day…
After breakfast, we drive south to Harran, the last surviving example of Syriac mud-built houses, this town mentioned in the Genesis has a history stretching back over 6,000 years. The ruins of a Crusader fortress are visible on what was once an Assyrian temple dedicated to Sin, god of the moon, and the remains of an Arab-built Islamic university, the world’s first, are still evident. After a tea break in one of the ubiquitous bee-hive shaped houses, we drive east to Mardin, a picturesque town clinging to a sheer rocky bluff and overlooking the Syrian plains. After lunch in a historic Mardin home, There, we visit Kırklar church, Deyrulzefran, or “Saffran Monastery”, a Syrian Orthodox orphanage founded in 439 AD and for centuries the seat of the Syrian Orthodox patriarch, and Kasimiye medresse. Overnight and dinner in Mardin.

Hasankeyf
5th Day…
After breakfast, first we tour nearby Midyat, famed for its ornately carved stone homes and silversmiths. There, we visit Mar Gabriel monastery, a working community of Syrian Orthodox nuns and monks who will be happy to share with you information about the area’s 2,000-year old Christian past. On the way to Diyarbakir, we visit to Hasankeyf, which is one of the most interesting spot of the tour, a now-ruined city built on the banks of the Tigris, exploring its 12th century palace, mosque and tombs. Then continue to Diyarbakir, via Batman, upon arrival visit to Ulu Cami, one of Anatolia’s first grand Seljuk mosques, and the black basalt walls enclosing the largest city in Southeast Turkey, a settlement that was ancient thousands of years before it fell to Alexander the Great. Then have a dinner before taking you to the airport, where we say good-bye until we hopefully see you on another tour.

Overnight in Istanbul.

TURKEY’S CLASSICAL BEAUTY

The wonders of Turkey: Ancient ruins, breathtaking scenery and rural life…

The sheer volume and diversity of Turkey’s myriad classical sites, even concentrated as they are in a comparatively small geographical area, can be a bit overwhelming for the first-time visitor.

This tour offers you an overview of some of Turkey’s finest archaeological sites, stunning landscapes and timeless, pastoral traditions.

From the fabled straits of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelle’s, to the crystal-clear coves of the Aegean and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, our tour covers well-preserved ancient cities that in their heyday were the cultural equal of ancient Rome and Athens: Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Aspendos…

Anatolia, a land of Roman temples, early synagogues, the lands where St. Paul preached the gospel, Byzantine churches, Whirling Dervish lodges and Ottoman mosques…

Striking landscapes where towering mountain peaks enclose fertile valleys dotted with vineyards and olive groves, creating stunning backdrops for fishing villages and secluded golden beaches…

Out of the steppes arise outlandish geological formations shaped by volcanic activity, erosion and mineral-saturated waters: the lunar landscape of Cappadocia and the dazzlingly white “cotton castle” travertine terraces of Pamukkale. You’ll also become acquainted with contemporary Turkey, as we observe the time-honored rhythms of rural life and visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who presided over the founding of the Republic of Turkey.

We arrange air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you get the most out of your stay in Turkey. Relax, marvel at the glories of Anatolia. And leave the rest to us.

Detailed Itinerary:

Cappadocia
1st Day…
We transfer to the airport early in the morning, one-hour flight to Ankara, where our guide greets us. Our tour in Ankara, Turkey’s capital city, includes the renowned Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, which houses an extensive collection dating from the Late Stone Age through the Classical era, and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, resting place of Republican Turkey’s larger than life founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. After lunch, we continue east to the haunting beauty of Cappadocia’s surreal landscape of volcanic tuff sculpted by time and the elements.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia

Cappadocia
2nd Day…
After breakfast, we marvel at Goreme’s fairy chimneys, troglodyte dwellings, sweeping vistas and Open Air Museum, which is home to literally dozens of rock-carved monasteries and churches adorned with brilliant Byzantine frescoes. We stop at numerous spots to admire the view and take photographs. Lunch at a local restaurant, then we visit rock formations in Pasabag, Zelve’s deserted monastery complex, scenic Rose Valley and the pottery-making village of Avanos. Return to hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia

Mevlana Museum, Konya
3rd Day…
Depart early for the longest day of the tour. After a brief visit to Konya’s Seljuk and Ottoman monuments and the Mevlana Museum, housed in a former Whirling Dervish lodge near the tomb of famed Sufi mystic Celaleddin Rumi, lunch will be served en route. After the lunch, our drive takes us through snow-capped mountains, rugged gorges and pine forests to the vast steppes of the Central Anatolian plains before we arrive at Antalya, the heart of the Turkish Riviera.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Aspendos
4th Day…
We spend a full day exploring the ancient Pamphylian cities visited by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, Antalya Museum and the Antalya old city and harbor districts, with their 13th century Seljuk minaret and well-preserved Ottoman homes looking out upon the fantastic view of the Taurus Mountains reflected in the Mediterranean Sea. In Perge, we visit the well-preserved city walls dating back to the Hellenistic Age, theater seating 14,000 and the largest stadium in Asia Minor. Countless marble statues excavated from the Agora and a bath are on display at Antalya Museum. Next, in Aspendos, we admire the beautifully preserved Roman theater and the tallest surviving aqueduct systems in Turkey. Then, it’s on to Side, a seaside resort town that has a local museum, a Roman theater, well preserved monuments, beaches, restaurants, motels, hotels and shops… The sites here are clustered together, so we have plenty of time to explore and for a leisurely lunch in a local restaurant before returning to our hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya

Pamukkale
5th Day…
In the morning, we travel through the Taurus Mountains to Pamukkale. Pamukkale, which means “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is yet another of Turkey’s geological wonders. Over millions of years, a hot spring spilling down the hillside has left behind rich mineral deposits, which have created enormous, pure-white basins and stalactites. The site was holy to the Greeks and Romans, and Byzantine ruins have also been discovered. Here we will watch the sun set behind the travertine terraces.
Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale

Theater, Aphrodisias
6th Day…
Our visit will begin early in the morning with the ruins of the magnificent temple of Apollo, continuing with the breathtaking theatre, the fascinating necropolis and the great Baths of Hierapolis Antique City. Following the lunch, we reach one of imperial Rome’s foremost Asian cities: Aphrodisias, an isolated, major archeological site situated high on a plateau and ringed by mountains. Excavation continues here, but the almost fully intact Temple of Aphrodite, Baths of Hadrian, theaters, great Agora and 30,000-seat stadium have been uncovered. We also visit secluded Byzantine churches and the local museum, with its extensive collection of ancient statuary dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite. After the visit and two-hour drive through scenic Meander Valley, named for the winding river from which we get the word “meander”, we reach Kusadasi resort.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi

Celsus Library, Ephesus
7th Day…
After breakfast, we head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where we spend the morning visiting the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John and Efes Museum; then continue exploring the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, several recently excavated monuments.
Dinner and overnight in Izmir

Pergamum
8th Day…
After breakfast, drive to the extensive ruins of Bergama (Pergamum). The Pergamum Acropolis is perched high above modern Bergama, but reachable by a short and easy climb. We also explore the steep Roman theater carved into the hillside, the Altar of Zeus and, in the lower agora, the largest Roman building in Asia Minor, the Temple of Serapis. Lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit the Asclepion, an ancient Greek and Roman medical center that also has a theater, library and temples. We then drive through the lush olive groves of Edremit and Ayvalik Bay to arrive at Canakkale.
Dinner and overnight in Canakkale

City Walls, Troy
9th Day…
We depart from the hotel in the morning to visit the most evocative archaeological site in the world; little remains of the Troy written about by Homer in The Iliad. Still, take the time to admire the view of the distant straits from a striated hill created by the building of nine distinct cities, layer upon layer, over 4,000 years. This is the closest anyone can get to the fabled world of Paris and Helen, Achilles and Odysseus. Lunch en route, then take a ferry across the Dardanelle’s into Europe. We drive along the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara to arrive at Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul

10th Day… After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

BLUE CRUISE

You haven’t really seen the sea, sun and moonlight until you’ve taken a “Blue Cruise”…

The wonders of Turkey don’t end at the water’s edge.

The shoreline is a land of sheer cliffs framing crystal-clear coves, wetlands teeming with aquatic life, deep green forests contrasting with the subtly shifting pale greens and vivid blue hues of the magical Mediterranean and awe-inspiring Aegean…

There’s no better way to explore this part of Turkey than to cruise along the rugged coastline by yacht. In this program, we give you the opportunity to embark on a Blue Cruise, an idyllic experience that goes far beyond simply being a boat trip.

We provide a wide range of options so you can choose, plan and enjoy the journey that best suits your interests, time restraints and budget. Optional side trips include excursions to some of the most striking sites in the world. Relax, marvel at the glories of the Mediterranean and Aegean. And leave the rest to us.

Cabin Charter

When you take one of our Cabin Charters, you’re guaranteed the highest quality, authentic Bodrum-built yacht staffed by a professional crew and licensed, English-speaking captain. (Other languages available on some tours).

We select our yachts to provide maximum comfort and standard features include spacious cabins, full toilets with shower, television, stereo system, on-board chef and more. Our 3 – 4 night cruises are designed to offer just the right balance of relaxation and sightseeing and have been created on the basis of many years of experience.

Crewed Yacht Cruise

On your own personal Yacht Charter, you select your yacht based on your specifications from the Bodrum-built yachts we have selected.

From air-conditioned luxury yachts complete with Jet Ski, fishing radar, dining suite and master cabin to more traditional yachts for those in search of the fully authentic Blue Cruise experience, we tailor your yacht to your desires.

And from the course you take to the time you spend in each of the Mediterranean’s idyllic bays, this is your experience and if you want your captain to speak French and not English, or your chef to be an expert in Mediterranean vegetarian cuisine, tell us what you want and we’ll make it happen.