Best of Turkey by Gulet

$857/per person

A delicate mix of Western Turkey and cruising in the Mediterranean. Similar to the Best of Turkey by Land, this amazing Gulet option offers you the choice to mix it up and relax in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Discover the wonders of Istanbul, Gallipoli and the history of Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus and then immerse yourself in the natural healing powers of Pamukkale. The tour is not complete until you have journeyed into the magical world of Cappadocia.

Duration
12 Day
Destination(s)
Turkey
Starts in / Ends in
Istanbul / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5&4 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Asklepion
    Asklepion

    The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

  • Blue Mosque
    Blue Mosque

    The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

  • Cappadocia
    Cappadocia

    A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

  • Dalyan
    Dalyan

    Home of the famous Caretta Caretta turtles. Take the most popular mud bath in Turkey, and then a fantastic boat trip is to take you to Iztuzu beach.

  • Ephesus
    Ephesus

    The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

  • Gallipoli
    Gallipoli

    Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

  • Hagia Sophia
    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

  • Istanbul
    Istanbul

  • Marmaris
    Marmaris

    There are plenty of beaches, restaurants and bars to enjoy in this highly popular touristic town.

  • Pamukkale
    Pamukkale

    Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapi Palace

    Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

  • Troy
    Troy

    The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

Itinerary

1
Day 1: Istanbul
At the terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, as we pick you up from the airport and take you to our Istanbul hotel. Gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide. Listen up for a fast and informal meeting with the leader including registration and a short brief about the adventures ahead and some country info.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner
  • Meals; No
2
Day 2: Istanbul
After breakfast we begin to experience the magnificence of Istanbul. We stroll through the old town visiting Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum.
  • Included Activities; Istanbul Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities ; Bosphorus Cruise
  • Meals ; Breakfast
3
Day 3: Gallipoli
Today we depart Istanbul for the shores of Gallipoli. We visit all the important memorial sites in the region including the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
  • Included Activities; Gallipoli Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
4
Day 4: Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi
After breakfast we head to the ancient city of Troy, the setting of Homer's epic, Iliad, involving a giant wooden horse. We then continue to Pergamum, and the remains of the Asklepion. In the evening we arrive in Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities; Troy & Pergamum/Asklepion & Kusadası Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
5
Day 5: Ephesus, Fethiye, Gulet,Gocek Gulf
The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus, will be our first stop. In the afternoon we depart for Fethiye. The guests arrive to Gocek center with the Pullman and then they embark the boat. 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.
  • Included Activities; Ephesus Sightseeing, Gulet Cruise on Fethiye & Bedri Rahmi Bay
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
6
Day 6: Gulet Cruise, Gocek Gulf(Manastir-Aga Port)
After 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.
  • Included Activities; Gulet Cruise on the Med & Cleopatra Bay & Aga Port
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7
Day 7: Gulet Cruise, (Kumlubuku-Paradise İsland-Marmaris)
Early in the morning, we will cruise to Kumlubuk Bay where the breakfast will be served. We will anchor at Cennet Island for our last swimming break and lunch. We will enter Marmaris Harbour by 04:00 p.m., our 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.
  • Included Activities; Gulet Cruise on the Med & Kumlubuk Bay & Cennet Island & Marmaris
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8
Day 8: Gulet Cruise, Marmaris, Pamukkale
After breakfast we will disembark and head to Pamukkale meaning cotton castle in Turkish. This is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertines, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. The ancient city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white castle and people have bathed in its pools for thousands of years.
  • Included Activities; Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
9
Day 9: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Today we depart for Cappadocia where we visit the world famous Underground City. A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders, characterized by fairy chimneys and unique historical and cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
  • Included Activities; Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Turkish Bath
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
10
Day 10: Cappadocia
After breakfast we begin exploring all the important sights in Cappadocia including the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley. We will end the day with a visit to local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art.
  • Included Activities; Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities ; Hot Air Ballooning, Turkish Night
  • Meals ; Breakfast, Dinner
11
Day 11: Cappadocia, Ihlara, Istanbul
This morning we visit the dramatically beautiful Ihlara Valley before departing for Istanbul where we arrive late in the evening.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
12
Day 12: Istanbul
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, bid you safe travels, and check-out of the hotel (11:00am).
  • Meals ; Breakfast
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels | Gulet cruise, between Fethiye and Marmaris in ensuite cabins.

Airport Transfer

From Istanbul Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen Airports (on day 1)

Meals

11 breakfasts | 2 lunches | 8 dinners

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus

Guide

Services of experienced Travel Talk local guides licenced by the Ministry of Tourism

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

OTTOMAN HOTEL IMPERIAL - ISTANBUL


Ottoman Hotel Imperial is situated on the truly premium location in town, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historic and cultural sights in the heart of the old town, Sultanahmet, viewing the impressive Hagia Sophia (St.Sophia, Aya Sofya) Museum.

KOLIN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


The 5-star hotel in Gallipoli is a perfect place to relax and prepare for the upcoming big tour. The large swimming pool and the delicious open buffet add up to the comfortable rooms they offer.

MARINA HOTEL - KUSADASI


This hotel has a seafront location in the Aegean coast, only 250 metres from the beach. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and a terrace with panoramic views of the sea and Kusadasi Marina. The air-conditioned rooms of Marina Hotel Kusadasi include a minibar and an LCD TV with satellite channels.

PAM THERMAL HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


Centered within famous pools of white lime stone, red waters of the region and a forestry mountain, Pam Thermal has received more than a few awards for their excellence in service. Hosting the source of a thermal spring and beautiful red colored limestone pools, it continues to fascinate its guests.

BURCU KAYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


There is no better place to stay in Cappadocia than a real stone-carved room. With its world widely unique geography, you can experience staying in cozy authentic stone rooms like locals of ancient times and receive the good quality service of today.

Tour Review Scores And Breakdown

At Travel Talk we do not only provide excellent value for premium adventures, but also strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our trips, which is reflected in an enviable 98.9% customer satisfaction for 2016. We believe that our affordable tours, quality accommodation, transportation and sightseeing tours combined with likeminded people, passionate tour leaders and the overall atmosphere of a Travel Talk tour have made these results. However, we are never ones to rest on our laurels, and we continually try to improve on this year after year; and what do we get out of this? The satisfaction of our travellers!

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Value for Money
4.92
Guide
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Jessica Chaplin

Kev has been an exceptional tour guide. He’s very informative and helpful whenever required. Always keen for a laugh too.

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Sarah Pavitt

Yavuz was amazing! The best tour guide I’ve ever had on any tour. so attentive (he turns tv down & up on the bus for movies). It was the little things he did that made the difference. This was my first tour with Travel Talk & I was very impressed with everything. Cheers Kiv.

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Allana Harrison

Yavuz was an amazing tour leader. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was always checking to make sure we were happy with the food, hotels etc to ensure we got the best out of our trip. Loved it. Thank you!

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Jack Brown

Outstanding service, knowledge and care taken by our incredibly friendly tour guide Yavuz, who made the whole experience fantastic.

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Sarah Aminzadeh

Yavuz is absolutely phenomenal. Very funny and extremely friendly, I felt very comfortable asking him questions. It was very obvious that he had been doing this for a long time. I appreciated his humour and insight on the culture of this country. If I ever do Travel Talk again, I will make sure it’s with Yavuz. Could not imagine a better tour guide!

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Amy Sutton

The tour was fantastic and did a great job of ensuring we got to see the real Turkey and I can’t wait to come back to Turkey

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Caitlin O'Mara

This was fantastic tour that I would gladly recommend to my friends. Our guide was outstanding and the group all enjoyed a hassle-free holiday. No complaints at all!

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Eun Kyoung Choi

I had a great fun with the tour.Everything was perfect.Especially Barıs.I have learnt a lot of things from this tour.Thank you for everything.

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Megan Graham

I was happy with the tour, the guide and bus driver were good and all the hotels were a high standard. Thanks for a great trip.

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A. Johnston

Very well organized tour. Guide and driver did amazing job. Accommodation superb, nothing to complain about. Guide very informative and entertaining. Answered every question we had. Would definitely recommend to others.

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