Best of Turkey by Gulet

from $1180/per person

Discover Western Turkey and cruise through the Mediterranean in our 12 day tour. 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
35-40

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

  • 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
Welcome to Turkey! At the Istanbul airport terminal keep your eyes peeled for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:00pm for an informal meeting with your group and guide. Until then, you can start to explore Istanbul like climbing to the top of the Galata Tower for epic views or splash some cash at the Grand Bazaar. After the meeting, join in an optional group dinner at a local restaurant to get to know your new travel mates.
  • 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 will stroll through the historical heart of the old city, making stops along the way to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, majestic Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia Museum. In the afternoon take an optional cruise down the Bosphorus river and see the epic skyline.
  • Included Activities: Istanbul Guided City Tour
  • Optional Activities: Bosphorus Cruise
  • Meals: Breakfast
3
Day 3: Gallipoli
Today we depart for the shores of Gallipoli. A place of important significance for Aussies and Kiwis, we will visit the beach and cemeteries at ANZAC Cove, before paying our respects at memorial sites Chunuk Bair and Lone Pine.
  • Included Activities: Gallipoli Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
4
Day 4: Troy, Kusadasi
You may of heard of Troy from Greek mythology or maybe just watched the Brad Pitt movie, but now you will visit the ruins and archaeological site of the city of Troy, and of course the famous wooden horse. Spend the afternoon in the the seaside town of Kusadasi.
  • Included Activities: Troy Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
5
Day 5: Ephesus, Fethiye, Gulet, Yassı Islands
Our first stop today is the spectacular, well preserved ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus was cited in the book of Revelations, and historians believe the Gospel of John was written here. Famed for the Temple of Artemis which was completed around 550 BC and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In the afternoon we will depart for Fethiye where we will embark on our traditional Turkish gulet boat and sail to amazing Yassica Islands for a swim. We will have dinner and stay overnight on our boat.
  • Included Activities: Ephesus Sightseeing, Gulet Cruise on Fethiye & Yassi Islands
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
6
Day 6: Gulet Cruise, Gocek Gulf, Tersane, Bedri Rahmi Bay, Sunken Bath/Cleopatra
After breakfast at Yassi Islands we will cruise to Tersane for a swimming break and lunch. We will then sail to Bedri Rahmi Bay for another swimming stop.  We’ll sail to yet another amazing spot at Sunken Bath area for dinner and place for our Gulet to spend a night. This place is also known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay, due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath.
  • Included Activities: Gulet Cruise on the Mediterranean & Bedri Rahmi Bay, Cleopatra/Sunken Bath
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
7
Day 7: Gulet Cruise, Boncuklu Bay, Fethiye Marina
Another day in paradise! After breakfast, we will anchor at Boncuklu Bay for our last swimming break and lunch. We will the make our way to Fethiye for you to explore its shops and buzzing atmosphere. After dinner back on the boat, get amongst Fethiye famous nightlife.
  • Included Activities: Gulet Cruise on the Med & Boncuklu Bay & Fethiye Marina
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
8
Day 8: Fethiye Marina, Pamukkale
It's time to get your cameras out, because today is a photographers dream! Today we will visit Pamukkale, or ‘cotton castle’ in Turkish. Pamukkale is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine, giving the appearance of terraces made by carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Spend time bathing in its pools, or explore the natural and unusual landscape.
  • Included Activities: Pamukkale Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: No
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
9
Day 9: Pamukkale, Cappadocia
Today we sit back and relax on the coach, as we head to Cappadocia. Watch the amazing Turkish scenery unfold before us and see small towns and villages as we pass on by. In the afternoon, we will visit Derinkuyu Underground City, a city complete with a church, wells, food stores, and even stables which is all located 60m under the ground. End the day with an optional traditional Hamman (Turkish bath).
  • Included Activities: Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley Sightseeing
  • Optional Activities: Turkish Bath,
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
10
Day 10: Cappadocia
Rise and shine, it will be an early start for our optional sunrise hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Or if preferred enjoy a leisurely start to the morning before we all fill up on breakfast. We will explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Göreme, and tick off bucket list sights along the way including Göreme Musuem, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar and Cavusin. In the afternoon we will visit local handicraft manufacturers and learn about traditional art. Tonight get your dancing shoes on for our optional Turkish night.
  • 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
Start
Price ($)
Sat 6 Jun 2020
$1180
Sat 13 Jun 2020
$1180
Sat 20 Jun 2020
$1297
Sat 27 Jun 2020
$1297
Sat 4 Jul 2020
$1297
Sat 11 Jul 2020
$1297
Sat 18 Jul 2020
$1297
Sat 25 Jul 2020
$1297
Sat 1 Aug 2020
$1297
Sat 8 Aug 2020
$1297
Sat 15 Aug 2020
$1297
Sat 22 Aug 2020
$1297
Sat 29 Aug 2020
$1297
Sat 5 Sep 2020
$1297
Sat 12 Sep 2020
$1297
Sat 19 Sep 2020
$1180
Sat 26 Sep 2020
$1180

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

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels | Gulet cruise from Fethiye in ensuite cabins.

Airport Transfer

From Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (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

LEGACY OTTOMAN HOTEL - ISTANBUL


ORKA ROYAL HOTEL - ISTANBUL


TROIA TUSAN HOTEL - CANAKKALE


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.

HIERA PARK DELUXE HOTEL - PAMUKKALE


This hotel offers an absolute relaxation with it’s hot thermal pools & spa center.

GULET CRUISE


Turkish Traditional Gulet

AVRASYA HOTEL - CAPPADOCIA


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 2018. 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!

4.77
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4.74
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4.83
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4.92
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4.85
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Amy

The best of Turkey by Gulet was the first tour I have ever done & definitely did not disappoint! Our tour guide Mustafa was amazing with his knowledge and expertise of Turkey tours. I was hesitant about the bus journeys as I can never sleep but Mustafa made it easy with games and frequent stops. All the hotels were great & the included food was amazing too with a large variety of things to choose from! The 3 days on the boat was definitely my favourite as it was nice to chill & swim. The captain & his wife looked after us well & the home cooked dinners every night were so good! Overall I would definitely do another travel talk tour as it was well organised & fun!!

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Stephanie Clarke

Such a great tour!! Excellent guide, drivers and boat staff that couldn’t help you enough!! Would definitely recommend this tour!!

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Abby Bradford

A great tour that ticks off all the must do’s in Turkey with a relaxing 3 day sail in the middle on an amazing gulet with a great crew. Hotels were nice and the guide was great – always went above and beyond to help anyone and make sure everyone got what they wanted from the tour. If it is Cappadocia you are interested in I would recommend bussing back to Istanbul so you have an extra morning to see the balloons. Would recommend this tour and will definitely be coming back to Turkey.

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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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