Mediterranean Discovery

from $/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
11 Day
Destination(s)
Starts in / Ends in
Istanbul / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5&4 Star
35-40

Sight Visited

  • Antalya
    Antalya

  • Aspendos
    Aspendos

  • 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.

  • Fethiye
    Fethiye

  • 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

  • Olympos
    Olympos

  • Perge
    Perge

  • Saklikent
    Saklikent

    This huge canyon is a natural beauty where you can do trekking to reach to breathtaking sceneries and secret waterfalls.

  • 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.

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
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Price ($)

The tour price covers the following services:

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels | Gulet cruise from Fethiye 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?

  • 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


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


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