12-Day Odyssey from Istanbul to the Mediterranean

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Here’s an original 12-day tour package that provides a unique exploration of Turkey, with a special focus on lesser-known places and activities that let you engage with the local culture. Your journey starts and ends in the mesmerizing city of Istanbul. Buckle up for a trip filled with history, local interactions, culture, and natural wonders!

Tour Details

Welcome to “Turkey Unveiled: A 12-Day Journey,” an extraordinary exploration that takes you through the heart and soul of Turkey, a land where history comes alive and natural beauty abounds. Starting and concluding in the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, this unforgettable journey will introduce you to the rich cultural tapestry that Turkey has to offer—from the ancient ruins of Ephesus and the thermal terraces of Pamukkale to the breathtaking Mediterranean coastline from Marmaris to Fethiye.

Each destination and activity has been carefully selected to provide you with a unique blend of experiences that will ignite your senses and deepen your understanding of this remarkable country. Come along and uncover the hidden gems of Turkey!

Departure & Return Location

Istanbul

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in chosen hotels
  • 4-day Gulet cruise with full-board meals
  • Guided tours with licensed guides
  • Entry fees for all sites on the itinerary
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Deluxe air-conditioned transport
  • Domestic travel arrangements
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • 24/7 support throughout the tour

Price Excludes

  • Dinners
  • Lunches in the free days
  • Drinks during the lunches on the tours
  • Personal expenses like shopping
  • Tipping (recommended)

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

ourney through time as you walk the ancient streets of Ephesus and dive into Istanbul’s storied past, all while taking in stunning landscapes—from Pamukkale’s striking white terraces to the azure Mediterranean coasts. Savor authentic Turkish cuisine, immerse yourself in local customs through unique cultural excursions, and relish in personalized comfort with guided tours and 24/7 support. With leisure time and optional activities tailored to your interests, this tour promises a comprehensive and unforgettable Turkish experience.

  • Dive into Istanbul's past as the Roman Empire's capital, Constantinople.
  • Wander through Ephesus' ancient streets to marvel at the Celsus Library, Great Theater, temples, and marketplaces.
  • Behold Pamukkale's stunning white terraces and take some time to explore the area on your own.
  • Spend days and nights on a quintessential Turkish sailboat.
  • Uncover hidden bays and tucked-away coves from Marmaris to Fethiye.
Itinerary

Day 1Istanbul Arrival

Upon your arrival in Istanbul, a dedicated driver-guide will escort you to your centrally-located hotel. Take the rest of the day to relax or explore nearby attractions on your own.

Day 2Historical Heart of Istanbul

Embark on a guided tour of Istanbul’s iconic Sultanahmet district. Wander through the awe-inspiring interiors of the Blue Mosque and St. Sophia Museum. Explore the Byzantine Hippodrome, home to the famous Obelisk, and dive deep into the wonders of Topkapi Palace, a treasure trove of Ottoman history.

Day 3Navigating the Bosphorus

Start your day at the lively Spice Market before heading for a Bosphorus Cruise. Marvel at the historic palaces and fortresses along the strait that separates Europe and Asia. Cap off your day with panoramic views from Camlica Hill and an inside tour of the lavish Dolmabahce Palace.

Day 4Ancient Ephesus Exploration

After breakfast, set off for Ephesus. Begin your guided tour at the tranquil House of the Virgin Mary. Walk along ancient marble streets to discover landmarks such as the Library of Celsus, the Agora, Hadrian’s Gate, and more. Round off your day with visits to the Temple of Artemis and Isabey Mosque.

Day 5Marvels of Pamukkale

Travel to the mesmerizing white terraces of Pamukkale, also known as ‘Cotton Castle’. Explore the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis, including its well-preserved Necropolis, Thermal Baths, and the Masterpiece Theater. Enjoy some leisure time at Cleopatra’s pool.

Day 6Marmaris Maritime Adventure

Transfer to the coastal town of Marmaris and board a traditional Turkish gulet. Anchor in Marmaris Harbor for the evening and enjoy a sumptuous onboard dinner.

Day 7Ekincik Gulf & Dalyan Trip

Sail to the stunning Ekincik Gulf. Optionally join an excursion to Dalyan, featuring the ancient Lycian Rock Tombs, Caretta-Caretta beach, and a mud bath experience.

Day 8Cruising Through Göcek Gulf

Head out early to Gocek Gulf, famed for its turquoise waters. Stop at Sunken Bath, also known as Cleopatra Bay, for a swimming break. Continue cruising to Tersane Island, a natural harbor that has served as a shipyard since Byzantine times.

Day 9Fethiye: The Final Harbor

Navigate towards Fethiye, stopping at Kizil Island for lunch and swimming. Arrive in Fethiye by late afternoon and transfer to your hotel, with the evening free to explore the town.

Day 10Leisure Time in Fethiye

Spend your day at the stunning Oludeniz beach, or discover the local cafés, bars, and shopping spots around Fethiye.

Day 11Return to Istanbul

Catch a flight back to Istanbul from Dalaman airport. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your own pace.

Day 12Farewell to Turkey

After a delightful breakfast, bid adieu to Turkey as you’re driven to the airport for your onward journey.

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