17 Day Antiquities Of Turkey & Gulet Coastal Cruise

Istanbul - Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya - Fethiye - Gulet sailing - Pamukkale - Kusadasi - Ephesus - Sirince - Troy - Canakkale - Gallipoli


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✓ Return international airfares with Emirates or Etihad Airways
✓ Internal Istanbul to Cappadoccia airfare
✓ All airport transfers
✓ 12 nights 5 star & boutique hotel accommodation
✓ 3 nights sailing on a traditional Gulet
✓ Daily breakfast, 11 lunches & 6 dinners
✓ The services of a professional escorted guide
✓ Incredible sightseeing
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay
 

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Straddling eastern Europe and western Asia, Turkey is a melting pot with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Explore this richly historical land, from Istanbul’s colourful nightlife to Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys and balloons and try some of the best cuisine you will ever taste. Take a voyage on a classic wooden gulet, learn the history surrounding ancient Ephesus and walk on the snow white travertines of Pamukkale. Turkey is a sensory overload and an experience never forgotten.

 

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Itinerary

18 Day Turkey
Day 1

Australia Istanbul

Your premium small group tour through Turkey awaits! Your holiday will begin with your flight to Istanbul. Prepare to receive a warm welcome to this continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have all called home. Upon arrival into Istanbul you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your 5 star hotel to relax after your journey.

Please note: Some flights depart the night before Day 1.

Hotel: 5★ Hotel Fer or similar

 

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Day 2

Istanbul

This morning your guide will meet you in the lobby for a welcome meeting to discuss the trip and give you a chance to meet your fellow travellers. After our meeting, we start our journey in the footsteps of the city’s most famous ruler and head to Sultanahmet (the Old City, formerly Constantinople). Explore where ancient empires were situated and tour intertwining backstreets filled with hidden gems. Here you’ll also visit the jaw-dropping Hagia Sofia, whose stunning construction is said to have changed the history of architecture. When not erecting splendid buildings, the Byzantine Emperors loved a bit of entertainment, and the hippodrome was their stadium. Inspect some of the decorative statues and obelisks that remain from a time when this now tree-lined land would hold thousands of chariot racing fans. From here you will continue to Topkapi Palace, the house of the Sultans of Ottoman’s time. Finish the day off with some leisure time at the Grand Bazaar, packed with over 3,000 stalls of handcrafted jewellery, textiles and books, including the famous Spice Market. Tonight your guide will take you to his favourite restaurant to have a real meyhane experience at the heart of Istanbul!

 

Hotel: 5★ Hotel Fer or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 3

 Istanbul Cappadocia

This morning you will be transferred to Ataturk Airport to fly to Cappadocia! Göreme – the pearl of Cappadocia – is where you’ll find your Inspiring Stay at the Artemis Cave Hotel. The 21st Century will fade away as you find yourself in rooms carved right into the rock, taking you back through the ages. You may not want to leave! Your guide will then take you on a leisurely hike of the beautiful surrounding valley. Afterwards spend the rest of the day at your leisure or enjoy one of our bonus Inspiring Sights options to enhance your experience. You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

Optional Inspiring Sight (1 of 4) - Wine and Sunset - On this tour you'll learn about wine-making, hike through valleys, visit vineyards and sip some local wines as the sun slides away for another day.

Optional Inspiring Sight (2 of 4) - Kelebek Turkish Bath - Enjoy some pampering and experience a Turkish bath (60mins). The Turkish bath, also known as hamam, is one of the ancient world’s most widely exported customs and a not to be missed experience when in Turkey).

Hotel: (Boutique) Artemis Cave Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 4

Cappadocia

Enjoy a relaxing breakfast before going for a walk to the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia, Kizilcukur. You'll see fascinating rock formations such as cones, peaks and fairy chimneys, as well as man made cave chapels from early Christian times. Around noon, your guide will take you to a beautiful lodge to watch the spiritual Whirling Dervish Ceremony. Soon after this you will be enjoying your first Inspiring Taste with a local specialty called ‘Pottery Kebap’.

Optional Tour: Hot Air Ballooning - Early birds have the option of taking a hot air balloon over the otherworldly Cappadocian landscape. The scene at sunrise is sure to take your breath away. Please note this activity can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader on Day 1 to organise this (approx. EUR $175pp).

Hotel: (Boutique) Artemis Cave Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 5

Cappadocia

Today includes a visit to the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu. You be enthralled by the ancient dwellings that span seven levels beneath the ground. From here you'll make your way to the archaeological site of Asikli Höyük, which was first settled in 8,000 BC. Later in the afternoon you’ll be visiting the red river of Cappadocia, famous for its clay, which is still used today to make magnificent pieces of art. You’ll learn about this ancient craft when we visit a local potter.

Hotel: (Boutique) Artemis Cave Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 6

Cappadocia Konya Antalya

We leave Cappadocia today and head towards the Mediterranean coast. The drive today is long, but incredibly scenic. We will have a quick stop in Konya to try the local food before continuing to the jewel in the Mediterranean crown - Antalya. It's a gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its magnificent blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya's time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honour the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with stunning harbour views.

Hotel: 5★ Akra Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 7

Antalya Kayakoy Fethiye

This morning you’ll enjoy a morning walk to see Hadrian’s Gate, the old Roman Harbours and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean before enjoying lunch. We will then be travelling on to the Greek ghost-town of Kayakoy. Stroll around and take in the eerie atmosphere. From here we continue to Fethiye, a culturally fertile town located on a bay surrounded by pine forests and dotted with islands.

Hotel: (Boutique) Blueberry Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 8

Fethiye Embark on Gulet sailing

This morning will be at your leisure. After lunchtime, we will board a traditional boat called a Gulet, your home for the next three days. A gulet is a classic wooden yacht usually built in Bodrum or Marmaris in Turkey. The average size of gulet is 20 to 30 meters in length. Hand-crafted from mahogany, pine and teak, the gulets follow a design developed for these waters in Byzantine times, with a sharp bow, broad beam and rounded aft. They are stylish, graceful, fitted for comfort and full of character. We cruise in style along the spectacular coastline of Turkey for the next three days on a journey that has to be experienced to be believed.

Ship: Gulet Sailing boat
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Please note: The traditional style gulet boats are not meant to be luxurious, but they are very comfortable and an exceptional way to spend 3 nights. All cabins are nicely appointed and have private ensuites. Most of your time will be spent on deck enjoying the view. 

 

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Day 9

Gulet Sailing

After breakfast on board, we'll sail to Bedri Rahmi Bay for our very first swimming stop. In the afternoon, we will sail to Tersane Bay where you can get off the Gulet and enjoy a hidden, untouched beach.

Ship: Gulet Sailing boat
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 10

Gulet Sailing

After another breakfast on board, we'll sail to Göcek, a magnet for high-end yachts and another beautiful town on the Aegean Coast. We will then continue along the coast where we’ll be sailing, swimming and enjoying the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean for the rest of the day.

Ship: Gulet Sailing boat
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 11

Disembark Gulet Pamukkale

This morning we leave our beautiful Gulet and drive to Pamukkale, also known as 'Cotton Castle', a striking natural formation and a truly unique sight. There will be a small Inspiring Taste surprise on the top of travertines, limestone forms deposited by mineral springs, as you enjoy wine while watching an amazing sunset.

Hotel: 5★ Doğa Thermal Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 12

Pamukkale Kusadasi

This morning we will be visiting Hierapolis and travertines. Travertine phenomenon was created by deposits from thermal waters that cascaded down the mountainside over hundreds of years, forming a myriad of pools and terraces. As the water overflows from the pools, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites are formed that, from afar, resemble cotton or snow. The pools are filled with hot spring waters that supposedly have healing properties for one's circulation and digestive systems. Close to Pamukkale are the ruins of Hierapolis, which was founded by the King of Pergamon in 190 BC and by the 2nd Century AD had become an important Roman bath centre. The extensive ruins of Hierapolis are well worth exploring and include a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis.

Hotel: (Boutique) Lavista Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

 

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Day 13

Kusadasi Ephesus Sirince Kusadasi

Our day today will start with an orientation walk around the village of Selcuk, a sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient Aysoluk Hill fortress. You'll visit the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis, the ancient aqueducts and the 14th-century Isabey Mosque. This afternoon, visit Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities in the Eastern Mediterranean and arguably the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world. Tour around the Amphitheatre, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsus. After Ephesus, we drive to Şirince village to join a very special Inspiring Taste cooking class led by an amazing cook, Mujde!

Hotel: (Boutique) Lavista Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 14

Kusadasi Troy Canakkale

The highlight for today is a visit to the legendary city of Troy. You’ll see the remnants of the ancient city walls and the famed wooden horse as you learn about the groundbreaking archaeological digs and how the site has baffled historians. We will then pay a visit to a weavers' association and see first-hand how famous Turkish carpets are made before continuing on to Canakkale.

Hotel: 5★ Parion Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 15

Canakkale Gallipoli Istanbul

After breakfast we will be travelling to the Gallipoli peninsula, where we will visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove. From here we will head up the hill toward the poignant memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. You’ll look down and revere upon the rough hills and gullies that became the graveyard for so many thousands of young men from both sides. We’ll tour the former battlefields and find remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers. Afterwards, your guide will take you to Suvla Winery for an Inspiring Taste of the amazing wines from the region before continuing to Istanbul. On arrival you may want to enjoy one of our bonus Inspiring Sights options to enhance your experience.

You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

Optional inspiring sight (3 of 4) - Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - Enjoy an evening cruising along the Bosphorus river as you are dined and entertained by a wide range of performances.

OR

Optional inspiring sight (4 of 4) - Homecooked dinner Istanbul - Nothing beats home cooking, especially Turkish home cooking. Join this Istanbul tour to be treated to a feast at a local family's home, as well as other oh so Turkish pursuits: drinking tea and playing backgammon.

Hotel: 5★ Fer Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 16

Istanbul Australia

As they say, all good things must come to an end. Today marks the end of your incredible tour through Turkey. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 17

Australia

Arrive home today

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Emirates or Etihad Airways
  • Internal Istanbul to Cappadoccia airfare
  • All airport transfers
  • 12 nights 5 star & boutique hotel accommodation including 3 nights in a spectacular cave hotel in Goreme, Cappadoccia
  • 3 nights sailing on a traditional Gulet along the Turkish coastline
  • Daily breakfast, 11 lunches & 6 dinners
  • The services of a professional escorted guide throughout
  • Incredible sightseeing including all entry fees as per the itinerary
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Istanbul - Uncover the grandeur of the incredible Blue Mosque.
  • Istanbul - Visit the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the amazing Hippodrome.
  • Istanbul - No visit to Turkey would be complete without a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
  • Cappadocia - Explore the out-of-this-world landscape of Cappadocia.
  • Cappadocia - Witness a spiritual whirling dervish ceremony .
  • Cappadocia - Walk through the incredible fairy chimneys surrounding the region.
  • Cappadocia - Unearth the Derinkuyu underground city.
  • Antalya - Travel to the Mediterranean coastal city and visit Hadrian’s Gate.
  • Antalya - Walk around the old Roman Harbour and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean.
  • Fethiye - Travel to the Greek ghost-town of Kayakoy.
  • Gulet - Board a traditional wooden Gulet and sail along the pristine coastal waters enjoying the leisurely pace and refreshing swims at secluded beaches.
  • Pamukkale - Walk up the white travertine terraces of Pamukkale to watch the sunset over this alien landscape.
  • Pamukkale - Visit the ruins of Hierapolis and the ancient Roman baths from 190AD.
  • Kusadasi - Walk around the village of Selcuk and visit the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis.
  • Ephesus - Visit Ephesus, arguably the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world with the iconic Library of Celsus and amphitheatre.
  • Troy - See the remnants of the ancient city walls and the famed wooden horse.
  • Canakkale - Pay a visit to a weavers' association in Bergama and see first-hand how Turkish carpets are made.
  • Gallipoli - Visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove and memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.

Inspiring Stays

  • Spend 3 nights in a boutique cave hotel in the town of Gerome in rooms carved into the rock.
  • Sail for 3 nights on board a traditional Gulet. Hand-crafted from mahogany, pine and teak, the gulets follow a design developed for these waters in Byzantine times.

Inspiring Sights

You’ll have the choice between 2 of 4 bonus sightseeing experiences to enhance your journey. You may choose to include two (2) optional Inspiring Sights throughout your tour, free as part of your package.

  1. Wine and Sunset over Cappadocia
  2. Kelebek Turkish Bath
  3. Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
  4. Homecooked Dinner Istanbul

The remaining two inspiring sights may be purchased prior to departure if you would like to participate in all optional inspiring sights.

Inspiring Tastes

  • Let your mouth water with a traditional Pottery Kebap, the must-try dish of Cappadocia prepared in a clay pot.
  • Enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets atop the travertines of Pamukkale.
  • Drive to Şirince village to join a very special cooking class led by an expert cook.
  • Enjoy a guided visit to Suvla Winery along with the all-important tastings!

Cruise Details

For further information on your Gulet cruise, click HERE. Please note, multiple Gulet's are used so the above if for your reference only.

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $2,000 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind after the tour concludes. If you wish to choose one of these options, please follow these steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.
  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.
  3. In the 'special requests' field, please specify your extension requirements.
  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.
  5. After finalising your purchase, a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contacted after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts.
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you are given two options:
  • Pay using your Paypal account OR
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required.
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information 

  • You will travel with Emirates or Etihad Airways (Qatar Airways if unavailable)
  • Most flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kg checked baggage.
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional activities (not included as part of your Inspiring Sight selections)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect against the unexpected.

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

Simply click HERE to arrange your policy.

Optional Tours: You have the choice of 2 of 4 Inspiring Experiences to enhance your journey. If you wish to purchase the remaining 2 you may purchase the additional optional tours as follows:

  1. Sunset & wine - $115 per person
  2. Turkish bath - $115 per person
  3. Dinner cruise - $80 per person
  4. Homecooked meal - $80 per person

You will be contacted prior to departure to arrange booking your selection.

Documentation: Final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1,199 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $1,500 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'.

Triple share: Not available.  

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $5,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Gulet: The traditional style gulet boats are not meant to be luxurious, but they are very comfortable and an exceptional way to spend 3 nights. All cabins are nicely appointed and have private ensuites. Most of your time will be spent on deck enjoying the view.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule. Please refer to the day-by-day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Group Size: 2-16 people. 

Children: Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.

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