Sky Blue Cruise and Mystic Anatolia

  • Destination: Turkey Package Tours
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Price: $3985

*This tour we need a minumum 15 people, please contact us for booking*
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Day 1
Arrive at Istanbul airport, meet our driver and guide. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in  Istanbul
Day 2
After breakfast  our guide and driver will pick you up at 09:30 for a full day tour. We will board our private cruise boat for a trip up the Bosphorus. Crossing back and forth between Europe and Asia we will sail past opulent palaces, fine mosques, imposing fortresses and traditional, wooden Ottoman mansions. We drive to the Spice Market in the old city. Here you can find a great diversity of spices, sacks of henna, many varieties of oils and herbs, and ofcourse the world’s best Turkish Delight. In the afternoon we visit the Topkapi Palace Museum, lavish home to the Ottoman Sultans. For centuries, this was the place from which the sultans rule dover an empire that streched from Western Iran to the Atlantic  Ocean.  Arranged around a series of spacious court yards, it contains a priceles scollection of jewelry , porcelain and costumes. Legend claims that the ancient rod on display in the Pavilion of Holy Relics is the one used by Moses top art the Red Sea. Other artifacts of similar fame include John the Baptist’s gilded arm and Mohammad’s beard, finger nails and foot imprint. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3
After breakfast  our guide and driver will pick you up at 09:30 for a full day tour. Its courtyard is exceptionally beautiful, and it is only mosque in Istanbul to have six minarets. Next we move on to the Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races and great public occasions through out the immensely long history of the Byzantine Empire. We next visit Hagia Sofia which was built by the Emperor Justinianan dinaugurated in 537 AD. Forover nine centuries it was the center of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it remains the world’s 4th largest church. Hagia Sofia contains some of the finest mosaics to have survived from the Byzantine period, including a truly remarkable mosaics of the Virgin and Child.  At one end of a large park stands the Blue Mosque, socalled because of its exquisite tile decoration. After we visit Underground cistern, which is also the work of Justinian. Its roof is supported by a forest of over 300 columns.  Visit the Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, which contains a priceless collection of Ottoman calligraphy in gold, intricate miniatures, ceramics, and magnificent carpets, some dating back to the 13th century. What makes the museum unique is the fact that it is housed in theformer palace of IbrahimPasha, one of Suleyman the Magnificent’s grand viziers. After this we move on to Istanbul’s World-renowned Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar was built between 1455-1461. There are thousands of shops that offer hand-woven carpets, kilims, hand-made gold items and silver jewelery, burnished beaten copper, inlaid wood, hand painted ceramics, leather goods, illuminate dmanuscripts, inlaidebony, and jewelry boxes and Greek and Roman artifacts. Learn about Ottoman textiles and caftans, handmade and unique archeolagical jewelry, Ottoman and Central Asian carpets, and World famous Iznik and Kutahya tiles and ceramics from one of Turkey’s leading collector sand dealers.of IbrahimPasha, one of Suleyman the Magnificent’s grand viziers. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 4
We have early breakfast and we fly to Izmir in Turkey’s western part. Our guide and driver meets you at the exit gate, with a board on which your name is written and we start full day tour. If you’ve ever heard the words ‘an epistle to the Ephesians’, now is your chamnce to sit in the same theatre where St. Paul preached. Try to see it through the eyes of a Roman, who would probably have been regarded as a barbarian in sophisticated and cultured Ephesus. Walk along its colonnaded streets and imagine them crowded with people visiting the shops and taverns or simply strolling in the shade. Ephesus was one of the greatest cities of antiquity with a population approching two hundred fifty thousand. It contained everything that was necessary for education, politics, entertainment, sport, and the good life in general, for example, the Library of Celsus, bathhouses, a gymnasium and luxurious mansions, decorated with mosaics and frescoes rivaling those of Pompeii. Ephesus is among the best preserved classical cities of the Mediterranean, and perhaps the best place in the World to get a feeling for what life was like in Roman times. Its Temple of Artemis was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We move on to the fashionable resort town of Bodrum.  Bodrum stands on the site of ancient Halicarnassos, capital of the Carian Kingdom whose most famous king. Mausolus, was buried here in a spectacular tomb known as the Mousoleum, which was also numbered among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Sadly, very little of ithas survived. One of Bodrum’s greatest attractions today is its enchanting old quarter of narrow lanes lined with whitewashed houses draped in purple bougainvillea. Overnight in Bodrum
Day 5
After breakfast  our guide and driver will pick you up at 09:30 for a full day tour. Bodrum stands on the site of ancient Halicarnassos, capital of the Carian Kingdow whose most famous king. Mousolus, was buried here in a spectacular tomb known as the Mousoleum, which was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Sadly, little of it remains today. Much of it masonary was used in the great Crusader Castle of St. Peter, which now dominates the town. The castle now contains the Museum of Underwater Archeolgy, where there is an exceptionally fine display of glassware retrieved from ancient and medival shiprecks. We now make a tour of the Bodrum Peninsula, stopping at the pretty little village of Gumusluk, which stands on the site of ancient Myndos. Some of thecity’s harbor Works can still be seen beneath the waters of the bay. Overnight in Bodrum
Day 6
Departure after breakfast. We board our gulet (a traditional Turkish yacht) to sail the crystal clear waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean.  Crossing the mouth of the vast Gulf of Gokova (the Ceramic Gulf of the ancients), and skirting the eastern end of the Greek Island of Kos, we arrive in the South harbour of Knidos. According to legend, the city was founded by a certain Triopos soon after the fall of Troy, but Herodotus, who is probably a little more reliable, maintains that it was founded in the first millennium BC by Dorians from the Peloponnese. Due to its strategic position at the tip of the long, narrow Datca Peninsula, the city soon became extremely wealthy. Like neighboring Kos, it had a famous medical school, and produced some very distinguished citizens, notably the philosopher, mathematician and astronomer Eudoxus, and the architect Sostratus who designed the Pharos, the celebrated lighthouse of Alexandria. Because of its wealth, Knidos was able to commission work from some of the greatest artists of the Greek worldi including the sculptor Praxitels. His statue of Aphrodite drew crowds of sightseers to Knidos, and has some claim to be one of the world’s first tourist attractions. Praxitels masterpiece has not survived, but good Roman copies of it have, and the foundations of Aphrodite’s temple cam still be seen. Knidos also boasts two theatres, an agora, a circular temple, city walls and a sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone, where a fine statue of Demeter was unearthed. It is now in the British Museum. Overnight in Gulet
Day 7
We have a breakfast in the morning and we set sail fort he secluded anchorage of Adabogazi, wher we will indulge in some swimming and snorkeling, before going ashore to explore the picturesque ruins of a Byzantine town of the 5th and 6th centuries. Then we move onto small resort, and fishing village of Bozburun, which stands at the head of a beautiful bay scattered with islands. Here you can do a little souvenir shopping and sample the delicious honey for which the region is famous. In the evenings, we drop anchor in Kilise Koyu (Church Bay) Overnight in Gulet
Day 8
We have a breakfast in the morning and we sail from Kilise Koyu to Arab Island, where we enjoy swimming and snorkelingin the crystal clear waters of tranquil anchorages. In the afternoon we sail on the sheltered bay of Bozukbuku, the harbor of ancient Loryma, and hike up to the ruins of the city. The most impressive surviving monument is a well-preserved citadel with nine, tall towers. The evening will be spent at Bozukbuku or in the hidden bay of Serce. Overnight in Gulet
Day 9
We get up early and have a breakfast after then we sail to Ekincik, an enchanting cove with a perfect sand beach, where we board a riverboat to explore the waterways of the Dalyan delta, a protected wildlife sanctuary that is home to the endangered caretta turtle. The delta is overlooked by the impressive ruins of ancient Caunos. We next sail up the Dalyan River, passing rock-cut tombs with fine temple facades, before entering broad, placid Lake Koycegiz, where we enjoy a mineral mud bath. Overnight in Gulet
Day 10
We have a breakfast in the morning and we sail around the great promontory known as Kapi Dag to the quite anchorage of Agalimani, where we go ahore and climb to the little known ruins of Lydae. These include two massive Roman tombs, an agora, a council chamber and a fortress. The setting could not be more idyllic. We spend the rest of the day exploring the many coves and islets of the broad and beautiful Gulf of Fethiye, stopping at the drowned Roman bath known, romantically but erroneously, as Cleopatra’s bath. We end the day by sailing on to Gemiler Island, which is indisputably one of the loveilest places on Turkey’s SouthWest coast. It is also of great historical interest since its landward side is covered with the ruins of a 6th century. Byzantine town, complete with churches, houses, tombs and commercial buildings.  Overnight in Gulet
Day 11
We have a breakfast in the morning and we sail to Fethiye and disembark, then we transfer you to Dalaman Airport for flight to Istanbul  connecting with your home bound flight.
Including

– Istanbul/Izmir – Dalaman/Istanbul flight tickets (Turkish Airlines)

– 5 night yacht tours

– 5 night’ accommodation including breakfast at the mentioned hotels (standard rooms)

– Air conditioned luxury bus with driver on tours and transfers

– Professional guiding on tours

– Lunches on tours

– All admission fees to the museums and sights

– Taxes

– Taxes

Excluding

– International flight tickets

– Dinners

– Drinks during the lunches

– Not mandatory but customary tips

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