Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. With its ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and dramatic Turquoise Coast, Turkey offers an unparalleled small group experience. The 15-day Turkish sojourn begins with four nights in magnificent Istanbul, where highlights include the Spice Market, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, and a private Bosphorus cruise. Experience haunting Gallipoli, then ferry across the Dardanelles to storied Troy. Discover Pergamum, one of Turkey’s most spectacular ancient sites. After touring magnificently preserved classical Ephesus, stop in rustic Sirince. Boarding a privately chartered gulet yacht, take a distinctive four-night “Blue Voyage” along the exquisite Turquoise Coast, visiting the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra and secluded coves, and swimming, snorkeling, and hiking. In Antalya, tour the acclaimed Archaeological Museum, then encounter Perge’s outstanding Grecian ruins. Discover ancient Konya and the unique Cappadocia region with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension.
Schedule by Day
- Day 1: Depart U.S. for Istanbul, Turkey
- Day 2: Arrive Istanbul
- Day 3: Istanbul
- Day 4: Istanbul
- Day 5: Istanbul
- Day 6: Istanbul/Gallipoli/Troy/Assos
- Day 7: Assos/Pergamum/Izmir
- Day 8: Izmir/Ephesus
- Day 9: Izmir/Göcek/Embark yacht
- Day 10: Cruising – Aga Limani/Cleopatra
- Day 11: Cruising – Göcek/Dalyan
- Day 12: Cruising – Gemiler Island/Kayakoy
- Day 13: Fethiye/Disembark/Antalya
- Day 14: Antalya/Perge
- Day 15: Depart for U.S.
To be announced
- Eight nights at deluxe hotels
- Four nights aboard privately chartered yacht
- One night (unrated hotel)
Cappadocia & Konya post-tour extension
You should be in good overall health and able to walk up to three miles over the course of a day and stand for periods of time in museums and at historic sites, often in the heat of the day. There will be long days of motor coach traveling and sightseeing, moderate hikes on uneven terrain, and some walking up hills or stairs without handrails. Travelers should also be able to embark and disembark the yacht and motor coach without assistance.