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Turquoise Coast

Turkey Vacation Holiday Package: 11 Day Gulet Vacation: Izmir - Kusadasi - Bodrum - Istanbul

Izmir - Ephesus & Kusadasi - Bodrum - Istanbul

This Turkish vacation package takes you to the beauty of the Turkish coast. Available between May and October, this ten night, eleven day package is a wonderful mix of sun, fun, culture and history, starting in the town of Izmir on Wednesdays and taking you around the coast finishing in Istanbul the following Saturday.

Book this holiday Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 WEDNESDAY / IZMIR
On arrival at Izmir airport you will be met by our representative and transferred in air conditioned comfort to your hotel for the next two nights. Dinner is included this evening and it is a great time to meet your travelling companions for the next ten days.

Day 2 THURSDAY / PERGAMON IZMIR
Today's touring will show you around the ancient sites of Pergamon, a short distance from Izmir. After breakfast you will be taken to this amazing archaeological site in an air conditioned coach (or van if the group is small) your guide will take you around this well preserved site, explaining the history and culture of the area. You will take in the Acropolis, the amphitheatre, which is one of the steepest in the ancient world, the Temple of Trajan, the Library, the Asclepion, or healing centre and the Red Basilica. Later in the day you will be returned to Izmir. All meals are included today, and the evening is free for you to relax and do as you please. A trip to the bazaar could be in order. Ask your tour leader for suggestions.

Day 3 FRIDAY / EPHESUS - KUSADASI (OR IZMIR)
After breakfast and check out you will be taken to the nearby ancient site of Ephesus, possibly the greatest archeological site in the world. Transferred by air conditioned coach to the site, you will be taken on a guided tour of this incredible place. An early home to Christianity, this extensive ancient city is a wonder of ruins, museums and art. Your guided tour will take in the House of the Virgin Mary, the ancient Ephesus, the Archaeological Museum and the Temple of Artemis, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After your day in Ephesus, you will be taken to your hotel for the evening in either Kusadasi or Izmir. You are free to enjoy the nightlife in both of these towns. All meals are included today.

Day 4 SATURDAY / MILETUS - DIDYMA - BODRUM
You will travel around the coast today taking in more of the rich history of Turkey. After breakfast and check out you will travel to Miletus, one of the principle Ionian cities and home of Thales, a city visited by St Paul. You will visit the archaeological site in the morning. Next you will travel the short distance to Didyma and have a tour around the Temple of Apollo in Didyma with its gigantic columns. The day's excursions give a fascinating insight into how life was in ancient Turkey. Later in the afternoon you will continue on to Bodrum, where you will embark the gulet, the sailing boat on which you will be spending the next four nights. All meals are included today.

DAY 05 SUNDAY / DAY 06 MONDAY / DAY 07 TUESDAY
This is the start of the seriously relaxing part of the package. Sailing on a gulet, a large wooden sailing boat you will spend the next three days roving the Mediterranean Sea, gently making your way from Bodrum to Karacasgut sailing your way on the coast on a route known as the Gokova Gulf. A gulet is a wooden sailing boat with a large deck. You will be afforded a luxury cabin with an en suite bathroom. Many of the gullets have air conditioning in the rooms. Theirs is also ample room to relax either on deck or in the common areas. Your time, gently sailing along the coast will include stops at towns along the way, swimming in pristine blue bays, snorkeling and spending your time relaxing in the sun. After the first few days of touring, this is the perfect way to unwind. All meals are included on board the gulet.

Day 8 WEDNESDAY / GULET - ISTANBUL
Your time onboard comes to an end today as after breakfast you will disembark the gulet in Karacasogut. You will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Dalaman airport for the short flight to Istanbul. On arrival in this great city you will be transferred in air conditioned comfort to your central Istanbul hotel where you will be staying for the next three nights. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Only breakfast is included today, but your guide will be able to provide restaurant suggestions. This evening is a great opportunity to look around the city in the evening, maybe visit the Grand Bazaar or have a traditional Turkish Bath - neither experience is for the faint hearted, but they're a great way to see the real Turkey.

Day 9 THURSDAY / ISTANBUL
Today's excursion will take you to the main sights in Istanbul. After breakfast you will visit the Topkapi Palace, the exquisite Blue Mosque, one of the most famous mosques in the world, the Hippodrome Square, the Hagia Sophia Church, which serves as a museum. Your guide will give you a comprehensive history of the city and the sights you will see. The day's sightseeing will finish at the Grand Bazaar, a fantastic place to shop for bargain. This market is extensive and has wonderful leather goods and carpets. Be sure to bring you haggling skills. After the Grand Bazaar you will be returned to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your leisure. Your guide will provide restaurant tips for your lunch and dinner.

Day 10 FRIDAY / ISTANBUL
This is your last full day on the package and as something special, you will be shown a very different side to Istanbul. After breakfast you will be taken for a short visit to the Egyptian or Spice Market. This will be followed by a leisurely Bosphorus Boat along the river that runs through the centre of town. The tour will show you the beauty of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. It also includes a visit to the Beylerbeyi Palace, a place once used by visiting dignitaries sitting right on the river. After the tour you will be returned to the hotel for your last night in Istanbul. Your guide will give your restaurant and caf? recommendations for the day.

Day 11 SATURDAY
After breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and be transferred to Istanbul airport for your flight home.

Inlcuded are:
6 nights first class hotel accommodation
4 nights on board of a standard gulet
All transfers
Daily buffet breakfasts, seven dinners & six lunches
Transportation by air conditioned bus or van depending on size of group.
English speaking professional tour guides
Entry fees to the sites & museums mentioned in the program
Portage at hotels
Tips for hotel and restaurant staff
24H emergency service
All taxes, Vat and service charges

Not Inlcuded are:
International air fare
Drinks and meals which are not listed in the itinerary
All personal expenses
Turkish Visa Fees (if applicable)
Beverages
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