Here’s the perfect tour & Gulet yacht cruise for a first-timetrip to Turkey: Istanbul, Cappadocia, the ancient cities of Aphrodisias, Bodrum, Didyma, Ephesus, Hierapolis, Knidos, Konya, Miletus, Pamukkale, Priene, a 4-day Blue Voyageyacht cruise on a Turkish gulet, and a hot-air balloon flightover the moonscape of Cappadocia, all in 14 days.
Highlights of Turkey
Called Highlights of Turkey, the tour is operated by Argeus Travel & Events, one of my favorite travel agencies in Turkey. It hits all of Turkey’s top sights, and also gives you the relaxing pleasure of a Blue Voyage yacht cruise along Turkey’s spectacular Mediterranean coast.
The touring party is limited to 10 travelers—more like a group of friends than a “tour group:” enough fellow travel enthusiasts to promote camaraderie, not enough to bog you down.
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2018 Departure Dates
The tour’s two departure dates in 2018 are on Saturdays:
—Saturday, May 19th
—Saturday, September 15th
(Departures on other dates are possible; rates vary depending on the number of persons in the group)
May and September are two of the best months to travel in Turkey. The tour fee is about US$331 per person per day, lodging, transport, yacht cruise, guiding, taxes, and virtually all meals (buffet and/or à la carte, not table d’hôte) included, a very reasonable rate for what you get. (See below for details.)
Here’s a short version of the tour itinerary (click here for the full itinerary):
Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul
Day 2: Byzantine Istanbul
Day 3: Ottoman Istanbul
Day 4: The Bosphorus & Cappadocia
Day 5: Cappadocia “Moonscape”
Day 6: Cappadocia Off the Beaten Track
Day 8: Pamukkale, Bodrum & Blue Voyage
Day 9: Blue Voyage to Knidos
Knidos, Mersincik. (BLD)
Day 10: Blue Voyage to Kisebükü Bay & Çökertme
Kisebükü Bay to Çökertme. (BLD)
Day 11: Blue Voyage to Orak Island & Çiftlik
Orak Island, Çiftlik, return to Bodrum. (BLD)
Day 13: Ephesus
Day 14: Your Next Destination
You are escorted to İzmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport for your flight home, or to Istanbul, or your next destination. (B)
Additional Days & Nights
If you wish, Argeus will be happy to arrange additional nights in Istanbul at a hotel of your choice (optional, at extra cost) so you can do last-minute shopping or see even more of the imperial city, perhaps the Great Palace Mosaic Museum, or the Archeological Museums, or the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
—by Tom Brosnahan