Highlights of Turkey & Gulet Cruise

Here’s the perfect tour & Gulet yacht cruise for a first-timetrip to TurkeyIstanbulCappadocia, the ancient cities of AphrodisiasBodrumDidymaEphesusHierapolisKnidosKonyaMiletusPamukkalePriene, 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.

Top Quality!

All tours are not alike, even if the itineraries are similar. Argeus’s tours are top quality and offer excellent value for money. You can find cheaper tours on the same itinerary, but not with the same quality. Here’s how to judge value-for-money in toursPlease read this.

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 cartenot table d’hôte) included, a very reasonable rate for what you get. (See below for details.)

Tour Itinerary

Here’s a short version of the tour itinerary (click here for the full itinerary):

Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul

Argeus representatives greet you at Istanbul‘s Atatürk Airport, escort you to your hotel, and brief you on the tour before dinner. (D)

Day 2: Byzantine Istanbul

Byzantine HippodromeHagia Sophia, Chora Church. (BLD)

Day 3: Ottoman Istanbul

Blue MosqueTopkapı Palace and its Harem, Rüstem Pasha MosqueEgyptian (Spice) BazaarGrand Bazaar. (BLD)

Day 4: The Bosphorus & Cappadocia

Dolmabahçe Palace, then a Bosphorus cruise to Sarıyerflight to Cappadocia, transfer to your hotel. (BLD)

Day 5: Cappadocia “Moonscape”

Hot-air balloon flight, Dervent Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum,Paşabağı Fairy Chimneys ValleyAvanosGöreme Open Air Museum, Uçhisar Castle. (BLD)

Day 6: Cappadocia Off the Beaten Track

Soğanlı Valleys, Taşkınpaşa, MustafapaşaUnderground City. (BLD)

Day 7: Silk RoadKonya & Pamukkale

Silk RoadSultanhan CaravansarayKonyaMevlana Museum,Pamukkale. (BLD)

Day 8: PamukkaleBodrum & Blue Voyage

Hierapolistravertine terraces of PamukkaleAphrodisiasBodrum, board your gulet yacht for a Blue Voyage along the Aegean coast. (BLD)


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 12: DidymaMiletusPriene & Kuşadası

Disembark from the guletDidyma and Temple of Apollo, Miletus and its Roman theater, PrieneKuşadası and hotel. (BLD)

Day 13: Ephesus

Virgin Mary’s Housecity of EphesusSt John Basilica in Selçuk,Temple of Artemisİsa Bey Mosque. (BLD)

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.

For more information, the full itinerary, and availability, please contact Argeus. When you do, please mention TTP. Here’s why.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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