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Turkish Riviera and Gulet Cruise with Istanbul Pre Extension

12 Days 1 Country 10 Cities

Set sail for the hidden coves and charming seaside villages of the Aegean on a traditional gullet tracing Turkey's Turquoise Coast.

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About this trip

Set sail for the hidden coves and charming seaside villages of the Aegean on a traditional gullet tracing Turkey's Turquoise Coast. Relax on deck, swim in crystal-clear waters and explore the archaeological treasures that highlight your sea-route, from Bodrum's Underwater Archaeological Museum to the ancient city of Kaunos. You'll also explore the ruins of Ephesus, and visit Istanbul and Antalya.


Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

Trip code: TSMLIM

11 Nights

accommodation

19 Meals
  • 11 buffet breakfast

  • 3 dinners

  • 5 lunches (including Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Turkish Riviera and Gulet Cruise with Istanbul Pre Extension

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Istanbul, Turkey

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

Grand Bazar, Istanbul, Turkey

Day 2

Istanbul Sightseeing

Istanbul, Turkey

Day 3

Istanbul

Day 4

Istanbul – flight to Izmir – Ephesus Archaeological Site – Bodrum

Day 5

Bodrum – Marmaris – Embark Gulet Yacht Cruise – Cennet Bay

Day 6

Gulet Yacht Cruise – Ekincik Bay

Day 7

Gulet Yacht Cruise – Gocek

Day 8

Gulet Yacht Cruise – Fethiye

Day 9

Disembark Gulet Yacht Cruise – Kalkan

Day 10

Kalkan – Antalya

Istanbul, Turkey

Day 11

Antalya – Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Day 12

Depart Istanbul

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met by a Trafalgar representative and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey.

Hotel

Armada Old City

Meals

Day 1

Day 2

Istanbul Sightseeing

Gain insight into the Ottoman Empire's power and influence during your included guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and see the Egyptian obelisk. Later enjoy free time to explore the famous Grand Bazaar market and this evening consider an Optional Experience to enjoy dinner in the city.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Istanbul

Today have free time to explore this magical city. Spend time in the Grand Bazaar or visit a museum of your choice. Your Trafalgar representative will suggest all possibilities to you. This evening attend a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Welcome Reception

Day 3

Day 4

Istanbul – flight to Izmir – Ephesus Archaeological Site – Bodrum

This morning take a short flight to Izmir and travel to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus. During your visit to the impressive excavations of this ancient Roman port city view the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre and the Terrace Houses. Later view the House of the Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Enjoy a Regional Meal lunch of local cuisine and then travel on to the vibrant coastal town of Bodrum.

Hotel

Doria

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 4

Day 5

Bodrum – Marmaris – Embark Gulet Yacht Cruise – Cennet Bay

Visit Bodrum Castle and the Underwater Archaeological Museum. Stop in the local village of Yali for an authentic Be My Guest lunch before continuing to the coastal town of Marmaris where you will board your traditional gulet yacht for a memorable cruise along the Turquoise Coast.

Hotel

Gulet Boat

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Gulet Yacht Cruise – Ekincik Bay

On your first full day on board, discover the ancient city of Kaunos. Enjoy swimming off the gulet as you stop for spectacular views of the coastline.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 7

Gulet Yacht Cruise – Gocek

Enjoy a peaceful and relaxing day taking in the beauty of the Turquoise Coast. Stop in several small bays to cool off with a swim in the crystal clear waters before docking for the night in Gocek.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7

Day 8

Gulet Yacht Cruise – Fethiye

Sail to Turunc Bay. A secluded cove with a pristine beach and stunningly clear waters, it is the perfect place to relax on the final day of your cruise. Arrive later in the port city of Fethiye where you can dine at one of the many local restaurants a short walk away from the harbour.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 8

Day 9

Disembark Gulet Yacht Cruise – Kalkan

Disembark from your gulet yacht in the port of Fethiye and continue your journey to visit Kayakoy Village. En route to Kalkan, stop at Xanthos Archaeological Site.

Hotel

Patara Prince

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

Kalkan – Antalya

Drive to Turkey's biggest international sea port, Antalya. Stop en route to visit the ruined Byzantine Church of Santa Claus containing the tomb reputed to be that of St. Nicholas of Myra. Arrive later into Antalya and visit the fascinating Archaeological Museum. This evening you might like to consider a special Optional Experience dinner.

Hotel

Patara Prince

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Antalya – Istanbul

Take a short internal flight to return to the capital, Istanbul. This afternoon consider an Optional Experience cof Galata Tower and Chora museum. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and companions. (Consider extending your holiday by visiting the breath-taking landscape of Cappadocia. See the extension box below for more information.)

Hotel

Armada Old City

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 11

Day 12

Depart Istanbul

Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and Travel Director after an unforgettable journey. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

Meals

  • Buffet Breakfast

Day 12

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Meet the locals of Yali near Bodrum to learn about village life in this olive-tree farming community and enjoy lunch made with local ingredients

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • Cruise along the Turquoise Coast on a traditional gulet

    • View the Library of Celsus, the Great Threatre and the Terrace Houses at Ephesus, the House of Virgin Mary at Mount Koressos

    • Visit the Ephesus Archaeological Site, the coastal town of Bodrum and its castle, Kaunos Antique City, Kayakoy Village a Greek ancient settlement, Xanthos Archaeological Site, Myra antique city, Church of Santa Claus and Antalya Archaeological museum


What's Included

Dining

    • 11 buffet breakfast

    • 3 dinners

    • 5 lunches
      (including Be My Guest)


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • 4 day Gulet Yatch cruise along the Turkish coast

    • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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12 Days, 1 Country, 10 Cities

Turkish Riviera and Gulet Cruise with Istanbul Pre Extension

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