Turkey's coastline is a treasure trove of enchantment and wonder. Private yachts, undiscovered ruins, enigmatic Istanbul, lunar landscapes; this itinerary sets sail to the hidden glories of Turkey and uncovers the last undeveloped stretch of the Mediterranean. Serene and exciting, these 13 days blend countless historic empires with luxury modern indulgence, while uncovering some of the most prized locations in all of Turkey.
Istanbul – City Walking Tour and Bosphorus Cruise
Welcome to Istanbul. Welcome to a city that straddles two continents and excels in blending the best of both. Your guide and driver is waiting at the airport, and after a chance to freshen up at the hotel, a walking tour begins to unveil the eclectic influences that mark the city. Start at the Hagia Sophia, a 6th-century church that became a 15th-century mosque and now stands as an exemplifier of Turkey's secularization. Christian wall frescos and Islamic interiors mix together and the building's size is remarkable even today. For many centuries, it was among the largest five buildings on the planet.
As the sun begins to cast gentle tones across Istanbul you embark on a scenic cruise along the Bosphorus. Linking the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, this narrow strait divides Europe and Asia. Admire the architecture that stands proud on both continents and wait for the sun to set and the lights to cast reflections onto the continental divide. The boat docks beside a quaint waterfront restaurant for a welcome dinner of seafood and traditional specialties.
Istanbul – Immersion in the City's Legendary Wonders
Cappadocia – Exploring a Weird and Wonderful Landscape
Cappadocia – Beautiful Red Valley and Bewitching Whirling Dervishes
Kusadasi – Exploring a Remarkable Ancient Roman City
Gulet Cruise – Exploring Aphrodisias and a First Night On Board Your Luxury Yacht
Gulet Cruise – Sapphire Waters and Ancient Ruins along the Coast
Gulet Cruise – Hidden Lagoons, Secluded Coves, and Cleopatra's Baths
Gulet Cruise – More Hidden Wonders Along a Sea of Green
Gulet Cruise – Unexplored Turkey and the Undeveloped Mediterranean
Gulet Cruise – Snorkeling Over Ancient Ruins and Beautiful Kekova
Istanbul – A Final Day of Cruising on Your Luxury Private Gulet and Transfer to Istanbul
Istanbul – Fond Farewells
- Spend seven days cruising the unexplored Turquoise Coast on your own luxury private yacht, setting sail for ruins and coves that are well off the standard tourist trail
- Enjoy daily coastal hikes throughout your time on the Turquoise Coast, the easy walks revealing hidden ruins, hot springs, lakes, and dramatic mountain scenery
- Revel in the hidden charms of Turkey with an itinerary that reveals the undeveloped Mediterranean
- Immerse yourself in the delights of Istanbul, the city of contrasts providing a harmonious first impression of Turkey
- Experience the longstanding traditions and culture of the country, including a Whirling Dervish performance, invites into village homes for lunch, and therapeutic hot springs once used by Cleopatra
- The evocative ruins of Ephesus and Aphrodisias are just two of the old-world cities you'll be exploring; expect temples, columns, sculpted archways, marble walkways, 3,000 years of history continually resplendent beneath the sun
- Gasp at the geological wonder of Cappadocia, and then delve deep into a landscape of fairytale chimneys to experience underground cities, caves, and churches carved into the rock
- Discover a land and historical narrative that spans many of the world's great empires; Persian, Roman, Greek, Ionian, Lycian, Byzantine, Ottoman, and today
Turkey's land is one of historical narratives and unadulterated charm: Roman ruins, Greek relics, Ionian temples, Ottoman villages clinging to mountainsides, labyrinthine bazaars of domes and intrigue. The country's coastline is equally evocative, turquoise waters shimmering beneath towering cliffs and canopies of pine forest. This unique itinerary combines both paradigms as it sets sail for the unexplored. It includes seven days on board a luxury private yacht and a daily itinerary of archaeological and cultural splendor.
This is a vacation for those who love to be outdoors, the sailing combined with easy coastal hikes to relics and villages that remain far off the beaten track. Start your luxury travel with two days each in Istanbul and Cappadocia, before a day spent discovering the ancient city of Ephesus. Then you climb aboard the Cavulari, a 65-foot wooden yacht that blends timeless elegance with modern indulgence. Spend seven days cruising the Turquoise Coast before a final night in Istanbul completes the vacation.
Each day on this itinerary features a series of highlights, all enjoyed at a serene pace. Istanbul provides a fitting start, 2,000 years of history explored on walking tours and a gentle cruise along the divide between continents. Discover all the world-renowned sights like the Hagia Sophia, Spice Market, and sultans' palaces that burst with opulence. From the architecturally dazzling cityscape you head to the geologically baffling landscape of Cappadocia. Half-day hikes immerse you in lunar-like valleys and surreal caves. Descend into underground cities, admire rock-cut churches, and absorb the tranquility that's going to be a constant feature of the rest of the itinerary. Day five takes you to the ruins of Ephesus where temples and columns rise high above the landscape.
The next week is spent along the rugged yet tranquil Turquoise Coast. Each day runs at a leisurely pace; breakfast on board, swimming in deserted bays, sailing to cute coastal villages, snorkeling above ruins, and savoring a completely undeveloped piece of the Mediterranean. After a morning sail you spend the afternoons exploring the relics on land. Easy coastal hikes take you to 4th century tombs, baths used by Cleopatra, ghost towns, and ancient capital cities now in ruins. Expect to see ongoing panoramas of turquoise waters and very few other tourists. As this is your private yacht, the timings and exact itinerary can be tailored on a daily basis dependent on the mood.
$10,395 per person (excluding international flights)
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