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Private Luxury Sailing to Uncover Turkey

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Countries Visited

Turkey

Places Visited

Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, Bosphorus, Cappadocia...

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Suggested Duration

13 Days

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.

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Trip Highlights

  • 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

Detailed Description

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.

Zicasso offers a variety of Turkey tours. Browse the reviews for luxury tours operators for Turkey to see why travelers continue to rely on Zicasso.

Starting Price

$10,395 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

Reviews of Zicasso's Referral Service

4.88 stars based on 146 reviews.

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"Everything was executed flawlessly"

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