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Detailed Itinerary


Days 1-2

Days 1-2

Depart USA, fly to Antalya

Fly from your home city to Antalya, Turkey. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel and checked-in. You'll meet the rest of the group for dinner in a glass-walled dining room.

Hotel: Tuvana Hotel, BD on day 2


Day 3

Day 3

Phaselis, Myra, Kale, boarding the gulet

We drive south along the coast, stopping for a seaside picnic at the ancient site of Phaselis (690 BC) not far from the ancient site of Olympus. Nearby, the unquenchable Chimaera burns to this day. We continue to Myra to see impressive rock tombs, a fine theater, and the Church of St. Nicholas (Guess who got his start there!).

By mid-afternoon, at the nearby port of Cayagzi, we board the gulet that will be our home for the next five nights. We sail west to Kekova Roadstead to visit the hillside village of Kale, formerly known as Simena.
We explore the remains of a castle located above Kale—the panoramic view is spectacular. You see many sarcophagi from Hellenistic and Roman times. We stroll along the path through nearby Teimiussa, just east of the village of Uçagiz.
You may have a chance to try your hand at rolling out gözleme (börek), a very tasty, traditional, thin flatbread (it looks a lot like a flour tortilla) which is sprinkled with herbs and goat cheese and baked on what looks like an upside-down wok. Making them seems so simple, but you'll discover it's another story when you try to roll one out!

On the yacht our itinerary is flexible, respecting both the weather and our interests. When conditions are right, we put up all the sails and, like the ancient mariners, let the wind drive us onward. We have quiet times, good hikes, and opportunities to swim, read, and just hang out. This is a vacation! Each night we anchor in a sheltered cove or bay. On the aft deck, we will enjoy sundowners and dine under the stars.

Yacht: Gulet, BLD


Day 4

Day 4

Kas, Gemiler Island

We sail early, moving slowly along the submerged ruins of the sunken village, then turn westerly towards the charming village of Kas. After a leisurely shore visit we cruise to Gemiler Adasi (Island) where the Knights of St. John built a castle and monastery along the route of the Crusades. We explore the remains of several churches and a monastery, and ponder the purpose of a mysterious covered passageway that runs for nearly a thousand meters along the spine of this narrow island. We overnight in its protective anchorage.

Yacht: Gulet, BLD


Day 5

Day 5

Kayaköy, Göcek, Cleopatra's Bath

We have a vigorous hike to the village of Kayaköy that was deserted in the aftermath of WW I. Over a cool beverage and a warm gözleme, we'll talk of the post-WW I events that led to Kayaköy's abandonment. You may choose to remain on board to read, swim, or snooze instead.

After lunch we sail along the coast to visit the charming village of Göcek. After the visit, we may cruise on to the trailhead at Cleopatra’s Bath where we anchor for the night.

Yacht: Gulet, BLD


Day 6

Day 6

Lydae, Ekincik

We disembark for a scenic yet challenging morning hike through the pine forests to the mausoleum at ancient Lydae. If you choose not to hike, you may remain on board as the gulet cruises around the peninsula to anchor. As you wait for the hikers at the end of the trail at Agalimani you may swim or just relax. In the afternoon we cruise to a peaceful cove on the Bay of Ekincik where we anchor for two nights.

Yacht: Gulet, BLD


Day 7

Day 7

Caunus, Dalyan, Ekincik

This morning we disembark onto an African Queen-style put-put to motor past Iztuzu Beach, a long sand spit, now a protected loggerhead sea turtle nesting site, and meander through the silt marshes and cattails up the Dalyan River to visit the Lycian site of Caunus. On the way we will see the huge rock cut Lycian tombs carved into the cliffs. In Caunus we visit a Roman theater, bath, and agora dating from the 2nd century BC.

The hikers among us will head over the peninsula on a three-hour hike to the lovely Bay of Ekincik. Everyone else will go into the little village of Dalyan for bit of shopping before rejoining the gulet in Ekincik Bay.

Dinner will be on board or you may elect to dine ashore, on your own, at one of the fine restaurants overlooking the bay.

Yacht: Gulet, BLD


Days 8

Days 8

Euromus, Didyma, Priene

After breakfast on the gulet we drive north through farmlands and pine-forested mountains to visit the Temple of Zeus at Euromus. After a brief visit, we continue to the Aegean coast to explore the remains of the enormous Temple of Apollo at Didyma. After learning about ancient fortune-telling and the Greek oracles, we continue north to the Menderes (ancient Meander) River delta and Miletus. From here, we continue north to visit ruins of the impressive Greek city of Priene with its grid system of streets.

In the late afternoon, we arrive in Sirince, the "Tuscany of Turkey," a historic village located in the hills not far from Ephesus where we spend two nights in a historic property. You will have time to settle in to your charming hillside accommodations at Nisanyan Houses before we meet for dinner.

Hotel: Nisanyan Houses, BLD


Day 9

Day 9

Ephesus

We depart in the morning to explore Ephesus, the largest Greco-Roman site in the world, and if reopened in time, the Ephesus Museum at Selçuk. You will have the entire day to take in this magnificent site.  We will be visiting the following sites around Ephesus: the Basilica, the House of Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis, another ancient Wonder of the World. We will have lunch in Selçuk at a small typical restaurant. In the evening we will return to our hotel before dinner.

Hotel: Nisanyan Houses, BLD


Day 10

Day 10

Fly to Istanbul

After breakfast we depart to the Izmir Airport to catch our mid-morning Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul, a crown jewel among cities, where we begin our wonderful days exploring legacies of Greek, Byzantine, and Ottoman civilizations.

We start right away on arrival to develop your sense of Istanbul’s amazing layout. We pass the massive Byzantine walls that span the peninsula from the Sea of Marmara to the Golden Horn. These walls both defined and protected Constantinople until breached by the Turks in 1453. From there we head for our hotel where we will luxuriate in the heart of old Istanbul, the Sultanahmet, for four nights.

Hotel: Four Seasons Sultanhamet, BLD


Days 11-13

Days 11-13

Istanbul

We keep a flexible schedule with respect to the order of events in our exploration of Istanbul. Weather, group interest and energy are all taken into consideration. Here are our best intentions and we usually do them all—and then some!

During the next three days, you’ll explore the Sultanahmet, visiting the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, and the site of the ancient Hippodrome where we see the great obelisk brought from Egypt by the Romans. We enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus, and visit Taksim Square—one of the highest points in Istanbul. We stroll down Istiklal Caddesi, a historic commercial and residential street open only to pedestrians and its cute little red trolleys. For a sweeping 360° view of Istanbul, including the Asian side, we climb the Galata Tower, built by the Genoese in 14th century.

Drive through an old gate in the triple Byzantine wall to visit the Kariye Cami’i or Church of St. Savior in Chora, renowned for its magnificent mosaics and frescoes. you'll explore Topkapi Palace, the seat of the Ottoman Sultans for 400 years, and visit the Suleymaniye Cami’i—a vast religious and educational complex built for Suleyman the Magnificent by the great Turkish architect Sinan.

In the Spice Bazaar, you'll find a cacophony of sights and sounds as we stroll through its warren of passages. The marvelous Rustem Pasha Mosque, located in the heart of a bustling marketplace, is one of the finest examples of the architecture of Sinan.

Wander through the Grand Bazaar where you’ll have some time on your own to shop, visit the splendid Archeological Museum, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, the Mosaic Museum, have a Turkish bath, or just savor the aromas and sights.

Hotel: Four Seasons Sultanhamet, BL, D on day 17


Day 14

Day 14

Depart for home

Transfer to the airport with check-in to your homeward bound flight, unless you are remaining for more adventures.

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