Turkey's Mediterranean coast boasts the best WOW places you could ever imagine. From the resurrected palaces of great empires, to eye opening wonders of nature, this adventure encompasses the best of Turkey. You'll taste the history, drink in all its past glory and when it's done, dip your toe in the Mediterranean’s soothing waters on our 3 night 12 islands cruise. Combine this trip with our Turkey Cappadocia Adventure leaving Fethiye Saturday.
An early start takes us out of Istanbul and on to Gallipoli. The region is of course synonymous with the famous ANZACs who fought their way into history. Our trip takes you on a comprehensive tour around the peninsula visiting all the sights and museums that depict the battle back in 1915. After the moving experience of the afternoon, well kick back with our Turkish friends for an evening barbeque to round off a moving first day .
Throughout this journey, you will definitely get the feeling that Turkey is one of the best open air museums in the world! Today is full of historic marvels and mementos, such as Troy, where Achilles battled the Trojans in Homers Iliad, and Pergamum and its staggering remains of the once famous Anatolian kingdom. To top off the day, we finish in Ephesus at our Aegean oasis.
Ephesus is home to extensive remains of an ancient Roman city. We recommend you attack the sights early, such as the 25,000 seater coliseum or the Curetes way which is incredibly impressive. After a historic day of ancient sights, we return to our oasis to chill by the pool and enjoy great Turkish food well into the balmy night.
We depart our Turkish oasis and head inland to Pamukkale, the fascinating spa town of white calcium pools, healing waters and glowing white travertines that wind down the hill. We’ll visit the historic site before heading south to Saklikent Gorge and our treehouse escape.
You’ll wake up to a burst of nature atop the tree line in your own little treehouse. Saklikent Gorge is a deliciously cool refuge on a hot summer’s day. Grab an inner tube and paddle your way down the crystal clear Xanthos river before being immersed in a bath of mud. We’ll spend the morning wallowing in the cool natural environment of the gorge before setting off to the coast and Busabout’s 3 night 12 islands sail. On arrival in Fethiye, we'll show you the medina, then its out into the pristine tranquil waters of the Med on board our gulet. Our first night is spent around the 12 island.
Today, we cruise to the Yassica Islands. These tiny little islands don’t have individual names. They are so small that no one has named them. The biggest one has a sandy beach and there is a small pool cape off the lagoon. We will then cruise to the tranquil area of Gocek Islands where we can swim, snorkel or just soak up some sun and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. A last swim at Red Island and overnight in Samanlik Bay.
After breakfast we depart for Cleopatra’s Baths (Hamam Bay). Enjoy a swim next to these ancient ruins of Roman Baths before cruising to Sarsala Bay, a striking pine-surrounded cove. It is also a convenient starting point for a 45-minute hike to ancient Lissa, notable mostly for inscribed walls dating from the 3rd Century BC. Bedri Rahmi Bay is our next stop, named after one of the first ‘Blue Cruisers’ who painted here. Jump in the clear water or explore the island. We have dinner here before arriving into Fethiye for our final night onboard.
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Trip Name: Turkey Aegean Adventure
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: 1045
Trip Code: 159628
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