CUSTOM TRAVEL PROGRAMS
Istanbul • Ephesus • Bodrum • Gulet sail in Gokova bay (7 Nights / 8 Days)
Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk airport
Private transfer to your hotel; orientation walking tour of the neighborhood with your private guide. Some good local restaurants can be pointed out for dinner this evening.
Day 2: Istanbul
Private sightseeing includes the Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar.
If you feel energetic enough, we are happy to expand the tour to include other interesting aspects hidden in the less touristy areas of the district. (B)
Day 3: Istanbul
Private sightseeing includes Topkapi Palace and The Harem, the Spice Market, a boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait for about an hour and a backroads walking tour. (B)
Day 4: Istanbul / Ephesus and highlights of the region – Flight to Izmir
After departing from Istanbul in the morning, we arrive in Izmir and begin our drive to Ephesus. We visit a beautiful village located on top of a hill and have lunch. Originally a Greek-Orthodox village, Sirince is now the pretty example of Turkish-Greek culture.
In the afternoon, we will visit the ruins of Ephesus, including the Roman period villas known as the Terrace Houses. Our final stop of the day will be in the town of Selcuk where you can visit the Museum of Archaeology. Overnight is in Kusadasi. (B, L)
Day 5: Ephesus / Bodrum – Drive to Bodrum
On the way to Bodrum, we will stop at the local village of Sultankoy where we have the opportunity to learn about some local crafts, such as rug-weaving. We may also be able to see demonstrations performed by local craftsmen.
We will continue our drive to Bodrum and visit Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the Castle of St. Peter - the most prominent feature of Bodrum. We will embark our gulet yacht late afternoon and sail to a nearby cove such as Aquarium for dinner and overnight stay (B, D)
Day 6 & Day 7: Bodrum – Sail along your itinerary in and around the Gokova bay
We will discover the secluded coves and islands in Gokova bay, join some hikes and swim in clean waters of Gokova bay for the next 2 days.
Suggested itinerary includes following islands and coves: Mazi, Cokertme, Cleopatra, English limani, Longoz, Cokertme, Kise Buku, and Oraklar. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Bodrum / Istanbul - Homebound departure
Fairwell to the crew of our yacht and disembark in the morning to transfer to Bodrum airport for a flight to Istanbul, connecting to your flight home. (B)
Prices are per person, in USD and based on double occupancy at hotels and aboard a private gulet yacht:
High season (July, August, first week of September) supplement: $2,000 per group
Subject to availability and dates selected
Price of the trip package includes:
Price of the trip package excludes:
3 nights Istanbul: Hotel Ottoman Imperial (in the historic Sultanahmet neighborhood) or similar
1 night Kusadasi / Ephesus: Hotel Kismet or similar
3 nights Bodrum: Sail aboard a private gulet yacht in Gokova bay
Domestic flights in coach class within the program (Istanbul to Izmir and Bodrum to Istanbul).
Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
13 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners include bottled water.
Services of a private licensed, professional English-speaking guide throughout your trip.
All transfers and travel by private, modern, air-conditioned, chauffeur driven vehicles, appropriate to the size of your group.
All entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned in the program.
Parking, ferry, and toll road fees. Not applicable if you are driving a rental car.
Gratuity at restaurants where a meal is included in the program.
Porterage fees at airports when our guide travels with you.
Airfare for international flights.
Beverages other than water during included meals.
Optional gratuities to the tour guide(s), driver(s) and the gulet crew.
Tipping for porters at hotels.
Visas, laundry, and personal items.