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Turkey - Cruising the Turquoise Coast

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 - 10 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Turkey  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: Yes
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3475 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3975 US Dollar (USD)

One of the most interesting and fascinating areas of Anatolia can be discovered through this cruise aboard a traditional Turkish wooden-hulled boat called a gulet, which is a sailboat generally used as a cruise boat. Embarking on one of the best gulets in the country at Göcek, we will cruise along the turquoise waters of the Lycian coastline, one of the oldest sailing routes. We will anchor overnight in the gorgeous coves or bays that gave shelter to the sea-peoples of the second millennium B.C. and were ports to Greek and Roman navy and merchant ships. The small ancient harbor sites of Lycia, which will be visited during daily excursions, will give you a full impression of this unique land and its people. The Lycians, or Lukka, as they were mentioned in the 2nd millennium texts, were the bravest of the Trojan allies in the Iliad.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 Flight Day
Flight from the United States.

Day 2 Istanbul / Gocek
Arrival in Istanbul and connection flight to Dalaman. Arrive Dalaman meet with your guide and transfer to Gocek to embark on the gulet, a traditional Turkish wooden-hulled boat. Cruise to Gocek Island to anchor for the night. (D)

Day 3 Gocek Bays
Cruise along Gocek's beautiful bays and coves, enjoying nature at its best. Overnight at Agalimani, one of the most beautiful bays on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, or Hamam where you can see an ancient sunken church and the ruins of Cleopatra's sunken baths. Hike to Lydae. (B/L/D)

Day 4 Kaya / Gemiler Island
Cruise to Sarnic Bay. Optional walk to the abandoned Greek mountain village of Kayakoy. Return to Gemiler Island and visit the Island. (B/L/D)

Day 5 Xanthos - Patara / Kas
Early morning cruise to Kalkan, a lovely, small coastal village. Stop for breakfast on the way to Firnaz. Drive to Xanthos, an ancient capital of Lycia, then Patara, where St. Nicholas was born. Relax and enjoy the beautiful beach. Overnight at Kas Marina. (B/L/D)

Day 6 Kekova
Cruise to Aperlae for snorkeling over the sunken city. Continue to Kekova Bay. Visit the Lycian necropolis at Theimiussa and ancient Simena, overlooking the bay and situated below the ramparts of a Roman castle which houses a small theatre cut into rocks. Overnight in Kekova Bay. (B/L/D)

Day 7 Kekova - Myra - Arycanda / Finike
Cruise along Kekova Island and see the sunken city as well as the ruins on the island. Continue to Cayagzi, the ancient city of Andriake. Disembark and drive to Myra, where outstanding examples of Lycian funeral architecture can be seen. Visit the church of St. Nicholas, who was once bishop of Myra, in the middle of the town. Drive to Finike and to Arycanda. Overnight at Finike Marina. (B/L/D)

Day 8 Adrasan / Genova Bay
Cruise to Adrasan and Port Genova. Visit Olympos, the ancient city that was used by pirates as a homeport in Hellenistic times and has been inhabited ever since. See the remains of a monumental gateway, an acropolis, and a small theatre. Overnight in Genova Bay. (B/L/D)

Day 9 Phaselis / Antalya
Cruise to the ancient site of Phaselis and stroll through this well-preserved city. See the two ancient harbors and enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches. Disembark before noon at the modern town of Kemer. Transfer to the hotel in Antalya for farewell dinner.

Day 10 Departure
Transfer to Antalya airport for return flight to the United States. (B)

Notes:
Airfare is included in the tour price.

What's included:
- Upscale deluxe traditional wooden gulet or ketch, 70-80 feet long
- Air-conditioned cabins with private shower and bathroom
- Mattresses, towels, and bed linen
- All meals and local drinks on board at indoor and outdoor dining tables
- Professional, English-speaking guide
- Group flight transfers
- All entrance fees and admissions
- Tea, coffee, and soft drinks with meals
- Baggage handling
- Tour folders with brochures and maps of Turkey
- No hidden costs!

Not included:
- Guide and boat crew tips
- International flights
- Domestic flights in Turkey
- Visa (can be obtained on arrival at airport in Turkey for $20 per person)

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