As the sun rises on another perfect day on the turquoise Aegean Sea, enjoy your breakfast aboard a traditional Turkish yacht as you glide gently past the lush, untouched landscapes of Butterfly Valley.
Immerse yourself in the colors, flavors and historic grandeur of Istanbul past and present as you tour the city’s stunning Byzantine architecture, ancient Hippodrome where chariot races were once held, and the world’s largest covered bazaar. In Antalya, you’ll board a traditional Turkish wooden yacht for an incredible multi-day sailing adventure that will take you to the eerie sunken city of Kekova; into protected turquoise bays where you’ll swim in view of charming fishing villages; through lush Butterfly Valley where 136 different kinds of butterflies and moths offer a vibrant aerial dance; into the idyllic aquatic paradise known as the Blue Lagoon; and onto remote St. Nicholas Island where you’ll trek through Byzantine ruins and refresh your senses with a calming sunset swim.
This once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip combines thrilling Aegean adventures with plenty of downtime to contemplate rich, golden sunsets from the deck of your charming traditional Turkish yacht. Your experienced onboard crew cater for your every need, while providing a relaxed, fun-filled environment that will melt away all your stresses. Your masterful onboard chef also makes expert use of the abundant fresh seafood that abounds in the Aegean’s vibrant fishing villages.
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This is a unique and entertaining way of experiencing Turkey and is available from mid April until the end of October.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul and see the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, and the Grand Bazaar, the worlds largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Afterwards, visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Antalya. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
In the early afternoon, after your departure from Demre harbour, you will get to see Pirates Cave before cruising towards the sunken city of Kekova.
The sunken city of Kekova is a protected Roman archeological site and your boat will pass close by for some viewing opportunities. From here, continue on to Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access which boasts a Byzantine/Ottoman Castle.
Enjoy afternoon tea on deck this afternoon.
There will be 2 or 3 staff on board – a Captain, a cook, and another hand.
Drinks are not included onboard, but can be purchased directly for a reasonable price. Entrance fees to various sites that are visited along the cruise are not included and can be paid for locally.
Relax on the cruise to Kas this morning where you will get to have a swim in a nice quiet bay in front of the little town before stopping in the harbour for lunch and a visit of this charming fishing village. Of ancient Antiphellos, as Kas was once known, only Lycian rock tombs and sarcophagi and the Roman theatre are left.
Dinner this evening will be in Firnaz Bay near Kalkan.
Around sunrise, we will be setting sail for Butterfly Valley (sea conditions permitting) where you can enjoy the surroundings as well as an opportunity for a swim. This nature reserve, hosts 136 different kinds of butterflies and moths. Afterwards, if the weather Gods are kind to us, we will cruise to Öludeniz, also known as the Blue Lagoon.
The last stop of the day is at St. Nicholas Island where you can visit the Byzantine ruins and go swimming.
Enjoy your last dinner on board as you are moored by St Nicolas island. Take in the calming surroundings and settle in for an enjoyable evening.
After breakfast this morning, you will get to have your last chance for a swim in Samanlik Bay before lunch is served on board.
Say goodbye to your captain this afternoon as you disembark at the harbour in Fethiye.
A transfer between the port and your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a direct flight from Dalaman Airport to Istanbul.
Boasting a wonderful location, the Sultanhan Hotel (4*) is a warm guest house reflecting Turkish hospitality, authentic décor, and oriental east culture. Located on one of the most popular streets in Istanbul, Sultanhan Hotel is close to the tram stop and all the major attractions in the city. The hotel is within walking distance of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Golden Horn, Archaeology Museum, Obelisks, Suleymaniye, underground cistern, and the covered bazaar.
The Yacht Boutique Hotel (4*) is located on the Fethiye Gulf. With contemporary minimalist design and Mediterranean architecture, the hotel is only 5 minutes away from downtown Fethiye. Featuring panoramic views of the marina and Fethiye Bay, this hotel offers modern rooms decorated in warm colours with wooden furniture. The hotel has 34 rooms, a roof restaurant that serves traditional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, and a snack bar at the pool area that serves a variety of drinks and snacks.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
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Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
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November 05, 2013
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Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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