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adventure travel trip to Turkey
Dates
  • Jul 18-30, 2015
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 13 days
    Group Size 10-15
    Land Cost $2,295-$3,995 Details
    Single Supplement $800
    Lodging 3 stars-4 stars
    Grade I-II
    Best Time

    Turkey Adventure with Teens

    An active, exciting, and educational exploration

    Day 1      Arrive Istanbul

    Arrive in Istanbul, the "World's Hippest City," where your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

    Meals: None
    Lodging: Yasmak Sultan (or similar)

    The Anatolian side of Istanbul
    Day 2      Istanbul

    Spend the day touring Istanbul, a fast, fun, and bustling city. Visit the Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, mosque, and now a museum. Admire the intricate blue tiles of the Blue Mosque, and imagine what it once was like to watch chariot racing at the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Walk through the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. The bazaar boasts over 3,000 shops and sees between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors daily! Overnight in Istanbul.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Yasmak Sultan (or similar)

    The iconic Blue Mosque
    Day 3      Istanbul / Bosphorus

    Continue your tour of Istanbul. Begin with the Underground (Basilica) Cistern, one of several hundred cisterns that lie beneath the city. This 6th century cistern was built during the time of Byzantine Emperor, Justinian. It was originally intended to provide water for the entire city. Watch out for the droplets of water that may fall on your head as you walk through! Next you will have free time to look around the noisy and colorful Spice Bazaar (often referred to as the Egyptian Bazaar). The massive vaulted ceilings give the market a cavernous feeling, yet the dense crowds make navigating it an interesting challenge.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Yasmak Sultan (or similar)

    The colorful Spice Bazaar
    Day 4      Cappadocia

    Fly to Cappadocia, and meet your guide at the airport before transferring to your hotel. Embark on a private Cappadocia tour. Begin with the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup, one of the most unique sights in the world. These volcanic formations are riddled with manmade holes that many pigeons call home. The pigeons are historically significant to the Cappadocian people because they once served as messengers. The pockmarked, lunar landscape combined with the rugged terrain is both interesting and exciting to hike! Later you will visit the Kaymakli Underground city, an eight-level deep maze of tunnels and rooms. The city was used as a hiding place for Byzantine Chistians from Persian and Arabic armies. There are over 200 underground cities in Cappadocia, but Kaymakli is the deepest. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Gamirasu Cave Hotel (or similar)

    Your Gamirasu Cave Hotel
    Day 5      Cappadocia

    Begin your day with an optional early morning hot air balloon ride (additional cost) over the golden volcanic peaks and magical fairy chimneys. Afterward, wander the unusual topography of Devrent Valley. Here you will see the smaller fairy chimneys; many of which resemble an animal, object, or person. We will have lunch in Avanos, the center of terra cotta art since 3,000 BC. Following your meal, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to view medieval painted cave churches carved out by Orthodox monks. Continue to Uchisar Rock Castle to enjoy a magnificent panorama of the rocky landscape with Mt. Erciyes in the distance.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Gamirasu Cave Hotel (or similar)

    Hot air balloon ride over the Cappadocia region
    Day 6      Cappadocia / Kusadasi

    This morning transfer to the airport in time to fly to Izmir. Meet your guide at the airport, transfer to Kusadasi and check in to your hotel.  Enjoy a free afternoon to check out the promenade or relax at the hotel pool.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Kusadasi Marina Hotel (or similar)

    Shopping is quite the experience
    Day 7      Ephesus

    Depart for the ancient Greek city and later major Roman city of Ephesus. Ephesus was the second largest city of the Roman Empire with a population of about 250,000 people. It was established as a port and was considered valuable real estate, as it is located in a very fertile valley. Within Ephesus, you will see the remains of the Artemission Temple, the largest structure of the Hellenistic world, and also the building that is believed to be the House of the Virgin Mary. Between the natural beauty surrounding the city and the ancient ruins themselves, this will be an incredible and educational excursion.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Kusadasi Marina Hotel (or similar)

    The magnificent ruins of Ephesus will dwarf you
    Day 8      Fethiye

    Drive to Fethiye and board your gulet. Sail out of Fethiye Harbor, and cruise to the world-famous Gocek Gulf.  Anchor for lunch at Yassica Island. Later, anchor at Tersane Island for teatime and a swimming break. This naturally protected harbor was used as the shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times.  Anchor overnight at Bedri Rahmi Bay, named for the famous Turkish artist who popularized the "blue cruises".

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: on board a lovely gulet

    Sail the refreshing, blue waters of Turkey
    Day 9      Gocek Gulf

    Cruise by the numerous picturesque islands. Anchor first at Manastir Bay for gorgeous swimming opportunities and a luncheon break.  This bay is also known as Cleopatra's Bath due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an ancient bath.  Cruise to the cove of  Aga Limani for dinner and overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: on board a lovely gulet

    Check out fellow gulet travelers moored in a quiet cove
    Day 10      Kumlubuk/Cennet Island/Fethiye or Marmaris

    Head to Kumlubuk Bay early in the morning, where you will enjoy a delicious breakfast. Anchor at Cennet Island for the last opportunity to swim and to eat lunch. Enter Marmaris or Fethiye Harbour for an overnight stay.  If you wish to see more of Fethiye/Marmaris and the lively nightlife, you may go ashore for part of the evening. 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: on board a lovely gulet

    Aerial view of the Turquoise coast
    Day 11      Gokcealan Homestay

    After breakfast, you will disembark the ship with wonderful memories of the turquoise coast.  Stop along the way for a chance for white-water rafting on the Dalaman River.  Afterwards, drive to the village of Gokcealan, where you will be welcomed by your host family.  Enjoy the afternoon, getting to know your hosts and exploring their village square and tea garden.

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging: Homestay in Gokcealan

    Gokcealan Village
    Day 12      Gokcealan/Izmir/Istanbul

    Bid farewell to your Turkish family, and transfer to Izmir for your flight back to Istanbul. When you arrive in Istanbul, transfer to your hotel.  The afternoon is free for last minute souvenir shopping and possibly walk across the the Galata Bridge.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Yasmak Sultan (or similar)

    View of Ortakoy Mosque
    Day 13      Istanbul/Onward

    After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Enjoy a last look of the ancient and the modern in Istanbul


     
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