Istanbul Ephesus Bodrum Private Gulet Sailing around Gokova Bay (8 days/7 nights)


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Prices above are per person, double occupancy, in US dollars, and in your own group
High season supplement (July - first week of September): $2,000 per group 
Subject to availability and dates selected
Single room supplement: +$550


Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport
Meet your guide at the airport and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel, located in the charming Old City district of Sultanahmet. Traveling along the old city fortifcation walls, you’ll learn a bit about this historically-rich city all along the way. The remainder of the day is at leisure; why not stretch your legs with a walk around the neighborhood, then with dinner on your own at a rooftop restaurant. We can suggest several with great views over the Sea of Marmara! 

Day 2: Istanbul
Enjoy two full days of private sightseeing in Istanbul with your knowledgeable guide. Today we explore the Sultanahmet area again and visit the Roman-era HippodromeBlue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the underground Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. (B) 

Day 3: Istanbul
Private sightseeing continues today with visits to the sprawling Topkapi Palace and its Harem Quarters as well as to the Spice Market, followed by a leisurely boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, and, finally, time permitting, an orientation walking tour through Istanbul's winding backstreets. (B)

Day 4: Istanbul / flight to Izmir/ old Greek village of Sirince
After departing from Istanbul in the morning, we arrive in coastal Izmir and begin our one hour scenic drive to Ephesus, undoubtedly one of the world’s best-preserved ancient cities, annually attracting thousands of visitors from around the world. In Roman times, Ephesus was the provincial capital of Asia Minor with a population of some 250,000 at the height of its glory. The most significant ruin is the immense theater that holds 24,000 spectators and is still used today. We will walk along the Sacred Way and see: an ingenious water and sewer system that was constructed beneath the marble pavement; the Temple of Hadrian, a Corinthian-style structure featuring the head of Medusa as the talisman to keep away evil spirits; and the Library of Celsus, which once held 12,000 ancient scrolls stored in niches in its walls. We will also visit the newly-excavated Terrace Houses where Ephesus’ wealthiest residents lived.  Our lunch today is in the quaint hilltop village of Sirince. We’ll have a chance to socialize with the locals and taste the simple but delicious cuisine of the Aegean region. Originally a Greek community, Sirince is a wonderful example of two cultures co-existing together. Finally, in the afternoon, we will visit the Museum of Archaeology in Selcuk.  We’ll return to Sirince to spend the night in the charming Gullu Konaklari (“Rose Houses”). (B, L) 

Day 5: Sirince / Sultankoy / Gulet embarkation in Bodrum
This morning, after breakfast, we will begin our scenic drive to Bodrum, where you’ll meet your private gulet.  On the way there, we’ll stop by Sultankoy to learn about local rug-making processes which include silk extraction, dyeing and weaving. Then, we will break for a fresh and organic al fresco lunch using ingredients from Sultankoy’s farm and orchards. Later, we will continue onto Bodrum and pay a visit to the unique Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the Castle of St. Peter (picturesquely set in the harbor and is the city’s most prominent feature). Boarding our private gulet yacht later in the afternoon, we will set sail and drop anchor in a  nearby cove, such as Aquarium Bay, where we’ll enjoy a relaxing dinner and a peaceful overnight stay. (B, L, D) 

Day 6 & Day 7: Gulet sailing around Bodrum and Gokova Bay
During the next two days, we will discover more secluded coves and islands in and around Gokova Bay, where the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas meet. During this time, you can take your pick from a wealth of activities: swimming in the clear waters of Gokova Bay, taking part in onshore hiking excursions, snorkeling, canoeing, or, of course, you can opt to simply laze the days away just relaxing and sunbathing on deck. Our itinerary includes the following islands, bays and coves: Mazi, Cokertme Bay, Cleopatra Island, English Limani (Harbor), Longoz Cove, Kise Buku, and the Oraklar Islands. (B, L, D – both days) 

Day 8: Bodrum / Istanbul - Homebound departure
Gule gule! Farewell!  In the morning, we will bid farewell to our gulet crew and disembark for a transfer to Bodrum/Milas Airport and a flight to Istanbul, where you will connect to your flight home. (B) 

Price of the package includes:

  • Accommodations: 
    3 nights in Istanbul: Hotel Ottoman Imperial - Premium Room  
    1 night in Ephesus/Sirince Village: Hotel Gullu Konaklari - Stone Room
    3 nights aboard a private gulet yacht (with private bathroom)
  • Domestic flights in coach class within the program (Istanbul - Izmir and Bodrum - Istanbul)
  • Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner:
    14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners (includes bottled water)
  • Private, licensed, professional English-speaking guide throughout trip
  • All transfers and travel in a non-smoking, modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • All entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned in the program
  • Parking, ferry, and toll fees (not applicable to rental cars)
  • Gratuities at restaurants (where a meal is included in the program)

Price of the package excludes:

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Beverages other than water (during included meals)
  • Gratuities to tour guide(s), driver(s) and gulet crew
  • Tipping for porters at hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas, laundry, and other personal items