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Tolun Cerkes - Private Guide in Istanbul

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11 days private tour and blue cruise

Private tour in Cappadocia, Lykia, Selcuk, Ephesus, Priene

Tour Price : $175 Duration : 12 hours Languages: Turkish, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, German

Day 1 Iatnbul - Izmir - Ephesus Arrive in Izmir, Drive to Ephesus, Have a fruitarian dinner and overnight.
Day
2 Ephesus - Priene - Miletus - Bafa.
After a vegetarian breakfast visit
Ephesus and Virgin Mary's House. Drive to Priene. Visit Priene and drive to Miletus. Visit Miletus. Overnight by the BafaLake.


DAY
3 Bodrum
Drive
to Bodrum. This morning we will visit the remains of the tomb of King Mausolus. The Mausoleum which was one of the seven wonders of the world, in the Hellenistic period, was built by his widow Artemisia. After this visit we will proceed to the fortress of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, which houses today the unique underwater archaeological museum of Turkey. The towers of this fortress offer a wonderful view of the town and the sea. This evening we will have a promenade in the streets of Bodrum. This singing, dancing, swinging town with its Mediterranean ambience is a dwelling place of artists, celebrities and intellectuals of Turkey. Overnight in Bodrum.


Day 4 - Dalyan - Kaunus - Gocek - Gullette

Early departure in the morning. Drive to Dalyan, take a smaller boat excursion on the Dalaman river for a remote discovery of the area. See Kaunus, and the fascinating rock carved Lycian style tombs. The golden sand beach which is at the mouth of the river is an endangered loggerhead turtle conservation area. During this visit our mission will be to collect litters which might be found on the beach. In the afternoon we will embark our Gullette and start our Blue Voyage. Overnight in Gocek a picturesque small village on the
Mediterranean set in a beautiful pine forest. Delicious will be available on board at all times.


Day 5
Gocek - Fethiye - Gemiler - Gullette
Today we will sail towards Gemiler and wonder in the gulf of Fethiye. We will make stops for swimming and visiting fascinating small islands in the Gulf. The Turquoise Coast is offering graciously its magic beauty and charm here. The crystal clear, deep waters change from the palest turquoise to the darkest blue, and the coastline is thickly wooded with trees, bushes and flowers everyone of which is a remedy for a disease. At the end of the day we will arrive to Gemiler, which is a beautiful small island.


Day 5
Gemiler - Kalkan - Gullette
Pulling anchor early in the morning, we will set sail to have another wonderful day on board of our gullette. We will have opportunities for swimming and relaxing.You could possibly see some dolphins. Today we will also have time to step ashore and visit Xanthos, ancient capital of the Lycian region. In the evening we will moor by Kalkan, a lovely small hilltop town that overlooks a tiny bay. Narrow, winding streets lined with souvenir shops lead up from charming marina to the hill. As the sun sets you can enjoy a relaxing drink before a light dinner with a variety of best fruits you wish to have.

Day 6 Kalkan - Kekova - Porto Geneviz - Gullette
Today we
will set sail early in the morning and navigate towards Kek
ova and our Odyssey will continue along the shores of
KekovaIsland. Earthquakes caused the land together with some of the ancient houses to sink under the crystal clear water, creating a sunken city. Mythological mysteries, and the legends told about the pirates are quite interesting to hear. In the afternoon we will cruise around the bays providing natural harbors in every season. Myra is next. St. Nicholas known also as Santa Claus or Father Christmas was a native of this land. He was the archbishop of the MetropolitanChurch of St. Ni
cholas in Myra where he died in the 4th, century. We will step ashore for a while to visit the church of St. Nicholas and Myra. Tonight we will drop anchor at Porto Geneviz.

Day 7 Porto Geneviz - Olympus - Phaselis
Pulling anchor and heading towards the ancient city of Olympos, on the southern side of Mt. Tahtali (Mt. Olympos). Oleander and laurel bushes shade the Olympos Valley, which we will be able to approach by sea. Nearby at Yanartas (at a height of 300 meters), according to mythology the Lycian hero Bellerophon, mounted on his winged horse Pegasus slew the fire-breathing monster, Chimaera. At this location gas seeps from the earth and burns brightly at night. The Byzantines considered this place a sacred place. In the evening we will arrive to Phaselis, a marvellous antique site on the ancient Pamphylian region hidden under the pin trees. Overnight in Phaselis.
Day 8 Aspendos - Perge - Museum - Antalya

Drive to Aspendos, visit the best preserved theater of the antique world. Proceed to Perge which is another interesting ancient site having a charisma of it's own. Famous with its waterway networks to provide fresh air to it's inhabitants. Later on we will proceed to the waterfalls on the Lara beach. A fantastic picture will be offered to us in that very area by those waterfalls called "Karpuzkaldiran" meaning "Watermelon Lifter". Our next stop will be the archeological museum of Antalya which houses the most beautiful statues and objects found during the excavations carried out in the area. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9 Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia

Drive to the ancient capital of the Seljuk Empire, Konya. Visit the monastery of Mevlana from the 13 th century. Mevlana 1207-73 was a poet, scholar, and philosopher and the founder of the order of whirling dervishes who, while performing their dance consisting of turning around themselves, were getting closer to God. Karatay school will be next. After this visit we will make an orientation tour in this beautiful town where there is an mystique oriental ambience. Overnight in Konya.
Day 10
Cappadocia
Drive
to Cappadocia. Fruitarian lunch in the bus and early arrival to scenic and historic Cappadocia. Uchisar village and pigeons valley will be our first stop. Visit Cappadocia. The dwelling place of the first Christians. Many Christians who had been chased away from Jerusalem and the neighboring lands, immigrated to Cappadocia for their safety. In Cappadocia they to dug caves and underground cities to protect themselves from the pagans. In the 4th century as Christianity became an official religion throughout the Roman Empire they started to spread the religion by means of pictures they drew on the walls of their rock dug churches. Visit Avcilar village, the so called fairy chimneys which are strange looking rocks looking like chimneys or mushrooms, Zelve valley, anda Seljukian Caravanserai. Proceed to RedValley to catch the sun set. Sleep in a small Cappadocian village.


Day 11
Cappadocia
After having breakfast at the hotel visit the underground city of Derinkuyu which having a depth of 85 meters, could accommodate 2’000 families, roughly 10’000 people. Continue to discover this amazing region. Kizilvadi, churches, monasteries and the Göreme Valley. Most of the rock dug churches with beautiful frescoes are located in the Göreme valley. Christian monks living here were able to produce good wine from vineyards in the valley. In Cappadocia we won't miss the opportunities to visit local handicraft workshops, to see whirling dervishes, folklore dances in a rock dug cabaret place where we will also have chances for dancing on our own.
DAY 12
Cappadocia
After breakfast we will transfer for you to the airport for your flight back home.

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: $175
Duration: 12 hours
Group Size: 9 tourists
Languages: Turkish, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, German
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :NO
Hotel pick-up:NO
Drop-off :NO
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):NO
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :YES
Translation services :YES
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :YES
Visa support :YES
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :NO
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :YES
This Tour is Kid Friendly :YES