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Aegean Explorer&Blue Escape - 11 Days

Details

Tour Code:
TAT-0019
Season:
Thursday (10th Apr – 10th Oct)
Departure Point:
Istanbul / SAW Airport
You will be greeted with a sign your name is written on
Ending Point:
Istanbul / Sabiha Airport
Duration:
11 Days / 10 Night
Service Basis:
Sit in coach (small group)
 
Available Language(s): 
• Tour guide throughout the tour
• English 
Included Services:
• 3 night accomodatıon in Istanbul
• 1 night accomodatıon in Canakkale
• 1 night accomodatıon in Kusadasi
• 1 night accomodatıon in Pamukkale
• 5 Days 4 nights cruising
• Economic class domestic flight tickets
• Meal plan as mentioned in the itinerary
• Admission fees for all sightseeings mentioned in the itinerary
• Drinking water on board
• Port & Marina fees, taxes and fuel
• Transfer services from/to Airports on private basis
• Land transportation by air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle 
Excluded Services:
• Beverage with meals
• Tips for the guides & drivers (0ptional)
 
Good to know:
•Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes at the tours
•Linen is provided on board but please bring your own bath and beach towels.
•Its not aloud to bring your own drinks to the boat
•Please print your flight tickets, confirmed tour voucher and bring them with you.
•Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, will be replaced with Underground Cistern
•Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, will be replaced Arasta Bazaar
•Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays due to Friday prayer we will visit from the garden.
 
Hotels Info:
Istanbul
•Monopol Hotel (3*)
•Avicenna Hotel (4*)
•Radisson Blu Hotel (5*)
Kusadasi
•Saturn Hotel (3*)
•Ilayda Hotel (4*)
•Charisma De Luxe(5*)
Canakkale
Pamukkale
•Ece Hotel (3*)
•Tripolis Hotel(4*)
•Colossea Hotel (5*)
 
Additional Info:
• Contact our dedicated Custom Team for tailor-making your tour with special private service rates even for small groups of 4 people with special rates.
• Clients must be ready at the departure point 15 minutes before the exact pickup time.
• If you cannot find the service you need, please contact our dedicated Custom Team to advise of your requirements.
• Day tours are English guided and shared basis
• Guiding in your own language is upon availability and may require addıtıonal charge.
 
Additional Info / Cruise
•A standard gulet is provided for this cabin charter. Some may be equipped with air conditioning and will only be used if specified on your cabin charter information and itinerary. Yachts are determined on your arrival. Gulet cannot be pre-determined or guaranteed at time of booking. All our yachts have yacht insurance. We advise all travellers to take out their own individual travel insurance.
•Allocation of cabins is done on site. All gulets and cabin layouts are different, cabins are not pre-determined.  On these cruises, you may be roomed in a twin, double, triple or quad cabin depending on your group breakdown. Where possible, TAT will do their best to room couples in a double cabin, and individuals in a twin room of a person of the same sex. For individual travellers who do not want to be assigned with another passenger, single supplement cabins are available. All cabins have private bathrooms with toilet and shower.
•Your cabin charter is a non-guided tour. There is no local guide on board providing information on the sites and locations.
 

Itinerary

Highlights:
- Explore amazing destinations along the journey such as; Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Fethiye.
- Listen history about historical sites from many different civilizations from your expert local guides
- Experience life of locals, enjoy shopping in local bazaars
- Discover the beautiful bays of the Mediterranean with a 5-day gullet cruise
- Swim in coves where blue meets green, Walk in history and nature
- Enjoy sunbathing and peace on gulet, Make friends with your new travel companions
- Enjoy the unique flavors of the Turkish cuisine will be served for you
Overview:
This is a customized 11 days Land tour & Blue cruise package by plane - start and end in Istanbul. This package gives you an opportunity to explore the UNESCO sights of Turkey and cruising the most beautiful turquoise bays of Mediterranean. Visit Istanbul; where Asia meets Europe, Gallipoli; home to one of the most dramatic battles in history, Pergamum; one of the Seven Churches of Revelation where John wrote his letter, Ephesus; The best-preserved classical city in Eastern Mediterranean holds Mary House and the temple of Artemis, Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… Fethiye; where green meets Blue. Enjoy 5 days and 4 nights to cruise down to Gocek, is the most popular route along the Turquoise Coastline. Travelling on a Turkish gulet, this blue cruise has something for everyone. From the ancient cities and sights to crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkeling.
Thursday Arrival to Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul / SAW Airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
(No Meal)
Friday City Highlights Tour
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Hagia Sophia; was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China. It was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. Next; Topkapi Palace; As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, the palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. It housed the ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Continue to with Hippodrome; Built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203AD, during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held. Next, Blue Mosque; Built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome.  Next, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops it is one of the greatest bazaars in the World.  At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Saturday Gallipoli Battlefields Tour
According your pick up time meet your guide and drives on a comfortable road system for approximately 4 hours. Today you visit ANZAC Battlefields visiting Brighton Beach, ANZAC Cove, Beach Cemetery, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Turkish and allied tunnels and trenches at Johnston’s Jolly, 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. After tour transfer you to your hotel. Overnight in Canakkale.
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Sunday Troy - Pergamum Tour
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out and start your full-day tour and visit Troya Archeological Site where we see the UNESCO recognized ruins of the Ancient kingdom of Troy. We stroll through the site where many worldwide used terms like the Trojan War, Trojan Horse, Helen of Troy, Prince Paris comes from, Battle between Archilles and Hector, Walls of Troy II and Megaron House, The Ramp of Troy II, Roman bath, Odeon, The Temple of Athena and Ruins of Athena. After lunch drive to Pergamum; When John wrote his letter, Pergamum had been a capital city for almost four hundred years. There you explore the impressive Acropolis, the actual ancient city and see the Altar of Zeus which is mentioned as the throne of Satan’, Temple of Trajan and the third biggest library of antiquity, next; visit the ruins of Asklepion; it was known under the name of "The Pergamum God of Health". Asclepius the deity health and medicine served the people for several hundred years; thus making Pergamum a medical center of very great importance. Famous medical Scholars, like Hippocrates and Galenus, were born in Pergamum and worked there. At the end of the tour drives to Kusadasi. Check-in. Overnight in Kusadasi.
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Monday Ancient Ephesus Tour
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit The House of Virgin Mary; located 6km to the north of the ruins of Ephesus, a church was built from the 6C AD to the top of the foundations of a house from 1C AD and it is declared by the church to be the final house where Mary spent her last days.
Continue with the Ancient Ephesus; An Archeological treasure, The best-preserved classical city in Eastern Mediterranean. During the 1C AD, Ephesus was the second-largest city on the planet after Rome with more than 250,000 citizens. It was in the center of the known world and played the role of a gateway between the East and the West with its giant harbor, it was also the center of trading in antiquity. It was not only a rich commercial city but also the honeymoon place of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. 
Next; Temple of Artemis or Artemision was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its ancient cult dedicated to Artemis was very famous in antiquity and made Ephesus a much-visited pilgrimage place. There were a total of 127 ionic columns with a height of 19m. The temple is also considered to be the earliest bank of the ancient world. At the end of the tour drive you to Pamukkale. Check-in. Overnight in Pamukkale.
(Breakfast-Lunch)
Tuesday Pamukkale Tour / Embark your Gulet
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out. Today visit Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where hot springs were believed to have healing powers so it is considered to be the earliest spa on earth where, in history, people traveled long distances in order to find a cure. The unique terraces were formed by running warm spring water at a temperature of 35 C, containing calcium bicarbonate. Visit; the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site. Theır shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. After tour drive to Gocek. Once every guest completes boarding, the boat will depart from Gocek Port to ‘’Gocek Island’’ for swimming. After dinner, free time at the Gocek.
(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Wednesday Tershane Island-Bedri Rahmi Cove
After breakfast sail to ‘’Tershane Island’’ where you can swim in turquoise water and enjoy walking at the beach. Later sail to ‘’Bedri Rahmi Cove’’ where you will Explore Likya Ancient City. Swim in the turquoise water and enjoy tea break. Overnight on Board.
(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Thursday Gemiler Island 
Today early sail to ‘’Gemiler Island’’ to visit ancient city, walk on the beach and watch the sunset. Overnight on board.
(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Friday Buyuk Samanlik Cove, Boncuklu Cove
After breakfast on board sail to ‘’Buyuk Samanlik cove’’ along the natural beauty of islands for swimming break in the crystal clear water. After Lunch, sail to ‘Boncuklu Cove’’ where you will have Tea break and dinner. Overnight on board
(Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Saturday Fethiye
After breakfast, sail to Fethiye port. Here is the our last stop. Meet your driver and drive to Dalaman Airport for your flight to Istanbul, greeted by your driver and drive to your hotel. Check in. Overnight in Istanbul
(Breakfast)
Sunday Departure Day
According your pick up time meet your driver and transfer to Istanbul Airport. End of our service.
(Breakfast)
 

 

Conditions

•All efforts will be made to follow this itinerary, however, in cases of poor weather and/or sea conditions, this schedule may change. This could include altered daily plans and overnight stops. In these situations all efforts will be made to consult customers on alternative options, no money will be refunded. 
•Full cancellation applies in the event of No-Show at specified meeting time.
•The provider cannot be held responsible for entry denied due to improper dressing.
•Its highly recommended to make a travel insurance for your holiday, as the provider can not be held responsible for the incident(s) which may occur during the tour.
•Amendments caused by the flights are upon availability and may require supplement fee.
•Cancellations and changes made on purchased flight tickets are applied according to the cancellation and refund policies of airline companies.
•The provider cannot be held responsible for letter mistakes that may occur from names forwarded to us for the purchase of flight tickets.
Tax: Included
Cancellation Policy: Hotels, Airport Transfers, Tours can be cancelled without any penalties 3 day(s) prior to first service date. Cancellations and changes made on purchased flight tickets are applied according to the cancellation and refund policies of airline companies.