Introduction
Istanbul is our exotic, sensory-overloading introduction to Turkey. But the coast has always held a special allure for us, so we also take four leisurely days to explore it aboard a 100-foot teakwood yacht known as a “gulet.” On board, we live in comfortable cabins with private baths. Roaming from one quiet bay to the next. Snorkeling over water-covered ruins. Walking on shore to remarkable sites like Ephesus and Caunos. Always with the decadent option of staying "at home" for a nap or a swim in the 75-degree waters. And no adventure travel in Turkey is truly complete until you take in the fabled Silk Road to the heart of Cappadocia, land of whirling dervishes and ancient underground cities. If you've been longing for one of the most memorable destinations of your life, you've found it!

Classic Journeys is temporarily suspending all departures to Turkey. As our primary goal is our guests’ safety, this decision is made out of caution and in light of recent attacks in Turkey, including the attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives were lost and with their loved ones. We offer our support and solidarity to our exceptional local guides, as well as our other friends and long-standing travel partners in Turkey, and to all travelers and people in the region. We look forward to our next opportunity to show our guests Turkey in true Classic Journeys style. Please contact our office any time by phone or email to discuss the situation in Turkey.
 
Picture yourself...
  • Admiring architectural wonders of the ancient world
  • Cruising between islands on a custom yacht
  • Witnessing a potter perfecting his art
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - ISTANBUL
We begin in Istanbul (1 night) where our guided visits include the Blue Mosque, lunch at Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia, one of the architectural wonders of the world.

DAYS 2-5 - TURQUOISE COAST
After a short plane ride to Dalaman, we settle into our teakwood yacht to cruise the Mediterranean coastline (4 nights). Staying close to shore on calm waters provides us unparalleled access to a number of people and places that are almost impossible to reach by land. With our captain, chef and crew looking after us, we'll thread our way through beautiful islands, anchor in remote bays, and snorkel in a cobalt blue lagoon. One day, we meander up a reed-filled estuary to spot endangered sea turtles and visit Caunos to see its Ottoman fortress. We'll also end a walk along the coast at a natural harbor with ruins of sunken Roman baths and relax over lunch with a village family.

DAY 6 - KUSADASI
Waving farewell to our yacht, we explore the classical ruins of Ephesus, regarded as the world's finest, and overnight in Kusadasi (1 night) on the cliffs above the sea.

DAYS 7-9 - CAPPADOCIA / ISTANBUL
From Marmaris, a short morning flight leads to Cappadocia (2 nights). Walks lead us through vineyard-filled valleys, along ancient caravan routes, and finally to a nearly unimaginable underground city dating to the 7th century. After visiting a potter-friend in Avanos, we leave time for shopping before we return to Istanbul on an afternoon flight.
Turkey
Cultural Walking Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
Starting Point: Istanbul—2:00 pm—Lobby of first night hotel

Ending Point: Istanbul — approximately 6:00 pm — Airport

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Is it Wednesday or Thursday?
Days of the week are starting to be less important with each morning that you awaken on our yacht cruise in Turkey. Happily, our captain and guide have a plan that includes a walk along the coast to Ekincik Bay with ample time for a late morning dip in the Mediterranean.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our guided Turkey tour and everywhere we vacation. We always offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
We are running this trip privately for individual groups this year. If you would like us to organize a private trip for you, your family or friends, please call or email us to discuss your details.
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 5 lunches and all dinners, as well as open bar with all local drinks while on the gulet
This trip includes several internal flights which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $535 per person.
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Turkey
Cultural Walking Adventure
9 Days / 8 Nights
The Turquoise Coast has a warm, semi-arid climate. The temperature is generally very temperate. Mid-summer is warmer during the day and still comfortably cool in the evenings. We’ll be spending the majority of our time on the coast where the warm sunshine is moderated by the breezes that blow off the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

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Arrange for 6-full paying friends to travel together and receive 25% off one trip.
 
 
Hotels
Rixos Pera Hotel

The gracious and very elegant Rixos Pera is perfectly located in the historic Taksim area. Its grand public spaces and rooms are a serene oasis amid the bustle of Istanbul.

Classic Journeys Gulet

Our locally built teakwood yacht is a motorized sailing vessel of about 100 feet in length. There are 6-8 double cabins on board, each with a private bath and shower. The large decks provide our dining and lounging area.

La Vista Hotel

Perched on the edge of the Aegean, La Vista is Kusadasi's first deluxe boutique hotel. All rooms are balconied and offer 180-degree views of the sea, the perfect ringside seat to soak in a sunset. The manicured grounds include a spectacular infinity pool.

Kale Konak Hotel

This remarkable hotel lies inside the old walls of three typical Turkish houses. The classic cave rooms contain antique furniture. Situated next to the Uçhisar Castle, it sits at a high point and thrills with wide views of Cappadocia and Argeus Mountain.

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Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility on our guided Turkey tour and everywhere we vacation. We always offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
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