Introduction
It’s hard to go wrong with a family vacation in Turkey that includes four days on a teakwood yacht, lazily zig-zagging along the Mediterranean coast. The water is so warm you can dive in most any time. It’s so clear that you can see ruins of ancient civilizations when you go snorkeling. Life is very easy with casual meals on deck and lots of stops to go exploring on shore. And if that cruise is the centerpiece of the trip, it’s hardly the only highlight. Ancient ruins like the ones at Ephesus will fire up any imagination, young or old. And you get the complete Istanbul experience too—from the clatter and color of the Spice Market to a stocking-foot visit to the awesome Blue Mosque. A family vacation in Turkey offers the best kind of adventure: plenty of multi-sport activities, along with a happy rush of history and cultural experiences that appeal to travelers of every age.

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.
 
The kids will love...
  • Admiring architectural wonders of the ancient world
  • Climbing the steps in a Roman amphitheater
  • Floating in an infinity pool overlooking the sea
Itinerary at a glance
DAY 1 - ISTANBUL
Our Turkey family vacation starts in Istanbul (1 night). We'll explore it all from vast Hagia Sophia and Hippodrome Square where charioteers raced, to the Spice Market and streets where vendors carry 10-foot high stacks of bread on poles.

DAYS 2-5 - TURQUOISE COAST
After a short hop by plane down the coast, we climb aboard our teakwood yacht for three days of cool cruising along the Mediterranean Coast. With our captain, chef and crew looking after us, we'll thread our way on a calm, close-to-shore route through beautiful islands, anchor in remote bays, and get in some unforgettable stargazing before bedtime. Onshore trails give us the chance to clamber around on ancient ruins like an Ottoman fortress and a well-preserved Roman theater and to visit the abandoned village of Kara Koy. During the cruise, you can join the walks, kayak or windsurf, snorkel or go fishing from the deck, and the adults can even get in a core workout on a standup paddleboard!

DAYS 6-7 - KUSADASI / ISTANBUL
Back ashore, we explore the classical ruins of Ephesus, a city that was the ancient home of 200,000 people! We’ll walk amid its streets and see the library façade that is one of Turkey’s most famous landmarks. We’ll also see what remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Afterward, we’ll check into a cool boutique hotel in Kusadasi (1 night). It has a terrific infinity pool, and what an amazing setting to catch the sunset before our farewell dinner. On our final day, we fly back to Istanbul where you can connect to our Cappadocia extension or catch your flight home.
Turkey
Family Journey
7 Days / 6 Nights
Starting Point: Istanbul—2:00 pm—Lobby of first night hotel

Ending Point: Istanbul — approximately 11:00 am — Airport

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“We loved the well-organized days, the wonderful hotels, and having a guide that cared about each one of us. On each Classic Journeys trip we have taken, we experienced what it is like to live in that country.”
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Logistics made easy
On our family vacation in Turkey, we eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details so you can focus on swimming and snorkeling, tasting Turkish delight, meeting the people, and enjoy your time on land and at sea.
Extend your turkey trip to Cappadocia
Take the Silk Road to Cappadocia for 3 days and 2 nights in a land of other-worldly rock formations, ancient underground cities, and maybe a hot-air balloon ride over a valley full of vineyards.
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, 3 lunches and 6 dinners
This trip includes several internal flights, which are priced separately from the land tour. The total cost for the internal flights is approximately $495 per person.
Turkey
Family Journey
7 Days / 6 Nights
The Turquoise Coast has a warm, semi-arid climate. The temperature is generally very temperate, with a daily range from 75 to 80 degrees and evening temperatures around 60 to 65 degrees. Mid-summer is warmer during the day and generally still comfortably cool in the evenings. As 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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when sharing a room with two full-paying guests
Kids ages 11-16 receive a $500 discount; ages 7-10 receive a $750 discount; ages 3-6 receive a $1250 discount; ages 2 and younger receive a $1750 discount. When sharing a room with one full-paying guest, kids receive a $250 discount.
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.

Turkey
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Logistics made easy
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Extend your turkey trip to Cappadocia
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