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Turkey, Land of Colours and Wonders

Nothing compares with the blend of natural beauty, antiquities and cultural diversity found in the eastern Aegean and Mediterranean shores as does the neighboring countries of Turkey and Greece. Visit the Ottoman splendor of Istanbul, the ruins of Ephesus, the Turquoise Coast, and not to mention the Aegean Sea and its countless islands; The Cyclades and The Dodecanese Islands. And all this viewed from the comfort and pleasure aboard an elegant, Turkish yacht.

Departure Dates: We have two dates for 2013 on this amazing trip to Turkey:
First Departure on May 18, 2013 with a return on June 1, 2013
Second Departure on September 21, 2013 with a return on October 5, 2013

Day 1) Board your overnight flight from Canada or the United States to Istanbul, Turkey. Sit back and relax, as you prepare to start the best adventure of a lifetime visiting Turkey and Greece – Land of Colours and Wonders.

Day 2) Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey! After picking up your bags and clearing customs, meet up with your Tour Director in the International Arrivals Lounge. You will then be transferred to your hotel, The Adahan Hotel in Istanbul. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights and sounds of this majestic city!

Day 3) After breakfast meet up with your Tour Director to begin an incredible day of touring, which will take you to the old town and to Karakoy. Enjoy the street food market, as well as a wonderful lunch of local foods at Hamdi Restaurant. After lunch, go on to Galata and the Beyoglu district, before ending your day in a lively tavern, visit the Street Food Market. Maybe tonight enjoy some dancing at Tekyon Club a popular Gay Club.

Istanbul: Best Described as Majestic, Mysterious, Opulent and magical – Click on the Link for more information on Istanbul

Day 4) After breakfast, meet up with your Tour Director as you depart to climb up the Galata Tower, walk down to Karaköy, visiting the Gulleroglu Baklava store. Afterwards, discover the Asian side of the Bosphorus by taking a ferry from Karaköy to Kadikoy. Visit the fish and spice market, stop in for lunch at the renowned Ciya Restaurant, continue to the Sakarin Mosque and then complete the Asian side with a visit of the Beylerbeyi Palace. Afterwards board your Bosphorus cruise yacht and enjoy a “happy 2 hours” cruising on the Asian and European side and ending in Tarabya. Enjoy dinner at Tarabya Restaurant and return to Beyoglu with a stop in Ortaköy where you will have free time on the board walk, alive with great shopping and wonderful cafes. This evening visit another well known gay bar: X-large.

Day 5) After breakfast, meet up with your Tour Director and complete your city tour with a visit to the covered bazaar and enjoy the city at your own pace. Meet the locals, make new friends, try new foods, and purchase local art. After lunch at Nar Restaurant, enjoy a true Turkish delight a Hamam, which means “steam bath” in Turkish and today it is one of the most relaxing treats for tourists in Turkey.

During the Ottoman times, Turkish baths were places to socialize, to bathe and to get together. It was when Europeans learned about Turkish Baths especially in Western Europe, when Turkish Baths became the method of getting clean and relaxing.

The word “hamam” derives from “hammam” in Arabic which means heat. Turkish baths during the Ottoman times started as annex buildings of mosques but very quickly turned into monumental structural complexes, especially with the works of the famous Ottoman architect Sinan.

Hamam consists of three rooms called “sicaklik” (hot room), the warm room and “sogukluk” (cool room). Sicaklik is used for soaking up steam and getting a massage. The warm room is for washing up with soap and sogukluk is used for relaxing, dressing and enjoying a drink.

Turkish Baths have separated quarters for men and women. For women, Turkish Baths was the best place to get together before weddings, holidays and such celebrations. There are some accessories that are used in hamam, like the pestemal, nalin and kese.

Pestemal is a piece of cloth made of silk or cotton, to cover the body, used as towels. Nalin is a wooden clog, worn in the Turkish Bath, to prevent slipping. Kese is a rough mitt for massage to take off the dead skin.

After this truly opulent afternoon return to your hotel for an evening of leisure.

Day 6) After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Nevsehir in Cappadocia. Your day starts from the minute you land with a tour of Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site and then continue with lunch at The Old Greek House in Sinasos, ending the tour in Urgup at the Yunak House. Tonight enjoy a wonderful dinner at Seten followed by a show of Whirling Dervishes at Saruhan

Click on the Link for more information on Cappadocia

Day 7) After breakfast, meet with your Tour Director and continue to enjoy the Cappadocia. Maybe take a Hot Air Balloon* and soar over this amazing valley, which offer a view of different kind of rock formations in a variety of colours. Visit the rock-cut churches and monasteries on this unforgettable landscape, which originated as volcanic ash spewed out by Mounts Hasan and Erciyes. Enjoy a wonderful lunch at Dayinyeri in Avanos and continue touring and meeting the locals. In the evening return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation before having dinner at Ziggy’s. Evening is yours to rest and enjoy.

*BALLOON NOT INCLUDED AND CHARGED INDIVIDUALLY. PRE-RESERVATİON NECESSARY. THE BALLOON RIDE STARTS AT DAWN AND THOSE WHO TAKE PART OF THE BALLOON RIDE, CAN START TOURING CAPPADOCIA WITH THE REST OF THE GROUP AFTER BREAKFAST.

Day 8) After breakfast, meet with your Tour Director and transfer to the airport in Kayseri for a flight to Izmir. Enjoy a full day of touring, which will take you to Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and remains intact as the world’s largest Roman City. Today enjoy lunch at Selcuk Kofteci and then head off to Bodrum to board the Yacht. Enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared just for you by your own personal chef on board. The evening is yours to enjoy either on the yacht or walking around the harbour City of Bodrum. The choice is yours!

For more information on Ephesus click on link

Day 9-15) For the next seven days just sit back, relax and enjoy sailing the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Everything on board is included.

Life on board

The ingeniously designed interior features luxurious living quarters with high ceilings and wide corridors. The spacious salon includes a fully stocked bar and cushioned seating around an elegant table. Limited to just nine cabins, mahogany walls highlight airy cabins and their ‘en suite’ bathrooms with toilet, spacious showers, marble sink and vanity, and ample storage space.
Swimming off from or just dreamily floating around the yacht is certainly one of the most enjoyable experiences of your voyage. Additionally, you can sail, water ski, windsurf, snorkel, kayak, fish, play board games, cards, or even go on moderate to strenuous hikes with the captain. Other activities can also be arranged, such as parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving, paragliding, plus numerous additional water sports (at extra cost). Naturally, relaxation is a key part of the voyage, and we offer a library of magazines and books to peruse. A DVD library and DVD player is also on board stocked with film classics, children’s, and foreign films. The stereo system has indoor and outdoor speakers and iPod connections for even more personalized listening pleasure.

Menu on board

Cuisine on board a yacht is a pleasure. A skilled chef, whose expertise ranges from haute cuisine to regional specialties, guarantees satisfaction for even the most discriminating palate! Seafood is served Mediterranean style, and organically grown fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits of the season ensure the finest flavor.

Shore excursions

Shore excursions along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts are fantastic opportunities to experience locations otherwise not easily accessed. Combining Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and the nearby Greek Dodecanese Islands, these offer contrasting cultures and extensive outing choices that easily meet individual or group interests. Both have lively resorts, traditional sleepy villages, authentic local cuisine, sightseeing, shopping, nightlife, and ancient site explorations. Some trips require vehicles, while others are walks or optional hikes. Guides can be booked or the captain will help you explore on your own. Of course, you may also decide to stay aboard and just relax. One of the best sides to luxury yacht voyages is the freedom to enjoy one’s own preferences

Day 14) Today arrive back to the port of Bodrum and enjoy a half day tour of Bodrum Castle before transferring to the Private Home of our Turkish Host for a private event with real Turkish Delights and Hospitality. Afterward return to the yacht for your last nights sleep in Turkey.

Day 15) After breakfast, transfer to Bodrum airport for your flight home to Canada or the United States, with fond memories of this amazing trip.

Turkey – Land of Colours and Wonders program includes the following:

5 Star Luxury Hotel Accommodations
5 Star Luxury Private Sail-boat also known as Gulet
All Transfers from airports to hotels with Private Transport
All Flights within Turkey
All Tours and entrances to sights as indicated on the itinerary
13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 10 Dinners and all snacks, beer , wine and non alcoholic beverages on the sail-boat
Private English Speaking Guide
24 hour a day Concierge Service to handle all special requests
All Taxes and Service Charges

Price is based on double occupancy ( 2 people travelling together)
$7899.00 Canadian Dollars

Price does not include:
International Airfare
Any optional add ons
Meals not indicated on itinerary
Any fees associated to obtaining a Visa for Turkey, if required. Currently citizens of Canada and The United States of America do not require a visa to visit Turkey.

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