Turkey

Sailing and Hiking Adventure

Level

Easy

Duration

8 days

Route

Arrival Istanbul Ataturk Airport/ Instanbul / Gocek / Binlik cove/ Gemiler island/Kas/ Kekova sound/Istanbul/ Departure Istanbul Ataturk Airport

West from the old city of Antalya with its shady palm-lined boulevards, narrow winding streets and wooden houses, are the idyllic shores of ancient Lycia. We slowly cruise along the coast, landing to walk through scented hills and visit classical coastal sites, explore islands, search for the gods of Mt Olympos.

Hiking in Turkey is an unforgettable experience. You will trek the most scenic trails witnessing the unspoiled beauty and dramatic vistas with sites of exceptional historical and archaeological interest

ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrival Instanbul(L, D)

Mid-morning arrival. Transfer to our hotel in the historic area and start touring the highlights of Sultanahmet area. End the day with Welcome Dinner looking over to the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.

Overnight Instanbul http://www.levnihotel.com/ or similar

Day 2 Gocek (B, L, D)

Morning flight to Dalaman and short transfer to the boat. Take a short walk of this little town and chill on the boat, sail and swim.

Overnight : Kaya Güneri

Specifications for Kaya Güneri:

For Up to 12 guests in 6 spacious cabins each with a shower and toilet. Fully air-conditioned. 4 of the cabins are with 2 separate lower beds (1 double + 1 single). 2 of the cabins are with 2 separate lower single beds (twin).Very spacious and comfortable salon with dinnette and bar. Fully equipped and separate gallery. Comfortable aft deck with cushions. Outdoor dining facilities on the aft deck. Spacious sun deck area. Separate crew quarters.

Day 3 BINLIK COVE(B, L, D)

In the morning we cruise to Batik Hamam (Sunken Bath) cove which has a Roman bath about 5 feet under water – where Mark Anthony is said to have wooed Cleopatra. From here we walk through pine forests enjoying spectacular views of the Mediterranean, to visit the Lycian site of Lydae which is accessible only on foot. We descend to our boat to anchor for the night in Binlik Cove.

Day activities: Hike from Batik Hamam to Binlik ( 3h / 8km ), meet locals.

Sites visited: Lydae

Overnight : Kaya Güneri

Day 4 GEMILER ISLAND (B, L, D)

In the morning we take a minibus to the deserted Greek town of Kaya, which was abandoned by 1930s as a result of the population exchange treaty between Turkey and Greece.  After exploring this ghost town, we hike to meet our boat in Soguksu Cove.  There is a short hike on the Gemiler Island  where we can see the Byzantine ruins and watch the sunset.

Day  activities: Hike from Kaya to Soguksu ( 1,5 hrs /3,5 km) hike to Gemiler Island for sunset( around 1 hr)

Sites visited: Kaya, Gemiler Island

Overnight : Kaya Güneri

Day 5 KAŞ(B, L, D)

Early cruise to Kalkan and after a morning swim hop on a van to visit the highlights of Central Lycia, Patara and Xhanthos. Patara is the home of Lycian Parliament House, which has been the inspration of US Constitution and it is birthplace of St Nicholas. Xhantos is very impressive and extensive and has the longest Lycian inscription ever found. End the day in Kas, the most charming in southern Turkey.

Sites visited: Patara, Xhanthos.

Overnight : Kaya Güneri

Day 6 KEKOVA SOUND (B, L, D)

In the morning we cruise to snorkel over the sunken ruins of Aperlai. Then we slowly cruise along the sunken island of Kekova and look at the 2000 years old ruins submerged into the water. At the end of the day we will hike to the remote and impressive citadel of Crusaders located on the acropolis of Lycian site of Simena. We tie to this little ancient village for the night.

Day  activities: Snorkeling over the sunken ruins of Aperlai ( 1 h( . Hike to Simena( 1 hr round trip) . Browsing the sunken ruins of Kekova.

Sites visited: Kekova, Aperlai, Simena

Overnight : Kaya Güneri

Day 7 ISTANBUL (B, D)

We disembark in Üçağız. Transfer 2,5 h to Dalaman Airport. Fly to Istanbul. Visit Grand Bazaar. Farewell dinner.

Overnight Instanbul http://www.levnihotel.com/ or similar.

Day 8: Departure Istanbul (B)

You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

3,345 USD

per person in a group of  10 pax. Double occupancy.

Trip Dates

4th Aug 2017

NOTES

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
  • This cost is valid till 15th Dec 2017
  • Full payment should be made 30 days prior to departure date.
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

THIS INCLUDES

  • 2 nights Boutique hotel accommdation in Instanbul. Double Occupancy
  • Quality wooden boat 60-70 feet, 6 cabins, each cabin with private bathroom with hot showers.
  • All meals as described with great representation of Turkish Cuisine.
  • Domestic flights as per the itinerary
  • Bottled water and beverages while on board.
  • Bus transportation, when necessary and airport transfers.
  • Certified English speaking professional guide.
  • Parking fees, guide’s expenses, etc.
  • Entrance fees to museums and archeological sites

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities

Important note:

The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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