SAILING THROUGH HISTORY ON THE TURKISH RIVIERA


Blue Voyage is an experience of the history of man from the perspective of the sea. You are invited to walk the same path as ancient gods of Olympus; to enjoy the waters that Cleopatra once bathed in; to bask under the sun that once warmed the citizens of a now sunken city; to experience the culinary delights once offered to the Sultans; and to discover Istanbul, the exotic city that once housed Suleyman the Magnificent.

DAY 1 - USA TO TURKEY - Fri.

 

DAY 2 - ISTANBUL - Sat.

Arrival in Istanbul where East meets West. This unforgettable 2600 year old city is a synthesis of the past and the present. Our staff will escort you to the hotel from the airport. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (-/-/D)

DAY 3 - ISTANBUL - Sun.

We explore the city of the Sultans, Istanbul, the only city in the world linking Europe and Asia. After breakfast, visit the Blue Mosque and its priceless tile work, the Hippodrome, ancient arena for chariot racing; the eerie underground Cistern Yerebatan a sunken reservoir with 336 columns built in Byzantine times and St. Sophia Church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. After lunch, we will visit the legendary Topkapi Palace with its remarkable Treasury and Harem sections. Return to hotel. (B/L/D)

DAY 4 - ISTANBUL - ANTALYA - Mon.

In the morning, we sail along Bosphorus and zigzag between the continents. After lunch, visit SUleymaniye, the greatest mosque of Istanbul, the glorious Covered Bazaar and the Spice Market. With its 4000 shops, the Covered Bazaar is the place to practice traditional bargaining. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Antalya, Turkey's best known resort city on Mediterranean. (B/L/D)

DAY 5 - PERGE / ASPENDOS / SIDE - Tue.

Today we explore three remarkable cities of antiquity Perge, Aspendos and Side. These sites present the classical examples of Roman and Hellenistic Ruins. (B/L/D)

DAY 6 - PHASELIS / OLYMPOS / PORTO GENEVIZ - GULLETTE - Wed.

After breakfast aboard our gullette, start your voyage in the turquoise paradise of Turkey's Lycian Coast. The first stop is Alexander the Great's favorite winter resort Phaselis, a famous ancient commercial harbor. After visiting Phaselis you will continue onto the ancient city Olympus which is known as the House of Gods. The last destination of the day is Porto Geneviz, a bay of outstanding beauty. (B/L/D)

Gullette - M/S Prenses

DAY 7 - KEKOVA - GULLETTE - Thu.

Start the day cruising Kekova, a region well known for its sunken cities, Lycian tombs surrounded by an unspoiled landscape. Sunset in the region is a spectacle to behold. (B/L/D)

DAY 8 - KEKOVA ISLAND / KAS - GULLETTE - Fri.

Today you will enjoy swimming and relaxing in the tranquil waters of Kekova. Visit the fishing village of Kekova Island, famous for its necropolis of Lycian tombs and a castle offering a bird's eye view of the bays, inlets, islands and colorful yachts sailing peacefully on the glass-like water. Late afternoon, sail to KaS, a small town wedged between the mountains and the sea. You can wander through the streets shopping for Turkish souvenirs, visit the ancient theater, and enjoy the colorful local night life. (B/L/D)

DAY 9 - KALKAN - GULLETTE - Sat.

Today, we sail to a lovely small town with great charm, Kalkan. Narrow, winding streets lined with souvenir shops lead down to the charming marina. If you would like to visit Xanthos, capital of Lycia, you would have time to do since it is located only 18km. inland from Kalkan. As the sun sets, enjoy a relaxing drink before dinner with a memorable panoramic view of Kalkan. (B/L/D)

DAY 10 - OLUDENIZ / GEMILER - GULLETTE - Sun.

Today our journey takes us to OlUdeniz, also referred to as the "Blue Lagoon" The calm, crystal clear water is ideal for swimming and other water sports. OlUdeniz calls for one to relax and enjoy the nature in its purest form. (B/L/D)

DAY 11 - GULF OF FETHIYE - GULLETTE - Mon.

After breakfast, continue on to the The Gulf of Fethiye. This is truly a paradise for those who want to sail through the history. Here you will see the Baths of Cleopatra at Hamam Cove, the ruins of Tersane Island, and many more places this breathtaking gulf offers. (B/L/D)

DAY 12 - FETHIYE - KUSADASI - Tue.

Continue to explore the Gulf of Fethiye. In the afternoon, arrive at Fethiye, where you will take a bus to KuSadasi, a major holiday resort center on the Aegean. (B/L/D)

DAY 13 - EPHESUS - Wed.

Explore the cradle of early Christianity. A full day guided tour will take you to the ruins of ancient city Ephesus and its Museum, the Basilica of St. John and Virgin Mary's House. Return to your hotel in KuSadasi. (B/L/D)

DAY 14 - KUSADASI - ISTANBUL - Thu.

We tour KuSadasi and the environs in the morning. Experience the wonderful art of carpet making. Then continue onto Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul. (B/L/D)

DAY 15 - ISTANBUL - Fri.

Free day in Istanbul. Explore this magnificent city at your leisure from its historical sights to its colorful daily life. The last night of our journey will conclude with a good-bye dinner. (B/-/D)

DAY 16 - RETURN TO USA - Sat.

Our staff will escort you to the airport for your flight home. (B/-/-)

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