PRIVATE GULET CRUISE For centuries turkey occupied a predominant position in the leadership of the world. Today those contributions to the arts and culture are preserved in a modern vibrant Turkey. The natural beauty of Turkey, its diversity, is unsurpassed. Enjoy this fascinating journey.
Day 1 – Istanbul Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel You can arrive at any time today as there are no planned activities until dinner time. Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city, with an estimated population of around 17 million. You will be enchanted by the magic of Turkey, the beauty and grandeur of its architecture and history. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Istanbul. (Dinner)
Day 2 – Istanbul – Cappadocia Early morning flight to Kayseri, followed by a 1 hour drive to Cappadocia. Brunch on arrival and visit of the Göreme Open Air Museum, where you will be amazed by the churches cut into the rocks and their amazing frescoes. In the late afternoon we will visit a carpet-weaving centre to learn about the art of Turkish handmade carpets. Check into your hotel and early dinner. Night in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 3 – Cappadocia optional One-hour hot air balloon flight early in the morning. This is one of the highlights of the trip. You will enjoy the magic of Turkey from the air of this stunning landscape. Full day tour of Cappadocia, where you can wander through the desert, surrounded on every side by cave houses dug by hand in the natural rock formations that form this magical landscape. This is a place where your imagination can run free. We will visit places such as Paşabağ and Derinkuyu Underground City, extending 8 levels below the ground and carved out of volcanic rock. In the evening we will enjoy dinner, local drinks and a Turkish Cultural Show with a lively dance performance. Night in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 4 – Cappadocia – Konya – Antalya Early start towards Antalya. Along the way we will stop at Sultan Hanı, the largest Caravan Saray in the world. Next stop is Konya, where we will have lunch and visit the Whirling Dervish Museum and Mevlana Mausoleum. Konya is the most religious city in Turkey, best known for its devout followers of the Sufi sect of Islam. It is best to dress conservatively in town. The Dervish Museum is filled with religious relics so women will be asked to wear a head scarf inside. Finally we will make our way to Antalya, the largest city on the Mediterranean Coast. The city boasts a wonderfully preserved old city district with beautifully restored Ottoman houses and situated on a Roman era harbour. Night in Antalya. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 5 – Gület Cruise All sailing times are approximate and depend upon weather conditions. After breakfast we depart for Demre Harbour. Experience the magic of Turkey sailing to the Pirate Cave and the sunken city of Kekova (this Lycian-Roman archeological site is protected, so only looking!). Next we will reach Simena, a traditional Turkish fishing village with no car access and a Byzantine/Ottoman castle. Night in Gokkaya Bay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 6 – Gület Cruise Departure to Kaş with free time to swim in a nice and quiet bay. Afterwards we will stop in the harbour for lunch and visit this charming fishing village. Night in Firnaz Bay. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 7 – Gület Cruise Around sunrise we depart for Butterfly Valley where we stop (sea conditions permitting) for breakfast and swimming. This natural reserve hosts 136 kinds of different butterflies and moths. Our next stop is Ölüdeniz (the Blue Lagoon). Here you will have the option to try out tandem paragliding. Last stop of the day is St. Nicholas Island with its Byzantine ruins. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 8 – Gület Cruise Departure for Samanlik Bay where we will have time to swim and enjoy lunch. Finally we sail to Fethiye Harbour where we end our cruise. We will visit Fethiye and then travel to Pamukkale. Night in Pamukkale. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 9 – Pamukkale – Selçuk We spend the day in Pamukkale where we will visit the amazing travertines (calcium pools) and explore the ruins of the ancient Roman spa town of Hierapolis. Hierapolis has a very large amphitheatre to wander through and the Cleopatra Thermal Pool which allegedly cures almost every ailment known to mankind. Afternoon drive to the town of Selçuk. Night in Selçuk. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 10 – Selçuk After breakfast we will visit the home of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days, the Selçuk museum and tour the ruins of Ephesus, the most visited ruins site in Turkey. Visit to the Temple of Artemis and Isa Bey Mosque. Overnight in Selçuk. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Day 11 – Pergamum – Assos Early start to Bergama, ancient Pergamum, which was ruled by one of Alexander the Great’s generals and then by the Romans. The road up to the Acropolis winds 5km up around a hill that offers breathtaking views. After lunch we will continue towards Assos where you will feel like you have gone back in time in this village of hand-built houses, all made from rocks Your dinner in the spectacular sunset over the beautiful harbor introduces again the magic of Turkey Night in Assos. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 12 – Gallipoli – Istanbul After breakfast we will travel to Çanakkale, which is across the Dardanelles from the Gallipoli battlefields. On the way we will stop to visit the city ruins of Troy, made famous by Homer’s tale of the war of Troy. Climb inside the replica wooden Trojan horse and wander through the city walls. Following our tour over the ANZAC battlefield area of Gallipoli we head towards Istanbul (5 hrs drive). Night in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Day 13 – Istanbul First we will visit Topkapı Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost four centuries and Istanbul’s must-see attraction. Our historical tour of Istanbul will include the Blue Mosque, Aya Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome. Free afternoon for shopping at the Grand Bazaar. Farewell dinner. Night in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Day14 – Istanbul Free morning. Bus transfer to the airport. Flight home. Bon voyage
10 nights in comfortable hotels
3 nights on Gület
Special Turkish Night Cultural Show in Cappadocia
All entrance fees
1 domestic flight (Istanbul to Cappadocia)
Arrival & Departure airport transfers, if you arrive & depart on tour start & finishdays (Transfers on other days will be subject to an additional charge.)
Full transport in air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
Turkish Registered Professional English speaking tour guide
The contributions of Greece to our world are impressive. Art, music, dance, literature,. philosophy. food and wine – and of course, the origins of the democratic ideal. Enjoy this fascinating country.
Day 1 Arrival – Athens Upon your arrival at Athens airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome dinner introducing you to the fantastic food and wines of this country. (D)
Day 2 Athens Breakfast at the hotel and depart for the Athens sightseeing tour including visit to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum plus other magnificent examples of the cultural heritage of Greece. Overnight Athens hotel. (BD)
Day 3 Athens – Olympia After breakfast, you will be picked-up from your hotel to explore the cultural heritage of Greece starting with the Peloponnese. Stop at Corinth Canal. Continue and visit the famous theater of Epidaurus (known worldwide for its acoustics). Continue to Mycenae where a visit of the archaeological site of the Acropolis prehistoric, with the door of the Lions and Timulo of Agamemnon. In the afternoon, depart for Olympia and cross the Central region of the Peloponnese and the cities of Tripoli and Megalopolis. Arrive in Olympia, the cradle of creation of the Olympic Games, end the day with dinner again to enjoy the fantastic Greek cuisine and overnight. (BD)
Day 4 Olympia – Delphi Continuing our exploration of the art and culture of ancient Greece, we visit the Sanctuary of Zeus, the facilities of the Olympic Stadium (where the first Olympic Games were held) and the Archaeological Museum. Continue, passing through the plains of Eliada and Achaia and cross the bridge that connects the Corinthian sea (Rion to Antirion). Visit the picturesque towns of Nafpactos (Lepanto) and Itea, arriving in Delphi. Dinner and overnight (BD)
Day 5 Delphi – Meteora The city of Delphi, known as the center of the ancient world,is an amazing example of ancient Greek culture. Visit its archaeological site and museum, with its famous bronze statue “Auriga”, Then we depart for Kalambaka, a small town situated under the giant rocks of Meteora. Dinner, more great Greek food, and overnight. (BD)
Day 6 Meteora – Athens In the early morning we visit to the monasteries of Meteora, located on towering rocks in a landscape of unique natural beauty. You will have free time for lunch. Return to the vibrant city of Athens. Overnight Athens hotel. (BD)
Day 7 Athens -Mykonos In the morning we go to the Port of Piraeus to board the 4day cruise that will sail to Mykonos, the island famous for its beaches, unrivaled beauty and its busy nightlife complete with incredible Greek music and dance. (FB)
Day 8 Kusadasi – Patmos First port of call today will be for Kusadasi (Turkey). Do not miss the opportunity to participate in the tour to Ephesus, one of the oldest cities ever excavated. Afternoon arrival to the island of Patmos, with an optional tour to the monastery and grotto where Saint John lived and wrote the Book of Revelation. (FB)
Day 9 Rhodes Morning arrival to the harbor of Rhodes, with its famous Acropolis of Lindos,, also known as the island of the Crusaders Knights of the Order of St. John and the medieval city (Old town of Rhodes) with many shops and cafes. (FB_
Day 10 : Heraklion – Santorini First port of call today will be Heraklion capital of Crete. Visit the Palace of Knossos, the center of the Minoan Civilization. In the afternoon cruise to the breathtaking island of Santorini with its unique caldera view. with an excursion to the Ola village. (FB)
Day 11 Athens Breakfast is served on board, and early morning transfer to your hotel (rooms available after 15:00). Day at leisure at the beautiful city of Athens. Farewell dinner complete with great Greek food, wine, music, dancing and art. Overnight Athens hotel. (BD)
African safari an amazing adventure, the trip of a lifetime. We visit safari camps in natural settings to enjoy wildlife roaming free and proud. A special visit to the Masai Mara village for a glimpse of life in an earlier time and the Mt. Kenya Safari Club. In addition to the fantastic wildlife viewing you enjoy the incredible art culture music and nature of Kenya.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of delightful contrasts – timeless ancient sites which transcend centuries to meld with an energetic modernity, vast landscapes of mountains, deserts, and wetlands, and warm hospitable people who cherish their historic culture while greeting guests with open arms. Our cultural journey opens these doors and opens our minds to the treasures of Jordan and its many UNESCO world heritage sites. We travel from Amman, city of 19 hills, through Graeco-Roman sites such as Jerash, Ottoman and Crusader desert castles to the rich Dana Biosphere Reserve, focusing on environmental travel, and the historical sites along the Jordan River to Petra, “the rose red city half as old as time” and finally to the tented camps of Wadi Rum with vast desert landscapes of caves, rock carvings and incredible sunsets. Ahlan wa Sahlan
Day 01 Amman, Jordan Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. welcome greeting and personalized transfer service to your selected hotel in Amman. Dinner at Khan Zaman Hotel La Locando.
Day 02 – Amman The Citadel Your cultural journey begins at the Citadel is an important site because it has had a long history of occupation by many great civilizations. Most of the buildings still visible at the site are from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods,fantastic cultural journey The major buildings at the site are the the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace. The Jordan Archaeological Museum, built in 1951, is located on the hill. Though the fortification walls enclose the heart of the site, the ancient periods of occupation covered large areas. Archaeologists have been working at the site since the 1920s, both European and Jordanian projects, but a great part of the Citadel remains unexcavated. Umayyad Palace The Umayyad Palace is a large palatial complex located on the Citadel Hill Built during the first half of the 8th century there is now only a restored domed entrance chamber to the area.
Temple of Hercules Constructed between 162-166 CE during Marcus Aurelius’ Roman occupation of Amman’s Citadel, the great temple is larger than any in Rome itself. Natl Archaeological Museum American Center of Oriental Research Dinner at a local restaurant
Day 03 Azraq castle Qsar amra Overnight Azraq lodge AZRAQ WETLAND RESERVE,incredible environmental travel Azraq is a unique wetland, located in the heart of the arid Eastern popular for bird watching. From the walkways and hides, visitors get the chance to observe birds close at hand, including local, migratory and occasional rare species. The Azraq area also has a rich cultural history due to its strategic location and water resources. It was used as a station for pilgrims and camel trains and Lawrence of Arabia was stationed in Azraq Castle during the Arab Revolt. The local people are also unusually diverse, coming from three different ethnic origins, Bedouin, Chechen and Druze; each of which has distinctive beliefs and traditions. Bedouins have lived a nomadic life style in the area for generations, whereas the Chechens are descendants of settlers from the Caucasus and the Druze stem from Arab tribes in Syria and Lebanon, an amazing cultural journey. Many interesting archaeological sites lie within easy reach of Azraq Lodge, including the famous: Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Azraq Castle. Qasr Amra is one of the best- preserved Umayyad bathhouses in the world and a World Heritage Site. Its interior walls are covered in lively frescos dating back to 700 AD. There are also many dramatic desert landscapes to discover, including moon-like plains of black basalt and white valleys of chalk.
Day 4 Ajlun castle Ajloun Forest Reserve is located in the Ajloun highlands north of Amman and covers13 square kilometers. It is dominated by open woodlands of Evergreen Oak, Pine,Carob, Wild Pistachio and Wild Strawberry trees. These trees have been important to local people for their wood, scenic beauty, and quite often for medicine and food. The Ajloun area has a long history of human settlement, due to its mild climate, dense forests, and fertile soil. This rich history is reflected in the many archaeological ruins scattered in the woodlands and surrounding villages. The reserve itself supports a wide variety of wild plants and animals and is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy nature and this wonderful environmental travel Among the more unusual animals to be found in the Reserve are the Striped Hyena, Crested Porcupine and Stone Marten. In spring, the reserve is a carpet of wild flowers, including drifts of anemones and rockroses. The Royal Academy for Nature Conservation His Majesty King Abdullah II laid the foundation stone of a specialized Academy for training on the protection of nature and sustainable development near Ajloun Forest Reserve in 2010, and HRH Crown Prince Hussein inaugurated in 2015. The academy is “the first center in the Arab world” specialized in offering training for nature conservation and encouraging environmental travel. The Academy constructed nearby the Ajloun Forest Reserve. It will be physically linked with the Reserve and its tourism facilities to create a single integrated eco- tourism complex. This will enable the Academy to use these tourism facilities as real-life training situations. Some of the key facilities in the Academy are training rooms, medical clinic, a small conference hall and a restaurant. Umm Qays On a hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Gadara is known today as Umm Qays, and boasts an impressive colonnaded street, a vaulted terrace, and the ruins of two theatres. The views are breathtaking. UMM QAYS ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE The location of Umm Qays is particularly significant. Visitors to the site can view the Syrian Golan Heights, Mount Hermon, Lake Tiberias and the north Palestinian plains.
Day 05 Madaba/ Mt. Nebo/Petra Visit the mosaic city of Madaba where the mosaic map of Palestine is the floor of Saint George´s Church. Madaba features many famous mosaics in public and private buildings. From Madaba, a short drive to Mt. Nebo, the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Here Franciscans built a structure that protects a 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church. Continue on via the desert road to visit the Shobak castle. Drive to Petra. Overnight in Petra (B) Petra Guest House
Day 06 Petra, a highlight of this cultural journey,thisUNESCO World Heritage site has a 25 mile radius Archaeologist believe that Petra was founded about 9000 years ago Siq al-Barid (the “Cold Siq”): almost no sun can reach inside to warm the place. It’s about 350m long, with alternating narrow and open sections, and differs from most areas of Petra in the density of carved houses, temples and triclinia and also in the rock-cut stairs which lead off on all sides. In the first open area is a temple with portico above a rock-cut house. The second open area has four large dining rooms for entertaining. On the left, stairs to the Painted House, one of the very few Nabatean painted interiors to have survived the centuries: on the ceiling is a winged cupid with a bow and arrow; a bird, and a Pan figure playing a flute. The third open area culminates in rock-cut stairs which lead through a narrow gap out to a wide flat ledge for some excellent views.
Day 07 Petra The Siq is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead. Near the end of the passage, the Siq, Petra’s most impressive monument, el Khazneh – The Treasury, stands. This most elegant remains of antiquity is carved out of solid rock from the side of the mountain. It is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide. Beyond el Khazneh we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a carved Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers and much more.
Day 8 Petra Qsar al Bint temple Qasr al-Bint Far’un was Petra’s main temple. The name, given to it by the Bedouin, Castle of the Pharaoh’s Daughter and derives from a local legend. It was probably built during the first half of the 1st century AD, during the reign of Aretas IV (9 BC – 40 AD), consecrated to the main Nabataean god Dushara, or center of a joint cult of Dushara and the goddess al’Uzza. Ad Deir The Monastery is a monumental building carved out of rock. The Deir was probably carved in the mid-first century CE. Return to your desert camp Dinner in Bedouin camp.
Day 9 Depart Petra to Wadi Rum Jordan´s Wadi Rum is one of the world´s most beautiful deserts, filled with magnificent sandstone mountains, canyons and dunes. Pass the 7 Pillars of Wisdom made famous by T.E. Lawrence Overnight in tented camp
Day 10 Wadi Rum desert day rock carvings monoliths Overnight tented camp
Day 11 Wadi Rum to Aqaba Bani Hamida House an association to preserve ethnic Jordanian weaving the visit to Bani Hamida Women Weaving project is an unforgettable experience. The center itself is located in beautiful home that has a historical feel to it and is surrounded by spacious outdoor space and garden. Upon visiting the center, visitors are welcomed by the women weavers who are eager to show them their beautiful wool products, and provide them with the opportunity to have a hands experience in using the weaving machines and participate in weaving a carpet or basket to purchase on site. Lunch features homemade food locally prepared especially for our visit. In Aqaba enjoy sailing, snorkeling, relax on the beach, explore the museum Overnight
Day 12 Aqaba to Dead SeaAlong the King’s Highway Overnight at Hotel
Day 13 Dead Sea A spectacular natural wonder the Dead Sea features fun in the sun. The warm,soothing, super salty water itself is the main attraction– ten times saltier than sea water, and rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. Today the stimulating Black Sea mud is well known for healing cosmetic and tension relieving properties – the perfect way to relax following a stimulating tour of Jordan. Overnight at Hotel
Day 14 AmmanAfter breakfast we return to Amman for last minute exploration, shopping, or relaxation. Farewell dinner Overnight at hotel
Day 15 After breakfast transfer to the airport Bon Voyage
2 Nights hotel accommodation in Amman
2 Night hotel accommodation in Petra
1 Night accommodation in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Run
1 Night hotel accommodation in Aqaba
1 Night hotel accommodation Dead Sea
8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner2 Nights hotel accommodation in Amman
2 Night hotel accommodation in Petra
1 Night accommodation in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Run
1 Night hotel accommodation in Aqaba
1 Night hotel accommodation Dead Sea
8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Horse ride in Petra
Jeep tour in Wadi Rum
Comprehensive sightseeing in Amman, Jerash, Madaba and Mt. Nebo
All transfers with baggage handling throughout
Entrance fees to sites visited as indicated in the itinerary