Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled experience in our small group of only 28 guests. Join Turkey expert, Bonnie Joy Kaslan, San Francisco's Honorary Consul General of Turkey.
We begin our 15-day journey in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart. The city astonishes with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world’s richest museums. Take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe from Asia. Then travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. Spend a full day at Turkey’s nonpareil classical city, Ephesus and enjoy lunch in the rustic village of Sirince.
For four splendid days cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast aboard a privately chartered gulet yacht. Discover secluded coves and hidden sights that few visitors see, including the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra. Enjoy opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and hiking on this “Blue Voyage.” Travel to the seaside city of Antalya, visit the acclaimed Archaeological Museum and the ruins at Perge, an ancient Greek city.
Explore the bizarre rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia and the Goreme Valley, and Ankara, Turkey’s capital on an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension.