Cruising the Turkish Coast on Grand Admiral


History comes alive on this cruise around the stunning islands and coast of Turkey.

Members from: $3,515 P.P Twin ShareNon-members from: $3,587 P.P Twin Share

  • Type

    Small Ship Cruising

  • Destination

    United Kingdom & Europe

  • Cruise Line

    Peregrine Small Ship

  • Supplier

    Peregrine

  • Booking Code

    PETB

  • Departs

    Multiple departures available. Enquire for more details.


Includes


  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

  • Gulet, Bus, Plane

  • Hotel (2 nights), Gulet (7 nights)

  • Istanbul Walking tour

  • Kayakoy village visit

  • Kas orientation walk

  • Sunset drinks at Kas ampitheatre

  • Kas local dinner

  • Sunken city of Kekova

  • Turkish cooking class

  • Myra Lycian city visit

  • Simena Fortress Visit

  • Fish market and local dinner

  • Fethiye walking tour

  • Butterfly Valley swim


Turkey by land is full of the mystique of times gone by. But when you explore Turkey by sea, you’re treated to all this, with the addition of stunning coastline and islands. From exploring an ancient, abandoned ghost town on the island of Kayakoy, to picking up some cooking tips from a local in Kekova, there are cultural and historic experiences aplenty. And that’s before you even consider the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea that are simply begging you to pop on a snorkel and jump right in off the back of your gulet boat.

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the vibrant city of Istanbul with insider knowledge, thanks to your local leader.

  • Visit an abandoned ghost village on Gemiler Island.

  • Take a Turkish cooking class with a local in Kekova.

  • Enjoy frequent swimming stops off the back of your gulet boat, in crystal clear waters.


Itinerary


Day 1: Istanbul

Merhaba! Welcome to Istanbul, the eclectic city that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have all called home. Your welcome meeting will be at your included hotel at 6 pm today. After the meeting, you may wish to join your new group and local leader for dinner to get to know each other before your adventure begins.
Accommodation
Legacy Ottoman Hotel, or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Day 2: Istanbul to Fethiye

This morning, you’ll hit the streets of Istanbul early to beat the crowds and head to the Hippodrome, Sultanahmet Square. Visit the ruins and monuments in the square and then make your way to the Hagia Sophia Museum, which has been used as both a church and a mosque over different historic periods. After a walking tour in the old city, you’ll head back to the hotel and then head to the airport to take a one and a half hour flight to Dalaman. Upon arrival, you’ll be picked up by a private vehicle to meet the crew and board your gulet boat. While you settle in, dinner will be served on the boat. Tonight you will be staying on board in Fethiye Port. Fethiye, which was known as Telmessos in the ancient times, was the most important city situated on Lycia's western border with Caria. The name changed many times before being named Fethiye in memoriam of Fethi Bey in 1914, one of the first martyrs of the Turkish Air Force, who crashed his plane and died there when he was on duty. In the south part of the town you will see many famous ruins, tombs and graves from the Antique Era including the tomb of King Amyntas.

Accommodation
M/S Grand Admiral (1 night)

Included Activities
Istanbul Walking tour

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Day 3: Oludeniz - Gemiler Island - Kayakoy

Today you will cruise to Oludeniz, where you’ll anchor for lunch and a swimming break. From here, the next stop will be Gemiler Island where you can get off the boat for an early evening walk on Gemiler Island and pay a visit to Kayakoy. Kayakoy was once a thriving village but since the 1920s the ancient stone houses have been abandoned. Now protected by the Turkish government, it provides the opportunity to enjoy a quiet, traditional Turkish lifestyle. Open 24 hours, the ghost village has an entrance fee which helps towards the upkeep of the paths and rubbish clearance. One church in the lower area of the village, Kataponagia, is of particular interest due to an interesting room out the back – it was used to collect the bones of the dead. Wander the ruins, enjoy the solitude, or play backgammon and sip tea with the locals. Dinner is included on the gulet and you will stay overnight in the Gemiler Strait.

Accommodation
M/S Grand Admiral (1 night)

Included Activities
Kayakoy village visit

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 4: Yesilkoy - Kas

This morning you’ll cross Yedi Burunlar (Seven Capes) smoothly before anchoring at Yeşilköy Bay, close to Kalkan for breakfast and a swimming break. Then you’ll cruise to Kaş Harbour, where you’ll anchor until tomorrow. Being one of the most important ancient Greek towns of Lycia, Kaş gained importance in Roman Times and eventually became the centre of Episcopacy in Byzantine times. After lunch, you’ll head in to Kaş where your local leader will take you for an orientation walk to see the monumental tombs from Lycian times as well as hidden shops, cafes and restaurants. After free time in town, your leader will take to the Ancient Theatre where you can watch a beautiful sunset while enjoying a local wine. Have a local dinner in one of Kas’ restaurants before heading back to the boat.

Accommodation
M/S Grand Admiral (1 night)

Included Activities
Kas orientation walk
Sunset drinks at Kas ampitheatre
Kas local dinner

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 5: Kekova - Tersane - Ucagiz

After breakfast, you’ll cruise to the sunken city of Kekova, where you can swim and snorkel in crystal blue waters. Enjoy lunch at Tersane Bay where you will see an old shipyard from the Roman Period and a church from the Byzantine times. Spend the afternoon tasting fabulous local cuisine, floating over an ancient sunken city or exploring Lycian tombs. For dinner, you will meet a local host who will run a simple cooking class so you can learn how to cook local specialties.
Accommodation
M/S Grand Admiral (1 night)

Included Activities
Sunken city of Kekova
Turkish cooking class

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 6: Simena - Demre - Gokkoya

After breakfast, you’ll anchor at Kaleköy and spend the morning visiting a crusader fortress. As a mid-morning snack, you’ll have a chance to try local, homemade ice cream in the ancient ruins of Simena. From here, you’ll cruise to Demre for lunch and swimming break before heading off on a tour from Çayağzı Bay to the ruins of Myra, a Lycian city. Tonight you’ll anchor in Gökkaya Bay for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation
M/S Grand Admiral (1 night)

Included Activities
Myra Lycian city visit
Simena Fortress Visit

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 7: Limanagzi Bay - Hidayet Bay - Firnaz Bay

This morning you’ll begin cruising early in the morning to Liman Ağzı Bay with breakfast being served on the way. By the time you arrive it will be time for lunch and a swimming break. After lunch, you’ll head to Kalkan and, weather permitting we’ll visit Kaputas beach, one of the biggest man-made beach in Turkey. Anchor in Fırnaz Bay for dinner and an overnight stay.

Accommodation
M/S Grand Admiral (1 night)

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Day 8: Butterfly Valley - Turunc Pinari Bay - Fethiye

An early start today will enable you to cruise to Turunç Pınarı Bay for lunch, with a swimming break at Butterfly Valley on the way. After lunch, you’ll head back to Fethiye Harbor and get off from the boat for a walking tour in Fethiye. You’ll get to visit Fethiye Museum to see King Midas’ Monumental Tomb before wandering the streets of the town for a leisurely afternoon stroll. Next, you’ll head to the Fish Market where you can buy fish of your choice for the kitchen staff of a local restaurant to prepare for your dinner. There will be street musicians walking around, serenading you with local music.

Accommodation
M/S Grand Admiral (1 night)

Included Activities
Fish market and local dinner
Fethiye walking tour
Butterfly Valley swim

Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Special Information
Please note, swim stop at Butterfly Valley is weather dependent

Day 9: Fethiye - Istanbul

This morning you’ll have breakfast on board before saying goodbye to your amazing crew. After docking, you’ll head back to Dalaman Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. You’ll make your way straight to the hotel to check in and can then enjoy a free afternoon to continue exploring. There are so many wonderful things to see and do, including a visit to the Spice Bazaar or the Blue Mosque. If you and the group would like to head out for a final dinner together, your leader will be able to recommend some brilliant local restaurants.

Accommodation
Legacy Ottoman Hotel, or similar (1 night)

Meals Included
Breakfast

Day 10: Istanbul

Today marks the end of your journey around the Turkish coast. You can head off any time after breakfast, whether you’re heading onward or spending more time in Istanbul.

Meals Included
Breakfast


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Disclaimer


BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
There are 2 dedicated single cabins on board for single travellers. If these cabins are fully booked, a single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.