Sailing the Turquoise Coast
Arrive in Istanbul
Today we arrive in Istanbul and transfer to our hotel.
Although thousands of years have passed, Istanbul still retains its geographical importance. Today Istanbul is a huge
metropolis connecting continents, cultures, religions and is home to eleven million people. It is one of the greatest
business and cultural centers of the region.
Overnight in Istanbul. Dinner if required.
Istanbul - Antalya
A morning flight (75 min) takes us south to Antalya, located in the region called Pamphylia, and founded by Attalus II,
King of Pergamum in the 2nd century BC.
On arrival we will visit the excellent Antalya Archeology Museum, then continue to Perge. Built around 1000 BC, Perge
boasts a beautiful theater and the largest stadium in all Asia Minor. Alexander spent time here, as did the mathematician
Appolonius. The city was by turns Pamphilian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Selcuk. We then visit Aspendos and
the best-preserved theater in Asia Minor, which is still used for performances. We arrive at our hotel in Antalya in the
Overnight in Antalya. Breakfast and dinner.
Antalya - Fethiye: Gulet Cruise
Drive along the Mediterranean scenic coastal road going West and reach Fethiye by late afternoon.
Then drive by minibus takes us to Kaya Koy, an abandoned Greek ghost town. Over 600 abandoned homes once
belonged to Greeks who were subject to a population exchange treaty between Turkey and Greece in 1930. After
exploring this ghost town hike to meet the boat in Soguksu Cove for swimming and leisure. Before dusk hike (1 hr) on
Gemiler Island to the 6th C. ruins of a Byzantine monastic society.
OUR BOAT, based on the traditional Tukish wooden 'gulet', is our daily transport. Gulets are wooden boats,
traditionally hand made by master craftsmen from Bodrum area of Turkey. This classic gulet was once used by
fisherman and sponge divers to transport their catch. Today they are purpose-bui