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12 DAYS ACTIVE TURKEY

ANTALYA, KEMER, FETHIYE, BODRUM, ISTANBUL

Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Nature & Wildlife

Highlights

  • Hike part of ancient Lycian Way leading to five of the most important principal cities of Lycian Union, among which Xanthos-Letoon is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
  • Travel along the Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, with forest mountains steeply from the rocky coast, giving beautiful views of turquoise sea
  • Explore the less visited ancient Greek rock-hewn tombs, abandoned ghost town, Roman harbours and fortifications
  • A day relax on your private wooden boat or yacht cruising the Bodrum Peninsula, soak in the scenery and enjoy many water activities to offer, from snorkelling or canoeing, to stand-up paddling, even the mud bath.

Turkey isn’t just evocative culture and history. The cityscapes and landscapes bristle with outdoor adventure.

This itinerary will appeal to the active traveler and sun-worshippers, with plenty of opportunities to engage the body and refresh the soul.

Taste hiking the famous Lycian Way which left a legacy of historical sites, explore charming villages and great ancient Roman sites along the Mediterranean coast, walk the ancient King’s Road, cruise the famed Aegean and enjoy varies of water sports.

Only available during May to October.

From

SGD 7,080 Per Person

12 Days 11 Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL / ANTALYA

ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL / ANTALYA
Antalya
Nil

Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport, connect your flight to Antalya, a city where the sea, sun, history and nature commune in harmony.

Met by your guide and transfer to the hotel to rest after today’s long journey.

Day 02 ANTALYA / KEMER

ANTALYA / KEMER
Kemer
Breakfast included

Full Day Essential Antalya Tour

The first stop will be Hadrian’s Gate that dates back to 130 AD, built to celebrate the arrival of Emperor Hadrian and is the last gate that remains standing in this ancient city. Once you make your way past the triple-arched gate, be led to Old Harbour where you can see the Clock Tower, Fluted Minaret, and the ancient harbour. You will enjoy the narrow street of the old city.

Continue to the Antalya Archaeological Museum, one of the largest museums in Turkey where you will be able to admire the artifacts preserved from the ancient civilizations of Lycia, Rome and Byzantine.

This afternoon visit Duden Waterfall , falls into the Mediterranean Sea from the cliffs at an altitude of 40 meters. Lower Düden waterfall is also the symbolic natural beauty of Antalya.

Transfer approx. 45km for 1hr to hotel in Kemer.

Day 03 KEMER / PHASELIS / OLYMPOS / CIRALI / KEMER

KEMER / PHASELIS / OLYMPOS / CIRALI / KEMER
Kemer
Breakfast included

Full Day Tour of Lycian Marine Time Harbour Cities – Phaselis and Olympos

Today’s tour begins with a transfer to the ancient city of Phaselis which was an important harbour of eastern coast of Lycia established in the 7th century BC. Following this site, the tour will continue to the Uupinar River for lunch.

The next stop is Olympos located on the seashore, it was a maritime trading city and a member of the Lycian Union.  The afternoon will be spent on hiking to Cirali in the Taurus Mountains (distance: 8km, level: moderate, descent), which is part of the Lycian Way, Turkish’s first long-distance walking trail. The views from the mountain top are fabulous. The Mediterranean Sea stretches as far as you can see on one side, while the other side is a carpet of forest crowned by the snow-covered peaks of the Olympos Bey Mountains. Discover flames produced by natural gas coming from the rocks burning for thousands of years.

Day 04 KEMER / MYRA / XANTHOS / LETOON / PATARA / FETHIYE

KEMER / MYRA / XANTHOS / LETOON / PATARA / FETHIYE
Fethiye
Breakfast included

Full Day Taste Hiking Along the Lycian Way

After breakfast, transfer to Myra, one of the leading Lycian Union cities sits on the banks of the River Myros. Visit the ancient Greek amphitheatre (the largest in Lycia) and see the plethora of rock-cut tombs above the theatre.

Next arrive at the ancient city of Xanthos.  Dates to 3,000 BC, it was the capital of the Lycian Union, the world’s first federative republic. As the administrative center of the Lycian during antiquity, it is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site. After a brief by your guide, immerse in the city’s magic with a lot of photo opportunities.

Start hiking from Xanthos to Letoon (distance: 6km, level: moderate, descent),  which was built for the Mother Goddess Leto, and used to be administered by Xanthos thus also listed as the UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a romantic site and many of the monuments arise from standing water which provides lush vegetation. 

Leaving Letoon and its magnificent temples behind, we visit Patara, the second capital of Lycia, the birthplace of the sun god Apollo and Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus). At the archaeological site, you can see dozens of unique historical ruins of the ancient city including the theatre and Entrance Gate.

Continue drive approx. 75km for 1hr to Fethiye.

Day 05 FETHIYE / KAYAKOY / OLUDENIZ / FARALYA / FETHIYE

FETHIYE / KAYAKOY / OLUDENIZ / FARALYA / FETHIYE
Fethiye
Breakfast included

Full Day Fethiye Exploration

Today, pick up the ancient cobbled road that connects Fethiye and Kayakoy.  Visit the spectacular Tomb of Amyntas, an ancient Greek rock-hewn tomb in ancient Lycia.  Continuing Kayakoy.

From here we trek around the abandoned town of Kayaköy. The trek continues to the ridge above Kayaköy then descends on a spectacular footpath with excellent sea views. Arrive at the Lagoon of Oludeniz and can reward ourselves with a dip in the sea. Then walk the final 2km along the quiet lagoon road to the centre of Oludeniz, where to be picked up by the driver. (distance: 6km, level: moderate, descent) .

This afternoon, drive a short distance to Faralya Village which is perched on the edge of the famous butterfly valley. From here, start another trek to Kabak, known as Turkey’s most guarded travel secret for its stretch coastline (distance: 6km, level: moderate, descent).

 

Optional:  Paragliding from Mt. Babadag (Own expenses)

Just 30 minutes from Fethiye, Mt. Babadag ( Father Mountain, 2000m above sea level) is Turkey’s top paragliding destination, known as the highest commercial take-off site in the world. Experience exciting 360 degrees turns, you will have enough time to enjoy bird’s-eye views of stunning famous Blue Lagoon and gently land on the Oludeniz beach.

Day 06 FETHIYE / DALYAN / KAUNOS / BODRUM

FETHIYE / DALYAN / KAUNOS / BODRUM
Bodrum
Breakfast included

Full Day Tour to Daylyan and Kaunos

This morning, drive approx. 60km or 1 hr to Dalyan.  The town itself has strict building regulations which keeps the feeling of a traditional fishing village. Dalyan Canal weaves its way past the village on its way from Koycegiz Lake to the beach.

Across the canal we find the ruins of Kaunos, with a Roman theatre, fortifications, basilica and many other sites to be seen. Time permits, you may also try the Mud Baths or Thermal Springs.

Continue driving approx. 200km for 3 hrs to Bodrum, the sophisticated sail and party capital of the Aegean.

Day 07 BODRUM

BODRUM
Bodrum
Breakfast included

Full Day Bodrum Highlights Tour

Today, embark on a visit of the iconic Castle of St. Peter (closed Mon) which also houses the award-winning Museum of Underwater Archaeology displaying amazing finds from underwater excavations along the Turkish coast, including the famous Uluburun Shipwreck, one of the earliest and richest wrecks ever discovered.

Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, or the foundations of it. The mausoleum was destroyed in an earthquake and the remaining rubble used by the Knights Hospitaliers in the building of the Castle of St. Peter, and much of the statues and reliefs were transferred to the British Museum.

Day 08 BODRUM

BODRUM
Bodrum
Breakfast included

Half Day Ancient Kings Road Walk

Drive for approx. 1.5 hr to Bafa Lake  at 676m, begin your walk from the western end of the lake, which used to be the ancient port of the city of Herakleia, partly follows the Ancient Kings’ Road to the Besparmak Mountains. We go up to 933m with great views over Bafa Lake.  Then we descend to Kapikiri.  Discover prehistoric cave paintings, frescoes from the early Christian period, and monastic ruins. The route can be adjusted from 5.5 to 10km to meet your fitness.

Return to Bodrum, relax for the rest of the day.

Day 09 BODRUM

BODRUM
Bodrum
Breakfast included

Full Day Private Chartered Cruising Around Bodrum Peninsula
The Aegean region of Turkey offers classical history as well as natural beauty in equal measure. On this fabled coastline, picturesque bays, traditional Turkish gulets sail between islands, and villagers still practice age-old artisanal crafts.

Spend a day cruising around Turkey’s glorious Bodrum Peninsula on a private wooden boat or motor yacht. Soak up the scenery from out on deck and admire the region’s sun-drenched shoreline framed by forests and hills. The route taken on the relaxing cruise includes several stops for swimming, snorkeling and walking, plus a visit to Kara Ada, a gorgeous yachting island that’s known for its mineral-dense waters.

Day 10 BODRUM / ISTANBUL

BODRUM / ISTANBUL
Istanbul
Breakfast included

Transfer to Bodrum airport for your flight to Istanbul.

Arriving into Istanbul, we drive 44km or about 1 hour into the city centre.

Half Day Istanbul’s Old Town

We dedicate the afternoon to explore the Sultanahmet historic district, visit the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, and the 6th-century Hagia Sophia (closed on Mon), the fascinating Blue Mosque, and explore the largest underground water cistern in Istanbul, Basilica Cistern.

Day 11 ISTANBUL

ISTANBUL
Istanbul
Breakfast included

Begin your day admiring some of the very finest Byzantine mosaics and frescoes at the Church of St. Savior in Chora.  If interested, you may stock up on organic dried apricots and hazelnuts at the Spice Bazaar! Visit the largest mosque complex of the Ottoman empire – the Suleymaniye Mosque.

We will visit the Topkapı Palace (closed on Tue) before the full crowd arrives, once the centre of power of the Ottoman and now a fantastic museum. Explore the King’s & Queen’s Chambers as well as Harem (closed on Tue).

In the afternoon, enjoy a 1.5hr private motor yacht cruise on the Bosphorus, marvel at gorgeous palaces, impressive castles and restored Ottoman villas and residence of Istanbul’s elite.

Day 12 DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL

DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL
Istanbul
Breakfast included

Enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel before the transfer to Istanbul Airport for your onward journey.

ALT. TOUR A. Christian World of Istanbul & Ottoman Architecture

A.	Christian World of Istanbul & Ottoman Architecture

Devote a full day to exploring the Christian world in Fener & Balat, and a tour of Ottoman architecture from the historical districts of Suleymaniye to Vefa, ending at Casaba Paxar.

 

Fener was a district of prominent and predominantly Romaic (Greek Orthodox) families up to the beginning of the 20th century. Balat is located on the southern shores of the Golden Horn, one of the Jewish districts where Jews were re-settled during the time of the Ottoman Empire. Synagogues, Armenian, Bulgarian and Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and holy springs.The Pierre Loti Café, atop the hill overlooking the shrine, is a wonderful place to enjoy an alternative view of İstanbul.

After lunch, visit the largest mosque complex of the Ottoman empire – the Suleymaniye Mosque, and walk in and around Vefa and try out a popular beverage – Boza. Stroll around the large Fatih complex, which includes Roman columns, Byzantine churches, Gothic cisterns, and large mosques.

ALT. TOUR B. Hustling Cultural Hub in New Town

B.	Hustling Cultural Hub in New Town

Cross Bosphorus Straight to visit Galata Tower, considered among the oldest towers in the world traced back to the early 6th century, after many times of damages and repairs, the 9-floor cone-shaped tower showcases both the Genoese character and Ottoman characters.

This afternoon, visit one of the largest palaces in Turkey, Dolmabahçe Palace (closed Mon & Thu), with its eclectic influences of Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and Ottoman architectures.  Enjoy free time strolling along the Istiklal Street, from ancient monuments to shopping malls and cafes, the neighborhood has it all!

OPTIONAL 1. Whirling Derwishes Show with Return Transfers

1. Whirling Derwishes Show with Return Transfers

Watch the mystical ritual of the Melvevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity.  The ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to “perfection” through mind and love.

OPTIONAL 2. Traditional Turkish Bath with Massage

2. Traditional Turkish Bath with Massage

The Ottoman Turks inherited the Roman bath concept – architecture and tradition. The public hammam is still a major part of Turkish culture, a spa of sorts for both cleansing and relaxing.

OPTIONAL 3. Helicopter Tour of Istanbul

3. Helicopter Tour of Istanbul

A 30-minute helicopter tour gives you a bird’s eye view of the Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula and the lifeline of Istanbul – the Bosphorus.

OPT: Day 09 BODRUM / MARMARIS

BODRUM / MARMARIS
Guelt
Lunch, dinner included

4D LUXURY GULET CRUISE – MARMARIS TO FETHIYE

Board your boat at Bodrum/Gocek/Marmaris in the afternoon. Sail to Marmaris (if boarding at Bodrum/Gocek), and perhaps spend a few hours exploring the vibrant town at leisure. Return to the gulet in time for dinner on board and then spend your evening doing whatever you please. Marmaris is popular for its lively nightlife, so you may wish to head into town if you want to party your night away.

OPT: Day 10 MARMARIS / EKINCIK GULF

MARMARIS / EKINCIK GULF
Guelt
Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Leave Marmaris after breakfast and sail east. Moor up on the coastline of the sun-drenched Ekincic Gulf, and enjoy some free time to swim in the sea, or wander around the forest-fringed shores.

Enjoy a tour to the nearby Dalyan and the popular ‘turtle beach’ – known for its large population of Loggerhead sea turtles. The tour includes a ride by piyade (small boat) to the beach, free time for swimming, and then a trip to Dalyan’s ancient rock tombs of Kaunos and mud baths.

You may then explore Dalyan village at leisure, before returning to your gulet by piyade in time for dinner.

OPT: Day 11 EKINCIK GULF / OLUDENIZ BAY / GEMILER ISLAND

EKINCIK GULF / OLUDENIZ BAY / GEMILER ISLAND
Guelt
Breakfast, lunch, dinner included

Start cruising in the early morning and enjoy breakfast on board as you leave the waters of Ekincic Gulf. Your destination is Turkey’s stunning Oludeniz Bay, a destination that’s graced thousands of idyllic Mediterranean postcards. Dock near its gloriously sandy beach for lunch, and take a swimming break in the turquoise sea before continuing your cruise.

Sail across the bay to nearby Gemiler Island, a secluded place scattered with Byzantine ruins, and spend your afternoon exploring at leisure. Perhaps follow in the footsteps of the ancient Christian pilgrims who once came to the island, and pay a visit to the ruins of the Church of St Nicholas – one of the island’s top attractions. Return to your boat for dinner and relax in the evening.

OPT: Day 12 EKINCIK GULF / OLUDENIZ BAY / GEMILER ISLAND / FETHIYE / DALAMAN

EKINCIK GULF / OLUDENIZ BAY / GEMILER ISLAND / FETHIYE / DALAMAN
NIL
Breakfast included

Leave Gemiler Island after breakfast and then sail across the sea to Turunç Pınarı, another of southwest Turkey’s tranquil and beautiful bays. Known locally as ‘Osman’s place,’ Turunç Pınarı’s main claim to fame is its flower-fringed beach that is inaccessible to land travelers. Soak up the peace and quiet while sunbathing on the beach, and then enjoy your tour’s final lunch before sailing back to Fethiye.

Upon docking at Fethiye harbor, transfer to Dalaman Airport (approx. 1h15m drive) for your flight.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 8,880
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 7,080
Single Supplement S$ 3,880

DoubleTree by Hilton Antalya City Center • Seven Seas hotel Life Kemer  • D-Resort Göcek • Six Senses Kaplankaya • Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton

Antalya

Antalya

DoubleTree by Hilton Antalya City Center (Guest Room)

Nestled in the heart of the city, this hotel in Antalya offers spacious rooms, a superb spa, a rooftop pool, excellent on-site dining and a pillarless.

(Opened: 2018; Rooms: 324)

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Kemer

Kemer

Seven Seas hotel Life Kemer (Standard Room)

The 5-star hotel occupying an area of 35,000 sqm in Goynuk, 35km from Antalya city centre. With a beachfront location and spacious grounds, this resort hotel is surrounded by wooded hills and the Taurus Mountain on one side and the turquoise colours of the Mediterranean on the other. Rooms are bright and modern.

(Opened: 2015; Rooms: 239)

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Fethiye

Fethiye

D-Resort Göcek (Standard Room)

At Göcek Bay where you arrive through the dark pine forest of the Mediterranean, D-Resort Göcek welcomes you with its modern architecture and serene atmosphere and it promises you the peace you've been looking for.

(Renovated: 2013; Rooms: 102)

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Bodrum

Bodrum

Six Senses Kaplankaya (Superior Sea View Room)

Six Senses luxury resort in Bodrum, Turkey, is a private escape offers a combination of seclusion and social community at the heart of nature. It showcase 10,000 square-meter spa with pioneering wellness programming; indoor-heated pool, hydrothermal areas, hammams, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and classes including spinning, yoga, and Pilates. Add to this multiple organic dining options, spacious outdoor venues, private beaches, a host of children’s activities and experiences to reconnect with nature and rewild your soul.

(Refurbished: 2018; Rooms: 141)

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Istanbul

Istanbul

Hagia Sofia Mansions Istanbul, Curio Collection by Hilton (Guest Room)

The collection of individual mansions are in the heart of Old Town. Within a block, reach the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia Museum, and other historical sites.

(Refurbished: 2019; Rooms: 78)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 11,080
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 9,180
Single Supplement S$ 5,380

Ruin Adalia • Villa Lucca  • Nautical Hotel Faralya • Alliume Bodrum Resort & Spa • JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus

Antalya

Antalya

Ruin Adalia (Deluxe Room)

This boutique hotel is located in Antalya City Centre, within a 10-minute walk of Kaleici Museum and Old Bazaar, Hadrian's Gate and Antalya Clock Tower. The most extensive area of archaeological excavation in Kaleiçi is located under RuinAdalia Hotel. The hotel complex is designed as the combination of five separate but neighboring Ottoman houses built in the 19th century. Each house brings its own unique architectural style, spirit, color, and story. Guests under 16 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property.

(Rooms: 26)

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Kemer

Kemer

Villa Lucca (Luxury Bungalow)

Located in the heart of the idyllic holiday village of Çirali , Villa Lukka has just 13 spacious luxury bungalows secluded on 1 acres of beautiful orange grove, only 200 meters from the beach. Villa Lukka offers spacious luxury bungalows furnished and decorated to be very comfortable with just the right degree of elegance and sophistication to maintain an atmosphere of simplicity and charm.

(Opened: , Rooms: 13)

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Fethiye

Fethiye

Nautical Hotel Faralya (Deluxe Room)

This romantic boutique hotel is located at the foot of Babadag, 26km south of Fethiye. Located in a secluded spot in the forest with a private beach, Nautical Hotel features an outdoor pool and a private jetty in Faralya Village. Offers 13 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars. Rooms open to balconies or patios.

(Rooms: 13)

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Bodrum

Bodrum

Alliume Bodrum Resort & Spa (Deluxe Balcony Sea View Room)

A member of L.V.X Preferred Hotels & Resorts, is an exquisite luxury boutique hotel serving 36 uninterrupted sea-view rooms in 8 villas across a luxuriant slope of 13 acres. The resort is equipped with a heated infinity pool, an exquisite restaurant and cabanas overlooking the marvelous Aegean Sea and the Greek Archipelago. The ever-changing scenery never ceases to amaze you as every sunset is unparalleled in beauty.

(Open: 2017, Rooms: 36)

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Istanbul

Istanbul

JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus (Deluxe Room)

Located in eclectic Karakoy with a timeless past and rich future, the hotel takes inspiration from its Bohemian surroundings including boutique, cafes, cocktail bars and artisanal markets. Next to Galataport ( New Cruise Harbour ) with lesser traffic.

(Opened: 2021; Rooms: 78)

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Bodrum Hotel Upgrade to Amanruya Hotel

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 5,280
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 5,280
Single Supplement S$ 5,280
Bodrum Hotel Upgrade

Bodrum Hotel Upgrade

Amanruya (Pool Terrace Cottage Partial Sea View)

Amanruya offers 36 spacious and elegant Pool Terrace Cottages, each with a private garden and pool. Designed to welcome and soothe, the cottages are gracious homes away from home and a cool air of sophisticated calm prevails. Each cottage enjoys its own spacious garden which leads to a private grey-green marble swimming pool. The layout of the gardens and pools vary. Some pools are square and others rectangular. There are 22 heated pools and 16 are kept at the ambient temperature. The gardens feature pergolas with large cushioned daybeds and two separate wooden chaise lounges with shade umbrellas

(Opened: 2018, Rooms: 36)

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Optional: 4D3N Marmaris to Fethiye Luxury Gulet Cruise

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 5,380
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 2,880
Gulet

Gulet

Hayal 62

A stunning trandil launched in October 2008, is available on the luxury charter market offering her guests 3000 years traditional wooden boat craftsmanship and luxurious private getaways along the Mediterranean and Aegean coastline. The yacht hosts a very spacious master cabin located in the forward section with A/C and private bathroom, making her one of the most ideal yachts available in this region for honeymooners who are looking for a very clean yacht with five-star service under an affordable budget. An additional en-suite twin cabin on the port side also makes this sailing yacht a great option for a small family of three or four.

N.B. We have a wide range of gulets to recommend, depending on availability, party size, amenities and budget. Talk to us to help you find your ideal gulet! However, as gulets are extremely popular in the summer months, recommend booking several months in advance to avoid disappointment!

Optional: Whirling Derwishes Show with Return Transfers

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 135
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 110

Optional Activities

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Traditional Turkish Bath with Massage
Minimum 2 Pax – S$ 190

 

Helicopter Tour of Istanbul (30 min)
Minimum 2 Pax – S$ 800

 

 

COST INCLUDES:

Main Package

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English-speaking guide in each city
  • All entrance fees in sights stated
  • Domestic flights in Economy Class as stated
  • WiFi in the minivan

4D3N Gulet Charter:

  • Accommodation in cabins on board
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea/coffee, dinner)
  • Local alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Operating expenses in Turkish waters (crew, fuel, port taxes)

COST EXCLUDES:

Main Package

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

4D3N Gulet Charter:

  • Gratuities
  • Tours and guide services
  • Entrance fees
  • Premium alcoholic drinks

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