Private gulet cruise, Antalya

The coast of Turkey boasts exquisite seaside villages, unforgettable ancient Greek and Roman sites, and wonderful hikes. On our Turkey Private Journey, explore this spectacular coast and enjoy the delights of life on board your own yacht, complete with a chef.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5395  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Istanbul, Turkey
Depart: Istanbul, Turkey
Lodging: 3 nights in 4- to5-star hotels, 5 nights private Turkish gulet yacht, 2 nights boutique cave hotel in Cappadocia
Meals: All meals included except 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Yacht-based exploration with optional kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking. Easy walking and cultural exploration in cities and ancient sites.


  • Explore the Turquoise Coast aboard your own traditional gulet (sailing yacht) with private guide and crew
  • Cappadocia, with its otherworldly landscapes
  • Magnificently restored Ephesus, exotic Istanbul

Can't thank you enough for encouraging us to put aside our worries, and proceed with our planned trip to Turkey. All three guides were outstanding and the gulet with its crew couldn't have been nicer!!!! We were treated royally and infused with knowledge. Many, many, many thanks!Myra and Buzzy H.—Baltimore, MD

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

This Private Journey is an inspired Mediterranean sojourn that brings you sunny skies, a warm, translucent sea, pine-forested coasts scented by wild herbs, tiny seaside villages, and a dream world of astounding treasures: rock-cut Lycian tombs, ruined Byzantine monasteries, ancient Roman baths, and towering Greek amphitheaters. Sailing along the exquisite Turquoise Coast by private gulet (sailing yacht), you’ll head ashore for hikes, visits to archaeological sites, lunch with a farm family in a beautiful pastoral valley, a soak in thermal mud baths, and a chance to witness life in coastal villages. The pace is a relaxed one, with time each day for swimming, snorkeling, and pampering by your chefs, who serve mouth-watering feasts al fresco on deck. You will have a private guide with you in Istanbul, a private guide on the Turquoise Coast cruise, and a private guide in Cappadocia.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Cappadocia may be included before or after your cruise.

Day 1 (Eastbound)
Treasures of Istanbul

A guided walking tour includes the renowned Topkapi Palace, a marvelous labyrinth of harem quarters and displays of bejeweled sultans’ treasures, the monumental Haghia Sophia, and the ethereal Blue Mosque, with its slender minarets visible for miles around. Cap the day with a sunset ferry ride on the Bosphorus.

Days 2-3
Fairytale Cappadocia

With its dreamlike landscape of tufa towers, Cappadocia is simply breathtaking. Explore lovely villages and Byzantine cave churches adorned with stunning frescoes, head underground to visit an ancient troglodyte city, and hike in the Goreme Valley, with its moonscape of fanciful “fairy chimneys” and rock outcrops. Enjoy a whirling dervish “Sema” ceremony at the original 12th century Seljuk caravanserai of Saruhan. This dance of the whirling dervishes is inspired by Rumi, the mystic poet, and is part of Turkish culture.

Day 4

Ancient capital of Roman Asia, magnificent Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities in the world. Walk down Marble Street, where the ruts of chariot wheels can still be seen, visit the striking Library of Celsus, with its elegant two-story facade, and feel transported back to the glory days of Rome.

Days 5-9
Aphrodisias / Turquoise Coast

Explore mountain-ringed Aphrodisias, then board your luxurious gulet (private yacht) for a cruise along the exquisite Turquoise Coast. With your guide, explore such sites as the haunting theater ruins of Xanthos and the Crusader castle at Simena, have lunch with a local family, and wander the kilim markets of Kas. Life on board is sheer delight with swimming, snorkeling, and daily culinary feasts.

Days 10-11
Myra and Antalya

Visit Myra, where the tomb of St. Nicholas lies in a ruined Byzantine church, and the Antalya Museum, then return to Istanbul and depart.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 2, Easy to Moderate. This is a relaxed cruising adventure, with hikes of 2-3 hours a day that should be “easy-to-moderate” for the average active traveler. The hikes are a focus of the trip, often bringing you to small villages or off-the-beaten-path ruins accessible only on foot. All hikes are optional, should you prefer to relax on board the yacht. The warm waters make this an ideal trip for those who like to swim and snorkel, and being able to swim is important on any boating trip, although full safety gear is provided. To ensure an enjoyable adventure in Turkey, all participants should make a special effort to be in good physical condition by engaging in a regular exercise regimen before the trip.

Please note that the Cappadocia section of the itinerary may come before or after the cruise section, depending on your boat and your dates of travel.

The yacht we use for our Turkey Private Journey is the Cavurali, a classic 65-foot, single masted yacht with beautiful handmade teak hull and decks that is ideal for a journey with friends or family. (Note—for groups of nine people or more, we charter a larger gulet. Please call us for details.) Smaller and more intimate than the traditional wooden motor-sailers used on our group departures, the Cavurali features four comfortable cabins with beautiful mahogany paneling and private bathrooms (two cabins have single beds and two have double beds). Linens and towels are provided, including beach towels for swimming. We suggest you pack light because bunk and luggage space aboard is limited.

Spacious shaded aft and fore decks with chaises provide comfortable outdoor dining and lounging.. Full air conditioning is available as an option, but the Cavurali's natural ventilation is usually sufficient even during hot mid-summer days (many trip members enjoy sleeping out on the deck under the stars for fresh air, as the locals do).

Two ocean kayaks (one single, one double) are available on board for exploring secluded coves and marine caves. Snorkeling equipment and a sailboard are also provided. To maximize time for exploration, we normally proceed under motor power. When conditions permit, and at the captain's discretion, sails will be raised. The Cavurali has a crew of three.

This is not a luxury cruise aboard a big cruise ship, but it’s easy to adjust to yacht life, and we think you’ll find this to be one of the most pleasant and relaxing journeys imaginable.

Meals on Board
With the wide variety of meats, fruits, and vegetables produced in Turkey and the bounty of fish in the Mediterranean, the Turks have developed a sumptuous and rich cuisine, influenced by its position as a cultural and geographical crossroads between Asia and Europe. We enjoy Turkish cuisine at its best aboard our yacht. In fact, for some trip members, meals on board become as much of a trip highlight as hiking and discovering ancient ruins! Breakfasts include fresh yogurt, local honey, fresh-baked breads, eggs, and Turkish breakfast items such as feta cheese, olives, and sun-ripened tomatoes and cucumbers. Lunches and dinners offer an array of hor d’oeuvres, a variety of salads and vegetable dishes (eggplant in olive oil is a favorite), plus a main entree of lamb, beef, chicken, or fish, grilled, baked or prepared in other styles. Main dishes are often served with side dishes such as rice pilaf seasoned with currents or pine nuts. Some days, our crew fishes and serves us their “catch of the day.” Desserts include fresh fruits or assorted local pastries such as baklava (nuts and honey in puff pastry). Thanks to the balmy Mediterranean climate, we enjoy our meals in the open air of the yacht’s deck, sitting around a large table under a shade awning, with the fragrant breezes blowing. On occasion, we eat a lunch or dinner at a local town we are visiting. Wine, beer, and sodas are available for purchase. Complimentary drinking water, coffer, and tea are provided.

Wine, beer, and sodas are available for purchase. You can run a tab for your drinks and pay at the end of the cruise in Turkish Lira or US dollars. Credit cards are not accepted on the gulet. 

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

May to October

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

We recommend reserving your trip at least 6 to 12 months in advance of your preferred dates.

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014

Low Season (May–June, September–October)

$5395 (7-8 members)
$5695 (6 members)
$6195 (5 members)
$6895 (4 members)
$7795 (3 members)
$9995 (2 members)

Peak Season (July–August)

$5795 (7 members)
$5995 (6 members)
$6495 (5 members)
$7295 (4 members)
$8295 (3 members)
$10995 (2 members)

Single supplement: $490
Internal airfare: $575 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Inside Istanbul Extension
   from: $1295

Deck Plan


Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations in hotels/shared yacht cabins
  • All meals included except 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
  • Bottled drinking water throughout
  • Yacht staff and local guide
  • Entrances to museums and sites as noted
  • Whirling Dervish ceremony
  • Airport transfers, ground transportation

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, beverages at restaurants or hotels, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $500
150 days prior to departure: 50%
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

More than 90 days prior to departure: $250 per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Hotel Levni

Hotel Levni

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 10 (1 night), Istanbul, Turkey

This hotel’s location could not be better—it’s within close walking distance to all the major sights (you can see the outer walls ...
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Cappadocia Hotel

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Cappadocia, Turkey

In Cappadocia, we stay at one of the following properties:

Kusadasi Hotel

Day 4 (1 night), Kusadasi, Turkey

In Kusadasi we stay at one of the following properties:



Days 5 to 9 (5 nights), Turquoise Coast, Turkey

The yacht we normally charter for our Turkey Private Journey is the Cavurali, a classic 65-foot, single masted gulet with ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:


Inside Istanbul Extension

Explore the Fabled Capital of Byzantium

Cultural Adventures
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

Can't thank you enough for encouraging us to put aside our worries, and proceed with our planned trip to Turkey. All three guides were outstanding and the gulet with its crew couldn't have been nicer!!!! We were treated royally and infused with knowledge. Many, many, many thanks! Myra and Buzzy H., Baltimore, MD This trip was our fifth trip with WT and it keeps getting better. We had a private group and our experience was simply wonderful. Peter T., Stockton, CA Overall great trip, hiking culture, scenic beauty, and excellent food. Sam E., Long Beach, CA A terrific combination of sites and experiences. We loved the trip. The captain and crew were 'over the top.' We miss them! Dee and Lewis N., Baltimore, MD
Can another Wilderness Travel adventure live up to this one?! Susan C., Colorado Springs, CO We have extremely fond memories of Turkey, its people, the food, and its culture. We learned so much on this trip and we are so glad you put together this itinerary. We loved every region of the country and your wonderful guides made that experience so much more meaningful. Vivian K., Pasadena, CA In Mahmut, Wilderness provided us a magic lamp with a genie, because all our wishes were his command. He was truly amazing! Ellie L., Eden Prairie, MN