Sail by Private Gulet from Ephesus to Antalya, with Hikes to Hidden Ruins

The Turquoise Coast

Turkey

14 Days

From $7,395

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    Overview

    Sun-drenched skies, a warm, translucent sea, a dream world of astounding Greek, Byzantine, and Roman treasures, bountiful, freshly made meals served on deck, and expert Trip Leaders who bring history alive—our idyllic voyages bring you all the delights of the Turquoise Coast. Traveling cove to cove by traditional gulet (wooden motor-sailing yacht)—and sailing, hiking, and swimming—is absolutely the best way to experience the “Turkish Riviera.” We'll snorkel above the ruins of ancient Aperlæ, hike to spectacular Lycian rock tombs, stroll the lanes of magnificent Ephesus, enjoy lunch with a family in Bezirgan village, and savor on-board cuisine that's beyond fabulous. Don't miss this trip—it will be one of the most delicious, fascinating, and relaxing vacations you can possibly have!

    Arrive: Istanbul, Turkey

    Depart: Istanbul, Turkey

    Highlights

    • Hike to hidden ruins, swim and snorkel in the warm Mediterranean
    • Discover amazing Ephesus, Lycian rock tombs, remote islands
    • Enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by on-board chefs and served al fresco
    • Optional pre- or post-trip extensions to Cappadocia or Istanbul

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      Our Istanbul explorations include the amazing Topkapi Palace and a private sunset cruise on the Bosphorus. At breathtaking Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world, we walk the marble-paved Arcadian Way, feeling transported back to ancient times. Along the Dalyan River, we visit Kaunos, an ancient harbor city with Greek temples and Roman baths, and we board our gulet in the sailing haven of Göcek.
      A high trail brings us to the hidden ruins of Lydæ, accessible only on foot, and we can take a swim in “Cleopatra's Sunken Baths.” On Gemiler Island, our path leads to a Byzantine monastery. We'll also walk to the eerie Greek ghost town of Kayaköy, enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a local village, and at Kekova Island, see the submerged remains of a Lycian settlement. At Myra, we'll find fine examples of Lycian rock tombs set high on the hillsides.
      Sailing to Cape Gelidonya, we contour the wildest part of the Turquoise Coast, with a hike to the legendary eternal flames of Chimæra and a visit to the haunting ruins of Termessos, a mountaintop acropolis. Depart on Day 14 via Istanbul, or join our extensions in Istanbul or Cappadocia.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $600 per person
      61-120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels/shared yacht cabins
      • All meals as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with Farewell Dinner
      • Airport arrival transfers and departure transfers on Day 14
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees
      • Transfers for departures other than Day 14

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Hotel Levni

      Istanbul, Turkey

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      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 of the Topkapi Palace from the hotel's front door). Guest rooms are well appointed, with comfortable beds and modern furnishings, and there is a Turkish bath, heated indoor...

      Charisma Hotel

      Kusadasi, Turkey

      Day 3 (1 night)

      The Charisma is set right on the beach, with ocean-swimming access from a private dock as well as a huge swimming pool and open-air restaurant facing the water. Spacious guest rooms have a sea view and a balcony for watching sunset over the Aegean.

      Traditional Gulet

      Days 4-12 (9 nights)

      The yachts we charter are traditional wooden motor-sailers called gulets, especially designed for cruising this beautiful coastline. They are typically 90 feet in length with a 21-foot beam, twin masted, and feature teak hulls and decks and mahogany interiors. There are six double cabins, each with private toilet and shower....

      Hotel Levni

      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 13 (1 night)

      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 of the Topkapi Palace from the hotel's front door). Guest rooms are well appointed, with comfortable beds and modern furnishings, and there is a Turkish bath, heated indoor...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

      Mehmet Koc

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      Ersin Ozdemir

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      Enver Lucas

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      Sayat Turabik

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. It is a relaxed cruising adventure, with hikes that should be fine for the average active traveler. The hikes are a focus of the trip, often bringing us to small villages or off-the-beaten-path ruins accessible only on foot, although all hikes are optional, should you prefer to relax on board the yacht.

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      We usually have seven hikes during the trip, 2-4 hours each, all with some uphill and downhill walking. Several hikes are of moderate difficultly, following coastal paths that can be steep and rocky. Even if you choose not to participate in the optional hikes, most visits to archaeological sites require walking or hiking on sometimes rocky, uneven paths. Having at least one hiking pole can be very helpful on the hikes as well. To ensure an enjoyable adventure in Turkey, you should make a special effort to be in good physical condition by engaging in a regular exercise regimen before the trip and bring lightweight hiking boots.

      The climate along the Turquoise Coast is predominantly Mediterranean. Summers are hot and usually dry as the rainy season along the coast is November to March. It is generally quite warm even during rain showers. Normally there is not much wind, and the afternoon breezes arrive regularly to cool off the coastline. May and October departures may be cooler and we suggest bringing warmer clothing for these dates.

      The spacious gulets have 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).

      Four ocean kayaks (three single, one double) are available on board for exploring secluded coves and marine caves.  A sailboard is 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 have a 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 appetizers, 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. You can run a tab for your drinks and pay at the end of the cruise in Turkish Lira, Euros or US Dollars (credit cards are not accepted on the gulet). Complimentary drinking water, coffee, and tea are provided.

      Being able to swim is important on any boating trip, and the warm waters make this an ideal trip for those who like to swim and snorkel. While there is some snorkeling equipment available on board, we cannot guarantee the quality and the fit of the equipment.  We highly recommend bringing your own snorkel and mask to assure a proper fit. To get on and off the boat, there is a gradual 45-degree incline on the suspended sea ladder that allows easy access. The dinghy can take up to five guests at a time and has an outboard engine.

      For trips with seven group members or fewer, the yacht we use is the Cavurali, a classic 65-foot, single-masted yacht with beautiful handmade teak hull and decks that is ideal for this type of journey. The Cavurali features four comfortable cabins with beautiful mahogany paneling and private bathrooms (two cabins have single beds and two have double beds). All cabins have en suite facilities, including a shower stall, and there are marine windows that open. Linens and towels are provided, including beach towels for swimming. We suggest you pack light because bunk and luggage space aboard is limited. There are 220-volt electrical outlets in the bedroom and bathroom (you will need a plug adaptor with two round prongs), plus an outlet in the salon that supplies power around the clock for charging batteries; it's a useful source when the generators are not on.

      For trips with more than seven group members, a larger six-cabin yacht is used. They are generally about 90 feet in length with a 21-foot beam and are similar to the Cavurali in that they feature teak hulls and decks and mahogany interiors. All cabins have a private toilet and shower.

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      Client Testimonials

      "We would rate this as one of our top vacations, a perfect combination of relaxation, hiking, and history."

      Abigail H.

      Bowie, MD

      "The trip was just superlative—there really is nothing to improve. "

      Ann F.

      Moss Beach, CA

      "This trip was fantastic, with excellent coordination of boat/van/walking itineraries—a trip you just couldn't do on your own. And the food was fabulous—both in cities and on the boat."

      Ann S.

      Los Alamos, NM

      "What a treat. Our first WT trip but it won’t be our last. The number of veteran WT travelers on our trip speaks very highly of your company."

      Bruce N.

      Oakland, CA

      "This is a fabulous trip! The boat we were on was wonderful: great crew, great food, great guide, and amazing sites."

      Caroline S.

      Dover-Foxcroft, ME

      "This was an experience we won't forget. Traveling the Turquoise Coast via gulet was the only way to go. The captain and his crew, along with our excellent guide, made this trip close to perfect."

      Carolyn S.

      Edmonton, Alberta

      "Just had a perfect time—an outstanding trip!"

      Cindy C.

      Santa Barbara, CA

      "This was truly a magical adventure. The visit to the rug weaving school, tea with the goatherder's family, and lunch with an extended family high in the mountains were amazing experiences. We visited many wonderful villages, markets, restaurants, and shops as well as ancient ruins. I felt I was really getting a taste of the culture and the history of the region."

      Claire G.

      Seattle, WA

      "This trip was relaxing, fun-filled, full of learning, and very well choreographed!"

      Darian M.

      Eugene, OR

      "A well designed trip through a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. We enjoyed every minute of it."

      Dennis K.

      Shaker Heights, OH

      "The hiking was incredible, the food was out of this world, and the variety of activities and locations made for a first-rate trip. Life on the boat was wonderful!"

      Elizabeth F.

      Aptos, CA

      "This trip was sensational in every way and even exceeded our high expectations. It opened our eyes to the rich and monumentally important history of Turkey, its blend of cultures, and delicious food. We loved the experience on the gulet, balanced with daily excursions on land. All in all, we had a blast!"

      Ellen and Norman R.

      New York, NY

      "WT never ceases to amaze. This trip was more than we expected, with the perfect mix of culture, fun, food and drink."

      Gary F.

      Manhattan Beach, CA

      "Really, really good. Have raved about it to friends."

      George E.

      Pacific Palisdes, CA

      "This was the most relaxing vacation we've ever been on. The gulet was extremely clean and the crew worked constantly to keep it that way. The food on board was fresh, creative, wholesome, and we looked forward to every meal!"

      Jan B.

      Mountain View, CA

      "This was one of the best vacations we have had. I can't believe how good the quality of food was that came out of that little boat kitchen."

      Jerrold E.

      Seattle, WA

      "It was a perfect trip - the organization, timing, food, accommodations, and especially the itinerary. Informative and great fun. I could not have asked for more."

      Joan and George S.

      Margate, NJ

      "Not knowing very much about the history and politics of Turkey, I was fascinated with the incredible archaeological sites where we were often the only visitors. The coast was lovely and being on a boat for nearly all the trip meant no packing and unpacking as on other travels, and the accommodation and food and the crew were very hospitable."

      Joanna M.

      Chiang Mai, Thailand

      "The itinerary was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute of the trip. It's one of the best we have ever taken."

      Joanne G.

      Denver, CO

      "This was hands down the most enjoyable trip I have taken in years. The combination of sailing, hiking, exploration, and goofing off on the boat is unbeatable."

      John D.

      Louisville, KY

      "This was the trip of a lifetime. I was treated like the sultan's wife. The gulet, the hikes, the food, the weather, the sea, snorkeling over sunken ruins—it was all wonderful."

      Joni H.

      Evergreen, CO

      "We loved the hikes, found the archaeological sites fascinating, and loved being on the boat (and the food on the boat was beyond fabulous!)."

      Judy S.

      Bend, OR

      "Mehmet was an amazing guide, so knowledgeable and pleasant. The crew and food on the boat was excellent. And the itinerary was fantastic, with a great combination of sailing, hiking, and exploring ruins. Thanks for a great experience!"

      Katherine B.

      Denver, CO

      "A superb trip with an excellent guide. The boat crew was extraordinary. They pampered us, prepared wonderful meals, and simply could not have done more to ensure that every aspect of life on the boat was wonderful."

      Lawrence G.

      East Falmouth, MA

      "Best holiday ever. We saw and experienced more than we could have dreamed possible. We ran out of superlatives on the second day!"

      Lee T.

      Abbotsford, BC

      "This trip far exceeded my expectations. It is a must do for anyone who appreciates history, hiking and has a spirit of adventure. The food was 5 stars!"

      Lora D.

      San Diego, CA

      "This is one of the most outstanding trips we have ever taken. The depth of information, the comfort of the boat, the culture we learned about...all added up to a perfect trip."

      Lynn B.

      Portland, OR

      "This trip was so good, we would like to do it again. We will certainly tell all of our friends that this is the ONLY way to go."

      Lynn C.

      Bellevue, WA

      "The itinerary was excellent with a great mix of walking/hiking, visiting archaeological sites and a wonderfully relaxing cruise."

      Lynne R.

      New York, NY

      "Great combination of interesting sites, education, activities, swimming, comfortable accommodations, great fresh food, and a nice small group with a terrific leader. I’m hooked and planning on traveling with WT again. I like your style and small-group trips."

      Madeleine G.

      Bellevue, WA

      "This trip was fantastic. The boat was beautiful and the crew and their service first-rate. I heard that this is one of your most popular trips—now I know why."

      Mary Beth P.

      Arlington, MA

      "The most interesting trip I've ever taken. I loved everything, and especially Turkey!"

      Mary Lee C.

      Santa Fe, NM

      "The captain and crew of the gulet were skilled, personable, and fun."

      Neal F.

      Reno, NV

      "There is so much history in this beautiful land that I knew nothing about. Archeological sites, scenery, food, and people are all magical, and traveling by gulet adds another level of other-worldliness. No world traveler should miss this trip!"

      Pam H.

      Denver, CO

      "Bravo WT! You have fine-tuned this adventure to perfection. It exceeded our every expectation."

      Paul M.

      Richmond, VA

      "Fantastic! Could not have asked for more."

      Paul P.

      Scarsdale, NY

      "Extraordinary. An exceptional two weeks rich in natural beauty, history, culture, hiking, and great companions. I may never travel without WT again."

      Sarah B.

      Palo Alto, CA

      "My husband and I travel A LOT and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken."

      Susie T.

      Columbia, SC

      "The trip exceeded my expectations. The optimum weather, outstanding boat and crew, and fun traveling companions allowed us to fully enjoy all the scenery and historical sites."

      Tom E.

      Lawrenceville, NJ

      "The combination of sailing, swimming, and hiking in a sunny climate is hard to surpass. Couple this with historical sites that rival more well known places and a guide whose knowledge is astounding—the perfect trip!"

      Wendy H.

      Beecroft, Australia

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Following lunch in Selcuk, we&rsquo;ll explore Ephesus, declared capital of Roman Asia by Emperor Augustus, who turned it into a major trading and banking metropolis. In this remarkably well-preserved Roman city, where St. Paul preached, we walk among finely restored theaters and homes, stroll the marble-paved Arcadian way, and feel transported back to Roman times. The city&rsquo;s magnificently restored ruins include a library, temples, agoras, baths, brothels, marble streets, and amphitheaters. Under Roman rule, Ephesus allowed religious freedom for its inhabitants, and the result was a wonderful mixture of cultures. Our walking tour brings us an unforgettable glimpse into the world of ancient Rome. While in Ephesus, we also visit the Terrace Houses. These recently excavated houses where wealthy Romans lived offer a fascinating insight to the daily lives of their inhabitants as we walk through frescoed rooms and kitchens, private baths, and atriums. Upon exiting Ephesus, we head to the nearby site of the great Temple of Artemis, the largest Greek temple ever built. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but only one column now remains of the original temple. ","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"KUSADASI \/ EKINCIK \/ EMBARK","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"In the morning, you have the option to visit a weaving cooperative for a entertaining, hands-on, and educational demonstration of the local art (with options to shop, of course!). Those who may not be interested in weavings can take a short drive into the forested hills above Ephesus to visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a Christian shrine believed to be Mary&rsquo;s final dwelling. We then head to the harbor of Ekincik to board our traditional wooden gulet, meet our captain and crew, and enjoy the first of many unforgettable meals aboard our boat. We may sail to a nearby cove where we can enjoy a swim before dinner.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"DALYAN \/ KAUNOS","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We drive to Dalyan and head out on a wonderful river boat excursion to see the beautiful Carian rock tombs built into the slopes above the village, then travel through the reedy inlets of the Dalyan River to visit Kaunos, an ancient harbor city with Greek temples, Roman baths, and a Byzantine church. We&rsquo;ll also visit a local open-air mud bath and spa, and then our river boat takes us to a freshwater lake for a quick swim. After a riverside lunch with a beautiful view, those who wish can take an optional hike through the pine forest and olive groves with some steep uphill and downhill sections (average duration is 3 hours). Those who prefer to return to our gulet can do so by river boat. Afterwards, we set out to a remote cove for overnight on board.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"AG LIMANI \/ BATIK HAMAM","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We cruise this morning to a beautiful cove called Ag Limani (&ldquo;Harbor of Nets&rdquo;) with time for a swim before our hike across a peninsula marked by the hidden ruins of Lydae, accessible only on foot. En route we may encounter a clan of Yoruk nomads and join them over some sage tea at their homestead. At the end of the hike, we descend to our gulet, which has come around to pick us up in Gocek Bay. Depending on the route, this hike takes 3-4 hours. Time permitting, in the afternoon, we are free to swim in the pretty setting of Batik Hamam (&ldquo;Sunken Bath&rdquo; in Turkish), a sheltered cove with a half-sunken ruin known as Cleopatra&rsquo;s Sunken Baths. This is a favored section of the coast for sailing and if we have good winds, we will raise our sails and glide to a wilderness cove anchorage for the night. Overnight in a cove in Gocek Bay.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"GEMILER ISLAND \/ KAYA KOY","ActivityOverview":"Hiking Details: ","EstimatedLength":"1.5 hours","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Our gulet brings us to Gemiler Island, where we head ashore for a short hike up to the striking Byzantine ruins of a 4th century monastic society dedicated to St. Nicholas and tucked amid olive trees. A one-hour hike brings us to the hilltop monastery where there are wonderful views down to the cobalt-blue lagoon below. If it&rsquo;s not too crowded with party boats, we have time for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking along the island before lunch. In the afternoon, we drive to Kaya Koy, an abandoned village that was originally home to around 3,000 Anatolian Greeks. The spoils of war and the &ldquo;population exchanges&rdquo; of the 1920s gave the inhabitants no choice but to relocate to mainland Greece. The site was reduced to an eerie ghost town following the mass exodus. After exploring the ruins, we may hike back to our yacht, anchored in secluded Soguk Cove. The 1.5-hour hike has some steep sections but is a very enjoyable outing with views of a fantastic seascape. Another option is to drive back to the boat so we can find a quiet cove for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. ","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"KALKAN \/ XANTHOS \/ PATARA \/ BEZIRGAN \/ KAS","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"With an early departure, we skirt the Seven Capes and sail on to Firnaz Cove in Kalkan, a quaint town of traditional white-washed houses perched on a hill. Narrow winding streets lined with shops lead down to the harbor where we anchor close off shore. From here we continue on to Xanthos, ancient capital of Lycia, virtually intact when British explorers arrived in 1838. Unfortunately, the British carted away many of the artifacts of Xanthos, now displayed at the British Museum. We explore the unique &ldquo;Inscribed Pillar&rdquo; with 250 lines of Lycian script, a language that stills remains mostly undeciphered. Two impressive pillar-tombs tower above the upper seats of the Xanthos theater. The Harpy Tomb got its name from reliefs of the winged figures around the top, which were originally thought to be harpies, female figures from Greek mythology who stole the daughters of King Pandareus to make them slaves of the Furies. Scholars now believe they are depictions of Sirens carrying away the souls of the dead to Hades. The other tomb, once bearing 6th century BC reliefs of wrestlers on a slab, confusingly also supports a 3rd century BC sarcophagus on its top, attesting to being re-used. We drive to Patara, birthplace of St. Nicholas, famous for its long, isolated, sandy beach. We have some free time here for a delightful swim, or to explore the fine ruins of a Greco-Roman theater, baths, and agora. This afternoon, we drive inland to Bezirgan, a traditional farming village in a lovely rural valley, for lunch prepared by a family in their home. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy Turkish hospitality and get a glimpse into village life. A scenic drive brings us to Kas, a charming fishing village with a distinctive Mediterranean flavor, with time to shop in the town. You may have dinner on board or choose to have dinner at one of the many good harbor restaurants. Your Trip Leader will be happy to make recommendations.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"KAS \/ APERLAE ","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Today we enjoy a relaxing day of snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. From Kas, our Turkish yacht heads to the ancient city of Aperlae to snorkel above ruins long buried by the sea. Thousands of amphora pottery shards litter the bottom and the original harbor walls and foundation tiles are evident. Aperlae was a settlement famous for the export of the purple pigment extracted from the Murex snails found here in Roman times. The submerged ruins were discovered by an American couple on a sailing voyage in the 1970s and were surveyed in the 1990s by a team from Denver University. After breakfast and snorkeling, we have the option for a short and easy 30-minute hike across the neck of the peninsula. Our gulet will have gone around and anchored in a quiet cove to meet us, and we&rsquo;ll relax with a drink in a seaside restaurant with lovely views before getting back aboard the gulet for lunch. Afterwards we find a quiet bay and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, and other relaxing activities. ","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"KEKOVA ISLAND \/ KALEKOY \/ MYRA \/ ARYCANDA \/ FINIKE","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We continue to Kekova Island to see the mysterious submerged remains of \na Byzantine city that lie along the edge of the island. Our boat continues to the water-locked village of Kalekoy (the modern name for ancient Simena). A conspicuous castle with a small rock-cut Lycian-era theater and Crusader fortifications looms over this timeless village. We will walk up to the Crusader castle and enjoy stunning views of the area and later continue to hike on a trail that is part of the popular Lycian Trail to Gokkaya Bay (the trail is level, once down from the castle). After lunch on board, a short sail brings us to Andriace, the ancient harbor for Myra. We take a motor launch to shore and transfer by van to the Lycian city of Myra, where we find some of the finest examples of Lycian funerary architecture. There is also a vast Roman amphitheater built into the cliff face with many of its carved friezes and cavernous tunnels (paradoi) intact. We visit the Church of St. Nicholas, known as the patron saint of children and sailors. Born about 300 AD, St. Nicholas is surrounded by legends, particularly of the miracles he performed in his lifetime that left him identified as Santa Claus, or Father Christmas. We then drive the scenic coastal route to Finike and beyond into the mountains. We explore the superb yet less visited ruins of Arycanda, with its extensive remains all perched on a hillside in an alpine setting shaded under pines. A short drive down the highway from Arycanda brings us to a trout farm for a delicious dinner. After dinner we return to Finike for the night. This small town is surrounded by citrus plantations, tea gardens, and hidden rocky bays. In this peaceful setting, we can try to imagine that this was the site of the Battle of the Masts in 655 AD, the first major naval victory of the Muslim Arabs over the Byzantines. ","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":11,"Headline":"OLYMPOS \/ CHIMAERA \/ PORTO GENOVESE","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This morning&rsquo;s sail brings us across the Bay of Finike to Cape Gelidonya, the southernmost point of our voyage. The coastline from here to Olympos is among the wildest and most beautiful on the Turquoise Coast, undisturbed by any roads or settlements. We may stop at a wilderness cove to kayak or a swim en route to Olympos. Once there, we take a motor launch to the beautiful white-pebble beach lined with pine trees and pink oleander to start our excursion to the ruins. The site is buried in a forest of bay laurel trees and has a micro-climate of its own, with fresh water springs gushing along the trail. A monumental gateway to the ruined Temple of Hephaistos, a Byzantine aqueduct, baths, tombs, and a mosaic-clad church complex are all here. Following lunch and a swim, this afternoon we board our van for a short ride to the trailhead for our 1.5-hour hike up a rocky path to Chimaera (or Chimera). In Greek legend (and as mentioned in Book 6 of Homer&rsquo;s Iliad), Chimaera was a fire-breathing female monster with a lion&rsquo;s head, a goat&rsquo;s body, and a serpent&rsquo;s tail. Bellerophon, \r\na handsome young Lycian hero flying on his winged horse, Pegasus, slew Chimaera with his arrows and buried the monster in boulders he hurled from above. The dozen flames bursting from the ground at this sacred site mark the site where the monster fell. We return to our gulet and sail a short distance to Porto Genovese, a beautiful wild cove, for our overnight anchorage with views of Mt. Olympos. Zoroastrian corsairs in the 1st century used this cove as headquarters as they competed for dominance against Christianity.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":12,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"MADEN COVE \/ PHASELIS","ActivityOverview":"Hiking Details: ","EstimatedLength":"2 hours","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We sail to Maden Cove for a relaxing morning of swimming, enjoy lunch on board, then sail on to Phaselis. This ancient city is a truly romantic place, set at the foot of Mt. Olympos on a Damascus pine-studded peninsula \nand surrounded by three beautiful coves. The abundance of timber, a highly sought commodity in the Levant, and the fact that it offered a safe anchorage regardless of wind direction due to its three coves facing different directions, made Phaselis an ideal site. It was purchased from a shepherd and turned into a trade colony by Rhodian sea merchants. Since money did not exist in the 7th century BC when it was first established, the land was purchased for a quantity of dried fish. It is believed that Alexander the Great arrived here from sea, was given citizenship, and then persuaded to start his campaign against the Psidians of Termessos who had been ransacking Phaselitan territory. An optional two-hour, round-trip coastal hike through the forest offering beautiful views brings us to Alacasu Cove and back, where we enjoy our final dinner on board.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"TERMESSOS \/ ANTALYA \/ ISTANBUL","ActivityOverview":"Hiking Details: ","EstimatedLength":"2.5 hours","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After breakfast and good-byes to our captain and crew, we drive up to \r\nthe immense Pisidian acropolis of Termessos, set high in a densely wooded, mountainous area. The impregnable walls and high peaks that surround this city so daunted Alexander the Great when he came through in 333 BC that he decided to just pass on by. We hike to the vast remains of the magnificent theater, agora, gymnasium, and odeon that lie in a jumble of massive carved stones. Farther along the valley, we find a series of carved sarcophagi in the vast necropolis. We then head to Antalya, a principal resort of the Mediterranean with a majestic coastline of beaches and rocky coves and a backdrop of the towering Taurus Mountains. Since its founding in the 2nd century BC by Attalus II, a king of Pergamon, Antalya has had a vibrant history. Romans subsequently occupied the city, then later the Sel?uks, who built impressive mosques and minarets with elaborate tile decorations, marble pools, and stone carvings. After our festive Farewell Lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the city&rsquo;s exquisite Archaeological Museum and, time permitting, walk through Antalya's city gate (Hadrian's Gate), a stately structure of white marble constructed in honor of the Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 AD. In the late afternoon, we fly to Istanbul and transfer to our hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":14,"DayTo":14,"Headline":"DEPART","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Transfer to the airport for departing flights or join one of our trip extensions. We recommend spending extra time in Istanbul to explore this fascinating city.<div><br><\/div><div><strong>Itinerary note:<\/strong> This is a representative itinerary. Our actual day-to-day itinerary will be flexible, and at the discretion of our captain and trip leader, to allow for local conditions and the particular interests of the group. This is an eastbound itinerary. Some departures may follow a westbound direction. Due to the number of sites visited on this trip, we most often motor between locations rather than putting up the sails. We try to do some sailing on each trip. However, this is primarily a cruise on a motor-sailboat and not a sailing trip.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Istanbul \/ Ephesus \/ Kaunos \/ G&ouml;cek (Eastbound Itinerary)","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Our Istanbul explorations include the amazing Topkapi Palace and a private sunset cruise on the Bosphorus. At breathtaking Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world, we walk the marble-paved Arcadian Way, feeling transported back to ancient times. Along the Dalyan River, we visit Kaunos, an ancient harbor city with Greek temples and Roman baths, and we board our gulet in the sailing haven of G&ouml;cek.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Lyd&aelig; \/ Kayak&ouml;y \/ Xanthos \/ Bezirgan \/ Kekova Island \/ Myra","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"A high trail brings us to the hidden ruins of Lyd&aelig;, accessible only on foot, and we can take a swim in &ldquo;Cleopatra&apos;s Sunken Baths.&rdquo; On Gemiler Island, our path leads to a Byzantine monastery. We&apos;ll also walk to the eerie Greek ghost town of Kayak&ouml;y, enjoy a home-cooked lunch in a local village, and at Kekova Island, see the submerged remains of a Lycian settlement. At Myra, we&apos;ll find fine examples of Lycian rock tombs set high on the hillsides.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":14,"Headline":"Chim&aelig;ra \/ Termessos \/ Antalya \/ Istanbul","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Sailing to Cape Gelidonya, we contour the wildest part of the Turquoise Coast, with a hike to the legendary eternal flames of Chim&aelig;ra and a visit to the haunting ruins of Termessos, a mountaintop acropolis. 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As one guest put it, &ldquo;He's in a league of his own. His passion, knowledge, and love of the land (and people) is truly apparent. I feel like I learned so much from him.&rdquo; Born in Istanbul, Mehmet has a degree in Travel and Tourism as well as Economics. He loves bringing guests to history-rich areas of his homeland, especially remote sites like Termessos and Arycanda, with their dramatic mountain settings, and also wants guests to discover local life as he introduces them to contemporary Turkiye and its current topics. When not guiding, Mehmet enjoys reading up on various eras of history and archaeology and stays active with local hiking and biking.","BioLong":"Now a 30-year veteran leader of our Turquoise Coast journey by traditional gulet, Mehmet Koc's passion for archaeology and history brings our guests a deep connection to this mesmerizing region. As one guest put it, &ldquo;He's in a league of his own. His passion, knowledge, and love of the land (and people) is truly apparent. I feel like I learned so much from him.&rdquo; Born in Istanbul, Mehmet has a degree in Travel and Tourism as well as Economics. He loves bringing guests to history-rich areas of his homeland, especially remote sites like Termessos and Arycanda, with their dramatic mountain settings, and also wants guests to discover local life as he introduces them to contemporary Turkiye and its current topics. When not guiding, Mehmet enjoys reading up on various eras of history and archaeology and stays active with local hiking and biking."},{"GuideID":851314,"First_Name":"Ersin","Last_Name":"Ozdemir","BioShort":"After completing his degree in Archaeology at the University of Selcuk, Ersin taught high school for three years before finding his true calling as a tour guide. He has since spent nearly three decades as a professional tour guide in both Turkey and other countries. In addition to extensive reading, he has broadened his knowledge by attending seminars in the flora and fauna of Turkey as well as recent archaeological discoveries. &ldquo;Guiding is my passion,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;allowing me to share the culture, nature, and history of my native country with guests coming from all over the world.&rdquo;","BioLong":"After completing his degree in Archaeology at the University of Selcuk, Ersin taught high school for three years before finding his true calling as a tour guide. He has since spent nearly three decades as a professional tour guide in both Turkey and other countries. In addition to extensive reading, he has broadened his knowledge by attending seminars in the flora and fauna of Turkey as well as recent archaeological discoveries. &ldquo;Guiding is my passion,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;allowing me to share the culture, nature, and history of my native country with guests coming from all over the world.&rdquo;"},{"GuideID":850343,"First_Name":"Enver","Last_Name":"Lucas","BioShort":"Enver Lucas is a man of two cultures, Turkish and American, with an equal love for both countries. Born in California to a Turkish mother and American father, he spent most of his childhood and early education in Turkey, went to college in California, then worked for 10 years in the beauty of Yosemite National Park, which inspired him to make a life around sharing the wonders of nature. Returning to Turkey, he studied archaeology and anthropology, then traveled extensively throughout Turkey, hiking, climbing, exploring, and ultimately penning the guidebook Trekking in Turkey. Enver has boundless energy and enthusiasm, with a gift for bringing history alive and a passion for sharing his phenomenal knowledge of Turkey&apos;s rich culture as well as its classical and maritime archaeology. His interests include scuba diving, photography, and mountain biking, and he&apos;s also an accomplished cook who loves to introduce travelers to the delights of Turkish cuisine. He makes his home with his wife and son along the storied Turquoise Coast in Turkey&apos;s southern Mediterranean.","BioLong":"Enver Lucas is a man of two cultures, Turkish and American, with an equal love for both countries. Born in California to a Turkish mother and American father, he spent most of his childhood and early education in Turkey, went to college in California, then worked for 10 years in the beauty of Yosemite National Park, which inspired him to make a life around sharing the wonders of nature. Returning to Turkey, he studied archaeology and anthropology, then traveled extensively throughout Turkey, hiking, climbing, exploring, and ultimately penning the guidebook Trekking in Turkey. Enver has boundless energy and enthusiasm, with a gift for bringing history alive and a passion for sharing his phenomenal knowledge of Turkey&apos;s rich culture as well as its classical and maritime archaeology. His interests include scuba diving, photography, and mountain biking, and he&apos;s also an accomplished cook who loves to introduce travelers to the delights of Turkish cuisine. He makes his home with his wife and son along the storied Turquoise Coast in Turkey&apos;s southern Mediterranean."},{"GuideID":850639,"First_Name":"Sayat","Last_Name":"Turabik","BioShort":"Sayat Turabik, born in Istanbul, is an Armenian Turk who lives on one of the tranquil Prince's Islands, just a ferry ride down the Bosphorus from Istanbul. Sayat headed to the University of Wolverhampton in England for college, earning his degree in business and information technology then going to Germany to study German language at the Goethe Institute. He spent nearly a year traveling in Latin America, teaching English to local children, and then returned to Turkey to begin a career as a tour leader. \"Being a professional guide gives me a chance to talk about my beloved country and its people, and at the same time introduces me to other people and cultures. Hearing trip members say \"I love this country\" is my biggest reward.\" Sayat speaks English, Spanish, and German and loves photography, volleyball, and off-the-beaten-path hikes in Turkey's mountains.","BioLong":"Sayat Turabik, born in Istanbul, is an Armenian Turk who lives on one of the tranquil Prince's Islands, just a ferry ride down the Bosphorus from Istanbul. Sayat headed to the University of Wolverhampton in England for college, earning his degree in business and information technology then going to Germany to study German language at the Goethe Institute. He spent nearly a year traveling in Latin America, teaching English to local children, and then returned to Turkey to begin a career as a tour leader. \"Being a professional guide gives me a chance to talk about my beloved country and its people, and at the same time introduces me to other people and cultures. Hearing trip members say \"I love this country\" is my biggest reward.\" Sayat speaks English, Spanish, and German and loves photography, volleyball, and off-the-beaten-path hikes in Turkey's mountains."},{"GuideID":851306,"First_Name":"Yunus","Last_Name":"\u00d6zdemir","BioShort":"Combining his vast knowledge of archaeology with a passion for leading trips, Yunus has guided visitors from many countries around the world since 2003. After leading tours on Turkey&apos;s Lycian Way, he created and realized the idea of a long-distance walking route in the Caria region in southwestern Turkey. Yunus received a degree in Classical Archaeology from Akdeniz University in 2005 and has a master&apos;s degree in Cultural Heritage. For the past six years, he has lectured at Cappadocia University. He lives in Cappadocia with his wife and two children.","BioLong":"Combining his vast knowledge of archaeology with a passion for leading trips, Yunus has guided visitors from many countries around the world since 2003. After leading tours on Turkey&apos;s Lycian Way, he created and realized the idea of a long-distance walking route in the Caria region in southwestern Turkey. Yunus received a degree in Classical Archaeology from Akdeniz University in 2005 and has a master&apos;s degree in Cultural Heritage. For the past six years, he has lectured at Cappadocia University. He lives in Cappadocia with his wife and two children."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Abigail H.","GuestLocation":"Bowie, MD","GuestReview":"We would rate this as one of our top vacations, a perfect combination of relaxation, hiking, and history."},{"GuestNames":"Ann F.","GuestLocation":"Moss Beach, CA","GuestReview":"The trip was just superlative&#8212;there really is nothing to improve.&#160;"},{"GuestNames":"Ann S.","GuestLocation":"Los Alamos, NM","GuestReview":"This trip was fantastic, with excellent coordination of boat\/van\/walking itineraries&#8212;a trip you just couldn't do on your own. And the food was fabulous&#8212;both in cities and on the boat."},{"GuestNames":"Bruce N.","GuestLocation":"Oakland, CA","GuestReview":"What a treat. Our first WT trip but it won&#8217;t be our last. The number of veteran WT travelers on our trip speaks very highly of your company."},{"GuestNames":"Caroline S.","GuestLocation":"Dover-Foxcroft, ME","GuestReview":"This is a fabulous trip! The boat we were on was wonderful: great crew, great food, great guide, and amazing sites."},{"GuestNames":"Carolyn S.","GuestLocation":"Edmonton, Alberta","GuestReview":"This was an experience we won't forget. Traveling the Turquoise Coast via gulet was the only way to go. The captain and his crew, along with our excellent guide, made this trip close to perfect."},{"GuestNames":"Cindy C.","GuestLocation":"Santa Barbara, CA","GuestReview":"Just had a perfect time&#8212;an outstanding trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Claire G.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"This was truly a magical adventure. The visit to the rug weaving school, tea with the goatherder's family, and lunch with an extended family high in the mountains were amazing experiences. We visited many wonderful villages, markets, restaurants, and shops as well as ancient ruins. I felt I was really getting a taste of the culture and the history of the region."},{"GuestNames":"Darian M.","GuestLocation":"Eugene, OR","GuestReview":"This trip was relaxing, fun-filled, full of learning, and very well choreographed!"},{"GuestNames":"Dennis K.","GuestLocation":"Shaker Heights, OH","GuestReview":"A well designed trip through a beautiful and fascinating part of the world. We enjoyed every minute of it."},{"GuestNames":"Elizabeth F.","GuestLocation":"Aptos, CA","GuestReview":"The hiking was incredible, the food was out of this world, and the variety of activities and locations made for a first-rate trip. Life on the boat was wonderful!"},{"GuestNames":"Ellen and Norman R.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"This trip was sensational in every way and even exceeded our high expectations. It opened our eyes to the rich and monumentally important history of Turkey, its blend of cultures, and delicious food. We loved the experience on the gulet, balanced with daily excursions on land. All in all, we had a blast!"},{"GuestNames":"Gary F.","GuestLocation":"Manhattan Beach, CA","GuestReview":"WT never ceases to amaze. This trip was more than we expected, with the perfect mix of culture, fun, food and drink."},{"GuestNames":"George E.","GuestLocation":"Pacific Palisdes, CA","GuestReview":"Really, really good. Have raved about it to friends."},{"GuestNames":"Jan B.","GuestLocation":"Mountain View, CA","GuestReview":"This was the most relaxing vacation we've ever been on. The gulet was extremely clean and the crew worked constantly to keep it that way. The food on board was fresh, creative, wholesome, and we looked forward to every meal!"},{"GuestNames":"Jerrold E.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"This was one of the best vacations we have had. I can't believe how good the quality of food was that came out of that little boat kitchen."},{"GuestNames":"Joan and George S.","GuestLocation":"Margate, NJ","GuestReview":"It was a perfect trip - the organization, timing, food, accommodations, and especially the itinerary. Informative and great fun. I could not have asked for more."},{"GuestNames":"Joanna M.","GuestLocation":"Chiang Mai, Thailand","GuestReview":"Not knowing very much about the history and politics of Turkey, I was fascinated with the incredible archaeological sites where we were often the only visitors. The coast was lovely and being on a boat for nearly all the trip meant no packing and unpacking as on other travels, and the accommodation and food and the crew were very hospitable."},{"GuestNames":"Joanne G.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"The itinerary was fabulous and we enjoyed every minute of the trip. It's one of the best we have ever taken."},{"GuestNames":"John D.","GuestLocation":"Louisville, KY","GuestReview":"This was hands down the most enjoyable trip I have taken in years. The combination of sailing, hiking, exploration, and goofing off on the boat is unbeatable."},{"GuestNames":"Joni H.","GuestLocation":"Evergreen, CO","GuestReview":"This was the trip of a lifetime. I was treated like the sultan's wife. The gulet, the hikes, the food, the weather, the sea, snorkeling over sunken ruins&#8212;it was all wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Judy S.","GuestLocation":"Bend, OR","GuestReview":"We loved the hikes, found the archaeological sites fascinating, and loved being on the boat (and the food on the boat was beyond fabulous!)."},{"GuestNames":"Katherine B.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"Mehmet was an amazing guide, so knowledgeable and pleasant. The crew and food on the boat was excellent. And the itinerary was fantastic, with a great combination of sailing, hiking, and exploring ruins. Thanks for a great experience!"},{"GuestNames":"Lawrence G.","GuestLocation":"East Falmouth, MA","GuestReview":"A superb trip with an excellent guide. The boat crew was extraordinary. They pampered us, prepared wonderful meals, and simply could not have done more to ensure that every aspect of life on the boat was wonderful."},{"GuestNames":"Lee T.","GuestLocation":"Abbotsford, BC","GuestReview":"Best holiday ever. We saw and experienced more than we could have dreamed possible. We ran out of superlatives on the second day!"},{"GuestNames":"Lora D.","GuestLocation":"San Diego, CA","GuestReview":"This trip far exceeded my expectations. It is a must do for anyone who appreciates history, hiking and has a spirit of adventure. The food was 5 stars!"},{"GuestNames":"Lynn B.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"This is one of the most outstanding trips we have ever taken. The depth of information, the comfort of the boat, the culture we learned about...all added up to a perfect trip."},{"GuestNames":"Lynn C.","GuestLocation":"Bellevue, WA","GuestReview":"This trip was so good, we would like to do it again. We will certainly tell all of our friends that this is the ONLY way to go."},{"GuestNames":"Lynne R.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"The itinerary was excellent with a great mix of walking\/hiking, visiting archaeological sites and a wonderfully relaxing cruise."},{"GuestNames":"Madeleine G.","GuestLocation":"Bellevue, WA","GuestReview":"Great combination of interesting sites, education, activities, swimming, comfortable accommodations, great fresh food, and a nice small group with a terrific leader. I&#8217;m hooked and planning on traveling with WT again. I like your style and small-group trips."},{"GuestNames":"Mary Beth P.","GuestLocation":"Arlington, MA","GuestReview":"This trip was fantastic. The boat was beautiful and the crew and their service first-rate. I heard that this is one of your most popular trips&#8212;now I know why."},{"GuestNames":"Mary Lee C.","GuestLocation":"Santa Fe, NM","GuestReview":"The most interesting trip I've ever taken. I loved everything, and especially Turkey!"},{"GuestNames":"Neal F.","GuestLocation":"Reno, NV","GuestReview":"The captain and crew of the gulet were skilled, personable, and fun."},{"GuestNames":"Pam H.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"There is so much history in this beautiful land that I knew nothing about. Archeological sites, scenery, food, and people are all magical, and traveling by gulet adds another level of other-worldliness. No world traveler should miss this trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Paul M.","GuestLocation":"Richmond, VA","GuestReview":"Bravo WT! You have fine-tuned this adventure to perfection. It exceeded our every expectation."},{"GuestNames":"Paul P.","GuestLocation":"Scarsdale, NY","GuestReview":"Fantastic! Could not have asked for more."},{"GuestNames":"Sarah B.","GuestLocation":"Palo Alto, CA","GuestReview":"Extraordinary. An exceptional two weeks rich in natural beauty, history, culture, hiking, and great companions. I may never travel without WT again."},{"GuestNames":"Susie T.","GuestLocation":"Columbia, SC","GuestReview":"My husband and I travel A LOT and this was one of the best trips we have ever taken."},{"GuestNames":"Tom E.","GuestLocation":"Lawrenceville, NJ","GuestReview":"The trip exceeded my expectations. The optimum weather, outstanding boat and crew, and fun traveling companions allowed us to fully enjoy all the scenery and historical sites."},{"GuestNames":"Wendy H.","GuestLocation":"Beecroft, Australia","GuestReview":"The combination of sailing, swimming, and hiking in a sunny climate is hard to surpass. 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If they are unable to reach you directly, please instruct them to call our office in Berkeley, California, and we will get a message to you as soon as possible. If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground.<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>&nbsp;<\/p><p>You can also reach your trip leader or office contact in Turkey via WhatsApp (once you are abroad, WhatAapp is easier and cheaper). If you don't already have WhatsApp on your phones, we highly encourage it; it is a free download. Note you do need to have data or be on WiFi to use WhatsApp. Be sure to let your cell phone carrier know that you will be traveling outside the US; some plans have free international roaming, but if not, there are data plans that you can set up, typically for minimal cost. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. 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Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>150 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $600 per person<br>61-120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>60 days or less: 100% of trip cost<\/p><p><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}